Paula Gaetano Adi

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Most Recent Affiliation:

  • Rhode Island School of Design, Experimental & Foundation Studies, Associate Professor


  • Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America



  • Paula Gaetano Adi is a visual artist and Associate Professor of Experimental & Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her practice draws from study of technoscience, postcolonialism, and artificial life, and her performance and robotic work has been exhibited and showcased extensively in museums, conferences, and art festivals throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and North America. She earned an MFA in Art & Technology from The Ohio State University, was a Visiting Scholar at UCLA REMAP, Visiting Professor at UNTREF Electronic Arts in Buenos Aires, and Artist-in-Residence at EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is the recipient of the First Prize VIDA 9.0, Argentina’s National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and Fundación Telefónica’s Art & Artificial Life Award for Ibero-American artists. Recent publications include “Mestizo Robotics” in Leonardo, and the co-edited special issue of Media-N, “Mestizo Technology: Art, Design, and Technoscience in Latin America.”


Art Show Reviewer:

Writings and Presentations:

  • Title: Introduction to Unsettled Artifacts
    Writing Type: Essay
    Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2017: Unsettled Artifacts: Technological Speculations from Latin America
    Abstract Summary:

    The motivation for the 2017 Art Gallery was, in fact, not only to examine the current state of art, science, and technology, but also to return a sense of “agency” to these technological artifacts and to help us recognize that we all make the choices that create the future. Therefore, convinced of the power of the poetics of technological speculation, and with the intention of mapping the ground on which we can imagine alternative futures, the Art Gallery traveled south in order to exhibit works of art produced outside the traditional centers of industrial and technological development, by artists living and working in Latin America.