Lai Yi Ohlsen


Artist and tech worker operating
at the intersection of media and
movement


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Lai Yi Ohlsen is an artist and tech worker operating at the intersection of measurement, media and movement. She is the 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 an upcoming Technology Resident at Pioneer Works in Spring 2020. Previously she was in residence at Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundationrehearsal and MANCC's Forward Dialogues as Kim Savarino's collaborator. Her work has been shown at Tech Zine Fair, Movement Research’s Fall Festival, New York Art Book Fair, the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit and Our Networks. 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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