Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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A.M. Darke

Assistant Professor, DANM, AGPM, CRES
Director, The Other Lab
Assistant Professor
Art and Design: Games and Playable Media

A.M. Darke is an artist and game maker designing radical tools for social intervention. Still in the class war. Now in the pandemic. He’s in the combination class war and pandemic. Assistant Professor of Digital Arts and New Media, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Art & Design: Games & Playable Media at UC Santa Cruz, Darke also directs The Other Lab, an interdisciplinary, intersectional feminist research space for experimental games, XR, and new media. She’s recently released ‘Ye or Nay?, a Kanye West-themed game about Black culture, and is currently developing the Open Source Afro Hair Library, a 3D model database for Black hair textures and styles.

Darke holds a B.A. in Design (’13) and an M.F.A. in Media Arts (’15), both from UCLA. Her work has been shown internationally and featured in a variety of publications, including Kill Screen, Vice, and NPR.

Research Interests: 

Black digital futures, algorithmic bias, representation and respectability politics, polemic gaming, and ethical trolling.