CV

contact | alexis.avedisian@gmail.com | alexis@nycmedialab.org | @holyurl

I’m a communications + events professional with experience working within civic, corporate and university settings.
I focus on designing communications strategies and event programs that nurture strategic partnerships, build thought leadership and drive business growth.

Education.

MA, Arts Administration. NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, 2016
BFA, Fine Arts & Entrepreneurial Leadership. School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, 2009

professional.

NYC Media Lab | Communications Manager | July 2016-Present
Leads external communications and events:
Facilitates content, video, social media and PR campaigns with Lab corporate members—including work with Bloomberg, Verizon, A+E Networks, Viacom, Havas, Publicis Groupe and NBCUniversal—that illustrates the R&D goals of each company.

Plans, promotes and executes three major industry events each year. Each event hosts panels, keynotes and 100+ emerging technology demos to help corporate executives learn what is possible with new technologies.

Produced several white papers; grew subscriptions on two weekly tech industry newsletters from 0 to 2,500+ subscribers in the span of one year; and designed marketing materials to promote the Lab’s value proposition to potential partners.

MIT School of Architecture + Planning | Communications Assistant | January 2014 -October 2015
Managed all social media, email marketing and digital campaigns:
Pitched editorial ideas to MIT News based on high performing social media engagement, resulting in several feature articles.

Tracked trending topics, and worked with MIT faculty to promote their relevant accomplishments based on of-the-moment social media trends.

Regularly presented performance metrics and growth at internal meetings, often to communications leads working within other MIT brands.

Rhizome at the New Museum | Editorial Fellow | January-May 2015
Assisted in editorial and copywriting projects for Rhizome.org:
Worked with journalists to craft editorial message on dozens of op-eds, features and interviews.

Recruited writers to produce content relevant to New Museum curatorial efforts.

Wrote marketing copy for the museum’s yearly event, Seven on Seven, resulting in patron donations and ticket sales.

Pioneer Works Center for Art + Innovation | Education Assistant | September 2014-January 2015
Assisted Director of Education with programing, including classes, panel discussions, and related events. Provided in-office support through managing student registrations, scheduling, and promoting programming to community members. Provided consulting support on social media management and digital brand identity.

Together Festival for Music, Art + Technology | Arts Coordinator | March 2011-January 2014
Organized a program of city-wide public events and educational programs:
Built partnerships with Boston area institutions—including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, MIT Media Lab, RISD and Boston City Hall—to host festival events and workshops.

Produced two exhibitions for the Boston Museum of Science Charles Hayden Planetarium, helping artists to make new work with state-of-the-art technology.

Led content strategy for the festival’s arts-related initiatives.

Anthony Greaney | Curatorial Resident | July 2011-July 2013
Assisted gallery director in all curatorial efforts, including researching institutional and grant opportunities for represented artists, drafting press releases, and networking with editors and critics. Oversaw digital strategy and marketing efforts, such as creating blog posts, maintaining gallery website, scheduling social media content and e-mail newsletters, and managing press inquiries and clips.

freelance & creative.

Organizing Committee Member | Tech Action | September 2017-Present
Helps to plan public meetings and educational programs; Tech Action believes that if properly harnessed, technological innovation could help establish a truly democratic and cooperative society on a global scale.

Committee Member | Theorizing the Web | November 2016-Present
Assists with speaker recruitment and registration goals for the yearly conference hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image.

Catalogue Writer | Galerie Nathalie Halgand, Vienna, Austria | March 2017
Was commissioned to write the exhibition text for Signe Peirce’s first international solo show, titled Virtual Normality.

Selected Artist | Left Gallery, Berlin | July 2016
Was invited to produce a downloadable .zip folder containing .gif’s and archival materials for the launch of Left Gallery, an experimental curatorial outlet based in Berlin, Germany. Curated by Nora Khan, the exhibition resulted in three original artworks made for the internet, in addition to a text of critical inquiry written by Khan.

Panelist | Facets Conference | May 2016
Moderated a discussion and presented relevant research during Facets Conference, hosted by NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The conversation was centered on curating and internet performance art. Panelists included Molly Soda, E. Jane, Kelani Nichole, and Sam Levigne.

Selected Artist | MACRO: an anthology of images macros, Boost House Publishing | June 2016
Work was selected to be included in MACRO, an ambitious anthology of image macros (images paired with words, intended for digital circulation) from over 120 artists.

Catalogue Writer | Trinity Square, Toronto, Canada | January 2016
Was commissioned to write the exhibition text for Morehshin Allahyari’s solo exhibition, titled Material Speculation.

Invited Curator | Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA | January 2015
Curated the exhibition “Second Selves,” loosely formed to provide a critical take on theorist Sherry Turkle’s book The Second Self, published via MIT Press. Artists in the exhibition included Leah Schrager, Blake Hiltunen, Philip Fryer, and Julie Nymann.

Invited Curator & Producer | Boston Museum of Science, Charles Hayden Planetarium | January 2013-May 2014
Led a team of artists and technical staff to produce two large scale film screenings made specifically for the Charles Hayden Planetarium. Worked with the Museum’s Systems Coordinator and Public Programs Director for 18-months, through filming, post-production, promotion, and ticketing.

Social Media Manager | Flash Forward Festival | September 2013-May 2014
Worked with festival organizers on branding and communications efforts. Ran social media and live communications during the festival itself.

Guest Web Curator | Near Death Performance Art Experience, Boston Center for the Arts | April 2013
Curated an internet art series in conjunction with the day long performance art exhibition. Conducted interviews with guest artists and assisted in documentation efforts.

book & print essays.

Material Speculation, published in Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade. Co-written with Anna Khachiyan, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2018.

THINX, published in Pics or it Didn’t Happen. Edited by Molly Soda and Arvida Bystrom, Prestel Publishing, London, UK, 2017.

Unchoreographed Reality, published in MOSSLESS. In conjunction with the exhibition Public, Private, Secret, International Center for Photography, New York, NY, 2016.

The Economy of Nostalgia, published in SFAQ/NYAQ. San Fransisco, CA, 2015.

awards.

Alumni Council Award for Excellence in Arts Administration. NYU Steinhardt, 2016.
Received a cash award for academic excellence and community leadership upon graduation.

Fellowship Grant. NYU Stern School of Business, 2015.
Received a cash award to pursue independent research at a social organization, funding a Fellowship with Rhizome at The New Museum.

cache.

A selected links list of instances in which my work has been featured, discussed or referenced on the internet:

Workers of Silicon Valley, It’s Time to Organize. Kevin Roose, The New York Times, 2018.

Code Red. Alex Press, n+1, 2018.

In praise of retweeting yourself. Taylor Lorenz, Mic., 2018.

NYC Media Lab Summit Showcases Civic-Minded VR. Jonathan Gomez, MediaShift, 2017.

NSFW: Interview with Molly Soda and Arvida Bystrom. Annie Felix, Paper Magazine, 2017.

Immersive Storytelling Symposium. The New School, 2017.

Funny Feelings. Alicia Eler, Real Life Magazine, 2017.

Quiet Strategies for Survival. Nora Khan, Spike Arts Quarterly, 2016.

Featured Alumni. NYU Steinhardt, Department of Art and Art Professions, 2016.

Love It Or Hate it, Instagram’s New Logo Is So Internet Right Now. Fruzsina Eordogh, Forbes, 2016.

The Fuzzy Future of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Amy Nordrum, IEEE Spectrum, 2016.

Letter from the Editor: Renewal. Willa Köerner, Art21 Magazine, 2016.

Conversations with Anna Khachiyan. Packet Issue 61, 2015.

The New Brooklyn Whole Foods Went Too Damn Far. Hannah Mars, Buzzfeed, 2016.

Book Launch: Public, Private, Secret and Mossless 4. International Center for Photography, 2016.

Review of MACRO: An Anthology of Image Macros. Curated by Penny Goring and Michael Hessel-Mial, review by BeachSloth.

Every cigarette you smoke takes 7-minutes off of your student loan debt. Pornhub’s Twitter stole my joke. 2016.

Critics’ Pick: Theater, Dance, Arts. Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, 2015.

Second Selves. Celina Colby, Art New England Magazine, 2015.

Album Review: Ricardo Donoso’s A Song for Echo. Philip Sherburne, Pitchfork, 2014.

The Talent Behind the Scenes at Flash Forward Festival. Aline Smithson, LENSCRATCH, 2014.

The Business of Magic. Allison Vanouse, 2014.

Traveling inside the planets of the mind. Luke O’Neil, Dazed Digital, 2013.

A New Cosmic Mix: Now in 5D. Robert Moeller, Art New England, 2013.