Letters Without Borders
An immersive experience of togetherness by combining traditional art forms with mixed reality technology to tell the stories of migrants living in NYC and their home countries.
Performances and Installations
On November 26th the doors open at Culture Lab LIC at 4:30pm, the show starts at 5pm.
In the following 1,5 hours you will be immersed in audio visual installations, sculptures, live poetry, spoken word, avatars and music.
You yourself can participate in the show, become an avatar, sample words and music, write a brief poem and share your thoughts with the community.
Audio visual installation by Gene Chaban, Konstantin Onishchenko, Rajiv Rao and more!
Workshops and Installations
Join us on November 27th at 3pm for an amazing poetry workshop and explore our interactive installations!
Meet the Artists
Clara Francesca is the Philosopher of the Heart making Art. An award-winning artist, director, & speech coach, Clara's passion is unlocking the individual's authentic voice with a genuine curiosity for investigating what it truly means to co-exist in such a diverse world. Clara’s practice has always been driven by a sense of responsibility to sustainability and a deep dedication to conscionable conduct through equitable work practices, and final pieces of art.
Photo: Melissa Segal
Anne Wichmann (She's Excited!)
Anne Wichmann aka She's Excited! is a media artist, musician, producer and powerhouse performer based in NYC. Her lifelong love and commitment to interdisciplinary arts and music show in her Electronic Indie Pop, her exploration of producing music in VR and her many collaborations with artist from different fields. With her music and art she wants to build bridges, open conversations and provide a platform for artists from diverse communities.
Tania Lentini (she/her) is a collaborative performance artist from Melbourne, Australia, having worked across platforms over the years. Starting out in theatre, she has moved into film and video work, playing with mediums to build strong emotional connections with audiences. She has assisted new and established artists, through her work at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in both the Education department and as part of the ACMI X co-working space and more recently as one of the core members of XRE, assisting with the New York Festival Garden for Ars Electronica Festival in 2021. She has also worked as a stage manager and venue manager for arts and film festivals in both Australia and the United States.
Jani Rose is a Nuyorican poet, artist, activist, educator, cultural organizer, and curator, born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx during the harsh, creative era from the 70s to the 90s. Jani Rose writes to find the part of you that lives in her, the part of her that lives in you. Her work can be found in several online anthologies, videos, and in The Breakbeat Poets, Vol. 4 LatiNext Edition. You can visit her at JaniRose.com to find out more and connect.
Sky Rolnick is a creative technology expert who has delivered numerous virtual and augmented reality applications over the years. His expertise covers a broad range of topics including video production, motion capture, volumetric video, 3D modeling/scanning, and Unity development. Over the years, he has built multiple interactive exhibits that cover a wide range of immersive technologies.
Milena is a holistic wellness healer, researcher, university professor & Transdisciplinary Artist. With over 20 years in the healthcare field she uses performance, video art, ancestral healing rituals, post-traumatic therapy & intimate energetic dialogues. Her Sanarte Quantico system uses Love philosophy, conscience science, ancestral medicine, quantum healing, integrative health, intercultural healthcare, arts in medicine & environmentalism to approach pedagogical alternatives for humanity.
Lungowe (Lulu) Zeko is a multi-hyphenate media professional with experience in the digital communications, branding, and strategy market, she facilitates all external collaborations and projects under her creative outlet, Kaiko Media. She's resourceful and proactive with a keen eye for research, creativity and philanthropy. She does this by aiding organizations hone and express their new/existing brands to create positive change in the world.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Karan is a writer, poet, works on documentary films, and thrives off giving voices to people. He is the founder of Alfaaz, a writer’s collective and platform designed to encourage writers to publish their work and intersect with other art mediums. With experience in artificial intelligence, Karan looks for opportunities to find the cross-section between art and technology. His artistic ethos revolves around helping people tell stories, whether through words, film or any other form of art.
Leigh Victoria Fisher
Leigh Victoria Fisher is a Brooklyn-based novelist, poet, and digital storyteller. She's obsessed with books, coffee, yoga, cats, and may spontaneously start quoting long-dead poets. Her creative work focus on practicing introspection, using art as a modality for healing, and the conflicts between self and society.
She has worked in writing, copyediting, graphic design, and instructional design. She holds an MS in Integrated Design & Media from NYU, where she explored interactive fiction and kinetic typography. She has been published in Five:2:One Magazine, The Missing Slate, Rising Phoenix Press, and others.
Julia A. Shinkareva
Julia A. Shinkareva (aka Yulia) is an award-winning writer, photojournalist and media director living and working in New York and sometimes in Los Angeles. Her passion for classic street photography, modern architecture and arts brought her to America several years ago to proceed with her careers and get more experience in relevant fields. With her photography she aims to show people daily life of the city with its features, secrets and local traditions. She’s currently working on her book about US architecture, where one of the most important aspects is dedicated to light in shadow in photography.
Jiaoyang Li is a poet, wedding minister and multimedia artist based in New York City. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Live Art Center, Here Art Center, Chashama Gallery, the Immigration Artist biennial, Performa Biennial, Berlin Zebra Poetry Film festival, Athens International Video Poetry Festival, Push the boat Out festival and more. Her work has been featured by Life Magazine, Gulf Coast, 3:AM, Blackbox manifold, Chinese News Magazine, Los Angeles Book Review, Chinese News Magazine, Beijing Contemporary Art Center and elsewhere. She co-founded Accent Society (https://accentaccent.com/) and Accent Sisters Speakeasy Bookstore.
Gene Chaban graduated Berklee College of Music in 2021, majoring in electronic production and design. He is a sound
designer, field recordist and an acousmatic composer. For the past 4 years, Gene has been recording everyday sounds
and transforming them to unique sound effects . He is constantly building his own sound library and sharing field recordings with fellow artists. Gene has created sound and composed music for various video
game and linear media projects. Before his academic journey, Gene was a guitarist in several NYC bands where he performed, wrote and arranged music, recorded and released multiple albums. Among his current projects is a collaboration on acousmatic
composition with experimental film photography.
This performance is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Culture Lab LIC
5-25 46th Ave,
Queens, NY 11101