Salome Asega

She // Her // Hers

[ID: Portrait of an Ethiopian-American woman sitting on a brownstone stoop on a sunny Brooklyn day. She is looking away from the camera and wears a green puffy jacket with her hair in a ponytail.]

New Media Artist
New York, NY
2022 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Salome Asega is an artist and researcher exploring models for technology and its development that are cooperative, distributed, and people-centered. Asega is director of NEW INC, an art, design, and technology incubator program at the New Museum that offers artists professional development, mentorship, and shared workspace. She also sits on the boards of Eyebeam, the National Performance Network, and POWRPLNT.

She has participated in residencies and fellowships with Eyebeam, the New Museum, The Laundromat Project, and Recess and has exhibited at the 11th Shanghai Biennale, MoMA, the Carnegie Library, the August Wilson Center, the Knockdown Center, and more. She has given presentations and lectures at festivals and academic institutions, including Performa, Eyeo, the Brooklyn Museum, MIT Media Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, Gather Stockholm, and New York University.

Asega received her MFA from Parsons at The New School in Design and Technology, where she teaches classes on speculative design and participatory design methodologies.

Portrait photo by Jeremy Grier.
  • Artwork by Salome Asega
    Still from P0SSESI0N, 2021. VR film about spirit possession and Mami Wata. 
    [ID: Virtual reality graphic still, looking down on a natural environment of palm trees, grasses, and rocks in muted greens.]
  • Artwork by Salome Asega
    Iyapo Repository, 2017. AWC LAB at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh. Photo by Ryan Michael White (2017)
    [ID: A person wears a VR headset. They are silhouetted against a bright wall of purple, blue, and pink lights.]
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