Ben Grosser

Ben Grosser

Affiliate Professor

MFA, New Media, Illinois; MM, BM, Music Composition, Illinois

Research focus

Cultural effects of software, social media, surveillance, computer vision, computational agency, and data obfuscation.


Artist and Professor Ben Grosser focuses on the cultural, social, and political effects of software. Recent exhibitions include Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Barbican Centre and Somerset House in London, Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, SXSW in Austin, and the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo. Grosser's projects have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El País. His artworks are regularly cited in books investigating the cultural effects of technology, including The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, The Metainterface, and Investigative Aesthetics. Grosser is professor of new media at the University of Illinois and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.