WHO IS KATYA?
Katya is a Brooklyn-based artist-designer-technologist and activist. She holds a double bachelor's degree in studio art and linguistics from the University of Maryland an has ten years of experience in projects ranging from visual art and design to design for social innovation and sustainability.
Currently she is pursuing a master’s degree in art and technology at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, 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 design for individuals with varying degrees of ability.
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.
Creating with her favorite teams, which include artists, activists, developers, musicians, designers, and researchers, continuously inspires her to further explorations in art and activism.
In addition to interactive work 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. Her apartment's back alley boasts of as many as 15 stray cats and she once saw a great horned owl on her roof in Bed-Stuy.
Interactive Sound Sculpture
Sonic compositions that change over time
Speculative Art and Design
Art as Social Intervention
Design for Good / Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability
Art and Education
User Experience Design and Research