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kanarinka, a.k.a. Catherine D’Ignazio, is an artist, software developer and educator. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab. She is the former Director of the Experimental Geography Research Cluster at RISD’s Digital+Media MFA program. Her artwork has been exhibited at the ICA Boston, Eyebeam, MASSMoCA and numerous public street corners around the world.

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kanarinka, a.k.a. Catherine D’Ignazio, is an artist, software developer and educator. She is the Director of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things, and formerly led the Experimental Geography Research Cluster at RISD’s Digital+Media program. She is currently a graduate student at MIT’s Center for Civic Media. Her artwork has been exhibited at the ICA Boston, Eyebeam, and MASSMoCA, and has won awards from the Tanne Foundation and Turbulence.org. kanarinka has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MFA in Studio Art from Maine College of Art. She has lived and worked in Paris, Buenos Aires, and Michigan, and currently resides in Waltham, MA.

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kanarinka, a.k.a. Catherine D’Ignazio, is an artist, software developer and educator. Her artwork is participatory and distributed – a single project might take place online, in the street and in a gallery, and involve multiple audiences participating in different ways for different reasons. Her practice is collaborative even when she says it’s not. Her artwork has been exhibited at the ICA Boston, Eyebeam, MASSMoCA, and the Western Front among other locations.

She is Co-Director of the experimental curatorial group iKatun and a founding member of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things. After spending eight years in educational technology as a java programmer & technical project manager, she taught at RISD’s Digital Media Graduate Program where she ran the Experimental Geography Research Cluster. She has also taught at MIT, Emerson College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

In 2012, kanarinka went back to school to the MIT’s Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab where she is currently a graduate student. At the Media Lab, she is working on a developing technologies and visualizations for a critical geography of news media.

kanarinka is the recipient of various awards, including the Tanne Foundation Artist Award (2010), a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for independent study in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1999), a Turbulence.org networked art competition award (2003, 2012) and grants from the Cambridge Arts Council, the LEF Foundation, and RISD. She has been on juries and editorial boards for institutions such as Real Art Ways, the Berwick Research Institute, Art Interactive, Cartographica journal, CAA’s Public Art Forum and ShiftSpace.

kanarinka has lectured widely about her collaborative creative practice at venues ranging from conferences (College Art Association, American Association of Geographers) to universities (Harvard University, UNC Chapel Hill) to art spaces (the Tate Modern, The Change you Want to See Gallery, Brooklyn). She has also written articles about geography, (micro)politics and art for publication in various geography journals.

The former Director of Exhibitions and Programs at Art Interactive in Cambridge, MA, kanarinka maintains an experimental curatorial practice through her work with the Platform2 event series. kanarinka has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MFA in Studio Art from Maine College of Art. Determined to be even more over-educated, she’s working on a Ph.D from the MIT Media Lab. She has lived and worked in Paris, Buenos Aires, and Michigan, and currently resides in Waltham, MA.