Erika Wong lead’s the development of a study on the conditions of 221A’s artistic programming and cultural services available to studio tenants across facilities, by conducting interviews and surveys, and offers an analysis of her findings with regards to the digital ecosystem, and the development of the internet of value. To this end, Wong’s study will collect information from 221A’s board, staff, and tenants. The final format of her surveys and interview protocols will be developed in conversation with 221A’s studio services team with regards to best practices, ensuring the continued good relationships between the organization and the Organization’s studio tenants. Her work on this project will help 221A assemble a 360⁰ survey of its operations and conditions, so that we may better plan for the overall ambitions of the organization and its users. The study will build on Wong’s PhD at the University of Brighton, where she is researching the uses of digital technologies, such as online, peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms, to provide added avenues for the cultural industries to increase economic security.

Erika Wong is a PhD Candidate and Installation Artist from the University of Brighton where she is in her final year of studying the valuation and legitimization system of the Art World and its relationship to the Creative Class. Erika’s research focuses on closing the gap between creativity and the monetization of it, and she is looking into Creative Entrepreneurship and current technologies as potential solutions to diversifying the current funding models for artists and other creatives. Erika has worked internationally in tech, fashion, and art strategizing, as well as in piloting programmes that focus on customer relations and return on investment. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Practice for Narrative Environment from Central St. Martins in London, England, and a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.