shirin anlen is an artist and creative technologist based in San Diego. Her artistic practice involves creative coding, interaction design, drawings, and data research that form the basis for real-life storytelling in emerging technologies — such as AR, VR, web platforms, and machine learning. shirin’s work featured internationally including the Queens Museum, SIGGRAPH, House of Electronic (HEK), Cannes Film Festival and Google Web Experiments. shirin was an artist in residence at the National Film Board of Canada and a member at the NEW INC incubator. She received the best digital story from the Biennial of Medial Arts of Chile; a research grant from the Knight Foundation, and an art commission from IDFA DocLab. She co-founded the first VR and festival and lab in Israel, Steamer Salon, and is a member of Women+ Art AI collective. shirin holds an MFA in Cinema and Television from Tel Aviv University and was a research fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab. Currently, she’s exploring how alternative narratives can design new discourses around mental disability.