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Karen ann Donnachie

Independent artist / Publisher / Lecturer (adjunct), RMIT University

Karen ann is a computational artist and designer working within hybrid analogue, technological and social systems in order to speculate on our designed futures. Alongside her studio practice, her artworks and designs have been exhibited internationally through peak institutions and have been widely reviewed and featured in press and various publications. Karen ann is founder of the collaborative art publishing project “This is a Magazine” and the artists books imprint “Atomic Activity Books.”

Some of Karen ann’s most recent multidisciplinary projects include “LiveDraw” a networked drawing and writing machine; “BookGhosting” a series of low-energy wifi beamers broadcasting content in Milan’s Monumental cemetery; “Delayed Rays of a Star” a custom-built 5-way auto-broadcasting selfie camera; “The Trumpet of the Swan” a custom scribal robot tasked with writing all tweets from user @realdonaldtrump (winner of the Tokyo Type Directors’ Club Award 2019); and most recently “The Library of Nonhuman Books” artificial-intelligence driven book publishing project (winner of the Tokyo Type Directors’ Club Award 2020).

Karen ann received her PhD in Art from Curtin University, Australia, and her research enquiry focuses on the human-nonhuman collaborative and community practices made possible by networked and spatially aware systems and devices, aided by Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Machine Learning. Karen ann occasionally teaches into the School of Art and the School of Design RMIT University, as well as VCA, University of Melbourne.



  • 1989–present
    Owner , Donnachie, Simionato & Sons
  • 2002–present
    Founder, This is a Magazine
  • 2008–present
    Founder, Atomic Activity books
  • 2017–present
    Lecturer (adjunct), RMIT University


  • 2017 
    Curtin university, PhD (Art)
  • 1992 
    University of Western Australia, BA

Research Areas

  • Design Practice And Management (1203)
  • Visual Arts And Crafts (1905)