Outside Lab conducts research on media art outside of the gallery and off the grid. Our current projects include desert robots and the upcoming class “Outside Media Art: The Desert” (working title) at NYUAD Interactive Media.

Research Lead

Michael Ang


Michael Ang is an artist, professor, and engineer who creates light objects, interactive installations, and technological tools that expand the possibilities of human expression and connection. Applying a hacker’s aesthetic, he often repurposes existing technology to create human-centered experiences in public space and the open field. Countering the trend for technology to dissociate us from ourselves and surroundings, Michael’s works connect us to each other and the experience of the present moment. He is the co-inventor of the Infl3ctor, the projection system for Digital Calligraffiti. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice of Interactive Media at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Research Team

Michael Leo – Robotics


Research Assistant Fall 2021

Lydia Yan


Research Assistant Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

NYU Shanghai CO2023

Lydia (Ziqi) is a new media artist, designer and media studies researcher with a concentration in human-nonhuman relationship from the ecological perspective and speculative design. She is completing her B.S. in Interactive Media Arts and Humanities degrees at NYU Shanghai.

Jannie Zhou – Research / Robotics / Fabrication


Research Assistant Fall 2021

NYU Shanghai 2021

Jannie is a student from NYU Shanghai Class of 2021, majoring in Interactive Media Arts, minoring in Computer Science and Dance. She defines herself as a creative coder and algorithmic visual and audio artist.