Ilona is currently serving as the Co-President and Co-Founder of the Progressive HackNight, freelance engineering, and creating art that explores the relationships between technology and vulnerability.
Ilona is a mixed-media artist and programmer born and raised in Brooklyn NY. She uses code and writing through the lens of her Jewish and queer identities to create interactive poems, sculptures, and experiments that invite people to locate their vulnerable selves.
Ilona’s practice is guided by the concept of a “Gentler Future” pushing engineering and computation to serve as tools to imagine a world where the things we build promote care, consent and equity. She creates “Little Big things:” small or intangible pieces that require getting close to them to fully engage with them. She challenges digital interactive media to be deliberate and thoughtful.