Tega Brain

Assistant Industry Professor

Tega Brain

Tega Brain is an artist and environmental engineer whose work intersects art, ecology and engineering. Calling her artistic research eccentric engineering, she explores the scope and politics of emerging technologies.

She is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University and is affiliated with Data & Society and the Processing Foundation, where she contributes to the p5js project. In 2013 she was awarded a Creative Australia Fellowship for early career artists from the Australia Council for the Arts. She has recently exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Eyebeam in New York City. Her work has been widely discussed in the press including in the New York Times, Art in America and The Guardian. She has given talks and workshops at museums and festivals like EYEO, TedxSydney, the Whitney Museum and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.



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

Water Engineer
Water sensitive urban design specialist.
From: January 2008 to January 2010

Journal Articles


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



Other Publications



  • 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. (2012). 'Making Architecture Public' in Expanded architecture : avant-garde film + expanded cinema + architecture. Broken Dimanche Press, Berlin, Germany. March 2012.


  • Advisory committee, School for Poetic Computation.
  • Affilate, Data & Society.


Creative Australia Fellowship for early career artists, Australia Council for the Arts, 2013.