New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
MPS, Interactive Telecommunications Program. 2011 - 2013.
Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia College
BA, Film Studies. 2002 - 2006.
awards, honors & residencies.
2016 artist in residence, #slowtrain, china residencies, trans-siberian railway (august).
2016 artist in residence, SPACES world artists program (SWAP), SPACES gallery, cleveland, OH (may — july).
2015 artist in residence, flux factory, queens, NY (october – december).
2014 artist in residence, flux factory. queens, NY (july & august).
2013-2014 resident research fellow, interactive telecommunications program, new york university.
2013 sony electronics scholarship award, tisch school of the arts, new york university.
2012-2013 tisch dean’s scholarship, new york university.
2011-2012 tisch departmental scholarship, new york university.
selected exhibitions, performances & talks.
2016 “star spangled”, harlan levey projects, brussels, belgium (november & december; exhibition, “#Bellwether”)
2016 “#slowtrain ( #慢慢火车)”, wujin, independent art spaces beijing, beijing, china (august; solo exhibition)
2016 “#Bellwether”, SPACES, cleveland OH (may — july; solo exhibition)
2016 “fung wah biennial”, flux factory, queens, NY (march; exhibition, “eMOTION mapping”)
2015 “test patterns”, flux factory, queens, NY (december; curator)
2015 “flux factory artists in residence show”, flux factory, queens, NY (nov.; curator/exhibition, “composite fluxer”)
2015 “physico/electro”, the art association of jackson hole, jackson, WY (july-august; exhibition, “grillz”)
2015 “STROBE network”, flux factory, queens, NY (june; exhibition, “craigs shopping network”)
2015 “HANDS UP”, flux factory, queens, NY (may; a collaboration with atif ateeq)
2015 “data visualization lounge”, strata + hadoop world conference, san jose, CA (february; exhibition, “grillz”)
2015 “art hack day: deluge”, pioneer works, brooklyn, NY (january)
2014 women in tech series, brooklyn robot foundry, brooklyn, NY (december; educational presentation on work)
2014 “death by art”, death by audio, brooklyn NY (november; exhibition, “grillz”)
2014 “heavily scripted”, little berlin, philadelphia PA (october; exhibition, “grillz”)
2014 “office hours”, DUMBO arts festival, brooklyn, NY (september; exhibition, “grillz”)
2014 flux thursday, flux factory, queens, NY (august; presentation on work & process)
2014 USA science and engineering festival, washington DC (april; exhibition, “hate couture”)
2013 women 2.0: 2020 vision, bellagio ballroom, las vegas, NV (november; presentation & exhibition, “hate couture”)
2013 world maker faire new york, new york hall of science, queens, NY (september; presentation, “hate couture”)
2013 ITP thesis week & spring show, new york, NY (may; presentation & exhibition, “hate couture”)
2013 TEDxNYU, new york, NY (may; exhibition, “all-american girls”)
2013 “big screens”, IAC, new york, NY (march; screening, “no. 382,280. electrical transmission of power”)
2013 “data visualization showcase”, strata conference, santa clara, CA (february; exhibition, “all-american girls”)
2012 “new interfaces for musical expression”, glasslands gallery, brooklyn, NY (december; performance, “gaze”)
2012 ITP winter show, new york, NY (december; exhibition, “all-american girls”)
2012 ITP spring show, new york, NY (may; exhibition, “sluts across america”)
2011 ITP winter show, new york, NY (december; exhibition, “sex ed mannequin”)
selected press & publication.
2016 “unconventional wisdom” (live wire radio, 7 november)
2016 “during the RNC, two art projects amplify the voices of ohio’s citizens” (hyperallergic, 19 july)
2016 “art that exposes the theater of politics” (hyperallergic, 21 june)
2016 “SPACES presents politically themed exhibits as RNC nears” (cleveland scene, 18 may)
2016 “fung wah biennial” (art in america, june/july 2016)
2015 “‘test patterns’ exhibition probes the limits of technology” (the creators project, 7 december)
2015 “‘there is still a lot stacked against us’: ferguson inspires year of art” (PBS newshour, 9 august)
2015 “crimes of the art #13” (hyperallergic, 19 may)
2015 “police union slams ‘hands up’ exhibit in queens” (pix11/WPIX-TV, 18 may)
2015 “hands up: flux factory installation simulates police shooting” (artnet news, 18 may)
2015 “NYPD union slams “hands up” installation in queens” (new york daily news, 16 may)
2015 “‘hands up’: new interactive installation aims to foster conversation on police brutality” (animal, 15 may)
2015 “new york exhibit taps into dialogue on race and policing” (reuters, 15 may [print & TV])
2014 “bling bling rules!” (tracks, arte, 6 december)
2014 “these 3D printed grillz are made from the sound of rap’s struggle” (noisey, 23 oct)
2014 “artist roopa vasudevan is turning your favorite rap lyrics into wearable 3D printed grillz” (paper, 16 oct)
2014 “an NYC artist turns rap lyrics into 3D printed grillz” (the FADER, 15 oct)
2014 “’grillz’ art installation uses algorithmic data to visualize hip-hop lyrics” (PSFK, 15 oct)
2014 “wear rap lyrics on your teeth with these 3D printed ‘grillz’” (dazed, 15 oct)
2014 “artist 3D prints grillz using algorithms generated from hip-hop songs” (designboom, 14 oct)
2014 “roopa vasudevan creates 3-D printed grillz using complicated algorithms of hip-hop lyrics” (complex, 13 oct.)
2014 “these 3D-printed ‘grillz’ are algorithmic visualizations of hip-hop lyrics” (animal, 13 october)
2014 “new exhibition asserts: programming is for artists too” (technical.ly philly, 3 october)
2014 “hate couture: tailored rants” (puls, bayerischer rundfunk, 19 february)
2012 “roopa vasudevan, grad student, designed cross-stitch patterns that show how women voted in the last election” (huffington post women, 18 december)
2012 “here is a beautiful cross-stitch visualization of how women voted in the last election” (jezebel, 17 december)
2012 “take it back: 5 steps to reclaim a dirty name” (good magazine, 15 july)
2012 “how to insult your political opponents” (new yorker blog, 3 may)
2012 “can ‘sluts across america’ reclaim a dirty word?” (slate, 26 april)
2012 “birth control advocacy of the day” (the daily what, 25 april)
2012 “birth control proponents form ‘sluts across america’” (fox 5 vegas, 24 april)
2016 - present assistant arts professor, new york university shanghai (上海纽约大学)
INTM-SHU 209, this is the remix: a survey of the usage of remix, recontextualization and reappropriation as artistic tools. undergraduate level. fall 2016.
INTM-SHU 400, IMA capstone studio: studio class for senior interactive media arts majors developing their capstone projects. taught studio class as well as served on the faculty capstone committee. undergraduate level. spring 2017.
2014-present adjunct professor, new york university, interactive telecommunications program
classes: ITP-GT.2233, introduction to computational media: an introduction to the fundamentals of programming. graduate level. fall 2014 (using processing), fall 2015 (using p5.js).
ITP-GT.2697, this is the remix: a survey of the usage of remix, recontextualization and reappropriation as artistic tools. graduate level. spring 2015.
2014-2015 adjunct professor, fordham college at lincoln center
classes: COMM 2211, journalism workshop (multimedia): an introduction to technical and storytelling skills for multimedia journalism production. undergraduate level. spring 2014, fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015.
NMDD 3890, data visualization and representation: an introduction to the basics of data visualization, information design, and data art. undergraduate level. fall 2015.
2013-2014 resident research fellow, new york university, interactive telecommunications program
year-long teaching and research fellowship; involves holding regular office hours with students, as well as leading weekly or semi-weekly workshops on introductory concepts in programming, video and sound, and animation. graduate level.
selected professional experience.
2013-present freelance software developer
creating and debugging software for a variety of artistic and professional environments. clients include: innovid; urban matter, inc.; finish line features (“CODE: debugging the gender gap”); trixie films; third party films; and angie waller.
2011-present freelance digital & broadcast video producer
shooter, field producer, editor and motion graphics artist for digital, installation, and broadcast productions. clients include the american museum of natural history (“the power of poison”, “pterosaurs: flight in the age of dinosaurs”, “nature’s fury”, “life at the limits”, “the secret world inside you”); local projects (“memory chamber” for the national september 11 memorial & museum, “gallery one” for the cleveland museum of art); the new york times; gigantic! productions (true life [mtv], secretly pregnant [discovery]).
2008-2011 gigantic! productions
responsibilities included: conducting casting, supervising field shoots, directing field producers and operating camera, writing voiceover script for teases and show narration, outlining story and supervising edit, orchestrating research/development for potential projects.
shows as producer-director: true life: i’m a sex offender (aired jan. 2012), true life: i’m allergic to everything (june 2011), true life goes on: where are your favorites now? (aired jan. 2011), true life: i’m addicted to food (aired dec. 2010).
shows as segment producer: true life: i have neurofibromatosis (aired april 2010), mtv news’ sexting in america: when privates go public (aired feb. 2010), true life: i’m changing my sex (aired sept. 2009).
shows as associate producer: ice queens (aired feb. 2009), true life: i’m living off the grid (aired oct. 2008).
2007-2008 mtv networks: associate producer, news & docs / series development
cast, organized shoots, edited highlights and assisted with edit for hit me up (not-for-air pilot), brooklyn test tape and a true life marathon. managed online moderation and web comments for hit me up. researched potential topics and began preliminary casting for future episodes of true life.
software: final cut pro 7, adobe creative suite (photoshop, illustrator, after effects, premiere, audition), microsoft office, mac osx, windows, and linux ubuntu operating systems.
cameras: canon 5D Mark II, 6D & 7D, sony hvr-v1u, panasonic ag-hmc40p, panasonic dvx100B & hvx200A.