VOL. 19 MYTHS

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Christie Green will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Christie Green  |  Sensual Topographies: Map as Myth

In Sensual Topographies: Map as Myth, Landscape Architect Christie Green questions humans’ disproportionate reliance on data and technology — mythologized as more reliable and real than experiential wisdom — and resuscitates our animalistic, sensory ways of finding ourselves.

Bio

Christie Green has recently accepted offers from The University of New Mexico Press for her first three non-fiction books: Moonlight Elk, Salmon Dreaming, and The New Meridian, forthcoming in 2024, 2026 and 2028. With an educational background in History from UC Berkeley and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico, Christie connects people and place with food and water as conduits. She cultivates food from her garden and hunts and fishes in her two home states, New Mexico and Alaska.

As a landscape architect and entrepreneur for 23 years, Christie teaches educational workshops and presents locally and nationally. Her regenerative projects are celebrated in numerous publications including: The Santa Fe New Mexican, edible, Green Fire Times, Seed Broadcast, TREND magazine and The Palo Alto Weekly.

Christie’s essays have been published in literary magazines and food-centric publications and she was a Resident in the Food Justice and Water Rights themed programs at Santa Fe Art Institute. Christie’s interactive installation, Moonlight Elk, was featured in the Liminal Landscapes group exhibition at North Fourth Gallery in Albuquerque in 2022. In May, 2023, Christie launched her Wild-inspired capsule collection featuring fabrics and garments inspired by the animals she hunts and fishes, and their habitats.

Christie Nell presents Sensual Topographies: Map as Myth at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Summary

Do maps reflect who we are? Where we are? What “truths” do they tell? By whom? In her visceral, interactive presentation, Landscape Architect Christie Green seduces participants, inviting a return to our embodied, sensual instinct as necessary tool for exploration and place-making. She questions the disproportionate reliance on data and technology mythologized as more reliable and real than experiential wisdom. Sensual Topographies: Map as Myth resuscitates our animalistic, sensory ways of finding ourselves.

Valeria Alarcón will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Valeria Alarcón  |  The Myth of Health Equality

What does being an immigrant child have to do with health equity? In The Myth of Health Equality, Advocate Valeria Alarcón explains why the answer is: EVERYTHING.

Bio

Thriving in the face of adversity has defined Valeria Alarcón’s life, especially during her childhood while growing up in inner city Boston in the 1980s. Her life experiences as an immigrant child, Latina-woman-of-color and three-time cancer survivor have shaped her in profound ways. As a result, Valeria is deeply committed to working on Social and Environmental justice, and catalyzing systems through Equity.

Valeria is a 25+ year career executive and social entrepreneur, with combined experience in the nonprofit arena, and the private and public sector. She’s a forward-thinking visionary, thought partner, effective strategist, and transformational leadership coach. Valeria established VIA Consulting LLC. in 2009 to provide expert and innovative solutions in high-level organizational design, systems change, strategic planning and implementation, and interim HR solutions to name a few.

Valeria achieved her B.S. in Organizational Psychology from the College of Santa Fe, is certified in Diversity and Inclusion Training by Cornell University, and is AADP certified in Integrative Nutrition and Life Coaching. She’s a Native of Ecuador, raised in Boston, MA and currently lives with her husband in “The Land of Enchantment,” Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Valeria Alercón presents The Myth of Health Equity at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Summary

As a ten year-old little girl — within a 24 hour period — Valeria Alarcón experienced the rude awakening of inequities. Access to resources, medicine, healthy living, traditional foods…disappeared from her life. In the Myth of Health Equality, Valeria illustrates how and why Equity — or the lack thereof — would become the connecting theme in her life in the United States of America: the Land of the Free, and the most progressive country in the world.

Ray Valdez will present at PechaKucha Night VOL. 19 MYTHS

Ray Valdez  |  Santa Fe’s Pagan Effigy

Some myths about the burning of Old Man Gloom will go up in smoke when Artist Ray Valdez explores the history of Zozobra in Santa Fe’s Pagan Effigy.

Bio

Ray Valdez is an Artist, Contractor and Photographer who was born and raised in Santa Fe NM. Inspired at a young age by the local Las Fiestas and the annual Burning of the Pagan Effigy known as Will Shuster’s ZoZobra, Ray was the producer and builder of the famous Old Man Gloom from 1994 to 2012.

An avid local historian and storyteller, Ray has amassed a large collection of historical artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, and histories from one of Santa Fe’s most beloved traditions. The Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra over the years has helped raise millions of dollars in a one night event that goes back into the community in the form of grants to help the local youth programs and important nonprofits that benefit local children.

Ray produced the movie “Will Shuster’s Zozobra de Santa Fe,” a historical documentary that was submitted to the Library of Congress for the bicentennial commemoration in 1999.

Summary

The Burning of Will Shuster’s ZoZobra has captivated many since 1926 when the first pagan effigy was burned at the stake in downtown Santa Fe.

In Santa Fe’s Pagan Effigy, Artist and Zozobra expert Ray Valdez dispels several myths, while creating new and strange ones to ponder.

Susan Wilhite will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL 19 MYTHS

Susan Wilhite  |  Speculative Design: Seeing Near Futures

Selective use of new technologies dispels the notion that we have no choices. In Speculative Design: Seeing Near Futures, User Experience Researcher Susan Wilhite discusses how informed imagination offers realistic empowerment to catalyze preferable futures.

Bio

Susan Wilhite has devoted 20+ years to conducting trailblazing user experience research in big tech (e.g., Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Intuit) generating requirements for human adoption of ethical and safe emerging tech. Susan now mentors in the LANL NM LEEP program and is a Santa Fe Design Corps member. She is an active community member at the Institute for the Future (IFTF), Near Future Laboratory, and RADAR. Susan’s research interests are driven by ecology and evolution, speculative futures, circular economics, regenerated tech, responsible design, the built environment, and the search for dark data.

Susan Wilhite will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Summary

The product development process starts with technology and financing. They myth is that nothing else really matters for product success. Sometimes the introduction of a tech innovation is quickly and broadly adopted, e.g., ballpoint pens, vaccines, synthetic fabrics. However, in most cases, technologies do not drive their over success. For emerging tech innovations to survive, the right conditions must be in place: socio, cultural, political, economic, ethical. In her talk Speculative Design: Seeing Near Futures, User Experience Researcher Susan Wilhite sheds light on how informed imagination is critical in developing successful and responsible future technologies.

Stephen Charles Smith will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Stephen Charles Smith  |  Blockchain Fairy Tales

Once upon a time, in a Digital Storytelling Lab far, far away, a group of humans participated in a collaborative myth-making exercise. In Blockchain Fairy Tales, Creative Strategist Stephen Charles Smith tells us the whole story.

Bio

Stephen Charles Smith is an experience designer, dramaturg, and creative strategist.

He is an alumni of and experience designer for the Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (DSL), where he collides storytelling and emergent technology to create social impact.

His creative work has been programmed at the New York Film Festival, The New Ohio Theater, The Armory, HERE Arts Center, SXSW and featured in the The New Yorker, Vulture Magazine, Broadway World, and Hollywood Soapbox.

He has recently relocated to Santa Fe for a Creative Strategy role at Meow Wolf!

Stephen Charles Smith will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Summary

Stephen Charles Smith relays the story of Blockchain Fairy Tales, the most recent iterative project by The Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab. Blockchain Fairy Tales is a collaborative myth-making exercise in which participants model and engage with the narrative potentials and social impact of AI and decentralized technology.

Carrie Mae Rose will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Carrie Mae Rose  |  Divine Armor

In Divine Armor, Artist Carrie Mae Rose  reimagines the armor of the gods — the tensions between vulnerability and violence, purity and power, reverence and rage.

Bio

Carrie Mae Rose is an American fine artist, known primarily for her sculpture, fabric painting, print, and performance work. Carrie Mae’s work is meant to expose, protect and decorate the female body while exploring the tensions between vulnerability and violence, purity and power, and reverence and revenge. Her art illuminates and deconstructs the domination and corruption that currently permeates US politics and mass media. Carrie Mae’s work seeks to create a new culture of feminine wisdom where each person feels safe to feel beautiful. ​

Carrie Mae has been invited to participate in events with MoMA NYC, Brooklyn Museum, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Microsoft Social Computing Symposium, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, NY Hall of Science, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, IgniteNYC, Princeton Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and Parsons the New School for Design. She has exhibited work in numerous galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Rose holds a B.A. from Prescott College and an M.F.A. in Design & Technology from Parsons the New School for Design.

Carrie Mae Rose will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Summary

What is the substance and form of the armor of the gods? Artist Carrie Mae Rose explores this question through materials research and meditations with different deities. In Divine Armor, Carrie Mae shares her sculptural works, installations, and concept drawings, which reimagine the armor of the gods. Her work investigates the tensions between vulnerability and violence, purity and power, and reverence and rage.

Lester Fu will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Lester Fu  |  The Myth Within

In The Myth Within, Hypnotist Lester Fu explores how Life blesses us with life-changing opportunities to go deep within our own myths to learn more about where we come from, and who we truly are.

Bio

Lester Fu is a professional hypnotist based in Santa Fe, NM. At 17, Lester embarked on his own healing journey. He delved into talk therapy, psychology studies—all while nurturing his creative side through theater and philosophy. His quest for knowledge led him to renowned institutions such as Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, UC Berkeley, and St. John’s College.

Growing up in a restrictive environment, Lester’s journey to heal was ignited by emotional challenges resulted from generational suppression. Through hypnosis, he managed to break through these subconscious barriers and embrace self-love. This breakthrough inspired him to become a professional hypnotist, using what helped him to help others.

Today, Lester uses his understanding of the subconscious mind to facilitate healing, helping people become free from emotional baggage, change self-limiting beliefs, and tap into their true potential. His mission is to simplify and present healing as it truly is, and make healing available to everyone.

Lester Fu will present at PechaKucha Night Santa Fe VOL. 19 MYTHS

Summary

There are myths within each one of us; they traverse time and space — because time and space don’t really matter in the face of such myths. It is almost like we exist on a multi-dimensional level that defies time and space. When something particular happens, it takes us right back to a moment in life — no matter how far or deep it is in our past.

In The Myth Within, Hypnotist Lester Fu explores the difference between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind and how hypnosis can unravel the myth within us on a subconscious level. Life puts us into situations where we encounter our own myth face-to-face. Every time that happens, we are blessed with a life-changing opportunity to go deep within to learn more about where we come from, and who we truly are.

Eleanor Ryburn will present at PechaKucha Night VOL. 19 MYTHS

Eleanor Ryburn  |  The Birth of the Moon

In The Birth of the Moon, Artist Eleanor Ryburn explores the life-giving possibility of cataclysms, both cosmic and personal, starting with how moon was formed — via the collision of the astral body, Theia, into the earth after twelve similar collisions.

Bio

Eleanor Ryburn lives in Santa Fe, NM, where she makes illustrated essays and poems, teaches mindfulness and visual art, and practices Craniosacral therapy. She is also a morning walker, meditator, voracious learner, and lover of community, the natural world, and soul-satisfying conversations.

Eleanor earned a BFA in printmaking, book arts, and creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Art Education at Portland State University. Through her art she explores healing, the climate crisis, community and interconnectedness, our relationship to the animate earth, and the interplay between destruction and creation. She makes art under the name Earthworm Studio because she is inspired by the earthworm and its ability to move through the world leaving things healthier and more fertile. She hopes to make art that feels connective, generous, and nutritious.

Eleanor Ryburn will present at PechaKucha Night VOL. 19 MYTHS

Summary

A difficulty is a light, an insurmountable difficulty is a sun. — Paul Valéry

The Birth of the Moon tells the origin story of Earth’s moon through text and image, threading the connection between destruction and creation. Held within this creation myth, Artist Eleanor Ryburn shares and tends to a personal story of violence and loss within her family lineage, seeking meaning through a cosmic narrative. At its heart, this piece explores the life giving possibility of cataclysms, both cosmic and personal.