I am an artist, designer, and programmer. My research investigates public space, information privacy, and big data. I teach a range of subjects for both the study and production of data visualization, internet art, interface design, game design, and physical computing.
I am a former photographer in the US Navy where I unloaded surveillance film on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. I have worked in journalism, marketing, and creative fields. I had a ten-year career in web and app development including the multimedia NEH-funded African Americans in Cinema history project. I co-founded Your Art Here, a non profit organization to put art on billboards and other public places usually reserved for advertising.
Recent works include mobile and web-based apps and visualizations like illuminus.io, a research-based personality and risk analysis tool which appears in the Peabody-awarded web documentary Do Not Track; the online viral big data visualization, I Know Where Your Cat Lives, which maps seven million images tagged with #cat using the locations in the metadata users unknowingly uploaded to social media; and Give Me My Data, a tool that helps users export their data back out of Facebook. My work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, NPR, and Wired Magazine and exhibited in multiple museums and galleries in New York, Berlin, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, and Mexico City. I have received numerous artist fellowships, a DAAD Arts Study Scholarship, and a Fulbright Fellowship. I am a Visiting Associate Professor of Digital Studies at Davidson College and an avid mountain biker.