Marlon Sagana Ingram

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Artist Marlon Sagana Ingram, 2015
Working from Studio MSI, Marlon Sagana Ingram has designed, educated, and produced client projects within the art, design, and education industries for over 15 years. His influences have always been based on the processes of creative development, visual communications, and ‘future-tech’ educational planning. Ingram is an innovator of many branding, high tech curriculum, product development, and social media for art centers, design agencies, artist residencies, and museums worldwide. He creates exhibition solutions using creative workshops and collaborating with curators to develop new informative directions to educate and empower students with a visual curriculum focused on collecting cultural or visual content for the future. His work with nonprofit organizations, residencies, galleries, museums, and mural projects has granted him an educational merit in SF Weekly’s, ‘Top 5th Element Teachers’ in 2008 and Yerba Buena Center of the Arts and nominee for the ‘YBCA’s 100 Top Culture Makers’ award 2015. Clients: Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, Center of Art and Thought, Sony, Facebook, The Exploratorium, Autodesk, Facebook, Google, Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, Children’s Creativity Museum, Tenri Japanese Center NYC, ODC Theater, New Leaf Paper, Levi’s Jeans, Oakland Fitness Company, 24 Hour Fitness, 1st Amendment Gallery, and the California African American Museum.

Artist Statement

Marlon Sagana Ingram has designed, educated, and produced many client projects within the Art, Design, and Education industry for over 20 years. His work with corporations, non-profit organizations, artist residencies, galleries, museums, and start-ups throughout the world, developing many products from branding to marketing, high school to high tech curriculum, and creators of projects based on beautiful information with Studio MSI.

Studio MSI is an visually integrated collective of conceptual people. Our three creative partners and principal, Ingram all have a degree in interdisciplinary design, art, and education. Our major influences have always been based on the processes of street art, music, and skateboarding cultures and we constantly research new concepts within these industries and with a strong sense of informative direction, community awareness, and visual empowerment within our creative workshops.

Our studio process is a creative discourse based on listening to our people, understanding community, and creating informative installations with an original look and an educational message based on informing our local creatives with global issues. The concept for the "Mobile Social Imports: Beautifully Connected." installation began when we were in 2009, while on a PHOTOGRAPHY assignment in Africa, Marlon witnessed AT&T + Worldcom giving free vouchers offering cellular plans and devices to local tribes people in Central and Southern Africa. What Marlon witnessed, their corporate goal was to digitally colonize people in third world countries via 4G, WiFi, and Bluetooth radiational devices. The people, however, used them as doorstops, paperweights, and jewelry to display their creative use of these devices.

STUDIO MSI constructs educational installations based on electromagnetic radiation (EMR) to the human body. ALSO WE create satirical corporate/indigenous environments assimilating today’s cellular lifestyle.

Exhibited Work

Mobile Social Institute Store, edition #2

2015
installation piece
8'x10’

Mobile Social Institute Ad, edition #1

2015
artwork 1
16”x24”

Mobile Social Institute Ad, edition #1

2015
artwork 2
16”x24”


Mobile Social Institute Ad, edition #1

2015
artwork 3
16”x24”

Mobile Social Institute Ad, edition #1

2015
artwork 4
16”x24”


Mobile Social Institute Product 1, edition #1

2012
Cell (stone) sculpture
3”x4”


Mobile Social Institute Product 2, edition #2

2015
Cell (grass) sculpture
3”x4”


Mobile Social Institute Product 3, edition #3

2015
Cell (wood) sculpture
3”x4”


Mobile Social Institute Prompt, edition #2

2015
Interactive game
4'x4’

About this Article

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