Brought on in 2014 to build RISD Co-Works Research Lab from the ground up, Director David Kim leads the development of interdisciplinary courses, cross-departmental initiatives and resources for making-research. He has developed and taught interdisciplinary curricula at institutions including RISD, SVA, UCSD and Brown University for over a decade. Following a career as a cancer and genetics research scientist, he returned to school for Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at UCSD and again for the Digital Media MFA at RISD. He has served as educational director for The Periscope Project, director of digital stage effects for Butterworth Dance Company and a high school math, science and English instructor. In addition to his role at RISD, he currently serves as a biomedical design consultant for the University of Michigan and a senior critic at Brandeis University.
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 organizing. He is a member of Biome Arts, and his work and collaborations have been featured in Wired, Smithsonian, 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.