Michael Ketigian 

 
 

Yo! Michael here. I assume you're trying to learn more about me, so let's get right into it.

If you want the short version, jump right to what I do. If you're in for the story, keep reading!

I consider myself a writer and a technologist.

The writer: that's the guy who's spellbound by words [get it?], and feels obligated to animate 'em whenever possible. So the writer's also a performer. You could call him a poet, a speaker, sometimes even a rapper — but he's really just someone who appreciates the importance of style in harnessing the immense power of language. He realized at a young age that silence doesn't suit him, so he decided he should have no shortage of interesting things to say. At his core, he's a storyteller. He would've been the village bard in an older society, but today's technologies are just too interesting to ignore. So there's also the other guy...

The technologist: that's the guy who studied engineering, but realized he's way more useful as a project manager than an engineer. He loves working with highly technical teams to help ensure that their wizardry is meaningful to greater society, in terms of usability and scope. He's known by some as Gadgets due to his arsenal of tools, curated with productivity and community in mind. He's a futurist, which naturally makes him a transhumanist, so yeah — he's pretty set on the idea that technology is humanity's special sauce. He's beyond excited to see what the next few decades will bring, and to add fuel wherever possible.

These two dudes share my brain, and they often collaborate. They're also each comfortable enough in their own pursuits to let the other have his moment. It's a good balance. The way I tend to phrase it: I do my best to straddle the spectrum of creativity, from science to art, since the best stuff comes from the center.

The substrate upon which art and science etch their impact is, of course, society — so I view community and education as the necessary foundations of a vast, bright future. This website — Stageless Arts — is the virtual realization of a community of creators in cities across the globe. We share the conviction that an expressive community is a resilient community, and very simply carve out time to gather, share, experience, learn, create, and celebrate with each other. Think of it as a blend of an enlightenment-era salon and an open mic, sans stage and other unnecessary barriers surrounding free expression. More on Open Brain here.

I split time between Sri Lanka, New York, and Silicon Valley — with some travel mixed in of course. 


Performance

Originals

"Everything is art, and everyone is an artist."
TEDxColombo, August 2016

Have you ever paid a small Thai woman to beat you up for an hour? I highly recommend it.
New York City, September 2014

Performed at sunrise for a small portion of my camp/family at Burning Man 2014.

Viewing an enemy in a new light.
British Council, Colombo, April 2016


Covers

Resurrecting George Carlin.
New York City, August 2015

A Native American elder story shared over a traditional Native American flute.
New York City, June 2015


Promotional Videos

While working with The Hackerati, Michael met an Ambassador hosting a forum about how the arts facilitate political conversations. He and his colleagues were invited to present on the larger picture of how science can facilitate the arts. One portion of this presentation involved a video outlining Google Glass and its potential applications in political understanding and humanitarian relief efforts.

Michael storyboarded, scripted, acted in, and helped produce the video.


Michael sometimes writes notes to accompany gifts, and did so when he gave each of my family members a Tongue Sweeper for Christmas a couple of years ago. He then realized that the piece is an excellent product pitch, and he's working with Biocurv Medical Instruments to produce a promotional video based on this draft.


Voice

Provided voiceovers for a t-shirt printing product. The first is intended for children, the second for teens.


An original piece that asks: What if a bottle of homeopathic "medicine" had an honest label?