Ari Melenciano

A multidisciplinary artist, creative technologist and researcher, passionate about exploring how various forms of design impact the human experience. Much of her research lies at the intersections of human-computer interactive technologies for creative expression, societal impacts of technology, public policy, race, identity, speculative design, and experimental pedagogy.

Get to know Ari Melenciano
What artist, curator, activist or project has influenced or inspired you?

I once had the opportunity to visit Salvador Dali’s museum in Figueres, Spain. I was blown away by the way Dali was able to translate his creativity into so many different forms, from the design of the museum to the wide range of styles of the work hanging on the walls. Too often creatives are placed into boxes. Dali was fearless in bouncing between many different styles, mediums, and forms. That inspired me to be more fearless, as well. To go after any interest and not contain myself.

What motivates you to do what you do?

I believe all should be able to experience life in its fullest and most beautiful form – and the opportunities to create beautiful moments for others, and myself, to experience is always exciting. Great design creates great experiences. And the recognition of one’s agency to create the world they wish to live in is powerful and always inspiring.