2020 was a year of unprecedented change to the way we work. Many people struggled with the isolation of working from home while others thrived. Some people continued to go out into the world with a new set of rules about how to keep themselves safe while doing the jobs they love. Some people started new jobs without ever meeting their coworkers in person, while others lost their jobs entirely and had to redefine themselves and their livelihoods in the midst of a global pandemic.
Through a series of virtual speaking engagements, The Short Commute: Virtual Conversations on Working Virtually explores how designers, photographers, illustrators and other creatives have coped with these extraordinary times and offers compassion and inspiration to those who are still navigating their new work situations.
Even as we move forward with optimism into the summer, we want to continue to acknowledge the creative drive and resiliency in our community over the past year and a half.
Join us for our second session of The Short Commute: Virtual Conversations on Working Virtually with Rashid Zakat.
Rashid is a video artist based in Philadelphia. His work consists five tightly woven threads of film, music, internet art, photography and creative space-making interventions. These threads activate a relationship between the audience and the work which invites joy, pleasure, ecstasy and humor to invoke a transcendental social experience.
Rashid’s work over the past two decades comprises short films, documentaries, music videos and commercial work. He has done work for Nike, Intel, Grammy Award Winning artist India.Arie, Carmelo Anthony, The Roots, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, NBC, Comcast, BlackStar Film Festival, Soul Train, Topic, WHYY, Philadelphia Contemporary, Mural Arts, Rashaad Newsome & BET to name a few.
His personal work includes short documentary, iPhone and traditional portrait projects, visual mixtapes, digital publications, video installations, open mics & dance parties that experiment with visuals. Obsessed with the internet and new modes of communication, Rashid routinely shares his media experiments on social platforms.
This event is pay what you wish with 50% of the proceeds distributed to the AIGA Scholarship Fund. The AIGA Philadelphia Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship program that will support local design students by awarding financial assistance to pursue their education. Learn more.
Graphics courtesy of Ryan Starr