Kathleen McDermott is an interdisciplinary artist and designer with a background in installation, prop-making and sculpture, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She combines her knowledge of fabrication with open source hardware to build a language of absurdity that merges new media, design, performance, and video. She is interested in technologies that are not productive, robots badly suited to absurd purposes and electronic creations beyond her control. She received her BFA from Cornell University and her MFA in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an Industry Assistant Professor at NYU Tandon. Her work has been featured in a range of major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Fast Company, and Dezeen, and has been exhibited internationally. In addition to her artistic practice, she is an advocate for accessible technology education, actively seeking opportunities to give workshops, and sharing tutorials for working with DIY electronics online at https://urbanarmor.org/.

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