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Along with debuts and other special projects, the distinguished alumni of the Pioneer Works Residency program elucidate on the forces that drive their work––in their own words.

You Are Now Entering Godmode
What can the art of machinima teach us about playing a game outside its own rules?
Diaspora at a Distance
"Diaspora is oceanic. State-based consolidation of identity is an arid landscape in ruins."
"It Bears an Imprint, However Small, of You"
An interpreter and an artist on Japanese-English translation and interpreting for spirit over fidelity.
On Love & Data: To Be Heard Without Limitation
What—and whom—does technology recognize?
Debut: Lauren Lee McCarthy's "Muted"
In a new screen-based experience, the artist and Pioneer Works Tech Resident stitches together sound, text, and complex emotions from the unresolved pandemic.
Gaslighting Your Boss: Creative Experiments in Digital Sabotage
Artist Sam Lavigne on how to derail your digital life.
Collective Desire
Whether following a team of botanists or geriatric residents in a senior center, Fall 2020 Pioneer Works Visual Arts Resident Erin Johnson uses video to find beauty—and rebellion—in the power of the collective.
"Antidote" is an online environment and land acknowledgment that gives the "land" back to black freedom realities.
The Collective Call to Action
Former Pioneer Works Music Residents Amirtha Kidambi and Shayna Dunkelman sit down to discuss the music industry, its racial and gender dynamics, and how to re-envision its power structures.
Choreography of Circulation
Former Spring 2020 Pioneer Works Technology Resident Lai Yi Ohlsen discusses social media, collaboration, and the viral Black body with choreographer Marguerite Hemmings.
Let's Go To Pakistan!
Fall 2020 Pioneer Works Technology Resident Umber Majeed uses her uncle’s tourism company, Trans-Pakistan, as a starting point to create alternative and speculative realities that question larger narratives around nationalism, capital, and Western influence.