roopa vasudevan (b. 1984, cleveland OH) is an american visual artist, computer programmer, and researcher, currently based in philadelphia.
roopa’s work uses data and technology in order to interrogate or subvert social and cultural practices. she is primarily interested in the historical reading of data as a form of collective memory, how surveillance and data collection is altering our notions of what archives are and who is remembered, and coming up with more creative and ethical practices for tech-based art and design. 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. her work has been supported by the philadelphia area creative collaboratives (haverford, PA); 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 flux factory (queens, NY), among others.
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 a member of vox populi, an artist-run collective and gallery space in philadelphia, and is pursuing her PhD at the annenberg school for communication at the university of pennsylvania.