Tega Brain

  • Industry Assistant Professor


Tega Brain is an Australian born artist and environmental engineer whose work examines how technology shapes ecological relations. She has created wireless networks that respond to natural phenomena, systems for obfuscating fitness data and an online smell based dating service. She has recently exhibited in the Vienna Biennale for Change, the Guangzhou Triennial and in venues like the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin and the New Museum, NYC, among others.

Her work has been widely discussed in the press including in the New York Times, Art in America, The Atlantic, NPR, Al Jazeera and The Guardian and in art and technology blogs like the Creators Project and Creative Applications. She has given talks and workshops at museums and festivals like EYEO, TedxSydney and the Sonar Festival.

Tega is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University. She works with the Processing Foundation on the Learning to Teach conference series and P5JS project. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships at Data & Society, Eyebeam and the Australia Council for the Arts.



Research Interests: Digital Media, Design, Built Environment, Computational Arts, Human Computer Interaction

University of New South Wales, 2006
Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Engineering

Queensland University of Technology, 2012
Master of Art, Creative Industries

L. Nooney and Tega Brain. “A ‘Speculative Pasts’ Pedagogy: Where Speculative Design Meets Historical Thinking.” Digital Creativity. 30(4).

Brain, T. (2018). 'The Environment is not a System', APRJA. 

Brain, T., Mattu, S., Abend, P. & Fuchs, M. (2016). 'I think it worked because Mercury was in the House of Jupiter!', Quantified Selves | Statistic Bodies, Digital Culture and Society.

Brain, T., & Newcombe, J. (2015). Exploring Environmental Stewardship Through Data-Driven Practices. In Media Art and the Urban Environment (pp. 47-61). Springer International Publishing.

Brain, T. and Miller, B. (2014). 'le_temps: Visualising Phenology from Public Image Databases', Techno-Ecologies II. Acoustic Space #12, vol. 2, no. 12.

Brain, T. (2013). Environmental data as sensory experience. ISEA International.

Acworth, I. and Brain, T. (2008). 'Calculation of barometric efficiency in shallow piezometers using water levels, atmospheric and earth tide data', Hydrogeology Journal, Volume 16, Number 8, 1469-1481.

Brain T. (2012). 'Making Architecture Public' in Expanded architecture : avant-garde film + expanded cinema + architecture. Broken Dimanche Press, Berlin, Germany. March.


Advisory committee, School for Poetic Computation.

Affiliate, Data & Society.


NYU Green Grant

Project: Solar-Powered Media 

NYU Marron Grant

Project: Flooding and the Urban Microbiome

Humanities Lab

Project: Radical Ecologies Lab

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