Amay Kataria (b 1990) graduated with a bachelors in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2012 After working for Microsoft Corp in Seattle, WA for four years, he began his MFA in Art & Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. In 2018, he was invited to Ethereal Summit in New York City as a visiting artist, held a new media residency at Art Center Nabi in Seoul, South Korea, and Art-A-Hack residency at ThoughtWorks in New York City. In 2019, he was awarded the Bajaj Art Scholarship for Excellence. He has received grants and honors in the name of Shapiro Research Center, Bernard Silverman, Byron M & Helen S Brumback, Gilbert L. and Lucille C. Seay, MR. and CP. Staley Memorial, Litton Industries, Benjamin F. Bock, and James Milton Beattie Jr.

Artist Statement

The trajectory of my art practice lies in repurposing and inventing electronic media to decontextualize objects and ideas with technology and vice-versa. The mediums that I choose lie at the intersection of physical materials, sound, and light to question the themes of human coexistence in the ever-intensifying pace of technology. My work takes the form of computer animations, interactive installations, fabricated objects or autonomous machines demonstrating behaviors that intervene and question the phenomenons of the human condition.

Speculative Bitcoin Wallet, 2018, 30 limited edition Bitcoin wallets, wood, custom software
Groove Body, 2018, Ethereum Blockchain smart contract, body scan, custom software, infinite time
Babble Wall, 2019, Television screen, microphone, custom software, infinite time
Ontologies of Cryptocollectibles, 2018, 10 personal cryptokitties, custom software, infinite time
Parabolic Sound, 2017, Metal, custom electronics, custom software
Generative Decay, 2018, Flower vase, television screen, custom software, infinite time