Joss Areté Kelvin is an avant-pop art bender* whose artistic goal is to uncover the potential of uniting narrative, music, movement and emerging technology. They directed & produced Your Friends Close, a festival-premiering scifi dramedy feature film currently streaming on Amazon, and recently released their first single & experimental video art as Areté. As well as headlining the Satellite and performing at the Bombay Beach Biennale, they have devised and performed immersive nightlife experiences around LA with companies including Disco Dining Club & Cocina Sagrada. They served as event producer for the Transforming Hollywood conference (USC/UCLA), and produced other future-focused symposiums & workshops during their time working for Henry Jenkins, pioneering media scholar & leading world thinker on transmedia storytelling & the role pop culture can play in increasing civic activity. Their non-fiction writing has been published in Pop Culture and the Civic Imagination (2020), and online at The Manchester Review.
Born and raised in NYC, they graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University in Chicago and lived in Los Angeles for nearly a decade before expatting to the UK. Currently, they are completing their Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, where they are writing a novel which they are simultaneously developing as both an interactive performance and a VR experience. They answer to any pronoun and are likely to rebel against any box. They strive to tell stories that help people to perceive and create magic in their own reality.
*magic realist multimedia artist