Anna Oxygen

“Hip-hop and feminism have a lot to learn from each other,” muses Anna Oxygen, who finished This is an Exercise just in time to begin her MFA program in digital media at CalArts. At first, her statement sounds like a provocation, but bear with her and it makes perfect sense. “The ’90s ‘Riot Grrl’ scene in Olympia, Washington, was very supportive of female musicians,” she continues. “And a lot of us were going beyond the singer-with-guitar thing and getting into electronics, partly because of the big indy-rap presence there. I’d also been into technology since someone gave me a Casio when I was nineteen.”