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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.
Award for Digital Journalism
Khoomei—Cultural Phenomenon of Central Asia” International Symposium (Kyzyl, Tuva)
Granted by the “Khoomei—Cultural Phenomenon of Central Asia” International Symposium (Kyzyl, Tuva), for: “Tuva’s Meridian of Musicality, Spirituality, and Cross-Cultural Place: A Primer on Tuvan Throat Singing”
Education / Qualifications09/01/2011 - 12/31/2011
Dalhousie University & King's College (NS)
Sociology // Russian Cultural Studies // Contemporary Philosophy (concentration in Phenomenology)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Education / Qualifications09/01/2010 - 02/28/2011
Honours Global Politics // Human Rights
Employment11/01/2012 - 11/30/2013
Why Blue Matters
WBM publications document the stories of leaders in creative realms and entrepreneurship through feature interviews. The creative agency develops interactive narrative-driven publications for commercial and branding purposes.
o Feature Articles & Interviews
o Agency & Publication Strategy
o Digital and Interactive Magazines
o Collaborative Editorial Database Management
Employment11/01/2013 - Present
Tokyo Space Dance & Space Museum Corporation
Tokyo Space Dance is a creative project, by Creative Director Tetsuro Fukuhara, which combines Dance, Architecture, Information and Design in an experimental performance installation. Space Museum Corporation is the project’s collective, comprised of members from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and NEC Corporation.
o Developing publicity material for international campaigns
o Identifying potential artistic collaborations
o Research and outreach for performance/installation venues
o Website customization & press kit development
Employment10/01/2013 - 11/30/2013
Guerilla Magazine is an independent print publication local to Ottawa, which explores the landscape of Canadian arts and culture, including the avant-garde and the underground.
o Interviewing Canadian artists
o Writing feature articles
Employment05/01/2013 - Present
REDEFINE Magazine is an independent publication focused on exploring thematic parallels across the disciplines of art, philosophy and social science.
o Interviewing independent & international artists
o Writing feature articles
[ 1 ] I make it a point of going to as many live shows and exhibitions in Ottawa as my wallet allows. This might mean contemplating the Romantic imagery of Shostakovich one night
booty-shaking to trap the next
and moshing on the third.
[ 2 ] I appreciate excellent coffee and can probably exist on a diet of dark roasts and espressos.
[ 3 ] I love architecture and design
and get really excited about other peoples' crisp margins
Literature + Publications // Arts Criticism // Experimental + Digital Curation
Full-Time, Part-Time, Freelance, Commission / One-off