roopa vasudevan (b. 1984, cleveland OH) is an american visual artist, computer programmer, and researcher, currently based in philadelphia.
roopa’s work explores the influence and impact that our increasingly digital and tech-reliant way of life has on culture, politics, and real world behaviors — and the ways in which technology can reveal patterns and biases in our real-life social systems. she utilizes publicly available data collected over long periods of time, ranging from social media posts to photos, audio and video, which is then run through a variety of algorithmic processes — some using computers, and some not — that extract similarities, differences, and potential underlying meaning. she has exhibited internationally in belgium, china and the united states, and been featured on reuters, slate, hyperallergic, jezebel, complex, PSFK, the FADER, PBS NewsHour, public radio international, and more, as well as on american, french and german television. recently, she has been a participant in the SOHO20 residency lab (brooklyn, NY); the arctic circle residency (svalbard); china residencies’ #slowtrain digital residency (trans-siberian railway); the SPACES world artists program (cleveland, OH); and the flux factory artist collective (queens, NY).
roopa received an MPS from the interactive telecommunications program (ITP) at NYU’s tisch school of the arts in 2013. between 2016 and 2018, she was an assistant arts professor of interactive media arts at NYU shanghai. she is currently pursuing her PhD at the annenberg school for communication at the university of pennsylvania.