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Artist, designer and educator.

Emilio Martinez Poppe is an artist, designer, and educator based in New York. Their work includes video performance, websites, essays, garment design, place and research based collaborative projects. Emilio’s practices and collaborations have been supported by The Laundromat Project, New Museum, The Cooper Union, SOMA Mexico, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Their work has been presented at Cornell University, MICA, The Cooper Union, Creative Time, Framer Framed, Side Room, and Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond. Emilio is a member of the collective BFAMFAPhD with whom they are designing their forthcoming book Ways of Being.

Ways of Being

I've been working closely with Caroline Woolard and Susan Jahoda of BFAMFAPhD for over a year as the designer of Ways of Being. The project takes the form of an open source text, workbook, and card game for undergraduate and graduate classes of art and design that allows a wide range of choices for organizing work, compensating workers, and producing projects to become visible and open to contestation. Ways of Being can be used in classroom, exhibition, and workshop contexts to analyse and reimagine power relationships and support structures in the arts. It offers the vocabulary of supply chains to articulate the politics of production behind any project. Our project was included in The Visible Hand at CUE Art Foundation.

Scarecrows in the Garden

From July to September 2017 I worked with Stephanie Alvarado, Nikomeh Anderson, Alethea Pace, and Tijay Mohammed, as the Laundromat Project Create Change Fellows in the Bronx. Along with eight young artists from Kelly Street we built five scarecrows for the Kelly Street Community Garden as a means to scare away pests and protect a community resource. On September 16th we gathered for a story circle and workshop led by Elizabeth Rossi (another CC Fellow) to gather shared values that can be found on Kelly street. The kids spoke to the strength of their community and they shared this at the public unveiling of the scarecrows on the LP Field Day.


I tend to learn about complex systems or concepts by making diagrams of them.
This is where I share them.


What do we do about fashion? The fashion industry today is governed by excess, unsustainability, and inaccessibility. While the industry continues to exploit creative capital from oppressed communities, the face of fashion remains white, thin, cis, and able-bodied. In this panel we question fashion’s turn toward queer and trans models and aesthetics. What does it mean for fashion to notice us? Is this positive representation or incorporation, or both? What role can fashion play in the furthering of our own political imaginations? And what influence do networked platforms offer in reconsidering the economic hierarchies we associate with aesthetic production? Together we explore how creatives navigate style—in all of its manufacturing, distribution, and reception—in this fashion climate of simultaneous hyper visibility and hyper inequality.
This was a panel I organized and moderated at The Cooper Union Rose Auditorium on August 23rd. Panelists include Sarah Nicole Francois, Jamal T. Lewis, Arabelle Sicardi, and Alok Vaid-Menon. I also designed the poster.

Intro to Constructed Garments

In 2015 I created an extracurricular class at The Cooper Union with Lika Volkova. The class was created to provide resources for students seeking an introduction into garment construction, from patternmaking to sewing. It also serves as a space for group reflection on individual projects. The workshop, which meets for twelve weeks a semester, also includes lectures on garment history, from ancient Greece through the present. These lectures built on the student’s existing knowledge of western history taught in other survey classes. They revealed the ways that shifting politics, economics and architecture affected social views on the body, how people dress themselves and construct clothing. A showcase of the student’s work was included in the Cooper Union 2016 EOYS. I also designed our poster and am working on a forthcoming textbook.

If They're OK

An exhibition with KT Pe Benito at the 41 Cooper Sq. Gallery in the East Village. An exhibition featuring performance, installation, video, murals, and karaoke. An exhibition with dreams of filling a convention center. An exhibition made possible by all the amazing folks in our credits and you!


Clothing is more fun when it's made by someone you know. @iamilio is my tailor-made clothing label.

Fighting to Save our Communities

Fighting to Save our Communities is an informational publication designed with the Education and Outreach Committee of the New York City Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI). This publication is being used by NYCCLI volunteers and East Harlem / El Barrio community leaders to share the opportunities Community Land Trusts offer with their neighbors. Download a PDF of the publication or contact NYCLLI for a print copy.

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At Objective Pound is a conceptual travel agency developed with Sophie Serber in 2015. Documentation of our first trip @Berlin(Sophie's Camera)#sophieandemiliogotoberlin is available on our Facebook page.

Parallel Universal Studios

KT Pe Benito and I make videos together as Parallel Universal Studios.


TapTapFlow is a video viewing web-app whereby users interface with a YouTube video of their choosing by tapping on a web app for their smartphones. When used in a group the video will play at the speed determined by the average tap rate. The interface was developed with Tyler Paige and can be accessed on GitHub.