Kelli Anderson

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Paper and tech: Kelli Anderson uses these opposites to create her unique art!


Kelli is an artist, designer, animator, and tinkerer. She pushes the limits of ordinary materials to seek out possibilities hidden in plain view.


Kelli found that design,- and paper engineering in particular—to find the possibility of hiding-in-plain-view. Interactions with even the most ubiquitous, low-tech materials can reveal amazing facets of our reality. This is because these radically minimalist structures still behave in concert with the physical and social forces which structure our world. With no hidden parts, humble paper can act as a direct interface on sound, light, and time; making these abstractions tangible and accessible, in a way that more black-box tech obscures.


Kelli’s Talk will focus on her past years where she has been using paper to create interactive books. Why do we call some things craft and others tech? Through Kelli’s design work, she has made paper “computers”, record players, and planetariums. These projects confront our preconceived notions about technology—which function in spite of lacking all perceptible technology. This craft technology connects us more deeply with the world around us.


Kelli Anderson will speak at the Forward Festival Vienna in October. Next to her, you will be able to hear Creatives like Stefanie Moshammer, Spotify Design, Hey Studio and many more.