Mimi Onuoha is a Nigerian-American, Brooklyn-based artist and researcher whose work examines the implications of data collection and computational categorization. She uses code, writing, interventions, and objects to explore missing data and the ways in which people are abstracted, represented, and classified.
Onuoha has been in residence at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Studio XX, the Data & Society Research Institute, Columbia University’s Tow Center, and the Royal College of Art. In 2014 she was selected to be in the inaugural class of Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows.
Onuoha earned her MPS from NYU Tisch’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she is currently teaching (the classes she teaches can be found on Github). She is a visiting faculty member at Bennington College for the fall 2017 term.
I am an eternal hybrid, drawn always to in-between spaces. My work deals with the tensions at the heart of the "Information Age". I am fascinated by how metrified societies require the fluid, organic, messiness of people to be secured, tagged, categorized, and abstracted. In a world mediated by computers, everything begins to look like data, and that which doesn't fit the mold is at risk of being forgotten. My practice begins with these patterns of absence, which are always real and material and located within people, especially folks of color and folks of queerness and folks who have immigrated and folks who are stuck between categories.
I aim to trouble the assumptions baked into the technologies that mediate our experiences.