By day, I play associate creative director at second story.
I set the artistic vision for exhibitions and interactive installations.
I begin the design process by focusing on the visitor. How will someone identify with the ideas and stories being expressed? How will it make them feel? Once I’ve mapped a path of connection for each type of visitor, I create experiences that invite participation. From paper to projectors, I use any medium necessary to bring each experience to life.
recent 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
By Night, 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 synthHAsizer that lets people remix their fake laugh into 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.
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.
hümr: from haha to hand holding at Science Gallery Dublin
INTIMACY: October-February 2019
recently on View
Insecurities Security Checkpoint
Risk/Reward's Pavement Festival: August 2018
near fm Interview
I talk about the synthHAsizer, FAKE exhibition at Science Gallery, and The Institute For Comedic Inquiry with Norma Burke.
Aired on March 8th 2018
Lecture on laughter and machine learning
Design Week Portland 18'
From a Whisper to Machines; speaker and event experience designer
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
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