Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwe-born interdisciplinary artist, graphic designer and educator who studied multimedia art at the Zimbabwe Institute of Digital Arts and graphic design at the Yale School of Art. Nontsikelelo Mutiti is currently Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and will be an Artist in Residence at the DAAD Programme in Berlin in 2021. Nontsikelelo Mutiti’s practice traverses the boundaries of fine art, design and public engagement concerned with the form of print and the implications of publication as a time-based medium.
Zach Blas is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has exhibited, lectured, and held screenings internationally, recently at the 2018 Gwangju Biennale; Abierto X Obras, Matadero Madrid; 2018 Creative Time Summit, Miami; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; 68th Berlin International Film Festival; Art in General, New York; Gasworks, London; and e-flux, New York.
He is a recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital award in Emerging Fields and a 2018-20 Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellow.
Ramon Amaro is a lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and a researcher in the areas of machine learning, the philosophy of mathematics, black ontologies, and philosophies of being. Amaro completed his PhD in Philosophy at Goldsmiths and holds a Masters degree in Sociological Research from the University of Essex and a BSe in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Ana Teixeira Pinto is a writer and cultural theorist based in Berlin. She is a lecturer at the DAI (Dutch Art Institute) and a research fellow at Leuphana University, Lüneburg. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Afterall, Springerin, Camera Austria, e-flux journal, art-agenda, Mousse, Frieze, Domus, Inaesthetics, Manifesta Journal, or Texte zur Kunst. She is the editor of The Reluctant Narrator (Sternberg Press, 2014) and, together with Eric de Bruyn and Sven Lütticken of a forthcoming book series on counter histories, to be published by Sternberg Press.
Marina Fokidis is a curator and writer based in Athens, Greece. She was appointed Head of the Artistic Office, Athens (in 2014) and curatorial advisor for documenta 14. She is the founder of Kunsthalle Athena and South as a State of Mind, a biannual arts and culture magazine. In 2011 Fokidis was one of the curators of the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennial. She has also been the commissioner and the curator of the Greek Pavilion at the 51rst Venice Biennial (2003). Fokidis was Research Fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude (2014), and Vila Sul, Bahia, awarded by the Goethe Institut São Paulo (2017). From 2015-2017, Fokidis was a member of the nomadic professional residency program Museal Episodes in Salvador, La Paz, Johannesburg and Athens by Goethe Institut and Kulturstiftung des Bundes. In 2018, Fokidis has been granted a research and writing award for the Sacatar Foundation for a research and writing residency in the island of Itaparica/Brazil, working with members and archives of alternative moderni(ties) and their various knowledges around the broader issue on the “cultivation of art and an all beings inclusive society”.
Federica Martini, PhD, is an art historian and curator. She is dean of Visual Arts at the Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais (ECAV) and a member of the artists-run space standard/deluxe, Lausanne. Previously, she was Head of the MAPS Master program at ECAV, and a member of the curatorial departments of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Musée Jenisch Vevey, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts/Lausanne and the Festival des Urbaines. In 2015-16 she was a research fellow at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma.
Petra Köhle, artist, since 2018 Head of the MAPS Master program at ECAV. She has been developing her artistic work collaboratively with Nicolas Vermot since 2003. In stage-like settings they engage with repetition and translation, creating new scenarios. Their work has been shown at Palais de Tokyo in Paris Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt and performed as a contribution to the Nordic Research Pavilion in Venice. She is currently doing a collaborative PhD at University of the Arts in Linz and ZHdK.
Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Spain & Professor at Large in the Humanities Institute at Diego Portales University (UDP), Chile. He is author of numerous articles and books in the fields of environmental philosophy, phenomenology, and political thought. His most recent monograph is Energy Dreams: Of Actuality (Columbia UP, 2017).
Caspar Heinemann is an artist, poet and twinky butch anarcho-communist mystic based in Berlin. Their interests include critical occultism, gay biosemiotics, and countercultural mythology. Recent events include readings at the Baltic Triennial, Serpentine Miracle Marathon, Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht, and the ICA, London. They have recently exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, and Outpost Gallery, Norwich.
Dr Andrea Phillips is PARSE Professor of Art and Head of Research at the Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. Andrea lectures and writes about the economic and social construction of publics within contemporary art, the manipulation of forms of participation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and social reorganization within artistic and curatorial culture.