Olivia McKayla Ross (@cyberdoula) is a Caribbean American video artist, programmer, and poet from Queens, New York City. Her work is inspired by the relationship between electronic video and vanity–by deep fantasy, Instagram filters, glamour magic, mirrors, and the fantasies and anxieties of video transmission: immersion, absorption, surveillance, and control. She hopes her practice as a “cyber” doula will encourage her generation to nurture a critical relationship with technology.
She’s currently Associate Producer for the Black Feminist speculative documentary Seeking Mavis Beacon, a frequent collaborator with The Current Museum of Art, and pursuing a BFA/BA in Design & Technology and Screen Studies at The New School. Olivia is a recent alum of the School for Poetic Computation and has taught at Black Girls Code, BUFU, POWRPLNT, Ethel’s Club, and Pioneer Works. She and her work have been featured in Well Now WTF, Transfer Gallery, Bitch Media, Refinery 29, i-D UK, and i-D Italy. [Website]