Congratulations to our 2018 MAL Residents!

MAL 2018 Residencies

We were absolutely blown away by the number and caliber of applications we received for MAL residencies this year. Many thanks to all who applied, and we are excited to announce our 2018 residents! Please read about them below.

Information on MAL residencies and a link to our 2019 residency application form is available here

Amelia AckerAmelia Acker
Amelia Acker (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) is an assistant professor in the iSchool at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests focus on the emergence, standardization, and preservation of new forms of data created with mobile information and communication technologies. Currently, she is researching data literacy, social media metadata, and data infrastructures that support long-term cultural memory.


Roby Provost BlanchardRoby Provost Blanchard
Roby Provost Blanchard has fun with games engines, Processing and electronics to create visual and tangible material to accompany his narrative experiments. Over the past few years, Roby has been inspired primarily by connections between his family members and the concept of the quest. He is actively involved in the Montreal Fab Lab community and is part of an artist-maker-hacker collective called punkLab. During the last years, he participated in Art Hack Day 2016 at the Eastern Bloc (Montreal) and Yami Ichi: Internet Black Market (NYC). He also presented un genre de totem on Galerie Galerie, an alternative web-art gallery. In 2017, Roby is selected for PERTE DE SIGNAL’s Projet Émergeant and completes the C Piscine at 42us (Silicon Valley). He is working on Reaperi Cycle, a project for the late Sega Dreamcast.


Chris CarruthChris Carruth
Chris Carruth is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work ranges from writing to visual arts. For nearly two decades, he’s drawn from a rich and eclectic background in emerging technologies, critical media studies, and visual art. Chris’ playful inquisitiveness into the mutual influence of technology and society, lends itself to artistic exploration of life in the 21st century as we march towards a truly networked, digital future.


Julia ChristensenJulia Christensen
Julia Christensen is an artist and writer whose work explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and memory. Her work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery (NYC, NY), Eyebeam (NYC, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland, OH), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), and internationally in France, Greece, Finland, and beyond. Christensen is the author of Big Box Reuse (MIT Press, 2008), which won several awards, including the American Association of Academic Presses “Book of the Year” award in trade non-fiction. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, such as Print, Architect, Hyperallergic, and Cabinet magazines. Christensen is a 2017-2018 fellow at the LACMA Art + Tech Lab. She is also a recent recipient of the Creative Capital Fellowship (Emerging Fields, 2013), a MacDowell Fellowship (2015), the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2015), the SPACES R + D Award (2017). She has been awarded artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Experimental Television Center. Christensen’s work has been reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, Village Voice, Art in America, Afterimage, Afterall Journal, and The Washington Post. She is Associate Professor of Integrated Media in the Studio Art Department at Oberlin College.


Digital Type Journal

Digital Type Journal
Digital Type Journal (DTJ) is devoted to exploring the early era of digital typography and computing. The development of digital typography has changed our world so dramatically that we almost take it for granted. We are interested in the years of its early development, from early optical systems to CRT displays and the first GUIs. Many of these typefaces were made with substantial technical limitations but yielded a surprising variety of shapes and forms and have their own peculiar beauty. Part history, part visual exploration, the journal will include type specimens, photographs, interviews, illustrations and essays. DTJ is a collaboration between Channel, a design and technology studio based out of the New Museum’s art and tech incubator in New York City and Pat Shiu, the design lead for Rhizome’s Web Recorder.


Jacob GabouryJacob Gaboury
Jacob Gaboury is an Assistant Professor of New Media History and Theory in the Department of Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley. His work engages the history of digital imaging technologies, along with queer and non-binary figures in the history of computing and mathematics. Gaboury has previously held fellowships at numerous academic and artistic organizations, including most recently the Bauhaus University, the Max Planck Society, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Smithsonian Institution. His writing and research has appeared in a variety of popular and academic publications, including the Journal of Visual Culture, Camera Obscura, Debates in the Digital Humanities, Rhizome, and Art Papers. His forthcoming book is titled Image Objects, and explores the prehistory of computer graphics from 1960-1980 through a set of five technical objects: an algorithm, an interface, an image standard, a programming language, and a hardware platform.


Brian HouseBrian House
Brian House is an artist whose work explores the interdependent rhythms of the body, technology, and the environment. His work has been shown by MoMA (NYC), MOCA (LA), Ars Electronica, Transmediale, ZKM, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Tel Aviv Center for Contemporary Art, and Rhizome, among others, and has been featured in publications including TIME, WIRED, The New York Times, Neural, Metropolis, and on Univision Sports.


Nullsleep produces electronic music using obsolete computer hardware and modular synthesizers. In 1999 he founded 8bitpeoples, a low-tech audio/visual collective and record label. Based in New York, he has toured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.



Sarah RooneySarah Rooney
Sarah Rooney
is a 22-yr-old girl living and working and learning in chicago, IL ++ online. thru sparkly gifs and nostalgic gestures, sarah engages with the internet in a girly vernacular, interested in recollecting memories lost to obsolescence as a means of finding community, reclamation, and digital autonomy. these interests manifest thru #cute #girly #tactile explorations between personal identity and personalized technology.


Ezra TeboulEzra Teboul
Ezra Teboul is an artist and researcher exploring the connection between technical and creative decisions as realized by decaying objects. He’s obtained a BA from Hampshire College, a MA from Dartmouth College, and is currently working on a PhD at RPI in Troy, NY. In 2017 he released with Karl Hohn a full length under the name Passive Tones, a second release is scheduled for summer 2018. He’s presented installations at the Zizek Studies Conference, Acht Bruecken, Silo City, and Moogfest with various collaborators, and had his first solo exhibit for Stepper Choir at the Sporobole gallery in December 2017. He’s published in the International Journal of Zizek Studies (2015), the Guide to Unconventional Computing for Music (Springer, 2017), and Making Things and Drawing Boundaries (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). He’s also presented at the Alternative Histories of Electronic Music conference, the Reembodied Sound Symposium, the Music and the Moving Image conference, the meeting for the Society for the Social Studies of Science, the meeting of the Society for the History of Science, and at the Colloques Lutheries Électroniques held by the Philharmonie de Paris. He’s had research / artist residencies at Signal Culture in Owego, NY and at Sporobole in Sherbrooke, QC.




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