Meet the 2019 Designers-in-Residence


Marco Castro Cosio
Six-Month Residency

Marco Castro Cosio’s project, Bus Roots, seeks to equip the roofs of urban buses with lightweight roof gardens to explore the benefits of green spaces and food production and distribution in cities like New York City. He will work with Explainers to develop activities around the Bus Roots project to allow for different entry points and audiences.

Marco Castro Cosio’s Explainer Collaborators: Anika Zaman, Daisy Tetecatl

Marco Castro Cosio graduated from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has worked as curator of exhibitions and art festivals in New York and Mexico. He was director of the MediaLab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he helped the museum to imagine the futures of culture and fostered a network of brilliant and creative professionals dedicated to connecting art and its audiences through innovative activations. Prior to that, he worked as the first Visitor Experience Manager at the Queens Museum. As an artist, his work nourishes urban communities in practical and playful ways. Marco contributed to the series proposed by the UN, Rio +20, and is a member of the Climate and Urban Systems Association (CUSP). He was a TED speaker-in-residence and is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a research fellow at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, within the School of Journalism at Columbia University.

Ray LC
Three-Month Residency

Ray LC’s project, Machine Gaze, is an interactive experience from the point of view of the machine enabled by computer vision and machine learning. A sculptural installation that uses projection mapping to create interactions surprising to humans when they walk close to it, Machine Gaze allows humans to catch a glimpse into the creative life of a machine sculpture as it gazes into how we walk and talk, learning about our world as it runs its tasks. Ray is holding workshops with Explainers on frontier technologies in machine learning and neuroscience while developing the project collaboratively with their help in building, prototyping and testing the concept and experience for the general public exhibition.

Learn more about Machine Gaze on Ray LC’s website here:

Ray LC’s Explainer Collaborators: Stefanie Torossian, Aaliyah Alcibar, Alejandro Baez

Ray LC is an interdisciplinary artist and designer who incorporates cutting-edge neuroscience research as a foundation for building experiences that create empathic bonds between humans, and between humans and machines. He constructs physical installations, interactive experiences and narrative works from the multidisciplinary perspectives of creative technology, art and science.

Three-Month Residency

LoVid plans to use their residency to develop a new interactive/participatory installation, building on their ongoing interest in relationships between the natural world, the human body and technology. They plan to develop two aspects of this work with their Explainer collaborators: wearable technology and research-based audiovisual environment development.

LoVid’s Explainer Collaborators: Uzaiza Khan, Katherine Chauca

LoVid is the New York-based artist duo comprised of Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus. LoVid’s work includes immersive installations, sculptural synthesizers, single channel videos, textile, participatory projects, mobile media cinema, works on paper and A/V performance. Collaborating since 2001, LoVid’s projects have been presented and performed at numerous international galleries and museums. LoVid’s projects have received support from organizations including: The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Signal Culture, Cue Art Foundation, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Wave Farm, Rhizome, Franklin Furnace,, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, Experimental TV Center, NY State Council of the Arts, and Greenwall Foundation.

Krystal Persaud
Three-Month Residency

Krystal Persaud’s project, Solar Cat, is The Cutest Solar Panel Ever Made. The exhibit centers around a giant, 140 watt cat-shaped solar panel that is mounted to the window. The energy harvested by Solar Cat powers an adjacent interactive pedestal that features fun facts & diagrams about how solar panels work. Visitors can physically flip a switch to send Solar Cat’s harvested energy to power up a model house. Visitors can also charge their phones using one of two built-in USB ports that are powered by Solar Cat. This exhibit not only educators visitors about solar technology, but demonstrates how creativity and design can push technology to be more accessible.

Solar Cat was created by NYSCI Designer-in-Residence, Krystal Persaud, Designer & Founder of Grouphug, in collaboration with NYSCI Explainers: Kristian Roopnarine, Estefany Gomez, & Sophia Madonia, with support from Electrical Engineer, Kristin Salomon.

Krystal Persaud is the Desinger & Founder of Grouphug, a tech company empowering people to live their best sustainable life in style. She is also a founding member and former senior director of product design at littleBits, the award-winning platform of magnetic, electronic blocks that empowers everyone to invent. Krystal is obsessed with developing products that fall in the intersection of education, technology and society.


Brooke Singer
Extended Residency

Brooke Singer is continuing to develop a citizen science platform for a project called Carbon Sponge, which focuses on soil health and enhancing understanding of, and the capacity for sequestering, carbon in our soil. Her work embraces open research and the inclusion of various perspectives. During her second year as a NYSCI Designer-in-Residence, Brooke will work with Explainers to raise awareness of Carbon Sponge with NYSCI’s audience through demonstrations, workshops and activities.

Brooke Singer is a media artist whose work blurs the borders between science, technology, politics and arts practices, and takes the form of websites, workshops, photographs, maps, installations, social spaces and performances that involve public participation in pursuit of social change.