Who am I ?

 

  • Maria Than is a creative technologist, illustrator and designer focusing on the intersection of art, technology and activism.
     

  • After graduating from BA Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in 2019, Maria has since been working on projects with the aim for social good, such as being a fellow at Child Rights International Network (CRIN) to work on a collaborative campaign to tackle period poverty to organizing and running workshops and installations at the Tate Exchange event at Tate Modern with the Digital Maker Collective introducing audiences to topics of surveillance, facial recognition, deepfakes, Artificial Intelligence and human/children’s rights. Maria has also organised and participated in panels with Privacy International, Open Data Institute, Defend Digital Me and Big Brother Watch to discuss the implications of surveillance within art and design, the dangers of facial recognition and the ethics of children's rights. Recently she has researched and written an article on digital surveillance during COVID-19 and its effects on children’s rights.
     

  • As an individual, Maria has worked and extensively experimented with techniques ranging from Augmented Reality as an alternative form of social design, creating face filters on Instagram, to building multiple video-game arcades, drawing, animation, programming in different languages, machine learning, creative directing, research and graphic design. She has also exhibited at Truman's Brewery, Tate Exchange, Somerset House and Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax. Maria’s work is playful, interactive and often narrative-based and aims to demystify creative technology to underrepresented communities, POC women and creative practitioners through workshops which she hosts, creates and consults on. Maria is also a member of the Digital Maker Collective, a part of the DIGI.GXL community, a partner at the Ricebox Studio and the Bean Collective.
 Maria is currently based in the UK where she works as Design and Outreach Officer at CRIN and co-runs Ricebox Studio with her three partners in crime.

 

Message me for any proposals for collaborations, commissions/freelance or workshops. 

Instagram

@blurbnation

Linkedin

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Say hi!

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Email

mariathandesign@gmail.com


 

What I'm currently doing

technology and visual communication for social good

Collectives

Past exhibitions

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2020

Business As Usual

Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax

Uni to Unicorns: Tate Exchange 2020

"The Period Cloud" @ Ricebox Studios

Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern

2019

FREE RANGE 

Made in Arts London

Truman Brewery, London
 

Digital Edge

Somerset House, London

"Festival" Degree Show

BA Graphic Design

Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, London

Work In Progress Show

BA Graphic Design

Hoxton, Shoreditch, London

 

2018

Digital Edge 2018

Digital Catapult, London

Tate Lates 2018

Digital Maker Collective

Tate Modern, 5th floor

 

Post 2018 Fashion Show

The Bean Collective

Bussey Building, London

 

CHANNEL the 24h Broadcast 

BA Graphic Design

Camberwell College of Arts

TWO THIRDS 2/3 Interim Show

BA Graphic Design

Camberwell College of Arts

 

Student demo 

Lumen awards x V&A Digital Futures

Camberwell College of Arts

 

Annual Exhibition

Made in Arts London

TM Lighting Gallery, London

2017

Gutenberg Galaxy

BA Graphic Design

The Bear, Camberwell

 

Mock-Up Fashion Show

BA Graphic Design

Camberwell College of Arts

Workshops & conferences 

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2020

Screen Walks with Zaiba Jabbar

with The Photographers Gallery and Foto Museum

Panel participant

UAL CCI: Draw Using Python Programming 

Workshop Host

Online at UAL: Creative Computing Institute

Do Good With Digital

Our Sisterhood x Institute of Coding

Digital Mentor

Online 

MODUAL: Open Futures

Broadcast Curator

London

MODUAL: Climate Emergency

Broadcast Researcher

London

What's the Problem with Surveillance

& Facial Recognition? - Panel with Privacy International

Big Brother Watch & CRIN

Panelist @ CRIN

Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern

 

Uni to Unicorns: Tate Exchange 2020

Project Organizer & Technical Leader @ DMC x CRIN

Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern

2019

IAM Conference 19'

Workshop Leader @ Interpolate
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

 

You Are What You Share - Facial Recognition Workshop

with Privacy International and Defend Digital Me

Workshop Host

Hull, UK

Beta Utopia: Tate Exchange 2019

Workshop Leader @ CRIN
Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern

2018
Sonic workshop with Southside Young Leaders

Workshop Leader
Camberwell College of Arts, UAL

DEL Conference

Workshop Leader @ Interpolate 
York University, Toronto, Canada

Technology: Tate Exchange 2018

Workshop Leader @ DMC
Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern

MODUAL: Kickstarter 2018

Workshop Facilitator 
Somerset House & Glasgow School of Art

UAL Learning & Teaching Exchange 2018 

Workshop Leader @ Interpolate 
Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. 

Client work and 

past experiences

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2020

Website Illustration

Client: Consultancy agency The4OC

www.the4oc.com

'Create Expressive Video-Games' Future Learn course

Illustration work

Client: UAL Creative Computing Institute

Augmented Reality Filter for Instagram

Client: Tom Fletcher

https://www.instagram.com/_business_as_usual_show/

 

2019

Web Design

Client: Award-winning artist Isabelle Rougier

www.isabelle-rougier.com 

Content & Visual Designer

Client: Southwark Council, SPG & Sailom Foundation
Games for Brains, an educational project to teach children
age 9-11 about the dangers of knife crime

2018

Branding and Graphic Design

Client: UAL Dance Society 


Junior Graphic Designer 
LSE & UAL Student Union

Book seller @ London Art Book Fair

Occasional Papers 
Whitechapel gallery, London

Selected features

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2020

'Design a Feminist Chatbot' Future Learn

course by Feminist Internet and UAL Creative

Computing Institute
Video contribution to course

2019

'Building Feminist Voice AI bots',
Article written by Alex Fefegha

'Feminist Internet: Designing a Feminist Alexa'
Article written by Rhiannon Williams

'Ep.1 Is a Feminist Alexa possible ?'
Feminist Internet Podcast, 

Somerset House, London

"The Beta Test"

Article written by Victor Sande-Aneiros

2018

'Tuned In'
Article in Grafik Mag

written by Anne Lisa Reynolds

SWIPE: Sky News' Technology Show
TV Segment for Sky News

Food Drive
Camberwell Zine Fair

Camberwell College of Arts, UAL

Education

 

2016-2019

​BA Graphic Design

First Class Honours

Camberwell College of Arts

University of the Arts London (UAL)

2015-2016

Foundation Art & Design: Graphics Pathway 

Distinction

Ravensbourne University

London

Skills & stuff I can do:

 

Top tier

  • Adobe Creative Suite 

  • Illustration / Drawing / Graphic facilitation

  • Augmented Reality Instagram filters

  • Workshop host, consultant and curator

  • Creative producing 

  • Video editing

  • GIF making / basic Animations

  • Social media content

  • Public speaking / Pitching

  • Project managing / People managing

  • Problem solving / Debugging / Troubleshooting

  • Improvisation

  • French (native)

Second tier

  • Physical computing (Arduino, Raspberry Pi,
    Bare Conductive boards, MakeyMakey)

  • Programming (HTML/CSS, Python, beginner in
    Javascript, C#, C++)

  • Photography & photo editing

  • Publication design

  • Branding & identity design