Darsha Hewitt (b. 1982) is a Canadian new media artist known for her examinations of communication technology in the domestic sphere and her use of DIY aesthetics and practices as an artistic method. She makes electromechanical sound installations, drawings, how-to videos and experimental performances with handmade audio electronics. She works in the Faculty of Media at the Bauhaus University, she recently held a guest professorship in the New Media department at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and is presently a fellow at the Graduate School at the Art University of Berlin.
She recently presented her work at: Elektra Festival (CA), Halle14 (DE), Modern Art Oxford (UK), WRO Media Art Biennale (PL), FACT (UK), CTM Festival (DE), and LEAP Berlin. Her recent experimental educational video series A Side Man 5000 Adventure, where she restored the world’s oldest Electronic Drum Machine for the Internet has been reviewed in several media arts forums such as Creative Applications and also the highly revered technical publication Make:Magazine. Her performance of 20 Oscillators in 20 has been written about in Hacker forum Hack-A-Day and Create Digital Music. This work was also a field research subject in the Music, Digitization, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies project based in the Faculty of Music at Oxford University.
She has been awarded several commissions and production stipends from Canadian, German and EU funded Programs such as The Art and Civic Media’ program at the „Art and Civic Media“ of the Innovation Incubator at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and an International Production Stipend from The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg (DE). In 2013 she was nominated for the Marler European Sound Art Award (DE) and completed a Fellowship in the Sound Art program at Hochschule für bildende künste, Braunschweig (DE).
Darsha is an avid technologist and educator. Her do-it-yourself electronics workshops are an integral part of her discipline and are presented internationally. In 2013 she founded the DARDI_2000 Mentorship Program in partnership with The Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) in Amsterdam.