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Writer // Editor // Creative strategist // Publication concept + design // Experimental curation
Lital is involved in critical and literary writing, developing strategies for experimental artists to take over the world, and in launching a local electronic arts pop-up exhibition.
Lital Khaikin is an Ottawa-based writer + creative strategist exploring the intersections of contemporary art, urbanism and radical philosophy. She is especially interested in the applications of phenomenological theory to visual + performance arts and technology. Lital currently writes feature articles, interviews, and reviews, and does some freelance publication design. In Ottawa, she is developing a digital and electronic multimedia series to showcase local artists and feature visiting artists. In winter of 2013, Lital joined Tokyo-based Butoh dancer Tetsuro Fukuhara as an editor and creative strategist for Tokyo Space Dance. She has since developed publicity material for Space Museum development and leads for artistic collaboration, and is currently assisting in the redesign of the Space Dance website for international relaunch. She is also working on an experimental novella, which will someday make her [in]famous and finally sustain her addiction to coffee. Lital’s article on Tuvan throat-singing, Tuva’s Meridian of Musicality, Spirituality, and Cross-Cultural Place: A Primer On Tuvan Throat Singing (REDEFINE Magazine, 2013), was awarded for digital journalism at the 2013 International Symposium on Central Asian Khoomei in Kyzyl, Tuva. Most recently, she has been published in Seattle x Portland’s REDEFINE Magazine and Ottawa’s Guerilla Magazine. She can often be found haunting one of the many local music venues, seeking out underground, experimental, and independent concerts to review for Ottawa Showbox, and documents the shows using the revolutionary medium of lo-fi cellphone photography. Between 2010 and 2011, Lital contributed to the Carleton University-based independent watchdog journal, The Leveller, reporting on corrupt administration and the trial of Hassan Diab. Between 2012 and 2013, she helped found the digital creative agency of New York City-based Why Blue Matters, and contributed to the editorial role of the agency’s blog.