Senior TED Fellow Constance Hockaday is an artist and an organizational development leader.

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Constance Hockaday creates public art and social sculptures that confront issues surrounding public space, political voice and belonging. She also works as an organizational development practitioner, helping companies implement tools and practices that ensure people and culture stay aligned during transformative periods of growth. This unlikely career pairing can be traced back to Hockaday's experience with the Floating Neutrinos, a family of artists who sailed around the world in handmade vessels. They taught her that she could have whatever she wanted in this life -- including two simultaneous careers in distinct areas.

Hockaday's art connects communities, inspiring them to explore their environment. In 2011, she created a floating hotel and performance space just outside New York City, aiming to connect New Yorkers to the public waterways. The project attracted over 5,000 visitors, international press and critical acclaim. Her 2014 installation in the San Francisco Bay, titled "All These Darlings and Now Us," was described by the The New York Times as a “powerful commentary on the forces of technification and gentrification roiling San Francisco.” In 2020, Hockaday launched "Artists-In-Presidents," bringing together over 50 artists to rethink how leadership is displayed. Her latest work is the "Disaster Furniture Showroom," a project staged in a furniture store, responding to our most intimate ideas about disaster and climate change.

Hockaday holds an MFA in social practice and MA in conflict resolution. Her work has been supported by a range of organizations and she's been in residence at number of arts centers. She is a Senior TED Fellow and is currently the Director of Organizational and Leadership Development at findhelp.

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A New Era: Notes from Session 1 of TED Fellows Talks at TED2022

April 10, 2022

The TED Fellows program is built around a deep belief in and commitment to socially engaged innovation and human ingenuity. The mission: to shift the balance of power by supporting whole individuals, both personally and professionally. At Session 1 of TED Fellows talks at TED2022, 11 speakers and two performers shared world-changing ideas and innovations […]

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Fellows Friday

Art that floats: A TED Fellow plans an immersive experience on a boat

October 24, 2014

Constance Hockaday makes large-scale installations on open water. Identifying as a Chilean-American queer artist, Hockaday creates spaces that celebrate creative freedom and counterculture communities while defying gentrification. Take the Floating Peep Show — in which out-of-work drag queens and exotic dancers performed in the hulls of sailboats in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Now, Hockaday plans to turn a […]

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Live from TEDGlobal

From a floating peepshow to a jaw-dropping medical demo: A recap of Fellows Session 2 at TEDGlobal 2014

October 7, 2014

In Session 2 of today’s Fellows Talks: a waterborne peep show in San Francisco, a triage app that saves lives, the architecture of death, and more! The session starts with Bill “Blinky” Sellanga performing “Usinibore” solo on acoustic guitar. “It was a song I wrote in 2008 in response to the post-election violence,” he says, […]

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