Daniel Schwarz’ (*Germany, 1987) works examine sociopolitical crises through the lens of digital media. His practice critically engages with aspects of control and power structures, state authority, and cartography under the connective tissue of surveillance and loss of privacy.

He exhibited and performed at the National Gallery of Canada; the 9th Berlin Biennale; the Nevada Museum of Art; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA); the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York; the Goethe Institute, Washington DC; Sónar Festival, Barcelona; the 70th Venice Film Festival; Node – Forum for Digital Arts, Frankfurt; the Mapping Festival, Geneva; the WRO Biennale, Wroclaw; FILE – Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paolo; roBOt Festival; Fach & Asendorf Gallery, km temporaer, and the Mistake Room LA among many others.
Schwarz’ work has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, ARTNET, The Boston Globe, Hyperallergic, VICE, The Creators Project, MPR, FastCo and Rolling Stone Magazine Italy.

Currently he is the Senior Privacy and Technology Strategist at the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the NY affiliate of the ACLU. He graduated with a Master in Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2015. In 2011-12 he held an artist residency at Fabrica in Italy. Prior he studied computer science and media (BSc) at the HdM Stuttgart, Germany, and the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil.


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MFA Design Media Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles


BSc Computer Science and Media, HdM Stuttgart


Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis

Selected Exhibitions / Screenings / Performances


Unsettled, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs
Les Rencontres internationales de la photographie, Gaspésie, Canada
Unsettled, Anchorage Museum, Anchorage


Frontera, Canadian Photography Institute, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Unsettled, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
Analog Currency, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles
Holographic with Daniel Wohl, King's Place, London
Holographic with Daniel Wohl, Rewire Festival, The Hague
Holographic with Daniel Wohl, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland


Além Terreno, Átomos, Rio de Janeiro
S/Election – Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Goethe-Institut with the Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington DC
DISCREET, 9th Berlin Biennale, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Holographic with Daniel Wohl, Ordway Theater, St Paul
Holographic with Daniel Wohl, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Holographic with Daniel Wohl, Philadelphia Fringe Arts, Philadelphia
Holographic with Daniel Wohl, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York
Holographic with Daniel Wohl, Residency at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA)


it’s doing it, online exhibition
You! What Planet Is This?, ROOMSERVICE Gallery, New York
UCLA Media Arts MFA Exhibition, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles


.CALM, MFA Exhibition, UCLA, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles
Lecture/Performance Daedelus x UCLA Arts Software Studio, SONOS Studio, Los Angeles
Sonar Festival +D 2014, Barcelona
Tribute to Zbigniew Karkowski, Almost Holden, Los Angeles
spatial trans positions (solo show) at EDA Gallery, Broad Art Center, Los Angeles


Moscow International Festival “Circle of Lights”, Moscow
WRO on Tour, Program by Piotr Krajewski – touring exhibition
local.#non.access, km temporaer, Berlin
70th Venice Film Festival, Venice
FILE – Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo
Lago Film Fest, Revine Lago
km temporaer, Berlin
SCREEN Festival / LOOP, Barcelona
Plums Fest, Moscow
Oodaaq Festival, Rennes
Mapping Festival, Geneva
WRO Biennale 2013, Wroclaw
Toolkit Festival, Venice
Enter 6: Biopolis, NTK Gallery, Prague
A A / B B, Panorama Festival, Buenos Aires
VGA Fest (DOTMOV Festival), Kuala Lumpur
Spektrum Ausstellung, Stadtgalerie Mannheim
DOS Disegnare Oggetti Sonori, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
NODE13 Forum for Digital Arts, Frankfurt am Main
TechArtLab (DOTMOV Festival), Rio De Janeiro
Grauzone Festival, Amsterdam
Fach & Asendorf Gallery
Federation Square (DOTMOV Festival), Melbourne
konya-gallery (DOTMOV Festival), Fukuoka
VAFA Video Art Festival, Macau
Norbertellen Gallery (DOTMOV Festival), Los Angeles


CCC (DOTMOV Festival), Shizuoka
Revenue S:t Eriksgatan 79 (DOTMOV Festival), Stockholm
Zakka (DOTMOV Festival), New York
CAI02 (DOTMOV Festival), Sapporo
Celebrating Openness (DOTMOV Festival), Wisnu Open Space, Bali
Off the Screen [Media Circus] CultureHub, New York
Visual Music Award, Frankfurt
L’Aquila Film Festival, L’Aquila
ICN Gallery Cafe (DOTMOV Festival), London
ATTIC (DOTMOV Festival), Sapporo
Design Weekend 2012 (DOTMOV Festival), Kuala Lumpur
Zeit, Pop Corn Club, Venice
FIVA Festival Internacional de Videoarte, Buenos Aires
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York
Pluto Festival, Opwijk
roBOt Festival, Bologna
SIMULTAN Festival, Timisoara
Festival International du Court Métrage- L’Hybride, Lille
13th Circuito Off, Venice
Screengrab New Media Exhibition, Townsville
FILE – Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo


Languages, Digital Arts MFA, Pratt Institute, Fall 2018
Programming / Creative Applications, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Fall 2015
Interactivity, UCLA, Los Angeles, Summer 2015
Web Design, UCLA, Los Angeles, Summer Institute 2014


Media Democracy Fund Fellowship, 2017-2018
160/90 Award, October 2014
Veneto Award, Lago Film Fest, July 2013
2x Winner of Shift’s DOTMOV Festival 2012
3rd place at the Visual Music Award, Frankfurt, November 2012
Audience Award at the 13th Circuito Off, Venice, September 2012
Shortlisted for the Screengrab New Media Award, Townsville, August 2012
Winner of Amon Tobin’s Video Contest, November 2011
Fabrica, 2011, 2012
ARTE Creative Student Award, March 2011

Selected Talks and Workshops

New Terrain for Surveillance in Prisons, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, April 17, 2024
Science on Screen, DCTV, New York, NY, March 19, 2021
Interdisciplinary Lawyering, NYU School of Law, April 2, 2020
Automating Bias: How Computers Are Making Decisions About Your Life, Riverside Church, New York, December 7, 2019
on some attempts at gazing back, Pioneer Works, New York, July 7, 2018
Smart Cities - Possibilities and Issues in the Public Sphere, IEEE Long Island, NY, May 3, 2018
Smart Cities - Know Your Rights training, Great Neck, NY, January 14, 2018
Creative Technology Forum, CalArts, February 9, 2017
Projection Mapping Workshop, Mediated Sculpture with Danielle Dean, CalArts, November 21, 2016
Artist Talk, TOA Berlin – LA, Palihouse, Los Angeles, November 4, 2016
International Forum Migration/Immigration Panel with Vesela Sretenović, Allan deSouza, Sara Raza, Stefan Falke, and Pedro Lasch, Phillips Collection, Washington DC, October 22, 2016
Artist talk, Goethe-Institut, Washington DC, September 14, 2016
Panel discussion, 35th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 10, 2016
Visiting Artist, McNally Smith College of Music, Saint Paul, February 12, 2016
Visiting Artist, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, February 10, 2016
Visiting Artist, Carleton College, Northfield, February 10, 2016
Commencement Speech, Graduate Speaker UCLA, Los Angeles, June 13, 2015
Visiting Artist, WL ARTS 100B – Peter Sellars, UCLA, Los Angeles, April 20, 2015
Hackathon on Police Brutality Data, UCLA, Los Angeles, February 14, 2015
Artist talk at Laser, Art|Sci Center Retrospective: 10 Years of Intersections, Los Angeles, January 15, 2015

Selected Press

The US-Mexico Border, Reframed, Canadian Art
Ottawa Report: Human Nature, Canadian Art
UCLA alumnus portrays US-Mexico border through contemporary art, Daily Bruin
Looking For Something: The Best Images of 2016, Washington City Paper
In the galleries: Delineating a cultural frontier, The Washington Post
At the Goethe-Institut, Reflections on the U.S.-Mexico Border, Washington City Paper
The Most Subversive Work at the 9th Berlin Biennale Is a Secret Intelligence Agency, ARTNET
Intelligence e democrazia, Artribune
Virtual reality meets ‘Holographic’ imagery, The Boston Globe
Best of 2015: Our Top 10 Works of Internet Art, Hyperallergic
Returning to Collaboration: MSP Film interview Daniel Schwarz, Liquid Music
Code-Based Artworks that Reinvent Themselves Every Day, Hyperallergic
It’s doing it – Online exhibition of computer generated images that autonomously update,
Daniel Schwarz: The Mexico – United States Border,
i like this art
influenced by Google, Dresslab
GeoFragments, The New Aesthetic
Juxtapose, Triangulation Blog
Daniel Schwarz highlights the staggering, seasonal faults in Google Maps' landscapes, It's Nice That
Art That Exposes Weird Glitches In Google Maps, Fastcodesign
km temporaer zeigt (n)on site, Perisphere
Review // Simulated Places: (n)on site at km temporaer, Berlin Art Link
Stunning Aerial Landscapes Made From Glitchy Google Maps, Designtaxi
Artist Uses Google Street View To Create A Mesmerizing Daily Photo Diary, Yahoo
Imposition – Live performance by Edisonnoside and Daniel Schwarz,
Juxtapose, Art Fucks Me
Berlin Art Link
A Field Of Rods And Thumping Electronic Music Make For Mesmerizing Audiovisual Performance, The Creators Project
Vanish, VICE Magazine
Rolling Stone Magazine
Household Materials Become Sinister Audio And Video In VANISH, The Creators Project
Amon Tobin Blog
Pixels Mixed with Paper Sculpture: Amon Tobin-Inspired Audiovisual Projection, CreateDigitalMotion
Amon Tobin Inspires A Deceitful Landscape, The Creators Project
Augmented Dancing: AXIOM.3 Dances (vvvv + Kinect), CreateDigitalMotion