Dr. Yasmine Abbas is architecture and design faculty at the Pennsylvania State University. She is investigating the making of environments for living across contemporary conditions of expanded physical, digital, and mental mobilities. She has worked in multicultural environments employing design thinking methods to generate pan-urban intelligence and drive urban innovation. She co-founded the Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP), winner of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Centennial Innovation Challenge 2013, the 2017 SEED award for Public Interest Design, and Le Monde Urban Innovation Award — Citizen Engagement, Le Monde Cities (2020).
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Born and based in Rio de Janeiro, Clara Acioli is an artist, researcher and designer who graduated from the School of Design of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She works at the intersection of the arts, design, biology and contemporary critical studies in search for new understandings of the world we live in. Since 2017, Acioli has been part of and collaborates with NANO lab – Nucleus of Arts and New Organisms, an interdisciplinary laboratory in the School of Fine Arts at UFRJ that articulates art with science and technology. She has been researching organic materials such as biodegradable composites and bioplastics to be used both in artistic and design projects.
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Erik Adigard is, with Patricia McShane, the founder of M-A-D, an interdisciplinary studio combining brand positioning, interaction design, visual communication and environmental design. M-A-D routinely works on the relationships between technology and socio-cultural concerns. Notable works include visual essays for Wired, media installations for the Venice Architecture Biennale, the book Architecture Must Burn and the branding of IBM software. The Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, Rome Prize in Design and Venice Biennale Special Mention are among Erik’s top awards. M-A-D’s work has been featured in major international exhibitions and publications, including SFMOMA, the London Design Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and Meggs’ History of Graphic Design.
Akwasi Bediako Afrane (b. 1990) is a Ghanaian artist living and working in Kumasi, Ghana. His works explore the idea of augmentation and extensions between technological gadgets and humans. He works with discarded electronic gadgets which he refers to as “amputees”, refashioning and repurposing them into machines and micro-organisms he describes as “TRONS”. These TRONS become potential platforms and media for reflection, engagement and interactions. Stripped bare of their familiar housing, the TRONS become mechanical gizmos subsumed with the consciousness of previous owners of these gadgets and himself.
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AHORA is a research and design practice lead by architects Linda Schilling Cuellar and Claudio Astudillo Barra, based in Santiago, Chile. Formed in 2020, it looks at extraction economies, with particular attention to the ones that take place in Chile, and asks what will happen after it’s all gone. To realize possible futures led by local communities, AHORA defends that we must understand the transformed landscapes inherited by the current economic value-ways through the lens of what was and what could be moving towards a post-extractivism scenario.
By looking at the documents that enclose most of the knowledge about the territories and the Environmental Impact Assessments, AHORA takes on new mediums of representation to visualize and discuss the impacts of extractions with local organizations and academia.
Working in close collaboration with designers, biologists, and engineers, AHORA draws the story of a place through its human and non-human inhabitants’ relationships to challenge and propose new ways of being together.
à la sauvette is a multidisciplinary architecture collective born in the Canary Islands. Established in Las Palmas, Seville, and Harvard University, their practice explores the intersections between spatial design, territory, and society. Their ongoing research focuses on the role of collective celebration in the public space and its agency as a political act. It studies the party as a mechanism for claiming collective identities in public, as a means to socio-spatial equity. à la sauvette was awarded in the XIV Spanish Architecture Biennial 2018, in Concentrico 04, first prize in ASA 2019, and received the Future Architecture Fellowship 2021 with their project Dance is Politics.
Anne-Sofie Belling is a designer/technologist who interrogates design futures through practice-based and speculative design research. Her research often focuses on extending human somatic relations and experiences with other-than-humans through emerging technology interventions. She is currently studying a PhD at the HBBE, where she is examining the more-than-human relations of transplanetary imaginaries and off-Earth habitats through practice-based design research.
Jan Boelen is a curator of design, architecture, and contemporary art. He is artistic director of Atelier Luma, an experimental laboratory for design in Arles, France. Boelen studied Product Design at the Media & Design Academy in Genk and is the founder and former artistic director of Z33 – House for contemporary art in Hasselt, Belgium. He was curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial in Istanbul (2018) and initiated Manifesta 9 in Belgium (2012). Over the years he has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday objects in a novel manner. Boelen recently edited Social Matter, Social Design: For Good or Bad, all Design in Social (Valiz, 2020), and his writing addresses the implications of design in everyday life, and how artistic practices shape the discipline.
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James Bridle is a writer and artist working across technologies and disciplines. Their artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. Their writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, and the Observer. New Dark Age, their book about technology, knowledge, and the end of the future, was published by Verso (UK & US) in 2018, and they wrote and presented New Ways of Seeing for BBC Radio 4 in 2019. Their work can be found at http://jamesbridle.com.
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Vienne Chan approaches money as a medium of social sculpture and seeks ways of re-imagining it to better address social needs. She has held a European Media Art Platform (EMAP) residency at m-Cult in Helsinki (2020), a Weisman Art Museum Creative Collaboration residency with the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (2019). Vienne holds a MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from Bauhaus Universität Weimar, and was a recipient of a Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Scholarship. She is currently on the editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal, Money on the Left. Vienne lives in Duisburg, Germany.
Sonia Mehra Chawla is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher based in New Delhi, India. Chawla works at the intersection of art, science and technology, exploring themes of ecology, sustainability and conservation. Sonia’s practice is inextricably linked to an ethic, even a politics of multi-species co-existence and co-habitation. Her research is a political act, in which she collaborates with climate-change scientists, ecologists, microbiologists, as well as fishermen, farmers and indigenous people who speak from the deep reserves of their traditional wisdom.
Chawla is a fellow and awardee of the Charles Wallace India Trust of the British Council. She is a fellow of the International Art+ Science International residency program instituted by Wellcome Trust UK/DBT India Alliance & Khoj, India. Furthermore, Chawla is a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, for Social Sciences. Her forthcoming project in Scotland, has been supported by a research fellowship from Marine Scotland and ASCUS Art & Science. Chawla’s work has been exhibited at, among others, the Yinchuan Biennale 2016, China; Essl Museum, Austria; Tate Modern, London; Albertina Museum, Vienna; ET4U Contemporary Visual Art Projects, Denmark; Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art, China; CSMVS Museum, Mumbai; Today Art Museum, Beijing.
Jingru (Cyan) Cheng is a transdisciplinary design researcher, whose path meanders through architecture, anthropology and visual art. Cyan’s practice does not dwell on a defined subject matter, but rather as a form of personal enquiry, and indeed, struggles. Driven by an urge to unsettle the domination of all those constituted as others, the wide-ranging themes include, non-canonical histories and socio-spatial models, diverse ways of cultural knowing and being, aesthetic agency, and modes of co-existence and affinity between human and non-human. Her work received commendations by the RIBA President’s Awards for Research from the Royal Institute of British Architects, in 2018 and 2020, respectively, and has been exhibited at Critical Zones: Observatories for Earthly Politics (ZKM, 2020-21), Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (2019), and Venice Architecture Biennale (2018), among others. Cyan co-leads an architectural design studio, ADS7, at the Royal College of Art, exploring politics of the atmosphere. She holds a PhD by Design from the Architectural Association (AA) in London, and was the co-director of AA Wuhan Visiting School (2015-17). Cyan is currently working on a short film with Chen Zhan, Orchid, Wasp and I, a dystopian story seeking to unsettle the anthropocentric practices that exacerbate the climate crisis.
Andrea de Chirico was born in Rome and is based in Turin (IT). He holds an MA in Social Design from Design Academy Eindhoven and a BA in Industrial Design from ISIA in Rome. His work focuses on the intersection between conventional, traditional and modern making. He designs tools, systems and objects with social and environmental awareness, always linked with a rigorous analysis of the context. His practice is open and accessible, creating a platform to connect with different groups internationally, remodelling everyday products for different contexts.
Appointed as researcher at Free University of Bolzano from 2016 to 2019 and Designer in Residence 2016 for the Design Museum in London, Andrea’s work has been exhibited in the Design Museum in London, the Triennale Design Museum, and Z33 House for Contemporary Art among others. De Chirico lectures in various universities and institutions such as University of Bolzano, NABA, University of West England, New Designers in London and Design Connections by the British Council.
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Bea Delgado Corrales is an environmental microbiologist interested in finding new microbial species through bioinformatics and new DNA sequencing technologies and she is now focused on characterizing the built environment microbiome. During her PhD at the HBBE, she wants to explore the possibility of using the microbial distribution in our homes to promote a healthier environment through building design and other strategies.
Lena Geerts Danau is an energetic and curious research architect who engages with political, environmental and planetary issues in a focused and skilful way. Her work has been exhibited among others, at Radialsystem (Berlin), De Gistfabriek (Wijnegem), ZKM (Karlsruhe), and Silent Green (Berlin). While she mainly thinks conceptually via research and design, she loves working with her hands.
Originally she comes from Antwerp, where she also completed her bachelor degree in Architecture. During her Masters, she explored the architectural field at the Bergen Arkitektur hogskole (Norway) and finished her degree at the Royal College of Art (London). In her Master thesis, Lena investigated fluid border situations and investigated the potential of digital environments as a new mode of representation. After working experiences in the architectural field at B-architecten and urbanist/researcher at Maat-ontwerpers, she is now working with Tick Tack gallery, as a carpenter for Studio Bonne, and as part of alternaa – a collective established with Andra Pop-Jurj.
Mang Dian is an environmental activist that works with the river, waste management and urban farming in Bandung, Indonesia together with Cikapundung Community, Karang Taruna, dan PHL BBWS Citarum. He is now the director of Masagi Community and head of the neighbourhood 04 Cibogo, Bandung. He runs and manages his urban farming activity at his small garden called Urban Organik Farm at Cibogo, Bandung.
Sarah Donderer is a curator focusing on the intersections of art, science and technology. After studying art history and sociology in Munich, she worked as a coordinator and curatorial assistant at Kunstverein München and completed her academic traineeship at Deichtorhallen Hamburg. She has been involved in various exhibitions and art projects among others at the design museum Die Neue Sammlung in the Pinaktothek der Moderne in Munich and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden. Since 2020 she has been holding the position of a curator at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and has co-curated and co-coordinated the digital opening festival of the scientific and artistic collaboration project Driving the Human.
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Ina Grabosch lives, works and studies in Karlsruhe and Freiburg. She has worked as Assistant to the Directors for the Vitra Design Museum and as an industrial clerk for the company Vitra. With her studies in product design at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) she now follows her passion for a change towards more sustainability in industry. Alongside she works as a research assistant in the Bio Design Lab at the HfG Karlsruhe and as a product designer for the toy company Plasticant mobilo.
Joseph Halligan is a founding member of Assemble, a multi-disciplinary collective, which formed in 2010. Focusing on work in the arts, Joe has designed and delivered a number projects including much of the collective’s work in Liverpool, for which they were awarded the Turner Prize in 2015. Joe has lectured and taught internationally at a variety of universities including Yale, Cambridge and the ETH in Zurich. Joseph was visiting professor at the EPFL in Lausanne from 2020-21.
Joe has recently completed the design and delivery of a new permanent gallery at the Wellcome Collection in London and is currently working with the Luma foundation in Arles on a new workspace for the experimental think tank, production workshop and learning network, Atelier Luma.
Elise Misao Hunchuck (b. tkaronto/Toronto) is a landscape researcher, editor, educator and curator trained in landscape architecture, philosophy, and geography (University of Toronto, CA). Based in Berlin and Milan, her research uses cartographic, photographic, and text-based practices to document political ecologies, exploring material landscapes and relationships between resources, infrastructures, natural processes, human and other-than-human existences. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture, a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture, London, and a member of the editorial board of Scapegoat. She is also the editor and a curator for transmediale.
Julia Ihls is an interdisciplinary researcher and designer at the intersections of (natural-)philosophy, media theory and scenography. After studying art/media studies (M.A.) in Konstanz and Cork, and scenography/media art (Dipl.) in Karlsruhe, she worked as a concept designer and writer, among others for the ZKM Karlsruhe. Since April 2021, she is the head of the Bio Design Lab at the HfG Karlsruhe, where – besides teaching and curating – she researches on new (bio-)materials and convivialism.
Initiative for Applied Melancholy (Barbara Boss, Damiàn Dlaboha, Maximilian Grünewald, Mira Hirtz and Béla Rothenbühler) have found each other through mutual projects and their shared aim to develop a theatre of the anthropocene in their fight against the crises of humankind with the means of performative arts.
Hyeseon Jeong is interested in social phenomena of digitalization, new power/network structures, and decentralisation. Her work engages with a wide range of themes, from scientific approaches to political issues. She has generated non-linear narratives by translating and reconstructing the research content from various fields, in a maximization of fictions, radioplay, videos and sounds, entangled under a theme, and then exhibited as part of exhibitions, festivals and sound performances. She is currently studying at Academy of Media Arts Cologne.
Convinced that reaching our climate targets requires a fundamentally different way of using resources, Susanne Kadner initiated the Circular Economy Initiative Germany at acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering. She leads the Head Office of the state and industry-funded initiative, which aims at defining the transition towards a resource-efficient and digitally-enabled Circular Economy with stakeholders from Politics, Science, Industry and Civil Society. Before that, Kadner worked for ten years at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, where she was Head of Science and Deputy Head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In this function, she co-authored and managed among other things the fifth Assessment Report, which provided the scientific basis for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement. Before starting her career on the science-policy interface, she studied Oceanography at the University of Southampton and received a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and Marine Microbiology from the University of East Anglia.
Romy Kaiser is a designer with focus on biomaterials, smart textiles and future textile thinking. As a “designer with hands, scientist in mind, activist by heart” she aims to change our mindset as well as current systems towards a more sustainable living using textiles and materiality as a tool. Currently Romy holds a PhD position at the HBBE. Her project Textile Hosting investigates the scaffolding potential of textiles for living media, like mycelium or bacteria, for bio assembly and construction purposes.
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Matylda Krzykowski plans, design, writes and talks about physical and digital space. Her transdisciplinary work focuses on developing cultural and commercial formats that range from exhibitions, installations and exhibits to choreography, talks and video, to name a few.
Krzykowski writes Things Might, a column about the built environment, for Arts of the Working Class Magazine. She is one half of Foreign Legion, curatorial and spatial initiate for systemic change. Recently she wrote a concept for a process focused museum for Omer Arbel titled The Ongoing Museum, an essay titled Opening the Digital Interior for the journal of The Centre of Philosophical Technologies and co-curated and developed the scenography for the exhibition Total Space at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. She scripted and moderated AIRTIME, Internet TV Show about contemporary (Swiss) Design, as responds to a request for an online exhibition.
Currently Matylda Krzykowski is the curator of Civic, newly established exhibition and discourse platform at Academy of Art and Design in Basel and co-curator of Institution Building at Civa Brussels.
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Freo Majer is the founder and artistic director of Forecast, an international mentorship program that transcends disciplines and geographical locations to connect cultural practitioners with renowned mentors.
Trained as an opera director, Majer looks back at a career as a director and producer in European theaters, opera houses, and at festivals, including at Mainz State Theater, Lucerne Theater, Bremen Theater, and the international festival “Theater der Welt.” Driven by his own experience, and recognizing a gap in the type of support available to cultural workers, he changed paths and founded Forecast in 2015.
Together with curators and festival directors from various European cities, he initiated the interdisciplinary research project Housing the Human (2017-2019). In 2020, Majer began a three-year collaboration with the ZKM and HfG in Karlsruhe and the National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech, developing prototypes on the eco-social research program Driving the Human.
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Katja Meier studied education at the University of Lüneburg with a focus on educational work and social pedagogy, dealing with the interface between social and cultural work. She currently works at the Theater Lüneburg, and as a freelance theater pedagogue for the Thalia Theater, where she leads the inclusive theater group Eisenhans. At Theater Lüneburg, she is responsible for the youth clubs, the accompanying program for the Jungen Bühne, and dramaturgical introductions. With the music theater director Kerstin Steeb, she has recently created the opera film Der Wald, based on an opera about right-wing mindsets in Germany by the British composer Ethel Smyth.
Kay Meseberg was born in Bad Belzig in East Germany studied political sciences at the University of Potsdam. Parallel to his career in television, he has been involved since the late nineties in conceiving and implementing numerous award-winning online projects and building platforms. He moved to ARTE in 2013, where he developed the platform ARTE Future and later joined the editorial board of the magazine SQUARE IDEE. Following the success of Polar Sea 360°, he continued exploring content from a 360° video and virtual reality perspective. Kay is since 2018 Head of Mission Innovation and works on the TV of after tomorrow which includes subjects such as data/AI, immersive media, eco-responsibility.
Kay received numerous distinctions, including three Grimme Online Awards, Deutscher Reporter- preis, two times Deutscher Wirtschaftsfilmpreis, LEAD Award, French-German Journalism Award. He is also Ambassador of Innovation at the IMZ in Vienna, cofounded by UNESCO, and member of the Board of Directors of the ICC association ACCRO in Strasbourg. He held masterclasses, keynotes, lectures, participated on panel discussions at top international universities such as Yale, among others.
In 2019, he published with Regina Kaplan Rakowski: Immersive Media and their Future, a chapter in the Yearbook of Educational Technology and Media, Springer.
Vera Meyer runs the Chair of Molecular and Applied Microbiology at TU Berlin since 2011. The focus is on researching and optimising fungal cell factories, with the aim of making more effective use of fungal metabolic potentials for the production of medicines, platform chemicals, enzymes and biomaterials in the sense of a sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy. Together with her team, she pursues a holistic approach and develops and combines methods from systems biology and synthetic biology. Vera Meyer is the spokesperson for the European think tank EUROFUNG, a board member of DECHEMA and a member of acatech. Her inter- and transdisciplinary research projects combine natural and engineering sciences with art, design and architecture and create bio-based scenarios for possible living and housing worlds of the future. Vera Meyer is also active as a visual artist under the pseudonym V. meer and uses the means of art to make society more aware of the potential of mushrooms for a sustainable future.
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Paula Nerlich is a designer and explorer. With her material research she aims to support the elimination of so-called food waste through the creation of circular biomaterials from industrial food production surplus. In her practise as material designer and as co-founder of Circular Home Lab, she initiates discourse around rethinking systems of waste, the food industry and community. Her PhD project The Materiality of Well-being is a practise-led research project, searching how multisensory experiences and interactions of smell and touch, with a focus on the interrelationship of bacteria, smell and textiles for enhanced wellbeing.
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Nonhuman Nonsense is a research-driven design and art studio creating near-future fabulations and experiments somewhere between utopia and dystopia. They seek to transmute our relationship to the non-human, by embracing the contradictory and the paradoxical — telling stories that open the public imaginary to futures that currently seem impossible.
Nonhuman Nonsense work in the embryonic stages of system transformation, in the realm of social dreaming and world-making processes. Aiming to redirect focus to the underlying ethical and political issues, to challenge the power structures that enable and aggravate the current destruction of the (non)human world — allowing other entities to exist.
Founded by Leo Fidjeland and Linnea Våglund, it is based between Berlin and Stockholm.
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Anthea Oestreicher is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher working on the threshold between science and art. With a diploma in visual communication from Darmstadt and working as an Art Director, she is a narrator, combining content and form and craft practice.
She is interested in the concepts around interspecies dependencies, symbiotic design and co-laboration, the role of food, and systems change in the face of ecological crisis.
DK Osseo-Asare is principal of transatlantic architecture studio Low Design Office (LowDO), is an Architectural League of New York 2021 Emerging Voices award-winner, and assistant professor of architecture and engineering design at Pennsylvania State University where he directs the Humanitarian Materials Lab. He co-founded the pan-African open maker tech initiative Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMP) and led urban design for the Anam City and Koumbi City new town projects in Nigeria and Ghana. He is a TED Global Fellow and received his MArch. from Harvard GSD. His research explores material assemblies optimised for massively scalable radical resilience.
Eliana Otta (Lima, 1981) is an artist with a Master in Cultural Studies, who inquiries about our relations with nature and precarious labor in neoliberal, extractivist economies, and also gender inequality, intersecting feminism, poetry and politics. She addresses these questions creating spaces for conversation, trust and curiosity through shared intimacy, with projects that involve pedagogical, curatorial and editorial work. Her current PhD project Lost & Shared: A laboratory for collective mourning, towards affective and transformative politics, aims to investigate the ways in which art can enable the collectivization of mourning, creating dialogues between theory and affective labor, through collective experiments that connect emotions, critical thinking, body and space. She coordinated the curatorial team of Lugar de la Memoria (Museum of Memory) in Peru (www.lum.cultura.pe), has taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and co-founded the artist-run space Bisagra (www.bisagra.org). She is currently Candidate at the Phd in Practice Program at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. She is represented by the Galería 80m2 Livia Benavides. She founded the first shop dedicated to young fashion designers in Lima, Pulga, and has an eternally amateur alter ego, dj Flaquita.
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Andra Pop-Jurj is an architectural designer and researcher born in Romania. She trained in architecture at the Technical University of Munich and National University of Singapore and holds a MA Architecture from Royal College of Art. Her diverse and multidisciplinary background have stimulated her interest in the expanding definitions of architecture, research-based worldbuilding and speculative design in digital environments. Her MA work explores the spatial manifestation of geopolitical conflicts in the Arctic region caused by environmental degradation. Building upon this, Andra further investigated the tension between extractive economies, wildlife and and permafrost landscapes based on forms of multispecies cohabitation encountered in the natural gas infrastructures of the Yamal peninsula.
Andra has practiced at several architecture studios in Germany, at Sergison Bates architects in London and the Belgian studio Veldhuis architectuur. She is currently a researcher with Forensic Architecture, where she has worked on investigations into border violence between Greece and Turkey, where natural processes have been weponised to assist in human rights violations. Alongside this, her spatial practice is situated at the intersection of arts and science and employs various formats ranging from writing, drawing and mapping to films, game engines and spatial installations.
Andra is currently expanding her research and enquiry into forms of multispecies cohabitation together with Lena Geerts Danau as part of the Driving the Human arts and science collaboration.
Xiaoyu (Iris) Qu (曲晓宇, b. 1993, China) is an artist, technologist, and programmer based in Brooklyn, NY, working at the intersection of software engineering and new media art. With code as her primary medium, her works engage with the speculative, political, and poetic aspects of technology. Currently, she works on prototyping experiments at Google Research. Do AIs Dream of Climate Chaos started from her reflection on the entanglement of technology and nature and her role in speculating change as a tech worker.
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Alexandre Quessy is the director of Art Plus Code Inc, a Canadian company that does software development and user experience design for innovative and artistic projects. He has worked as a software developer, and as an artist and designer since 2003. Quessy works as a senior software developer, business analyst and UX designer every day. He’s acting as an agile facilitator to manage teams of developers and designers. Over the years, he has worked as a developer in different teams, namely the Society for Arts and Technologies (SAT), Autodesk, D-Box and Boeing, to name a few.
Anton Rahlwes is the editor-in-chief of form magazine together with Nina Sieverding since 2020. Trained as a designer at FH Potsdam, he writes, produces and designs with a focus on social issues specially in the tension between critical practice and speculative theory. At his alma mater, he taught in the context of gender design - a subject close that is close to his heart. He is co-founder of the Berlin-based furniture label OUT - Objekte unserer Tage. For the internationally active label he was responsible for the visual appearance of the brand, various designs, and trade fair appearances at the IMM Cologne. He is currently devoting himself to aesthetic theory and its interconnections with a current concept of design.
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Manuel Rivera studied sociology, philosophy and Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and at the National University of Buenos Aires. After receiving his diploma (master degree) with a thesis on environmental awareness, he served as a project officer for the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), Berlin, and, temporarily, for the European Network of Environmental Advisory Councils (EEAC), Brussels, until 2007. The following years he worked as an actor at several German municipal theatres, before returning to sustainability issues by joining IASS in March 2011. In 2015, he obtained his PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Stuttgart, with a study about Theatre as a Political Public Sphere.
At the IASS, he has been working on issues as different as urban studies, Latin American alternatives to development, the German energy transition, or the idea of Nature in the Anthropocene. He co-lead the Economics & Culture program from May 2015 to December 2016, inter alia conducting a study about attitudes toward economic growth in the German Bundestag. Currently, he leads the project Narratives and Images of Sustainability, with the focus on a critical analysis of current academic and political sustainability discourses.
Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine is the General Director of the Air and Space Museum, Paris-Le Bourget since 2017. She is also Adjunct Professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, History UFR, Heritage and Museums Master, and Member of the Academy of Technology. Anne-Catherine is a Research Associate at the CHS, Centre d’Histoire Sociale du XXe Siècle (20th Century Social History Centre), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her professional career includes positions as General Director of ICOM, International Council of Museums, Paris; and General Director of MuseDoma, Paris. She was also Director of the Exhibitions and Publications Department and member of the Executive Management Team of the Musée des Arts et Métiers (in charge of partnerships and sponsorships); and Editor-in-chief of the Revue du Musée des arts et métiers, among other positions. Anne-Catherine received several international awards, and authored more than twenty publications in prominent journals.
Margit Rosen studied art history, political science, philosophy and media arts at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), and the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). She has been research associate and curator at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe since 1999. Together with Christian Schön, she also curated the lothringer13/halle, the Municipal Art Gallery, Munich in 2002–2003. In 2016 she was appointed Head of Collections, Archives & Research at ZKM.
Margit Rosen taught at HfG | University of art And Design Karlsruhe, at CAFA Beijing and is a faculty member of the Master's program MediaArtHistories at the Danube University Krems. In 2011 and 2013, she was a visiting professor at the Art Academy Münster. She publishes on 20th and 21st century art, art and politics and the history of the electronic arts.
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Vincent Rumahloine is a contemporary artist that playfully interrogates the social fabric and the mundane in society. His work mainly revolves around people; from social issues, human rights, traditional values, human relations, collective memories to re-designing historic narratives. Rumahloine is the winner of the sixth Bandung Contemporary Art Award 2019. His winning project Don’t Call Me A Hero was exhibited in the Latiwangi Art Gallery in Bandung and tells the story about an Indonesian exile in Prague, who lost his citizenship after the 1965 tragedy. Vincent’s work bridges the gaps in society by adding a twist of uncanniness and by using artistic strategies to get closer to the experiences and lives of (non-art minded) others. Vincent graduated in Ceramics at The Bandung Institute of Technology in 2009. He worked as an art teacher and as a social worker with HIV/AIDS victims, before becoming a full-time artist. His project has been presented at Pulosari Public Space in Bandung, Contemporary Ujazdowksi Castle in Warsaw (Poland) and The National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta.
Vera Sacchetti is a Basel-based design critic and curator. She serves in a variety of curatorial, research and editorial roles, most recently as program coordinator for the multidisciplinary research initiative Driving the Human (2020-2023) and curator of the initial edition of architecture festival Archipelago: Architectures for the Multiverse (2021). She is co-curator of TEOK Basel and one half of the curatorial initiative Foreign Legion. Sacchetti was associate curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial, A School of Schools, curatorial advisor for the BIO 50 Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and, as part of editorial consultancy Superscript, headed the “Towards a New Avant-Garde” event series at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. She has recently edited Design as a Tool for Transition: The Atelier Luma Approach; and Design As Learning: A School of Schools Reader. Her writing has appeared in Disegno, Metropolis, and The Avery Review, among others. Sacchetti teaches at ETH Zurich and HEAD Geneva, and in 2020 joined the Federal Design Commission of Switzerland.
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Chris Salter is an artist, Full Professor for Design + Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Director of the Hexagram Concordia Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technology. Trained in economics, philosophy, theater directing and computer music, his performances, installations, research and publications have been presented at festivals, exhibitions and conferences around the world. He is the author of Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press 2010), Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015) and the forthcoming Sensing Machines: How Sensors Shape our Everyday Life (MIT Press, 2022).
Martina Schraudner is head of the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation and of the department Gender and Diversity in Technology and Product Development at the Technical University of Berlin. From 2018-2021, she was on the board of directors of acatech - German Academy of Science and Engineering e. V. She deals with methods, instruments and processes that make diversity, understood as different perspectives, accessible and usable in research and development. Schraudner is active in expert groups for Structural Change of the European Union and national and international selection committees for application-oriented research and innovation projects. She is a member of the Council of the University of Paderborn, of the Board of Trustees of the European Academy for Women in Politics and Economics (EAF) and the Board of the Competence Centre Technology-Diversity-Equal Opportunities e. V.
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Eylül Şenses graduated from the Architecture Department of Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, and she participated in a one-year exchange program at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. After taking part in various projects with the design collective called Plankton Project, she worked as a program coordinator in TAK Kartal, a creative hub empowering collective decision-making processes on an urban scale. She worked as operations and public programme associate at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial realized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). She received a master’s degree from the architecture and urban studies program, Kadir Has University (KHAS). She took part in research and exhibition projects within SALT and KHAS. Recently she has worked as a public programme associate at the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial and has been part of The Young Curators Group established within the biennial. She is one of the founding members of the Urban Studies Cooperative (Urban.koop), a collective network of urbanists, artists, and creatives who are willing to co-develop urban policies, programs, and projects for the local communities.
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Jaime Sevilla is an explorer of the weirdness of reality. His work spans communication with alien artificial minds, building tools for precognition and helping humanity flourish.
Soft Agency is a diasporic group of female architects, artists, curators, scholars and writers working with spatial practices. The agency’s work is rooted in feminist methodologies practices and formats, in the intersection of critical spatial practice, radical pedagogies, collectivities of becoming otherwise and alternative modes of participation. Through the creation of spaces, workshops, events, exhibitions, publications and public programs, Soft Agency seeks to disrupt and re-imagine the lively entanglements through which civic life is organized, rethinking economy, political relationships and social bonds.
Sonic Acts of Noticing was developed by two architectural designers and educators, a sound artist-researcher, and two web design-researchers. The team come together to explore the potential of foregrounding the sonic in the creation of emancipatory spaces. Operating at the intersection of practice, teaching, and research; the material, the sonic and the virtual, in order to find modes and sites of intervention that will support collective learning and transformative change.
Julia Udall leads fourth-year M. Arch at Sheffield Hallam School of Architecture, and third-year history and theory. Her research explores commoning, engaged architectural pedagogies, and the ethics and politics of spatial design.
Jonathan Orlek is an architectural researcher and practitioner. He has recently completed a collaborative Ph.D. between East Street Arts and the University of Huddersfield, which used embedded ethnographic methods to investigate the provision of housing by artist-led organisations. Julia and Jonathan are directors of social enterprise architectural collective, Studio Polpo, and have both taught at Sheffield School of Architecture, in the M. Arch and MA Urban Design.
Alex De Little is a sound artist and post-doctoral researcher at Nottingham and Leeds, and an honorary fellow at Goldsmiths in the Department of Music. His practice encompasses installation, composition, and workshops, and he has recently exhibited at the RCA, National Science and Media Museum, and East Street Arts Leeds. The three initially came together in developing “The High Street of Exchanges,” as part of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 “The Garden of Privatised Delights.”
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Juan Pablo García Sossa (JPGS) (*Bogotá) is a designer, researcher and artist fascinated by the clash between emerging technologies and grass-root popular culture in tropical territories. His practice explores the development of cultures, visions, realities and worlds through the remix and reappropriation of technologies from a Tropikós perspective (Tropics as Region and Mindset). JPGS has been part of diverse research institutions and design studios and currently is a design research member at SAVVY Contemporary The Laboratory of Form-Ideas’ Design Department in Berlin and Co-Director of Estación Terrena, a space for arts, research and technologies in Bogotá. JPGS is a 2020 Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future Fellow at EYEBEAM.
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James Taylor-Foster is a writer and cultural critic trained in architecture. He is the curator of contemporary architecture and design at ArkDes, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design. In 2016 he co-curated the Nordic Pavilion at the 15th Biennale Architettura di Venezia and in 2018 participated in the central exhibition at the 16th. He has developed a number of curatorial projects in Stockholm including, most recently, the first museum exhibition to explore the culture and creative field of ASMR. He was formerly editor-at-large for ArchDaily.
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Matthew C. Wilson is an American artist, filmmaker, and researcher based in the Netherlands. In Wilson’s films/videos, sculptures, and installations viewers encounter a range of agents and intelligences entangled in natural processes and shape-shifting historical forces. His projects utilize research-based, site-specific, and methodologically eclectic approaches to track the inertia of Modernity — through contemporary ecological crises and technological transformations — into speculative futures.
Wilson holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in the City of New York and undergraduate degrees in Literature and Art/Design from North Carolina State University. He has been a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and numerous residencies including Aalto University, Jan van Eyck Academie, Tabakalera, Terra Foundation, CSAV/Fondazione Antonio Ratti, and Skowhegan. His work has been supported by grants, fellowships, and commissions from Mondriaan Fonds, Forecast Platform, Kone Foundation, Talbot Rice Gallery at Edinburgh University, and the European Commission through the NEARCH project. His moving image work has screened on Vdrome.org, at IFFR — International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, and Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, among others. Gallery exhibitions include: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL; Marres, Maastricht, NL; Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool, UK; and The Brooklyn Rail Curatorial Projects, Brooklyn, New York, US. Wilson is currently a tutor in the F for Fact MA at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, NL.
Biao Xiang 项飙is Director of Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany since 2020, and Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford before that. Xiang’s research addresses various types of migration – internal and international, unskilled and highly skilled, emigration and return migration, and the places and people left behind – in China, India and other parts of Asia. Xiang is the winner of the 2008 Anthony Leeds Prize for his book Global Bodyshopping and the 2012 William L. Holland Prize for his article Predatory Princes. His 2000 Chinese book 跨越边界的社区 (published in English as Transcending Boundaries, 2005) was reprinted in 2018 as a contemporary classic, and 自己作为方法 (Self as Method, co-authored with Wu Qi) was ranked the Most Impactful Book 2020. His work has been translated into Japanese, French, Korean, Spanish, German and Italian.
Chen Zhan is an architect, anthropologist and independent filmmaker. Chen’s film practice focuses on the socio-political struggles of the marginalised through the lens of the everyday. Her short documentary, Ahmad, tells the story of a Lebanese asylum seeker who rebuilds his life through cooking and food-sharing. The film debuted at the London International Documentary Festival (2019). Her anthropological research develops a critical analysis of future-making at the intersection between design, material culture and consumerism. In architecture, Chen was dedicated to the realisation of Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Leeds. Chen is currently working on a short film with Jingru (Cyan) Cheng, Orchid, Wasp and I, a dystopian story seeking to unsettle the anthropocentric practices that exacerbate the climate crisis.
Philipp Ziegler is a curator in the field of art and technology. He is currently the head of the Curatorial Department at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, and has been responsible for numerous exhibitions there since 2012. He curated or co-curated several international projects such as the ifa (Institute for foreign Relations) exhibition Future Perfect. Contemporary Art from Germany which has toured internationally since 2013. In 2018 he was one of the curators of the 6th Guangzhou Triennial at the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China. Ziegler has written articles and essays in various magazines and catalogues and was recently the co-editor of the publication Digital Imaginaries. African Positions Beyond Binaries. He studied art history and history in Stuttgart, Germany and Milan, Italy.
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