Ariana Hernandez-Reguant is HICCUP’s founder. A cultural anthropologist by training, she is a cultural theorist and promotor whose research, writings and organizational interventions have focused on art practice, intangible value and property, and expressive freedom. Her work is geared to expose the cultural and social considerations of art and artists, and their associated values toward labor, property, individual and community. She views art as a form of social practice that both builds on and extends beyond the “happening” in order to provoke a consequential hiccup: a disruptive pause that plants the seeds for broader and sustained positive change. As a professor and proponent of ethnographic methodologies for social and artistic practice, she has trained many artists and media studies students engaged in social practice and community work. Her interventions have taken place in Washington DC, Havana, the Tijuana-San Diego border region, and Hialeah. Through hiccup(ing), she aspires to realize her social concerns through creative means and, after several decades-long journey around the world, make a positive impact in a community’s everyday life.
Ernesto Oroza is an artist, designer and author based in South Florida. A graduate of Havana’s Superior Institute of Design and later a professor in both Havana and Paris, his practice is geared to highlighting and critically understanding man-object interactions and the role that collective engagements with material culture have in the making of community. He is author of several books on popular creativity as expressed in tool objects and the urban environment -what he theorizes as “technological disobedience” and “architecture of necessity,” respectively. Oroza’s creative practice is grounded in community research, and he develops research methods as well as channels of dissemination that follow the vernacular practices and economic logics of his subject-objects. His ultimate goal is to provoke a feedback loop between his findings and the community involved to generate both critical inquiry and positive change.