Lorna Alkana

STW2020_LORNAALKANA

OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Lorna Alkana mixes language and line drawings into interactive installations, speculative events, and found poetry. Post grad (USC, Creative Writing), Alkana taught middle school English, founded and co-hosted a weekly open-mic, and visually arted around Los Angeles and on her process blog (lornaphone.com). In the MFA Graphic Design program, she reevaluated and expanded her understanding of the histories and futures of graphic communication, information organization, and the means of production. Alkana began creating tools to build a time traveling design practice (@dplpdcrcrs) and to orchestrate speculative public protests, parties, and conferences where people can come together to discuss and plan around underlying issues of equality and freedom. For the 2019 AICAD Conference, Alkana co-presented a music video essay, “SyllabUS,” to examine the college syllabus as a contract and the extent to which students fit in to the language of accreditation. She currently freelances and writes autobiographies in third person.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Long Beach CA / Between Seal Beach and Santa Ana CA

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Night owl

FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
#Instagram

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Bojack Horseman

FAVORITE PODCAST?
BBC Sounds, The Missing Cryptoqueen

FAVORITE BOOK?
The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Clue

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Cindy Sherman

FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
Planned Parenthood

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Notebook time

FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
Hanna Bergman (The Reading School)

AREA OF SPECIALTY?
Publica(c)tion

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Scientist

THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
Questions and conversations, library time

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Constraints free the artistic mind

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