Launched in 2018, Amplify (AAI Amplify) is a 10-day professional development experience for emerging socially-engaged new media artists who participated in an American Arts Incubator in their home country. Selected participants travel to San Francisco to learn new skills to advance their artistic practice, engage with an American artist or creative technologist as a peer mentor, share work at a public event, and experience the cultural and creative sectors of the Bay Area.

Over the past few years, participants have spoken on a panel at the Gray Area Festival, engaged in an academic symposium led by the Cristóbal Martínez, Department Chair of Art & Technology at San Francisco Art Institute, learned from workshops by guest presenters ranging from Anti-Eviction Mapping Project to artist Niki Selken, and visited Autodesk Pier 9, among many other activities.

” I am so honored to be part of AAI programme by ZERO1 where I felt so free to express my feelings and identity without judgement.

Art has a new language in the new era of social connectivity, technology and in terms of how we create it. AAI helped me to find new ways to tell and adapt my stories.”

— Ahmet Rüstem Ekici

Read reflections from all Amplify 2019 participants in this blog post >>

Reflections on AAI — Amplify 2019

2019 participants (from left to right):

  • Eloy Monter Hernández (Mexico)
  • Minju Do (South Korea)
  • Reginald Nkululeko Sedibe (South Africa)
  • Ahmet Rüstem Ekici (Turkey)
  • Rashana Bajracharya (Nepal)

2018 participants (from left to right):

  • Aparna Ayyanad (India)
  • Loubna El Ghallab (Morocco)
  • Nawojka Gurczynska (Poland)
  • Irina Kostyshina (Ukraine)
  • María Belén Arellano (Ecuador)
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