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David is a curmudgeonly, 38 year old executive producer for a digital marketing firm in the Philadelphia area, as well as a music producer who has curated releases to support the fundraising efforts of non-profits including The Future of Music Coalition and Planned Parenthood. He is also a talented musician who creates music under the name Dos Electros. Check out his website and follow him on Twitter!
Chris Cloud is an artist, curator, culture maker, and a fixture in Minneapolis’s creative milieu. He is the co-founder of MPLS.TV, an online Do-It-Together video network, MPLSzine, a submissions-based digital publication, and Pizza Camp, an overnight camp for pizza loving adults. When he isn't cultivating projects and businesses, he is the voice of a contemporary art museum on their social media channels.
Gigi is a local luminary that likes to spend her free time complaining on the internet. When she's not complaining on the internet she's complaining to her therapist in real life. She was named Best Tweeter in the Twin Cities for 2016 and her idol Prince tweeted an article she wrote once. In addition to spending her life on the internet she likes to eat her weight in chicken nuggets, buy makeup/pins/clothes with money she doesn't have, and write "dad" on all of Drake's Instagram posts. Her autobiography "I Feel Like North West" is due in 2018.
Emma Eubanks is an illustrator and animation student from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her work focuses on youth culture and racial identity. Her most recent project is the City Visibility Project, a public art piece that focuses on women of color in the Twin Cities. Emma entered the world in the same year as Space Jam, and hopes to one day create a children's film as iconic.
Courtney Algeo is a (currently) pregnant human woman with one child who has recently completed her transition to the suburbs. She loves being invited to do things (like be on podcasts), and her answer is almost always “Yes.” The word “yes” has led her to do things she never would have dreamed of, like compete in a boxing match for the literary organization Revolver, cover the Academy Awards as a journalist for the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and try her…um…hand at last year’s Word Spout Erotic Poetry Slam. She also has a podcast of her own called Double Exposure that tackles two movies with a common human component. You can find her on Twitter at @icecrmsocialite.
Emily Eifler is 30 years old, female, and disabled from a brain injury caused by gas poisoning when she was 10. She is an artist (known as Blink Pop Shift) in the Bay Area working as a VR researcher right now, but has also worked as a dancer, at architecture firms and for the exploratorium. Find her and her amazing work on Twitter and Instagram.
Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator based in Oakland, CA. Her work strives to create an expanded, thoughtful consideration for new media and digital culture. Berdugo has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, and she collaborates widely with individuals and archives. She is the co-founder of World Wide West, co-founder of the Living Room Light Exchange, and Net Art and Special Programs Curator for Israel’s Print Screen Festival. Her writing appears in Rhizome, Temporary Art Review, and HZ Journal. Berdugo is currently an assistant professor of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco. More at liatberdugo.com. @whatliat
Writer, traveller, IET master level practitioner and teacher, Reiki master level practitioner/teacher.
For the past 15 years Kelly has been using words and spirituality to bring clarity to her life. She enjoys helping people cultivate a relationship with language that helps them express themselves in the truest possible way.
Her spiritual journey began with yoga and expanded to include meditation, Buddhism, Jungian Psychology, Tarot, Integrated Energy Therapy, Reiki and Medical Qi Gong. In the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." Connecting with our spiritual nature can bring great freedom and empowerment. Sharing her knowledge and experiences with others brings her great happiness.
Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian and writer who has created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured throughout the United States and UK. Her most notable touring show– “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and toured to over 40 venues since 2006. She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post and a guest on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, FXX’s“Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” Al Jazeera’s “The Stream” and AM Tonight on Fusion TV. Her newest solo show “The Wong Street Journal” navigates privilege and economic disparity and is currently on tour.
Follow her on Twitter: @mskristinawong
Luna Malbroux: A fixture in the Bay Area comedy scene, Luna crafted Live Sex, a comedy talk-show exploring sex, relationships and everything your mother never let you watch on TV, as a way to combine her debaucherously charming humor and her life-long love of sexology. A diversity and inclusion consultant for schools, universities and workplaces, she fights injustice by day and creates it by night performing in comedy clubs and bars throughout California. She's the creator and visionary behind EquiTable, the Comedy Hack Day Grand Prize Winner at SF Sketchfest. She's also an artist in residence at the historic African American Arts and Culture Complex.
George Chen: Once a musician, writer and event organizer George finally found a place in standup comedy. As an upstart producer, Chen put on comedy shows on a moving bus at Occupy Oakland, at still-life drawing classes, and inside a comic book store. These attempts to put on comedy in unlikely locations lead to the weekly showcase Cynic Cave at Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco and the monthly multimedia show Talkies.
George’s team Equipay won the SF Sketchfest 2016 Comedy Hack Day presentation. He had a small part as an INS agent in the short sci-fi film Mindglow and appeared in an episode of HBO’s Looking. He also co-hosts the documentary discussion podcast Sup Doc.
Episode 13: Art, Commerce and the Internet
Airing: February, 24th 2016
James T. Green is a conceptual artist, designer, developer, podcaster, and writer based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. His projects investigate information distribution on the internet and unspoken markers of identity. His work has been shown in EXPO Chicago (2012, 2013, 2014), the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2013), the Chicago Cultural Center (2012), and the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago (2013). Green has completed residency programs at ACRE (2011-2012), Chicago Artist Coalition’s HATCH Projects (2012-2013), and University of Chicago Arts & Public Life/CSRPC program (2014-2015). In 2013, Green helped to organize the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago and in 2014 was selected to perform at The Chicago Home Theater Festival.
Episode 12: Insight from Old Millennials
Airing: February, 10th 2016
Stephanie Lie is an artist, technologist and educator based in the SF Bay Area. She received an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego and BAs in Computer Science and Art Practice from UC Berkeley. Her work focuses on technology, ecology, and the public sphere. She has been a researcher at UC Natural Reserve System, Center for Urban Ecologies, and UC Institute for Research in the Arts. She has taught new media art at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. Stephanie is currently a Lecturer at the Berkeley Center for New Media and a Software Engineer at LinkedIn.
Episode 11: Behind the Scenes
Airing: January, 27th 2016
Robert James Algeo is a Philadelphia-native cartoonist, production artist, web developer, and educator who has been living in the Twin Cities for the past six years. His comics include Monometric, Hum, and Thirty. His comic book Skull Pen Issue One was nominated for The Howard E. Day Prize award in 2007. His body of work received the Twin Cities Metro Magazine Keeper Award in 2012. When he is not teaching or making comics, Algeo maintains a robust freelance design and development practice for clients as diverse as SICK A.G., MTV, Nickelodeon, and the Steel Shipping Container Institute. You can find his work online at inabsentiapress.com and follow him at @rjalgeo.
Episode 10: The Virtual is Real
Airing: January, 13th 2016
Nicole was born the year the first cd player was sold in Japan. Her work investigates how the structures of the internet, mobile messaging, and shared online platforms effect contemporary interaction and shape cultural identity from a queer, feminist perspective.
She has lectured at Royal College of Art (London), North Carolina State University, ATypi Dublin, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Maryland Institute College of the Arts, Pratt Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Minneapolis College of Art + Design and the American Comparative Literature Association where she presented ongoing research, ☾ Sailor Moon☆Glitter Text+Graphic Design ✔.
Her writing is published in the third edition of Terry Barrett’s Criticizing Art and she frequently contributes to online quarterly WOW HUH. Last spring her essay "The Aesthetics of Index" was included in Issue 2 of The Enemy. Her current essay, "The Emotional Potential of Girls Presented on the Internet as Object" will be published by Penny-ante Editions in the book Modern Behaviours for Fall 2016. She is currently working on a new essay, "The Transgressive Girl" for the Journal of Feminist Scholarship to be published in 2017.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, finishing at the Bauhaus in Dessau Germany and a Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, studying and making work around "girls that run in packs."
Episode 8: Storytelling, Imagination and Accountability
Airing: December 16th, 2015
Mimi was a Lyft driver for two weeks before she realized her bladder was too small for the job. She remembers the first time she “drew” genitalia on AOL instant messenger. Now, she only wants to communicate via taco and unicorn Emojis. A few years ago, Mimi wrote essays about online Asian pornography and her most recurring thought was, “Nobody knows what to do with awkward hands.” Feel free to start an Emoji conversation with Mimi on Twitter @Mimi_Dumpling.
Episode 7: Masculinity, Privilege, Art and Capitalism
Airing: December 2nd, 2015
Nicholas Wylie is a queer Chicagoan transplant to the Bay Area by his newly husbanded nerdy love Todd King, who recently designed some rainbow Doritos that got Mike Huckabee and some of the internet mad at him. In the shadow of those accomplishments, Nick organizes for and with artists, and sometimes calls himself one. He's currently working at a 40 year old arts organization with anarchic origins and nonprofit chops called Southern Exposure. Wylie has also helped to found artist residencies ACRE and Harold Arts back in the midwest. He has talked at students at SAIC, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of St. Francis. The internet has come out for him at several key moments in his life, and he now mostly hides from it. Except for all the pirating and constant use of it. Podcasts are better than music.
Episode 6: Friends, Dating and Curation
Airing: November 18th, 2015
Emily Eaton lives in Minneapolis. She is a Project Manager at Periscope where she has helped developed social media campaigns that you can sometimes find on Snapchat. Aside from her day job she is also a model for Hackwith Design and runs about 70 tumblr accounts. She is known around the Twin Cities for her impeciable twerking ability.
Matty Tucker lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His interest in writing led to cooking to pay the bills, but writing took a backseat when he became obsessed with all things food. He recently decided to combine his interests, launching his blog, Burger Fetish, a cheeky but thoroughly culinary look at burgers. He spends his time thinking about the relationship between cooking traditions and science, the effect of the twentieth century on both food culture and health, and whether tacos are sandwiches. Find him at www.burgerfetish.co, on Twitter at @BurgerFetish, Instagram at @BurgerFetish, and on Facebook at facebook.com/BurgerFetish