Kat Meler

is an artist, creative director, and producer who has worked on a variety of transmedia projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. This combination of disciplines and experience has made her quite adept in the fields of  Experiential Design and Community Building with emphasis on vernacular culture with lasting effects.

Fantasy creates reality every day.

Oakland, CA –– kat@katmeler.com

Education

2010 BA in Studio Art, Minor in American Studies – University of California, Davis

Projects and Events

2018 - 2019
San Francisco Bay Area CA

Permaculture landscape gardening and design with a focus on native species stewardship.

2018 Caravan Rally 2018 - Explorers’ Guild Troop 001, Oakland, CA to Ashland OR

Guest artist. 24 hour community-building interactive theatre road trip.

2018 Terrible Blooms by Melissa Stein - Opening Reception at The Bindery, San Francisco CA

Guest artist. Performed original cicatra-kintsugi (gilding of scars with gold leaf) upon guests at local public literary event.

2018 - 2019 Bulbs of Spring - Elsewhere Philatelic Society, Oakland and San Francisco CA

Creator, parton, volunteer for annual neighborhood daffodil bulb giveaways.

2017 Infernal Motel - Epic Immersive, the Rathskeller Club, San Francisco CA

Olfactory set design and production for site-specific immersive theatre piece.

2017 Heartbeat Braiding - Flower Piano by Sunset Piano // SF Botanical Gardens, San Francisco CA

Designed, produced, and led original game to engage guests to playfully and more fully experience and appreciate live music.

2017  Obfuscia Hotel - Foma Labs for The Battery Club, San Francisco CA

Featured guest artist.

2017  Elasticon - Elastic, San Francisco CA

Co-producer  and Art Director of creative demo opening for keynote speech. 

2017 Experience and Immersive Design - University of California, Berkeley

Guest lecturer - “The Role of Scent in Experiential and Immersive Design”

2018 - 2019 Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper at various local arts nonprofits.

2016 - 2019  Hoover Institute of War, Revolution, and Peace – Stanford University, Palo Alto CA

Assistant book and paper preservation technician at archive

2016 - 2019  Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco CA

Bookkeeper at theatre nonprofit. 

2013 - 2019  Bedtime Story Hotline, San Francisco CA

Creator, curator, and lead narrator of automated storytelling service: 469-4-DREAMS.

2012 - 2017  Illustration & Department, Academy of Art University, SF CA

Character model.

2016  Deliciously Unexpected – Wasserman Media Group for Pepsico, San Francisco CA

Guest artist and game-runner. Developed perfume, audio, and flavor pairings for table activation for "Social Palate" technology and food event

2016  Vodvil – The Magic Patio, San Francisco CA

Performer, stage illusion execution.

2016  The Speakeasy – Boxcar Theatre, San Francisco CA

Assistant bookkeeper for immersive theatre production.

2016 Stellar Displacement – Living Room Collective for Uncanny Valley Night Market, East Bay CA

Production design consultant, original game creation and facilitation.

2016  NIGHT RIDE Music Video – David Lynch and Crysta Bell, San Leandro CA

Special Effects Consultant: "Smoke and Vapors Department"

2016  Boutique Sensorium – Kulturehaus for Pepsico, Milan Italy

Guest artist, assistant set dresser, perfume designer,  live interactive "scent" performance for 2 day private event at Milan Design Week

2016 One Last Day – The Rathskeller Club, San Francisco CA

Guest artist, perfume design and live immersive "scent" performance for original interactive play by Justin Oliphant.

2016 Living Room Collective – Our City Design Festival, Oakland CA

Set dressing design and production for installation at three day community event.

2015 - 2016  Illusions of Grandeur – The Magic Patio, San Francisco CA

Performer, stage illusion execution.

2015  Android Studio Commercial – Heist, San Francisco CA

Assistant art director, design, crafting and dressing of set, props and practical effects.

2015 The Headlands Gamble – First Person Travel, San Francisco CA

Guest artist, personalized interaction consultant, designer and producer.

2015  The Vessel, Latitude Society publication for Nonchalance, San Francisco CA

Project manager and co-editor of printed community publication.

2015 HingeVespertine Circus, Oakland CA

Game design consultant, original olfactory design and production.

2015  The Fallen Cosmos – San Francisco Institute of Possibility, San Francisco CA

Guest artist (“Music of the Cosmos” inspired by Amelia Hamrick) for 600+ participant event.

2015  Together in Axiom Festival, the Latitude Society for Nonchalance, Mendocino CA

Lead event coordinator, program creator and director, MC. Three-day multi-site community-building event for 50+ participants and crew.

2015 Honey Tea Truck – Everyhere Logistics and SF MOMA, San Francisco CA and USA tour

Creative and game design consultant.

2015  Solstice Eve Gala, the Latitude Society for Nonchalance, Oakland CA

Lead event coordinator, program creator and director. Co-writer of original folk song and narrative. 50+ crew, 300+ participants, site- specific multi-stage collaborative event at Children’s Fairyland.

2015  Book 2, The Latitude Society for Nonchalance, San Francisco CA

Original design and development for multi-site interactive experience. Set design and production, prop curation. Conception, script writing, creative direction and project management of original audio track, supporting lore and events.

2015  Town Hall, The Latitude Society for Nonchalance, Oakland CA

Lead event coordinator. 200+ participant community event.

2014 - 2015  Praxis, The Latitude Society for Nonchalance, San Francisco, Mendocino, and Oakland CA

Lead event coordinator. 12-20 participant member events (3-6 per week ongoing).

2014 - 2015  Speakeasy, The Latitude Society for Nonchalance

Lead event coordinator. 50+ guest member social mixer (bimonthly).

2014 - 2015  The Affairs Guild, The Latitude Society for Nonchalance, San Francisco CA

Creator and lead organizer of a 20+ person volunteer team which collectively organized and conducted up to 6 events per week for groups of 12 to 60 people.

2013 - 2015  The Latitude Society for Nonchalance, San Francisco CA

Events Coordinator, Community Manager, Experiential Designer.

2014  Together in Axiom Festival, The Latitude Society for Nonchalance, Mendocino CA

Lead event coordinator, program creator and director, MC. Three-day, multi-site community-building event for 50+ participants and crew.

2014  Book 1, The Latitude Society for Nonchalance, San Francisco CA

Production assistant, set and experience design, writing, voice acting, guest artist coordination, intern management, community building.

2013  Winter Solstice Praxis, Nonchalance, San Francisco CA

Assistant event coordinator, production designer, set dresser, 40 guest private event.

2013  Collective Unconscious in the New Tactile Dome, Nonchalance, San Francisco CA

Lead writer, solo performer. Site-specific performance in the Exploratorium.

2013  Adventure Design Group Presentation, The Latitude Society for Nonchalance, San Francisco CA

Script development, interaction design, event planning, public speaking.

2013  “Blackbird Fly” Music Video – Volary, San Francisco CA

Production designer, costume producer. 

2013  Together in Axiom Festival, The Latitude Society for Nonchalance, Mendocino CA

Production assistant, game-runner.

2012 - 2013 Cris Consignment, San Francisco CA

Sales, online marketing, copywriting, photography.

2012 Vasper Systems, Mountain View CA

Site manager, executive assistant, personal trainer, program developer for biotech firm.

2011 - 2012 Montclair Skincare, Oakland CA

Research & development, manufacturing, marketing, S&H, workshop hosting, vending for independent holistic body-care company. Carried by Whole Foods, Claremont Hotel Spa, various farmers’ markets.

2010 - 2011 Rio de Parras Organic Farm, Hollister - San Francisco Bay Area CA

Produce vendor for family farm at various farmers’ markets.

2010  Visual Aid, San Francisco CA

Intern. Donor outreach, artist support, art handling, and event coordination including gallery receptions and “Big Deal” live auction featuring works by Christo & Jean Claude and Rex Ray.

Public Speaking Engagements & Press

2017 Elastic Blog - "On Indexing Heartbeats and Ballet into Elasticsearch"

2017 Welcome Back to Twin Peaks - Online Premier: Chrysta Bell’s “Night Ride the Director’s Cut”

2017  University of California, Berkeley - Guest Lecture: "The Role of Scent in Experience Design”

2016 Digiday - “Bluetooth parkas: Why PepsiCo is making wearable tech”

2016 Welcome Back to Twin Peaks - “Chrysta Bell & David Lynch’s Rockabilly Trap Stormer ‘Night Ride’ Gets Badass Video”

2016  Indie Wire – "David Lynch's 'Night Ride' Music Video with Chrysta Bell is Creepy & Sensual"

2016  The  New York Times– "Your Vacation Mission? Find This Stolen Horse"

2016 Foma Labs - “On Responsibility In Immersive Experience”

2016  the Rathskeller Club – Lecture: "Olfactory Set Dressing" 

2016 10 Watt Location - “Pepsi - Design Week Event”

2016 Luminel Code - “Augmented Reality Chocolates”

2016 Spark Design Awards - “Experience Award” Finalist: PepsiCo Boutique Sensorium

2016 Metamorphose Concept - “Pepsi Perfect Al Mix It Up & ‘The Boutique Sensorium’ Durant La Milano Design Week 2016”

2016  Vice – "My Year in San Francisco's $2 Million Secret Society Startup"

2016  San Francisco Magazine – "Inside San Francisco's Secret Magic Show Held on a Mission Patio"

2016  Ideo Labs - "The Magic Patio: Behind the Curtain at a Secret Magic Theatre in San Francisco"

2016  New York Times Magazine – "A Romantic Weekend for Two: Solving a Crime"

2016 Foma Labs - “Dieter Rams and the Art of Immersive Design”

2016 Foma Labs - “Ten Things We’ve Learned About Immersive Design”

2015  Longreads – “’We Value Experience’: Can a Secret Society Become a Business?”

2014 Designers and Geeks – Lecture: “Situational Design & The Art of Nonchalance”

2014 Adventure Design Group – Lecture: “Presentation and Conversation with Nonchalance”

2014 Entertainment Designer – “Entertainment Design Meets Real Life in Nonchalance"