Associate Professor of Art; Chair, Department of Art and Art Professions
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 democracy. 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.
- Ph.D. University of British Columbia
Grants and Awards
- 2010 Goddard Award, NYU Steinhardt ($4,000)
- 2009 Humanities Initiative Grant-in-Aid, NYU ($5,000)
- 2009 Faculty Challenge Grant - Art & Culture Award, NYU Steinhardt ($5,000)
- 2007-2010 SSHRC Standard Research Grant, Grauer, K. (Principal Investigator), Darts, D., Webber, S., Sinner, A. (Co-Investigators). The Art of New Media Education: A Study of Community-Based New Media Arts Education. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($110,160)
- 2004 – 2006 Doctoral Fellowship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($40,000)
- 2004 – 2005 PhD Tuition Fee Award, University of British Columbia ($3,400)
- 2004 Gordon and Marion Smith Prize in Art Education, University of British Columbia
- 2003 – 2004 University Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia ($16,000)
- Public-space Art and Activism
- Contemporary Art & Media Education
- Free and Open Source Software & Culture
- 2008-Present Studies in Art Education Editorial Board Member
- 2008-Present Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education Editorial Board Member
- 2009-Present Journal of Art for Life, Editorial Board Member
- 2005-2008 Journal of Art Education Editorial Board Member