The two-day event will analyze the intersections of art, design, technology and culture by fostering conversations that critically examine the evolving relationship between artificial intelligence and the fields of art and design.

Curated By:

Marisa Mazria Katz

Marisa Mazria Katz is a journalist and radio reporter whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, NPR, and more. In 2009, she initiated a journalism program for teens in Casablanca, Morocco, funded by the US State Department. Katz served as the founding editor of Creative Time Reports, a media site from public art nonprofit Creative Time that highlighted artists' perspectives on current issues and collaborated with major news organizations like The Guardian and The Intercept. In 2018, she launched the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism with support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Recently, Marisa co-founded the Center for Artistic Inquiry and Reporting, fostering journalist-artist collaborations. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.  

Daniel Lefcourt

Daniel Lefcourt's artistic exploration merges the realms of painting with scientific, industrial, and military imaging technologies. His research delves into generative systems, chance, and procedural design. With over two decades of international exhibition experience, his works grace esteemed collections such as The Whitney Museum, New York, and the V-A-C Foundation, Moscow. Lefcourt's solo exhibitions at Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York and Campoli Presti in Europe showcase his prolific career. Critically acclaimed in ArtForum, Frieze, and The New York Times, his impact extends to academic circles, with speaking engagements at Harvard University and the Cooper Union. A RISD faculty member since 2008, Lefcourt became a full-time professor in 2012, contributing to Experimental and Foundation Studies as well as the Painting department.

Marco Roso

Marco Roso, co-founder of the New York-based art collective DIS, has been innovating at the intersection of art, media and technology since launching DIS Magazine in 2010. DIS explores the boundaries of content creation and distribution, from fashion and critical essays to artist-made stock images and collaborative products. The collective shifted focus in 2018 to their streaming platform, dis.art, expanding art’s reach into education and entertainment. DIS has made significant contributions to contemporary art, curating the ninth Berlin Biennale and participating in exhibitions worldwide, including at MoMA and the New Museum. Their latest project, Everything but the World, ventures into TV, showcasing their ongoing exploration of new narratives and histories.
Graduate Assistant:

Alex Grosek

Alex Grosek is a graduate student at RISD currently earning his Master of Architecture degree (class of 2025). He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance at Penn State University, graduating with honors, where he spent time working at the largest student-run hedge fund in the United States. Upon graduating, he worked at technology startups in Cambridge, MA that focused on applications of machine learning to biomedical research and, separately, to improving trades education and construction processes. At RISD, Alex can often be found in the woodshop building furniture and architectural models. He is fascinated by the intersections of design and technology, and is optimistic that such tools will improve the quality and health of our built environment.

Event Sponsors:

RISD 2050 Fund
Center for Complexity
Center for Arts & Language
Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies
Division of Architecture and Design
Division of Liberal Arts
Division of Fine Arts
Fleet Library
Center for Artistic Inquiry and Reporting

Special Thanks:

Deanna Casanovas
Joshua Chodorow
Andrew Grant
Katryn Livingston
Danielle Mancuso
Jaime Marland
RISD Design Guild

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