Lately, i've been thinking about...
How feelings change people, not facts; it's kindness that brings people’s 'porcupine needles' down. How artistic activism can make the intangible, tangible—case in point this Gerrymandering 5K. Sticking it to our Twitter-fueled reactionary culture and making it okay to say ‘I don’t know what I think about that yet.’ Remembering that talking about your ideas makes them stronger.
i lead the institute for comedic inquiry.
IFCI is a comedian-led research group that studies humor and conducts laugh-inducing experiments. We create interactive objects and performances that point out absurdities through a technique we call Participatory Satire. These public experiments combine humor, design, technology, and of course, humans.
We’ve made a syntHAsizer that lets people remix their fake laugh to a ‘real’ one. We’ve made fashionable pollination accessories, turning people into honeybees to draw attention to colony collapse. We’ve even convinced people to power walk through a mall in pantsuits to drum up support for Hillary.
recent experiments include:
experiments have been shown at:
Science Gallery in Dublin; CCCB in Barcelona; ArtScience Museum in Singapore; Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome; Risk/Reward Pavement Festival in Portland; Design Week Portland, Bridgetown Comedy Festival; Portland Fashion Week; and featured in Wired UK, The Guardian, GOOD, Dwell, and Design Bureau Magazine.
Some Things I’ve done.
I have over 12 years of experience designing award-winning installations and exhibitions for museums and brands that push the boundaries of storytelling, design and technology. I spent six years at Second Story Interactive Studios, most recently as an Associate Creative Director, where I worked with: California State Parks, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Thomas Cole Historic Site, New York Public Library, Harvard Business School, Target, Nokia, and others.
Notable projects include:
Thomas Cole Historic Site: The Parlors; California State Parks: United States Immigration Station Hospital Exhibition; Design Week Portland: Lovejoy Fountain Activation; AIGA: 100 Years of Design; Museum of Fine Arts Boston: Triumph of the Winter Queen
2022 Gait Augmentation Seminar: an exercise in things taken TOO FAR at Design Week Portland: April 7 2019. Get tickets here.
The Human Pollination Project at the V&A
FOOD: Bigger than the Plate: May 2019
recently on View
Instrument LEcture Series
Lecture on laughter and machine learning
Design Week Portland 18'
From a Whisper to Machines; lecture on laughter and the syntHAsizer
near fm Interview
I talk about the syntHAsizer, FAKE exhibition at Science Gallery, and The Institute For Comedic Inquiry with Norma Burke.
Aired on March 8th 2018
MuseumNext Portland 17'
Association for State + Local History
Design Week Portland 17'
Periphery Panel Discussion
pacific northwest college of art
M.F.A. Applied Craft + Design
Graduated May 2011
Mount union College
B.F.A. Business Administration, Marketing
Graduated May 2005
center for artistic activism
Arts Action Academy at Queens Museum
Graduated November 2017