Lauren McCarthy is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is full-time faculty at NYU ITP, and recently a resident at CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Eyebeam. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. Her work explores the structures and systems of social interactions, identity, and self-representation, and the potential for technology to mediate, manipulate, and evolve these interactions. She is fascinated by the slightly uncomfortable moments when patterns are shifted, expectations are broken, and participants become aware of the system.

Lauren has worked on installations for the London Eye, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, IBM, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello. She has also worked at Oblong Industries, Continuum and the MIT Media Lab.

Her artwork has been shown in a variety of contexts, including the Ars Electronica Center, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, the Japan Media Arts Festival, Share Festival, File Festival, the WIRED Store, and probably to you without you knowing it at some point while interacting with her.


MFA Design | Media Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
BS Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS Art and Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


New York University, ITP, New York, NY
Full-Time Faculty, 2014 - Present

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Adjunct Faculty, 2012 - 2014

New York University, ITP, New York, NY
Adjunct Faculty, 2013 - 2014

Sosolimited, Boston, MA
Designer/Programmer, 2011 - Present

Oblong Industries, Los Angeles, CA
Design/Software Intern, 2010

Small Design Firm, Cambridge, MA
Designer/Programmer, June 2008 - August 2009

MIT Visual Arts Program, Cambridge, MA
Zones of Emergency Blog Developer, 2008

Continuum, West Newton, MA
Brand Environments Intern, 2007

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
Context Aware Computing Group (Prof. Martin Rinard) Research Assistant, 2006

MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Cambridge, MA
Research Assistant, 2005

Exhibitions and Honors

2014 CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Artist in Residence, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Electric Objects Residency
2014 Device Art, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
2014 Eyeo Festival, Minneapolis, MN
2014 Instructables Artist in Residence, San Francisco, CA
2014 Device Art, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
2014 ITP Something in Residence, NYU ITP
2014 FITC, Amsterdam, NL
2014 FITC, Toronto, NL
2013 Share Prize honorable mention, Torino, IT
2013 Eyebeam Artist in Residence, New York, NY
2013 Rhizome Commission, Jury Award
2013 Rhizome Commission, Member Award
2013 Core77 Design Award
2013 New Cinema, Eyebeam, New York, NY
2013 Intel Research Grant
2013 Processing Fellow, Processing Foundation
2013 Art Hack Day, God Mode, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Collision Collective, Boston, MA
2012 Northern Spark Festival Commission, Minneapolis, MN
2012 WHAT IF? Hartford New Music Festival, Hartford, CT
2012 Mobile Processing Conference Talk, UIC, Chicago, IL
2011 Elsewhere Residency, Greensboro, NC
2011 FILE Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2011 IBM Think Interactives, Lincoln Center, New York, NY (SOSO)
2011 Anatomy Riot: Performances Inspired by Machines, Los Angeles, CA (co-curator with Megan May Daalder)
2011 Impractically, Practical, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Tell Them Nothing of the Things I Thought About and Created While I Was Sleeping, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Mindshare, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Jury Recommended Work, Japan Media Arts Festival
2010 LACMA Muse, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2010 WIRED Store, New York, NY
2010 Provocative Objects, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2010 #TheSocialGraph, Outpost, Brooklyn, NY
2010 I Am Here Now, New Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Conflux Festival, New York, NY
2010 SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 (Re)Mapping the Museum Workshop, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (collaboration with Sara Wookey)
2010 Interaction10, IxDA Conference, SCAD, Savannah, GA
2010 NC State College of Design Biennial Graduate Symposium, Raleigh, NC
2010 GADGET OK!, Art | Sci Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2010 TINT Arts Lab Residency
2010 University Fellowship, UCLA
2010 Dean's Scholarship, UCLA
2010 Awesome Foundation Fellowship Grant, Boston, MA
2009 Good News/Bad News, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
2009 1stfans Twitter Artist of the Month, Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Overhere, Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY (commissioned by a canary torsi)
2009 The Politics of Shoes, Mobius, Boston, MA
2009 Typos in the Writing on the Wall Edition 01 (online) Sarai Media Lab, New Delhi, India
2009 University Fellowship, UCLA
2009 Non-Resident Tuition Grant, UCLA
2008 Placemap Project, Pixelspaces, Ars Electronica, Austria, Linz


2014 Lecturer, Creative JavaScript, NYU ITP
2014 Lecturer, Social Hacking, School for Poetic Computation
2014 Lecturer, Advanced Creative Programming, RISD
2013 Lecturer, Appropriating Interaction Technologies, NYU ITP
2013 Thesis Committee, Adrianne Hee, RISD
2013 Thesis Committee, Fernando Diaz Smith, Shireen Patel, RISD
2012-2013 Lecturer, Introduction to Creative Programming, RISD
2012 Instructor, Visual Hacktivism, NuVu Studio, Cambridge, MA
2012 Instructor, ICA Teens Workshop, Boston, MA
2012 Thesis Committee, David Leonard, UCLA
2012 Thesis Committee, Gabriel Noguez, UCLA
2011 Instructor, Performance and Technology Lab, UCLA
2009-2011 Teaching Assistant, Interactivity (Prof. Casey Reas), UCLA
2010 Teaching Assistant, Video (Prof. Christian Moeller), UCLA
2009 Teaching Assistant, Type in Motion (Lec: Rafael Macho), UCLA


Lauren McCarthy Takes on Silicon Valley Optimism, Kill Screen
OK, Cupid: giving your love life to Google Glass and the hive mind, The Verge

pplkpr - Wired, TechCrunch, Creative Applications, ANIMAL, Fast Company, Engadget
FB Mood Manipulator - Time, The Guardian, The Atlantic, PSFK, Daily Mail, Dazed Digital, New York Observer, ANIMAL
Crowdpilot - Creative Applications, Fast Company, Forbes, PSFK, Wired
us+ - Neural, Wired, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, PSFK, NBC
Social Turkers - The Verge, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, The Creators Project, PSFK, Hack a Day
CSIS Data Chandelier - Creative Applications, The Creators Project
ReConstitution 2012 - Fast Company, The Creators Project
Inneract - The Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Engadget
Conversacube - WIRED Store, MAKE, Geekologie, PSFK
Tools for Improved Social Interacting -, Leonardo Journal Vol 43, Issue 4, 2010
Happiness Hat - CNBC, Psychology Today, NY Daily News, The Huffington Post, WSJ online, PSFK, Geekologie, Gizmodo, Core77, BoingBoing, Hack a Day, Discovery Channel Daily Planet, MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show.