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.

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.

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

Awards and Honors

2015 Science Gallery Residency, Dublin, Ireland
2014 CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Artist in Residence, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Electric Objects Residency
2014 Instructables Artist in Residence, San Francisco, CA
2014 ITP Something in Residence, NYU ITP
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 Intel Research Grant
2013 Processing Fellow, Processing Foundation
2012 Northern Spark Festival Commission, Minneapolis, MN
2011 Elsewhere Residency, Greensboro, NC
2010 Jury Recommended Work, Japan Media Arts Festival
2010 TINT Arts Lab Residency
2010 University Fellowship, UCLA
2010 Dean's Scholarship, UCLA
2010 Awesome Foundation Fellowship Grant, Boston, MA
2009 1stfans Twitter Artist in Residence, Brooklyn Art Museum, Brooklyn, NY
2009 University Fellowship, UCLA
2009 Tuition Grant, UCLA


2015 NODE Festival, Frankfurt, Germany
2015 Lifelogging, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2014 Device Art, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
2013 Annual Show, Eyebeam, New York, NY
2013 Art Hack Day, God Mode, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY
2013 New Cinema, Eyebeam, New York, NY
2013 Collision Collective, Boston, MA
2012 WHAT IF? Hartford New Music Festival, Hartford, CT
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 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
2009 Good News/Bad News, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
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
2008 Placemap Project, Pixelspaces, Ars Electronica, Austria, Linz


2015 Resonate Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
2015 NODE Festival, Frankfurt, Germany
2015 OpenVisConf, Boston, MA
2014 Pratt UPLOAD, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2014 Eyeo Festival, Minneapolis, MN
2014 push.conference, Munich, Germany
2014 Berkman Center, Cambridge, MA
2014 FITC, Amsterdam, NL
2014 FITC, Toronto, NL
2014 Institute for the Future, Palo Alto, CA
2014 LISA Conference, New York, NY
2012 Mobile Processing Conference, UIC, Chicago, IL


Appropriating Interaction Technologies, NYU ITP
Conversation and Computation, NYU ITP
Critical APIs, NYU ITP
Networked Media, NYU ITP
Creative JavaScript, NYU ITP
Introduction to Creative Programming, RISD
Visual Hacktivism, NuVu Studio
Performance and Technology Lab, 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 - Hyperallergic, Wired, TechCrunch, Creative Applications, ANIMAL, Fast Company, Engadget, The Independent, The Huffington Post, Fox News
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 - Wired, 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.