Lai Yi Ohlsen

Artist and tech worker operating
at the intersection of media and




Lai Yi Ohlsen is an artist and tech worker operating at the intersection of measurement, media and movement. As of July 2019, she is the new Project Director of Measurement Lab, one of Code for Science Society's sponsored projects. Previously, she worked to defend and promote human rights online with eQualitie as Technical Programs Manager.

Ohlsen is a 2019 Artist in Residence at Movement Research and her work has been shown at Movement Research’s Fall Festival, New York Art Book Fair and the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit. She has been supported by Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, rehearsal Residency, Pioneer Works and Peer-to-Peer NYC. In August 2019, she participated in MANCC's Forward Dialogues residency as Kim Savarino's collaborator. She is the author of 100 Scores: movement inspired by computers and tends to her creative practice at Soft Surplus, a collective warehouse space in Brooklyn.

With a background in computer science, project management and community organizing, she translates technical visions into actionable, accessible, and assessable plans. Her multidisciplinary work across industries aims to better understand who and what technology is for. Her current research interests include the proliferation of movement through crappily compressed images, the resistance of automated ‘best practice’ bodies, and how analog forms move in resistance against digital power.

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