The Knight Foundation's 2022 Arts + Tech Fellows. Clockwise from top left: Complex Movements, Mother Cyborg, Ryan Kuo, James Allister Sprang, and Mary Maggic (courtesy Knight Foundation)

The Knight Foundation has announced five 2022 Knight Arts + Tech Fellows, each of whom are innovatively and creatively using new technologies as part of their art practice. The fellows will each receive $50,000 in unrestricted funding administered by grantmaking organization United States Artists, and they will represent the second cohort of the fellowship. 

The five fellows selected are the collective Complex Movements, and artists James Allister Sprang, Mary Maggic, Mother Cyborg, and Ryan Kuo.

Mother Cyborg, “Mestizos404” (2020). Quilt, 86 x 93 inches (photo by Ara Howrani)

Complex Movements, based in Detroit, is an interdisciplinary group that draws on members’ skills in animation, performance, music production, design, and installation to do transformative community work. Also based in Detroit, Mother Cyborg is a musician, community organizer, and educator who creates zines that aim at “demystifying technology.” Sprang, a Philadelphia-based interdisciplinary artist, melds photography, sound, and installation to “tell sensory poems for the spirit.” Maggic, who is from Los Angeles, is an artist who describes their work as bridging “amateur science, public workshopology, performance, installation, documentary film, and speculative fiction.”And Kuo is an artist from Brooklyn interested in capturing a “state of argument” through digital design.

Ryan Kuo, “Family Maker” (2017-2018). macOS application, dimensions variable (courtesy the artist)

“Artists push us to think differently about technology — how it can be used to create new forms, and new ways of interacting and thinking,” Koven Smith, Knight’s senior director of Arts, said in a statement. “The 2022 Arts and Tech fellows show how, even in times that require rapid adaptation, artists can point the way forward by using technology in expressive, ethical and innovative ways.”  

Accompanying the Knight Foundation’s announcement is the publication of the second edition of Shift Space, a digital journal “exploring new media landscapes and spotlighting the 2022 Knight Arts + Tech fellows.” It features conversations with the fellows and critical essays on their work.

Jasmine Liu is a former staff writer for Hyperallergic. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she studied anthropology and mathematics at Stanford University.