City Talks: New York
PLUS: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
JiaJia Fei: Feed my cat, then feed myself.
P: Where is your go-to place to eat and why?
JJF: Frankies 457 because they are a couple of blocks from my apartment, and because I will never get sick of eating there.
P: What part of New York attracts you the most?
JJF: The diversity of the people who gravitate toward the city, all plugging into the same creative energy they are giving off everyday.
P: What inspires you to do what you do everyday?
JJF: Helping the work of artists and arts organizations reach more people online.
P: Do you have any media/publications/news that you read in order to learn more about your field?
JJF: Wired, Harvard Business Review, @jerrygogosian
P: How has the role of digital strategists changed over your lifetime?
JJF: The need for digital within an organization is no longer an extracurricular activity, it’s now mission-critical—especially post-COVID.
P: What (art)work stopped our footstep and grabbed your attention?
JJF: Gretchen Bender’s Total Recall (1987)
P: What is the one thing you would like to see more in the creative industry?
JJF: More women (and especially women of color) in leadership positions.
P: How does art function in our current society?
JJF: Artists are visionaries who can radically imagine the future we want to live in. Art propels other people to ask questions and imagine that future for themselves.
P: What are three qualities in life that you are thankful for?
JJF: My health, my family, and my ancestors.