Born and raised in Italy, Iole Alessandrini is an artist who has been living in Seattle since 1994. She received her diploma in Fine Arts from the First State School of Fine Arts in Rome and earned two master’s degrees in Architecture: one from the University of La Sapienza in Rome and the other from the University of Washington in Seattle. It is the intersection between these two creative expressions – art and architecture – through which her work moves.
Angeliki Avgtiidou studied Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts (MA, PhD). She has exhibited internationally at venues that include the ICA (London) and the French Museum of Photography.Her research interests include the everyday, autobiographical practices, body and space, gender and identity, performance and politics/activism, performance documentation and the archive.
Of German Jamaican Parentage brought up in England, China and Cyprus Sonia Elizabeth Barrett has an international range of cultural influences. A graduate of St Andrews University where she studied Philosophy, Literature and International Relations and the Transart Institute (MFA) Sonia has shown her work at the NGBK Berlin, the OCCA California, the Format Follow Contemporary in Milan, The Museum of the Sea in Italy and the National Gallery in Jamaica.
Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio holds a European PhD in “Art History, Theory and Criticism” from the University of Barcelona. He is Post-Doctoral Visiting Researcher at United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM); PhD fellow at the research group “Art, Architecture and Digital Society” (UB), PhD associated researcher at the international platform “Global Visual Cultures”, and invited Professor of the Cultural Management Programme of the University of Barcelona.
Isak Berbic (b.1983) is an artist working with photography, moving image and performance. His research deals with social histories, politics, humor, exile, and the limits of representation. His recent artworks investigate the overlaps of documentary and fiction in relation to the visualization of contested politics and contested histories.
Sandeep Bhagwati is a multiple award-winning composer, theatre director and media artist [Studies: Mozarteum Salzburg, Musikhochschule München and IRCAM Paris]. His compositions and comprovisations (including 6 operas) are regularly performed worldwide.
An LA native working in NYC, Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process and a syncretic creative approach he makes works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.
Lynn Book creates media-diverse works across a range of cultural sites through research and practice that center on questions and issues of embodiment, otherness, social structures and states of public imagination.
Michael Bowdidge (PhD) is an artist who works with found objects, images and sound. He received his undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1989, and completed his doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. Michael works in a variety of educational contexts, which include academic and community settings. All of these activities enrich his teaching practice, and by extension, his creative output – as, for him, these two areas of endeavour are fundamentally intertwined.
Jean Marie Casbarian (MFA) is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates photography, film and video projections, sound, sculpture and performance into her artworks. Her practice and research explores the relationship between the construction of memory and time, the loss and longing that occurs within personal and political mythologies, and the complex stories that live within one’s family history and displaced cultural identity. Working across photography, video, text, and performance, Casbarian fuses fact with fiction as she continually attempts to flip her own paradigm in the hopes of creating a new personal narrative.
Geoff Cox is Associate Professor/Reader in Fine Art at Plymouth University (UK) and Associate Professor/Lektor in the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University (DK), currently engaged (with Jacob Lund) on a 3 year research project The Contemporary Condition funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research.
Dorit Cypis is an artist, MFA, California Institute for the Arts and a mediator, Masters of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University. Since the 1980’s Dorit Cypis has employed strategies of photography, performance, installation, social sculpture to explore relationships between personal and social identity, questioning subjectivity in relation to corporeal, social, political and psychological spaces.
Christopher Danowski (PhD) is a theatre and performance artist. He has written over fifty plays, directed, and performed in living rooms, galleries, and unusual spaces (sometimes in theaters). He was artistic director of Theater in My Basement from 1999-2013, and now serves as a founding member of Howl Theatre Project. He is based in Phoenix and his work has been shown locally, in New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, Yucatán, Mexico City, Dublin, Laval, Vienna, Berlin, and Kraków.
Leah Decter is a Winnipeg based inter-media artist whose work includes video, digital media, installation, textiles, performance, critical collaboration, social practice and writing. Decter’s investigations of contested spaces utilize social-spatial interventions, critical deployment of personal and historical narratives, embodied insertions into land and land/scape, and manipulation of iconic elements of nationalist visual culture. Much of this work considers histories and contemporary conditions of settler colonialism in Canada and transnationally through a critical settler lens, and renders decolonizing counter-narratives to dominant nationalist mythologies.
Jean-Ulrick Désert is a conceptual and visual-artist. He received his degrees at Cooper Union and Columbia University (New York) and has lectured or been a critic at Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Humboldt University and l’école supérieur des beaux arts.
Nicolás Dumit Estevéz treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the U.S. as well as internationally
David Dunn is a composer and artist who primarily engages in site-specific interactions or research-oriented activities. Much of his current work is focused upon the development of listening strategies and technologies for environmental sound monitoring in both aesthetic and scientific contexts. Dunn is internationally known for his articulation of frameworks that combine the arts and sciences towards practical environmental activism and problem solving.
Simon Faithfull is a contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited extensively around the world. His practice has been described as an attempt to understand and explore the planet as a sculptural object – to test its limits and report back from its extremities. Within his work Faithfull often builds teams of scientists, technicians and transmission experts to help him bring back a personal vision from the ends of the world.
Borinquen Gallo is an artist and educator born in Rome, Italy who lives and works in NYC. She holds a B.F.A., from Cooper Union; an M.F.A. in Painting, from Hunter College, and is a Ed.D. candidate, at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute and Instructor at the National Academy Museum and School where she was also appointed as Studio Practice Program Head, 2015-2016.
Laura Gonzalez (PhD) is an artist and writer. Her recent practice encompasses film, performance, dance, photography and text, and her work has been exhibited and published in the UK, Europe and the US. She has spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society.
Carolyn Guertin is a scholar-practitioner of new media. She is a Senior Researcher in the Augmented Reality Lab at York University in Toronto and is a faculty member in the MFA and PhD programs at Transart Institute in Berlin, Germany.
Khaled Hafez is born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963 where he currently lives and works. He studied medicine and followed the evening classes of the Cairo fine arts in the eighties. After attaining a medical degree in 1987 and M.Sc. as a medical specialist in 1992, he gave up medical practices in the early nineties for a career in the arts.
Victoria Hindley is an artist, writer, and independent curator. She works primarily with photography, language, the book form, and in collaboration with others. Her work challenges the construction of meaning(s) through applying strategies of decoding such as abstraction, humor, and decontextualization as a way of investigating stereotypes, cultural obsession, and institutional constructs.
Derek Holzer (1972) is an American instrument builder and sound artist based in Berlin DE, whose current interests include DIY analog electronics, the relationship between sound + space, media archaeology and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music. He has created scores of unique and experimental instruments, installations, and performances since 2002, as well as taught sound art workshops, across Europe, North and South America, and New Zealand.
Phillis Ideal has exhibited nationally including exhibitions at major museums and galleries in San Francisco, Santa Fe and New York City. Her work has been exhibited and collected in many private and public collections such as the M. H. de Young Museum, the Oakland Museum of Fine Arts, the Newport Harbor Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museum of Santa Fe. She is currently represented by Rosenberg+Kaufman Fine Arts in New York City.
Fawz Kabra is a curator and writer. She was Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Abu Dhabi Project, New York (2014-2016). She earned her MA in curatorial studies at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2013) and her BFA in studio arts at Concordia University in Montreal (2004).
Caroline Koebel is an Austin-based filmmaker and writer, with recent retrospectives at Festival Cine//B (Santiago, Chile) and Directors Lounge (Berlin, Germany). Current research focuses on the relationship individuals have to the greater reality of contemporary global experience and the means by which information is disseminated, gathered and assimilated in the Web 2.0 age.
Steve Lambert explores advertising and the issues of public space and how it is connected to the commercialism and aggression of the military-industrial complex. He works in mediums that have included objects, performance, and video.
Yuen Fong Ling (b.1972 Salford, England) is an independent artist and curator living in Manchester, United Kingdom. Graduated from Glasgow School of Art’s MFA programme in 2007 (including exchange programme with Hunter College New York, Autumn/Winter 2006). Now embarking on his Fine Art PhD by practice at University of Lincoln whilst a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. Ling’s research entitled “A Body of Relations: Reconfiguring the Life Class” examines his art practice through the ‘curatorial’ and ‘educational’ turn of the artist adopting and adapting the traditions, conventions and roles of artist, model and tutor in the contemporary life class.
Alanna Lockward has excelled as a journalist, classical ballet dancer, author and contemporary arts curator specialized in time-based undertakings. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she has a licentiate degree in Communication Science from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, México, City, and a masters in Art in Context from the University of the Arts Berlin.
Dejan Lukic (PhD) is a scholar and writer, and received his PhD in anthropology from Columbia University. His work revolves around the inescapable convergence of art and politics, while taking seriously stylistic forms of writing around and about this convergence.
Carole Frances Lung is an artist, activist, Scholar. Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Carole utilizes a hybrid of playful activism, cultural criticism, research and spirited crafting of one of a kind garment production performances She investigates the human cost of mass production and consumption, addressing issues of value and time through the thoroughly hand-made construction and salvaging of garments.
Elena Marcevska (PhD)is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher (BA, Theatre directing MFA, Performance The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; PhD, University of Northampton). Through exploring performances which brought together screen, somatic performance practice and auto ethnography, she has increasingly turned her attention to relationships between performance, female body and digital writing. She is currently working on research about radical self-organised performance practices in South East Europe and their urban manifestation.
Astrid Menze, born in Frankfurt/Main Germany, studied Audiovisual Media at the Gerrit Rietvield Academie in Amsterdam and San Francisco Art Institute where she received her diploma in 1999, her MFA in New Media from the Transart Institute in August 2010. She lives and works as a freelance editor and video artist in Berlin. Her work is shown and awarded nationally and internationally as group and individual projects. She is currently teaching editing and visualization at Academy for International Education in Bonn, LMU Los Angeles, A&M Texas University and film history and media theory at DEKRA Akademie Berlin.
Dafna Naphtali is a electronic-musician/performer/singer/composer from an eclectic musical background (jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music). Since the mid-90’s she composes/performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music using her custom Max/MSP programming for live sound processing of her voice and other instruments, and also interprets the work of Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers.
Morgan O’Hara (Los Angeles 1941) was raised in an international community in post-war Japan. Her practice researches the vital movement of living beings through drawing. In 1989 she began doing performative drawing in international performance art festivals, did her first site specific wall drawings and began the practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art. In 1997 O’Hara’s work was honored with a solo show in the newly opened Drawing Room at the Drawing Center in New York. O’Hara lives in New York and works internationally.
Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. Her creations have been presented and exhibited internationally at venues such as SECCA – SouthEastern Center for Contemporary Art (North Carolina), OchoYmedio / Alas de la Danza (Quito, Guayaquil and Manta in Ecuador), The National Arts Center (Ottawa), High Performance Rodeo (Calgary), Tangente – Laboratoire des Movements Contemporains (Montreal), Sequences Real Time Media Arts Festival (Iceland) and Medea Electronique / Onassis Cultural Center (Athens, Greece).
Ruth Novaczek is an artist and curator, she studied fine art film at St. Martins School of Art in London, and an MA in Fine Art, at Central St Martins in 2000. In 2015 she earned a practice-based PhD entitled ’21st Century Avant-Garde; New Vernaculars and Feminine Ecriture’ from the University of Westminster, London (UK) and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Westminster.
An Paenhuysen is a freelance writer, curator, and arts educator. She wrote her Phd about the cultural criticism of the Belgian avant-garde artists in the 1920s. As a post-doc An has been working on 1920s photography at Columbia University New York, UC Berkeley, and the Humboldt-University Berlin.
Ece Pazarbaşı works and walks on the merged borderline of curatorial practice and artistic research as her main profession. With her special interest in alternative education, she takes parts in various educational bodies in different positions.
Zoran Poposki is a transdisciplinary artist, researcher, and educator based in Hong Kong, exploring themes of (cultural) translation, spatial epistemology and social practice. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, screenings and festivals worldwide, including public art projects on LED video screens, video billboards, posters and billboards in New York, Dublin, Hong Kong, etc, with more than 50 exhibitions internationally.
Ernesto Pujol is a performance artist and social choreographer. He is commissioned to create durational group performances as the complex psychic portraits of communities, in the Jungian sense. Pujol pursued undergraduate work in humanities and visual arts, followed by studies in Western monasticism, and graduate work in education, media theory, and art therapy. Pujol has an MFA in interdisciplinary studio practice from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He resides in Fox Hill House, an 18th century historic farmhouse in upstate New York, but maintains an office in Downtown Brooklyn.
Deborah Robinson is an artist and Associate Professor (Reader) in Contemporary Art at Plymouth University where she co-ordinates the ARC (Arts Research Collective) research group. Trained as a painter, Robinson earned a doctorate degree from Plymouth University in 2003, writing her dissertation on ‘The Materiality of Text and Body in Painting and Darkroom Processes: An Investigation Through Practice,’ which engaged with feminist and psychoanalytic theory.
Alexandra C M Ross recently completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She read an honours law degree, followed by a Masters in Museum and Gallery Studies, a Master of Fine Art and a PhD in Curatorial Practice.
Merete Røstad is a visual artist and curator working with publics, remembrance and archive. Her practice concerns the perception of our everyday exchange and experiences within our surroundings, one aspect of this being how we read the traces left behind.
Miriam Schaer is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who uses artist books, garments, photography, installation and collage to explore feminine, social, and spiritual issues. She is represented in numerous collections, including the Alan Chasanoff Book Arts Collection at the Yale Museum, the Arts of the Book Collection at Yale’s Sterling Library, the Mata & Arthur Jaffe Collection: Book as Aesthetic Object at Florida Atlantic University, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Harvard University, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture at Duke University.
Edward Shanken works at the interstices of contemporary art and new media. His books include Art and Electronic Media(2010), Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (2003), Inventar el Futuro(2013), and Systems (2015).
Mary Sherman is an artist, curator and the director of TransCultural Exchange, which she founded in Chicago in 1989. She also teaches at Boston College and Northeastern University and, recently, served as the interim Associate Director of MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology.
Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the recipient of several major fellowships from the Bush, McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was awarded the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His work is represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Born in Belfast, N. Ireland, André Stitt is considered one of Europe’s foremost performance and interdisciplinary artists. He has worked as a time based artist since 1976 creating hundreds of unique performances at major galleries, festivals, alternative venues and sites specific throughout the world. His artistic output includes performance art, live work, relational activity, installations, digital print, videography, photography, painting and drawing.
Wolfgang Sützl (PhD) is a transdisciplinary researcher, writer and educator chiefly concerned with a critique of violence and understanding the conditions in which such a critique is possible. His Ph.D. is in Philosophy from the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, Spain where he wrote on “Emancipation or Violence. Aesthetic Pacifism in Gianni Vattimo”.
Hans Tammen creates sounds that have been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He creates rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating noises, with micropolyphonic timbres and textures, aggressive sonic eruptions, but also quiet pulses and barely audible sounds.
Within Mary Ting’s varied art practice of installation, drawing, photography and video, the prevailing emphasis is the use of the fragment within a nonlinear narrative. Her work inhabits the realm of temporality, private obsessions and the sensual.
Anita Thacher is a New York-based artist known for her work in a variety of mediums–film, video, public art, multimedia, light, architectural and sculptural installation, as well as painting, photography and prints. Her art explores issues of perception both spatial and personal. Memory, childhood and domestic themes are fundamental elements in the work.
Valerie Walkerdine (PhD) is Distinguished Research Professor in Cardiff University, Wales, UK. Her research mixes artistic practices with humanities and social research modalities. Her artistic practice brings together film, photography, drawing and performance. She is an experienced and widely published writer. Her work focuses on many feminist topics, but specialises in the intersection of art and psychology, broadly understood.
Annette Weintraub explores the architectural environment. Recent work includes: Life Support (2003), a web based project exploring hospital architecture and the subjective experience of space through a hybrid of 2D and 3D representation;The Mirror That Changes (2001), a web-based sound and moving image piece exploring issues of water sustainability, commissioned by The Ruschlikon Centre for Global Dialogue; and Mirage (2001), a narrative work exploring the intersection of photography and tourism, commissioned by CEPA for the exhibition Paradise in Search of A Future.