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Emily Smith

Nationality: USA
Residing in Berlin since 2001
Current MA Candidate in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Univerität, Berlin


I received my first BA in 1991 in Latin American Studies at Pitzer College, CA including studies abroad in Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina. I briefly attended the masters program at Michigan Technical University in Rhetoric and Communication in 1994. I went back to school in 1999 to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating with a BFA in "Time-Based Media" examining design as a medium to create community and creative exchange. 

Upon completion of my BFA in 2000, I moved to Berlin where I have worked for several years as a graphic designer in the corporate and cultural field. Since 2006 my focus has been on cultural exhibition design. In 2009 I started teaching graphic design in Berlin at the BTK with a specific focus in experimental design processes and exhibition design.

Aside from these academic pursuits, I worked as a stage manager in Los Angeles, owned a coffeehouse/second-hand clothing store/recording studio, organized music festivals in upstate Michigan, taught contemporary dance and contact improvisation, played the tambourine in a reggae band, performed in numerous site-specific improvisation-based movement performances in Berlin and L.A., oh, and had two kids.