Board of Directors

Ben Fry is principal of Fathom, a design and software consultancy located in Boston. He received his doctoral degree from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer science, statistics, graphic design, and data visualization as a means for understanding information. After completing his thesis, he spent time developing tools for visualization of genetic data as a postdoc with Eric Lander at the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. During the 2006–2007 school year, Ben was the Nierenberg Chair of Design for the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. In 2011, he won the National Design Award for Interaction Design from the Cooper-Hewitt. With Casey Reas, Fry initiated Processing in 2001.

All Streets by Fathom Information Design

Lauren McCarthy (p5.js lead) is an artist based in Los Angeles whose work explores current social and technological systems and structures for being a person and interacting with other people. Lauren has exhibited at Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, and the Japan Media Arts Festival, and worked on installations for the London Eye, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds an MFA from UCLA and a BS Computer Science and BS Art and Design from MIT. She is an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts. Lauren joined the Processing Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2015.

Social Soul by Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald

Casey Reas is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles. He has exhibited, screened, and performed his work in galleries and museums around the world. Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelor’s degree from the School of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001.

Network D by Casey Reas

Daniel Shiffman works as an Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Originally from Baltimore, Daniel received a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University and a master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is the author of Learning Processing: A Beginner’s Guide to Programming Images, Animation, and Interaction and The Nature of Code (self-published via Kickstarter), an open source book about simulating natural phenomenon in Processing.

NeoGeo by Marina Zurkow and Daniel Shiffman

Director of Advocacy

Johanna Hedva is a genderqueer disabled artist and writer from Los Angeles, who now lives in Berlin. Hedva joined the Processing Foundation in 2014, motivated by her political activism in intersectional feminism, anti-white-supremacy, anticapitalism, and for the rights of LGBTQIA+, disabled, and neurodivergent people from all backgrounds. She is committed to open-source philosophy and practice, decolonial politics and action, and to promoting the attenuation of the boundaries between creative disciplines of all kinds.

Motherload by Johanna Hedva

Director of Education

Dr. Rhazes Spell is enamored with media art and technology as a platform for creation and learning. As an artist he is interested in speculative data narratives: how stories shape facts and how “facts” shape cultural plots and identity. As an educator he is continuously fascinated with the power of media art and technology platforms for engaged learning within the humanities and sciences. He is particularly interested in pedagogical practices of mathematics and computational science, media and cultural theory, and design research. Rhazes’s background includes a PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University, a MFA in Design|Media Arts from UCLA, and experience consulting for companies in a variety of industries. He has been a faculty member in the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and is currently a part-time faculty member at University of Southern California, where he is teaching creative web coding and design speculative narratives. Lately his musings include a burgeoning fascination with opera and learning to navigate a socially mediated world as an introvert.

LP by Rhazes Spell

Director of Innovation

Jesse Cahn-Thompson is an artist and musician based in Los Angeles. From 2013-2016, he helped operate and grow a large-scale peace project with filmmaker David Lynch and his nonprofit. Prior to that he worked as a community organizer and equal-opportunity advocate in New York City and northern New Jersey. As a musician, he has performed at All Tomorrow’s Parties (UK), Benicàssim (ES), Bestival (UK), Midi Festival (FR), Sasquatch! Music Festival (USA), Bowery Ballroom NYC and the J. Paul Getty Museum, playing alongside Animal Collective, Beach House, Oneohtrix Point Never, St. Vincent, and Terry Riley among others. His artwork has been hosted by spaces such as the Hunter Museum of American Art, Big Medium Gallery, Knoxville Museum of Art, and the Symposium of Electronic and New Media Arts in Cairo, Egypt.

Flat Earth Folded by Jesse Cahn-Thompson and Greg Pond

Board of Advisors

John Maeda is Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic. He is a former Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the former President of the Rhode Island School of Design from 2008 to 2013. He is a recipient of the National Design Award and his work is represented in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Beginning in 1996, lasting for 13 years, he was a Professor at MIT, where he served as an Associate Director of Research at the MIT Media Lab and was responsible for managing research relationships with 70+ industrial organizations. He received a Ph.D. in Design Science from the University of Tsukuba Institute of Art and Design in Japan. In May 2003, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art. He received an MBA from Arizona State University in May 2006.

Cosmos by John Maeda

Phoenix Perry creates physical games and user experiences. Her work looks for opportunities to bring people together to raise awareness of our collective interconnectivity. A consummate advocate for women in game development, she founded Code Liberation Foundation. Code Liberation catalyzes the creation of digital games and creative technologies by women, nonbinary, femme, and girl-identifying people to diversify STEAM fields. Since starting in 2012, this project has helped to foster a new generation of creators. Currently, she is a Lecturer in Physical Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.

photo credit: Emi Spicer

Taeyoon Choi is an artist and educator based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and storytelling that often leads to intervention in public spaces. Choi collaborates with fellow artists, activists, and professionals from other fields to realize socially engaged projects and alternative pedagogy. He was an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has published books about urbanism and is currently working on a book of drawings about computation. Choi cofounded the School for Poetic Computation in 2013, where he continues to organize and teach. Recently, he's been focusing on unlearning the wall of disability and normalcy, and enhancing accessibility and diversity within art and technology.

Signing Coders Workshop by Taeyoon Choi.