I'm interested in gathering all the people I love in one place and the construction of worlds. Tools, communities, and larger ecosystems are the gathering process. More on my thinking about this is outlined in 'On Ceilings' and 'Theophany'.
I work as a Product Designer on the Figma Prototyping team. Beyond, my main community is spread all over the internet. Like with Developh, nurturing intersectional Filipino technologists through classes & engagements and net art pursuits under an institute I call Website Website (Website) or WW(W). I run a small net label & press called Maybe playing with experimental sound.
I engage with sound art & field recording, handmaking cassettes and zines, teaching and writing on websites, blogging, and making net art and archives. You can support my practice on Patreon.
My practice spans sound, design, writing, worlding, and archival. Creation is largely an act of self-preservation and survival — I dream of making worlds for the people I love that they can continue building for whom they love as well. I'm interested in poeisis, making making, communal creation, collaborative creativity, and making the act of creation ubiquituous — for if we all have the imaginary, spaces, and tools to see and then create the worlds we need, we persist. There are so many things I want to do.
Before, I worked at Spotify, Kumu, Rappler, and a lot of other tiny startups. I founded the largest lore community of Genshin Impact, designed for non-profits & progressive politicians, managed Yale's design studio, organized shitty underground raves, made a game maker that is a game in itself for my thesis, query & archive Filipino design, collect cloud pics and cassettes.
Longer-term, I'd like to run a product studio with friends doing both collaborative client projects and releases of our own technologies and literature. I want to find a physical space for Developh in Manila, Philippines where we can foster a safe space to engage in the present & future of technology, ethics, and culture. Here, I want to print/press media, hold classes, provide community resources, be a little distro, and exhibit work.
I am trying to ask better questions, be more present, and wonder about the humanity in the machines and technologies we build — for they are all just cariers of human desire and will.