Sarah Nelson Wright is an interdisciplinary artist focused on socially engaged media art, including site-specific projects addressing gentrification and environmental issues. She creates media projects and public art about the urban experience that explore the changing city. Her work encompasses video, installation, interactive media and public art.
Prof. Wright’s current project, INVISIBLE SEAMS, is an augmented reality walking tour that reveals the impact of the globalized fashion industry. She is also collaborating on a series of virtual reality installations with Prof. Edrex Fontanilla. Her public art project THE NEWTOWN CREEK ARMADA (2012-2016) explored contaminated waterways with a participatory remote control model boat pond that uses video and water quality sensors to document pollution. Previous projects include EMOTIONAL VENDING MACHINE (2015) – aninteractive machine collecting and dispensing solutions for global food system problems, BROOKLYN MAKES (2009) – a site-specific video installation about manufacturing in North Brooklyn, and LOCATIONS & DISLOCATION (2008-2011) – a project about displacement in the urban environment.
Her projects have been exhibited internationally in galleries and festivals, including the Queens Museum (NY), Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (New York), Mostra de Artes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), ACVic Center for Contemporary Arts (Vic, Spain), UnionDocs (NY), Conflux Festival (NY), Dumbo Arts Festival (NY), Proteus Gowanus (NY), AHA Fine Arts (NY), and Radiator Gallery (NY). She has received grants from Brooklyn Arts Council, The Hudson River Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation & FEAST Brooklyn and has been an artist-in-residence at _gaia studio and the School of Making Thinking.
Wright holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. She teaches digital media production and cultural studies courses about the Internet. She also serves as Director of the Theresa Lang Center for Producing at Marymount, which encompasses all of the media labs and equipment used for our production majors.