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writer and curator from Zurich, studied Asian Art History and Intercultural Studies. He was the co-founder, with Andrea Hinteregger De Mayo and Linda Christinger, of Christinger De Mayo, a project gallery trying to build bridges between European and Latin American Art, which will close its doors by the end of 2015. He now works as an independent curator and publicist. His main focus is on the construction of “the other” in intercultural relations and art history. His last museum show at the Museum Rietberg featured 21 Swiss artists, who questioned the relationship between the collection of antique non-European art and its local public. His current projects include such different topics as the history of curry, the Swiss Merchant Navy and lecturing at the ZHdK, Zurich. He is one of three Triennium curators for TBA21’s “The Current” and also curator for international projects at TBA21 in Vienna.

Swiss artist and lecturer living in London and Zurich. Her multidisciplinary practice engages with spatial experiences both within the natural and constructed environment. Recent works address the uncertainties of geopolitics related to natural resources and man-made production. Interdisciplinary projects include urban planning, green infrastructures and narrative environments in public parks. Jäger studied in Singapore and London and gained her MA at Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, e.g., Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum Thun, Haus für Kunst Uri, Galeria Pilar Sao Paulo, Kunstmuseum Chur, Sammlung Essl Klosterneuburg/Wien, Haus Konstruktiv Zurich, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Kunstverein Pforzheim. Winner of the Swiss Art Award 2007. Monica Ursina Jäger is a lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Zurich ZHAW at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences IUNR.
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German visual artist who sees his expanded role as that of an agent for various aspects of his chosen medium photography. He is currently co-curator at Photobastei and had worked, over the previous decade, for different galleries in New York and Zürich. He has also taught and lectured at universities and schools in the United States, Germany and Switzerland since 2000. He holds a MFA in Photography from the University of Florida, with a minor in German Literature and Film. After grad school, he attended the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum in New York. His work has been exhibited internationally, including in collaboration with Martha Rosler & the fleas as part of Utopia Station at the Venice Biennial 2003. Daniel Blochwitz lives and works in Zürich.

Swiss curator and film scholar, studied at University of Zurich, Switzerland. She holds a PhD in film history on the experimental films of Carolee Schneemann (published in Schüren Verlag, Marburg 2009). Since 2008 Bühler works as director of contemporary art at the Kunstmuseum Bern. In this position she curated shows with Tracey Emin (2009), Yves Netzhammer (2010), Thomas Hirschhorn (2011), Berlinde De Bruyckere (2011), Zarina Bhimji (2012), Bill Viola (2014) and Bethan Huws (2014). In 2012 Bühler received the Swiss Exhibition Award for the exhibition Dislocacion: Cultural Location and Identity in Times of Globalization (cat. Hatje Cantz 2011). She has been working as art critic for Neue Zürcher Zeitung from 2002 – 2007 and publishes regularly texts on contemporary art in newspapers, art magazines, catalogues, and artist’s books.
www.kunstmuseumbern.ch

German writer and exhibition organizer. He served as a guest curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona and the artistic director of Documenta Ⅻ Kassel. He also curated exhibitions that won critical acclaims, such as “Barely Something. On Ai Weiwei” (2010, Museum DKM), “The Government” (2003–2005, University Art Gallery Luneburg, Museum d’Art Contemporari de Barcelona, Miami Art Central, Witte de with Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam Secession) and “The Subject and Power” (2001, Central House of the Art). He taught in Luneburg University (2002–2005, Luneburg) and the Academy of Fine Arts (2007–2009, Karlsruhe), contributing significantly to the education of young artists. Since 2013 Roger M Buergel is founding director of Johann Jacobs Museum Zurich, an exhibition space and research institution dedicated to the cultural residue of global trade routes.
www.johannjacobs.com

Swiss artist who lives and works in Basel and Amsterdam. In 2009 and 2012, she was awarded the Swiss Art Award, followed by the Manor Prize Zurich in 2013. Besides solo exhibitions at CCS Centre Culturel Suisse Paris, Dan Gunn Berlin, BolteLang Zurich, SMBA Stedelijk Bureau Amsterdam and Kunstmuseum Winterthur, she has participated in various group shows in institutions, such as ICA Philadelphia and de Appel Arts Centre Amsterdam. She is a lecturer at the Institut Kunst in Basel.
www.alexandranavratil.com

Canadian artist, writer and educator. Her PhD in Art at Goldsmiths (soon to be examined) explores cultural concepts of character in the age of big data. Rosamond has exhibited across Canada, in the UK and in Europe. Exhibitions include solo shows at AceArt, Inc, Winnipeg, and the Richmond Art Gallery, B.C., Canada, as well as two-person exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and Truck Contemporary, Calgary. She has held residencies at the Wysing Arts Centre and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2014, Rosamond co-founded the art collective School of the Event Horizon with Kate Pickering and Steven Ounanian. Since then, the School has exhibited and performed at ASC Gallery, London; Tenderpixel and Tenderbooks, London; Art 15, London; and at T.A.P., Southend-on-Sea. Rosamond guest lectures frequently, and regularly contributes essays to exhibition catalogues, magazine articles and journals - most recently Esse, Message and the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. She is a Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Kent.
www.emilyrosamond.com

born in Northern Ireland, has been based in Zurich since 2008. As a freelance critic she writes on exhibitions and artists for numerous publications including Art Review, frieze, frieze d/e, uncube, pin-up and Kunstbulletin, and is a contributing editor for both Art in America and Art Agenda. In recent years she has contributed texts to catalogues for artists including Melanie Smith, Robert Kinmont, Christoph Franz and Michael Meier, Clare Goodwin, Thilo Westermann and Fabian Chiquet. She also translates texts on contemporary art for museum and gallery publications. In 2009 she founded the irregular and itinerant debate series art+argument, which has taken place in venues including the Kunstmuseum Bern, galleries such as BolteLang, freymond-guth and Anne Mosseri-Marlio and by invitation of organisations including the Irish Embassy in Bern and e-flux. Rosenmeyer has participated in juries and talks in Switzerland and internationally, and, in collaboration with Daniel Morgenthaler, leads the ongoing ‘Crritic!’ investigation into critical writing on art in Switzerland supported by Pro Helvetia.
artandargument.blogspot.ch
www.crritic.ch

art historian. He holds a PhD from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, his thesis explores concepts of the future, machines and the cosmos from an art historian perspective. In the previous five years, he worked as teaching assistant for art- and cultural theory at Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK. Currently he works as educational coordinator for the art-biennale “Manifesta” and writes for “Terpentin” – a Swiss magazine for art criticism. He has realized exhibitions, publications and research projects surrounding theories of materiality, concepts of history, technology as well as artistic concepts of the future. He lives and works in Zurich Switzerland.
www.future-machines.org

independent curator, researcher and artist living in Zurich. Her approach as a curator is research-oriented and involves a-disciplinary references and interventions across contexts, spaces and media, with a focal point on group and collective exhibition-making that operates as an ecology of re-singularization and individuation in practices of dis-play. Her main interests lie in the relation between representational and non-representational aesthetic forms, between language, image and text in translation processes, material and immaterial traits of the spectacle in late capitalism, and how technological dispositifs and their apparatuses relate to the politics of difference and impersonal fabulations. Sevova currently runs Corner College, an art project space in Zurich Kreis 4, in a collective constellation. She works collaboratively with Alan Roth as the critical media art and theory collective code flow. Recent curatorial and research projects: Sinopale 5 (Sinop Contemporary Art Biennial), Clusters and Crystals: Observing at Point Zero, Sinop, Turkey, 2014; guest curator at Kunsthof (ZHdK) under the overarching title Opportunities for Outdoor Play? Playgrounds – New Spaces of Liberty (The Question of Form), with numerous events, interventions, an international symposium, etc., Zurich, 2013.
www.corner-college.com
www.code-flow.net

writer, journalist and poet. His work has focused in the development of narrative structures integrating different media in literature, film and visual arts projects. Born in São Paulo (Brazil) Simantob studied Cinema (University of São Paulo) and Economics (FGV - São Paulo) following a career at Folha de S.Paulo daily as reporter, editor and multimedia editorial manager. He settled in Zurich in 2000, having collaborated since then to several papers and magazines specialized in international relations, film and literature. He is also the author of Josíada (Alameda Editorial, 2013. Simantob started in 2005 to develop documentary film projects in international co-productions, mostly dealing with environmental issues. From 2008 to 2012 he set the development departments of production houses Red Earth Studio (UK) and Canal Azul (Brazil), responsible for series such as Eco-crime Investigators (National Geographic Channel International), Luke Gamble, World-wide Vet (Sky/UK), and one-offs Bikini Atoll - Off Limits (ARTE/ZDF) and Columbus (Sundance Channel).

In 2013 Simantob assumed the post of Chief Communications Officer and Editorial Director of the 3rd Bahia Arts Biennale (Bienal da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil. He still directs the editorial project developed during the Bienal, now under the auspices of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (MAM-BA). He is also a guest lecturer in Transmedia Storytelling at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Lucerne (Camera Arts Program, HSLU) and consultant for the Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich.

born in Zurich where he studied Philosophy, comparative literary studies and Egyptology at Zurich University. Since 1986 he has been working as a freelance critic. In 2009 he received the Berlin Price of literary critics. He translated works by Raymond Roussel, Blaise Cendrars, J.J. Rousseau and jointly with Michael Pfister "Justine&Juliette" in 10 volumes by the Marquis de Sade. He was a freelance co-curator at the Kunsthaus Zürich with Tobia Bezzola and Michael Pfister of “SADE/SURREAL" (2001/2002) and guest-curated "Les années Labyrinthe: Giacometti - Balthus - Skira" at the Musée Rath, Geneva (2009). Together with Juri Steiner he has been guest-curator at the Tinguely Museum in Basel and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht (NL): “Die Situationistische Internationale – In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni” (2006/2007), „Balades avec le Minotaure“ for the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel (2013), „Foray into Happiness“ (2014). Recently he hosted the Salon Suisse: S.O.S. Dada – The World Is A Mess (2015, 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia and „Dada universal“ for the Swiss National Museum (2016).

independent curator and art critic. Since 2008 she has organised exhibitions around the globe - London, Cairo, São Paulo, Algiers, Paris, Marseille, Tallinn, Basel, Nairs, Lausanne. From 2014 to the end of 2015, she was Director of Museum Langmatt (CH) and worked from 2009 to the end of 2013 as Director of the Art School esba TALM in Tours (F). From 2002 to the end of 2007, she directed Fri-Art, the Fribourg contemporary art centre. She has worked in particular at the Kunsthalle in Bern, Mamco and the Cabinet des estampes (Print Room) in Geneva. For the cities of Baden and Zurich, she has worked on a number of projects in public space including the “Infolge Kunstprojekt”. She has regularly published articles and essays on contemporary art since the 1990’s. Among others, she has also edited catalogues, notably for the 9th Biennial of the image in movement in 2001.
www.sarahzurcher.com


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