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David Kim

Brought on in 2014 to found the RISD Co-Works Research Lab program, David Kim leads the development of interdisciplinary courses, research and experimental making initiatives and department-neutral strategies for emerging technologies.

Following a career as a cancer and genetics research scientist, Kim returned to school for Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at UCSD and again for the Digital Media MFA program at RISD. He has been educational director of The Periscope Project, director of digital stage effects for Butterworth Dance Company and a high school math, science and English instructor.

More recently, Kim has developed and taught curricula at institutions including RISD, Brown, Brandeis, SVA and UCSD since 2009. He currently serves as RISD Graduate Studies faculty and a biomedical design consultant for the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, and he is on the board of directors for Queer.Archive.Work.

As a queer, first-generation, Korean-American artist, scientist and educator, Kim is invested in cultivating biological, digital and social systems as vehicles for catharsis, intersectional discourse and social justice community building. A member of Biome Arts, his work and collaborations have been featured in Wired, Smithsonian, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Art in America and the Venice Biennale. Parallel to his practice, he has curated interdisciplinary and social justice-aligned exhibitions at RISD, Brown University, Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance and MU Gallery in Eindhoven.

  • MFA, Rhode Island School of Design