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GK VanPatter
SenseMaker, Author, Advisor, CoFounder
New York, United States

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Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo

Associate Professor of Integrated Design and Associate Provost | Parsons School of Design, The New School

Brooklyn, United States

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
Technology & The Future
Government & Community

My tags:


Very good at:
+ Teaching groups of students from across disciplines
+ Running community-engaged design projects and collaborations
+ Starting new (and aspirationally disruptive) initiatives within the confines of the academy

About me & my work:

I'm a Brooklyn-based Colombian digital artist, technologist and educator.

My artwork, centered around themes of time and transience, has been internationally exhibited and performed, including at The Kitchen and Exit Art in NYC; UCLA's Hammer Museum; and the Museums of Modern Art in Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia.

I've taught university courses and workshops, since 1997, in Latin America, Japan, and the U.S. and since 2003 have worked at The New School where I'm Associate Provost of Distributed and Global Education and Associate Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons’ School of Design Strategies. Since 2007 I've been an active participant in, and until recently coordinated, the university-wide project Development Through Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Design (DEED), which has connected over 50 New School students with artisans in Latin America to support craft-based, income-generating opportunities. My work with DEED has been featured in the NY Daily News and the TV show LatiNation, and was published in the peer-reviewed top-tier journal Visible Language.

Prior to joining academia full-time, I worked as an educational technologist in Bogotá and at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. As a consultant I've worked with international organizations such as CARE and the World Bank.

I have a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and a Master’s in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University’s ITP.

I live in possibly the smallest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Greenwood Heights, and am a founding member of Occupy University.

My links:

Art website | Website documenting my artworks and practice.

DEED Research Lab | Website about the research lab I run at Parsons.


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