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Maria Than FRSA is a creative technologist, illustrator, designer and augmented reality artist at the intersection of art, technology and activism.

 

Maria's works are tied around social good, such as being a fellow at Child's Rights International Network (CRIN) to work on a period education campaign, to running workshops, installations and panels at  Tate Modern with the Digital Maker Collective and NGOs such as Privacy International and Big Brother Watch, introducing audiences to surveillance, facial recognition, deepfakes, Artificial Intelligence and children’s rights.

 

Maria’s work is playful, interactive, narrative-based. She enjoys experimenting with a range of mediums, from AR to building video-game arcades, illustration, animation, coding, machine learning, research. She demystifies creative technology to underrepresented communities and women of colour through workshops she co-hosts with Ricebox Studio, a practice using design and creative tech for social good which she co-founded. Maria's work has been showcased in London (Truman's Brewery, Copeland Gallery, Tate Modern, Somerset House), Halifax (Dean Clough Galleries), Paris (CADAF Art) and New York (Superchief Gallery NFT). Her collaborators include Tate Modern, the Digital Maker Collective, Institute of Coding, University of the Arts London, Creative Computing Institute, Feminist Internet, Sheffield Hallam University, Artivive, Our Sisterhood... In 2021, she became a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts.

 

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

Collectives

Past exhibitions

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2021

Every Woman Biennial: Showcase

Copeland Gallery, London

Every Woman Biennial: NFT Showcase

Superchief Gallery NFT, New York

CADAF - Digital Art Month Fair

Paris, France
 

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

Selected features

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2021

These young women are leading the way to period equality

Article by Smiley News

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

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

  • Unity

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

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

  • Photography & photo editing

  • Publication design

  • Branding & identity design

Workshops + conferences 

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2021

UAL CCI: Tech & Power Activism workshop

Illustrator (visual scribe)

Online 

NOT IN OUR SCHOOLS: Anti sexual harassment campaign

Our Sisterhood x Our Streets Now

Mentor

Online 

2020

Screen Walks with Zaiba Jabbar

with The Photographers' Gallery and Foto Museum

Panel participant

Do Good With Digital Workshop

Our Sisterhood x Institute of Coding

Digital Mentor

Online 

UAL CCI: Draw Using Python Programming 

Workshop Host

Online at UAL: Creative Computing Institute

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

Client work and 

past experiences

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2021

Website Illustration

Client: Consultancy agency The4OC

www.the4oc.com

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

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