Janna Avner is a creative technologist living in Los Angeles who recently cofounded Femmebit, a yearly digital new media festival celebrating women artists. Janna graduated from Yale in 2012, and is currently a professional painter who curates shows, exhibits paintings, and writes as much as time permits. Her research and art practice was selected for “What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate, and Reinvent Our Future,” a best-of-the-year anthology to be published this fall 2017, by Unnamed Press. Janna’s work also centers on the relationship between empathy and art, as well as technology’s effects on the physical body that lead to self-exploration and self-understanding. She hopes to inspire her friends and community through art that speaks to the human condition in today’s polarizing political climate, and to facilitate means of psychological transcendence. For more information, check out www.jannaavner.com.