Roopa Vasudevan is an interdisciplinary artist, computer programmer and scholar. Her art practice focuses on the reading of digital material as a form of collective memory, how surveillance and data collection are altering our notions of what archives are and who is remembered, and coming up with more creative and ethical practices for tech-based art and design. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and featured by Reuters, Hyperallergic, PBS NewsHour, Slate, Complex, The FADER, and Public Radio International, among others. She has also participated in artist residencies, taught workshops and classes, and spoken about her practice around the world. At Annenberg, she is researching the ways in which new media artists are bound by the aims and priorities of those who control the technologies on which they rely for their work, and investigating modes of resistance that do not ultimately reinforce those goals.
Prior to joining Annenberg, Vasudevan was an Assistant Arts Professor of Interactive Media Arts at NYU Shanghai, teaching courses in creative web development, computational language processing, and remix culture. She holds a BA from Columbia University, and an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she was invited to stay on as a Resident Research Fellow upon graduation. Vasudevan is currently a member of Vox Populi, a 30+ year old artist collective and gallery space in Philadelphia. For more information about her artistic work, please visit her online portfolio.
Roopa Vasudevan is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication.