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aliahDarke

A.M. Darke is a conceptual artist, game designer, and activist designing games for social impact. She created the award-winning card game Objectif, which explores the intersection of race, gender, and standards of beauty. In 2016 she became an Oculus Launch Pad fellow, and shortly thereafter wrote An Open Letter to Oculus Founder, Palmer Luckey in response to reports of Luckey’s alt-right affiliations. The following year, she curated the exhibition Building Code: Developing Mixed Use Space in Virtual Reality as an artist-in-residence at Laboratory in Spokane, Washington.

Darke holds a B.A. in Design (’13) and an M.F.A. in Media Arts (’15), both from UCLA. She is also a co-founder of Voidlab, a feminist art + tech collective, and an alumni of the UCLA Game Lab. Her work has been shown internationally and featured in a variety of publications, including Forbes, Kill Screen, and The Creator’s Project.

Darke is an Assistant Professor of Games and Playable Media, and Digital Arts and New Media at UC Santa Cruz, as well as founding director of The Other Lab, an interdisciplinary, intersectional, feminist research lab for experimental games, XR, and new media.

You can reach A.M. at darke[at] ucsc.edu and @prettydarke everywhere else. Add her on snapchat for the occasional horrifying spectacle.