In 2012, I took my first internship at the Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC) where I worked with the organization’s director, Bob Lee. AAAC has a long history in NYC, which was originally founded in 1974. I was very excited to work on AAAC’s digital team to help revamp the website and work with a team of four including a graphic designer and two researchers. Although the website did not reach full completion during my time there, I remained on the consultation board and oversaw the workflow and interview process of incoming interns and the digital team. I was also fortunate enough to handle some of AAAC’s collection from their gallery, which Bob shared a limitless knowledge of Asian American Artists and their influence in New York’s art world. AAAC has an extensive archive of works, and a gallery for over 30 years. Some notable artists include Ai Wei Wei and Nam June Paik.
The following year, I had the pleasure of working for The Rubin Museum of Art’s (RMA) digital team. RMA focus is a valuable resource for Himalayan Arts located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. RMA runs many educational events to share Himalayan art and culture with the community. My primary focus was to create and edit digital content for the gallery of events and exhibitions. I edited the video content for RMA’s series of artist’s talks including, Brain Wave, Talks About Nothing, and The Red Book. Some of the content I worked directly with were talks with Laurie Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Fiona Shaw, and Bill Viola. My second major project was to entirely create a video about their 5th floor exhibition, Casting the Divine. I photographed, shot and edited most of the content along with curator’s narration to virtually tour the exhibition. The video can be seen here: Casting the Divine.
In my junior year of college, I studied at KEA Kobenhavn’s School of Design and Technology. This was my first time living abroad, and the most challenging and exciting time. KEA’s students are not all Danish, and many come from around the world. The education style here was much different than my experience in the states, and focused on emulating a true office environment. To achieve this, professors applied lessons from the curriculum to three client projects. They were primarily Danish companies: Harboe, Sagaz and VEGA. You can read the full deets of the KEA experience in this synopsis.
Harboe is a Danish soft drink company that was looking for strategies to launch their product, Bear Beer, into the Chinese market. This was my first client project at KEA, where I worked with a team of seven to create an insight report and brand manual for a marketing plan. Insight | Brand Manual
Sagaz is a publishing company who creates hotel magazines and were looking for a creative solution to allow magazine content on the go. My peers and I got together to form a creative agency, which we’ve called ’42’. After visually branding and forming an identity of our creative team, we took on Sagaz as our client and developed a concept for a digital magazine. Insight | Solution
VEGA is Kobenhavn’s largest music venue. The goal was to receive the client’s pitch and create a digital solution to fit their needs — in 24 hours. We worked overnight to develop a digital solution to promote up-coming shows. The Pitch | About VEGA
After returning from Kobenhavn, my next project was creating a digital application for Ghana Think Tank.
Since my undergrad, I’ve continued lugging my camera and laptop around. After graduation, I went back to Kobenhavn to continue exploring Europe and documenting for as long as my visa would allow. I went back to New York to continue working as a Project Manager for an E-Commerce company during the day, and recording cultural projects and shows in the evening. I worked with the Sonic Room for a while, as their photographer. I also worked with an Italian artist, Angelo Bellebono on his piece Before Me and After My Time. And before leaving for Tokyo, I covered the Gallery Exhibition, In Case of Emergency.
Which brings me to today. I’ve hauled the camera and laptop to Tokyo investigating Japanese culture through writing and photography. Right now, I am a technical consultant and web developer for clients overseas, and always searching for new and interesting projects to work on.