Participants/ Mary Ellen Carroll

Conceptual artist, designer, technologist

Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll divides her time between New York City and Houston. Her work traverses the disciplines of architecture/design and public policy, technology, writing, performance, and film. Her ongoing projects, No. 18., prototype180.org, and PUBLIC UTILITY 2.0, for example, stand at the intersection of conceptual art, architecture, public policy, and social justice. A recent commission from Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, UAE, titled The Circle Game, is the start of a mapping project that literally extends how the city and its inhabitants view themselves urbanistically as well as socially and politically. Carroll frequently works with unsuspecting materials that range from public policy and land use or the lack thereof in Houston, as in the case with prototype 180. Another example is the national and non-visible real estate of radio frequency for PUBLIC UTILITY 2.0 as a 21st-century analog to land art.

Teaching, lecturing, and public presentations about architecture and land use policy are an important part of Carroll’s work. She's worked with architecture and public policy programs at Rice University in Houston; Columbia University in New York; University of California at Irvine; Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea; and the Dia Art Foundation, among others. Carroll is currently a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

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