Kathleen McDermott is a media artist with a background in installation and sculpture. She combines her knowledge of fabrication and sculpture with open-source hardware to build a language of absurdity, using homemade electronic hardware experiments in a storytelling practice sometimes referred to as “performance with robots,” or “critical wearable practice.” She is interested in technologies that are not productive, robots badly suited to absurd purposes and electronic creations beyond her control. She received her BFA from Cornell University and her MFA in Creative Media from City University of Hong Kong. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Her work has been featured in a range of major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and Dezeen, and has been exhibited internationally. In addition to her artistic practice, she is an advocate for accessible technology education and actively seeks out opportunities to facilitate workshops and skill shares.
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