Meet Our Judges

Adam Mordecai

Adam is Editor-at-Large at Upworthy, a mission based social media site, which means he gets to speak in public, and be wrong about what goes viral in a much larger public forum than most of Upworthy's curators. He probably can't make that thing you made go viral, but he can definitely help you figure out why it probably won't. 

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Andy Bichlbaum

Andy is co-founder of The Yes Men, a collective of culture jamming activists fighting corporate wrong-doing. Recipient of Creative Time’s inaugural Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, Andy is also a founder of the Yes Lab, an “action tank” focused on the development of media savvy campaigns. Andy is also a visiting Associate Arts Professor at NYU in the Department of Performance Studies.

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Barbara Kruger

Barbara is an award-winning artist who works with pictures and words. Her large scale installations of images, texts and multi-channel videos have appeared globally in museums, galleries and on the streets. She teaches at UCLA. 

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Carol Wells

Carol is Design Director at AdWeek magazine. Formerly design director at Brandweek, Carol has a background in visual journalism and information design.

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Diego Machado and Hugo Veiga

Named best art director and copywriter at Cannes 2013, Diego and Hugo lead the new São Paulo office of AKQA Advertising. Their most famous project, “Dove Real Beauty Sketches”, won the first Titanium Grand Prix for Latin America and the first Efficiency Lion for Brazil, is the most watched ad of all time on YouTube, and was voted one of the Top 10 commercials of 2013 by Time Magazine. 

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DJ Spooky aka Paul D Miller

Paul is the executive editor of ORIGIN Magazine and is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. In 2012-2013 he was the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. He's produced and composed work for Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, and scores of artists and award-winning films. Miller's work as a media artist has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and many other museums and galleries.

Moby

Moby is the Grammy-nominated musician, illustrator, photographer, and activist. He has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.

Nancy Spector

Nancy is an Author, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art, and Deputy Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She has organized exhibitions on conceptual photography, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Matthew Barney’s Cremaster cycle. In 1997, Spector was Adjuct Curator of the 1997 Venice Biennale and co-organizer of the first Berlin Biennale. She has contributed to numerous books on contemporary visual culture, and is the recipient of the Peter Norton Family Foundation Curators Award.

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Ricken Patel

Ricken is the Founder and Executive Director of Avaaz.org, an activist organization amplifying the voices of their 37 million members on important geopolitical issues - and the sponsor of this contest. Ricken was voted "Ultimate Gamechanger in Politics" by the Huffington Post, and listed in the world's top 100 thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. He was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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Shepard Fairey

Shepard's OBEY GIANT art campaign has changed the way  people see art and the urban landscape. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama which can be found in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait gallery. Since the beginning of his career in 1989 he has exhibited in galleries and museums around the around the world, indoor and outdoor. His works are in the permanent collections of the MOMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Boston ICA and many others.

Swoon aka Caledonia Curry

Caledonia Curry, aka Swoon, is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker who explores the relationship between people and their built environment. Swoon’s work has been collected and shown internationally at top galleries and museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MOMA, the São Paolo Museum of Art, and many more. A solo exhibition of her work is on display at the Brooklyn Museum until August 2014.

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Tor Myhren

Tor is the Worldwide Creative Officer of Grey Advertising, named 2013 Agency of the Year by both Adweek and AdAge. Tor is also President of Grey’s flagship New York office, which has tripled in size to over 1,000 employees under his leadership. A two-time TED speaker, Tor was just named to Fast Company’s Magazine’s “Most Creative People in Business” list and is one of Fortune Magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’.