Carla Gannis (born 1970) is a transmedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She produces works that consider the uncanny complications between grounded and virtual reality, nature and artifice, science and science fiction in contemporary culture. Fascinated by digital semiotics, Gannis takes a horror vacui approach to her artistic practice, culling inspiration from networked communication, art and feminist histories, emerging technologies, and speculative design.
Gannis holds an MFA in painting from Boston University and a BFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Today she teaches “healing-edge” technology as an Industry Professor at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering in the Integrated Design and Media Program.
Gannis’s work has appeared in exhibitions, screenings and internet projects across the globe. Her most recent projects include WWWUNDERKAMMER at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC; VIRTUES AND VICES at Telematic Gallery, San Francisco, CA; WELCOME TO THE WWWUNDERKAMMER at the Pérez Art Museum Miami; and THE ELEVATED LINE at Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, NY. A regular lecturer on digital art and extended reality, in March 2019 Gannis was a speaker at the SXSW Interactive Festival on the panel “Human Presence and Humor Make Us Better Storytellers.”
Publications that have featured Gannis’s work include The Creators Project, Wired, FastCo, Hyperallergic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, El PaÍs and The LA Times, among others. In 2015 her speculative fiction was included in DEVOURING THE GREEN: FEAR OF A HUMAN PLANET: A CYBORG/ECO POETRY ANTHOLOGY, published by Jaded Ibis Press. She is a Year 7 Alum of NEW INC, in the XR: Bodies in Space track, New York, NY.