cari ann shim sham*, co-founder and curator for the Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art, is an award winning wild artist working in AI, VR & XR, Inflatables, Cinema, Photography, Video Art, Theater, Opera, Dance, blockchain, and Web3 with 3 decades of programming, producing, and directing film, music, and dance festivals. With a curation practice two decades deep, she creates equitable spaces that cultivate new ideas for sustainable arts practices and offers free submission and innovative programming for new artists with a focus on dance film, vr, ar, xr, nfts, ai, generative art, web3 and interactive installation. She is very active in web3 and co-founded mowna, a digital museum, with Joey Zaza in 2020. Together with Zaza and IV she developed an AI curator for the mowna exhibit “This Show is Curated by a Machine” which aimed for a more equitable, diversified and non-biased approach to curation.
As an artist her work has shown at notable venues such as Cannes, United Nations General Assembly, Samsung Developers conference, Future of Storytelling, Jacob’s Pillow, REDCAT, & BAM. Four of her dance films are distributed by Routeledge and she is the first video artist to redesign Rauschenberg’s ‘Shiner’ for “Set & Reset, Reset” by the Trisha Brown company. She is currently investigating blockchain GIF archival of performance on Tezos, developing an AI choreographer, and is a full Arts Professor of Dance & Technology at NYU, TISCH Dance Department. In her free time she enjoys free diving with dolphins, going to contact improv jams, and hunting wild edible mushrooms.