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Organizing Team
Xin Xin's photo
Lead Organizer

Xin Xin is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working at the intersection of technology, labor, and identity. Xin co-founded The School of Otherness which seeks to empower marginalized identities through storytelling, forums, and workshops that process experiences of the other. They initiated voidLab, an intersectional feminist collective exploring art, technology, and society. Their work has been exhibited at Ars Electronica, the Hammer Museum, Gene Siskel Film Center, and Machine Project. Xin holds a M.F.A from UCLA Design Media Arts. They have given numerous talks at universities and currently teach new media art at Loyola Marymount University.

Dorothy Santos' photo
Organizer for Radical Pedagogy

Dorothy R. Santos is a Filipina American writer, editor, and curator whose research interests include digital art, computational media, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She serves as a co-curator for REFRESH and is the program manager for Processing Foundation.

Johanna Hedva's photo
Organizer for Accessibility, Disability, and Care

Johanna Hedva is the author of the novel On Hell (Sator Press, 2018). Their fiction, essays, and poems have appeared in Triple Canopy, Black Warrior Review, Entropy, Mask Magazine, 3:AM, The White Review, and elsewhere. Their work has been shown at Machine Project, Human Resources LA, the LA Architecture and Design Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon. Their ongoing project on ableism, disability justice, and the politics of care, This Earth, Our Hospital, includes the essays "Sick Woman Theory" and "Letter to a Young Doctor."

Taeyoon Choi's photo
Track Coordinator for Accessibility, Disability, and Care

Taeyoon Choi is an artist, educator, and activist based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and installations that form the basis for storytelling in public spaces. He co-founded the School for Poetic Computation where he continues to organize sessions and teach classes. He's currently a fellow at Data and Society Research Institute.

Aliah Darke's photo
Track Coordinator for Radical Pedagogy

A.M. Darke is a conceptual artist, game designer, and activist designing games for everyday impact. She created the award-winning card game Objectif, which uses play to create dialogue around the intersection of race, gender, and standards of beauty. In 2017, she turned her Snapchat into a pop-up gallery for ar+ show, an exhibition on femininity, filters, face-detection, and a self-reflexive female gaze. Darke holds a B.A. in Design and an M.F.A. in Media Arts, both from UCLA. Her work has been shown internationally and featured in a variety of publications, including Forbes, Kill Screen, and The Creator’s Project.

Tega Brain's photo
Track Coordinator for Under the Silicon, the Beach!

Tega Brain is an Australian born artist and engineer making eccentric engineering. She is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University. She has been a fellow at Data & Society and the Processing Foundation. She lives and works in New York.

Sam Lavigne's photo
Track Coordinator for Under the Silicon, the Beach!

Sam Lavigne is an artist and educator whose work deals with data, surveillance, cops, natural language processing, and automation. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at ITP/NYU and the School for Poetic Computation.

Chandler McWilliams' photo
Track Coordinator for Epic Play!

Chandler McWilliams is an artist, writer, and teacher living in Los Angeles. He has exhibited internationally in non-profit and commercial galleries and art institutions. McWilliams has a MA in Philosophy from The New School For Social Research in New York City and an MFA from the Program in Art at the California Institute of the Arts. He has published in academic journals and conferences and is the co-author of Form + Code in Design, Art, and Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). He is currently the Director of the UCLA Arts Conditional Studio.

Yuehao Jiang's photo
Visual Artist

Yuehao Jiang is a heterosexual-Chinese-born-in-the-90s-female-interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. She explores digital media in nontraditional gallery settings. Her work has been shown internationally at Ars Electronica, Hammer Museum, LUMEN Festival, Future of Storytelling, The Gallery Beijing, and Suzhou N9 Art Center. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Processing Foundation Board Members
Ben Fry's photo

Ben Fry is principal of Fathom, a design and software consultancy located in Boston. He received his doctoral degree from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer science, statistics, graphic design, and data visualization as a means for understanding information. After completing his thesis, he spent time developing tools for visualization of genetic data as a postdoc with Eric Lander at the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. During the 2006–2007 school year, Ben was the Nierenberg Chair of Design for the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. In 2011, he won the National Design Award for Interaction Design from the Cooper-Hewitt. With Casey Reas, Fry initiated Processing in 2001.

Casey Reas' photo

Casey Reas is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles. He has exhibited, screened, and performed his work in galleries and museums around the world. Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelor’s degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001.

Lauren McCarthy's photo

Lauren McCarthy (p5.js lead) is an artist based in Los Angeles whose work explores current social and technological systems and structures for being a person and interacting with other people. Lauren has exhibited at Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, and the Japan Media Arts Festival, and worked on installations for the London Eye, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts. Lauren joined the Processing Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2015.

Dan Shiffman's photo

Daniel Shiffman works as an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from Baltimore, Daniel received a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University and a Master’s Degree from the ITP. He is a director of The Processing Foundation and develops tutorials, examples, and libraries for Processing and p5.js. He is the author of Learning Processing: A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction and The Nature of Code (self-published via Kickstarter), an open source book about simulating natural phenomenon in Processing. He can be found talking incessantly on the YouTube about programming.