Aria Dean is a New York-based visual artist and writer, as well as Editor and Curator at art-and-technology nonprofit Rhizome, the leading art organization dedicated to born-digital art and culture. Her current editorial program with Rhizome explores topics developed in conversation with artists and researchers through public events, publishing, online exhibitions, commissions, and preservation. She works to shape the conversation around born-digital art and culture, and the engagement of art and technology.
Dean’s writing has appeared in publications including Artforum, Art in America, e-flux, The New Inquiry, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Spike Quarterly, Kaleidoscope Magazine, Texte zur Kunst, and CURA Magazine. Her largest project to date, “Net Art Anthology,” addresses the shortage of historical perspectives in a field in which even the most prominent artworks are often inaccessible. Also of note is Dean’s 2016 essay for Real Life Mag, “Poor Meme, Rich Meme,” which addresses meme’s reiteration of inequities between black creators and white appropriators.
Catch Aria Dean in conversation with Nicholas Mirzoeff, visual culture theorist and professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, October 23rd, 2020. Join WHAP! on Youtube, Fridays at 4:30 PDT, at tiny.cc/2020whap.