Samara Smith, a documentary media practitioner and educator, creates site-specific, mobile projects in and about public space. Her work utilizes interactive and mobile strategies–such as, locative games, SMS messaging, soundwalks and augmented reality–to invite the “people formerly known as the audience” to actively explore common urban spaces. She has designed site-specific projects for downtown Greensboro, NC; Westwood, LA; Manhattan’s garment district, downtown Brooklyn, Midtown Manhattan, and the Queens Museum’s Panorama. Her work has been featured at Open Engagement, the Conflux Festival and Fabric of Freedom and exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Open Source Gallery, Elsewhere Museum and Hunter College.
Samara has extensive documentary experience with credits on award-winning films and holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. An Assistant Professor of video and new media at SUNY College at Old Westbury, she is the founding director of the Collaborative Media Center, which supports digital literacy and student produced community-engaged media making.