Image Description: Colour photo of a white non-binary person with short, dark blonde hair, a slight dirt-stache, and a floral sweater, seated in front of a white wall with several art-prints adorning it.
they/them, second-gen Euro settler

Piper Curtis

Studio Coordinator

Piper Curtis is an independent artist, musician, and memer. They are currently enjoying engaging in forms of education and knowledge-sharing outside of the academy after completing their FRQSC-funded MA in Concordia’s Media Studies program in the Spring of 2024. Their research-creation thesis, “Alternative Instagram Memes: Intersectional Community and Collaborative Storytelling in the Digital Age,” explores the world of queer and trans, politically-left Instagram memes and their potential as collaborative digital-storytelling and community-building tools. They produce music as Piper Curtis, play in the Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-based bands Sunforger and knitting, and have performed at several international music and arts festivals including POP Montreal, New Colossus (NYC), and Sled Island (Mohkinstsis/Calgary). They have a background in campus-community radio, live music production, and podcasting. Curtis has made memes as @rude_oil_pipeline since 2019 with no plans to stop.

Participant in the following FMS projects

More Info


Coordinator of the Feminist Media Studio

2024 – MA in Media Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
2020 – BFA in Electroacoustic Music and Communications Studies, Concordia University, Montreal


“Mind, Body, Mess (Fuck You, René Descartes)” – Conference presentation, Failure: Systems at Their Limit, Concordia University. May 13, 2022.

ME(MES) – Article and collection of memes for ASAP/J (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present), digital issue on “transmedial autotheories,” as part of the special issue of ASAP/Journal on “autotheory.” Co-edited by Alex Brostoff and Lauren Fournier, May 2021.

The Secret Sounds of Plants: Listening Garden – Interactive listening garden installation as part of the 2020 Art Matters Festival exhibition on Conservation. March 10-13, 2020.

#deardiarymemes – Interactive meme diary on Instagram. November 2019 – ongoing.