CULTBYTES Agency

Cultbytes Curatorial & PR/Digital Agency

Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, Project Lead and Strategy; Nina Blumberg, Social Media Specialist; and Alexandra Israel, PR-Specialist. Photographed by Casey Kelbaugh at Valli Art Gallery.

We Are a Full-Service Agency

We offer communications, public relations services and innovative digital
strategy to build your brand, our clients include arts-related
not-for-profits, galleries, arts-tech companies, cultural
institutions, and corporations that want to utilize art to creatively strengthen branding.

Are you an artist? We will secure, project manage, and curate
your exhibitions and/or help you re-vamp sales and marketing strategies to connect with galleries and
collectors.

We also offer advisory and curatorial services to build,
maintain, or exhibit your personal or corporate collection.

Our Services

PR
Article placement (print and online)
Press releases (writing and/or distribution)
Newsletter (writing, distribution, list building)
Developing media and influencer partnerships
Crisis communication
Reputation management
Media and public speaking training
Press/Media/Influencer events (planning and execution)
Event Photography

Digital
Social media management
Designing and building websites and online stores
Digital marketing (Facebook, Instagram, Google, and more)
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Video and podcast production

Curatorial/Artist Studio Management
Pricing and Sales strategy
Collections management
Cataloging
Research
Condition Reports
Conservation
Grant writing
Developing institutional and gallery relations
Insurances
Production
Exhibition ideation and production

Ongoing and Past Clients Include

Pearl Lam Galleries
Robert Blumenthal Gallery
Valli Art Gallery
ATO Gallery
Barnebys
The Marks Project
Annalaura diLuggo
Méïr’s Studio
Stanley Casselman
Collector House Inc.
CPR*Curatorial Program For Research
UNIX Gallery
81 Leonard Gallery
The Bouvier Affair, among others.

Email us to discuss your next project.

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Past Talks & Workshops

Plug Them In! Social Media and PR
commissioned by CPR

Workshop, 12-4PM for a group of 20 participants in July 2019 at Art Apple in Brooklyn, New York
Organized by Anna Mikaela Ekstrand and Alexandra Israel

In our technology-driven society and in the globalized art world, your online presence functions as an extension of your self. This workshop will help you properly plug-in to your audience and give you the tools to showcase the most suitable version yourself. Anna Mikaela Ekstrand and Alexandra Israel from Cultbytes Agency will guide you through social media and public relations strategies, give you the tools to expand and properly make use of your network. Together we will also discuss when to DIY and when to connect with an agency (even if you are on a tight budget), trolling, PR etiquette, and other tips on how to navigate the arts media sphere.

The workshop includes smaller group sessions to give you hands-on help with your website/Instagram/bio/PR strategy with a Cultbytes Agency team member or collaborator.

Get to Know Newark’s Thriving Arts Community
commissioned by CPR

Field Day for a group of 20 participants in July 2019 in Newark New Jersey.
Organized by Anna Mikaela Ekstrand
Full day, Newark New Jersey

We will visit established and emerging organizations and key players in the Newark art scene. The aim of the day is to get to know Newark’s thriving arts community: to learn how arts helped revitalize the area, but also how the city nurtures artists and arts organizations. We will connect with curators, organizations, and galleries in the area whose main function it is to support artists and culture to discuss their past/current activities and potential future partnerships.

Past Curatorial Projects

Rob Ventura

The Boring Company New York and SpaceX Gallery

Featuring work by Adrian WilsonMeir SrebrianskyRob VenturaCity KittyBrandon Sines, and Christian Padilla, among others. Curated by Adrian Wilson and Anna Mikaela Ekstrand

December 2018-January 2019, 106 Rivington, New York New York. 

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Are Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk building a tunnel in New York? We’re not sure but there are some seriously elaborate blueprints on-site at 106 Rivington that connect the new LI Amazon HQ to the L-train through an underground tunnel. Overheard in the office: “Shove your packages where your package is.”  What we do know, however, is that there is a second-floor gallery with a great group show.

A Night@ TheNiggaClaus: Tales Of Tales ..stop Looking @ My Pussy

Performances by Uniska Wahalo Kano, IamFrei, Alexander Romania, Melanie Tomsky, Kalan Sherrard, Red Washburn, and Kikiriki. Curated by Uniska Wahalo Kano and Anna Mikaela Ekstrand.

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Face your millennial funk at 106 Rivington, an ironic and artistic incubator where every hole leads to the tunnel built on explosive ideas. In lieu of a staff party, Boring New York Company will throw a performance art party curated by Uniska Wahalo Kano and Anna Mikaela Ekstrand.

Press Coverage: Bowery BoogieGothamist, and Cultbytes.

Grebnellaw: Sperming the Planet NYC Edition

Performances by Grebnellaw featuring guest performers Leo Góngora, Uniska Wahala Kano, Alice Guyettes, and Ashok Pai.
Curated by Anna Mikaela Ekstrand. Supported by Cultbytes.

February 9th, 10pm at House of Yes and February 10th, 3pm, Oculus, World Trade Center, 2018.

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Between the realm of visual art, performance and music, Grebnellaw’s series “Sperming the Planet” features flashmobs and concerts. These creatures, Grebnellaw, come to earth from another dimension and act as a liberating force from social pressure and prejudice promoting gender confusion, environmentally conscious thinking, and subatómic interaction.

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WHO IS GREBNELLAW? Nosslo-Grebnellaw Aniluap is a visual artist, performer, and singer/songwriter based in Stockholm, Sweden.

GREBNELLAW has performed at New York (Guggenheim Museum, MoMA), San Francisco (SFMOMA, New Langton Arts), Buenos Aires (Teatro Jorge Luis Borges), Hong Kong (Hong Kong Studio Theatre), Paris (Fondation Cartier ‘Les Soirées Nomades’, Auditorium of the Louvre, Palais de Tokyo), Rome (The Coliseum, Rialtosantambrogio, Fanfulla 101, Forte Fanfulla, Circolo degli Artisti), London (Hysteria, Vogue Fabrics), Berlin (King Kong Club, Fab Lab, Kim Bar), Stockholm (Moderna Museet, Popaganda), Tokyo (Mejii Shrine), Shanghai (Bank Gallery). Grebnellaw has also designed costumes for the stage.

Before planting its seed in NYC, “Sperming the Planet” traveled to Quebec (L’Extraordinaire Fete de l’art 2018) and Hudson, NY.

Your Decolonizing Toolkit: An Evening of Performance Art

Performances by Dominique Duroseau, Shani Ha, Kanene Holder, David Antonio Cruz, Maria Hupfield, Esther Neff, and IV Castellanos.
Curated by Anna Mikaela Ekstrand and Ayana Evans. Supported by Cultbytes.

October 21st, 6-9pm, 2018 at MAW, 56 Henry Street, New York.

Decolonization is defined as the act of getting rid of colonization or freeing a country/people from being dependent on and oppressed by a more aggressive culture.

For this evening of performance art, seven artists will take on race, sexuality, and body politics to fuel “Your Decolonizing Toolkit.” You are invited to talk about race with Dominique Duroseau in her piece “A Rap on Race with Rice;” this literal work starkly contrasts Shani Ha’s textile sculptures that are an abstract investigation of social boundaries. To break conventions of silencing Kanene Holder will perform her word association piece based on current affairs and David Antonio Cruz will perform “The Piano Piece,” a celebrated piece that deals with his queer-Latino identity, on the street. The evening will culminate in actions of deconstructing as exhibited in the performance collaboration between Maria Hupfield, Esther Neff, and IV Castellanos-

In light of America’s current political situation, where complex issues of discrimination based on race and sexuality are being investigated decolonization of the mind is more important than ever before. Breaking from normal ways of looking, like scrolling through your social media feeds, our aim with the evening is to free your mind through interaction. Your take-home will be new points of view – tools – that may open up new possibilities to decolonize your everyday lives.

Press coverage: Cultbytes and Gallery Gurls.