Faculty: Nell Breyer


Nell Breyer is an artist working at the intersection of digital media, movement and the public domain. She enlists approaches from vision sciences, art and engineering to understand contemporary practices in participatory media and performance shaping our public spaces. Her work has been shown internationally in art institutes (Museo del’arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Sadlers Wells, Cankarjev Dom, The Bangladesh National Museum, The National Academy of Arts & Sciences, Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, MASS MoCA, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Carroll and Sons) and urban settings (Boston City Hall, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The World Financial Center, The Big Screen Project etc). She has received supported from The Trust For Mutual Understanding, Impulstanz Vienna, Kaleidescope/ UNESCO, Sadler’s Wells, LEF New England, Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Art’s (NDP), and the Council for the Arts at MIT.

Nell was a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and the Program in Art, Culture and Technology from 2002-2010; a Digital Fellow at Dance Theater Workshop (2004) and Baryshnikov Art Center (2009). She received her BA in painting (Yale Univ., 1994), an MSC in Cognitive Neuroscience (Oxford Univ., 1997) and an MS in Media, Arts and Sciences (MIT, 2002). She completed her doctorate at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2011 and has since been consulting with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, on several international initiatives involving digital media, copyright, and the public domain. She currently teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at RISD’s Digital + Media department. Her recent publications can be found in the Journal for Artistic Research (2011), Movement Research Journal (2011), and ISMAR 2010 Art, Media and Humanities (2010).

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

Her areas of research include: visual perception of motion, digital culture and the public domain, interactive designs for liminal urban spaces, and emergent frameworks for practice-based artistic research / knowledge acquisition.

Nell Breyer

Nell Breyer


  • BA, Yale University
  • MS, University of Oxford
  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • DDES, Harvard University

  • DM-7048

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Benjamin Kennedy, 2011 Digital + Media, le saut dans la piscine san fin, or endless leap