Here at Mozilla, we’re the first to admit that the Internet isn’t perfect, but we’re also quick to point out that the Internet is pretty magical. The internet opens doors and opportunities, enables people to connect with others and allows everyone to find where they belong: their corner of the internet. We all have an internet story worth sharing. In My Corner of the Internet, we talk to people about the online spaces they can’t get enough of, what to keep in Pocket to read later, and what sites and forums they’ve formed.
With Pride celebrations in June, this month we showcase LGBTQ+ leaders as part of our My Corner of the Internet series. In this next episode, Tony Award nominee Arnulfo Maldonado talks to us about what inspires him, his nostalgia for MySpace and how he uses Pocket to immerse himself in a specific world to design theater sets.
What is your favorite corner of the internet?
Whenever I need random inspiration, I look to BOOOOOOOM for design inspiration.
What’s a deep internet dive you can’t wait to dive back into?
When the Radiohead Public Library first debuted, I quickly realized I could browse through it for hours. And while I haven’t done a deep dive yet, I’m looking forward to a lazy Sunday afternoon exploring all facets of this site. It’s a very well curated site with everything about Radiohead, including old concert footage and music videos.
What is the one tab in your browser that you always regret closing it?
I use Pinterest a lot for visuals for my work. And I always have a million tabs of different rabbit hole Pinterest tabs open because each one has something or a lot more that be able to lead to other interesting images. So every time I close one, I feel like I’m plugging another deep-diving rabbit hole.
Who is an LGBTQ+ person with a very online presence that is a role model for you?
I’m particularly captivated by historic queer curated instagram accounts that offer a history of queerness in film and the arts, such as @queer.cinema.archive, one of my favorite artist foundations @felixgonzaleztorres.foundation.
What can you not talk about on the internet right now?
A STRANGE LOOP on Broadway — the social media team is on fire when it comes to the day-to-day content of the show, especially the show’s content Twitter feed† Also interesting is the Twitter handle entirely devoted to if Tyler Perry rang †Did Tyler see a strange loop?‘ — waiting for the day the tweet changes to: YES!
What was the first online community you engaged with?
Probably early ’00s music bulletin boards and MySpace, as I remember being very proud of my curated homepage. I was late to LiveJournal, so I never made any content for it, but I really enjoyed the deep dive of many LiveJournals – it was like accessing people’s diaries.
What articles and videos are waiting in your Pocket to be read/watched?
I’m designing a production of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ memoir “MY BROKEN LANGUAGE” (writer of “IN THE HEIGHTS,” as well as the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “WATER BY THE SPOONFUL”) in the Fall at the Signature Theater and this ReVista- article something I wanted to read to help me out a little bit. The show isn’t really about santeria, but santerias were a big part of Quiara’s life growing up in Philadelphia. I also need to read the New York Times article about the possible forgeries of Basquiat being presented in a Florida art gallery.
If you could create your own corner of the internet, what would it look like?
It would cover all aspects of my interests: theatre/performance arts/visual arts/music, but a varying roster of curated pieces from different artists
Arnulfo Maldonado recently received a Tony nomination for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop, currently playing at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway. In addition, he was awarded the 2020 Obie for Sustained Excellence in Set Design, as well as a Special Citation Obie as part of the Creative Team on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Off-Broadway production of A Strange Loop. Other Notable Credits – Broadway: Trouble In Mind (American Airlines Theater). Off-Broadway: A Plea for the Existence of God (Signature Theater); Wish You Were Here, Sell Kabul, Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons); Nollywood Dreams, School Girls, Or… (MCC Theater), Sugar in Our Wounds (MTC, Lucille Lortel Award – Outstanding Scenic Design), One in Two (New Group) and To My Girls (Second Stage). Arnulfo is a recipient of a Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award and a multiple nominee for Henry Hewes Design.
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