About

CV | Portfolio Brief

paint-test2Ryan Raffa is a musician, artist, designer, and educator, musician, and artist. Valedictorian and honors graduate of the Parsons School of Design MFA Design + Technology program, he recently co-authored the new BFA Design + Technology curriculum at Parsons, the Creative Coding Minor, and started the Creative Technology Pre-College Academy partnership with New Visions for Public Schools which, with support of the MacArthur Foundation, provided a design process and creative problem solving course for public high school students from the Bronx. Raffa has toured as an active musician throughout the US, performing live at the High Museum, Radio New York, KEXP, and NPR. Raffa’s work has been shown at CultureHub/La MaMa Galleria, Aronson Gallery, Temp Art Space, Dumbo Arts Festival, and featured in blogs including Engadget, Gizmodo, and Creative Applications. Raffa is the recipient of the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Award, and he has given talks and presented work in art, design, and technology at Mozilla, SIGGRAPH, ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition, Critical Themes at SVA, Maker Faire, Open Hardware Summit, and the inaugural New School Arts Festival, Noir.

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by rhythm and interested in how code can be used in dynamic composition and improvisation. My work examines how and what we learn through technology (Breadcrumbs, 2013), explores personal geographies (She Surrounds Us, 2013 and Urban Drifts, 2009), and demonstrates the relationships between visual music, experimentation and performance (RhythmSynthesis, 2011 and Tempo: Conversational, 2011).

Contact

ryanraffa (at) gmail dot com

Talks/Exhibitions

refest, CultureHub/La MaMa Galleria, New York, NY | November 2014 (details)
Earlids, The New School, New York, NY | January 2014 (details)
Sound as Research, Air Mozilla, San Francisco, CA | September 2013 (details)
Dumbo Arts Festival, New York, NY | September 2013 (details)
Everything is TEMP, TEMP Art Space, New York, NY | June – July 2013 (details)
SIGGRAPH 2012 Conference, Los Angeles, CA | August 2012 (details)
Critical Information, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY | December 2011
ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition, Atlanta GA | November 2011 (details)
Open Hardware Summit, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY | September 2011
MFA DT Thesis Show, Parsons School of Design, New York NY | May 2011
Noir Festival, The New School, New York NY | April 2011

Honors/Awards

Fellowship Recipient, EDesign Lab | 2012 – 2013
Part Time Faculty Development Grant, Parsons School of Design | 2012
Educator’s Choice, World Maker Faire | 2012
Editor’s Choice, World Maker Faire | 2011
Valedictorian / With Honors, MFA DT, Parsons School of Design | 2011
Teaching Fellow, Parsons School of Design | 2010
Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Award, The New School | 2010
Graduate Dean Scholarship, Parsons School of Design | 2009 – 2011

Mention

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Creative Applications
Gizmodo
New School News
Engagdet
Hack-a-day
BrooklynVegan
KEXP
NPR

Classes/Workshops (full list)

2015 Spring
Collaborative Teaching, Faculty Workshop, Indian School of Design and Innovation/Parsons Mumbai
Learning Portfolio, Faculty Workshop, Indian School of Design and Innovation/Parsons Mumbai
Digital Craft, BFA First Year, Parsons School of Design

2014 Fall
Integrative Studio 1, BFA First Year, Parsons School of Design (link)

2014 Spring
Integrative Studio 2, BFA First Year, Parsons School of Design (link)

2013 Fall
Integrative Studio 1, BFA First Year, Parsons School of Design (link)
Creative Computing, BFA CDT, Parsons School of Design (link)

2013 Spring
Interactive Prototyping, MFA DT, Parsons School of Design (link)

2012 Fall
Creativity and Computation Lab, MFA DT, Parsons School of Design (link)
Creative Computing, BFA CDT, Parsons School of Design (link)

2012 Spring
Interactive Prototyping, MFA DT, Parsons School of Design (link)

2011 Fall
Creativity and Computation Lab, MFA DT, Parsons School of Design

2011 Spring
Collaboration In and Beyond Music (TA), ULEC, The New School
Dorkshop: Intro to Physical Computing

2010 Summer
Bootcamp Summer Intensive, MFA DT, Parsons School of Design