Catherine D’Ignazio is the person behind that really cute baby. She is an artist, software developer and educator and occasionally goes by the name of kanarinka. She is the Director of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things, an interventionist performance troupe, and former Director of the Experimental Geography Research Cluster at RISD’s Digital+Media MFA program. She taught in the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT in 2009 & 2012. Her artwork has been exhibited at the ICA Boston, Eyebeam, and MASSMoCA, and has won awards from the Tanne Foundation and Turbulence.org. Catherine has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MFA in Studio Art from Maine College of Art. She has lived and worked in Paris, Buenos Aires, and Michigan, and currently resides in Waltham, MA.
At the lab, Catherine conducts research on critical geography and media attention. Her thesis looks at ways to "engineer serendipity" - to stage encounters with information outside our comfort zones, biases and habits. She is also interested in researching experimental ways of engaging more deeply with place and spatial justice issues - through storytelling, maps, media, social practice and algorithms.