Rebecca Bray and Kati London will talk about their collaborative and separate work as artists and technologists who have been working on interfaces between the human and non-human social worlds for the past decade, using data, humor, and strangeness to create surprising and revelatory interactions. In 2006, they, along with two other
collaborators created Botanicalls, a system that allows plants and humans to communicate through sensor data and phones, now in the permanent collection at MoMA. Since then, their separate projects include a social game that uses real-world shark migration data (Sharkrunners) and a social network around urban agriculture (WindowFarms) among many others.
Kati London is currently a Director of Product in Artificial Intelligence & Research at Microsoft where she focuses on humanizing technology and social interaction, previously she led game studios Area/Code and Zynga New York. She has been an Innovator-in-Residence at the Annenburg School at USC and was named one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company.
Rebecca Bray is an artist whose multimedia installations have been seen at the Hirshhorn Museum and the Whitney. She was the Chief of Experience Design at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History where she made crazy projects with some of the millions of weird collections from the vaults of the museum, and is now the Managing Director at the Center for Artistic Activism, where she makes crazy projects with artists and activists around the world.