Savannah Niles is an artist/researcher based in Cambridge, MA. She builds things that respond broadly to the vernacular of computation: the image of wires; the unresolved relationship between the solid world and a softer one; the meandering, undecided flow of information and our response to it. She is also concerned with the relationship between information and communities-- in particular, the ways a community can gain greater access to the information it produces, and the implications of this.
Savannah is a second-year graduate student at the Media Lab at MIT, where she received full funding to research proximal networking technologies with Dr. Andrew Lippman's Viral Spaces group. Previously, she developed with Beak Labs for Samsung Mobile and Twitter at SXSW, and she was a software development intern with Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development in Los Angeles. Her work has shown at the Austin Museum of Art’s Arthouse, 500X, and the Free Museum of Dallas. She was a participant in the Dallas Pavilion Project published in conjunction with the 2013 Venice Biennale. Savannah has worked with middle school students as a teacher at Breakthrough Collaborative in Austin and as a tutor with the West Dallas Community Centers. Savannah graduated summa cum laude from SMU in May 2013 with degrees in sculpture and applied computation.
Savannah is currently working on a master's thesis designing and building data-driven interfaces to create, publish, and explore dynamic media for narrative entertainment and informative engagement with news.