Yael Bartana, born in 1970 in Kfar-Yehezkel, Israel, is a video artist who explores the imagery of cultural identity. In her photographs, films, and installations, she critically investigates her native country’s struggle for identity. Her early work documents collective rituals introducing alienation effects such as slow motion and sound. In her recent work she stages situations and introduces fictitious moments into real existing narratives. She studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, the School of Visual Arts New York, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In 2011 Yael Bartana represented Poland in the 54th edition of the Venice Biennial. Bartana’s work has been shown in numerous leading museums and biennials including: the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial (2014); 19th Biennial of Sydney, PAMM (2013); Walker Art Center, Pittsburgh (2013); Carnegie International (2013); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2012); Secession, Vienna (2012); 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2012); and the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).
Mathias Benedek and Emanuel Jauk work in the Department of Psychology at the University of Graz (AT). Senior scientist Benedek and research assistant Jauk are interested in cognitive ability (creativity and intelligence) with a focus on underlying cognitive processes, assessment methodology, training and nurturance issues and neuro-scientific correlates. Their present neuro-scientific study aims to determine brain activation specifically related to the generation of new and creative ideas, in contrast to ideas recalled from memory, during the spontaneous process of idea generation.
Katrin Bucher Trantow, born in 1971 in St. Gallen, (CH), lives and works in Graz, (AT). She studied art history and history at the University of Basel. From 2001-03 she worked as assistant curator at Kunsthalle Basel. Since 2003 she has worked as curator at Kunsthaus Graz and since 2016 as its interim director. Selection of curated exhibitions: Katharina Grosse; Berlinde De Bruyckere; Cittadellarte. Sharing Transformation; Michael Kienzer; Measuring the World, Heterotopias and Knowledge Spaces in Art; Robot Dreams (with Museum Tinguely, Basel); Life? Biomorphic Forms in Sculpture; Albert Oehlen; China Welcomes You…; M Stadt, European Cityscapes; and Sol LeWitt. She has made numerous contributions to catalogues and other publications, e.g. Camera Austria International, Domus, and Parnass. Katrin Bucher Trantow is a founding member of Translocal, a cooperation network of medium-sized European museums of art.
Marijana Cvetković Marković completed her undergraduate degree in art history at the University of Belgrade and earned her MA in Management in Culture and Cultural Policy at the University of Arts in Belgrade and Université Lyon 2, France. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the University of Arts in Belgrade, focusing on museum management and development. Since 2009 she has taught as a guest lecturer and teaching assistant in the Cultural Management and Cultural Policy program at the University of Arts in Belgrade (UNESCO Chair) where, since 2011 she has also taught in the MA in Performance Research program. Marković has initiated and realized various programs and projects in the fields of cultural policy, international and Balkan cultural cooperation, and contemporary dance and visual arts. She is the co-founder of Station Service for Contemporary and Nomad Dance Academy, a Balkan platform for the development of contemporary dance and performing arts. As a cultural activist she works throughout the independent cultural scenes of Belgrade and Serbia. Her fellowships include: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Musée du Louvre, Paris, Central European University, Budapest and Università di Foggia.
Sergio Edelsztein was born in 1956 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and studied at Tel Aviv University from 1976-85. Edelsztein founded and directed Artifact Gallery in Tel Aviv (1987-1995). In 1998 he founded The Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv (CCA) where he is director and chief curator. In the framework of the CCA, he curated seven performance art biennials and four International Video Art Biennials-Video Zone. He has also curated numerous experimental and video art screenings, retrospectives, and performance events. Since 1995, Edelsztein has curated exhibitions and video programs in Spain, China, the UK, and other nations, as well as the Israeli exhibition at the 24th São Paulo Bienal in 1998 and the Israeli Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. He has also lectured and written for exhibition catalogues, web sites, and various magazines and journals.
Gareth Evans is a writer, curator, and presenter, and the film curator at Whitechapel Gallery. He creates the program for PLACE, the annual cross-platform festival at Aldeburgh Music and is Co-Director of Production Agency at Artevents. He has curated numerous film and event seasons across the UK. He conceived and curated the major London season John Berger: Here is Where We Meet in 2005, co-curated All Power to the Imagination! 1968 and its Legacies in 2008, and co-curated Chris Marker’s first UK retrospective in 2014. He produced the essay film Patience (After Sebald) by Grant Gee as part of his nationwide arts project The Re-Enchantment (2008–2011) and currently has three long-form works in production. He also edits Artesian and runs Go Together Press. At present he is working on the major project City, Religion, Capitalism: Turning Points for Civilisation with Alexander Kluge, positing that these three concepts are essential to an understanding of contemporary societies, inextricably linked with one another, and are central catalysts in the history of civilization. Kluge and Richard Sennett will introduce their new project at Whitechapel Gallery, including discussions, three new feature-length essay films and an eight-hour epic.
Karoline Feyertag, born in 1977 in Klagenfurt (AT), lives and works in Vienna. She studied philosophy and cultural studies in Paris and Vienna. Her PhD work is the first intellectual biography of the French-Jewish philosopher Sarah Kofman, based on interviews and archival records. Feyertag’s major research interests focus on contemporary French philosophy, feminist philosophy, art theory, oral history, and Holocaust studies. She has translated (French to German) essays on art critique, cognitive capitalism, and political philosophy for the European Institute of Progressive Cultural Policies. During her PhD, she was a junior fellow of the International Research Center of Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna and a fellow abroad at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Recently, she has lectured at the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt. Her recent publications are: Sarah Kofman. A Biography (2014), the 2016 lecture “Sarah Kofman oder das Genre der Philosophie,” “What Is Left of Lublin: The Materiality of Memory” in Bławatne z Lublina: Fabrics from Lublin, and “The Art of Vision and the Ethics of Gaze. On the Debate on Georges Didi-Huberman’s Book Images In Spite of All” (2008).
Rainer Fuchs lives in Vienna (AT) and is an art historian and Chief Curator and Deputy Director at MUMOK, Vienna. Exhibitions he has curated include: Exhibition (1994), Self Construction (1996), Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1998), Lois Weinberger (1999), Public Rituals – Video/Art from Poland (2003), Christian Hutzinger (2004), John Baldessari (2005), Ryan Gander (2006), Keren Cytter (2007), Mind Expander (2008), Painting: Process and Expansion (2010), Aktionsraum 1 (2011), Dan Flavin (2012), Poesie der Reduktion (2013), Marge Monko (2013), and Space and Reality (2014). He has contributed to various publications on modernism and contemporary art, including monographs, catalogues, and art reviews.
Ruth Gadish was born in 1966 in Haifa, Israel. She lives and works in both Tel Aviv and Paris.
Henry Hills was born in Atlanta, Georgia (US). He is an experimental filmmaker who lives in New York, Vienna, and Prague. In 1978 he earned a M.F.A. in filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied with James Broughton, George Kuchar and Hollis Frampton. Upon moving to New York, he began an association with the ‘Language Poets’ and with the first-generation, downtown improvised music scene. Hills has made more than twenty-two short experimental films since 1975, including: GEORGE (1976), PORTER SPRINGS 3 (1977), KINO DA! (1981), RADIO ADIOS (1982), MONEY (1985), LITTLE LIEUTENANT (1994), PORTER SPRINGS 4 (1999), KING RICHARD (2004), FAILED STATES (2008), and arcana (2010). He has frequently collaborated with composer John Zorn and choreographer Sally Silvers and directed several music videos for Zorn’s band Naked City. He is currently a professor at the film academy FAMU in Prague since 2005, where he manages the film program for the National Film Archive and administers a visiting-filmmaker program funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding. His work is represented in the permanent collections of MOMA, New York Public Library, Austrian Film Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Rocky Mountain Film Center, Archives du Film Experimental d’Avignon, Arsenal Berlin, Lux London, San Francisco Art Institute, Bard College, California Institute of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, SUNY Binghamton, and Wayne State University. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009.
Christian Hoffelner is a graphic designer, author, and editor. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from TU Graz and graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig on Book Art and Graphic Design. His practice concentrates on graphic design and typography, writing and editing, and developing self-initiated bodies of work. Christian Hoffelner wrote the book A Zine (2012), published by Spector Books in Leipzig. He has taught at various academic institutions, including HGB Leipzig, TU Graz, and TU Wien. Since 2011, he has investigated the phenomenon of “Speculation” in Visual Arts. His forthcoming publication’s subtitle (a theory novel) reads as follows: “Why buy old books? Buy books from the future.” The research platform is located at: http://www.ch-studio.net/ab11/.
Charlotte Hug is a Swiss born multimedia artist known for her innovative musical/visual solo performances for voice and viola, and for her interdisciplinary “Son-Icons” or sound-drawings. Having completed her studies in fine art and music, she received a plethora of awards including artistic residences in cities including London, Paris, Berlin, and Johannesburg and also became “artiste étoile” at the Lucerne Festival 2011. Alongside her activities in international exhibitions, Hug is fully active as a concert performer, soloist, composer, and conductor of her own works at major festivals in Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America, and Canada. She has collaborated with international greats, such as the photographer and filmmaker Alberto Venzago and theatre and opera director Jossie Wieler. As a concert performer, she has appeared with artists including Joan Jeanrenaud from Kronos Quartet, Maggie Nicols, Barry Guy, Phil Minton, Larry Ochs, Evan Parker, and Elliott Sharp.
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Anna Jermolaewa was born in St.Petersburg, Russia is an artist based in Vienna, Austria since 1989. In her videos, photographs, and installations, she analyzes social interrelations and political circumstances as they appear in everyday life. The subtle humor of her works reveals the effects of history and power manifested in the individual’s experience. She graduated from the University of Vienna with a master’s degree in art history in 2002 and also earned a masters degree at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Painting & Graphic Art/New Media. From 2005-11 she was a professor of media art at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe. In her videos, photographs, and installations, she analyzes social interrelations and political circumstances as they appear in everyday life. The subtle humor of her works reveals the effects of history and power manifested in the individual’s experience. Her work is held in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, MUMOK-Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Volpinum Kunstsammlung, MUSA, Museum auf Abruf, Vienna, Tiroler Landesmuseums Ferdinandeum, Vehbi Koc Foundation, Kontakt-The Art Collection of Erste Group, Belvedere, Landesgalerie Linz, Wien Museum, Collection of Bank Austria, and EVN Collection and Arbeiterkammer Wien.
François Jullien, born in 1951, is a French philosopher and Sinologist. Jullien is Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Literature at the University of Paris VII, Director of Institute Marcel Granet, and Director of Institute de la Pensée Contemporaine, Paris. He received the 2010 Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought, and the Grand Prix de Philosophie of the Académie Française for his body of work in 2011. His work reevaluates the foundations of European thought, prioritizing the constitution of exteriority. Recent publications include: Les Transformations silencieuses (2009), L’écart et l’entre. Leçon inaugurale de la Chaire sur l’altérité (2012), and Vivre de paysage ou L’impensé de la Raison (2014).
Harald Katzmair is a social scientist, management philosopher and entrepreneur. He brings a visionary understanding of network science and resilience theory to the fields of leadership, decision making, and business development. He is the director and founder of FASresearch, established in 1995. FASresearch is a social network analytics and strategies firm located in Vienna and Brussels, with two decades of cross-industry experience in applying the science of networks and resilience. Harald Katzmair and his international team of scientists and consultants have developed a unique and proprietary set of tools and technologies to empower decision makers in the areas of influencer mapping, executive networking, robust decision making, storytelling and framing, stakeholder engagement, and social change to navigate through the increasing complexities of a world in transformation.
Anna Kim is a writer and essayist, Berlin; Die gefrorene Zeit. Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz 2008; Invasionen des Privaten, Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz 2011; Anatomie einer Nacht. Suhrkamp Verlag, 2012,; Der sichtbare Feind. Die Gewalt des Öffentlichen und das Recht auf Privatheit, Residenz, St. Pölten 2015; Die große Heimkehr. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2017
Bogna Kietlińska a researcher at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, Department of Culture Research Methods, University of Warsaw. Publications (selected): Sidewalks as spaces of con–flict [Chodniki jako przestrzenie konfliktów], in: So–cietas / Communitas, 2 –1 (18 –1) 2014, pp. 243 – 247.; Multi–sensory Warsaw – a proposal for qualitative research, [Warszawa wielozmysłowa – propozycja badań jakościowych] in: Research practices [Praktyki badawcze], Barbara Fatyga, Magdalena Dudkiewicz, Bogna Kietlińska (eds.). Warszawa: ISNS UW, 2013, pp. 27 – 36,. Using quantitative methods to research the sensory perception of a city [Badanie zmysłowe–go odbioru miasta za pomocą metod jakościowych], in: ‘Science and Higher Education’ [Nauka i Szkol–nictwo Wyższe], Helena Jędrzejczak, Bogna Kietlińs–ka, Anna Klimczak (eds.), 1 / 41 / 2013, pp. 131 –142,; Looking and seeing. The role of competence in the perception of a city [Patrzenie a widzenie. Rola kompetencji w odbiorze miasta], in: ‘Zeszyty arty–styczne’, no. 24, pp. 89 – 96, October 2013,; Katarzy–na Kalinowska, MA (co–author, ISNS UW), Creators of an invisible city – engagement profiles [Twórcy niewidzialnego miasta – profile zaangażowania], in: Invisible City [Niewidzialne Miasto], Marek Krajew–ski (ed.). Warszawa: The Bęc Zmiana Foundation Publishing, 2012, pp. 247 – 265,; Invisible–urban aes–thetics [Niewidzialnomiejskie estetyki], in: Invisible City [Niewidzialne Miasto], Marek Krajewski (ed.). Warszawa: The Bęc Zmiana Foundation Publishing, 2012, pp. 147 –156.
Joachim Koester, born 1962 in Copenhagen (DK), lives and works in Copenhagen and New York. His documentary films, photograph series, and books bring together collective memory and fiction. Micro-events, the invisible, and erasure form the subject matter of an oeuvre that focuses on the mental exploration of the subconscious. For the past ten years, Koester has explored alternatives to rational consciousness in his work. In his research, he calls attention to exceptional individuals who have developed corporal experimentation as the means of accessing knowledge. Koester’s numerous exhibitions include: The Magic Mirror of John Dee, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); Venice Biennale 2005 (The Danish Pavilion with Gitte Villesen, Peter Land, Ann Lislegaard & Eva Koch); Documenta 10, Kassel (1997); and Reptile Brain or Reptile Body, It’s Your Animal, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013).
Gerald Koller became director of a drug consultation center by the age of twenty-six. He launched one of the first Austrian initiatives in the field of social medicine and prevention. However, it was only after encountering prisoners with drug addiction that he realized the shortcomings of his work, namely that he was only combating the behavioral symptoms of the addict rather than the root cause. Gerald then decided to quit his job to start addressing these causes of addictive behavior. He pioneered Austria’s field of addiction prevention by founding the country’s first drug addiction prevention agency. Based on his growing expertise, he was asked to develop prevention methods throughout Austria and Europe. His wide range of experience, knowledge, and scientific expertise led him, in 2000, to launch his risk management approach, the Risk and Fun program. Koller has had significant success in shifting both young people’s behavioral awareness related to risk, as well as radically changing communication and learning structures between decision makers, educators, and young people.
Helga Köcher is an Austrian artist with a particular interest in social issues and structures. She is also a manager of multidisciplinary projects, focusing on cultural studies. Her work includes researching artist and scientist networks in order to create “social sculptures” as well as photography projects. She is also a mother of four children.
Köcher has worked as a painter, journalist, art critic, marketing specialist, curator, and moderator. She is also a passionate entrepreneur and co-founded an alternative school for children aged 10–14 years. She also founded the following projects: Brücken für den Frieden (Bridges for Peace), ATTAC Austria, Emergence of Projects (eop), and ViennAvant.
Jarosław Lubiak is artistic director at Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland. He also teaches at Art College in Szczecin. In his work as a curator and art critic he focuses on crossings between contemporary art, philosophy and social sphere, aesthetics and politics, art institution and political economy. He recently curated Slavs and Tatars: Mouth to Mouth, Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw in 2016–2017; The State of Life: Polish Contemporary Art within the Global Context in National Art Museum of China, Beijing in 2015. He was a member of a curatorial team of Europe (to the power of) (2012–2013) — the project led by Goethe Institute, London and co–realized by ten partners in Europe and China and of Scenarios about Europe (2011–2012) — at Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany. He also curated with Małgorzata Ludwisiak Correspondances: Modern art and Universalism juxtaposing and interweaving the collections of the Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz and of the Hermann and Magrit Rupf Foundation/Kunstmuseum, Bern in 2012. The books he recently edited include: The State of Life. Polish Contemporary Art within the Global Context (Beijing: National Art Museum of China, People’s Fine Art Publishing House, 2015), Unleashed Forces: Angelika Markul and Contemporary Demonism (Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki, 2013); Correspondances: Modern art and Universalism, with Małgorzata Ludwisiak (Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki, 2012); The Afterimages of Life: Władysław Strzemiński and the Rights for Art (Łódź: Muzeum Sztuki, 2012).
Michael Marker was born in 1974 in Vienna (AT), where he currently lives and works. He studied philosophy, history, and medical studies at the University of Vienna. Marker worked as a research associate on the study Effect of specific versus nonspecific beta-blocade and aspirin on platelet function following maximal exercise at AKH Vienna. He currently works as a dermatologist and venereologist at the KA Rudolfstiftung Vienna.
Michał Matuszewski is film curator, exhibitor and author working at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art where he oversees the film programme and runs regular art–house cinema with daily screenings and various programmes – from experimental films to midnight movies. He curated several film events and retrospectives. He studied Polish Literature and Lin–guistics and used to work as a film journalist. He was a member of international juries (Venice and Berlin). Now he is working on many new projects including a Chris Marker retrospective, a VR cinema project and non–human perspective in cinema.
Matti Mintz PhD. is a psycho-biologist and professor at the School of Psychological Sciences, Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University, Israel. He is fascinated by the topic of balance in terms of its obvious control of movement and its magic regulation of emotional states. He is a leading innovator, by collaborating with engineers from across Israel and the European Union he has developed a nano-device – a small robot – to stimulate damaged brain tissue. He has successfully implanted this „robotic cerebellum“ in a brain-damaged rodent, restoring communications between its brain and body, while active. This research has the potential to eventually develop nano-devices that will restore mobility and speech to people who can no longer walk and talk.
Anders Nyqvist was born in 1977 in Sweden and started playing the trumpet at the age of ten. After high school he was offered a scholarship to study music at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, where he continued studying the trumpet. After three years in Hong Kong, he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he was able to study and perform with some of the great orchestras and artists of our time. He became a member of Klangforum Wien in 2004. For Anders, the opportunity to work with composers, develop new sounds, and be part of the creative process is an essential ingredient of music making. He has performed internationally both as a soloist and with chamber-music ensembles at many major festivals and concert venues. As a soloist, he has performed with ensembles and orchestras such as Klangforum Wien, DSO Berlin, RSO Wien, and the NÖ Tonkünstler Orchester. In 2009, when the subject “Performance Practice in Contemporary Music” was made part of the official curriculum, he started teaching the trumpet at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz; and from 2011 also at the University of Music in Vienna. He also regularly conducts master classes in Europe and Asia. Composers such as Matthias Pintscher, Bernhard Gander, Bernhard Lang and Pierluigi Billone, Dai Fujikura, Nina Senk, Roland Freisitzer and Jorge Sanchez-Chiong have written numerous pieces especially for him.
Vivian Ostrovsky is an artist and curator and lives everywhere. She studied psychology and film studies at the Paris 3-Sorbonne and the Cinemathèque Française and is mainly interested in avant-garde works and documentaries. During the 1970s, she organized women’s film festivals and distributed films made by women (Cine-Femmes International). Her films have been shown in festivals (Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, Tribeca, Viennale etc), cinematheques, art fairs (São Paulo Biennale and Arco, Madrid), and at: MoMA, NY; Lincoln Center, NY; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Anthology Film Archives, NY; and Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA.
Alice Pechriggl is an Austrian philosopher and social scientist. She is the co-founder of the Gender Initiativ Kolleg at the University of Vienna. In 2003 she took up her post as a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Pechriggl is part of the international interdisciplinary research network Social Imaginary and Creation, connecting the arts and cultural studies, organized by Association Castoriadis (Paris), and IMEC (Caen, Paris Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Columbia University New York, Université d’Ottawa, Université Paris 7-Diderot, University Södertörn of Stockholm and Université Saint-Louis-Bruxelles).
Jonathan Pouthier, born in 1983, has been in charge of programming at the film department of the National Museum of Modern Art Centre Pompidou, Paris since 2012. He has curated several extensive film programs such as Back to East: The Croatian Avant-Garde (2012), Film Culture (2013), Shirley Clarke: An American Experience (2013), Common Places (2014) and Duchamp as Film (2014). Graduating from LA FEMIS (Ecole nationale supérieure des métiers de l’image et du son), his research focus is on cinema exhibition and distribution practices inside the museum network. He was in charge of acquisitions for Co-production Office Berlin and part of the curatorial project KOW Berlin Galerie from 2010 to 2012.
Rohde-BeSB is an independent engineering office involved in all aspects of architectural and technical acoustics, sound system design, and audio technologies. Together with its German partner BeSB GmbH Berlin, it also offers consulting services in the fields of building physics and vibration control. The office focuses on special problems and complex tasks, thus achieving national and international recognition. It has cooperated in research projects with TU Graz and Joanneum Research. Due to the wide spectrum of skills of its expert team – ranging from engineering and architecture to music and IT – it offers problem specific solutions for every project.
Robert Prosser, born in 1983 in Tyrol (AT), is an author and anthropologist. In Innsbruck and Vienna, he studied comparative literature and cultural and social anthropology. Prosser has spent time in Asia, England, Africa, and most recently the Balkans. His publications include the novel Geister und Tattoos or “Ghosts and Tattoos” published by Klever Publishing in 2013. Prosser has received numerous awards including the 2014 Literarisches Colloquium Berlin literary scholarship, Reinhard-Priessnitz-Award 2014, and the Grenzgänger-Scholarship by Robert-Bosch-Stiftung 2014. For more information, see his website at www.robertprosser.at.
Elisabeth Schlögl, born 1987 in Bad Radkersburg (AT). Elisabeth Schlögl studied History of Art at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz. Since 2014 she has been working at the Kunsthaus Graz as an Assistant Curator.
Chen Sheinberg is an experimental filmmaker and video artist. Sheinberg’s work has been exhibited internationally in both film festivals and on art platforms, among them: the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2011), Werkleitz Film Festival (2011), Würzburg Film Festival (2012), the International Kansk Video Festival (2015), and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2015). His work has been exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013) and at the Austrian Film Museum (2015). His solo/group exhibitions include: Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2001), Haifa Museum of Art (2006), Minshar Gallery in Tel Aviv (2008), The Israeli Center for Digital Art (2001 & 2003). His films are included in the collection of the Haifa Museum of Art.
He is Curator of Experimental Cinema at the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Tel Aviv and curates avant-garde film programs at the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Cinematheques since 2008. His documentary and experimental films The Top Hat Carriers (1998), Kobi Or (2000), and Ketty (2006) were shown at cinematheques in Israel and broadcasted on Israeli television. He studied in the Tel Aviv University Department of Film and Television M.F.A program and graduated with high honors.
He is a lecturer of experimental cinema, the history of cinema, and the history of video art at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Tel Aviv University, Sam Spiegel Film and Television School – Jerusalem, Shenkar College of the Arts, Seminar Hakibutzim College, and the Open University of Israel.
Maya Shmailov was born in Tbilisi (GE) and currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. She is a researcher, writer, teacher, photographer, and patent attorney. She studied biology and mathematics, and graduated from the Science, Technology and Society program at Bar Ilan University. Her PhD work explored formation of a new scientific discipline through the intellectual biography of a consummate outsider in biology: mathematician Nicolas Rashevsky. Maya’s research provides insights not only on the innovative power of outsiders and their fresh perspectives, but also on the complex, at times disturbing, personality traits of boundary-crossers. Maya’s research has been extensively published through lectures and in writing, including: Oren Harman and Michal Dietrich’s Outsider Scientists: Routes to Innovation in Biology (2013), Tedx Talk “My Love Affair with an Outsider” (2014), and the forthcoming Intellectual Pursuits of Nicholas Rashevsky: The Queer Duck of Biology (2016). Maya’s current research concerns designers as outsiders in biology with a particular interest in the designer as a cultural translator of science.
Diana Shoef, born in 1953, lives and works in Tel Aviv. She has been the production manager of The Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv since 2001. She produced the Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Biennale – Visual Art exhibitions from 1993-2007. In 2015 she was the production assistant to artist Tsibi Geva for his exhibition at the Israeli Pavilion in the 56th Venice Biennale. She has produced exhibitions and new works for many artists, including: Yael Bartana, Guy Ben-Ner, Ori Gersht, Garry Hill, Christian Jankowski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Sharon Lockhart, Ohad Meromi, Michal Rovner, Yehudit Sasportas, and many others. Shoef is a board member of the Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation. She also worked with Noa Eshkol as manager of the Movement Notation Society from 1992 until Eshkol’s death in 2007.
Marcus Steinweg, born in 1971, lives and works in Berlin as a philosopher. He holds a guest professorship at HfBK University of the Arts in Hamburg and teaches at UdK University of the Arts Berlin. His recent books include: Behauptungsphilosophie (2006), Duras with Rosemarie Trockel (2008), Politik des Subjekts (2009), Aporien der Liebe (2010), Kunst und Philosophie/Art and Philosophy (2012), Philosophie der Überstürzung (2013), Inkonsistenzen (2015), Evidenzterror (2015), and Gramsci Theater (2015).
Karolina Wiktor is an artist and writer, 2001 – 2010 part of Sędzia Główny performance duo together with Aleksandra Kubiak. Selected exhibitions and actions: Chapter III, as part of 4 x performance at Galeria BWA, Zielona Góra, 2002; Tele Game, Artists’ Night, TVP Kultura, 2005; Virus action in Magnetism of the Heart directed by Grze–gorz Jarzyna, Teatr Rozmaitości, 2006; competition exhibition Views 2007 – Deutsche Bank Foundation Award, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, 2007; To Be Like Sędzia Główny, BWA Wrocław, Galeria Awan–garda, 2010; works in collections of, among others, National Museum in Warsaw, Zachęta – National Art Gallery, Signum Foundation in Poznań. In 2009 Karolina organized The Conference Culture and Neuroscience. In 2009 she had two strokes and as a result suffered from aphasia (a speech impediment caused by damage to the brain). Author of blogs www.afazja.blogspot.com and www.poezjawizualna.blogspot.com; Karolina has described her experiences in a poetic autobiography Wołgą przez Afazję [A Volga Ride across Aphasia].
Kathrin Wojtowicz, born in 1984 in Germany, studied drama, film studies, and media science at the University of Vienna and the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. She co-edited the book Vlado Kristl. Der Mond ist ein Franzose (2011) with Christian Schulte, Franziska Bruckner, and Stefanie Schmitt. Currently she works as a researcher and proofreader, develops film programs, and is writing her film studies thesis.
Catherine Yass, born in 1963 in London (UK), is a photographer and filmmaker whose work captures the psychological impact of architecture and space. She lives and works in London and trained at the Slade School of Art, London, the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin and Goldsmiths College, London. In 2002, Yass was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. Her work features in a number of major important collections worldwide including Tate, London; Arts Council of England, The British Council and the Government Art Collection, London; The Jewish Museum, New York; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the National Museum of Women in the Arts Collection, Washington DC.
Juha van ‘t Zelfde is a Dutch/Finnish exhibition maker and DJ. Since 2014, he has been the artistic director of Lighthouse, a Brighton gallery for new music, film, and art. In 2013 he curated the exhibition Dread, Fear in the age of technological acceleration, at De Hallen Haarlem. He has worked with the Stedelijk Museum, Marres, and The New Institute, as well as with a multitude of internationally renowned artists, including: Thomas Hirschhorn, Haroon Mirza, Metahaven, Trevor Paglen, James Bridle, and Micol Assaël. He has written articles about the cultural implications of new technologies for VICE magazine, Metropolis M, Volume, MONU, Tate Modern, and has lectured at leading international festivals such as Open Knowledge Festival, FutureEverything, and Ars Electronica. His book Dread – The Dizziness of Freedom was published in 2013.
He is active as a DJ and promoter of new electronic music and sound and founded the music network Viral Radio in 2007.