Kira Akerman (b. 1988, New York, NY) has lived and worked in New Orleans since 2011. She received a BA with honors in English from Wesleyan University, where she was the recipient of the Herbert Lee Connelly Prize in nonfiction writing. Akerman directed an experimental documentary film, FINISTERE in a residency through The Rhode Island School of Design (2009). Her writing has appeared in Vice Magazine, The Oxford American, and The New Orleans Investigative Journal. She was a fellow at Mildred's Lane Contemporary Art Complexity in Beach Lake, PA (2013).
Akerman and Deustch have worked together since college. Most recently, they collaborated in the Art Department for the feature film AD INEXPLORATA under the guidance of Special Effects inventor Doug Trumbull (2001: A SPACE ODDESEY, THE TREE OF LIFE, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A THIRD KIND). Their stop-motion animation installations have appeared in Prospect 2 and Prospect 3 International Art Biennials in New Orleans and at major animation festivals.
Silvie Deutsch was born in rural Northern California in 1987. An interdisciplinary artist, she received her B.A. with High Honors in Studio Art from Wesleyan University, where she was a recipient of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize. She is an MFA candidate at University of California at Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, where she was a recipient of the Graduate Arts Grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, as well as the Medici Scholarship. Her work as been shown in Germany, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.