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Tad Hirsch

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 Tad Hirsch


Tad Hirsch is an artist and designer whose work explores relationships between science and engineering on the one hand, and social and political issues on the other. He is a PhD candidate in the Smart Cities Group at MIT's Media Lab and a founding member of the Institute for Applied Autonomy, an art/technology/activism collective that has been operating since 1998.


Tad’s projects have included robots that spray paint graffiti and distribute subversive literature, mapping software that enables people to avoid CCTV surveillance cameras, aircraft-detecting coconuts that place complaint calls to airport

noise abatement programs, and a faux-travel agency that critically examines the Central Intelligence Agency’s extraordinary rendition program. He has also developed text-messaging broadcast systems for street protest, community-based language interpretation systems for Chinese immigrants, and telephone-based independent media systems for activists in Zimbabwe.


Tad holds advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked in research and development at Motorola and Intel, and has several years experience in the nonprofit sector. He is currently a member of RISD’s digital media faculty, and has previously taught courses in art, design, and engineering at CMU and MIT.


Tad’s work has been included in festivals and exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe and America including the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica, The New Museum, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and MassMoca. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and commissions including an Award of Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica 2000 and Rhizome Net Art Commissions in 2002 and 2006.



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