Chester Dols is a transdisciplinary designer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His current research focuses on development and investigation of gendered mediums, objects, and spaces. Chester identifies as a queer futurist, exploring queerness as not only a product of gender politics, but as an identity and a framework for a future that is multivalent, metamorphic, and essentially chimeric. Since queerness is always in tension with what is normative and conscious, queerness exists at the periphery of now, closer to the future.

He uses his art as a means for examining potential futures, a process which falls back on his foundation in architecture, a practice projection. His futures imagine spaces which are diverse and represent multiple identities, cultures, races, and genders. Adjacent, his design practice focuses on what is current by making objects and artifacts inspired by and for queer identities living in the present.

Art, design, and technology hold incredible power in defining cultural importance and space for minority identities within a society. A lack of representation within spaces of creativity and cultural growth has render many minority communities invisible and without voice.  He believes that by creating cultural capital, art and design, can serve for social impact and future equity.

Chester teaches and mentors new media studies at Fordham University, New York City College of Technology, School of Visual Arts, and New York University. He holds a Master of Professional Studies from NYU ITP, and a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University.

He is currently a Creative Experiment resident at the New Museum's art and technology incubator, NEW INC.

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Current:

School of Visual Arts, Director of the Visible Futures Lab
2019-Current
Prototyping Specialist: 2018-2019
New York, NY

coFutures, Co-Founder
New York, NY

Awards & Honors:

New Museum Design Residency: NEW INC
2018-2019: New York, NY

Intrexon Food and Agriculture Prize, Biodesign Challenge
Presented at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
July 2017: New York, NY

Exhibition & Shows:

Towards Entropy & Queer Futurity
Putty’s Coronation: Vol 1.
Solo Exhibit of current work
Sept.-Oct. 2019: New York, NY

Digital Humanism
Wallplay: 323 Canal Gallery
Exhibiting Towards Entropy and Queer Futurity
Aug. 2019: New York, NY

Beyond the Cradle 2019: Envisioning A New Space Age
MIT Media Lab: Space Exploration Initiative
Exhibiting sculptures queering the future.
Mar. 2019: Cambridge, Mass.

Re-Fest: Gender, Femininity and Non-Binary Society 
Culture Hub, NYC
Exhibiting: On Otherness & Queer Affect
Mar. 2019: New York, NY

New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Group Show
Littlefield Performing Arts Space
Exhibited Asmodeus with other Electronic Sound Instruments
Dec. 2017: New York, NY

MIT Global Bio Summit
MIT Media Lab
BetaBrew was on exhibit along with other BioDesign related projects.
Sept. 2017: Cambridge, Mass.

Biodesign Challenge
MoMA’s Celeste Bartos Theater and the School of Visual Art Gallery.
‘Beecosytem’ was the winner of the Intrexon Food and Agriculture Prize. 
July 2017: New York, NY

Whipstitch: The State of Contemporary Textiles
Ann Arbor Art Center
Exhibited 3D printed garments and textiles designed in collaboration with Ohne Titel. 
Mar.- Apr. 2017: Ann Arbor, MI

ITP Winter Show 2016
Exhibited Socially Sustained Ecologies, an interactive artificial micro-ecosystem.
Dec. 2016: New York, NY

New York Fashion Week
Collaboration with Ohne Titel 3D Printed Garments.
Feb. 2016: New York, NY

Re-Making Patterns
South Street Seaport’s Cultural District
Exhibited a collaborative garment, Amphibia, was displayed with other 3D printed wearable.
Sept. 2015: New York, NY

Ethnic Costume Exhibit
Mode Museum Provincie Antwerpen
Exhibited a 3D printed samurai armour replica.
Feb.- July 2015: Antwerp, Belgium

Publications:

3DPrint Ohne Titel’s 3D printed fashions turn heads at NY Fashion Week by Tess, Feb. 2016

3D Printing Industry 3D Printing Continues to Awe at NYFW with Ohne Titel Collection by Tyler Koslow, Feb. 2016

3DPrint.com Ohne Titel Wows at New York Fashion Week with Shapeways 3D Print Dress by Michael A. Parker, Feb. 2016

The Creators Project NYFW Dispatch: Inside the Computational Fashion Master Class by Kate Messinger, Oct. 2015

HyperAllergic 3D Printing the Future of Fashion by Alexander Cavaluzzo, Sept. 2015

 

Education:

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Interactive Telecommunications Program, MPS
2016-2018: New York, NY

Columbia College, Columbia University
BA Architecture
2008-2012: New York, NY

Select Work Experience:

Irina Verona Architecture, Jr. Architect Designer
Responsible for concept rendering, schematic design, technical drawings, physical models, and diagram development.
2015-2016, 2011-2014
New York, NY

Teaching Experience:

School for Visual Arts, Faculty
Interior Design: Built Environments
Digital Concepts
2019-Current: New York, NY

New York University, Thesis Advisor
Integrated Digital Media
2018-2019: New York, NY

Fordham University, Adjunct Instructor
New Media and Digital Design
Explorations in Digital Design & New Media
2018-2019: New York, NY

City University of New York (CUNY), Adjunct Instructor 
Entertainment Technology 
Physical Computing 
Spring 2019: New York, NY 

Columbia University, Graduate Assistant
Barnard Columbia Architecture
Environmental Visualizations
Spring 2018: New York, NY

ITP Soft Robotics, Instructor Kari Love
Guest Lectured and Workshopped 3D printed molds
for Soft Robotic Pneumatic Mechanisms.
Fall 2017: New York, NY

Barnard Columbia Architecture
Physical Computing Microcontroller Workshop Series
Fall 2017: New York, NY

Skills:

3D Computer Modeling:
Rhino, Grasshopper, Python for Rhino, V-Ray for Rhino, Maya, AutoCAD
Architectural Model Making:
Wood, Chip Board, Plexiglas, Foam board, Lasercutting, 3D-Printing 
Woodshop:
CNC Router, Table Saw, Circular Saw, Jigsaw, Bandsaw, Beltsander, Nail gun, Power Drill, etc. 
Graphic Design:
Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom
Animation/Film:
Audition, PremierPro, AfterEffects, Fuse, Final Cut Pro
VR/AR:
Unity Game Engine (C#), Unreal Game Engine, Vuforia
Creative Code/ Physical Computing:
Processing (Java), P5, JavaScript, MaxMSP/Jitter, Arduino (C/C++), RaspberryPi
Fashion Design:
Patternmaking, Draping, Textile Prints, Embroidery, and Sewing
Moldmaking:
Ceramics, Plaster Mold Making, Silicon and Resin Mold Making, 3D Printed Digital Molds
Printmaking:
Silkscreen, Intaglio Print, Woodblock printing, and Photo Transfer.