Elia Vargas is an Oakland based artist, curator, and scholar. He works across multiple mediums, including video, sound, projection, writing and performance. He is co-founder and co-curator of the Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly salon on new media art and digital culture and a Ph.D. candidate in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. Vargas has a long history of community radio broadcasting and place-based projects following an interest in transmission and human/non-human cultural formulation. He collaborates widely with artists, musicians, and institutions. His current work argues for refiguring crude oil as media.