About the Artists
Gal Nissim is a New York based, multidisciplinary artist and researcher who bridges art, science, and technology to create interactive work that invites participants to explore the dynamic relationship between nature, culture, and human-made environments.
Nissim's work has been exhibited at Print Screen Festival (Israel), New York Hall of Science, NYC Media Lab at Columbia University, New York University, NYCxDesign festival at Time Square, and Concordia (Netherlands). She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), the Culture & Animals Foundation, NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, Microsoft Design Expo Challenge, Experimental Storytelling research group by NYU and Google, Tisch GSO, and the Weizmann Institute of Science for outstanding young researchers.
She received her Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She studied at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design while earning her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in cognitive science and biology in the Special Honors Program from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Leslie Ruckman is a Brooklyn-based designer and researcher examining the human impact of an increasingly technologically mediated society. Her work explores complex social challenges, posing questions as a means to spark imagination in others about the recently possible. She uses a human-centered design approach to explore alternative narratives and preferred futures.
Her projects have been shown at Print Screen Festival (Israel), NYCxDesign festival at Time Square, New York University, and Harvard Divinity School. She has conducted workshops and talks at the Design for Social Innovation program at School for the Visual Arts (SVA), the Relating Systems Thinking and Design Conference, Stanford Medicine X Conference, and the Global Service Design Conference. She has been awarded grants and scholarships from Microsoft Design Expo Challenge, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation.
Leslie received her Master’s degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She also holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.