Pana Li is the name of the project with which Diana Castro explores the use of design, technology and music for self transformation.
Castro is a Mexican designer, art director and DJ/producer based in Brooklyn. She designs visual identities for musical projects, album covers, interactive installations for festivals, DJ performances and sonic experiments. She works within digital spaces, designing web apps for music making with the MusEDLab (NYU Music Experience Design Lab), as well as within physical ones, such as the electronic textile synthesizers she creates for her project Mágico Real. The project explores shamanism, ritual and identity through performance, new media and technology.
Castro is also part of the Berlin-based Etoro Records label, co-founder of Dislocada—an open platform that shows data of women in music through interactive data visualization—and is an adjunct professor at NYU Music Tech teaching Designing Technologies and Experiences for Music. She also runs the mindfulness design label Magic Objects.
Along with Kate Stone, Castro will be leading a project in The Maker Zone at Loop which will see attendees taking a musical interaction design from concept to testable prototype