Catherine Sarah Young
楊 佳 仁

Catherine Young is an artist, designer, researcher, and writer whose work explores alternative futures through interactive storytelling and sensory experiences. She uses her interdisciplinary practice to create high impact projects and exhibitions that evoke conversation about our collective futures from a wide range of audiences. She believes that visualizing our collective futures allows us to make decisions about our present behaviors.

She received her degree in molecular biology and biotechnology from the University of the Philippines, fine art education from Barcelona, and was a Fulbright scholar who obtained her MFA in Interaction Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York. As a poet, she has read her work at the Poetry Brothel of Barcelona and New York City’s Bowery Poetry Club. She was a correspondent for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for six years. She has spoken widely about her work in various conferences, lectures, workshops, and museums.

In 2013, she was an Asia-Pacific Fellow at the National Art Studio of Korea (now MMCA Residency Changdong), and later a participant at the 2013 Art Science Residency Programme in partnership with ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Tembusu College National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore-ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory, where she began “The Apocalypse Project“, a speculative design research inquiry into our environmental futures as climate change affects us by imagining our future lifestyles using interactive objects and experiences.

In 2014, she was the first artist-in-residence at The Mind Museum, an award-winning interactive science museum in Manila, where she produced her first solo exhibition, “The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures”. Later in the year, she was also selected as a featured artist at the “Open City / Art City Ideas Festival” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, co-organized by the Institute for the Future in San Francisco, California. She was also an exhibiting artist at Digital Art Weeks International’s interdisciplinary exhibition “Hybrid Highlights” at the Museum of Art at Seoul National University as well as a speaker at the “Innovators Forum: Convergence in Arts and Sciences”. Through “The Apocalypse Project”, she has been stimulating discussion on the future implications of the effects of climate change on human life, as well as exploring solutions for creating a sustainable lifestyle. She often works with young people, especially children, as she believes that they are the primary audience of her work.

Related to her art and design practice, she travels and conducts research in interesting places around the world. She blogs about her journeys in “Field Notes from Planet Earth”, where she shares weekly dispatches about the intersections of nature, science, and culture.

This year, she continues her work in future thinking and will hold two exhibitions of her work, “The Apocalypse Project: House of Futures”, which looks at climate change futures through the lens of high fashion, and “Forever Lab: Will You Still Love Me at 150?”, which speculates on the social implications when living up to 150 years old is possible for humans.

Research interests: speculative design, design futures, sensory projects, human-centered design, transdisciplinary design, sustainability, anthropology, environment

When she’s not making, she would be doing any of the following:
a) taekwondo
b) hip hop
c) taekwondo

Twitter: @catherineyoung
Instagram: @catherinesarahyoung


The Apocalypse Project
Field Notes from Planet Earth
Department of Futures (forthcoming)


Artist Introduction: The Perceptionalist from Catherine Young on Vimeo.


• Exhibitor, “Network Ecologies Symposium”, University of Hull, Scarborough, UK, 4-6 June 2015.
• Speaker/Panelist, “Stage the Future 2: The Second International Conference on Science Fiction Theatre”, Ontologies of Being, Ontologies of Imagining, Tempe, Arizona, 6 March 2015.
• Panelist, “Innovators Forum: Convergence in Arts and Sciences”, Science Day, Digital Art Weeks International, Seoul, 11 October 2014
• Artist Talk, Emotion Engineering Program, Sangmyung University, Seoul, 30 September 2014
• “Negotiating Future Cities,” ArtScience Conversations, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 16 November 2013
• International Sculpture Festa, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center, 5 May 2013
• National Art Studio of Korea, Changdong, High School Docent Program, 23 February 2013, Seoul
• Museo Pambata (Children’s Museum), 1 December 2012, Manila
• The Mind Museum, 23 September 2012, Manila
• TEDxNewHaven, 28 April 2012, Yale University
• School of Visual Arts, IN/VISION MFA Interaction Design Festival, 12 May 2012, New York
• Intrepid Museum, February 2012, New York


2010-2012 MFA Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts, New York (Link to student profile here)
2009-2010 International Art Workshop / Diploma in Contemporary Art, Metafora, Tallers d’Art i Artteràpia, Barcelona
2005-2007 Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, New York
2007 Comics and Sequential Art course, The Art Students League of New York
2001-2005  BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines, Manila
2001 Photography course, University of the Philippines, Film Center


2014 Featured Artist, Open City / Art City Festival, co-organized by Institute for the Future and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 4 October 2014
2014 Mind-in-Residence, The Mind Museum, Manila, Philippines
2013 Art Science Residency Programme, in partnership with ArtScience Museum™ at Marina Bay Sands, Tembusu College National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory (Official press release via NUS here)
2013 Asia-Pacific Fellowship, The National Art Studio of Korea, Changdong (Artist Profile here)
2012 School of Visual Arts Alumni Society scholarship
2010 Fulbright scholarship to undertake MFA in Interaction Design at SVA
2005 Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University scholarship
2005 Magna cum laude, University of the Philippines, B.S Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
2005 Best thesis, “Site-Directed Mutagenesis, Cloning, and Comparative Expression of Two Antitumor Antibody Genes,” University of the Philippines, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
2001 First Place and People’s Choice Award, Ateneo de Manila University Photography Competition


• “Mobile Art Exhibition,” Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, October 10-15
• “Hybrid Highlights”, Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul, 8 October to December (Link here and here)
• “Open City Art City” Festival organized by the Institute for the Future and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, 4 October (Link here)
• “Future Feast”, The Mind Museum, 26 July 2014
• “The Apocalypse Project: Imagined Futures”, solo exhibition, The Mind Museum, Manila, April-July 2014

• Sunday Showcase, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 10 November 2013 (More information here)
• “Earth Harmony,” Pyeong Chang Biennale 2013, July 20 to August 30, Alpensia Resort, Gangwon, South Korea (Link here)
• “Asian Students and Young Artists Art Festival,” July 23 to August 18, Culture Station Seoul 284, South Korea (Link here)
• “Seoul Seoul Seoul,” The National Art Studio of Korea, Changdong, Seoul (Link here)
• “Sculpture! Make You Dream,” International Sculpture Festa 2013, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul Arts Center (Link here)
• “The Portfolio Exhibition,” Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

• The Mind Museum, Manila
• IN/VISION The MFA Interaction Design Festival Exhibition, School of Visual Arts, New York
• The Bowery Poetry Club New York

• New York Poetry Festival
• The Poetry Brothel New York
• Rorsketch, New York,
• DrawHappy, Reykjavik,

• Prostíbulo Poético Barcelona
• Metafora End –of-Year Exhibition, Barcelona
In Vitro, Untitled BCN Gallery, Barcelona
• Prostíbulo Poético Barcelona
• Prostíbulo Poético Barcelona

• Prostíbulo Poético Barcelona
Des de Fora (From the Outside), Barcelona
Expressa’t, Badalona, Barcelona
M33&1: Metafora Winter Exhibition, Ambit Dona, Barcelona
Conocer Antes de Juzgar (Know Before You Judge), HIV/AIDS Exhibition, Barcelona


2001-present Independent artist, designer, and writer
2001-present Correspondent / contributor, Philippine Daily Inquirer
2010-2012 Graduate teaching assistant, Introduction to Cybernetics and the Design of Systems and Entrepreneurial Design, School of Visual Arts, New York
2011 Design and research intern, American Museum of Natural History, Department of Exhibition and Interactives, New York
2011 Cybernetics / systems design intern, Dubberly Design Office and Cybernetic Lifestyles, New York
2009-2011 Poet / performer, The Poetry Brothels, Barcelona and New York
2005-2007 Research assistant, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

English and Filipino (fluent)
Spanish (intermediate)
Mandarin, Hokkien, and Korean (basic)

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