María Inés Plaza Lazo
Editor, Founder, Publisher
likes to develop curatorial and communication strategies for others, individuals and institutions. She grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, lives and works between the streets of Berlin and the world.
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Trained in Haute Couture, followed by studies in art history and political science. Since 1994 freelance consultant among others for the Design-Center Stuttgart, followed by a curatorial assistance at MAK-Museum for Applied Arts, Vienna. Art critic for Frame, Flash Art and Artnet.de. 2004–2008 Junior Curator at the Daimler Art Collection Stuttgart/Berlin. 2008 – 2010: a switch to fashion and lifestyle with the position of features director of Tush Magazine as well as between 2007–2011 executive editor and co-publisher of Vorn Magazine. 2012, founding of Vorneditions by publishing an edition with the focus on time based documentary photography. Various interviews and contributions for artists’ monographies and cultural studies catalogues as well as features director for L’Officiel Hommes Germany. Currently working as freelance curator for the collection of the LBBW and other clients. Lives in Berlin.
Till Sperrle is a conceptual and research-driven Graphic Design Studio in Berlin. His work is concerned with questions of justice, identity, class, memory, the effects of capitalism on society and the individual
as well as the desirability of Utopia. He works closely with artists and cultural institutions, architects, writers and music labels and is creating visual identities, books, record covers and magazines.
is based in Berlin.
She has a conceptual and interdisciplinary practice that includes the production of images, writing, performance, online gestures, filmmaking, discussions and installation. Concerned with social systems, representation and technology, she develops obsessive rituals, collaborations and speculative narratives to question these issues.
Last year, Sans initiated the series of conversations in hotel rooms called Precarious Gossips. These aim at gathering voices coming from multiple backgrounds, that may be under-represented or generally more quiet, as to discuss important yet delicate topics.
Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University. His books include Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization and Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and The Settling of Unpayable Debts.
AP is a writer, contributes to Artforum & Calvert Journal, author of Poor but Sexy. Culture Clashes in Europe East and West (2013) and a memoir A Girl & a Gun (2020). She lives in Warsaw.
Associate Editor, Issue 10
Melissa Canbaz is a writer and curator based in Berlin, where she recently worked for Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Currently she is part of the team at the thematic bookshop Pro qm. She is co-running the exhibition space Stations in Kreuzberg.
Rodney is a vendor for Arts of the Working Class based in Berlin
Quarantined in Bologna, performance artist Jakob Lohmann began the initiative Artists in Quarantine to showcase artists and tell their stories. Due to travel restrictions, precautionary measures, as well as general hysteria caused by virus COVID-19, many artists are losing work opportunities and foundational income. Galleries, theaters, even public places are being closed off. Artists in Quarantine wants to show humans during this crisis and our ways of dealing with the uncertainty of the situation while at the same time moving forward. Next to shedding light upon each individual and different projects that have arisen from these circumstances, Jakob wants to create a community of artists that can help each other through this current crisis. https://www.jlohmann.com/
is an independent Berlin-based artist, critic and curator from Canada. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and an MA in Critical Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia. Together with Patrick Schabus, he forms the artist collective Alphabet Collection. Salemy is the Organizer at The New Centre for Research & Practice.
Benjamin T. Busch
Benjamin T. Busch (*1987, Kansas City) is an American visual artist and architect living in Berlin. Spanning art, architecture, curating, and writing, his work deals with the aesthetics/politics of space. His ongoing research considers spatial practice through processes of urbanization, self-organization, and the everyday, with regard to the growing role of computation across societies. Since spring 2018, Busch co-directs The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) together with Lorenzo Sandoval. www.studiobusch.com
is an artist and editor based in Berlin. Her art practice ranges from painting to hair sculpture. As an editor she strives to make 'good ideas' more legible than the bad and as a human she dreams of an old age on earth.
is a writer and philosopher based in Berlin.
is an artist, writer and curator. Together with Hito Steyerl and Vera Tollmann, he co-founded the Research Center for Proxy Politics. Levin was co-curator of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie 2017. He is currently a PhD candidate as part of the Cultures of Critique research training group at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Levin is co-curator of the 3rd Chennai Photo Biennale, taking place in Chennai, India, December 2020.
Headshot by Omri Livne
Thomas Spallek creates typography, books and exhibitions together with various artists and institutions.
(b.1992) is an independent researcher and liminal figure between cultural and survival production. She studies the process of togetherness and has recently directed her interest in a speculative and active agenda for redefining interaction between human and non human agents for the future. https://www.instagram.com/dalia_goessomewhere/
Àngels Miralda Tena
Contributor/ Associate Editor Issue 10
is a Catalan-American writer and curator currently based in Terrassa, Catalonia. She writes on curatorial and institutional ethics and organises exhibitions internationally.
Mikala Hyldig Dal
Mikala Hyldig Dal is an artist, curator and author based in Berlin, Cairo and The Hague. She examines visual cultures through video- and text-based interventions. Many of her works are installations, but also performance, drawing and painting are among her artistic practices. The artist is represented in international exhibitions, e.g. in Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, Cairo Townhouse Gallery, Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen, Fluxfactory New York and Azad Gallery Tehran. Dal is interested in the connections between image production and the destruction of images (iconoclasm), processes of visualization and invisibility, structures of power in the field of the visual. In the words of philosopher Jacques Rancière: Mikala deconstructs "aesthetic regimes" with her artistic works, her curatorial projects and theoretical reflections."
- Introduction by Prof. Dr. Linda Hentschel, Institute for Art and Visual History (IKB), Humboldt University Berlin
(translated from German)
George Lynch is a writer based in London. She is interested in work.
Associate Editor Issue 10
Stephanie Bailey is editor-in-chief of Ocula Magazine, a contributing editor to ART PAPERS
and LEAP, the managing editor of Podium, the online journal for M+ in Hong Kong, and a
member of the Naked Punch editorial committee. Formerly senior editor of Ibraaz, she also
writes for ArtMonthly, Artforum, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and D’ivan, A
Journal of Accounts, and since 2015 she has curated the Conversations programme at Art
Basel in Hong Kong. From 2006 to 2012, Bailey lived in Athens, Greece, where she
designed, directed and managed the BTEC-accredited foundation course in Art and Design at
Sumugan Sivanesan’s practice turns around art, activism and theory. Often working collaboratively, his interests include minority politics, activist media, artist infrastructures and more-than-human rights. He has been involved in a number of art-activist collectives in Australia including: boat-people.org, theweathergroup_U and Yurt Empire. He is currently organising with Black Earth, a BIPoC climate justice collective in Berlin. www.sivanesan.net
Anna Muchin (b.1985, GR/FR) is a music, poetry and photography artist. As composer and singer-songwriter ‘Scarlett O’Hanna’ ( www.scarlettohanna.com ), she has released and toured records Cheap Bling Bling (2009), Impostor (2011) and Romance Floats (2014) in Europe, Usa and Japan. Her collaborations include playing support for Wilco, Cocorosie, touring with She Keeps Bees, creating with Nate Kinsella (aka Birthmark), Peter Silberman (The Antlers) and sound designing in dance, fashion or the cinema.
Over the course of residencies in Belgium and Japan, she has extended her practice to visual language and poetry. Mixed-media creations that explore societal realities through the intimate.
A.M. also works as a writer, translator and lives in Brussels.
Al-Hasani studied Politics and Law in Göttingen, Germany before working for a number of international organizations, as a consultant in Berlin, New York and Zurich. He is now working for Vice Versa Art Books in Berlin.
Zach Blas is an artist, filmmaker, and writer whose practice spans technical investigation, theoretical research, conceptualism, performance, and science fiction. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Blas has exhibited, lectured, and held screenings internationally, recently at the de Young Museum, Tate Modern, Walker Art Center, 2018 Gwangju Biennale, the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, Matadero Madrid, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art in General, Gasworks, Van Abbemuseum, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, e-flux, Whitechapel Gallery, ZKM Center for Art and Media, and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo. Recent works have addressed biometric capture, time travel, policing as mysticism, the crystals balls of Silicon Valley, and dildos. His practice has been supported by a Creative Capital award in Emerging Fields, the Arts Council England, and Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst. Blas’s writings can be found in the collections You Are Here: Art After the Internet, Documentary Across Disciplines, Queer: Documents of Contemporary Art, and e-flux journal. His work has been written about and featured in Artforum, Frieze, ArtReview, Mousse Magazine, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Blas is a 2018-2020 UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellow.
is an artist / writer, lives in Zürich.
is an art historian and independent curator based in Montreal, where she teaches at the departments of Art History and Museum Studies at Université de Montréal. In her PhD project she is interested in deconstructing modernist national art histories from a trans-national and decolonial perspective. As curator she has been working with international contemporary artists in Montreal. Her latest project on the Canadian painter and art educator Anne Savage can be visited online on the web page of Montreal’s Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery.
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Cibelle Cavalli Bastos
Mx. Cibelle Cavalli Bastos (b. 1978, São Paulo, Brazil) Non-binary, They/Them pronouns.
Artist, musician, independent researcher and activist. Lives and works between Berlin, São Paulo and London. Graduated in 2015 from Royal College of Art, London. Released four music albums worldwide under "Cibelle" for Crammed Discs and has performed and presented work in Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid-SP), Martin Gropius Bau (Berlin-DE), ICA (London-UK), MASP (São Paulo-BR) Carnegie Hall (NY-USA), LCCA (Riga-LV), CAC Wifredo Lam (Havana-Cuba), 6th Moscow Biennale (Moscow-RU), Steirischer Herbst and collaborations in the 28th /31st São Paulo Biennial (SP-Brazil) among others.
is a curator, researcher and writer born to southern Italy and currently based in Berlin, where she is Artistic co-Director of SAVVY Contemporary. She is also on the curatorial team of the quadrennial sonsbeek2020-2024. In 2016, she and iLiana Fokianaki initiated the research project Future Climates, focusing on how economic fluxes shape and determine the work of small-scale initiatives in contexts with weak public infrastructures for arts and culture.
Judith Sieber is a PhD candidate at the KdK-Program at Leuphana, University Lüneburg.
Didem Yazıcı is an independent curator and writer based in Karlsruhe, Germany. Her curatorial work is inspired by thinking across disciplines in and outside of art, the potentiality of exhibitions as socio-poetic spaces, the legacy of intersectional feminism and global exhibition histories. She earned her B.A. in Art History at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul (2008) and an M.A. in Curatorial and Critical Studies at the Städelschule and Goethe University in Frankfurt (2012).
Chris is an artist, curator and writer living in Berlin. His research focuses on mediation in art and cultural institutions. He currently studies Cultures of the Curatorial at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig.
Laurie Rojas is an independent critic and arts journalist based in Berlin (b. Panama). She received an M.A. in New Arts Journalism from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, were she wrote her graduate thesis on Confronting the “Death” of Art Criticism. She is a founder of the Platypus Affiliated Society, the podcast Shit Platypus Says, and the art criticism publication Caesura. Formerly she was the Senior Editor of Spike and the Editor in Chief of the Platypus Review. Her recent writing focuses on ambivalence in artworks, art criticism after its eclipse, and questions of emancipation raised by art.
Övül Ö. Durmusoglu
Contributor/ Associate Editor Issue 10
is a curator and writer living in Berlin. Her interests lie in the intersection of contemporary art, critical and gender theory, politics and popular culture. Currently, Övül is a guest professor in the Graduate School in University of the Arts in Berlin; section curator for ARCO Madrid and guest curator in CA2M Madrid. Her recent curatorial project ‘Stars Are Closer and Clouds Are Nutritious Under Golden Trees’ has taken place in the MMAG Foundation, Amman in 2019.
I write my to do list on my right hand.
A list of suggestions about my work here: floating, implicit communication, echo, movement, transformation.
Film photography, video, and installations
Based in Berlin.
Emily McDermott is a writer and editor. She lives in Berlin.
Fred Dewey is a Los Angeles and Brussels based curator, activist, editor, text artist, and author of The School of Public Life (doormats/errant bodies 2015) and from an apparent contradiction in Arendt to a working group method (re: public 2017). He has led working groups on Hannah Arendt in Europe and the United States. In 2017, he conducted a Berlin-wide mobile working group with ZK/U, The Portable Polis. He was director of Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2010, has published cultural and political essays internationally, and co-founded the Neighborhood Councils Movement in Los Angeles, in response to the LA riots, helping place the councils in city law.
Meenakshi Thirukode is a writer, researcher and a 2016-17 FICA Inlaks Goldsmiths scholar at the M.Res program in Curatorial/Knowledge, Goldsmiths, University of London. She also graduated with Honors in the MA History of the Art Market, Connoisseurship and Art Criticism from Christies Education, New York (2008-09) Her areas of research include the role of culture and collectivity in the sub-continent within the realm of a trans-nomadic, transient network of individuals and institutions. Her recent projects include organizing the ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ conference at MAC Birmingham, UK as part of the India-UK 70 years celebration (March 2018) and ‘Out of Turn, Being Together Otherwise’, exploring performance art histories in collaboration with Asia Art Archive (AAA) at Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India (December 15th-22nd 2018). Her chapter ‘Towards a Public of the Otherwise’, will be published in the Routledge Companion Series for Art in the Public Realm in 2020.
Anamaría Garzón Mantilla
is a curator and full time faculty at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Garzón is the editor of post(s), and creative director of Khôra, a non-profit space.
works in transdisciplinary artistic practice with a focus on research and mediation. She uses lens based media, installation, social moments, sculpture, print or writing to reflect the intersections and divergences of so-called 'high' and 'low cultures' and their socio-economic and political constitutions. Raised between Albania and Germany reflections on migration-related visual and material culture, the social life of things, networked images and diasporic narratives form main foci of her work. She studied photography, media arts and curatorial studies and see’s her work as an art educator as part of her artistic and activist practice. She works with a variety of groups together on collaborative artistic projects, e.g. amongst others for the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, within District Berlin as part of the intersectional, feminist collective N*A*I*L*S or the Critical Academy in Dublin.
Publisher & Editor
Omri Livne is an artist working with image making and writing based in Berlin. Livne’s works
deal primarily with labor, theft, consumerism, job-related depression, capitalism, and the art
market. Livne struggles to make a living with art selling so he works in whatever he can to afford
his life. https://omrilivne.net/