Art is not only a form of creative expression or social commentary -- it is also a vehicle for social engagement. Throughout my career as an artist, curator, and producer, I have partnered on projects intended to energize communities and encourage collaboration. While my most recent work has focused on raising awareness of the complex relationship between urban communities and the natural world, past projects employed art and arts programming to revitalize a run down neighborhood, bring together urban immigrant communities, and bring to light new digital ways of seeing.
I have over 8 years of experience in production and curation, as well as substantial experience as an arts educator. I'm eager to continue working to cultivate socially conscious, open-minded communities through the arts programming, events, and education.
PROFESSOR:, WORKSHOP FOR PROTOTYPING FOR INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES
Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, April 2011 - Present
Designed and taught a 12 week workshop for a diverse group of students from varying cultural and economic backgrounds ranging from artists to business owners. The course addresses both physical and digital interaction, culminating in a team-based project to fully prototype a mobile app for the Queens Museum of Art. Concepts and practices covered include researching, wire framing, brainstorming, and prototyping.
PROJECT DESIGNER / CURATOR (AT LARGE)
Monitor de Arte Digital (MOD) Guadalajara, Mexico, March 2007– Present
Conceived, developed, and curated the large-scale public access arts event. Worked with a multi-disciplinary team to plan, realize, and evaluate the festival’s production. Monitor de Arte Digital (MOD), a project of the Mexican National Art Council, was designed to make interactive and digital art accessible to all audiences. Nearly 3,000 people attended over 6 days. The 2012 edition was host to 65 artworks and 45 artists including 15 New York based artists creating work on site
CONSULTANT CURATOR / PROGRAM MANAGER
Bronx River Art Center, New York, NY, October 2012– January 2013
Implementing an interdisciplinary creative environment where community (especially youth) and practicing artists work together to advance the arts throughout the Bronx and dramatically affect cultural, social and economic changes,
INTERACTION DESIGNER AND URBAN COMMUNITY PLANNER
Biomodd, New York hall of Science, December 2011 – October 2012
Designed activities and systems for the project to collaborate with the immigrant community around the museum using technology, design, food and agriculture. Biomodd is an art installation by Ted Fellow Angelo Vermeulen that finds meaningful relationships between biology, computers and people. Biomodd creates symbiotic relationships between plants and computers, and ignites conversations among the community around them. Identified and worked with key teams and people to engage this installation with topics such as food production, technology, design and immigration.
NYU VISITING SCHOLAR
xDesign Environmental Health Clinic, New York, NY, February 2011 – October 2012
For Artist Natalie Jeremijenko, conducted research, wrote grant proposals, and coordinated and planned a number of high-profile projects, including xSpecies Dinner and Farmacy.
Founder, New York, NY April 2010 – Present
Busroots explores nomadic agriculture through the installation of gardens on top of city buses. The concept was originally prototyped and developed as a Master’s thesis project at NYU’s ITP. It has since received recognition in the press and academia, from institutions and publications including the UN, National Geographic, The University of Maryland and The Atlantic, among others. The light weight, durable gardens have been installed and tested on 3 vehicles, Cell Motion Lab’s BioBus, NYC’s Green Bus Tour bus, and Lulu’s Food Truck in St. Louis.
CO-CURATOR, VIMEO WORLD
Vimeo Festival and Awards, New York, NY September – October
Co-curated the Vimeo Award’s pop-up video gallery along with Festival Directors Jeremy Boxer and Blake Withman. The exhibit exposed festivalgoers to artists and designers who push the limits of the imagination through a compelling blend of video, technology and storytelling.
CURATOR, MIGRATION OF SENSES
Chocolate and I, New York, NY November 2009 – February 2010
Identified emerging and established artists for mixed-media exhibition. Oversaw installation and coordinated opening, artists and sales. The exhibit, commissioned by the cultural agency Migration of Senses, took place in three gallery spaces in Chelsea which hosted approximately 300 people over 7 days and gathered 12 artists from different nationalities to explore the cultural implications of chocolate across people and societies.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Navidad del 34, Guadalajara, Mexico, December 2006
Led the conceptualization, programming, and development of a digital arts festival to revitalize and regenerate a forgotten area in downtown Guadalajara. Collaborated with cross-functional team to realize the project from its initial draft to the final production and evaluation stage. The event attracted over 1000 attendees and dramatically increased sales for local designers and artists.
Katalog, Guadalajara, Mexico, December 2004 – December 2005
Katalog (http://www.katalog.com.mx/) is a creative advertising agency based in Guadalajara. Managed day-to-day production of videos and still images. Responsible for obtaining and managing talent, location, crew, and vendors. Maintained production schedules and budget. Organized and prepared photos for catalogue production.
M.P.S. Interactive Telecommunications, May 2010
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (NYU), New York, NY,
B.A. Communication Studies, December 2004
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Guadalajara, Mexico,
Concentration on Audiovisual Communications
Exchange Semester, Université Du Rennes II, Rennes, France, January – May 2004
Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Arduino, Processing, HTML/CSS, SketchUP
Native Spanish, Fluent English, Proficient French
Bus Roots, First Runner Up at Designwala, Inhabitat | Grand Idea Design Competition.
Selected to participate at the JardinsJardin Exhibition in Paris on May 2011
Invited to participate at the Festival of ideas for the new city in New York in May 2011
Guest Contributor for the Series “The Future We Want” for Rio+20.
Member of Pratt Institute’s Sustainable Design Incubator
Artist in Residency at the Flux Factory Collective