Sarah Grant is the Visiting Professor of New Media at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and founder of the interactive media studio Cosmic.Berlin. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Fine Art from UC Davis and a Masters in Media Arts from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. She has been a Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Journalism at Columbia, Adjunct Professor at NYU Polytechnic in Digital Media, and Artist-in-Residence at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.
With a focus on radioart and networked media, she researches and develops open source software, artworks as educational tools, and workshops that demystify computer networking technology. Since 2015, she has also organized the Radical Networks conference in New York and Berlin, a community event and arts festival for social justice activations, critical investigations, and creative experiments in telecommunications.
What is "The Cloud"? That thing which all of our lives are stored on, all of our devices phone home to whenever we open the laptop lid, switch on our mobile, or strap on our "smart watch"? For people who are not network engineers, it can be hard finding the entry point into understanding the Internet, and where and how to start breaking this black box down into its components.
As a teacher I am motivated to help with this process so that more people can understand how the Internet works and through that, gain a sense of control and empowerment versus blind participation.
As an artist, I like to think about network connections as raw material, something that can be sculpted and manipulated as though it were physical matter: As paint is the medium of the painter and clay of the sculptor, in my practice computer networks are the medium of the net artist.