WHO IS KATYA?
Katya is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and technologist.
Currently she is pursuing a master’s degree in art and technology at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where she uses traditional and emerging technologies to create work that examines people's understanding of one another and their environment. Her focus is on interactive visuals and sculpture, audiovisual installation, socially engaged art, and speculative world-making.
On the activist side, Katya is working to prototype safe spaces for homeless women in New York with NYU's Design For America team. She is looking for ways to combine socially engaged art practice with participatory design to improve agency in vulnerable communities and diversify ways in which people can collaborate for mutual benefit within and outside of existing systems.
In addition to making things at ITP, she also paints, creates sculptures from found objects, and writes articles about how predatory capitalist practices are antithetical to democracy and have sent our biodiversity, ecology, and sociocultural diversity down the toilet. Katya has a dog named Ro who learned how to give double-high-fives (see gif) after 25 years of training.