Tega Brain

Tega Brain is an artist and environmental engineer from Sydney, Australia working at the intersection of art, ecology and engineering.

Her work is a form of eccentric engineering and it reimagines quotidian technologies to address their politics. It takes the form of site specific interventions, dysfunctional devices, experimental infrastructures and information representations (sometimes using underpants).

She's currently an artist in residence at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York and also teaches and organizes at the School for Poetic Computation. She also does these sorts of things at SUNY Purchase where she's an Assistant Professor. Last year Tega was in residence at the Environmental Health Clinic at New York University, exhibited new work at Eyebeam Centre for Art and Technology, NYC and at the Science Gallery, Dublin. In 2013 she was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship for early career artists from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Tega has worked as a part of the Ordinary Collective and has also been involved with a number of artist run spaces and festivals in Sydney including being a former resident at Lanfranchis’ Memorial Discotheque. She has taught art, design and engineering at universities in Sydney and New York.

Session: Experiments in Eccentric Engineering

How do leaks and inefficiencies reveal the politics of our technologies? What if we thought of infrastructures not as services to human communities, but as negotiations with non-human communities? This talk explores practices of eccentric engineering. Eccentric engineering deliberately attempts to relinquish some control in the systems we build, to create open opportunities for other agendas and outcomes. I'll discuss recent projects on ecology, the subversion of data systems and the art of seduction.