Tega Brain is an Australian-born artist and environmental engineer whose work explores issues of ecology, data, automation and infrastructure. She has developed digital networks that respond to environmental phenomena, created methods for encrypting personal data, and a hugely popular online dating service based on smells. Through these provisional systems, she explores how we define intelligence and the many ways in which technologies influence agency. As a result, Tega Brain asks critical questions about the new approaches to environmental management that incorporate artificial intelligence into their processes and analyses. She is keen to highlight in her work the problematic nature of data-driven methods and planetary computing in addressing the climate crisis.
Tega Brain has received grants and artist residencies from Creative Capital, Eyebeam, Ars Electronica and the Australia Council for the Arts. Her work has been shown most recently at the Smithsonian Museum (Arts and Industries), the Vienna Biennale for Change, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Némo Biennale of Digital Arts and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. She is an associate professor of integrated design and media at New York University, and her first book Code as Creative Medium, was co-authored with Golan Levin and published by MIT Press.
Tega Brain will be speaking at Stadtkino at Künstlerhaus Wien on 31 May.