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Blair Simmons

MA Candidate - Technology as Performance

Blair received her undergraduate degree at NYU's College of Arts and Science with honors in the Dramatic Literature and Computer Science departments. She was a recipient of the DURF Research Grant, where she explored issues of staging philosophy and the nature of language which culminated in a play based off of Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus. The piece, Staging Wittgenstein, most recently had a full month's run in August 2017 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her more technology-driven work is in programming and 3D art. Her 3D sculptures focus on issues of assembled female bodies. Her interdisciplinary research in technology and performance has naturally delivered her to Gallatin for graduate school, as she is now creating computer-generated plays. She will be looking into computer generated art, fear of technology, digital doubling, and collaborations between humans and computers. On weekends she teaches 3D printing to kids at the Harlem School of the Arts. As a Gallatin Graduate assistant, Blair is passionate about creating community and hosting events for STEAM students.