Triton Mobley is a new media artist and researcher whose interventionist works, and guerrilla performances have been exhibited at CURRENTS Virtual Festival, Geidai Games Online at Tokyo University of the Arts, Art Basel Miami and staged in New York, Boston, Providence, and across Japan. Triton’s praxis culls together critical making methodologies across performative installations, programmable fabrications and speculative industrial design—fashioning polemical art object assemblages that engender public reexamination. Triton holds an MFA in Digital+Media from the Rhode Island School of Design and is a PhD candidate in Media Arts + Practice and Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California.
Triton’s research is framed within economies of digital perceptions + cultural optics—problematizing notions of being situated between the discontinuities of emergent technologies and communities of marginality. His latest artworks, Coded #000000 [Black] and Volumetric Black, uncover the literal en/coding of anti-blackness into digital imaging technologies. Reimagining obfuscation tactics for working–class resistance within a digital delay—fabricated through art hacktivist [jugaad] outputs. This research has been presented at the African American History, Culture & Digital Humanities’ conference—Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black in Maryland, Art Machines: International Symposium on Computational Media Art at City University of Hong Kong, the (IM)POSSIBILITY conference at Harvard and most recently at the Taboo - Transgression - Transcendence conference in Vienna.
Triton has championed new media education for more than 17 years, working at the frontier of the technological modernization of secondary and tertiary education. His belief is that new media education is a discipline that offers a wonderful confluence of opportunities merging artistic and practical technology based solutions, allowing his graduates to be intellectually active listeners, rigorously questioning conventionality wherever it may exist in their daily lives. In 2005, Miami-Dade County Public School named him Rookie Educator of the Year. In 2006, he worked with RISD’s Teaching + Learning in Arts + Design program to create the Digital Project Open Door, a new media art after school program.
In 2011, Triton designed and implemented the first new media arts curriculum at Friends Seminary in New York, and in 2012 he was invited to redesign RISD’s Summer Graphic Design program. Triton was awarded a S.T.E.A.M in education grant by Friends Seminary to conduct research at the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan in 2014. Triton joined the animation team at California State Summer School for the Arts in the summer of 2018 to collaborate on expanding their new media curriculum. He is currently Assistant Professor of Studio Art Core at the Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, Georgia.