Melanie Hoff is an artist and educator examining the role technology plays in social organization and reinforcing hegemonic structures. They study how platforms and processes — including algorithms, data collection, social media, networks, simulation, and ritual — yield distinct modes of social organization and reinforce existing systems of power. Melanie writes software, teaches Critical Interaction Design at Rutgers University, organizes Code Societies and teaches at the School for Poetic Computation. They are a founding member of the Cybernetics Library and can also be found in their studio, working or hanging upside down from the ceiling of the collective art warehouse space in Brooklyn called Soft Surplus; a space that they co-founded and help run with 20 other incredible people.
Melanie has presented her work and creative research in various conferences and universities including the New Museum, the Queens Museum, Telfair Art Museum, The Internet Archive, Pioneer Works, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Radiolab, Fast Company, Vice Impact, The Discovery Channel, among others.
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