is a project space in the Arts District of Downtown LA centering physical presence as an optimal mode of idea and knowledge exchange — rooted in principles of experimentation colliding with artistic explorations of technology and emergent paradigms in a radical third space. A flip on WIP or work in process, RIP or riot in process is a platform where process, ideation, and experimentation override product and finalization + the spirit of riotous disobedience and disorder. rip space converges as a

// hackerspace
// space for showcasing experiments with new media, screens, and other emergent art forms
// platform for expanded notions of the technological that includes food, design, and sensory experiences
//social arena for the release of creative and intellectual energies


+ Vera Petukhova

is an independent curator, from Minsk, Belarus currently based between Brooklyn and Los Angeles – focusing on performance, moving image and new media. Her curatorial interests include experimental practices, futurity, food, sensory and immersive experiences. She received her MA in Curatorial Practice from The School of Visual Art in 2017 and has worked with the curatorial teams at Visions2030, Performa , The Kitchen, Northwest Film Forum, Tribeca Film Festival. She has curated exhibitions for Earth Edition at CalArts, CA; Young Curators, New Ideas V: Detroit Art Week; AC Institute; CP Projects Space and SVA Gramercy Gallery. Her writing and curatorial projects have been published in the Art Newspaper, Blouin Artinfo, OnCurating Magazine, and Performa Magazine.

+ John Threat

John Lee is a world renowned computer hacker, a writer, director, and a radical creative futurist. He’s been on the cover for Wired magazine and 60 Minutes and was generated in the streets of Brooklyn, New York. He speaks at global conferences, and develops art, film, technological based projects and experiential events as part of his practice as a hacker. A visiting professor, investor, a member of think tanks, artist in residence at PS1/Moma and probably some other things that have to be redacted for security reasons.

+ Maisa Imamović

Web designer/developer and a researcher interested in building hybrid publishing formats. Maisa has written code in collaboration with artists and collectives including Hackers&Designers, Ali Eslami, Marlies van Hak, VEIN Agency, and was published in Kajet, Simulacrum, Forum, TAAK, Real Review, NXS World, Metropolis M, Other Worlds. Her first book was published by the Institute of Network Cultures in 2022. Since 2019, Maisa has worked as a self-employed web designer + developer, and senior researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Arts.