Ari Chivukula

Myself

 

I live at the intersection of art and technology. I'm a Digital Service Expert at the Pentagon focused  on modernizing cyber warfare tactics and training. I'm a Co-Founder of the porn production company Queer Church where I write, direct, and act. Scroll down to learn, contact me for more.

Art

 
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Queer Church

Pizza Roles | Writer, Director, and Actor | August 2017

Inspired by my experience in the corporate diversity cult of glossy marketing photographs; recently accepted into Dan Savage's HUMP film festival.

You've Got Tail | Executive Producer and Actor | September 2016

An erotic short touring internationally, most recently at Frameline (largest queer film festival in the world).

Co-Founded | Chief Operating Officer | September 2016 - Present

Danny Tayara and I co-own this queer porn production house.

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Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Board of Directors | Director | January 2017 – Present

I support and develop Seattle's preeminent queer film organization.

Screening Committee | Member | January 2016 – Present

I evaluate films for the TWIST and Translations film festivals.

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//TECTONIC MARROW SOCIETY

Pylon II | Technical Designer | 100 hrs total | October 2016

I designed the system that coordinated the visuals across multiple surfaces with the dance for this performance.

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Lion's Main Art Collective

Othello Quartz Festival | Organizer | July 2016

Community art festival in South Seattle funded by 'Arts in The Park' grant from the city. I helped plan the layout and screen artist applicants.

Erasure | Video DJ | November 2015

I collaborated on decay-rebirth themed visuals synced to live music.

Gay City Open Mic | Host | October 2015, January 2016

I facilitated an open mic with Gay City (an STD testing non-profit that also hosts art shows) to make a space for new queer/trans voices.

QTONE | Program Director | September 2015

Shorts festival focused on queer filmmakers of color. We screened to 200 people and were picked up by Three Dollar Bill Cinema's TWIST festival.

Established Board | Operations Coordinator | June 2015 – July 2016

I assisted in drafting the constitution and bylaws for this Seattle queer/trans arts organization. In my tenure on the board I dealt with logistical issues including banking, taxes, and outreach.

Technology

 
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United States Digital Service

Digital Services Expert | July 2017 – Present

I'll spend my tour embedded in the Department of Defense, bringing my cutting edge private sector knowledge to the government.

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Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Pro bono Technical Consultant |  July 2017 – Present

I'm automating legal procedures and services to increase capacity.

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SIMTEK

Software Engineer |  March 2017 – Present

Backend architect for a system that alerts you via SMS when your safe is opened.

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Facebook

Software Engineer |  July 2013 – March 2017

I focused on user safety through improvements to the malicious-website detector, in the design of the OculusVR multiplayer platform, and by expanding user expression through custom gender. I was promoted from junior level engineer (E3) to senior (E5) within my first 2 years.

Seattle Diversity Coordinator |  January 2015 – April 2016

I founded this volunteer position to advocate for underrepresented groups in technology by organizing social, recruitment, and educational events.

Software Engineer Intern | May 2012 – August 2012

Thanks to my work, users save one second per link click.

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The NW Network of LGBT Survivors of Abuse

Pro bono Technical Consultant | November 2015 – February 2016

I secured and re-designed their website.

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University of Michigan

B.S.E. Computer Science | August 2009 – May 2013

Graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Undergraduate Student Research Assistant | May 2011 – May 2013

I chased down botnets for Professor Michael Bailey using ISP data in the Network and Security Research Group.

Instructional Assistant for EECS 280 | May 2011 – December 2011

I taught a discussion section and helped write exams for a class of ~250.

Software Developer | September 2009 - April 2011

I developed an in-class quiz system that worked via txt message and website.