Roopa Vasudevan

Roopa Vasudevan (b. 1984, Cleveland OH) is an American visual artist, computer programmer, and researcher. Her work uses data and technology in order to interrogate or subvert social and cultural practices, focusing on issues of human identity and agency in the digital era; power relationships and how they manifest through technology; and coming up with more creative and ethical practices for tech-based art and design. She has exhibited internationally in Belgium, China and the United States, and been featured on Reuters, Slate, Hyperallergic, Jezebel, Complex, PSFK, the FADER, PBS NewsHour, Public Radio International, and more, as well as on American, French and German television. Her work has recently been supported by the Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives (Haverford, PA); the SOHO20 Residency Lab (Brooklyn, NY); the Arctic Circle Residency (Svalbard); China Residencies’ #slowtrain digital residency (Trans-Siberian Railway); the SPACES World Artists Program (Cleveland, OH); and Flux Factory (Queens, NY).

Roopa received an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013, where she was also selected as a Resident Research Fellow upon graduation. Between 2016 and 2018, she was an Assistant Arts Professor of Interactive Media Arts at NYU Shanghai. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is researching the ways that new media artists are bound by the dominant interests and practices that control the technologies on which they rely for their work.