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Cary Adams doing acoustic radar research during a residency at the Center for Land Use Interpretation

Cary Adams

  • Associate Professor of Art, Environment, and Emerging Practices

MFA, Video Art and Computer Graphics for the Visual Arts, Syracuse University, 1997

Sage Art Center
(585) 273-5994


Courses Offered (subject to change)

  •  Art of the Remix
  •  Food Justice and Social Practice
  •  Advanced Video Art
  •  New Media and Emerging Practice 1
  •  New Media and Emerging Practice 2: Art Environment Action

Selected Exhibitions

  • FOODshed: Agriculture and Art in Action, curated by Amy Lipton, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, 2014
  • Stuttgarter Filmwinter: Festival for Expanded Media, curated by Marcus Kohlbach, Stuttgart, Germany, 2014
  • Hybrid City 2, Subtle rEvolutions, National + Kapodistrian University of Athens, curated by Daphne Dragona et al., Athens, Greece, 2013
  • IDEAS CITY, New Museum of Art, curated by Julia Kaganskiy of #ArtsTech, NYC, 2013
  • Alhóndiga Bilbao, Hondakin Festival: “Tactile Media,” curated by Zaramari Ecología Urbana, Bilbao, Spain, 2012
  • Indeterminate Hikes+, Museo y Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain, 2012 (solo performance)
  • Parsons the New School for Design, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, “Art Environment Action!,” curated by Radhika Subramaniam, NYC, 2012
  • Basecamp.exe, 319 Scholes, curated by Igal Nassima + Lindsay Howard, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, 2012 (solo exhibition)
  • UCLA Design Media Arts Gallery, “L.A. Re.Play,” curated by Mimi Sheller, Hana Iverson, and Jeremy Hight, Los Angeles, 2012
  • Indeterminate Hikes+, M.I.T. Media Lab, Upgrade! Boston, curated by Jo-Ann Green, Boston, 2011
  • Whitney Museum of American Art @ The Kitchen, “Undercurrents,” curated by ISP Fellows Anik Fournier, Michelle Lim, Amanda Parmer and Robert Wuilfe, NYC, 2010
  • Untitled Landscape #5, Whitney Museum of American Art, Sunrise and Sunset Series, curated by Christiane Paul, NYC, 2009–2010 (commission)


  • The Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Rhizome at the New Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Cornell University Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
  • of New Radio & Performing Arts
  • Walker Art Center
  • Computer Fine Arts
  • New Media Scotland

Selected Awards/Grants

  • Center for Land Use Interpretation Art Residency, 2015
  • Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award, 2013
  • New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media Finishing Funds Grant, 2013
  • Parsons The New School for Design Art Residency, Sheila Johnson Design Center, 2012
  • JOYA: Arte+EcologĂ­a Art Residency, 2012
  • New York State Council on the Arts, Media Art Distribution Grant, 2012
  • Whitney Museum of American Art Sunrise/Sunset Commission, 2009
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Digital / Electronic Arts Fellowship, 2009
  • Radio & Performing Arts, Inc. Commission, 2008
  • Rhizome Commission, curated by Mark Tribe, 2002
  • Franklin Furnace Performance Grant, 2001

Current Projects

  • Edible Ecologies:a series of new media social-sculpture performances that work collaboratively with local communities to resuscitate historic food practices and facilitate recovery from “industrial amnesia.”
  • OS Fermentation: Collaborative Hacks with Fruits, Vegetables, and Microbes: Data visualization, custom software/electronics, live fermentation, slow-cooking class, and healing ritual.
  • Late Anthropocene: Series of experimental videos about nature’s shift from a refuge to a unknown force haunting the consciousness, denial, and bewilderment of the human species; a meditation on the cognitive rupture of living in the Anthropocene, the geologic epoch defined by humanity's impact on the Earth’s ecological systems, especially global climate change.
  • Indeterminate Hikes+: A mobile media app that transforms everyday landscapes into sites of bio-cultural diversity and wild happenings through a series of walking tours, retooling smartphones into devices of environmental imagination and meditative wonder.