Teneille Craig

Salome Asega

Teneille Craig
Salome Asega

Salome Asega

ARTIST & RESEARCHER

Merging art with STEM, Ethiopian artist Salome Asega is providing the tools children and teenagers need to comprehend and apply science effectively. A Technology Fellow at the Ford Foundation, instructor of speculative design classes at The New School, and the assistant director of POWRPLNT (a digital arts education space for young Brooklynites) Asega believes that this marriage is a key component to learning for youth and for herself. As she explains it, “the exploratory nature of working with emerging media and tools like mixed reality make the possibilities of what I can do wildly playful and imaginative. And because most of my projects are collaborative or involve a participatory process, I find joy in being able to share in exploration with others.”

“As a resource or even in concept, the entry points to a lot of new technologies aren’t necessarily clear or welcoming, so creating access points and building unlikely partnerships is important to me,” she tells OkayAfrica. “I’ve been tinkering with hardware since I was a child and have made this hobby my work for the last 5 years…I think people working with newer media have an added responsibility to unfurl and make transparent the social implications of the technology they’re using. And artists have a way of engaging audiences in these kinds of conversations creatively.”