Inventor, Artist, Writer & Designer
Mary Flanagan is an inventor, artist, writer and designer whose quirky games, engaging installations, wild poetry and critical essays forge a unique vision of technology, pop culture and avant-garde art. With five scholarly books, over fifty essays and chapters, and a collection of poetry to her credit, Flanagan also publishes in Salon, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Gamasutra. Her internationally recognized artwork ranges from game-inspired systems to computer viruses, embodied interfaces to interactive texts exhibit at museums around the world such as The Whitney Museum, The Guggenheim, Tate Britain, and museums in Spain, New Zealand, South Korea and Australia. Flanagan is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowship, the Brown Foundation Fellowship, the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Bogliasco Fellowship, and was recently a John Paul Getty Museum Scholar. She was Senior Scholar in Residence at Cornell Society for the Humanities, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, and a Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She lives in New York and New Hampshire, and in 2016 was honored as a ‘Vanguard’ from Games for Change and received a Doctorate Honoris Causa in design from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Flanagan has served on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Academic Consortium on Games for Impact, and her work has been supported by commissions and grants including The British Arts Council, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Flanagan founded the award winning design research laboratory Tiltfactor and the publishing company Resonym.
Flanagan is known as an engaging and lively public speaker who lectures at institutions such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Reina Sophia, the Getty, the Telfair Museum, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, USC, NYU, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, University of Toronto, Northwestern, Trinity College, and Oxford. She’s given keynotes to groups ranging from the Association of Professional Futurists to Computer Supported Cooperative Work, from Philosophy of Computer Games to Games Learning and Society, from the experimental STRP Festival to Women in Games. Flanagan holds a PhD from Central St Martins, University of the Arts in London and is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College.
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