Transmedia artist, curator, and "animal" rights advocate Alysse Stepanian was born in Iran and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her videos, installations, paintings, photographs, web art, performances and curations have been presented in over 45 countries. She is the creator and curator of Manipulated Image videoart screenings and multimedia events, and URBAN RANCH PROJECT on Facebook. URP is a 2013 recipient of Culture & Animals Foundation Multi-media Research Grant, featuring work in all media that brings awareness to the interconnectedness of racism, sexism, ageism, speciesism, and other social and hierarchical prejudices; using the power of social media, URP inspires change. Publications of her writings and interviews include the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, and STIGMART10: VIDEOFOCUS 2013, which examines the fusion of videoart and experimental cinema. Stepanian has created installations with Philip Mantione under the name BOX 1035 in Berlin, Beijing, and New York. Their works are multi-sensorial, with social, political, psychological and philosophical references.