Kianga Ford (Lead Facilitator) is a visual artist and writer whose work focuses on the immersive experience of contemporary place. Bringing together cultural and material histories and personal narratives, she works on the edge of “what is true enough” to create informed fictions and environments that contextualize our daily encounters with others in public spaces. Her works combine design-based installation, cinematic forms, sound, and site-specific research to explore the dynamics and demographics of contemporary social identity, proximity, intimacy and relationship. She has worked and exhibited internationally at venues from Tokyo Wonder Site to LACMA. She has been supported in her work by awards from Creative Capital, Asian Cultural Council, and the California Community Foundation. She is currently a smARTpower Fellow for the US Department of State, and is an Assistant Professor of New Genres in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York.