Associate Professor of Art
David Darts is Director of Global Studies and Chair Emeritus of Steinhardt's Art Department. His research focuses on the convergences between contemporary art and media, technology, education, and freedom. He develops free open source tools, like Bitcave and PirateBox, that support community collaboration, creative experimentation, access to knowledge, and the free exchange of ideas and culture. Darts' research and writings about contemporary art, education, emerging technologies and creative citizenship have been published in a number of top scholarly journals and books.
Darts' PirateBox is a self-contained and mobile digital collaboration and file sharing system. Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movement, PirateBox utilizes Free and Open Source software to create mobile wireless communication and file sharing networks where users can chat and anonymously exchange images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content. The project has been featured in over 200 international online and print publications , including New Scientist, Ars Technica, and Wired Italia.
Darts is also Curatorial Director of Conflux , the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space. Since 2009, Conflux has featured lectures, performances, workshops, and exhibitions from over 250 public space scholars and artists. Conflux has received significant media attention including stories in the New York Times and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.