Elisa Kreisinger

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Elisa Kreisinger
Elisa Kreisinger

1986 (1986) (age 35)
Other namesPop Culture Pirate
EducationSimmons College
OccupationNew Media Artist
Years active2007-present

Elisa Kreisinger (born 1986), known as Pop Culture Pirate, is a Brooklyn-based video artist and educator.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Kreisinger was born in New Jersey. In 2008, she received a B.A. in Communications & Women's Studies from Simmons College in Boston.


New media art[edit]

Kreisinger started to explore the idea of feminist remix of media as an undergraduate at Simmons College, with a focus on remixing the feminist narrative as it relates to identity.[3][4] She interned at Cambridge Community TV, where she had access to equipment and video training.[5]

Kreisinger's videos remix Mad Men into feminists and The Real Housewives into lesbians. Her Mad Men trailers on Vimeo have had more viewership than the original series' YouTube trailers.[6]

Kreisinger's work explores feminist and queer-friendly perspectives through remix and mashup of mainstream media texts. The Queer Carrie Project recuts entire seasons of Sex and the City into short, 1-3 minute webisodes that portray its characters as lesbians. Most of Kreisinger's work uses the language and style of existing TV shows or Hollywood editing as a way to, as she describes it, "talk back" to pop culture.[7]

Kreisinger's work has been featured in online publications such as Salon and California Western School of Law's New Media Rights.[8][9]


From 2012 to 2014, Kreisinger worked at Eileen Fisher in Communications. From December 2014 to July 2015, Kreisinger was Creative Director at Upworthy.

Since July 2015, Kreisinger is an Executive Producer at Refinery29.

She is a former moderator at Political Remix.[10]

Copyright and fair use[edit]

Kreisinger's work engages with concepts of copyright laws and fair use.[11] Despite operating on legal terms of fair use for parodic, educational and transformative purposes, Kreisinger's work is often erroneously flagged for copyright violation on video sharing sites such as YouTube.[3]

Kreisinger is a vocal advocate for fair use, digital literacy and critical uses of pop culture and gender representation within mainstream media. She has presented at industry and academic conferences such as Open Video Conference, Mobility Shifts Conference, among others.[12][13]

In 2012, Kreisinger testified at the US Copyright Office, which helped to win crucial exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.[14]

There was a US Copyright Office White paper that focused on appropriation art online as a result of the exhibit, Fair Use(r).[citation needed]


Solo exhibitions
  • 2014: FRAMED! The Attack on Fair Use and Digital Artists on the Internet, Kianga Ellis Projects[15]
Group exhibitions


Works and publications[edit]

  • Pozner, Jennifer L. (2010). Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press. pp. 315–316, 340–341. ISBN 978-1-580-05375-4. OCLC 748093089.
  • Kreisinger, Elisa (2012). Coppa, Francesca; Levin Russo, Julie (eds.). "Fan/Remix Video: Queer video remix and LGBTQ online communities". Transformative Works and Cultures (9). doi:10.3983/twc.2012.0395.


  1. ^ Hiscott, Rebecca (7 February 2014). "How a Video Artist Made Don Draper a Gay Rights Mouthpiece". Mashable.
  2. ^ Briz, Nick (30 June 2011). "Pop Culture Pirate: Interview w/ Elisa Kreisinger" (Video). Art21 Magazine.
  3. ^ a b Bobadilla, Suzanna (22 March 2014). "Feministing Five: Elisa Kreisinger". Feministing.
  4. ^ Aucoin, Don (5 March 2010). "For Young Activists, Video Is Their Voice". Common Dreams.
  5. ^ Sean (20 June 2006). "CCTV Intern Elisa Kreisinger Rides 62 Miles for Free Speech!". Cambridge Community Television.
  6. ^ Renninger, Bryce J. (13 April 2012). "TV Lovers We Love: Pop Culture Pirate Elisa Kreisinger". IndieWire.
  7. ^ "Spotlight: Elisa Kreisinger, Pop Culture Pirate - The LAMP". thelamp.org. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  8. ^ Clark-Flory, Tracy (3 August 2010). ""Sex and the City" goes gay". Salon.
  9. ^ Bok, Mera Szendro (19 April 2011). "Anita Sarkeesian and Elisa Kreisinger talk about using remix to create powerful messages". New Media Rights. California Western School of Law.
  10. ^ Coppa, Francesca (2010). "Interview with Elisa Kreisinger". Transformative Works and Cultures. 5.
  11. ^ Kreisinger, Elisa (22 April 2014). "Fair Use(r): Art and Copyright online. Elisa Kreisinger, Pop Culture Pirate" (Includes video). Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Harvard University.
  12. ^ Kreisinger, Elisa; Jonas, Anne. "Open Video Conference: Highlights". National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC). Archived from the original on 22 October 2010.
  13. ^ "Mobility Shifts: Elisa Kreisinger". Mobility Shifts. October 2011.
  14. ^ U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress (19 November 2011). "Appendix D (29): Interview with Elisa Kreisinger" (PDF). In the matter of Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies Under 17 U.S.C. 1201 Docket No. 2014-07 Comments of Electronic Frontier Foundation and Organization for Transformative Works. pp. 56–57.
  15. ^ "Elisa Kreisinger FRAMED! The attack on fair use and digital artists on the Internet". Kianga Ellis Projects. February 2014. Archived from the original (Press release) on 31 March 2014.
  16. ^ "SXSW Interactive 2012 speakers". Lanyrd. 2012.
  17. ^ "Who's Taylor Swift Anyway? Group Exhibition of Six Artists Curated by Elizabeth Grammaticas". Fowler Project Space. March 2014. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014.
  18. ^ "Elisa Kreisinger". Eyebeam. 2013.
  19. ^ Kreisinger, Elisa (2009). "QueerCarrie: Season 1" (Video). Pop Culture Pirate.
  20. ^ Kreisinger, Elisa (2009). "QueerCarrie: Season 2" (Video). Pop Culture Pirate.
  21. ^ Kreisinger, Elisa (2010). "QueerCarrie: Seasons 3-6" (Video). Pop Culture Pirate.
  22. ^ Kreisinger, Elisa (2012). "Mad Men: Set Me Free" (Video). Pop Culture Pirate.
  23. ^ Kreisinger, Elisa (2012). "Don Loves Roger: A Mad Men Mash Up" (Video). Pop Culture Pirate.
  24. ^ Kreisinger, Elisa (2013). "Picasso Baby, I'm 22 (Jay Z/Taylor Swift Mash Up)" (Video). Pop Culture Pirate.

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