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.