Emma Dickson


Emma Dickson is fascinated by outdated technology and the process of translation and obsolescence in technical languages. They both produce and work as a technician on time-based media, especially digital art. Their net art and new media sculptures, including the 2018 piece Mixed Connections, explore identity, community, and longing through tech. In Winter 2019, they were the Toolmaker-in-Residence at Signal Cultures in Owego, NY, where they began to develop a new, multimodal form of slow scan TV (SSTV). Emma currently lives in Durham North Carolina, where they skate with Bull City Roller Derby and are employed as a Data Engineer with Artsy.



I'm a hard worker.

Data Engineer/Scientist Work

I currently work at Artsy as a Data Engineer on the Platform Team. In this role I work to improve and maintain ETL pipelines. I work in close contact with the Data team and primarily in Ruby.

IBM: Data Insights Squad

As a Data Scientist/Data Engineer I focus on finding ways to implement better Agile practices based on company wide tool usage.

Conservation/Archives Work

I was a part of the team that executed the 2019 Restoration of net.flag for the Guggenheim. Visit the restored site here!

The Electronic Literature Organization

I helped to develop and maintain the ELO's new hyrax archive


I was a part of the team that executed the 2016-2017 Restoration of BRANDON for the Guggenheim. BRANDON is a seminal piece of net art and I'm very proud to have helped make it available to the public again. Visit the restored site here!

The David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base

I worked as a coder and user experience test subject for the development of the Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base which you can view here.

Homestuck Offline Conservation Group

I helped to migrate old homestuck pages with the original flash content to an archive.



Mixed Connections

Mixed Connections re-combines and scrambles actual craigslist missed connections posts to explore identity and longing on the net.

  • Featured in Digital America Issue No. 11
  • Featured in maps-dna-and-spam
  • Featured in #cyborgs
  • Featured in OBJECTIFIED 2019
  • Featured in What Will Remain of Us, Online exhibit
  • Dead Languages

    Dead Languages is a work in progress. It started during my Toolmaker Residency at Signal Culture and utilizes a custom sstv format to transmit found images of slides into 8 bit representations as seen below.

    508 Loop Detected

    508 Loop Detected Is a hardware collaboration project that resulted in a rgb based visual synth. I've used it in several local performances.



    Have a project for me? Want to collaborate?

    [email protected]

    Follow Me At