El Otro Lado Del Destino/The Other Side of Destiny
A supernatural one act play about a family of Espiritistas navigating old magic in contemporary life. The work is currently being developed in the Fresh Ground Pepper playwrights' residency. The cast will be presenting an excerpt of this interdisciplinary piece followed by a Q & A on hybrid theater works and the power of authorship. Run time: 45-50 min
Wi-Moto Nyoka is a performer and transmedia artist. Awards and honors include: Puffin Foundation grant recipient 2012, the Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival 2014 selected librettist, Indie Boots Theater Festival Finalist & Audience Award Honorable Mention 2015, A.R.T/New York Creative Space Grant recipient 2016. Official Film Selections include: Urban Action Showcase (2016), MeccaCon International Film Festival (2016-17), Official Latino Short Film Festival (2017). Residencies include: Tanzhaus NRW Interdisciplinary Works 2011 and The Playwriting Collective Writers Group 2017. She is thrilled to be a part of the Fresh Ground Pepper Playground Playgroup 2017. She holds a BFA in Music Theater from the University of the Arts and an MFA for Performance & Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College.
Sadah Espii Proctor- Sound Designer
Elinor T. Vanderburg
Pop Up Concert with DJ Spooky and Mr. Reed
DJ Spooky/ Paul Miller is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. In 2012-2013 he is the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC starting this fall. He’s produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. Miller’s work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries. His book Sound Unbound, an anthology of writings on electronic music and digital media is a best-selling title for MIT Press. He has been featured everywhere from Elle to CNN to SyFy.
Mr. Reed is the spiritual and musical embodiment of New York City, and New York City embodies the world. He is a songwriter, arranger, lyricist, rapper, drummer and vocalist. Mr. Reed has a keen ability to recognize and collaborate with talented musicians, his band is known to include some of the best up and coming talent from the New York City music scene, and abroad. Mr. Reed's style is inclusive of his influences of Hip-Hop, Hi-Life and Hip-Life, House, Rock, Jazz, Soul, Salsa, Soca, Calypso, African-Americana (Spirituals), Popular Music, Blues, Gospel, Bossa, Reggae/Dancehall, World Musics, and all that cannot be defined or genre(d). He has used his wealth of life experiences and musical influences to be a successful event planner, promoter and booker of other talented artist, ranging from all genres.
Screening of Sundance winner, Glucose and conversation with director Jeron Braxton
Jeron Braxton’s Glucose (United States, 2017), a stylish cgi meditation on race and identity in 21st century America.
With a visual aesthetic inspired by internet and video game culture, Braxton employs low-poly and glitch-art aesthetics, not just in design but also in animation style, to create a surreal journey through the dream of a video game character who has been K.O.’d during a match. As its title Glucose may suggest, the imagery is presented as a cheery and colorful confection, but as the film progresses, the line between dream and nightmare begin to blur.
Mutating the Browsing Experience with Omayeli Arenyeka
Marketing Masterclass with Jameel Mohammed, Founder and Creative Director of Khiry
Finding your story: Jameel Mohammed will speak about the importance of knowing your story and telling it well; the importance of a distinguishing narrative for entrepreneurial success. The workshop will include a walk through of branding and positioning. Attendees will be challenged to identify the parts of their story that distinguish their brands and endeavors, and actionable strategies to convert these into success with new ventures.
KHIRY is a line of high-end fashion jewelry founded by designer Jameel Mohammed during his sophomore year as a Political Science major at the University of Pennsylvania.
The collection has been recognized by leading fashion industry publications, such as Paper Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar China, The Walk Magazine, Wall Street Journal Magazine and Man Repeller.
Conversation with Inventor, John Henry Thompson
My passion for code ignited in 1974 when I was 15 and got myself into the computer lab of Bronx School of the Sciences. Since then, I have aimed and succeeded to combine art, learning, and computer science. In this workshop, I'll describe my inventions spanning from the MIT Media Lab, Lucas Film, Macromedia, to now, my lab in Lower Merion PA. I'll show some recent web based projects dealing with African American history. I'll also give a hands-on demo of my recent app: DICE, a platform for exploring art, learning, and computer science.
John Henry Thompson invented the lingo programming language used in Macromedia Director and Shockwave. Lingo has been used to create flash and shockwave programs that were prevalent in video games, web design, animation, and graphics.
Data Visualizations and Design Systems with Adekunle Oduye
Adekunle Oduye (Add-eh-koon-lay Oh-due-yay) is a Product Designer at Justworks where he is building HR tools for small businesses. Prior to Justworks, Adekunle was at NASDAQ where he was designing web-based products for investor relations professionals. He was also a co-organizer for SassConf, a national front-end development conference and GothamSass, a local NYC meetup that serves front-end developers and designers.
Adekunle's enjoys driving innovation in design systems, data visualization and ui animation. He also enjoys rapid prototyping and front-end development but when he isn't building software, you can probably find him planning his next travel adventures or learning more about personal finance.
Strategies to Combat the Lack of Diversity in Tech with Bryant McCombs
Bryant manages operations at Def Method, a software development consultancy in Manhattan. At Def Method, Bryant currently helps manage a team of 40+ full-time employees and contractors. During his tenure at Def Method, Bryant has played a large role in the hiring and creation of a diverse team of talented engineers and product focus employees.
Live Coding with Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo
Designer, programmer, artist. Sarah likes to explore the way technology and information are currently constructed and to imagine ways it could be different. Most recently she has been interrogating the limits of programming languages via live coding visuals with her band Codie.