THE ARGUS PROJECT

countersurveillance armor for the citizen body

Video Producer and Editor

LIGAIYA ROMERO is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, QPOC, and first-generation American whose work centers around the liminal spaces of the immigrant experience. Ligaiya graduated from UCLA with dual degrees in Film Production and International Development.  She studied at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and received her M.A. in Visual Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work has been recognized by the SXSW Interactive Awards, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, College Photographer of the Year and the New York Photo Awards, among others.   Most recently, she was a documentary producer and editor at MediaStorm.

Tech Lead

AYODAMOLA TANIMOWO OKUSEINDE is an artist and interactive designer living and working in New York. He studied Visual Arts and Philosophy at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey where he earned his B.A. His works range from painting and speculative design to physically interactive works, wearable technology and explorations of Afrofuturism. Okunseinde was the co-founder and creative director of Dissident Display Studios, an award winning studio and art gallery based in Washington DC. As a collaborator with, amongst others, choreographer Maida Withers, Carmen Wong, and Yoko K., Okunseinde has created several interactive performance based works and has performed in several countries including Mexico, Finland, and Croatia. Okunseinde art residency participations includes Finland’s Invitation to Helsinki, IDEO’s Fortnight, and Eyebeam’s Creative Residency. Ayodamola (Ayo) Okunseinde holds an MFA in Design and Technology from The New School, Parsons School of Design in New York where he is currently an adjunct faculty member.

Costume Consultant

Born in Rouen, France, PIERRE MENDY is a fashion designer whose original pieces have graced runways in New York, London, and Paris. He has designed for such powerful houses as Vivienne Westwood and Ralph Lauren and has previously worked as costume designer for both movie and stage.

Pierre gained his initial fashion training through the Institut Superieur de la Mode and at the Albert de Mun Technical College, both in Paris. He now works for his own labels for men and women in New York and Paris.

 

Fabrication Specialist

YVETTE KING is an artist and maker who builds a variety of things currently in New York city.  Originally from Melbourne, Australia, her work ranges from text and photography to sculpture, installation and things that move. Her work is interested in process, material and production, with her practice addressing familiar sources and their dislocation. King works with objects as material outcomes (and failings) of human systems; in purpose, desire and intent. This often has hilarious results. 

King graduated with Honours and a BA in Sculpture from Monash University in Melbourne, where she also received the Baldessin Foundation Travelling Fellowship. Her work has involved curatorial projects and three years on the directorial board of KINGS ARI, with projects exhibited around Australia and internationally in group and curated exhibitions. King worked as an Innovator in Residence at the Centre for Social Innovation over 2015 and as a Creative Producer at NYC founded experimental knowledge lab, The Un-School of Disruptive Design. She is co-founder of Verbal Fight Club and creates works freelance for exhibitions, commissions and fabrications, as well as educational workshops and events.

Print Design Lead

RON MORRISON is a designer, researcher, and social practitioner. He works to create strategies using art and design that help people understand how urban systems work and how to work within them. With a strong background in community development and social advocacy, he believes that people should have participatory access to shaping their cities and communities and sees design as a medium for creating knowledge and moving beyond paralysis in the face of complexity. His current work investigates technology and infrastructure as a sociotechnical system for crafting the design of more equitable and sustainable services. He has been a collaborator with design teams that implemented projects in New Orleans, Ghana, Colombia, Niger, New York, and Venice and has had work featured in AIA New York, the UN World Urban Forum, and the Allied Media Conference. Based in New York, he has worked in a wide range of roles within strategic design, collaborating with such organizations as The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Transportation Alternatives, and the Association of Neighbors and Housing Development. Ron holds degrees in Psychology and Gender Studies, as well as a graduate degree in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design. He is currently an artist in residence at Eyebeam Studio for Art and Technology building open source platforms to upend the continued practice of solitary confinement.

Artistic Director

GAN GOLAN is a NY Times bestselling author and artist.  He has spent the last two decades on the front lines of social justice movements throughout the US and abroad, from housing and labor rights, to climate and economic justice.  His books include the bestseller 'Goodnight Bush' and the critically-acclaimed graphic novel 'The Adventures of Unemployed Man'.  As an artist, he has designed rock music posters for Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Nick Cave and the Foo Fighters.  

Gan's work combines grassroots community organizing with high-profile, media-genic public spectacles that shift popular narratives and mobilize communities.  A fan of pop-culture, he has created original video games projected onto the side of buildings to challenge corporate power, and invented a fake sports team, the corporate "Tax Dodgers" to address economic inequality, who were installed in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Recently, he helped design the largest climate mobilization in history, The People's Climate March.   

He has personal understanding of the critical important of citizen’s right to film police. In 2003, while attending a peaceful protest in Miami, Florida he was unlawfully arrested, beaten and then forced to stand trial. Upon witnessing video evidence shot by bystanders, the judge dismissed all charges against him.  His masters thesis at MIT focused on the militarization of policing in the United States.

In 2015, was awarded a Rauschenberg Foundation “Artist As Activist” Fellowship as a member of People’s Climate Arts.  Golan’s work has been featured in the NY Times, The Washington Post, Forbes Magazine, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, The SF Chronicle, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Salon.com and Wired Magazine

Producer, Program Manager

JULIEN A. TERRELL was born and raised in West Harlem, where he first developed an interest in community and cultural organizing and still lives to this day. He is a co-organizer of the Harlem Copwatch Team.

His primary concern is working with communities to create spaces for self-determination, a trajectory he first established doing social justice work as a student at the University of Buffalo. There, he worked with local residents to clean up and redevelop contaminated sites in accordance with community demands. In 2007, he began organizing in NYC to confront gentrification and environmental injustice, with a focus on how local organizing and creative planning can preserve communal and cultural spaces that support relationship-building and inter-generational learning. From 2008-2012, Julien worked as the Director of Organizing for Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, working with students organizing for accountable use of the waterfront along the Bronx River.
In his work, Julien uses hip hop as a creative means for challenging oppression, and finds art, culture, music &  dance to be invaluable tools for enacting social change.  In 2013, he worked on solidarity projects in both Cuba and Brazil, deepening his own commitment to developing youth leadership both locally and internationally, and ultimately motivating him to join Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a holistic youth development organization located a block from where he was raised.  As Lead Organizer Julien now works with young people organizing against police control in Harlem.  He is the founder of the Renaissance Chapter of Universal Zulu Nation and has been a member of the Harlem Copwatch team for 2 years.

Producer

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RAQUEL DE ANDA is an independent curator and cultural producer based in Brooklyn, NY. De Anda began her career as Associate Curator at Galería de la Raza, a contemporary Latino arts organization in San Francisco, CA (2003- 2010) and has continued to support the production of socially engaged artwork in both Mexico and the United States.  

Born and raised on the U.S. Mexico border (Laredo, TX), much of de Anda's work approaches themes of duality, connection, separation, inclusion and the intersections of migrant rights with other movements for social justice.   She is a firm believer in the power of art and culture to ignite social change .  De Anda holds an MS from Parsons School of Design, with a focus on integrating cultural equity in the field of arts and culture.

Recent exhibitions include The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art (Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.), Art in Odd Places intervention festival (NYC), and overseeing creative production for the historic People’s Climate March (NYC), with hundreds of artists and 400,000 people participating. She is working on a forthcoming exhibition at Project Row Houses (Houston, TX) titled Shattering the Concrete:  Artists, Activists and Instigators.


 

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