I am the founding Director of 72U, an intensive one-of-a-kind learning experience designed to open people up to new ways of thinking, collaborating, and tackling modern communication problems. It is a three month program housed within 72andSunny, a marketing and communication company based in LA.
As a social experiment I made one new friend every single day for a year. At the end of the year I had an exhibition of the images and stories from all 412 new friends. This project fundamentally transformed me. I share insight gained and talk about the importance of human connection at TEDx Venice Beach.
Through the point of view of 19 featured artists, the Born Modern exhibition explores the intersection of the physical vs digital. The show engages the audience in a multidisciplinarian conversation on the role technology plays on our sense of self.
Is our face private when it's in a public space? 72U in collaboration with John Carr designed and painted two four-story murals in the heart of Hollywood across from Amoeba Records. The design embraces the implications technology has on our lives, specifically facial recognition software. The murals contribute to the revival of Los Angeles street art since the decade long ban was lifted last fall.
Sugar Coated is a short documentary about Lolita, the fashion subculture that started out in Japan. The film looks into the lives of four people with very different reasons for dressing in lolita fashion. All of them have found a sense of identity and community through their fascination with this extreme fashion style.
Every event, or moment in time has the potential to create a unique pattern. Using custom software I visualized the GPS data of 35 Chicagoans over the course of one day. They were instructed to go somewhere they'd never been before and write a story about it. I combined all the metadata; GPS, portrait and narrative to create a collective story of November 25th, 2011.
How do you get adults to play? Give them lasers. 405 Nanometer: the Alchemy of light and sound is a one night only immersive art experience that uses lasers and a light reactive environment. The goal of the project was to facilitate adult play. A collective ephemeral drawing was created.