Curator – Digital and Emerging Media
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Adriel Luis believes imagination is the key to shifting paradigms in art, education, and social justice. As the Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, he explores new approaches to sharing art and culture, with a particular focus on the shifting dynamics of Asian diasporas through technology – a field he calls Asiafuturism. With a background in music, performance art, and digital media, Adriel carries experiences in a range of creative settings. He is a part of the digital funk band iLL-Literacy, whose music and arts/activism programs have been featured at SxSW, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and over 200 universities throughout the world. He has engaged with numerous companies and institutions to rethink and redevelop their digital presences, including UC Berkeley’s Blum Center for Developing Economies and NeochaEDGE, China’s leading visual artist agency. In 2012 he helped pilot OneBeat, a U.S. State Department initiative that engaged artists from dozens of countries to convene in cultural diplomacy through music. In 2012 he also helped launch Bombshelltoe, a website that reframes nuclear issues through pop culture, which received a U.S. State Department Innovation Award. He has a BS in Community and Regional Development from UC Davis.