Kelly Dobson (on leave FA AY 2014-15)
Kelly Dobson is an artist and engineer working in the realms of technology, medicine and culture. Her projects involve the parapraxis of machine design – what machines do and mean for people other than the purposes for which they were consciously designed. As a working artist, she completed two Masters and a PhD at MIT while a member of the Computing Culture Group in the Media Lab and the Interrogative Design Group in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Areas of investigation include voice, identity, prosthetic social extensions, public performance, re-appropriation of domestic appliances, new materials innovation, and companion machines. She has earned prestigious fellowships and awards for her work in technology and art including the Rockefeller New Media Artist Fellowship, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art Award, and VIDA Art and Artificial Life honor. Her work is featured in many publications and has been exhibited internationally including at Witte de With in Rotterdam, Circulo De Bellas Artes in Madrid, the Millennium Museum in Beijing, Goldsmiths College in London, Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, and The Kitchen, Eyebeam, Exit Art and MoMA in New York City among other venues. Kelly has taught at Cornell University and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts as a visiting Professor, and worked as a Researcher at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies. She has enjoyed teaching and learning with the RISD community part-time in the Digital + Media and Textiles departments during 2005-2009 and full-time in the Digital + Media department from 2009 to the present. Kelly Dobson was nominated for a John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching at RISD in 2010.