Food For Thought: Ryan Ellis & Derek Curry

Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation

Food For Thought: Ryan Ellis & Derek Curry

Wed, Nov 15, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm 217 Ryder Hall
Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation Wed, Nov 15, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm 217 Ryder Hall

Join faculty colleagues to discuss topical issues in arts, media and design. This session will feature Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Ryan Ellis and Assistant Professor in Game Design Derek Curry. 

Enjoy local food and conversation to inform and inspire interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activities at the nexus of research and practice.

Lunch will be Served

This colloquium series aims to nurture the intellectual community of CAMD faculty and is curated this year by Associate Professor of Architecture, Cammy Brothers and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Meryl Alper. 


217 Ryder Hall

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston , MA 02115

Ryan Ellis

Ryan Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern. Ryan’s research and teaching focuses on topics related to communication law and policy, infrastructure politics, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the Department, Ryan held fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). He received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego.

Derek Curry

Derek Curry is an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University. His interdisciplinary practice combines artistic production with research techniques from the humanities, science and technology studies, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He uses a practice-based research approach to investigate topics where information may be limited, and to create artworks and games that provide an experiential understanding of topics where information may be limited, such as automated decision-making systems used by algorithmic stock trading systems and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) gathering practices. His artworks include a partial replication of an intelligence gathering system and a tool to help activists communicate with algorithmic stock trading bots. In 2010, Curry co-founded Bankster Games with Jennifer Gradecki. Bankster Games is loose collective that creates analogue and digital games designed to teach players understand financial instruments and practices that may be difficult for people outside of finance to understand. Curry’s research has been published in Big Data & Society and his artwork has been exhibited at venues and festivals such as Ars Electronica, Science Gallery Dublin, Different Games, Radical Networks, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Athens Digital Art Festival, the AC Institute, and the USF Contemporary Art Museum.