Saâdane Afif (born 1970) is a French artist, who lives and works in Berlin. Afif's work adopts strategies from the fields of art and music. The sculptural installation Stalactites (A Few More Mistakes) (2004–07) makes a direct reference to the round bars of wood made by the Romanian artist Andre Cadere (1934–78). The original sticks, which Cadere would carry around with him on his travels through Europe, and which he would leave at art events and exhibition openings to mark his passage, consisted of a number of coloured wooden segments, chosen according to a deliberately erroneous mathematical system. Cadere’s bars acted as parasitical and also mystical presences in the exhibitions, but could be removed by simply being picked up. Afif’s bars of wood, on the other hand, are out of reach for the audience, and have lost their colour, lending a new interpretation to a now classic work of contemporary art.
Melissa Appleton is an artist working with built environments, video, text and sound. Melissa is cofounder of the collaborative practice Post Works with Matthew Butcher. Recent exhibitions and projects include Writtle Calling, a radio station in Essex (http://www.writtlecalling.co.uk), and Boy Oh Boy, Am I Living, a video work and environment, V&A Museum London and Milton Keynes Gallery. Melissa teaches at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford.
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Nina Beier and Marie Lund (born 1975 & 1976) is a Danish artist duo. Beier and Lund have been working collaboratively since 2003. Their work stems from a fascination with social relationships, and they often orchestrate simple situations that allow instinctive human reactions to determine the viewers’ experience. I Wrote This Song for You (2008) is a new commission for Past—Forward. Each speaker emits a tentative version of the same song: a love song written by a songwriter but never released, which the participants were recorded singing along to while hearing it for the first time. Following their own assumptions of the song’s melody and words, the singers reflect different takes on the generic language of love songs. Somewhere amid the eight different attempts at conveying the song, the original can be discerned.
Dr. Peter J. Bentley is amongst numerous academic posts Honorary Reader and Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University College London (UCL).He is a contributing editor for WIRED UK, a consultant and a freelance writer. He completed his Ph.D. in evolutionary computation applied to design in 1996, at the age of 24. Peter runs the Digital Biology Interest Group at UCL. His research investigates evolutionary algorithms, computational development, artificial immune systems, swarming systems and other complex systems, applied to diverse applications including design, control, novel robotics, nanotechnology, fraud detection, mobile wireless devices, security, art and music composition. He was the host of the monthly Royal Institution's Cafe Scientifique, and is a Science Media Expert for the RI Science Media Centre. He is editor of the books "Evolutionary Design by Computers", "Creative Evolutionary Systems" and "On Growth, Form and Computers", and author of "The PhD Application Handbook" and the popular science books "Digital Biology", "The Book of Numbers" and "The Undercover Scientist".
Professor Jon Bird has written extensively on visual culture and contemporary visual arts. He was a founder editor of Block and co-editor of the 'Futures: New Perspectives in Cultural Analysis' series of books (1993-96). With Lisa Tickner, he was Series Editor for 'ReVisions: Critical Studies in the History and Theory of Art', and he is Editorial Co-ordinator for the Oxford Art Journal.
Richard Birkett was until recently a curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He studied Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art and Goldsmiths College before running the non-profit gallery, Whitechapel Project Space, for six years. During this time he organised several projects as part of the Serpentine Gallery’s public programme. In 2007 he moved to the ICA, where he has curated and organised recent exhibitions and events including Nought to Sixty, Talk Show, Calling Out Of Context and Billy Childish: Unknowable But Certain. He has contributed texts to artist monographs and art magazines including Untitled and MAP.
Borthwick is a curator and writer who specialises in contemporary art, with particular focus on sound and socially engaged practices. He is currently the Chief Executive and Creative Director of Artes Mundi, the UK's largest art prize. He previously held the post of Assistant Curator in Tate Modern and curated exhibitions including Gilbert & George, Rodchenko and Popova and the Turbine Hall installation Bruce Nauman: Raw Materials. He is one of the inaugural curators of Latitude Contemporary Art, a new strand of public space commissions at the 2010 Latitude festival.
Boudicca are fashion designers Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby known for their experimental designs.
boyleANDshaw describe themselves as 'local catalysts'. Their aim is to try and live as creatively as possible, working within a broad range of mediums including film, performance, painting, drawing and sound. Their method is of approach is experimental and playful, often taking the form of a happening. boyleANDshaw is a collaboration between Adrian R Shaw and Matthew Boyle.
Matthew Butcher is a designer working across the fields of architecture, art and performance art. He is co founder of Post Works, a collaborative design practice founded in 2009. Post Works recent projects and exhibitions include an environment for Daria Martin’s solo exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery, No Stop, Statue, Machine, screened at the ICA and Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Writtle Calling, a temporary radio station sited in Essex during September 2012.
Matthew also teaches architecture at the Bartlett School, U.C.L. and is a co-founder, and editor, of the architectural paper P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research.
Gavin Butt is Reader in the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is author of Between You and Me: Queer Disclosures in the New York Art World 1948-1963 (Duke University Press) and editor of After Criticism: New Responses to Art and Performance (Blackwell). He is currently co-director, with Adrian Heathfield and Lois Keidan, of Performance Matters, a three-year creative research project on the cultural value of performance thisisperformancematters.co.uk. He is also researching a new book tentatively titled The Common Turn in Performance.
David Campany is an artist and writer and Reader in Photography at the University of Westminster, London. He is the author of Art and Photography (2003) and Photography and Cinema (2008).
Gus Campbell has been around an awful long time and been subjecting our eardrums to his take on Bluegrass and Western swing for at least 10 years (or at least it feels like it !). He is a recent graduate of Sorefingers Summer School.
Leah Capaldi (b. 1985, Chertsey, UK. Lives and works in London)
Capaldi’s work uses performance and sculpture to explore the ways in which culture influences our self-perception in relation to exploitation, power and the object. The crossover area between the disciplines of sculpture and performance are of particular interest to her. She holds an MA in Sculpture, Royal College of Art (2010). Recent solo exhibitions include the Incubate Festival, Tilburg, Holland (September 2012), Parts and Labour at Camberwell Space, London (May 2012) and Prop at Vitrine Gallery, London (March 2012). Group shows include Give Me Strength in My Heart, Copenhagen Place, London (January 2012) and New Contemporaries 2011. She was a finalist for the Catlin Prize in 2011 and winner of the EXPOSURE Prize 2010 at Parasol Unit
Louise Weiss is one of the many identities used by the London-based artist Olivier Castel. Castel has created nearly thirty different identities since 2001 for his works which take different forms within an exhibition context including projections, posters or installations.
Robert Chilton is a London-based photographer and video artist who anchors visceral and disparate images with the rhythms drawn from existing thematic structures and formats.
Pamela Church Gibson is Reader in Cultural and Historical Studies at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London. She has published extensively on gender, film , fashion , and conusmption. Her books include DIRTY LOOKS : WOMEN,POWER, PORNOGRAPHY ( BFI 1993 ) and MORE DIRTY LOOKS : GENDER,POWER, PORNOGRAPHY ( BFI 2004 ). Her latest book , FASHION & CELEBRITY CULTURE, has just been published by BERG.
John Close is a figurative fine artist who has worked extensively with performers from dance, theatre and mime. His work has been exhibited at Shoreditch Town Hall and Londonnewcastle Space amongst others. He leads regular life drawing classes at the Zabludowicz Collection and Cubitt.
Rosie Cooper is an artist and curator whose work examines popular or spectacular cultural forms through conventions such as stage shows, amateur theatrical productions and festive celebrations. Her work is at once a show, a spectacle, a fiasco, occasionally a disappointment, and sometimes a cliché.
Dr Richard Cork is a British art historian, editor, critic, broadcaster and curator. He has been an art critic for the Evening Standard, The Listener, The Times and the New Statesman. He has also been on the panel of judges for the Turner Prize and other major art prizes, and in 1995 he was a selector for the British Art Show.
He has curated exhibitions at the Royal Academy, Tate, Serpentine Gallery, and Hayward galleries in London and, elsewhere in Europe, in Paris, Brussels and Berlin. Cork was given a National Art Collections Fund Award in 1995 for his international exhibition Art and the First World War, held in London and Berlin. He is currently a Syndic of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Adam Curtis (born 1955) is an award-winning British documentarian and writer. He has also worked as a television producer, director and narrator. He works for BBC Current Affairs. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Human Sciences at the University of Oxford, where he studied genetics, evolutionary biology, psychology, politics, sociology and elementary statistics, Curtis taught Politics there for a time. He later left academia to make a career in television. Obtaining a post on That's Life!, he learned to find humour in serious subjects. Curtis makes extensive use of "found footage" in his documentarie, and through his work he explores how elite groups tried to impose an ideology on their societies.
Curtis received the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2005. In 2006 he was given the Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television at the British Academy Television Awards, and in 2009 Sheffield Doc/Fest awarded Curtis the inaugural Sheffield Inspiration Award for his inspiration to documentary makers and audiences.
Karl D'Silva is a Saxophonist based in Leeds. He studied Music Leadership at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
Paul B Davis is an artist, lecturer and DJ. His collaborative works have been shown internationally at Seventeen Gallery, Akademie der Kunst, The Whitney Museum of Modern Art, Deadtech, Vilma Gold, Witte de With, The Whitechapel Gallery, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, MOT, Lothringer 13 and the SONAR Festival. He is a lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and a PhD candidate at Central St. Martins. He spends his free time producing beats for St. Louis rapper "Wonton" and is currently single.
Jane Dickson is a London based improviser and composer who specializes in combining acoustic instruments with live electronics. She performs regularly both solo and in various duos and ensembles. She is studying composition at doctoral level at Goldsmiths, University of London where her current interests are the aptness of the use of live electronics with acoustic instruments in composition, the notation of live electronics and performance aesthetics.
Anthony Downey is a writer and art critic. He sits on the editorial board of Third Text, and is the Programme Director of the M.A. course in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. He has published essays, criticism and interviews in numerous international journals.
His research activities and teaching focuses on African and Middle Eastern artists, collaborative and participative art practices, human rights, bio-politics and migration, and the potential for an ethics of contemporary art practices. He is currently researching a book on the “aesthetics of the real”, which examines artists who engage with issues such as community, ethnography, human rights, re-enactment, migrations, and terrorism.
Benedict Drew often works in collaboration with artist Emma Hart. Together they have performed widely in the UK and internationally, including at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Kill Your Timid Notion, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, ICA London as part of the ‘Nought to Sixty’ season and Performa’ 09 in New York. At their most recent exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, they received the OCAD Off-Screen Award for their installation Untitled Seven.
Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway University. His main interests are in the contemporary, spanning literature (mainly fiction), philosophy and history. He is deeply interested in issues of ethics, aesthetics and the philosophy of history, and has spent some years working through a series of questions about the legacy of the Holocaust and the Second Word War in these fields.
Bela Emerson is an innovative and prolific performer of electric cello, electronics, tenor viol and musical saw, who creates passionate, evocative and spontaneous music of no definable genre, influenced by her work in genres such as riot grrl punk, pop, avant-jazz, rock, experimental electronica, techno, Balkan folk & gypsy. Her music harnesses many different styles whilst creating noiseworlds all her own.Her command of her instrument and ability to attune to the uniqueness of the moment combine to produce music which is remarkably different and frequently spellbinding.Using an array of electronics, pedals and effects that take the cello way beyond its usual sphere, Emerson builds layers of rhythm and sound not just from strings and bow, but from every bit of the instrument.
Emerson has four solo releases, the most recent of which is Hespera. Aside from her own work, she collaborates widely with artists of different disciplines, including the creation of soundtracks for Tereza Bušková's films. She has also created many other live soundtracks for theatre, circus, burlesque and cabaret, and dance.
Haris Epaminonda is a Greek artist, who lives and works in Berlin. Epaminonda dissects, manipulates and layers found images, transforming them into dream-like scenes populated by anonymous, often faceless characters in settings that scarcely seem real. Her source material and influences include 1950s French reference magazines, 1970s Egyptian soap operas and the work of Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri (1943-92). Epaminonda’s works evoke the sense of an event half-remembered and half-imagined, and engage with the potential of a memory affected by nostalgia and fantasy.
Plastique Fantastique is a collaboration between David Burrows and Simon O’Sullivan.
Plastique Fantastique is a mythopoetic fiction - an investigation of aesthetics, the sacred and politics - produced through comics, performances, text, installations and shrines and assemblages.
Mark Fisher is a writer and theorist based in Kent. A co-founder of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (CCRU) at Warwick University, he brings together psychoanalysis, political analysis and speculative fiction to create an extraordinary body of rogue scholarship, a theory-rush with few parallels.
Fisher is the author of ‘Capitalist Realism’, the editor of ‘The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson’ (both Zer0, 2009), and writes regularly for The Wire, Sight & Sound, Film Quarterly, Frieze and Fact magazine, as well as maintaining a well-known blog at k-punk.abstractdynamics.org. He teaches at the University of East London, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the City Literary Institute.
Chris Fite-Wassilak is a writer and curator based in London.
Joan Gibbons is course director of MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design and author of Contemporary Art and Memory and also Art and Advertising.
Mel Gough specialises in ratio tuning systems and has composed for experimental duo ‘new noise’ and Jane Chapman, as well as conducting live musical and visual improvisations using Max/MSP and Gleetchlab at the Hayward, London.
Catherine Grant is a Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has written on girlhood in contemporary art for a range of publications, and has recently co-edited a collection of essays entitled Girls! Girls! Girls! in contemporary art (Intellect, 2011). Essays on Anna Gaskell have been published in Papers of Surrealism (2010) and Feminism Reframed (2008). She has also co-edited an issue of Art History on “Creative Writing and Art History” (April 2011) and published “Fans of Feminism: re-writing histories of second-wave feminism in contemporary art” in the Oxford Art Journal (June 2011).
Sam Hacking is a multi-disciplinary artist, working primarily in painting, installation and performance. She graduated from the Slade. She is compelled by the finality of nature and landscape to do obsessional drawings and paintings.
Mathew Hale (born 1964) is an English artist. Hale uses pages from books as his material, which he shuffles and arranges into piles. He then cuts the piles randomly and draws on the pages, constructing stories with the succession of images. Hale’s arrangements use spontaneity and chance as ways of engaging with imagery and the process of visual production.
Martin Herbert is a writer and critic. He is associate editor of Art Review and European Editor of Modern Painters, and writes regularly for Artforum and Frieze.
Vincent Honoré is an independent curator based in Paris, and has previously worked at Palais de Toyko, Paris and Tate Modern, London. He is the first curator-in-residence at 176 and had worked with the Zabludowicz Collection since February 2007.
Glyn Humphreys is Professor of Cognitive Psychology at University of Birmingham and Scientific Director of the Birmingham University Imaging Centre. Glyn gained his BSc and PhD in Psychology from the University of Bristol (1976 and 1979) and took up a Lectureship in Psychology at Birkbeck College in 1979. He went on to be appointed Chair of Psychology at Birkeck College in 1988 before moving to Birmingham in 1989 to establish a new cognitive science research centre.
His main interests lie in visual cognition, particularly visual attention, shape and object recognition, and the linkage between perception and action. In recent years with access to improved imaging facilities he has been a leading figure in the field of visual brain mapping, relating cognitive models to brain activity using PET and functional MRI scanning.
Glyn has been awarded the British Psychological Society's Spearman Medal (1986), its Cognitive Psychology Prize and its President Award (both 1999). He has been awarded Fellowships of the Humboldt Foundation, the Association for Psychological Science, the Belgian Experimental Psychology Society, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Society of Medicine. He has been President of the Experimental Psychology Society and a member of grant committees with the BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, the Stroke Association and the Leverhulme Trust.
Philip Hutchinson is the author of Guildford Ghosts and leads and sits on the Council of The Ghost Club, the oldest paranormal society in the world, founded by Charles Dickens in 1862.
Bethan Huws (born 1961) is a welsh artist. Huws’ word vitrines often make pointed, humorous or ironic comments on the worlds of art and visual culture. (Untitled) Nu Descendant un Escalier (2004-06) refers to the iconic 1912 painting of the same by Marcel Duchamp. Huws counters the visual dynamism of the original work by reducing it to a mere instance of language. Similarly (Untitled) Page 3 (2007) alludes to a salacious image that the viewer, in the absence of any pictorial stimulus, is left to imagine.
Pablo A. Padilla Jargstorf is an architect, sound artist, and composer born in Madrid. Jargstorf's interest in architecture has led him to work with the medium of sound installation and explore the spatial of sound.
Eliška Kašparová (born 1979) is a founding member and dancer of Czech dance company Nanohach.
She graduated from Duncan Centre Conservatory in 1999, and she was a member of Zivana Vajsarovas folk dance group "Jaro". Her works include "Requiem for a dog", "Spalicek", "Homunculus", and "The Fish". She has worked with Carol Brown, La Terra Nuova Company - Luca Bruni, Ioana Mona Popovici, Eva Blazickova and Lenka Bartunkova. She has appeared in a number of peformances produced by Nanohach: "Softly Harshly", "Love me", "NANOHACH in solos", "Who is Annik?", "Kafka ALERT!", and "Brut".
Blurring the lines between experimentation and research, and between truth claims and necessary fictions, Kazan’s project is an investigation into how space is marked off in a bid to make it inviolable. Even as she breaks down these binaries, however, her objects and her research demonstrate some consistency in our formal response to the threat of violence, over both space and time. Kazan’s studies of these largely aesthetic responses to violence seek to understand the demarcation between the space of the home and that of disaster.
Thomas Keenan teaches media theory, literature, and human rights at Bard College, outside New York City, where he is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Human Rights Project. He is the author of Fables of Responsibility: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics (1997), and co-edited The End(s) of the Museum (1996) and New Media, Old Media (2005). He has also written on the wartime journalism of Paul de Man. His current manuscript, about media and contemporary conflict, is called Live Feed: Crisis, Intervention, Media . He was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center for the Press and Politics at Harvard University in 1998 and has served on the boards of the Soros Documentary Fund, WITNESS, the Journal of Human Rights, the Crimes of War Project, and Scholars at Risk. He co-founded International Justice Watch (JUSTWATCH-L), an Internet discussion group on human rights and international humanitarian law. He received a B.A. from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University.
Mark Langmead has been playing the guitar for 36 years and still hasn't mastered it. On the dobro, which is technically a resophonic guitar, the story is much the same. His interest in blues comes from his late father, John who, in the 1950s, furnished Columbia Records with his priceless collection of Bessie Smith 78s so that they could reissue her music on LP.
His interest in all things Country/Western and Bluegrass comes from listening to a 78 of Jimmie Rodgers' Blue Yodel no.1.
Charles G Lauder, Jr, was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and has lived in south Leicestershire since 2000. His poems have been published in both American and UK magazines, and his pamphlet, Bleeds, will be published by Crystal Clear Creators in 2012. Recordings of his poetry can be found on PoetCasting. www.poetcasting.co.uk
Artist and maker Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her particular areas of interest are currently The Sound of Materials, The Taste of Materials and The Performativity of Matter, with outputs ranging from theatrical demonstration lectures to the making of instruments and features on both radio and television.
Lisa Le Feuvre is a co‐curator of the British Art Show 7 and Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute. Her curatorial practice operates across the registers of exhibition-making, writing, public speaking and teaching in the University context. Intrinsic to her work and research as a curator is the notion of ‘practice’, a process that interrogates the possibilities of critically engaged curatorial activities.
Gil Leung is Distribution Manager at LUX and editor of VERSUCH journal.
Hannah Lowe has lived in Essex, Brighton and California. Currently she lives in Brixton, working as a lecturer in English. Her pamphlet The Hitcher is published by The Rialto http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/poets/hannah-lowe/
Honza Malik is a founding member of the Czech dance company Nanohach, and is producer to all the company's works. He is also a teacher of folk dance at the Duncan Centre in Prague.
Malik graduated from the Duncan Centre Conservatory in 1999. Between 1999-2003, he cooperated with the State Opera Prague as a dancer, and from 2001 he worked as a movement coordinator for the Minor Puppet Theatre in Prague. He was a member of the Folk Dance Group Rokycany from 1981until 2005, serving as a choreographer and chief of dance for this company from 1996. In 2004-2005, he was a member of the Laroque Dance Company Helene Weinzierel. He currently cooperates with the Military Art Ensemble "Ondras" in Brno.
Przemek Matecki (born 1976) is a Polish artist. Using fragments of contemporary visual and material culture, Matecki produces paintings, objects and installations. Magazine covers and advertisements recur in his work, their slick finish standing in stark contrast to the rough impasto of the paint he applies to them. Matecki’s style can seem coarse and agitated something that demonstrates the influence that punk and Pop Art aesthetics have had on his work.
Kiki Mazzucchelli is an independent curator and writer working between London and São Paulo. She holds an MA in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College and is currently a PhD candidate at TrAIN (University of the Arts) researching exhibition histories with a focus on Brazilian art.
Kiki is the curator of Mythologies/ Mitologias at the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo in 2013. Other recent curatorial projects include Beyond the Avant-Garde/ Bienal Naïfs do Brasil (SESC Piracicaba, 2012) and the series of radio programmes OIDARADIO Conversationsdeveloped for the 30th São Paulo Bienal with Mobile Radio and Resonance.fm (2012).
Recent publications include The São Paulo Biennial and the Rise of Contemporary Brazilian Art (IN Contemporary Art Brazil, ed. Hossein Amirsadegui and Catherine Petitgas, London: Transglobe,2012) and a chapter on the São Paulo art scene in the forthcoming publication Avant-Gardes of the 21st Century (London: Phaidon, 2013).
Tom McCarthy (born 1969) is a writer and conceptual artist. He grew up in Greenwich, and was educated at Dulwich College and Oxford University, where he studied English literature. He lived in Prague during the 1990s after graduation from Oxford, and later moved to Berlin and then Amsterdam to work as the literary editor of the local Time Out.
McCarthy's debut novel Remainder received widespread critical attention in the literary and mainstream press. In 2008 Remainder won the fourth annual Believer Book Award and Zadie Smith wrote that it was "one of the great English novels of the last ten years." It has since been translated into nine languages, and an adaptation for cinema by Film4 Productions was begun in 2008, with a script by John Hodge. His other works include Men in Space, C, and Tintin and the Secret of Literature.
Karen McCarthy Woolf was born in London to English and Jamaican parents. A graduate of The Complete Works national mentoring scheme, her poetry appears in Ten: New Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) as well as Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Rialto and Magma. This summer she was commissioned to 'translate' her granddad's cockney stories for Modern Poetry in Translation and she will be reading them at the launch of the magazine at Lauderdale House on 10 November. Karen is interested in process and form, which she explores on her blog www.opennotebooks.co.uk
Angela McRobbie is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. A renowned cultural theorist, feminist and commentator, her early work has examined issues of gender and youth culture. Her current research focuses gender and feminist theory and cultural studies, and ‘precarious labour’ in art worlds and in the new culture industries. Angela McRobbie also writes about the work of key cultural theorists including Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler, Paul Gilroy, Gayatri Spivak and others (McRobbie 2005, 2008). In her forthcoming projects further attention will be given to urban cultural studies as context for changing world of work.
Angela McRobbie co-convenes and teaches on the MA Gender and Culture run jointly by the Department of Sociology and the Department of Media and communication.
Her most recent book is The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change (2008) and has previously authored The Uses of Cultural Studies (2005), In The Culture Society (1999), British Fashion Design (1998), Postmodernism and Popular Culture (1994) and Feminism and Youth Culture (1990)
Gustav Metzger (born 1926) is an artist and political activist who developed the concept of Auto-Destructive Art and the Art Strike. Together with John Sharkey, he initiated the Destruction in Art Symposium in 1966. Metzger is recognized for his protests in the political and artistic realms.
Born 1972 in Great Britain. Lives and works in New York.
Oliver Michaels works across the media of video, photography, print, installation and sound, often focusing on transformations of everyday objects through surreal and mechanical distortions. An example is the video Train (2003), where domestic architecture is imagined as a kaleidoscopic landscape to be explored by the viewer. In Museum Postcards (2010) a number of simple animations of historical sculptures, which are derived from museum postcards, are exhibited on raised structures which form stages for the projected videos. The films feature talking, anthropomorphised stone-faces, whose chatter, rants and cacophonous monologues break the air of art historical authority. Several voices are created out of existing texts, for example Gertrude Stein’s cubistic and obsessive descriptions of objects, Tender Buttons, and the Unabomber Manifesto, a text by the famous university and airline bomber Ted Kaczynski. In The Mourners, the latter is recited by a quietly standing and dignified marble monk. In Lion, a clumsy ceramic lion ponders poetically, pointing to the ways in which the sculptures and their voices create a dichotomy between what is seen and what is heard and imagined.
Oliver Michaels' website http://cargocollective.com/olivermichaels
Jasiek Mischke graduated gained an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths in 2010 and has shown his work at Quare and Rokeby galleries in London, the paraplufabriek in Nijmegen, Holland and at The Moor, Sheffield.
Xolani Mnyaka is a London-based guitarist and composer, who plays blues covers and originals.
Mobile Studio is a young London-based architectural practice. The practice is actively involved in cultural and socially aware projects within the public realm. It is a design-orientated practice, and places a strong emphasis on collaborative working and public engagement. Mobile Studio is interested in art and architecture, and everything in between.
Lynda Morris, Curator EASTinternational and AHRC Research Fellow at Norwich University College of the Arts
Lynda Morris is Professor of Curation and Curator of EASTinternational, the international open submission exhibition, which has been realised in collaboration with a series of eminent invited selectors since 1991. Her activities as a curator and a writer have been concerned with issues of perception, conceptual art, and resistance in art and politics. She is also the Principal Investigator for the major AHRC funded research project 'Picasso; Peace and Freedom' with Tate Liverpool, the Albertina (Vienna) and the Louisiana (Copenhagen).
Paul O'Neill is a curator, artist and writer who lives in London. He is interested in addressing the systems of interpretation that are involved in making sense of the world around us, as much as he is concerned with the compulsions that lead to interpretation and meaning itself. His practice explores the experience of moving across things, of traversing territory rather than patrolling boundaries. Sometimes this exploration takes the form of curatorial projects, art-making, writing or lectures.
He was Gallery Curator at londonprintstudio Gallery between 2001-2003, where he curated shows such as Private Views, Frictions, A Timely Place..., Phil Collins Jumble Sale and All That is Solid. He is Artistic Director of MultiplesX, an organisation that commissions and supports curated exhibitions of artist’s editions, which he set up in 1997. As an artist, he has exhibited internationally, including at Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; The Irish Museum of Modern Art; Villa Arson, Nice; The South London Gallery and Cell, London; Project and Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.
Currently he is a PhD scholar at Middlesex University, researching histories of curating as a critical and professional practice. He is currently working on two publications on curatorial issues and has just written a series of articles in Art Monthly (issues 272, 275) exploring contemporary curatorial practice and writes regularly for many journals and magazines including CIRCA, Everything, Art Monthly, the Future and Space & Culture Journal.on.
Ladies of the Press* are Ana Čavić and Renée O'Drobniak, an artist collective working with the live press performance.
Saskia Olde Wolbers (Dutch, born in Breda 1971 ) studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, The Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Since the mid-1990s Olde Wolbers has been working in video, combining analogue imagery with first person fictional narration. The videos are shot under water in handmade model sets that are dipped in paint to create unstable environments. In the most recent works the music soundtrack has been composed by Daniel Pemberton.
Olde Wolbers has exhibited widely since 1998 with exhibition venues including Secession Vienna, The Goetz Collection, Mori museum Tokyo, MOCA San Diego, The Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC, The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Tate Britain London. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections. In 2003 she won the Baloise Prize at Statements Basel and in 2004 the Beck’s Futures Prize. In 2008 she lectured for the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Recent commissions have included Seven Screens Osram Munich and Stichting HSL The Netherlands.
Saskia Olde Wolbers is represented by Maureen Paley, London.
Alistair Owen is a London-based artist whose practice includes a variety of media such as installation, drawing, photography, film, and sculpture. In his works, Owen questions our relationship with space and objects.
Jocelyn Page is a poet from rural Connecticut who currently lives in South East London. Her debut pamphlet, smithereens, was published in 2010 by tall-lighthouse press. She completed the MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths in 2009 and is currently a PhD candidate working toward a first collection and researching the topic of inspiration and collaboration in poetic practice.
Jane Pavitt is the Head of the History of Design Department at the Royal College of Art, London. She is a specialist in 20th century and contemporary design, with a particular area of expertise and interest in design curation. She worked as a research fellow and exhibition curator at the V&A museum for over ten years, curating a series of exhibitions which broadened the framework of understanding for design practice and history in the museum context. These included Brand.New (2000), an exploration of branding from a historical and contemporary perspective; and Cold War Modern: Design 1945-70 (2008). She is currently preparing a V&A exhibition for 2011 entitled Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990.
Eddie Peake (born 1981) lives and works in Rome and London. His work encompasses many different media, and often, though not always, investigates the space between verbal language and non-verbal language, and the discrepancy that occurrs when one is translated into the other. Solo exhibitions include 'History', Lorcan O'Neill project space, Rome (2010); 'Ladies', Parade, London (2008); 'The Caspar Erasmus School of Art', The Hex, London (2007).
Lucy Pedlar is curious about the dialogue between activity and the built environment and how each shapes the other. She draws on her own personal encounters with architectural mechanisms that enable and prohibit activity (such as steps, ramps, barriers, and reservations). She is fascinated by the way in which we continuously modify our surroundings and the subsequent social implications, and responds to architectural space in a variety of ways. She also works in partnership with galleries, schools and universities to develop innovative ways of approaching curriculum subjects.
Professor of Art History, Open University
Gill Perry joined the Open University in 1977, and was Head of Department from 2005-08, and Head of Research from 2005-2009. Currently she is Head of External Collaborations and chair of the Open Arts Archive, a major website and archive which stores collaborative events and art projects organized by the Open University and fifteen collaborating museums and galleries across the UK. She has chaired several Art History courses, including Modern Art: Practices and Debates (code A316) at third level, Art and its Histories (code A216) at second level. She has published books, articles and catalogue introductions on modern and contemporary European art, and eighteenth century British art, and has a particular research interest in issues of gender difference within art history and visual culture. Her recent book, Spectacular Flirtations (shortlisted for the 2007 Theatre Book Prize) explores issues of gender, spectatorship and femininity in eighteenth century theatrical portraits, while her edited collection, Difference and Excess in Contemporary Art looks at the role of gender difference and ideas of ‘feminine excess’ in the work of some contemporary women artists (see below). She is currently completing research for her forthcoming book Playing at Home which explores the theme of the house in recent and contemporary art. She has recently curated a show at the Royal Society, Crystal World, which explores the use of crystals in contemporary art. She is also curating an exhibition The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons at the National Portrait Gallery, London, opening in October 2011. She is editing and co-writing a catalogue The First Actresses which will accompany the show, and which explores the roles of feminine portraiture in the construction of eighteenth century celebrity culture. Download the exhibition flyer to find out more [PDF 177 KB].
She is co-chair of the Gender in the Humanities Research Group in the Arts Faculty, and was the Reviews Editor of the journal Art History from 1995 – 2001. She was also a panel member (Panel 2) of the Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2006-2010. She is currently supervising five PhD students who are researching topics in modern and contemporary art.
Tobias Putrih (born 1972) is a Slovenian artist who lives and works in New York. Putrih’s practice involves the production of models, prototypes, experiments and cinematic apparatuses. Putrih is interested in the areas of possibility that lie where science, art and narrative meet; his works emerge from the crossover between the imagination of the artist and the precise rigor of science. Exploring the point where thought becomes physical reality, Putrih’s architectural objects meditations on the potential of art and science.
Pavel Pyś is an Australian-Polish curator and writer. He is the winner of the first annual Curatorial Open at the Zabludowicz Collection.
Jonathan Rée (born 1948) is a British writer, historian and philosopher. Born in Bradford, Rée was educated at Oxford University, and was a Professor of Philosophy at Middlesex University. He later gave up teaching in order to "have more time to think". He is a member of the British Humanist Association.
His interests and writings range from continental philosophy to African philosophy, and from literature to science. He spends much of his time working on various ways of reconnecting philosophical debate with historical inquiry, and seeking new audiences for it. He is a prolific writer and his books include Descartes, Philosophy and its Past, Proletarian Philosophers, A Kierkegaard Reader,The Concise Encyclopedia of Western Philosophy and I See a Voice. He has written for the New Humanist, Evening Standard, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Lingua Franca, London Review of Books, Prospect, The Independent, the Times Literary Supplement, and Rising East. He is also known as a broadcaster, both on radio and television, and is a frequent guest in programmes such as Journeys In Thought and In Our Time.
Tom Richards' work often brings together pastiche and homage. By using old or outmoded technology to new and nonsensical effect, his work pokes fun at our innate (programmed?) trust in technological advancement and those who hold sway over it.
Richards graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea in 2004. Since then his work has been seen and heard at: Stanley Picker Gallery, Zabludowicz Collection, E:vent, The Pigeon Wing, Meals and SUVs, A Thing About Machines, Sightsonic, Goldsmiths, UEL and Working Rooms.
James Richards (born Cardiff, 1983; lives and works in London) works with archives of videos, including home movies and mass media footage, which he remixes - chopping, editing and distorting the visuals and the soundtrack and creating a mixtape which inverts the generic into the personal. Solo exhibitions include Chisenhale Gallery, London (2011), Art Now (with Clunie Reid), Tate Britain (2010), Tramway, Glasgow (2009) and Swallow Street, London (2009). Recent group exhibitions include Younger than Jesus at the New Museum, NY (2009) and Naught to Sixty at ICA London (2009). Richards has curated film programs and screenings at Serpentine Gallery, London (2010), BFI, London (2010), X-Initiative, NY (2009) and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2007).
Poet and philosopher based in London.
Karin Ruggaber is a London-based artist. She was born in 1969 in Stuttgart, Germany. Ruggaber makes sculptural objects that convey a physical sense of something seen or experienced, rather than representing it. She graduated from Chelsea College and Slade School of Art, London. Her solo exhibitions include greengrassi, London (2003 and 2005) and Rene Daniels and Karin Ruggaber, Bloomberg SPACE, London (2002).
Situ Studio was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York while its four partners were studying architecture at the Cooper Union. Transitioning directly from school to opening an office, the classmates-turned-business-partners developed a model of practice that leveraged their collective interests in design, research and fabrication to create a studio uniquely equipped to explore a wide range of spatial issues.
The organization of Situ Studio’s workspace, split evenly between a fabrication shop and a design studio, reflects a commitment to interrogating design ideas through physical and material experimentation at a wide range of scales. The integration of the workshop space into the design practice itself introduces a high degree of flexibility in workflow – it is not uncommon for design studies to proceed in the form of full scale material experimentation in the earliest phases of a project’s development. This approach seeks to place the virtual and physical components of the practice into a productive and non-linear relationship that creates space for the act of making to become a generative part of the design process.
These ongoing engagements with the logics of assembly and manufacture have been inflected by the Studio’s underlying social investment in the themes of participation and distributed agency in architecture. A deep engagement with the program and context of each project underpins an approach to design problems that favors the development of rule sets, processes and protocols over any particular stylistic or formal agenda. Central to all of Situ Studio’s work is an effort to develop processes that leverage fabrication efficiencies, material re-use, flexible assemblies and community involvement to create spaces that engage in living relationships with the urban context of which they are a part.
Situ Studio is also strongly committed to interdisciplinary collaborations. Work done with a wide range of practitioners in other fields including lawyers, activists, geologists, paleontologists and artists have resulted in unanticipated but exciting applications of architectural tools and methodologies to projects that extend into territory far beyond the architectural community. The Studio engages in this work not only to explore novel and nuanced spatial problems driven by an entirely different set of objectives, but more importantly to seek new territory for the designer’s role in politics, science, society, and the environment.
Neuroscientist at University of Amsterdam.
Scanner is musician, sound artist, writer and media critic.
Dawn Scarfe is an artist whose work investigates details in the process of listening and the relationship between sound, matter and location. Her works explore the possibility of heightening or extending the range of the senses with simple tools and techniques. She works with the natural resonances of objects and environments, and the mysterious way in which sound manages to convey a sense of 'aura'. Through her work she hopes to reveal how the act of perception involves a creative, reciprocal engagement with the environment.
Bob Sheil is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett with a particular interest in design through making.
Richard Sides is a multi-disciplinary artist based in London. Recent projects include 'Reading a Wave' at The Woodmill, 'Relatively Prime', Galerie Stadtpark, Austria, 'A partially joyless carousel of quantics', Supplement Gallery and 'There is no solution because there is no problem', Sheffield.
Zoë Simon is an actress, live model, performance artist and playwright. Zoë was attached as a performer and playwright to The White Bear Theatre, where she made waves with her raw performances and drew on her own experiences to create gritty character-driven narratives and angry, sawn off dialogue. Her plays include Saturday Night (2008), which was nominated for Off West End’s 2009 Adopt a Playwright Award and for a 2007 Pearson Award, Scratch (2006), and Head (2004), which went to The Underbelly, Edinburgh 2004 and was Fringe First nominated.
Zoë is the muse and leading lady of Czech artist Tereza Bušková and has appeared in Bušková ’s films Masopust (2010), Spring Equinox (2009), Forgotten Marriage (2008), Wedding Rituals and Touch (2007), as well as live performances: The Rituals of the Spring Equinox (2009), Festive Garment (2008) and Beauty for One Day (2007).
Dan Smith is a writer and critic and is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at Chelsea College of Art and Design. He is a regular contributor to Art Monthly, and editor of the online publication Altertopian. He is currently working on a book on the presence of nineteenth century forms of material culture as active forces in the fabric of the present, to be called Traces of Modernity. He is also working on a book exploring relationships between contemporary art and utopia.
John Stezaker (born 1949) is an English photographer and artist. Using postcards, film posters or pictures found in books and magazines as his materials, John Stezaker questions the certainty of images by deconstructing their original form. Taking various unrelated images, then fragmenting and merging them to make a new hybrid, he removes the intelligible meaning of the originals and replaces it with a surreal and mysterious aesthetic that alters them from typical mass-reproductions into unique and mystifying artworks.
Euan Taylor is a Dundee-born artist who works as a Chief Director of imagined construction company Inefficient Solutions and contractually responds to requests to create, solve problems, and to realise futile endeavours. Taylor is currently working as a subcontractor for artists collective Ganghut.