Locales: Made in LA


Update: Color<Coded> launched Locales on November 16 with a campaign—”Keep It Locales” (Buy Local)—to support the sustainability of small businesses in our communities by increasing their visibility and promoting ethical spending. We were generously hosted by one of our profiles (and the hottest spot for micheladas), La Chuperia.

LOCALES is a web platform that connects residents of Los Angeles with small businesses that are owned and operated by people of color (currently in English and Español). The tech collective I joined in May, Color<Coded>, is working on a “soft” launch of the service next month. For now, I’m pleased to share that some suggestions I made via Slack are leading us to consider accessibility, styleguides, and careful form design in our process. Also, I’m building something with React, Babel, and Webpack (vs. Ruby on Rails)!

thinking about accessibility is indispensable when building technologies!

* accessibility includes language

Resources include: “Accessible UI Components for the Web” by Addy Osmani, The A11y Projectally.jsWebAIM Color Constrast Checker, randoma11y.com, Sim Daltonism/Color Oracle, Marvel’s Styleguide, Nicole Saidy’s Intro to Style Guides, Frontify, multilingual.js

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(Re)Mediating Manifestos

It started with a Facebook message to an old classmate from New Media Research Studio and ended up in the annual, week-long Gallatin Arts Festival in 2016

(Re)Mediating Manifestos is a series of Risograph-printed posters as well as a dynamic digital environment that explores expression, subjectivity, and labor through close readings of manifestos by cultural agents across disciplines. A collaboration with Shira Feldman, this project seeks to recognize the significance of the manifesto as a trace of a history and a space for expression in self/collectively-selected and self/collectively-defined terms.


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On a mounted iPad, viewers are welcomed to interact with a curated archive of excerpts from and notes on manifestos, which were selected because of their powerful relevance to our contemporary society. The project culminates in a manifesto for the digital citizen, subjects whose lives are necessarily mediated by technologies in any capacity.

Special thanks to David Furfero’s jQuery Touch Punch hack, Allison Conner’s help with the Risograph GR 3770 housed at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles, and professors Carlin Wing and Joshua Clayton for giving me guts.

how is the artist or writer to function (survive and produce) in the community, outside of institutions?

“Your own aesthetic process is a transformative activity; it’s not an economic transaction that you purchase with a university degree.” –Arturo Romo gives us his blessings

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  1. all you mfa candidates, all you college students, all you awp hangers-on, all you high school students wondering what to do (which is the same thing as how to live, how to make a life of your own, how to save your own life), all you secret poets looking for support, all you striving artists who need a job, what about you?
  2. most will sooner or later find themselves outside institutionalization.
  3. dreams tell us that the life of the mind goes on regardless. regardless of institutions or individuals, the life of the mind is a collective dreaming. the dream goes on whether anyone is making movies and documenting it, holding conferences and seminars about it or not. the mind goes on.
  4. the institutional imagination, with its schedules and regulations, with its tests and prerequisites, will be insufficient on the outside, in a broader world of completely indifferent and more democratic…

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Listening to the city

A proposal that received a Dean’s Award for Graduating Seniors in December 2015

from Ahn Sungseok’s Historic Present (역사적 현재) series (2009-13)

Postcolonial and postwar Seoul has looked outward for flows of capital and for recognition as a “global city,” but how has this disturbed the experiences and imaginaries of the city’s dwellers? How do their imaginaries come into tension with those of visiting travelers? Listening to the City is a project I am approaching a Korean American who has lived in two major metropolitan areas in order to confront both my imaginary of Korean culture and of the Korean city. My lens is also informed by the intersections of “현대 미술” (contemporary art) and “도시 공간” (urban space) in the activities of artist collectives and spaces in Seoul (and possibly other South Korean cities such as Anyang and Busan). Through participation and documentation, I hope to investigate how Listen to the City, Okin Collective, and Takeout Drawing, among others, reconsider in their own ways their relationships to the city.

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An alternative cartography of the city

A rationale for my senior year colloquium (a “text”-based discussion as thesis) on December 2, 2015

“What alters the way we see the streets is more important than what alters the way we see painting.”

GUY DEBORD, “Report on the Construction of Situations and on the Terms of Organization and Action of the International Situationist Tendency,” page 49

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Ethnography of a MOOC

The second of three “travelogues” on new media, for Carlin Wing’s Fall 2015 New Media Research Studio

Can a MOOC be a work of art?

It was in a MOOC on Coursera.org titled “ART of the MOOC: Merging Public Art and Experimental Education” that I saw an opportunity to no longer take a “massive open online course” for granted and to “merge” some of the work that have shaped my understanding of public art since I was introduced to the idea in an educational setting (a seminar called “The Lives, Deaths, and Rebirths of Public Space”).

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Why add an “A” in STEM?

These four are why.


I approached Kojo, Rina, Cassandra, and Andy (plus three others) during a summer internship at Two Bit Circus because I had a good feeling that what motivates them to do extraordinary work as a game designer, game engineer, producer, and hardware engineer is their interdisciplinary backgrounds. Watch my interviews with them here and please, share your thoughts with me. Full STEAM ahead!