Rachel Weidinger is an artist, researcher, and organizer. She labors to illustrate what is possible, and to build equitable uses of power.
In 2011, Rachel founded Upwell. The ocean was our client. As ED, she led the development of Big Listening practices coupled with campaigning across a distributed network of influencers. The project aggregated power for movements and immediately redistributed that power through networks. Upwell’s work was grounded in both offline community organizing and online community management. It concluded operations in March 2015.
Recent appointments include Creative Dissent Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Arts & Culture for Economic Development Residency at PolicyLink. Rachel is presently engaged in a body of work called Missing infrastructures/ digital security.
Rachel holds an MFA-Social Practice from the California College of the Arts, a B. Phil in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University, and completed coursework for an MA in Arts Policy & Administration at Ohio State.