Kyle McDonald

Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He crafts interactive installations, sneaky interventions, playful websites, workshops, and toolkits for other artists working with code. Exploring possibilities of new technologies: to understand how they affect society, to misuse them, and build alternative futures; aiming to share a laugh, spark curiosity, create confusion, and share spaces with magical vibes. Working with machine learning, computer vision, social and surveillance tech spanning commercial and arts spaces.

Previously adjunct professor at NYU's ITP, member of F.A.T. Lab, community manager for openFrameworks, and artist in residence at STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU, and YCAM in Japan. Work commissioned and shown around the world, including: the V&A, NTT ICC, Ars Electronica, Sonar, Todays Art, and Eyebeam.

2003-2007 BS in Philosophy & Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2007-2008 MFA in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2011-2016 Assistant Adjunct Professor at ITP, NYU

|Selected Exhibitions|
2021 Rehearsing the Future, ALIEN Art Centre, Koahsiung, Taiwan
2021 MAXLIVE 2021: THE NEUROVERSE, Media Art Xploration, New York City, US
2021 MediaLab in Pathé Amsterdam Noord, Cinekid, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2021 Art Rock Festival, Saint-Brieuc, France
2021 The Whale Listening Project, Cornell University’s Johnson Museum, Ithaca, US
2021 Siren-Listening to Another Species on Earth, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, US
2021 Light Leaks, City Point, Brooklyn, US
2021 Exhausting a Crowd, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
2021 CINEMA 2.0: Counter Visions, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong kong
2020 Real Feelings: Emotion and Technology, MU Hybrid Art House, Eindhoven, Netherlands
2020 IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam), Amsterdam, Netherlands
2020 Living the City Festival, Berlin, Germany
2020 Exhausting a Crowd, Dbieb public library, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2020 “Light Leaks”, Wonderspaces, Scottsdale, US
2020 Real Feelings, HeK (House of Electronic Arts), Basel, Switzerland
2019 Lights All Night Festival, Dallas, US
2019 “Light Leaks”, THE ROW DTLA, Los Angeles, US
2019 Festival of the Light Arts, Llum BCN, Barcelona, Spain
2018 Lights All Night Festival, Dallas, US
2018 Microwave Festival, Hong Kong
2018 Taoyuan Art x Technology Festival, Taoyuan, Taiwan
2018 TodaysArt festival, Netherlands
2018 “Light Leaks”, LA Music Center, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Otherly Spaces / Knowledge, The Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea
2018 Lost in the Net Dream, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2020 EYEBEAM Rapid Response Grant
2020 LACMA Art + Technology Lab Award for: Te Lapa: Polynesian Navigation Illuminated”
2020 NEA Art Works Grant for “Te Lapa: Polynesian Navigation Illuminated”
2019 Mozilla Foundation, Creative Media Award for “Facework”
2016 Honorary Mention from Prix Ars Electronica for Exhausting a Crowd
2012 Nominated for the Designs of the Year Digital award 2012 for Face Substitution
2012 Jury Selection from Japan Media Arts Festival for People Staring at Computers
2012 Honorary Mention from Prix Ars Electronica for People Staring at Computers

Related Works

Rehearsing the Future

2021.11.20 - 2022.05.29