Jessica Rosenkrantz

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Jessica Rosenkrantz is an artist, designer, programmer and co-founder of Nervous System. She graduated from MIT with degrees in biology and architecture in 2005, and studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 2005 to 2008 before leaving to found Nervous System. She was a Lecturer at MIT from 2016 to 2019 teaching design.

Nervous System is a generative design studio that works at the intersection of science, art, and technology. They create using a novel process that employs computer simulation to generate designs and digital fabrication to realize products. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, they write computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares.The studio has pioneered the application of new technologies in design, including generative systems, 3D printing, and webGL. Nervous System releases online design applications that enable customers to co-create products in an effort to make design more accessible. These tools allow for endless design variation and customization.

Their work is a part of the permanent collection of museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Their studio is located in the Catskills in Palenville, NY.
Session
Seeing the Forest For the Slime Mold

Bright orange slime mold under a rotting log. Bryozoans encrusting seaweed at the beach. Wrinkled paint on a garbage can lid. Join us on a winding path through the small phenomena and strange decisions which led us to create a design studio in the woods that makes objects with computation and digital fabrication.