Insights, Curation, and Production – Emerging Culture & Creative Technology
Media Production | Greater New York City Area, US
Paul Amitai is a cultural producer working at the intersection of media, art, and technology.
Paul has conceived and led public programs, partnerships, and research initiatives with Google, Intel, Mozilla, Shapeways, Soho House, Ace Hotel, Eyebeam, Materialise, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, Knitting Factory, and Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival among other cultural organizations and technology companies.
He was previously Senior Curator at Eyebeam, founder and curator of the New York Festival of Electronic Composers and Improvisers, and curator/producer of work presented at Performa, ZERO1 Biennial, and FACT. Paul also developed and led the undergraduate program in Creative Direction at London College of Fashion during its inaugural year.
Paul has written on media art, film, music, technology and culture for MTV.com, Signal to Noise, New Art Examiner, and The Onion AV Club. He has also exhibited art and performed music in North America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East, released numerous albums and shared the stage with legends such as Run-DMC and The Specials.
2012 - Present
Cultural Producer / Public Agency LLC
Conceive and lead collaborations between creative industry, technology, and cultural organizations; curate and produce exhibitions, performances, installations, conferences, and workshops; develop program and communications strategy; project manage research and production initiatives in media, art, and technology.
Clients and collaborators include: Intel, Mozilla, Shapeways, Soho House, Ace Hotel, Eyebeam, Materialise, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, Open Society Foundations, Magnum Foundation, and Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival.
Senior Strategist / LaPlaca Cohen
Build brand strategy for arts and cultural organizations including communications audits, benchmarking studies, stakeholder interviews and work sessions, positioning platforms, and activation plans; develop content strategy and produce media content for clients such as the Gates Foundation, Metropolitan Opera, and Cleveland Museum of Art.
Program Manager, Photography Expanded / Magnum Foundation
Designed, curated and produced a conference, panel discussions, intensive labs, and fellowships for documentary photographers looking to expand their storytelling beyond the still image. Introduced emerging digital tools and strategies to engage audiences across platforms and mobilize communities around social justice issues.
Project Director, Computational Fashion / Eyebeam
Led initiative bringing together artists, fashion designers, scientists, and technologists to explore emerging ideas and develop new work at the intersection of fashion and technology. Designed, curated, produced, and supervised research fellowships, brand partnerships, panel discussions, workshops, master classes, and exhibitions; edited and designed a summary publication.
Project Director, Open(Art) / Eyebeam
Led joint initiative launched by Mozilla and Eyebeam to support creativity at the intersection of art and the open web. Oversaw fellowship RFP and selection process, supervised production of three browser-based creative platforms, designed and produced an exhibition, workshops, and professional development opportunities.
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion / Lecturer, Sound Design / London College of Fashion
Shaped vision and strategy and administered undergraduate program in Creative Direction, an innovative new course in media design, production and creative entrepreneurship, during its inaugural year. Mapped three-year academic curriculum plan; wrote course handbooks and project briefs; hired and supervised teaching staff; lectured, advised, led workshops, critiques and discussions; coordinated budget, timetables, and logistics.
Research Associate / The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
Conducted field research, managed digital content, and developed public engagement strategy for Screens in the Wild, a research project investigating the potential of networked media screens in urban space.
Senior Curator and Program Manager / Eyebeam
Initiated, curated, produced, and project managed exhibitions and public programs from concept to completion. Highlights include: MIXER, audiovisual performance & interactive art event series; Eco-Vis Challenge, environmental design competition; Design for Social Change, collaborative research initiative; Re:Group – Beyond Models of Consensus, exhibition and program on collaborative art practice.
Screenings Coordinator / Tribeca Enterprises
Coordinated technical delivery of film festival screenings with projectionists, print traffic personnel, and theater staff.
Web and Graphic Designer / Self-Employed
Designed and produced content for online and print applications including websites, brochures, logos, illustrations, and info graphics.
City Editor, A.V. Club / The Onion
Wrote and edited features, reviews, and previews on arts and culture.
Communications and Digital Programs Coordinator / The Architectural League of New York
Designed and built websites; recorded and edited online video and audio content; wrote press releases and newsletters; organized and digitized audio archive.
Lecturer / University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Developed and taught curriculum on art & technology, design theory and practice. Delivered lectures, taught studio classes, and developed online learning tools.
Contributing Writer and Columnist / Shepherd Express
Wrote features, reviews, previews, and a monthly column on media art, music, film, and digital culture.
Public Relations Coordinator and Film Curator / Marquette University
Wrote press releases, designed and produced marketing collateral, curated and produced film program as community outreach in conjunction with exhibitions.
Founder and Curator / Knitting Factory Entertainment
Conceived and curated five-day music festival at the Knitting Factory, featuring Carl Craig, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, Jim O’Rourke, Pan Sonic, Suicide, Silver Apples, Zeena Parkins, Stephen Vitiello, Morton Subotnick, Alvin Curran, and many others.
Sound Engineer and Producer / Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies
Recorded, mixed, and produced studio sessions for hip-hop, funk, jazz, punk, and
rock artists at Warner Bros. supported studio.
Contributing Writer / Viacom
Wrote feature articles, concert and album reviews, previews, and interviews for MTV.com