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Gabriella Levine

Adjunct, Alumni, Class of 2012


Courses Taught: Biomimetic Design

Gabriella Levine is a creative technologist, interactive artist and open-source hardware designer interested in the relationship between technology and ecology. She studied Biology and Piano at Cornell University and Oberlin College, then worked doing Cancer Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine before abandoning the lab for the outdoors to become a wildland fire fighter based in Oregon. She holds a Masters degree in Design and Technology from ITP, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She creates sculptural and robotic works that mimic environmental phenomena and animal behavior. She is the COO of Protei Inc, manufacturing robotic biomimetic sailboats, and President of Open-H2O, a global community and New York based non-profit, developing ocean preservation innovations.

Since 2010, Levine has exhibited work internationally including Ars Electronica, Science Gallery Trinity College, Eyebeam, MIT Media Lab, IAC Building Chelsea, American Museum of Natural History, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Transnatural Art Festival (NL), and TEKS, Norway. She has recently received the NYU Task Force Green Grant for an outdoor installation in lower Manhattan called the Bellflower Project, and was commissioned for a semi-permanent installation at landmark building 240 Central Park South called Transpiration. She received the 2012 Prix Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts Award, Artist in Residence at Instructables, the Gulfstream Navigator Savannah Ocean Exchange Grant, and was named Woman of the Hour top 24 women in Tech 2011 by Limor Fried,Adafruit Industries. She teaches at various New Media institutions, and has presented globally at Symposia and Lectures including the Open Hardware Summit 2011 (NYC) and Startup Festival Bangalore. Her work has been written up in Wired, CNN, Vice Magazine, NY1, and Scientific American.

Currently, Levine is part of a radical experiment, travelling around the world as a fellow of the Unreasonable At Sea program, travelling with Protei to 14 different ports worldwide.