Damian Christinger, writer and curator from Zurich, studied Asian Art History and Intercultural Studies. He was the co-founder, of Christinger De Mayo, a project gallery trying to build bridges between European and Latin American Art, which closed its doors December 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 the Moomins. He worked as a curator for the TBA21 project The Current and is lecturing at the University of the Arts Zurich.
Monica Ursina Jäger is a 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, Helmhaus Zurich, Galeria Pilar Sao Paulo, 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 the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences IUNR at University of Applied Sciences Zurich ZHAW.
Tenderpixel is a contemporary art gallery in Central London. The gallery showcases a diversity of creative positions within culture, economy and politics. They are committed to the professional development of emerging and mid career artists through a programme of curated exhibitions and events as well as research based solo presentations in London and abroad.
Founder: Etan Ilfeld
Director & Curator: Borbála Soós
Curator: Stella Sideli
Nicole Bachmann is an artist based in London. She works in performance, installation and writing. Her work investigates the voice as a tool and method of knowledge production. Through layering, intonation, repetition, fragmentation and musicality, the voice pushes the text beyond “pure” signification of words and surplus meanings are created. Her installations are sites for examining the connections and similarities between the construction of language, sense and the making of objects. Her work was included in Manifesta 11 and shown at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia, ICA, London, Whitechapel Gallery, London, MOTINTERNATIONAL project London, Turner Contemporary, Margate UK and Rowing, London. She’s also the co-founder of Performance as Publishing, a collaborative project with Ruth Beale.
Ruth Beale's practice considers the evocative relationships between culture, governance, social discourse and representation. A form of socialised questioning, it includes performance, writing, collecting, drawing and socially-engaged processes. She works on both long-term projects involving extensive archive research, and more spontaneous performances which co-opt audiences, collaborators and participants. She has performed and exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, London, ICA, London, Turner Contemporary, Basel Kunsthalle, MoMA Ps1, South London Gallery and Modern Art Oxford. She is co-founder of Performance as Publishing with Nicole Bachmann, and collaborative practice The Alternative School of Economics with Amy Feneck. Recent projects include Rabbits Road Institute, a Create London commission, and Take One / Take Two / Take Three at Eastside Projects.
Giselle Genillard founder and director of “SOS INTERNATIONALE”, is a Licensed Midwife, a member of the European Association of Body Psychotherapy (EABP), a Somatic Experiencing (SE)® Practitioner, a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI), a Touch-in-Parenting Instructor and founding Secretary of the Board of EASE, the European Association for Somatic Experiencing. She combines her training as a somatic therapist with the art of midwifery, the core principles of Somatic Experiencing (SE) ®, and her widespread cross-cultural experiences. She works internationally, is multilingual, and was a member of trauma outreach teams in South-East India post-tsunami, New Orleans post-Katrina and post-colonial South Africa post-independence. Giselle brought Peter Levine’s (“Waking the Tiger”) SE trainings to England and France where she teaches workshops related to traumatic stress. Giselle specializes in working with PTSD in early childhood disorders, adolescents, combat and high-stress situations, and international disasters.
Justin Hibbs studied at Central St. Martins, London (1991-94) and currently lives and works in London. He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally, and has also curated a series of artist-led exhibitions. Across his practice, Justin Hibbs (b. 1971, Poole, UK) picks apart the mechanics of spatial perception and representation, drawing upon social, political and aesthetic agendas encoded within architectural structures. In particular, much of his work is a renegotiation of the visual language and ideological legacies of modernism, seeking to establish and question relationships between real and idealised notions of space. This is enacted through a uniquely multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates painting, drawing, sculpture and architectural interventions. He has exhibited at Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, London, Jerwood Space, Kunsthaus Grenchen, Switzerland and Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany.
Matylda Krzykowski is a designer and curator. She focuses on collaborative and performative projects. Krzykowski’s work is introspective, as it explores and experiments with the inner mechanisms of design. As such, her projects dissect the design process to its different stages – from methodologies and education to network and politics. With a strong perspective of design as a discipline of communication, her work explores interdisciplinary links, which may differ from Choreography to Reportage and to TV game shows, to name a few. Krzykowski is founding member and co-director of Depot Basel place for contemporary design, Switzerland, and is a former participant of the Jan van Eyck Academy.
Luc Mattenberger is a Swiss artist who lives and works in Geneva and Berlin. He completed his Academic degree (Hons.) and a postgraduate at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) in 2007. He works essentially in the field of sculpture and installation. His works explore the multiples convinces between man and machine, with a particular interest for the engine as vector and symbol of power. During his career, the artist has been rewarded with several prizes, (e.g. Prix de la Fondation UBS, Swiss art award, etc.) and residency programs in Roma, Prague, Paris, Berlin and Marfa. Mattenberger is co-founder and co-editor of the literary review Coma.
The Museum of Non Participation is one aspect of Karen Mirza and Brad Butler’s wider artistic practice, an investigation of the terms and conditions of images, objects, collaboration, dialogue and the social. The Museum of Non Participation confronts (non) participation and the socio-political in art works. ‘Non Participation’ is not a negation, it is a threshold—a political plastic that expands and contracts, that is both unstable and malleable. This is an international neoliberal life condition, frequently (un) consciously exercised in the excess of one's own society, often gained at the expense of another's nameless plight elsewhere. Whilst locally it can be witnessed, for example, in the moment urgent social issues are both recognized and simultaneously ignored or rejected. It is also a structure including, in the UK, the filtering of government and corporate policies and agendas through the arts and arts funding.
John Palmesino is an architect and urbanist. He has established Territorial Agency together with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog. Territorial Agency is an independent organisation that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable territorial transformations, based in London. Recent projects include the Museum of Oil in collaboration with Greenpeace; Anthropocene Observatory in collaboration with Armin Linke and Anselm Franke; North.He teaches at the AA Architectural Association in London, and at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also a Research Fellow.
He has previously been Advising Researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; Head of Research at ETH Zurich–Studio Basel. He is a founding member of multiplicity, an international research network based in Milan.
public works is a critical design practice set up in 2004 that occupies the terrain in-between architecture, art, performance and activism. Together with their interdisciplinary network, they re-work the city’s opportunities towards citizen driven development and nurturing their rights over the city. public works’ projects are interested in what constitutes civic in the city and how to re-design structures that restrict it. The work gives space to and facilitates civic practices which promote direct involvement and collective action in order to transform and re-appropriate contemporary public life. They create long sustained relationships that build commonality, trust and enable co-authorship. This method allows, engagement and knowledge production, be it informal and intimate or political and academic. - it is through the production and sharing of knowledge that they can redefine the city through its inhabitants
Emily Rosamond is a Canadian artist, writer and educator. She is a Lecturer in Fine Art Theory at the Arts University Bournemouth. Previously, she was a Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Kent and an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths. She completed her PhD in Art in 2016 at Goldsmiths, where she held a Commonwealth Scholarship. Her doctoral work focused on character as a prominent speculative, representational logic of personhood in an era of predictive analytics.
Nicola Ruffo works as a curator in the fields of contemporary art, film and architecture. Amongst other things, he has co-curated the exhibitions Learning from Warsaw at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Poland) and Go! You Sure? Yeah! at Pool Project, in collaboration with the LUMA Foundation and Ringier collection (Switzerland). Recently he has co-published the architectural book Up Up, which portrays the urban development of Johannesburg (South Africa). He runs, together with Nele Dechmann, the Kunstverein Zurich – an art club, which practices since 2010 a nomadic work and exhibition style.
Aidan Treays is a Certified Rolfer®, based in London. He started his life long passion for the body and movement as a dancer. Training at Elmhurst Ballet School, this led to a career, rich with different styles of dance. He worked as a flamenco dancer, musical theatre performer and as a movement artist in devised Circus and physical theatre. He then took the natural step from performer to choreographer. His choreographic work has been seen in the West end, on Broadway, and in major motion pictures. The path to Rolfing drew closer with his experience as Head of Movement at Drama Studio London. He has observed, in the course of his career, what holds a body back and what makes the body sing.
Roman Vasseur is an artist whose artworks appropriate cinematic and political narratives to produce installations and actions that engage the forceful materiality of these fictions. Whether it is transporting a crate of earth from Transylvania to Los Angeles, planning the ritual execution of an international mural artist or disinterring a town’s original master-plan as a noirish, material fiction, past work has constructed scenarios around which the ‘social’ materialises as an unstable, mythological figure — a figure that cannot be looked upon directly but remains forceful nonetheless. Vasseur is currently completing a PhD in the Department of Art of Goldsmith’s College entitled I am the Sun and Cannot be Gazed upon Fixedly. He is a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University, London as well as lecturing elsewhere in the UK and abroad including Tate Britain and Otis College of Art and Design, LA. He has exhibited at Cubitt Gallery, London and the ICA.
Sarah Zürcher is an independent curator and art critic. Since 2008 she has organised exhibitions and festivals around the globe - London, Cairo, Delhi, São Paulo, Algiers, Paris, Marseille, Tallinn, Basel, Nairs, Lausanne and Baden. In 2014 and in 2015, she worked as Director of Museum Langmatt (CH) and 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.