George Kravis

Avid design collector compiles contemporary-history objects

Sponsored content: A consummate collector for more than a decade, George Kravis has cultivated one of the preeminent art collections of industrial design. “I’ve always been interested in anything with a cord, a plug, a battery or a light,” states Kravis. Growing up in a household full of Russell Wright dinnerware and Tommi Parzinge furniture, Kravis’ appreciation for design developed at an early age. The …

Philip Bither

Walker Art curator searches far and wide for artistic innovation

Sponsored content: Curatorial savant and innovator Philip Bither exudes an infectious enthusiasm for the performing arts, fueling a passion that has spanned more than 25 years. Commissioning a range of artists from the emerging playwright Young Jean Lee to such stalwarts of the art scene as Laurie Andersen and Philip Glass, Bither has established a name as one of the most progressive curators of the …

Mark Allen

A freelance programmer using DIY technology as a tool to teach with Machine Project

Sponsored content: Catering to “overambitious amateur enthusiasts,” Machine Project conjures up an idiosyncratic fusion of classes and workshops that masterfully craft pedagogy out of the infinite realm of possibility. Hosting a range of workshops from psychic communion with plants to the typography of ransom notes, Machine Project is a non-profit arts organization that operates as an “informal educational institution” from its unassuming storefront in the …

Sean Bonner

Entrepreneur brings a punk-inspired DIY spirit to the Internet age

Sponsored content: Creator, activist and entrepreneur Sean Bonner assumes the cyberpunk intrigue of a character cast in a William Gibson novel one might say. As both a co-founder of L.A.’s hacker haven, Crashspace and regular contributor for BoingBoing, Bonner is a subculture clairvoyant on the cusp of technology and social trends. Growing up to the anarchistic anthems of the punk rock scene, Bonner naturally gravitated …

Hisham Bharoocha

A prolific artist channels global communities and Eastern philosophy

Sponsored content: Brooklyn-based visual artist and musician Hisham Bharoocha blurs the boundaries of artistic medium, creating multi-sensory anthems that deftly move between a daydream quality of images and sound. The skateboarding scenes in LA and San Diego instilled an interwoven sense of creativity and community in Bharoocha at an early age and, melding seemingly divergent influences of punk rock aesthetics with the prevalence of his …