” It was an art project that spurred Lee to get a smart phone in the first place, which led to her investigation of dating apps, Lee said in the same interview.(Funny enough, at the time, the tech-savvy artist had had the smart phone for only one year.) Internet dating has proven a fruitful topic for other artists, such as Tully Arnot, who created a Tinder-swiping robot, and Anna Gensler, who eviscerated rude Tinder matches in unflattering portraits.And while there’s a part of all of us that wants to be VIP or to get backstage or whatever, to participate in a system that prioritizes status in intimate interactions seems like a step too far.Essentially, Raya is the “you can’t sit with us” of dating apps.“I think it's good for surfer bros and models, but I don't think many people are actually dating or hooking up on Raya.
Before getting an MFA from the University of Washington, Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale and a master’s in science education from Columbia.
Last weekend, while drinking vodka from a water bottle on Fire Island beach, I was complaining about the pervasive Raya worship to my friend Alan, a 33-year-old filmmaker.
Alan has been in an on-and-off relationship with Raya for more than a year now (currently off).
And it has earned plenty of press and some plaudits, winning Geekwire’s app of the year award for 2015.
But all that emphasis on safe spaces and community doesn’t distract the company from the primary goal of any dating application.