Savannah Niles is an artist/researcher currently 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.
Savannah is a second-year graduate student at the Media Lab at MIT, where she received full funding in Dr. Andy Lippman's Viral Spaces group to research applied extremes of access, processing, and interaction to build media experiences that are data driven, socially designed, and inherently participatory. Savannah is currently working on a master's thesis developing techniques for visually manipulating video for integration onto wearable devices, ambient displays, and interfaces accessed by users with divided attention. In particular, this involves the design and development of a web-based tool to create highly compressive and editorialized looping gifs from video, as well as a series of screen-equipped objects meant to integrate moving images quietly and meaningful into the background of our environments.
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.