Futurista – that technosexual, sentimental, futurist girl who’s into digital media, human computer interaction, computer science, design, and new media theory; also known as the awkward one; aka most likely to succeed; aka the quintessential leo; aka mixed baby, kim kardashian/anne frank lookin’ ass; aka wild thing you make my heart sing; aka harajuku mouse.
Where are you from?
I’m a military brat. Born in Charleston, SC; grew up in San Antonio, TX; moved to Germany for 2 years; and landed in Atlanta when I was a sophomore in high school. I’ve been in Atlanta for the last 7-8 years.
Who do you work for?
I work as an interaction designer for an Atlanta based interactive marketing agency IQ Interactive and as a graduate research assistant in the Wesley New Media center at Georgia Tech. I also co-run a female perspective blog on Atlanta nightlife, entertainment, fashion, sex, technology, etc called fem-fATL.com.
What are your Current Project(s)?
My current focus is on my master’s project; which is a mobile activist campaign whose interaction model draws heavily from performance art practices from the 60s and 70s.
With fem-fATL.com we are currently gearing up to launch a campaign against domestic violence. We’d like to use our influence as female leaders as a way to generate empathy and aid towards social injustices that particularly affect women. As a woman, I empathize and feel compelled towards the struggles of other women.
I guess you could say I have an activist vein pulsating right now.
Who would you love to work with?
I’d love to work with Yoko Ono! She’s an art figure I’ve always admired and have become particularly fond of as my research interests have turned towards performance art.
These are instructions from her project ’100 Acorns: 100 days of conceptual instructions by Yoko Ono’:
Walk in the footsteps of the person in front of you.
1. on the pavement.
2. in the mud.
3. on ice.
4. in the snow
5. on fire
6. on water
I think it’s brilliant; I think these Fluxus like instructions resonate with procedural code; and I’d like to make a movie documenting myself enacting them all!
If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep?
Sneakers? I’d be sure to hang on to my Jeffrey Cambell wedge gladiator heels! But if I had to choose, I’d probably have to hang on to my pair of black converse sneaker boots; with without I could not complete my nerdy bomber chic look.
What’s on your iPod right now?
My iPod is embarrassing because I hardly use it and I don’t have a robust iTunes collection. My favorite album on my iPod is the Fugees. I also work out to Linkin Park’s old school album Hybrid Theory. I don’t think I have anything on my iPod after 1999! I’m more a proponent of cloud computing and internet radio. I’m an avid Pandora Radio listener and my favorite stations are ‘Wild Thing Radio’, ‘Mono Radio’, ‘Massive Attack Radio’, ‘Krwing Radio’, ‘File Under Futurism Radio’, ‘Dubstep Radio’, ‘DJ Shadow Radio’, and ‘Bitter:Sweet Radio’.
What’s your Favorite ATL food?
My favorite Atlanta restaurant is Two Urban Licks. The other ladies of Fem-fATL.com and I are trying to find the best calamari in the ATL and think they are the winner thus far. We haven’t found a spot that beats them yet. They have this amazing sauce that is sort of sweet and the calamari isn’t too soggy or too fried… it’s just right! It’s a really great ATL restaurant because they serve up southern style soul food, play live jazz, and serve vino out of a keg! They also have amazing high ceilings and a beautiful patio. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I get off on their bistro steak! I want Two Urban Licks now!
What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
I’m a regular at Tilt Coffee Shop in the Castleberry Hills neighborhood where I live. I love this spot so much that I say I have regular office hours there. I also host along with my fem-fATL crew a weekly film series every friday night. We are finishing up a Hitchcock series now and starting a French New Wave series for the rest of November and December. I’m fond of Octane also, but in my opinion, Tilt’s got the quirks that make you fall in love. The place is chill enough that you can start a conversation with the guys who work there, who are all super cool and down to earth. They do their job right when it comes to coffee and they can also serve up some mean sandwiches. The golden child of Tilt, however, is their banana split. It’s amazing… amazing. It comes with green kiwi lime syrup! Another thing that makes this my favorite spot is it sports a permanent collection of artwork by scrap metal sculpture artist Grant Spafford. There are all these cool metal, robotic looking animals and lamps all over the place.
I wrote about Tilt and put some pictures up on fem-fATL.com
What are your Pet Peeves?
I absolutely can not stand when people are late to meetings, appointments, dates, anything because I’m always early; which means I’m wasting more time when people aren’t on time!
Also I have a problem with other people using my computer. I literally feel anxiety. I probably should not feel this way, but I seriously have a relationship with my computer and it just feels so awkward. It almost feels like my privacy is being invaded. Or I’m obsessive and feel jealous. Either way, that’s a bit of an awkward pet peeve.
Another pet peeve when it comes to computers is when things take way to slow to load. I always default to ‘Preview’ or a basic ‘Text’ program than opening up some bulkier application when it isn’t necessary. I feel agitated sometimes waiting for programs to load. hahahaha
The rest of my fem-fATL.com crew Brittany aka justB and Kristen aka the UrbanSocialite, our fem-fATL readers, my Twitter followers (@jeniferv), Cobra Corps, WhiteLight ATL, Joy Tolentino, Fres Co Society, Justin Huff, freshiam.net, Tilt Coffee Shop, Halo, Graveyard, Sutra, Luckie Lounge, and all my Georgia Tech larping, video game playing, self righteous nerds!