Connie Bakshi, Pearlyn Lii

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A transmedia studio composed of artists Pearlyn Lii and Connie Bakshi, nonstudio creates interactive installations, exhibitions, performance art, and branded experiences. The creative duo infuses sensorial transmedia with creative technology to examine the female gaze and unspoken mythologies.

Pearlyn Lii is a visual artist and art director, and is an alumna of ArtCenter College of Design, where she studied Graphic Design and tinkered with physical computing and code. She has worked with cultural institutions and museums including the Guggenheim Bilbao and Fashion for Good to craft interactive installations and exhibition spaces that share powerful stories and reframe public dialogue.

Connie Bakshi is a biomedical engineer turned experiential designer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from ArtCenter College of Design and a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. Her work has included developing tech to map real-time language learning in the brain, collaborating with a Japanese urushi master to merge the ancient craft with modern technologies, and creating product models that economically empower women in displaced communities in Bogota.

The duo has exhibited at the Salone Satellite in Milan and the Nous Tous Gallery in Los Angeles, and has received the Red Dot Best of the Best Award, the Honor Award from the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), and the International Takifuji Arts Award. Their work has been covered by Dezeen, Vogue Italia, Wallpaper*, Forbes, and The Dieline. nonstudio is currently supported by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).