The most defining traits about us are the ones that carry through from childhood and become reocurring themes in adulthood. For me, the connecting thread of my life has been a love for play and interactivity. Technology’s constant companionship provides the canvas on which I form my understanding myself and the world. Professionally, I pursue many different lenses of this exact same obsession. From art projects to design to serious research involving affect and digital experiences, I’m only ever racing one beam.
Short BioPhoenix Perry creates physical games and user experiences. A consummate advocate for women in game development, she founded Code Liberation Foundation. This organization teaches women to program games for free. Since starting in 2012, this project has reached over 1000 women in the New York area between the ages of 16 to 60. Fostering professional growth and mentoring new leaders in the field, she strives to infuse the industry with new voices. As principle founder in Dozen Eyes, a game company specializing in physical installations and inspiring social change, she also is an entrepreneur. This fall, she joins HKU in The Netherlands as a Senior Lecturer in interaction design and games. She is a researcher at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering focused on empowerment and diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Her speaking engagements include GDC, Games for Change, The Open Hardware Summit, Indiecade, Comic Con, Internet Week, Create Tech, IBM Dev Pulse, Montreal International Games Summit and NYU Game Center among others. Perry's creative work spans a large range of disciplines including drawing, generative art, video, games, interfaces and sound. Her projects have been seen worldwide at venues and festivals including the GDC, E3, Come out and Play, Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science, Lincoln Center, Transmediale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, LAMCA, Harvest Works, Babycastles, European Media Arts Festival, GenArt, Seoul Film Festival and Harvestworks. In 2011 she co-authored the book, Meet the Kinect with Sean Kean and Johnathan Hall. Finally, she has curated since 1996 in a range of cultural venues, the most recent of which is her own gallery, Devotion Gallery until 2014. Devotion was a Williamsburg gallery focused on the intersection of art, science, new media, and design.