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Pedro Alonzo with Swoon & Angelo Milano
Pedro Alonzo is a Boston based Independent Curator, writer, and recognized authority on street art. He has worked with many artists including Banksy, Shepard Fairey, JR, Swoon and Os Gemeos. He divides his time among acquiring art for private collectors, developing programs for business clients and organizing exhibitions for cultural institutions. Pedro has an established history in building collections of contemporary art. Since the late 1990’s, he has been involved in acquisitions for the Colección Isabel y Agustin Coppel (CIAC) based in Culiacan, México. He has also worked with the Van Moerkerke Collection in Oostende, Belgium and the Victor Pinchuk Collection in Kiev, Ukraine, among others. Pedro is an Adjunct Curator at the Dallas Contemporary.
Andrew Cotton was born in Plymouth and grew up on the North Devon Coast where he first started surfing at the age of seven. Ever since then, catching waves and being in and around the ocean has been his life. When he left school he worked in a local surfboard factory until the age of twenty-five. He then re-trained as a plumber, but along the way began to realise that his real passion lay in big wave surfing. Initially Andrew focussed on helping to pioneer big wave spots in Ireland, and more recently he turned his attention to Nazare, Portugal. Numerous Billabong XXL entries followed and he came to wider attention in 2012 when he towed American surfer Garrett McNamara into what the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed as the biggest wave ever surfed. Since then Andrew has a number of indisputably big waves under his belt, one or two of which have caused debate in the press as to whether they are even bigger than Garret’s record. With the national and global media coverage that followed, it might be said that he has been helping to push the boundaries as to what was thought possible and put Great Britain firmly on the surfing map. But it definitely hasn’t come easy, particularly as home in North Devon is not exactly famed for its big waves. So it’s meant making a lot of sacrifices to get to where he is today, working hard all summer in order to chase down waves all over Europe in the winter as well as spending as much time as possible with his wife Katie and their two children.
Angelo Milano was born in a small town in southern Italy, and grew up exploring the DIY aesthetic and lifestyle in all its forms--from music to art to event organization, funding and management. He is the owner, designer and director of Studio Cromie (www.studiocromie.org), the renowned Fame Festival (www.famefestival.it), and Sangue (www.robadisangue.com).
hunter lee soik
Equal parts innovation strategist and entrepreneur, hunter lee soik combines an interest in technology and fashion with a broad understanding of production—both digital and physical. Armed with an intra-disciplinary skill set that transcends a single career path, hunter has designed experiences for some of the world’s most exciting brands: from Stella McCartney and Art Basel to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour. Fluent in navigating the languages, conventions and institutional barriers of various disciplines, hunter founded Wardenclyffe Institute, an innovation consulting group that forms brief networks to solve problems, in 2009. Curious about the discoveries that could be found in dreams, in 2013 hunter founded SHADOW an iOS alarm clock that helps users remember and record their dreams.
Working under the artist name Swoon, Caledonia Curry is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker who has spent the last 13 years exploring the relationship between people and their built environment. Her first interventions in the urban landscape took the form of wheat-pasting portraits to the walls of cities around the world, a project that is still evolving. From 2006 to 2009, she constructed and navigated a flotilla of sculptural rafts made from recycled materials down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers, and across the Adriatic Sea to Venice. Since 2008, Callie has been working in collaboration with the collective Transformazium on a revitalization project in the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, giving a century-old church new life as an arts center and ceramics guild. In 2010 she cofounded Konbit Shelter and built a community center and two homes in earthquake-devastated Haiti, integrating her creative process into a sustainable reconstruction effort. Callie is currently working toward the construction of a musical house - entitled Dithyrambalina - in New Orleans, collaborating with arts initiative New Orleans Airlift. Alongside her place-based work, she has a studio practice of drawing, printmaking, architectural sculpture and installations. Callie’s work has been collected and shown internationally at galleries and museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Sao Paolo Museum of Art. A solo exhibition of her work will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum in Spring 2014.