David Darts is Associate Professor and Chair of the NYU Art Department and Director of the NYU Studio Art MA Program in Berlin, Germany. His work focuses on the convergences between contemporary art and design, technology, and democracy.


Darts’ PirateBox is a self-contained and mobile digital collaboration and file sharing system. Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movement, PirateBox utilizes Free and Open Source software to create mobile wireless communication and file sharing networks where users can chat and anonymously exchange images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content. The project has been featured in over 175 international online and print publications, including New Scientist, Le Monde, and Wired Italia.

Darts is also Curatorial Director of Conflux , the annual art and technology festival for the creative exploration of urban public space. Since 2009, Conflux has featured lectures, performances, workshops, and exhibitions from over 250 public space scholars and artists. Conflux has received significant media attention including stories in the New York Times and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.