Friday 5 With Ari Melenciano

Self portrait

Ari Melenciano is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist and researcher who is passionate about the relationships between different forms of design and the human experience. Her research currently explores omni specialization, multisensory interactive human-computer technologies, experimental pedagogy, and speculative design. (Look at our blown thoughts!)

Ari is the founder of Afrotectopia, a social institution that promotes interdisciplinary innovations at the intersection of art, design, technology, black culture and activism. Ari briefly studied urban design and architecture at the Universitat de Barcelona while studying abroad for a year in Spain. She holds a Masters from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where she is currently a teaching and research fellow. She is also a creative technologist at Google’s Creative Lab.

Today Ari Melenciano comes to us for Friday Five!


Photo: Mark Boucher

1. Tiles from Passeig de Gracia
Living in Barcelona for a year was one of the most artistically stimulating periods of my life. I felt like I was living in art every day. The tiles of Passeig de Gracia are one of my favorite spots in town. They were designed by Antoní Gaudi and literally shimmer in the sunlight.

Solange Knowles stage

Photo: Daniel Boud

2. Solanges stage design
Solange Knowles’ set design for her performances is truly ethereal.

Photo: Michael Mundy

3. Lorna Simpsons Studio
Lorna Simpson once kindly invited me to her studio to talk to me about my art practice. After our conversation, she gave me a tour of her entire studio, which was designed by David Adjaye. Needless to say, I was very inspired.

Teatre Museo Dali

Photo: Joshua Mellin

4. Dali Theater Museum
The Teatre Museo Dali is my favorite art museum. I was never so enthusiastic about the diverse possibilities of a single artist until I visited the museum of Salvador Dali.

Beyonce Black is king

Photo courtesy Disney +

5. Black is king
Beyoncé’s Black is King was simply one of the most beautiful visual media I’ve ever seen.

Work by Ari Melenciano:

Electro • Negro • Synethesyo
Black cultural artifacts with digital sensors for sound experiments.

Ari Melenciano

Ari Melenciano

Ari Melenciano

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