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Curator Michael McDermott, Assistant Professor at Mason, stands at his exhibit, “undeleted,” at Buchanan Hall. “Undeleted” displays a sample of data from old phones, creating portraits that invites the viewer to questions whether the phone’s previous owner is them. Photo by: Shelby Burgess/Strategic Communications/George Mason University

Curator Michael McDermott stands in front of Undeleted Exhibit on George Mason Campus

The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative has funded several projects that connect the CCI network with Virginia’s arts and design research community.

The CCI Building Bridges Arts and Design Collaboration Program engages the community of researchers in arts and design to reimagine and depict the results of cybersecurity research either for scientific or creative arts purposes. 

CCI has worked in partnership with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at VT and the Da Vinci Center at VCU to create the program. Ben Knapp, founding director of ICAT, and Allison Schumacher, director of academic alchemy at the da Vinci Center, have been instrumental. 

The projects were showcased at an exhibit at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va., in November 2022. 

CCI Building Bridges Arts and Design Collaboration Program grant awardees, including principal investigator (PI) and CCI Node affiliation, include: