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
Upcoming Infernal Motel - Epic Immersive, San Francisco CA

Olfactory set design and production

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

Original game 

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

2016 - 2017  Hoover Institute of War, Revolution, and Peace – Stanford University, Palo Alto CA

Assistant book and paper preservation technologist at archive

2016 - 2017  Theatre Bay Area, San Francisco CA

Bookkeeper at theatre nonprofit. 

2013 - 2017  Bedtime Story Hotline, San Francisco CA

Creator, curator, and lead narrator of automated storytelling service

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 Hinge – Vespertine 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”) 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 national 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

2010  Visual Aid, San Francisco CA

Intern. Donor outreach, artist support, event coordination including gallery receptions and “Big Deal” live auction

Public Speaking Engagements & Press

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

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

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  the Rathskeller Club – Lecture: "Olfactory Set Dressing" 

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

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

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"

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"