From wedding invitations to Utopian newspapers, Kelli Anderson re-designs commonplace objects to go beyond their ordinary functions and create surprising experiences.

Why you should listen

Kelli Anderson is an artist, designer, and tinkerer who pushes the limits of ordinary materials and formats by seeking out hidden possibility in the physical and digital world. In 2008, she worked as part of a large team, including the Yes Men, to distribute a meticulously recreated copy of the New York Times -- filled only with articles from a Utopian future. As a group, they won the Ars Electronica Prix Award of Distinction in 2009. In 2011, she created a paper record player that garnered major attention from numerous media outlets including Mashable, Kottke, Slashdot, Make, PCWorld, Swiss Miss, Wired, the Toronto Star, and NPR. Her work has been published by Wired UK, Gestalten, Rockport Publishing, iDN, How Design Magazine, and Hemispheres Magazine. In 2011, she left her position as a digital collections photographer at the American Museum of Natural History to focus on independent work. Her live/work space houses a 1919 letterpress and “an assortment of other benevolent contraptions.” She teaches art history as part of Pratt’s PreCollege program every summer.

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