interaction design + literary arts

Tell me about yourself

I am an artist, user experience designer, and educator. In my artwork, I express poetry through a variety of forms—video, digital media, interactive performance, and print—that consciously engage with the affordances of each medium. In a time of chatbots, essays generated by algorithms, and comments mined for advertising opportunities, I believe that re-enchanting our connection to both language and technology is essential to maintain our poetic experience.

My design work includes experience design and UX research for clients such as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Samsung, Nike, Sesame Workshop, Martha Stewart, Lego, as well as a number of start-ups.

I teach both theory and practice-based courses across design, technology, and media at The New School, New York University, and Lesley University.

I have university degrees in Cognitive Science, Interactive Telecommunications, Literary Arts. I also have a first-degree black belt in Aikido.

What are you working on?

  • 1) It is my great pleasure to offer my first piece of jewelry for sale--3D-printed earrings based on Polish folk art.

  • 2) Hot off the press! I launched a press with Meredith Finkelstein, our first publication is a zine documenting our pandemic collaborations. See the work: Zine: 811-Issue 01.

  • 3) With Tessellate Studio, we launched an augmented reality experience for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A deeply moving project for me, bringing stories of ordinary people murdered in the Holocaust to life for a moment.

  • 3) A commissioned Flash piece from 2006, mar puro, will be included in the exhibition afterflash: Treasures from the Flash Generation. View the poem.

Performances + Workshops

Soniashnyk/Sunflowers at The Clemente, New York, NY 2022.
3D printed jewelry and recombinant poem United selected for Ukraine benefit exhibition.

Trans[creation] Montréal, Canada 2021.
Commissioned machine learning poem image4image for online colloquium and exhibition in honor of Augusto de Campos, famed Brazilian visual poet.

Videopoetry. Animator International Animated Film Festival, Poznań, Poland 2017.
Curated a screening of video poetry and led a two-day intensive workshop in video poetry production.

Awards, Grants, Press

Core77 Design Awards 2023.
Winner: Interaction Award for Tower of Faces Augmented Reality Experience
Notable: Emerging Technologies Award for Tower of Faces Augmented Reality Experience

Print All Over Me Endowment 2021.
To develop a poetry project using Print All Over Me's print-on-demand textile platform. Read more about the project.

New Radio and Performing Arts Commission 2007.
For development of generative poetry project No Time Machine, with Daniel C. Howe.

Brown University Electronic Writing Fellowship 2006.

Publications + Citations

ha!art, No. 46. Interview in Polish literary magazine ha!art for an issue dedicated to experimental literature. Interviewed by Piotr Marecki, pp 64-79. Fall 2014.

Piper, Andrew. Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times. The University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Is that all?

There's more. See my CV - PDF.