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Cultural Creative

Some designers work with stone, steel or silicon, but others like Confucius, Gandhi, and Tupac use ideas as raw material to craft new ways of life.  They created new social practices, new rituals, and new ways to relate to the people around us. 

In my artistic practice I co-design events, environments, and media that disrupt and shift our daily practice, in an attempt to elevate our society to a more humane level.  My design process is inspired by my upbringing as a baby of the Black Power Movement and by my graduate training as a designer of learning environments (Ph.D. Candidate in Learning Sciences, Northwestern University).


1. Events & Environments

I design immersive environments where people are "shook" and "shocked" out of their everyday reality, in order to achieve lasting insights about the social issues of our time.

  • Immerse yourself in a bizarre role-playing game that simulates the realities of social inequality. 
  • Explore the deep misunderstandings that lead to collisions between cultures in an interactive workshop. 

 

 
The MassQuerade Ball is a community ritual designed to facilitate connection.   Human-to-Human connection  is forged between participants through touch and eye contact in a face-painting ritual.   Human-to-Humanity connection  is fostered through examining just how pervasive the masking ritual is in populations around the globe. 

The MassQuerade Ball is a community ritual designed to facilitate connection.  Human-to-Human connection is forged between participants through touch and eye contact in a face-painting ritual.  Human-to-Humanity connection is fostered through examining just how pervasive the masking ritual is in populations around the globe. 

If you need a workshop or learning experience tailored to the needs of your organization or community, contact me at knzinga@gmail.com.


2. Arts & Media

 

As a songwriter, vocalist, and music producer I create soundscapes for listeners to journey through. I was brought to musical consciousness in the tradition of hip-hop and rhythm & blues and so I wholeheartedly believe in Funkadelic’s philosophy that freeing the mind is inextricably linked with feeling the beat (“Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow”). 


3. Digital Spaces

In the modern day not all of the spaces we create for transformation live in the material world.  Some of them exist in cyberspace.  Join the discussions I am having online with a network of social media activists that are responding to current events in ways that are not only TIMELY but also TIMELESS.  Because, what good is breaking news if the news is broken?