Season 1 Episode 4

This first anonymous episode came about because of the immense reaction our audience had to our offer for a digital safe space. Never did we dream of so many form submissions from so many unique backgrounds. This episode is an exact representation of how our audience shapes our work. Reading through your experiences, what has you frustrated, what you are enjoying, what you hated...all of it plays a role in how we produce each episode in real time! Your take is vital; and we are listening.

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Creating the Reset the Algorithm platform is all about bringing new and different thoughts, ideas and opinions into one place so we can discuss openly. A huge part of this work is the engagement we have with our brilliant audience. What we didn’t anticipate initially was how much our audience wanted to talk to us and how frequently they were sliding into our DMs. So in an effort to keep the momentum going and allow our listeners to guide our choices based on their interests, we created an anonymous form that we assumed would be used for more honest feedback…what happened as a result was shocking and so powerful. 

We started to see stories of life experiences, people using the form to come out and share their struggles with homophobia, people sending hateful notes about how wrong they believe we are, and everything in between. 

More than anything though, the discovery of our anonymous form, was a window into a whole new type of content, anonymous episodes where I, Moj Mahdara, get to read the most compelling submissions we’ve received. And also, share with the audience the type of negative feedback we get too. It might not be conventional, but transparency is vital in coalition building and we are building a coalition of people who care about others, from all walks of life, from all corners of the internet. It takes all of us to Reset the Algorithm and break out of our echo-chambers.

So join us on Tuesday at 9am PT for each new episode drop, where a new guest brings us into their world and educates us on their work. And share your feedback with us via our anonymous form…we want to hear from you. And who knows, maybe your story will end up in a future episode!

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Season 1 Episode 20

This week on Artist 2 Artist, Patrisse Cullors joins a discussion of heritage, art and the resistance of reimagination with artists and mother-son duo, Shahla Dorriz and alexandre ali reza dorriz. "You're the only person in the world who could get my mom and I in a room together to do a podcast of all things”, ali reza says to Patrisse… and while that may be true, we are so grateful they came to chat. This episode is an authentic reminder of the importance of personal expression in conjunction with legacy, and how the representation of heritage can transform future generations through art. Shahla, a fashion designer and creative consultant, shares her journey to finding her most authentic artistic medium through fashion, and the importance of the multi-generational approach to her work that centers the inclusion of her Iranian heritage, often in collaboration with her son. Ali Reza, an artist with a research-based practice, sheds light both on his own work with Crenshaw Dairy Mart in Los Angeles, and his work in creating localized hubs for economic, artistic and agricultural autonomy for his community, but on the awe and inspiration instilled in him through both his own experience of his artistic practice and in the one that has been nurtured between himself and his mother. In conversation, the trio explore the waters of storytelling through fabric, the influence of the duo's Iranian heritage on their work, and both the challenges and rewards that arise when one sets an intention to preserve cultural design and promote diverse, unique perspectives within the fashion industry. This mother-son duo are an impactful showcase of how divergent ideas can curate something beautiful, created through that unique channel that each of us has access to; of how that channel becomes ever more powerful the more honest and collaborative we open ourselves to be. This episode reminds us all that artists have the ability to challenge oppressive systems, to create in a way that reminds consumers of times past from which they have the opportunity to learn, and that in embracing ourselves and the roots from which we grew, we become unshakably planted in our identity. "Value your work. If you know what you're working on and if you see that work as valuable, it is valuable."