Mani Nilchiani and Caroline Sinders are a collaborative duo exploring the future of surveillance and networked identities in VR with their interactive narrative project “Dark Patterns.” Their project and residency is imagining a near future dystopia in a world with zero net neutrality, rising fascism, and surveillance in everyday products. “Dark Patterns” has previously been shown at MoMA PS1, the Weird Reality Conference at Carnegie Mellon University, and at Pioneer Works Second Sundays.
Caroline Sinders is a researcher and artist working at the intersections of emerging technology and public good through critical design and narrative. Sinders holds a masters from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. She is from New Orleans, Louisiana and is currently based in Brooklyn.
Mani Nilchiani is an artist, technologist, and musician. His work explores displacement, memory, and diasporic psyche. Nilchiani holds a masters from the Parsons School of Design’s Design and Technology Program. He is from Tehran, Iran and is currently based in Brooklyn.