FITC 2014


I’ll be speaking at FITC Toronto 2014, looking forward to seeing some great speakers there. Click HERE for more details.

Artists Engage Design, a Liu Lecture Panel Discussion

Very honored to participate in a panel discussion led by Camille Utterback on art and design, and meet the other panelists Braden Weeks Earp and Andy Diaz Hope.

“Stanford Design Program Liu Lecture series is delighted to partner with Camille Utterback, the new Assistant Professor of Art Practice / Emerging Practices, to begin a larger conversation about what art brings to design in our panel discussion entitled — Artists Engage Design.”

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Mesa Art Center, Festival of Creativity

A visit to Arizona! It’s You is going to be at the Mesa Art Center, part of the Festival of Creativity. Forth will be shown in an exhibition a few days later in the neighboring Tempe.

“ASU Night Gallery and the ASU School of Art are pleased to present an exhibition of twenty contemporary women artists in conjunction with Momentum: Women/Art/Technology.” On view April 4th – April 27th, 2014




INST-INT gathers people to share insights and experiences from the field of Interactive Installation.


Sniff at Tyneside Cinema

Sniff is presented by Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, as part of the Pixel Palace program. Thanks to the Tyneside Cinema team, I had a wonderful time while in Newcastle installing it a few weeks back.

After dark, Thu 14 November 2013 – Sat 4 January 2014 (not Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
Shop window at Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

You can follow on twitter @TynesideDog or look for #sniff2013

Marfa Dialogues | Seeing Data

I will be presenting a preview of my AH project Clouds From Both Sides at a show at IMC Lab + Gallery: New Ways of Seeing Data, which is a part of the Marfa Dialogues NYC.

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LISA Salon

I will be presenting my recent work on Nephologies at Leaders in Software and Art salon Tuesday, November 12th at IMC Lab and Gallery at 56 W. 22nd St., 6th floor, just east of 6th Ave. The other presenters will be James Tunick, founder of IMC Lab; Robert Lisek, Ursula Endlicher, and Josh Goldberg.

6:30 – 7:30 — Drinks, food and mingling
7:30 – 8:45 — Presentations
8:45 – 9:30 — Continue the conversation, speak with the presenters, or drift off gradually to dine nearby with some new friends



I’m participating in SP_Urban Festival in Sao Paulo opening November 4, 2013, curated by Tanya Toft with Marília Pasculli.

The theme of the Festival was DIGITAL CITIZEN
From the curatorial essay by Tanya Toft:

“Whether we are aware of it or not, actively engaged in digital culture or not, we are all digital citizens. Society’s digital dimension might seem invisible at times when we walk around in our analog world, but it is ubiquitous and affects every aspect of our urban reality. The digital layer of coded electromagnetic signals has become a conceptual, imaginary, and operational layer in society. The rules for our participation in society—political, cultural, and affective—are increasingly being written and rewritten by digital technologies.

The theme for the second SP_Urban Digital Festival addresses our participation as citizens in this digital reality. It considers how we, while living in a digital culture, engage in society by virtue of the Internet and digital communications tools; how digital culture affects how we live and act among each other; and how we imagine ourselves and our human capacities. It reflects an urban reality that is augmented with data and digital aesthetics; a social reality in which our lives are monitored and our relationships are simulated and structured by online networks; an existential reality in which our self-portraits, self-images, and sense of identity are manipulated by digital aesthetics turning us into characters of real-world avatars; and a political reality in which new digital platforms and technologies allow for new means of knowledge production and participation in public discourse. ”

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AR[t] by AR Lab

My work is mentioned in Augmented Reality issue of AR Lab publication.
Read it on issuu or download a pdf copy.
AR[t] is an inspiring magazine series for the emerging AR community inside and outside the Netherlands.



I’ll be on the CreateTech panel “Bits in Atoms: Interactive Media in Built Environments”


Field_Notes – Deep Time

Field_Notes – Deep Time is a week long art&science field laboratory organized by the Finnish Society of Bioart at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland. Five working groups, hosted by Oron Catts, Antero Kare, Leena Valkeapaa, Tere Vaden, Elisabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruse, together with a team of five, will develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches in relation to the Deep Time theme.

Field_Notes – Deep Time is in search of artistic and scientific responses to the dichotomy between human time-perception and comprehension, and the time of biological, environmental, and geological processes in which we are embedded. The local sub-Arctic nature, ecology, and geology, as well as the scientific environment and infrastructure of the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station will act as a catalyst for the work carried out.


Dates and places:

15th – 22nd September 2013 field laboratory at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station

23rd, 24th of September 2013 conference in Helsinki


I’m a mentor in NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program, and NYFA is putting up an exhibition of the artists participating in the program:

An exhibition of work by artists participating in NYFA’s Immigrant Artists Mentoring Program (IAP)

Opening Reception: Friday, September 27th 6 – 9pm
Dumbo Arts Festival Hours: September 28 – 29, 11am – 6pm


ZERO1 Garage

Cloud Machines, a public hearing, presentation, balloon launch and workshop organized by Karolina Sobecka. More info HERE.

Date: Friday, August 2nd to Monday August 5th, 2013
Time: See schedule below for hours
Location: ZERO1 Garage
439 S. 1st Street, San Jose

Cloud Machines Schedule:

Friday, August 2nd 6:00pm-7:00pm- Public Forum
Discuss the process and implications of launching weather balloons over San Jose, CA at the ZERO1 Garage.

Friday, August 2nd 7:00pm-10:00pm, Cloud Lab at South First Fridays
The ZERO1 Garage will be transformed into the Cloud Lab where the public can examine the Cloud Machine and the Cloud Collector weather balloons, as well as learn more about cloud formation and geo-engineering.

Saturday, August 3rd 11:00am, Make a Cloud and Collect a Cloud
Participate in launching the Cloud Machine and Cloud Collector, two high altitude weather balloons, in Penitencia Creek Park, San Jose.

Illusion at Science Gallery

My installation All the Universe is Full of the Lives of Perfect creatures is part of the Illusion exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin. Curated by psychologist and author Richard Wiseman and magician and escapologist Paul Gleeson, ILLUSION is a “perception-shattering insight into the human mind, combining magic and psychology through sensory deception”.

Dates: 11.07.13 – 29.09.13
For more information click HERE.

Here’s a short preview:

Momentum: Women/Art/Technology: New York, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art
Film & Video Gallery
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 7:00PM

Muriel Magenta, Judith K. Brodsky, Ferris Olin,
Adrianne Wortzel, Janet Echelman, Karolina Sobecka

Video Excerpts: Evelien Lohbeck, Emilia Forstreuter,
Manu Luksch, Pamela Z., Deborah Kelly, Isa Gordon

Collecting Clouds for Amateur Human, for the exhibition Sky++ in Hong Kong

In this project I develop a personal device for Thinking Like a Cloud. It is sent into the atmosphere attached to a weather balloon. Clouds condense on its mesh wings and flow into a sample container. These cloud samples are analyzed for microorganisms and ingested by the experimental subjects. Thinking Like a Cloud is a scheme to expand human consciousness and enable big-picture thinking.

Blowup Speculative Realities at V2_ Institute for Unstable Media, curated by Michelle Kasprzak

This edition of Blowup will examine the how and the why of speculative realism, object-oriented ontology and artistic practice. Three new art commissions examine different aspects of Object-oriented ontology (OOO), such as a non-human-centered view of the world, and the limits of knowledge. An e-book of interviews with artists and thinkers, released with a short talk at the exhibition finissage, will round out the programme and provide insights into the relationship between this exciting turn in philosophy and contemporary art and design. Artists being commissioned include Tuur van Balen & Revital Cohen (BE/UK), Cheryl Field (UK), and Karolina Sobecka (US). Thinkers being interviewed for the e-book include Sven Lütticken (DE/NL) and Rick Dolphijn (NL).

Vernissage (in the presence of the artists): December 8, 14:00 – 17:30
Finissage (with special guests, e-book launch): January 11, 17:00 – 19:00

Exhibition hours are Tuesday – Friday 11:00 – 17:00, or by appointment by emailing: Michelle Kasprzak
The exhibition will be closed over the holidays from December 22 – January 2.

LISA 2012 conference at Guggenheim, NYC

I’ll be presenting at LISA 2012. LISA 2012 is the Leaders in Software and Art conference at the Guggenheim in New York City, Tuesday October 16th, 2012. We’ll have keynote speeches from Laurie Anderson, pioneering electronic artist, and Scott Snibbe, creator of Bjork’s Biophilia App, and panels on crowdsourced and social media art and the popular generative art toolkits openFrameworks, Processing, Cinder and Max/MSP. If you work with or care about new media, technology and interactive art, there’s still time to buy a ticket. Come meet and get inspired by some of the top artists and art experts in the field.

Flightphase Artist Profile on Rhizome

Flightphase occupies a unique space as a design studio that creates artwork for the art world. It would be great if you could talk about Flightphase a little bit conceptually–how do you negotiate the space you occupy?

Rhizome Commission 2012-2013

Super happy to receive Rhizome Commission for First Person Person Shooter (Persona), and to be in such great company:
Dan Phiffer, Juan Obando, Sarah Sweeney, Brenna Murphy, Adam Harvey, Kenyatta Cheese, Ann Hirsch, Jeff Thompson, Jessica Parris Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge

Woodstock Digital Media Festival June 22-23, 2012

The Festival is many things:
A showcase of the most innovative, accessible, and thought provoking digital media
An engaging interactive exhibition and exploration
A memorable event that captures the energy from different perspectives – artists
educators, non- profits, and business leaders
A unique experience in Vermont as the perfect backdrop to engage in digital media

Leaders in Software and Art Salon

‘The next Leaders in Software and Art will be held at the slick data-visualization-screens-all-over-the-walls AT&T AdWorks Lab at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, 6/12/2012. We will be hearing from Andrew Bell, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Carlos Scheidegger and Karolina Sobecka’.

Paik Times Five in Seoul

‘“Infinite Loop” was organized by the New Museum and curated by Lauren Cornell, the Executive Director of Rhizome and Adjunct Curator at the New Museum. Created in tribute to the legendary video art pioneer, Nam June Paik, the exhibit featured international artists whose works carry on the exploration of technology and participatory art – a movement Paik helped ignite in the 1960s, premiering three specially commissioned interactive video installations by prominent digital artists Rafaël Rozendaal, Scott Snibbe, and collective Flightphase. A curated program of videos was displayed on the world’s largest LED screen towering at twenty-three stories tall’.

I hope we can bring the project to New York and other places in the near future, meanwhile take a look at documentation.

Big Screen in New York

Karolina will be part of exhibition and panel CYBORG ALARM: When Technology, Imagination and Body Collide presented by Streaming Museum and Big Screen Plaza.

Opening Monday May 28
PANEL DISCUSSION: 6 – 7:30 PM in The Screening Room, Eventi Hotel, 851 Avenue of the Americas, 5th Floor, NYC
EXHIBITION 6 – 10 PM at Big Screen Plaza, Sixth Avenue between 29th and 30th Street, NYC, behind the Eventi hotel
OPENING PARTY 7:30 -10 PM in the newly opened Brighton overlooking Big Screen Plaza, 835 Avenue of the Americas

Featuring artwork by 2011 NYFA Fellows and Finalists: Karolina Sobecka, Michael Greathouse, Sophie Kahn, Jason Bernagozzi, James Case-Leal, and the artist team caraballo-farman.

Curated by Tanya Toft, Curatorial Fellow, Streaming Museum

Karolina Sobecka – Human Moves, Animal Visions, April 20 – May 3, 2012

As part of the Film Society’s ongoing KinoTek programming stream, artist Karolina Sobecka will install several dynamic works at SuperFrog Gallery, just upstairs from the Film Society Cinema. A leading figure in the production of interactive installations, Karolina Sobecka uses animation, interface design and humor to comment on the ways that we use our bodies and gestures to navigate and understand our overtly mediated environments.

April 20-May 3, 2012

Each KinoTek series program is accompanied by an original article commitioned by SFFS. Media theorist and critic Akira Lippit (Electric Animal) will disscuss Karolina Sobecka: Human Moves, Animal Visions in an article to be published on this page.

CAM Raleigh

Several of my installations are included in Born Digital exhibition at Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh which opens January 28th, 2012, and is up until April 30th.

CAM Raleigh’s newest feature exhibition, Born Digital, invites visitors to physically explore digital culture and movement-driven artwork—to exercise their creativity and act on their curiosity. Opening January 28, 2012, the exhibition showcases the contemporary, visitor-dependent art of 12 national and international pioneers of digital and new media art.
Featured Designers and Artists
Born Digital contributors include: Advanced Media Lab, Jacob Ciocci, R. Luke DuBois, Channel TWo, Brent Green, Ajay Kurian, LoVid, Cole Pierce, Dennis Rosenfeld, Daniel Rozin, Scenocosme, and Karolina Sobecka.

Yale Art School

Frank Pichel and I will be doing a artist presentation at Yale Art School January 24, 2012.
The presentation is titled ‘Context’ and we’ll discuss how consideration of the audience impacts the work.

Nuit Blanche New York: Bring to Light

I will participate in this year’s Nuit Blanche New York event: Bring to Light October 1st, 2011, 6pm to midnight. My two installation will be at storefronts at the opposites sides of Franklin Ave at Greenpoint Ave.

Bring to Light is a free nighttime public festival of art in New York City that takes place simultaneously with “nuit blanche” events in cities around the world. Inviting emerging and established artists to make site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection art, the event creates an immersive spectacle for thousands of visitors to re-imagine public space and civic life. Bring to Light will transform streets, parks and the industrial waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn set against dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline.

Special Projects Award 2011

I received the 2011 Special Project Award from Princess Grace Foundation for the further development of Amateur Human.

NYFA Fellowship 2011

I’m happy to announce that I received this year’s New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Digital/Electronic Arts! This year the Fellowships were given in the following categories: Crafts/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. For the list of all the fellows in all the categories, the finalists and panelists, see NYFA’s website.

Media Archeology 2011

“Sniff” was invited to the Aurora Picture Show, which this year presents the 8th annual Media Archeology Festival Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Houston. Taking place at venues across the city, including The Orange Show and the Museum District, the festival is presented in collaboration with the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. This year, the festival explores the ideas of games and play from the past and present.

Interaccion I/O/I

“Sniff” is up in Barcelona until the end of August 2011, part of the Interaccion I/O/I, an exhibition at the DHUB Museum. A little bit about the exhibition:

I/O/I. The senses of machines (Interaction Laboratory) proposes an experimental and educational look into the relationship between man and machine at a time when new generation interfaces include natural interactive features and social behaviors. It is an exploration of new areas where interaction design is developed and generates new needs, disciplines and experiences.