All posts by Nitin

Nitin Sawhney, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The New School. His research, teaching and creative practice engages the critical role of technology, civic media, and artistic interventions in contested spaces. He examines social movements and crisis contexts, though forms of creative urban tactics, participatory research, performance and documentary film. Nitin previously taught at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) and conducted research at the MIT Media Lab on networked collaboration for sustainable product design, ubiquitous computing and responsive media in urban spaces. At The New School he has conducted research on participatory data-driven activism through OccupyData Hackathons in New York City and facilitating DIY urbanism for civic action in neighborhoods of Moscow. Nitin established the Engage Media Lab at The New School for students to design and conduct participatory media-based learning and assessment with youth in New York City, and has previously conducted research with Palestinian youth in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Nitin completed the documentary film, Flying Paper, about the participatory culture of kite making and flying among children in Gaza, with support from National Geographic, which has been screened in dozens of international film festivals. He recently initiated and co-curated the Guatemala Después project, examining contemporary artistic practices through collaborative exhibitions held in New York City and Guatemala from April-July 2015. He is currently completing a new documentary film, Zona Intervenida, focusing on historic memory through site-specific performance interventions in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Website:

Impromptu Interview with Daniel Velasquez at the Gallery

As I stopped by the gallery for our Guatemala Después​ exhibition today, I found a young man intently gazing at the timeline for quite a while. I decided to approach him and ask about why he was there and what he thought of the exhibit. It turns out that he’s a Guatemalan living in New York. You can hear my impromptu interview with Daniel Velasquez here; it was quite moving hearing from him about his experience.

Event: How to Curate Art in the Public, Sept 8th, 2014

PROTEST, PICNIC, POIESIS: How to Curate Art in the Public with KAREN VAN DEN BERG

Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:00 pm

The Bark Room (Orientation Room), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

2 West 13th Street, Room M101, New York, NY 10011

PROTEST, PICNIC, POIESIS: How to Curate Art in the Public with KAREN VAN DEN BERG

The current debate about public art is dominated by terms and concepts such as the right to the city, local knowledge and social engagement.  Consequently, collaborative or collective modes of production have become more important and the articulations of protest culture, collaborative art projects and Street Art have taken on a new significance. 

In the context of this changing background, Karen van den Berg, professor and chair of Art Theory and Curating, Zeppelin University, Germany will share some thoughts about how to shape policy and curate art in the public sphere today.

Co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the Fine Arts Program, School of Art Media and Technology.