In a Zen-like twist of fate, Ben Norton is from both nowhere and everywhere (he moved a lot). His family settled in Kentucky, and he traveled to UK, where, as a University Scholar, he is doing concurrent work on an M.M. in Composition and an M.A. in Musicology and Ethnomusicology, as well as BA's in Film, Television, & Digital Media and Spanish. He is a musician, composer, audio engineer, writer, web designer, and, along with his twin brother Zak, filmmaker. He is a managing editor for and contributor to the satirical newspaper The Colonel, a co-founder of Homegrown Kentucky, vice-president of UK React to Film, and a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador; and is involved in KFTC, the Sierra Club, the ACLU, and UK Greenthumb. As a devoted activist, he conceives of art not simply as human expression or communication but as a higher form of dissent, and hopes to take his art-as-activism wherever his life leads him.