August 21, 2017 – Lady Participate 043
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Willa Köerner is Director of Curation & Content at Kickstarter, PBC, where she oversees the brand's content strategy and curated channels. Her team supports and elevates the most inventive creators bringing new art, technology, and design projects to life — all with the end goal of bolstering Kickstarter as a creative community where artists can not only survive, but thrive.

Name: Willa Köerner    ::    Occupation: Director of Curation & Content at Kickstarter, also a writer, editor, artist and curator in any and all combinations    ::    Age: 30    ::    City: Brooklyn, NY    ::    Astrological sign: Pisces

When you're not creating: I’m consuming other people’s creations, working, or preparing for what’s next! Sending emails, keeping track of people and ideas, getting new projects off the ground. It’s a hustle and I spend a ton of time pushing myself in new directions. I’m teaching myself how to DJ, I’m taking a graphic design course, I’m scheming up a million future project ideas. I also spend a ton of time going to art events, looking at Twitter, reading, making playlists, listening to podcasts, Netflix-ing… consuming all the culture I can find, basically. Also hanging out with my cat, who became a meme recently but I still haven’t figured out how to monetize his success.

First gig: My first gig was at Shelburne Museum, a sprawling, 45-acre institution located in my hometown of Shelburne, Vermont. My job was to sit in this huge cabin filled with taxidermy bears and guns, and give lost people directions. It was pretty cool — I just got to read a lot of books! I also worked at the museum gift shop there, which ended badly — it turned out that all the other high school-aged kids who worked there were laundering money together, all summer long. When I found out, I didn’t know whether to be happy they left me out of their crime ring, or offended that they didn’t think I was cool enough to be part of it. Oh well!

Currently reading: I just finished Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others, and it is just SO good. It’s sci-fi meets speculative fiction meets something even smarter and more psychologically thrilling. I’m also reading The Four Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World by Laurence Scott and, if you’re into non-fiction exploring just how much social media is messing with our heads, you’ll find it pretty interesting. Also, to kick this future-freaky reading list one step further, one of my favorite-ever books is Dunne and Raby’s Speculative Everything.

Best work environment: A quiet, sun- and plant-filled space with a fireplace and lots of art books. And a good sound system.

Favorite interview you've done: I recently moderated a panel about the future of museums at NADA New York, which I guess kind of counts as an interview. The panelists said all sorts of smart things about how museums of the future will (and won’t!) stay relevant, and you can listen to it here. An actual interview with me: a few months back I was featured on an episode of The Abundant Artist’s podcast, in which I talk about how I got started in my weird art/digital curation/digital strategy career, among other things. Other than that, I’d rather share interviews where I’m the one asking questions, like this interview I conducted w/ my friends Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke about their 3D Additivism project for Art 21 a year or so ago. It’s good, they’re really smart and their project is mind-blowing.

Recurring dream: When I’m stressed, I have this horrible dream in which all my teeth are all falling out. I keep thinking, “It’s ok, I still have my front teeth left,” or, “It’s fine, I’ll go to the dentist and they’ll give me dentures.” But by the end of the dream, I’m just a toothless mess and I realize I can never bounce back from such a disaster. Whenever I wake up from this dream and realize I have all my teeth still, I feel amazing!

Ladies we should know: So many! Too many to name. A few who are killin’ it right now: Josette Melchor of Gray Area, Julia Kaganskiy of NEW INC, artists Morehshin Allahyari, Ingrid Burrington, Addie Wagenknecht, and Jenny Sharaf. My friends and co-workers Glory Edim of Well Read Black Girl, and Lena Imamura of NAMEGLO. Melissa Wong of New Women Space. Also my friends Katie Goldman McDonald of House Dress, and Arden Sherman of COUSIN, who both just launched their own fashion lines. I’m leaving so many ladies out. I love all the women in my life who inspire me to work harder and hustle more to make sh*t happen.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 7:00pm
Girls Who Code NYC Book Signing
Barnes & Noble: 33 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

Thursday, August 24th, 7:00pm
The Light Leaks Presents: Lens Flare, a film showcase
New Women Space: 188 Woodpoint Rd., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Saturday, August 26th–Sunday, August 27th
AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2017
Commodore Barry Park:175 Divison, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Sunday, August 27th, 1:00pm
Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: What We Lose
New Women Space: 188 Woodpoint Road, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Monday, August 21st, 8:00pm
Cafe Mustache: 2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Tuesday, August 22nd, 7:00pm
Remembering ’92
The California African American Museum: 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Saturday, August 26th, 1:00pm
Suffragists Day Parade: "Women's Rights are Human Rights"
Los Angeles City Hall: 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Saturday, August 26th, 3:00pm
ShoutYourAbortion La Meet Up
GraceFull: 2815 W Sunset Blvd, Ste 105, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Sunday, August 27th, 3:00pm
Black Girls Gather: Philadelphia
One Art Community Center: 1431-39 N 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Thursday, August 24th, 6:30pm
Creating Queer Economies: Tips for the Hustle
Qulture Collective: 1714 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612

Saturday, August 26th, 1:00pm 
Girl Gang Craft at Luckyduck, Oakland
Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe: 302 12th St., Oakland, CA 94607

Saturday, August 26th, 4:00pm
Closing reception for Amy Sollins: Introspective
Gray Loft Gallery: 2889 Ford Street, Oakland, CA 94601
Thursday, August 24th, 6:00pm
Pop Up for Planned Parenthood
COLLiDE atx: 1802 E 6th St., Austin, TX 78702
Thanks for participating! See you next Monday for photographer Natalie O’Moore!
Curated by Paris McGarry.
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