Gal Nissim

Gal Nissim is an interdisciplinary artist and a researcher who bridges art, science, and technology to create interactive work.

Nissim’s work is motivated by a deep fascination with humans’ relations with non-human animals. She examines these relations as instances of environmental harm and racism. Research and collaborations form the foundation of her creative process. Her work is directly inspired by recently possible technologies, natural sciences and environmental justice. While technology is often used to shield us from nature, she utilizes it to employ joyful and social justice-oriented ways to bring people closer to nature. As an immigrant feminist, Nissim is eager to raise conversations across borders and to tell the stories of those who can’t advocate for themselves.

Her work has been exhibited worldwide including, NYCxDesign festival at Time Square, New York Hall of Science, Jerusalem Design Week, Science Gallery Detroit, Media Arts Gallery, and Concordia (Netherlands), GStreamer Conference (Berlin, Germany).

She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the Culture & Animals Foundation, NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts, Microsoft Design Expo Challenge, Experimental Storytelling research group by NYU and Google, Tisch GSO, and the Weizmann Institute of Science for outstanding young researchers. Currently, she is a member of NEW INC’s Creative Science track at the New Museum.

Nissim received her Master’s degree from NYU’s ITP. While earning her BSc in biology and cognitive science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, she studied at Bezalel Arts Academy.

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Works

The First to Cross

Immersive Audio walk that reveals the intertwined story of humans and rats, Tompkins Square Park, New York.

Part of The Synanthope Preserve series of immersive audio and AR experiences that explore urban wildlife of NYC.

The First to Cross

Immersive Audio walk that reveals the intertwined story of humans and rats, Tompkins Square Park, New York.

Part of The Synanthope Preserve series of immersive audio and AR experiences that explore urban wildlife of NYC.

The Washing Bear

An immersive audio walk that invites participants to discover the urban wildlife of Central Park. As night falls, participants are guided into the center of the park, stopping along the way to discover both natural and manmade features that are often overlooked or invisible during the day.

Part of The Synanthope Preserve, a series of immersive audio and AR experiences that explore urban wildlife in NYC.

SurveillAnts

A visual exploration of collective intelligence and the connections that can be drawn between the guiding instincts of life at all levels. Computer vision algorithms transform the ant paths to colorful drawings and the ants themselves to painters in real-time.

This project was created through a collaboration with Leslie Ruckman.

SurveillAnts

A visual exploration of collective intelligence and the connections that can be drawn between the guiding instincts of life at all levels. Computer vision algorithms transform the ant paths to colorful drawings and the ants themselves to painters in real-time.

This project was created through a collaboration with Leslie Ruckman.

SurveillAnts

A visual exploration of collective intelligence and the connections that can be drawn between the guiding instincts of life at all levels. Computer vision algorithms transform the ant paths to colorful drawings and the ants themselves to painters in real-time.

This project was created through a collaboration with Leslie Ruckman.

Rat Tale

Immersive installation that investigates the complex relationships between humans and animals. It evokes emotions in the liminal zone of disgust and attraction by allowing physical closeness between humans and rats in a shared space. It raises questions about how we perceive animals who share our urban habitat.