Hi! I'm Kyra Ocean ⟨KEER-ah OH-shen⟩—an artist, researcher, and creative strategist. My work focuses on computing and the arts, network culture, media studies, experimental interactivity, and curatorial/archival platforms. I’m a cofounder of Soft Detours studio.
My writing and curatorial efforts explore alternative, inclusive, and feminist histories of art and technology. I curate exhibitions via ANI GIF and several other on- and off-line galleries. I'm also well known for WWWTXT (2012‑) where I rebroadcast conversations from the pre‑Y2K internet to reveal paths not taken while also foreshadowing contemporary issues.
I previously co-directed New Tropics, an artist-forward VR network (2015‑18). From 2004‑12, I was a researcher at UCSD (Center for Research in Computing and the Arts and San Diego Supercomputer Center) where I obtained a MFA in Visual Arts. My journey began in the early ‘90s when I operated Online Enemy (1990‑94), a modem-based cultural outpost for digital artpacks, demoscene software, and computer music.
My work has been shown at MOCA Los Angeles, Museum of the Moving Image, MCA, Ars Electronica, Rhizome, Electric Picnic, Art Basel Miami and has been featured in Hyperallergic, Bruce Sterling’s Beyond the Beyond, Wired, Forbes, Fast Company, Boing Boing, and more.