studies art science in Berlin. They define themselves as nonbinary and are active as cultural worker, activist and model alongside their studies. Their research focus is on contemporary art from postcolonial and queerfeminist perspectives.
Geb. 1994 in Biberach an der Riß. Studierte Kulturwissenschaft und Area Studies in Berlin und Yogyakarta. Nach einer Zwischenstation beim Goethe-Institut Bangkok nun wieder zurück in Berlin (wer orientierungslos ist, kommt viel mehr rum).
Iliana Fokianaki, Maria Louka
iLiana Fokianaki is a curator, theorist and educator based in Athens and Rotterdam.
Maria Louka has studied psychology at Panteion University, Athens and works as a journalist.
Pablo Santacana Lopez
(Madrid, 1991) is an art researcher and architectural designer co-founder of Spanish art collective Vendedores de Humo and member of Berlin-based platform decolonizeM21. He is associate researcher at the FH Erfurt and phd candidate at the Bauhaus University Weimar.
ist in Polen geboren und Berlin aufgewachsen. Nach seinem Studium in Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder), Ljubljana und Warschau hat er zur Entstehung nationalistischer und faschistischer Netzwerke in Polen promoviert, wofür er u.A. von der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, dem Deutschen Historischen Institut Warschau, der Deutschen Nationalstiftung und der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Europa-Universität Viadrina gefördert wurde. Seit 2021 ist er als Referent bei Gesicht Zeigen! Für ein weltoffenes Deutschland e.V. im Rahmen des bundesweiten Kompetenznetzwerks Rechtsextremismusprävention für die Themen Rechtsextremismus und Wirtschaft verantwortlich.
is a curator, artist and writer, interested in ecosophy, indisciplinary research, labour and infrastructures, based between Berlin, Germany, Bangkok, Thailand and Seoul, South Korea. In 2018, he began assembling the Forest Curriculum with Pujita Guha, a multi-platform project for research and mutual co-learning around the naturecultures of the forested belts of South and Southeast Asia. Recent curatorial projects include Protocinema's A Few In Many Places, Seoul, Bangkok, Istanbul, New York, San Juan, Guatemala City (2021) with Mari Spirito; A House In Many Parts, Bangkok, Thailand (2020); In The Forest, Even The Air Breathes, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy (2020).
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.
lebt und arbeitet in Berlin an der Schnittstelle von Forschung und Kuratorischem. Sie versteht ihr Wissen als Praxis – und umgekehrt. Diesem Grundsatz folgend, beschäftigt sie sich vorwiegend mit Visuellen und Digitalen Kulturen, Performance und queer-feministischen Perspektiven, etwa in ihrer Promotion The Self on Display an der Freien Universität Berlin.
Alexander Kolesnikov ist investigativer Journalist aus Minsk, Weißrussland. Er studierte am Institut für Journalismus der Belarussischen Staatlichen Universität mit Abschluss Soziologie und Kunstgeschichte und arbeitet mit gesellschaftspolitischen Medien in Belarus, Russland und der Ukraine zusammen.
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Liva ist ein linkes ukrainisches Online-Magazin. Seit 2011 veröffentlicht Liva Artikel zu sozialen Themen, aktuellen politischen Ereignissen, Ökologie, Feminismus und Kultur.
born in Buffalo, NY, is driven by questions of ethics, capitalism, and class in classical music. Growing up in a largely workingpoor city, Paruta experienced feelings of alienation after crossing the socioeconomic wealth gap in order to study music. She will begin pursuing a PhD in Music History and Theory at the University at Buffalo in the Fall.
a is a writer and poet from Egypt who currently lives in Norway.
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.
is an anarchist dissident, historian, and author of Don’t Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia, and Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History.
(she/her) works as a writer, curator, editor, researcher and occasionally performer in Amsterdam and her birthplace Crete.
Àngels Miralda Tena
is a Catalan-American writer and curator currently based in Terrassa, Catalonia. She writes on curatorial and institutional ethics and organises exhibitions internationally.
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.
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.
is Research Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus and Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator Grant Soundscapes of Trauma: Music, Sound, and the Ethics of Witnessing (MUTE). She writes about the nexus of music, sound and trauma, and the inte rections of politics, ethics, and aesthetics. She is also a research-based-art practitioner, working in sound and textual forms.
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.
is an artistic venture born from the residual creative vapors of INDEX:Records. Its curation: music that hangs weightless between experimental electronica, future-breaks and ambient-lucidity. The label explores the fringes of what is sonically understood as music, whilst metamorphosing the conceptions of genre itself.
is a museologist and art historian, currently based in Berlin.
Arash Shahali is one of the hottest and most efficient press agents in the so-called art world, currently based in Copenhagen. He enjoys a variety of activities ranging from gold to miniature golf.
is the author of Speculative Communities: Living with Uncertainty in a Financialized World (University of Chicago Press, 2022). He is Associate Professor of Sociology at University College London, where he leads the Sociology & Social Theory Research Group. His current book project, tentatively titled Real Fake, is an intellectual history of conspiracy politics and distortion technologies in finance capitalism.
is the author of eight books, novels, novellas, poetic prose and essays and has worked as a columnist for various national and international papers. Her works have been adapted for theatre, ballet, radio and film. She is an outspoken critic against the arbitrary rule in her home country Turkey and currently lives in Berlin.
holds a Masters in Journalism. She cofounded and curated Armenia’s first Design Pavillion. She has worked for international media and assisted
on various art projects including the Dilijan Arts Observatory 2016 (Armenia), and “Portable Homelands” for the exhibition “Hello World. Revising a Collection” at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2018. More recently she was the curatorial assistant for the 33rd edition of the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts. She currently lives and works in Berlin where she is the cocurator of the forthcoming Slavs & Tatars’ “Pickle Bar” at KW Institute of Contemporary Art. Asya is an editor of art publications and speaks fluent Russian, Armenian, German and English.
Atilla Saygel is an architect at Attila Saygel & Lorenz Schreiber GbR.
Audrey Tang continued to develop free software, searching for new ways of communicating and conversing about problems. The first popular one, “Common Grounds” from 2023 was able to syn- thesise discussions towards the most profitable outcome for all involved. The breakthrough was in 2025 when she shared a soft- ware based in the quantum realm called “Face to Face” which was first operated by the Taiwanese government to facilitate politi- cal discourse. In later updates it became so effective that it was quickly adapted by administrations all over the world. From 2029 onwards Tang was overseeing “The Identity System”, responsible for global peacekeeping and political discourse (in the digital).
is a writer, director and language service provider. She studied philosophy, history of science and photography. She lives in Berlin and/or in Hamburg.
- Notes on Anti-Racism
- NOTES ON ZIELONA GÓRA
- PICK-UP SPOTS
- REVIEW: ART SPRING 2021
- SOULS FOR FOODS CONVERSATIONS
- ANTICRISTOS MARKET
- ISSUE 20: OVER MY DEAD BODY
- THE LABOUR OF THE IMAGINATION ISN’T SELF-EVIDENT AND THAT CAN BE SELF-EXPLOITATIVE
- CALL FOR SOUNDS, CRAFTS, FOODS AND ARTS
- CALL FOR SOUNDS, CRAFTS, FOODS AND ARTS
- YOUR VOICE IS YOUR SOUND
Bakang Mputle, is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher and contributor of AWC, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
is a writer, independent curator and educator based in Milan, where she teaches at Brera art academy.
Ben Livne Weitzman
is a curator and writer invested in augmented interventions, sonic compositions, blurred poetic clearings and bonfire communal gatherings. Born in Jerusalem and currently living in Frankfurt am Main. He runs the online exhibition space inaroom.xyz and the BOX project space in Offenbach am Main. Ben is the founder of WAVA, an augmented exhibition platform currently under development. He holds a Master's degree in Curatorial Studies from the Goethe University and the Städelschule in Frankfurt and a Bachelor's degree from the Interdisciplinary Honors Program in the Humanities and the Arts at the Tel Aviv University.
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, writer, and curator who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Levin is the co-founder, together with Vera Tollmann and Hito Steyerl, of the Research Center for Proxy Politics, and editor of Cabinet Magazine's Kiosk platform. In 2017, he was co-curator of the Biennale für Aktuelle Fotografie, which is staged at exhibition venues in Heidelberg, Mannheim, and Ludwigshafen. He is currently co-curator of the 3rd Chennai Photo Biennale, taking place in Chennai, India. He is the author of "On Distance", ed. Laura Preston (Berlin: Atlas Projectos, 2020).
(b. Chile) aka Princess Prada is a visual artist, writer and performer currently living and working in London and Stockholm. In her work, she deals with Latin American regionally specific entertainment genres, such as telenovela and reggaeton, as grounds for syncretism and/or social friction. As a reggaeton artist she released The Princess Prada EP.
is a Berlin-based writer working with questions of culture, technology, and globalism. She is the founder of NEW MODELS, a media platform and community addressing the emergent effects of networked technology on art, tech, politics, and pop-culture. From 2014 to 2017, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Berlin-based critical art journal Texte zur Kunst. Prior to that, she was an Associate Editor at Artforum magazine in New York City.
Caspar Shaller (*1989) is an American-Swiss journalist, editor, and translator. He writes for publications such as Die Zeit, Der Freitag, Jacobin or Die Wochenzeitung, mostly about political and social movements, theory, contemporary art and film, and sometimes about (queer) subcultures, socialist architecture or techno tourism. He lives in Berlin.
In 2019, he published his first book with Kampa Verlag, a conversation with Canadian writer Margaret Atwood: Aus dem Wald hinausfinden.
is an artist and activist who makes a “safe space” for the unknown, for disobedience and for unanticipated collectivity. She uses social practices including institutional critique, insurgent architecture, and “healing modalities” like hypnosis and yoga to find soft spots in the hard surfaces of capitalist life. Cassie has invented a grassroots alternative credit reporting service for the survivors of gentrification, has hypnotized hedge fund managers, has finger-painted with the grime found inside banks, has donated cursed paintings to profiteering bankers, and has taught feminist economics to yogis (and vice versa). She has worked in close collaboration with freelance curators and producers including Taraneh Fazeli, Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelova, Dani Admiss, Amanda Nudelman, Misha Rabinovich, Caitlin Foley and Laurel Ptak. Her projects, invited and uninvited, have appeared at (or in collaboration with) Transmediale Festival for Media Arts, San Francisco MoMA, West Den Haag, Moneylab, Swissnex San Francisco, Pro Arts Gallery & Commons, Dream Farm Commons, Furtherfield, Gallery 400, Strike Debt Bay Area, Red Bull Detroit, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Flux Factory, Bemis Center for the Arts, Berliner Gazette and more.
is an artist / writer, lives in Zürich.
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.
lebt und arbeitet als Kuratorin in Frankfurt am Main. Sie war bis Anfang diesen Jahres Kuratorin am Portikus.
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.
Çiğdem Inan ist Soziologin. Sie lebt und arbeitet in Berlin. Ihre Lehr- und
Forschungsschwerpunkte sind: Affekttheorien, Poststrukturalismus, Kritische
Migrationssoziologie, Gender Studies und Postcolonial Studies.
was a worksession on the conditions for/of collectivity and collaboration that took place from 8 until 16 November 2019 in Ateliers Mommen in Brussels. It was organised in the framework of the European project Iterations.
Artists, software developers, theorists, activists and others experimented with the generative potential of codes of conduct, bugreports, licenses and complaints. They thought of such performative documents as platforms to experiment with the conditions for complex collectivity in troubling times.
is a writer and independent curator.
is a London-based writer and editor-in-chief of Archivist Addendum – a publishing project that explores the gap between fashion editorial and academe. A lecturer at Central Saint Martins, he is a contributing editor at Wallpaper* magazine. SHOW NOTES (2020) is available to buy at tenderbooks.co.uk.
is a writer, editor and urban mermaid.
- The Bliss of Spam
- A Dinner Table without Food
- Letters from Workers: SURVIVAL POETRY
- In Spirit of Solidarities
- NEW COLUMN! THE BLISS OF THE SPAM
- ALL THOSE QUIET LIVES AT THE END
- CIÒ CHE SOLO IL CORPO SA ESSERE VERO
- SHAPE A PATH TO FUGITIVENESS
- ALL ASSEMBLIES SHOULD BE TERRESTRIAL ASSEMBLIES
- MAY THE COMMONS GROW AND BE EDIBLE
- THE BLISS OF THE SPAM #25
- HALFWAY THROUGH THE ECLIPSE
- TOGETHER WE DANCE, DIVIDED WE FALL
- LOST IN THE RIFT: A RELIEF
- GUARDANDO ALL’OSCURITA’ DEL FUTURO
- HYPOTHESIS OF ECO-SOCIAL RENEWAL ON TRIAL
- SUBLIME + DI 1
- SEAMLESS CLASS PATTERNS
- REVIEW: UP AND DOWN - BECLOUDED AT THE TALLINN PRINT TRIENNALE
- ARTIST PROFILE: LOU LOU SAINSBURY
- PROFILE: RAPHAELA VOGEL
is a native Londoner who writes about music, politics, gentrification, social exclusion, protest and the margins of urban life.
is an artist and essayist born in Constanta, Romania, currently based in Berlin. He graduated from the Vienna Institute of Fashion and is currently enrolled at the Humboldt University and the University of Fine Arts, Berlin. His practice encompasses painting, video, photography, mixed media (garment) and text.
is a curator, cultural critic and educator. She is a founder of the art studies platform Zait.art, and lives between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro.
Dany Tsuruta, Nour Hamade
Dany Tsuruta is a Lebanese Japanese student, studying Global history at FU and HU. Dany did the undergrad in Kyoto Doshisha university focusing on anthropology and history. Dany likes guess friendships, cooking, making art, abolishing the police and taking down capitalism.
Nour Hamade is a final year masters student at the Architectural Association in London. As a Third-Cultured ‘Kid’ living in the diaspora, he is currently working on his final thesis exploring the design of the Third Space(s) in Lebanon - where the legitimacy of Queer identity is somewhat ambiguous.
is an architect/curator who is interested in how environment and imagery shapes our experience and memory of an event. He is currently in search of ways to explore digital spaces as physical ones.
David Graeber and Andrej Grubačić
A Mini-bio of David Graeber, written by David Himself
I was born and raised in New York City, the child of Kenneth Graeber, a plate stripper (offset photolithography), originally from Kansas, who had fought with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War, and Ruth (Rubinstein) Graeber, born in Poland, a garment worker and homemaker who had been the female lead in the 1930s Labor Stage musical Pins and Needles.
Brought up in the Penn South Co-ops in Chelsea, I attended local public schools PS 11 and IS 70, was discovered by some Maya archaeologists because of an odd hobby I had developed of translating Maya hieroglyphics, and received a scholarship to attend a fancy boarding school for three years, Phillips Academy at Andover, before returning to state school, at SUNY Purchase, where I graduated with a BA in anthropology in 1984.
From there I went on to the University of Chicago. I lived in Chicago for over a decade, apart from two years (between 1989 and 1991) during which I was doing anthropological fieldwork in highland Madagascar, received a PhD in 1996, and then held a series of academic jobs. These included some graduate teaching at Chicago, though admittedly not much, a year at Haverford, a year of unemployment including a visiting scholar status and one course at NYU, and a junior faculty position at Yale. In 2004, the Yale department voted not to continue my contract, before I could begin the process of coming up for tenure. This was a very unusual procedure where new rules had to be invented for my case (e.g., no student or outside reviews were allowed.) Yale gave no reason for its decision other than dissatisfaction with my scholarship, but some felt it may not have been entirely irrelevant that I was by this time quite active in the global justice movement and other anarchist-inspired projects.
After Yale I found myself unemployable in my own country, but for some mysterious reason, being avidly shopped pretty much everywhere else. I ended up at Goldsmiths, University of London, from 2007 to 2013, working with inspiring colleagues and wonderful students, and now, as a full professor, at the London School of Economics, where I am surrounded by some of the best and most interesting people one could hope to be around. After living for some years in several countries at once, I’ve finally settled full time in London.
I told a magazine once that I’ve been an anarchist since I was sixteen, so I guess that must be true, but I only really became active in any meaningful way after the beginning of 2000, when I threw myself into the alter-globalization movement. It might be said that all my work since has been exploring the relation between anthropology as an intellectual pursuit and practical attempts to create a free society—free, at least, of capitalism, patriarchy, and coercive state bureaucracies. As a result, I sometimes feel I’ve had to pursue two full-time careers of research and writing, one peer-reviewed, the other not, since in my activist-oriented work I am interested in trying to ask the sort of question those actively engaged in trying to change the world find useful or important, rather than those of funders and those influenced by same. Still, the two strains intertwine and influence one another in endless and, I hope, creative and mutually reinforcing ways.
The first book I wrote was Lost People, an ethnography of Betafo (Arivonimamo), a community in Madagascar divided between descendants of nobles and slaves, and I still think it’s my best, because it’s really co-written by all the characters (in every sense of the term) who inhabit it. It’s an attempt at a truly dialogic ethnography, but as a result it’s a bit long, so it took forever to publish it. It was effectively written in 1997 but only appeared ten years later (2007).
The first to be published was Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value (2001), in part my homage to one of my most inspiring teachers at Chicago, Terry Turner. Later, when another inspiring former mentor, Marshall Sahlins, put out a pamphlet series and asked me to contribute a volume, I wrote a tiny little book called Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, which has doomed me ever since to be referred to as “the anarchist anthropologist,” even though the book largely argues that anarchist anthropology doesn’t and probably couldn’t really exist. (Please don’t do that. You wouldn’t call someone “the social democrat anthropologist” would you?) I also wrote a vast ethnography of direct action (Direct Action: An Ethnography) which hardly anyone ever reads, a collection of largely academic essays titled Possibilities, an edited volume called Constituent Imagination with Stevphen Shukaitis, a book of political essays titled Revolutions in Reverse, and Debt: The First 5000 Years, which virtually everyone seems to have read. This was followed by The Democracy Project (which I actually wanted to call “As If We Were Already Free”), The Utopia of Rules (which I wanted to call “Three Essays on Bureaucracy”), On Kings (a collection co-written with Marshall Sahlins), and Bullshit Jobs: A Theory. I am currently working with the archaeologist David Wengrow on a whole series of works completely reimagining the whole question of the origins of social inequality, starting with the way the question is framed to begin with. After that, who knows?
I’ve continued to be actively engaged in social movements of one sort or another, insofar as I actually can, living in exile with a full-time job. I was involved in the initial meetings that helped set up Occupy Wall Street, for instance, and have been working with the Kurdish Freedom Movement in various capacities as well.
Oh, and since this is a matter of some historical contention: no, I didn’t personally come up with the slogan “We are the 99%.” I did first suggest that we call ourselves the 99%. Then two Spanish indignados and a Greek anarchist added the “we” and later a Food-Not Bombs veteran put the “are” between them. And they say you can’t create something worthwhile by committee! I’d include their names but considering the way police intelligence has been coming after early OWS organizers, maybe it would be better not to.
Andrej Grubačić is an anarchist dissident, historian, and author of Don’t Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia, and Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History.
is a curator and writer living in Berlin, Germany.
Devin Kenny and Pia-Marie Remmers
Devin Kenny is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, musician and independent curator. Kenny has exhibited, performed, and lectured across the United States, as well as in galleries and institutions abroad. Select venues include MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, Performance Space, NYC; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Julia Stoschek Collection Düsseldorf, Bonner Kunstverein, and the IMT Gallery in London among others. Kenny can be found on Instagram: @crashingwavy. Kenny (as Devin KKenny) has a first official release "NY Lottery/CBD Kratom", out now on PTP, a New York-based label and collective focused on sound art, noise, HipHop, and more. www.ptp.vision
Pia-Marie Remmers is an art historian, curator and initiator of What's Art got to do with it? A Summer School on Art and Collective Memory that will take place in Bathorn, Lower Saxony, August 22-28, 2022.
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).
Born in Beijing and based in Berlin, Dj Zhao applies historical materialist analysis to the evolution of social music, and brings a polycultural understanding of rhythm to his deeply percussive cross-genre sets. Not restricted by style or convention, Dj Zhao draws from wildly different times and places, connecting the global North with the South, acoustic and electronic, traditional and hyper-modern. Having performed at clubs like Berghain and Watergate, festivals like Club Transmediale and Fusion, Dj Zhao brings ancient futurist drum science to any occasion.
Djamila Taís Ribeiro dos Santos is a Brazilian Black feminist philosopher and journalist.
Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė
are an artist duo based in Basel (CH). Both are 2012 graduates of the Royal College of Art in London. Their work spans performance, installation, fragrance, sculpture, drawing and video. They are the founders of YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP (2013–). In 2020 Gawęda and Kulbokaitė have shortlisted for Swiss Art Awards and Swiss Perfrormance Prize. The duo is represented by Amanda Wilkinson Gallery in London and Lucas Hirsch Gallery in Düsseldorf.
is a curator and editor who lives and works in Tbilisi.
curatrice indépendante, collabore auprès d’artistes émergents par la production d’expositions, de performances, de textes ou de programmations vidéo. Elle envisage la position du curateur d’un point de vue exploratoire et déploie une recherche élargie, révélant un débordement de l'exposition. Souvent in situ, ses projets d’écriture ou d’exposition deviennent des prétextes narratifs et cherchent à révéler les espaces et les lieux où ils s’implantent. Après des études de Lettres modernes à Paris IV Sorbonne, elle intègre en 2011 le Master de recherche en art CCC (Critical, Curatorial, Cybermedia) de la HEAD, Haute École d’art et de design de Genève. Élise Girardot est curatrice associée et membre fondateur de Föhn, plateforme curatoriale née en 2018 à Bordeaux. Elle assure également la direction artistique de panoramas.
is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, The Nation, The New Inquiry, Hyperallergic, and ArtReview.
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.
Emily McDermott is a writer and editor. She lives in Berlin.
is author of The Occult Features of Anarchism: With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples (2019). She is a visiting fellow at the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics and editor at The Sociological Review. See her work at www.lagalisse.net.
MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine
is a freelance curator and writer.
Faith MacNeil Taylor
is a multi-disciplinary artist and Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, Uni- versity of London. Her research focuses on the relationship between economic precarity and reproduction.
Sound artist and performer. Fallon explores new ways of listening, with the aim of cultivating alternative understandings and perceptions of self, others and environments.
Disrupting conventional approaches within immersive sonic explorations, and manifesting the relationship between fictional existences and cultural experiences, the work taps into voices, rhythms, sonic cosmologies, and vibrations of multiple worlds. Through narratives that have survived Chaos, the artist constructs poetical club landscapes and support systems of black diasporic experience.
Mostly using electronics and technology as tools to share, feel and listen, the artistic production leads to an analysis of the audible and the inaudible, the unspoken and the unspeakable and to the sensible and the sensitive inside and outside sound. Fallon’s work lays on interstices and connections to understand the place of voices, the role of silence, the activation of sounds, both an exploration of senses and narratives.
Member of the Black(s) to the Future collective.
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.
is a poet, artist and researcher born in 1986 in Duque de Caxias, Brazil. He is a PhD candidate in art theory at HFBK Hamburg, researching on historical trauma, racism, and (de)coloniality in the context of neoliberalism.
is a writer and philosopher based in Berlin.
In late 2020 Francesca Bria started to implement digital infrastructure in Barcelona on an impressive scale. The Decode Project, first piloted in Barcelona and Amsterdam, proved to be necessary groundwork for the Green E-Euro, a cryptocurrency that started in 2022, becoming a pilot for a decentralised public money system and establishing encryption as a human right. The 2023 Datagate was a direct consequence that lead to the banishment of big tech companies in Europe, where Francesca was overseeing policy making. Especially during and shortly after the crisis these tools provided crucial resilience and the starting point of setting up a new participatory democracy and a new economic model. This meant that other cities were rushing to copy those strategies forming a growing learning network. When things stabilised from 2025 onwards, Francesca was at the core of the participatory democracy movement, guiding the establishment of a constitution for digital life.
Franco "Bifo" Berardi
è scrittore, filosofo e agitatore culturale.
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.
Dr. Friederike Landau (*1989) is a Berlin-based urban sociologist and cultural geographer. Friederike is interested in the intersections between political theory and artistic activism to understand how cultural workers articulate new policies and places of the political. Agonistic Articulations in the ‘Creative’ City – On New Actors and Activism in Berlin’s Cultural Politics was published by Routledge in 2019. Currently, Friederike is writing on the politics of public art in Vancouver, and co-editing a book of radical theories of space.
Image: #06 San Francisco 2017/2018, Living Room © Jana Sophia Nolle
Instagram: @jana sophie nolle
is a Dutch media theorist, internet critic and author of Uncanny Networks (2002), Dark Fiber (2002), My First Recession (2003), Zero Comments (2007), Networks Without a Cause (2012), Social Media Abyss (2016), Organisation after Social Media (with Ned Rossiter, 2018) and Sad by Design (2019). In 2004 he founded the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. His centre organizes conferences, publications and research networks such as Video Vortex (online video), Unlike Us (alternatives in social media), Critical Point of View (Wikipedia), Society of the Query (the culture of search), MoneyLab (internet-based revenue models in the arts). Recent projects deal with digital publishing and the future of art criticism.
George Lynch is a writer based in London. She is interested in work.
is a researcher based in Berlin. He is a member of the Zetkin Collective and co-author of White Skin, Black Fuel: On the Danger of Fossil Fascism published with Verso Books.
is homesick and heimatlos.
is a Berlin-based writer, researcher and curator, working mostly with music and sound. Her research currently focuses on the politics of sound and the relationship between the arts and social movements.
Hans van Houwelingen
is known for his versatile and critical look at art in public space, public life, and cultural politics. The monograph Stiff (Edited by Max Bruinsma. ~Essays by Bram Kempers, Sjoukje van der Meulen and Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen) documents more than 20 of his works for the public domain, and provides a careful analysis of the contexts from which they were derived. A selection of critical texts by the artist summarizes his decade-long provocative and inquisitive practice.’
The spirit of Heiko Pfreundt´s (lives and works in Berlin, DE) current practices moves between digital ruins, informal learning, a new desire of permanence in games and curatorial plays. In the recent series IS IT A GAME? at Kreuzberg Pavillon, he and Lisa Schorm specify this range of interests in art and games and their facilities from the perspective of a player in which the ultimate prize is neither to be an artist, nor a curator but to be completely undisciplined. His recent collaborations include projects with Omsk Social Club, The Feminist Gaming Group by Eloise Bonneviot and a joint venture of Dafna Maimon and Lucinda Dayhew for an artistic Escape Room. He writes occasionally about project spaces and translation of space as artistic practice in hybrid localities. In 2019 he was one of the organizers of the Project Space Festival Berlin - When the Hunger starts.
HEKLER is an autonomous platform and transnational community of art and cultural workers that fosters critical examination of hospitality and conflict through collaborative programming, pedagogy, and archiving. It is initiated by artists Nataša Prljević, Joshua Nierodzinski, and Jelena Prljević in Brooklyn, NY. @heklerke | email@example.com
Nataša Prljević is an artist, curator and co-initiator of HEKLER. Her work focuses on collaborative and collective practices of instituting and organizing, conflict analysis and polyvocal learning. @prljevic
Rashmi Viswanathan is a Brooklyn-based art historian who looks at the formation of Modern and Contemporary art in light of colonial-era histories and historiographies. firstname.lastname@example.org
Shimrit Lee is an educator and curator based in Brooklyn. She teaches at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and is currently working on a book about efforts by museums to redress histories of colonial violence. Twitter: @_shimritlee / email@example.com
Lena Katharina Reuter is educated in art history and philosophy. Based in Berlin, she is a Trainee at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In her practice she tries to grasp the conditions of labour in the cultural fields and reflects on different platforms of artistic and collective practices. @lena_lucci
Darko Vukić (Serbia) Visual artist and researcher. Initiator of the $vvarm journal, a critical plug-in platform that works on translation and experimentation in the social, theoretical and artistic fabric of the given. @savazolog @swarmzine | firstname.lastname@example.org
Farideh Sakhaeifar is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist, educator born in Tehran, Iran. Sakhaeifar’s work investigates the politics of conflict, collective history, and narration. @faridehsakhaeifar | email@example.com
Caterina Stamou is a cultural worker from Greece. She has participated in independent art and research projects exploring collaborative cultural practices and decolonial approaches to literature and is a member of the artist-run initiative, Athens Art Book Fair.
is a German filmmaker, moving image artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary.
Hito Steyerl, Kolja Reichert
Hito Steyerl ist Künstlerin, Essayistin und Professorin an der Uni- versität der Künste Berlin. Bis 10. Januar 2021 zeigt K21 in Düssel- dorf ihre umfassende Werkschau „I Will Survive“, die anschließend ans Pariser Centre Pompidou gehen wird. Ihre Berliner Galerie Es- ther Schipper zeigt bis 9. Januar 2021 online und offline Steyerls VR-Arbeit „Virtual Leonardo‘s Submarine“.
Kolja Reichert ist Kunstkritiker und war bis September 2020 Re- dakteur der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung. Er verfolgt Hito Steyerls Arbeit seit ihrer ersten institutionellen Einzelausstel- lung 2009 im Neuen Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k).
is a sociologist, researcher and writer who works in the fields of cultural revivalism, social welfare and the commodification of emotions. Born in Jerusalem and currently living in Berlin, Nahari holds a Master of Science in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he investigated the marketability of authenticity.
is a German novelist, writer, and artist.
is the artistic director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) in Dortmund since 2005. She has worked internationally as an independent curator and theorist specializing in media art, net cultures, and Eastern Europe since 1993.
Ira Konyukhova is an artist and founder of the online magazine TransitoryWhite.
is a Berlin-based artist born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1981 and raised on a man-made island off the coast of southwest Florida.
J. Lorand Matory
is the Lawrence Richardson Distinguished Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. His research spans a wide range of interests, including religion, gender, ethnicity, and transnationalism in Africa and its diaspora. He is author, most recently, of The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud and the Gods Black People Make (2018). His next book, Slavery in the Heart of Freedom examines religion, politics, and popular culture through the lens of Haitian Vodou and white American BDSM.
is a housing organiser based in London. His experiences in direct action and squatting movements led him towards community organising and how to use it to build mass movements. He has been helping to build the London Renters Union for the last 6 years, though he writes in a personal capacity.
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/
Jan Fermon and Jonas Staal
Jonas Staal is an artist, propaganda researcher and author of Propaganda Art in the 21st Century (The MIT Press, 2019) based in Athens and the Netherlands.
Jan Fermon is a lawyer specialized in criminal law, international (humanitarian) law and human rights law, and Secretary General of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), based in Brussels.
is a writer based in Berlin and is currently completing a master’s at Potsdam University on the Anglophone Modernities in Literature and Culture program. Figueroa has contributed to publications including 0.1% Zine (Massive Science & NAVEL, 2020) and Observations and Artistic Strategies in the Post-digital Age (Valiz, 2017).
is a Wiradjuri poet and artist currently based on Gadigal land in Sydney, Australia. Her practice is centered around the written word while producing works that encompass installation, performance, digital, film and print. Jazz’s award-winning debut poetry collection is ‘how to make a basket’ (UQP, 2021).
Jean Carlos Azuos
é curador do Galpão Bela Maré, mestre em Artes pela Uerj e doutorando em Literatura, Cultura e Contemporaneidade pela Pontíficia Universidade Católica PUC, Rio de Janeiro.
Jessica Zambrano Alvarado
is a writer and amateur sportswoman based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She contributes to independent media such as boca 9 and equis cultura. She was editor of the cultural supplement Cartón Piedra of the newspaper El Telégrafo. Visit her blog cicloreading.ec
Jonas Von Lenthe
Works at the intersection of publishing, curating and research. His latest book "Responding to Particular Needs at a Precise Moment" (Spector Books 2018) is a photographic research about the interplay of formal and informal building practices in Tirana, Albania. He is founder of the Berlin-based publishing house Wirklichkeit Books and editor of its upcoming publication "Rejected. Designs for the European Flag".
is an artist researching online political subcultures. This interview was first published on September 30, 2021 as a chapter in his podcast series on Spotify.
is a Berlin based freelance writer and editor.
Judith Sieber is a PhD candidate at the KdK-Program at Leuphana, University Lüneburg.
is a writer and filmmaker based in London. Her most recent book is Variations (Influx Press, 2021).
*1989 is one of the initiators of the archive filesfrommoria.de, which collects videos by people who resident in the refugee camp in Moria on the greek island of Lesbos.
She works as author and filmmaker in Berlin.
is an acting chief-in-editor of PENN/Opp.
ist eine autonome und interdisziplinäre Gruppe Studierender und Lehrender der Universität der Künste Berlin. Ihr Ziel ist es, die Hochschule zu politisieren und die Klimakrise in gestalterische Praxis zu übersetzen. Im Sommersemester 2020 war das Thema Thinking Degrowth: Reshaping environmental attitudes. Die Studierenden beschrieben ihre wachstumsorientierte Wirklichkeit und verschränkten diese mit wachstumskritischen Alternativen. Es galt, eigene Werte zu hinterfragen und gestalterisch mit neuen Positionen zu experimentieren. Die Teilnehmenden kamen aus verschiedenen Studienrichtungen, wie Visuelle Kommunikation, Architektur und Produktdesign.
Konzipiert und geleitet wurde das Seminar von dem Künstlerischen Mitarbeiter Pascal Kress und Studierenden der Klasse Klima.
is editor for visual arts at Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
is a researcher, lecturer and interdependent curator, based in Warsaw. He actively cooperates with artistic unions, consortia of postartistic practitioners, clusters of art-researchers, art collectives and artistic institutions in Poland, UK, and other European countries. Editor and author of books and texts on the political economy of global artistic circulation, art strikes, modes of artistic self-organisation, instituting art beyond the art market and the use value of art.
Lara Verena Bellenghi
schreibt als freie Autorin für Zeit (online), taz, Der Freitag und andere über Kultur- und Gesellschaftsthemen und hat sich für den Podcast In Sekten mit der Coaching-Szene beschäftigt.
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.
*1983 is a german novelist. He published the utopias "Schimmernder Dunst über CobyCounty" (2011) and "Planet Magnon" (2015). In 2017 he co-founded the web-label tegelmedia.net. His latest book "Allegro Pastell" (2020) is a love story located in Germany in the late 2010s.
is an arts of ecology residency programme and an intentional community of practice. Founded in 2019 by the onEarth foundation, run by the artist and curator Jo Vávra and the activist and lawyer Kamila Knap, supported by a network of interdisciplinary collaborators. More information: http://lios.io , IG: @lios_labs.
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Loren Britton and Helen Pritchard
Loren Britton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Berlin. Focusing on radical pedagogy, play, and unthinking oppression, they make objects that reposition and collaborations that unlearn. Britton is responsible to questions of techno-science, anti-racism, trans*feminism, and making accessibilities (considering class and dis/ability). Britton researches within Gender/Diversity in Informatics Systems (GeDIS) at the University of Kassel, Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Pritchard is an artist and designer whose work considers the impacts of computation on social and environmental justice. Their research addresses how Big Tech configures the possibilities for life—or who gets to have a life—in intimate and significant ways. As a practitioner they work together with companions to make propositions and designs for computing otherwise, developing methods to uphold a politics of queer survival and environmental practice. Helen is an associate professor in queer feminist technoscience & digital design at i-DAT, University of Plymouth.
Louise Benson is a writer and editor based in London. She is the deputy editor of art and culture magazine Elephant, where she covers issues relating to gender and sexuality; identity and diaspora; mental health and the internet. She is also the co-creator of Scenic Views, an independent interiors magazine that focuses on the places that often go unnoticed, from hotel lounges to suburban driveways.
ist Zukunftsforscher und Urbanist. Er arbeitet zu Urbanen Utopien und Zukünften, zu Fragen langfristiger Planung und strategischer Vorausschau. Zusammen mit Julian Schubert leitet er das Studio for Immediate Spaces am Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam und unterrichtet regelmäßig am Lehrstuhl Brandlhuber, ETH Zürich.
Luísa Telles is an artist and researcher born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and based in Hamburg, Germany. With a DAAD Scholarship, she is a graduate in Photography with Broomberg & Chanarin at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg. Her work engages with questions around social memory and the body as an agent of resistance
is a writer and researcher based in Berlin.
is an independent curator and art critic. After the digital turn in 2020, she became more involved in phygital (physical + digital) projects, conferences and exhibitions in the hybrid field of art + science + tech. She also curates in the metaverse (meta + universe). Historically speaking, Maja was the curator of the Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, in Tirana (2017), and has been both the curator (2007) and the commissioner (2013) of the Serbian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Maja holds a PhD in Art Theory (Thesis: "Institutional Critique and Curating") from the University of Arts in Belgrade. Her speaking engagements, among others, were/are at MAC VAL (2017), Centre Pompidou (2018), and MNAC Bucharest (2018), AICA Serbia Conference (2021), Zlin Digital Exhibition Design Conference (2021), Interact Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (2021) and IKT Conference (2021). She contributed to Flash Art, Obieg, Artforum, Artmargins Online, Arts of the Working Class, springerin. Her areas of expertise from day one span from the geopolitical and the curatorial through curating as a practice of institutional critique. She sits at the Board of Advisors to The Telos Society, Arts & Culture Research Lab Observatorium in Athens and the Editorial Board of The Large Glass published by MoCA, Skopje. She is the art glass researcher and advisor for Digital Glass Serbia, a project whose goal is to evaluate the legacy of industrial glass production.
María Inés Plaza Lazo
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.
- NOTES ON NEW YORK
- Notizen aus München
- Notes on Ecuador I: Guayaquil
- WAS IST MODE? LOW LEVEL PARANOIA
- PUBLIC SPACE IS NOT NEGOTIABLE
- IT'S A SMALL WORLD
- WELCHES SYSTEM? WELCHE RELEVANZ?
- NOTIZEN AUS BASEL: WARUM IST ES SO SCHWER, DIE KUNST ZU LIEBEN?
- NOTIZEN AUS CHEMNITZ: GEGENWARTEN
- REVIEW: BOUCHRA KHALILI, THE NORDIC CHAPTER
- REVIEW: VARIOUS OTHERS
- INTERVIEW: JANEZ JANŠA
- REVIEW: WOMXN IN MOTION
- E-MAIL CONVERSATIONS: WARREN NIESŁUCHOWSKI
- L'UNION DES REFUSÉS
- PROFILE: BETTLER
- GESCHICHTEN VON MACHT UND MACHTLOSIGKEIT
- EL MUSEO COMO TEMPLO DE VIOLENCIA IMPERIAL
- DIE LIMINALE GRENZE DES MUSEUMS
- DAS SEIN UND DIE MILCH
- PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS ENDLESS BODIES UNDER PRESSURE
- REVIEW: ARTOCÈNE, CHAMONIX
- THINKING CITIZENSHIP, ACTING TOWARDS DECENTRALIZED GRASSROOTS GOVERNANCE
- PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS AN ENIGMA
- REVIEW: PERSONES PERSONS
- ARTIST PROFILE: TONY COKES
- AN ODE TO WORKERS AND (NON)CITIZENS
- NOTES ON PALERMO
- YUNG PICASSO
Marta Torres Ruiz
is a German architect. Since October 2019 she is a collegiate of DFG-Graduiertenkolleg Identität und Erbe, a joint undertaking by Technische Universität Berlin and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Within this framework she is conducting a PhD dissertation titled "Overtourism – An Urban History of Conflict in Tourism".
Matt A. Hanson
is a freelance journalist and art writer based in Istanbul. He has written for Artforum, Artnet News, ArtAsiaPacific, Hyperallergic, Tohu Magazine, and Zaman Collective, among many others. He is the founding editor of FictiveMag.com, an alternative concept magazine merging literary fiction and art criticism.
is a designer, curator and artist focusing on collaborative and performative projects in physical and digital space. Krzykowski’s work is introspective, as it explores and experiments with the inner mechanisms of design, art and architecture. As such, her projects dissect the design process to its different stages – from material and personal origins, to methodologies and education; from networks to social projections, and the spectrum in between.
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.
Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro
is a poet from Bogotá, Colombia.
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.
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.
Melissa Canbaz, Mihaela Chiriac, Caroline Ngorobi
Melissa Canbaz schreibt über Musik und Kunst und kuratiert. Gemeinsam mit Mihaela Chiriac ist sie Mitbegründerin von STATIONS. Sie lebt in Berlin.
Mihaela Chiriac writes and curates, amongst others at the project space STATIONS, Berlin, which she runs with Melissa Canbaz.
Caroline Ngorobi is a theater producer and performer, founder of Jukwaa
Arts in Mombasa, Kenya.
is an artist who creates works in his personal method by merging documentarist and conceptualist practices. He utilizes diverse approaches, which range from stage-performances and interventions in public spaces to making text-paintings. Characterized as both critical and playful at the same time, his work examines the tension around our cultural ascriptions and social identifications in our globalized contemporary society. Matsune was born in Kobe and has been based in Vienna since the 1990s.
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
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is a curator based in Berlin and Vienna. With her interests in the discourse of performativity, decolonial thinking and re-narration of histories, Negoro’s curatorial practice aims at encouraging the fluidity of transcultural, non-binary conditions in the global present. She worked for the project Mitsouko & Mitsuko as a researcher and artistic collaborator. miwanegoro.com
is a poet and essayist from Egypt and the editor of this supplement.
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.
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.
Nada Al Khawwam
is a poet and journalist, originally from Baghdad, currently living in Berlin.
She has kindly agreed to reprint “On the Grass of Exile” which was first printed in the anthology
“Poems along the River” that was published by the DAAD Artists-In-Berlin Program in 2020.
is a poet, vocalist and designer. Along with Zoe Darsee, she is co-editor of TABLOID Press, an imprint for poetry and art books founded in Berlin in 2014. The publishing house maintains a focus on the public space of a poem and the poetics of a social body. Marcus’ poetry, art criticism and lyric journalism have also appeared in The Ransom Note, Novembre, DIS and Berlin Art Link.
is a poet, vocalist and designer. Along with Zoe Darsee, she is co-editor of TABLOID Press, an imprint for poetry and art-books founded in Berlin in 2014. The publishing house maintains a focus on the public space of a poem and the poetics of a social body. Marcus’ poetry, art criticism and lyric journalism have also appeared in The Ransom Note, Novembre, DIS and Berlin Art Link.
is an artist and independent researcher from Berlin. He is the creator and host of the interview-podcast kunstgespraeche.com and a founding member of the DAK.
Is a transdisciplinary researcher which practice evolved from visual arts, journalism, internet culture and publishing. After an artistic career in Israel in the early Nineties, Dubrovsky was among the pioneers in Russia's new media start-up scene and specialized in social media and open source culture. Moving to New York in 2001 she became a significant voice in Russian blogging. Her critical position on educational regimes led to the development and publishing of doodle books for children. Her current project Anthropology For Kids aims at creating a publication series with a participatory approach. Reframing crucial aspects of human life – family, money, migration, privacy, and alike – Anthropology For Kids seeks to deconstruct conditioned notions of how we (should) live, demonstrating the diversity of perspectives and possibilities that exist in different cultures. Nika Dubrovsky was born in Leningrad / St. Petersburg. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
Forscht und lehrt zur Kunst- und Mediengeschichte der Gegenwart am Departement Architektur der ETH Zürich. Inmitten der Umbruchszeit, auf die die Autorin hier zurückblickt, erschienen ihre Vorlesungsreihe Digital Matters (2019/2020) sowie ihre Bücher Der irritierte Blick (2006), Autorität des Wissens (2012, hg. zus. m. Anne von der Heiden), Diversität (2015, hg. zus. m. Andre Blum et al.), Productive Universals (2019, hg. zus. m. Anne Kockelkorn) und Laboratorien der Erfahrung (2022).
geboren in Baku, Aserbaidschan, hat bislang vier Romane veröffentlicht. Für ihr viel beachtetes Debüt Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt (2012) wurde sie mit dem Klaus-Michael Kühne-Preis und dem Anna Seghers-Preis ausgezeichnet. Zuletzt erschien von ihr der Roman Der verlorene Sohn (2020). Olga Grjasnowa ist Mitglied des Goethe-Instituts. Sie lebt mit ihrer Familie in Berlin.
Olga Grjasnowa, Ayham Majid Agha
Olga Grjasnowa ist Schriftstellerin. Zuletzt erschien ihr 2020 Roman “Der verlorene Sohn”. Ayham Majid Agha ist Regisseur und Schauspieler.
obtained her PhD in Culture, Policy and Management from the Department of Culture and Creative Industries, City University London. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Edo State University, Masters of Architecture from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife Nigeria, an MA in Arts and Heritage Management from London Metropolitan University London and a PGCE in Academic Practice.
Oluwatoyin aside from lecturing and mentoring spends time on researching ideologies centered on ‘changing’ how Africa is perceived and represented. She is a qualified Accessor on vocational skills training and has over 5 years experience on training within the organizations to get staff qualified through vocational training schemes. Oluwatoyin is often involved in providing feedback on management policies to encourage inclusive participation. She strongly believes that only an inclusive participatory culture can bring about the required change in any organization.
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/
Onassis AiR Community
Organizations operating at No. 6 Metelkova Street
are non-governmental organizations, collectives and individuals engaged in independent cultural and artistic production, and research and advocacy on behalf of minority and marginalized groups.
Human Rights Researcher at United Nations University, Founder and Codirector of NotJustANumber - grassroots organization for refugees, Political Activist, Photographer from Budapest / Zürich
Övül Ö. Durmusoglu
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.
is a Professor at “Stasis” Center for Philosophy at the European University at St. Petersburg, leading researcher at Tyumen State University, member of the artistic collective “Chto Delat?”
(“What is to be done?”), deputy editor of the journal “Stasis”, and the author of books History of Animals
(London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018; Maastricht: Jan van Eyck, 2012; trans. into Russian, Turkish, and
Slovenian), Introduction to the Erotic Philosophy of Georges Bataille (Moscow: New Literary Observer,
2009), How to Love a Homeland (Cairo: Kayfa ta, 2020; trans. into Arabic), and other writings.
is a poet, translator and literary critic from
Tehran, currently based in Cologne. She originally wrote
her poem in Farsi and then translated it into German.
People of Accent
is a Berlin-based art collective, whose members have decided to programmatically remain anonymous in order to protect themselves from a structurally conditioned self-censorship, which, according to the collective members “became totally unavoidable in today’s art and academic community”.
works as a curator and critic, and formerly directed Waterside Contemporary in London. He is currently a PhD researcher at Birmingham City University and has been a cultural strategist, publisher, scientist, and financial services professional.
Piraeus Open School of Immigrants
has been active in the field of solidarity education since 2005, taking the legal form of an association in 2006 with its ultimate aim being the educational and training support of migrants and refugees residing in Greece. The school is run solely by volunteers and strives to secure forms of self- financing in order to maintain control of the entity without outside influences.
Prof. Dr., Philosophin, Professorin für Praktische Philosophie, Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, seit 2018 Leiterin des Centers for Humanities and Social Change in Berlin. Gegenstand ihrer Forschung sind u. a. die Begriffe der Entfremdung, der Kommodifizierung, der Ideologie, der Lebensform, der Institution und der Solidarität. Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl): Kapitalismus – ein Gespräch über Kritische Theorie (2020, mit Nancy Fraser); Entfremdung – Zur Aktualität eines sozialphilosophi schen Problems (2016); Kritik von Lebensformen (2014).
is a writer and critic based in Dubai, an Associate Editor at Momus and Editor of BXD: The Postwestern Review.
Rodney is a vendor for Arts of the Working Class based in Berlin
(Guayaquil, 1984). Investigadora, docente, co-fundadora de la editorial Festina Lente y de MEDIAAGUA plataforma de experimentación. Es Miembro de la Fundación Muégano Teatro y parte del colectivo artístico Las Brujas. Fue docente, Comisión Académica de la carrera de Artes Visuales y miembro del Departamento de Investigación del Instituto Superior Tecnológico de Artes del Ecuador (ITAE, 2010-2015). Fue Directora de Investigación en la UArtes (2015) y Jefa del Premio Nacional Mariano Aguilera (2017-2018). Tiene una licenciatura en Artes Visuales y un Máster en Arqueología. Ha realizado varios proyectos curatoriales e investigativos sobre arte moderno y prácticas artísticas contemporáneas.
Rosalia Namsai Engchuan
(she/her) is an artist and researcher based between Berlin and Southeast Asia. Her video works are speculative vessels that aim to undo the underlying structures of colonialism, race, gender and class that shape the production of our worlds and from there, collectively with her research collaborators, creates worlds otherwise. Her research into the nebulous yet persistent stereotype construct of The Thai Women started many years ago, when she was driven by an urge to make sense of an uncanny feeling that shaped her experience of growing up in Germany, as the daughter of a Thai father and German mother. Engaging with historical sources, she began to comprehend that to enter the space of The Thai Woman is to enter the space of a superficial stereotype of docile smiles and submissive beauty, a product of imperialism, crypto-colonialism and supra-national beauty standards. A colonial fantasy, a fantastic construct, distorted in its making and destructive in its consequences.
Group consisting of Vito Ancona, Marco Baravalle, Lucrezia Buccigrossi, Alessandro Conti, Estelle Coulon, Francesco Fazzi, Livia Torchio based in Venice
is a journalist, visual researcher and reporter in London. She writes around technology, conflict, migration and culture, and graduated from the Centre for Research Architecture in 2021.
Sara Garzon (Collective Rewilding)
is a curator and art historian specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American art. In her research, Sara focuses on issues relating to decoloniality, temporality, and Indigenous ecocriticism. Sara is also a founding member of the curatorial working group Collective Rewilding, which investigates the intersection between curation, ecology, and care. Sara has contributed to several exhibition catalogs, anthologies, peer-reviewed journals, and art magazines. Her article “Deborah Castillo: The Performativity of Ruination and other Forms of Civil Disobedience” was published in the book Deborah Castillo: Radical Disobedience (Hemipress NY, 2019), and the article “Manuel Amaru Cholango: Decolonizing Technology and the Construction of Indigenous Futures” was included in a special issue of Arts on decolonizing contemporary Latin American art (December 2019). This article was awarded Best Essay in Visual Culture Studies 2020 by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Sara has been invited as a curator in residence at the “Creative Ecologies and Decolonial Futurities” residency organized by the Grupo de Investigación Arte y Política (GIAP) in Chiapas, Mexico (2019); and the workshop for emerging curators at Para Site in Hong Kong (2019), and was part of the Science and Technology Society at the Delfina Foundation in London (2020).
(b. 1989, İstanbul) is an independent curator and art writer based in Hamburg. Her practice is inspired by thinking across disciplines including art, music, design, literature and activism. She is interested in taking part in process-oriented, open and experimental projects that foster collaboration and exchange with a wider audience. Yıldız is the editor and co-author of the book “Building Human Relations Through Art: Belgrade art collective Škart, from 1990 to present” which has been recently published by Onomatopee.
has a background in Art History and Curatorial Studies from the University of Copenhagen and the New School. She is currently developing her research at Tranen — Space for Contemporary Art and works as a freelance writer from time to time.
Somaya El Sousi
is a researcher and writer from Palestine.
Four collections of her poetry have been published.
is a writer based between Budapest, Berlin and London with a practice focusing on the Eastern European diaspora and art as activism. Her articles have been published among others in Something Curated, Calvert Journal, P-W Magazine, thisistomorrow and Passe Avant. She also makes music coming out soon.
@tulipankocso on Instagram
is an opera singer, voice mentor and visionary. She lives in Berlin with her husband and two children.
Sonja Lau, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei & Jonida Gashi
Sonja Lau is a curator and writer with a focus on art and ideology, alternate art (hi)stories and curating as a performative practice based in Berlin. She holds a Masters in Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice (Chelsea College of Art and Design, London), was fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie and also has a professional background in cultural diplomacy. www.sonjalau.com
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei is a publisher, scholar, and journalist. He is the author of the three-volume work 'Lapidari' cataloguing socialist-realist monumentality in Albania. He is founder of project bureau for the arts and humanities Departamenti i Shqiponjave (www.departmentofeagles.org) and writes for Albanian media outlet Exit (www.exit.al/en).
Jonida Gashi is an academic and cultural theorist based in Tirana, Albania. She is currently working on a research project on the newsreels and documentary films of the Albanian communist show trials. Her research interests include contemporary art theory and criticism, the philosophy of time and theories of repetition, film theory and the history of cinema, and the artistic experience of post-socialism in contemporary Albania. She is one of the founders of DebatikCenter of Contemporary Art (www.debatikcenter.net).
Stefan F. Höglmaier
discovered his passion for architecture at a young age. Quickly he developed the curiosity and the ambition to realize buildings that both function economically and create added value for society. In 1999, Höglmaier founded Euroboden GmbH, the first architectural brand in the real estate industry.
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
is a writer and academic. Having begun his career writing about art, gentrification and neoliberalism, his work in the 2020s and 2030s has been increasingly concerned with how architecture and city planning can imagine and realise utopian futures. He currently lives in a housing co-operative in London that he helped to devise, based on the principles of Berlin’s ExRotaprint.
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
is a collective and an experimental space for practice and theory in Frankfurt am Main's Central Station district. Synnika has evolved from the direct engagement with the drastic urban developments of recent years. The space is located in the ground-floor of the NIKA.haus, a former office and store building at the intersection of Niddastrasse and Karlstraße. Through the initiative of its residents the building was collectivized and integrated into the trans-regional Syndicate of Tenements.
SoengJoengToi (SJT) is a platform in Guangzhou (CHN) founded in 2017. It stems from the needs of artists for a mutual practice space. SJT is located in Changgang subway station, Haizhu District, embedded in a community of local inhabitants.
Tatiana Kochubinska is an independent curator, writer, and lecturer. Her main expertise is in Ukrainian contemporary art. In 2016–2019 she curated the Research Platform of the PinchukArtCentre. She edited and co-edited the books PARCOMMUNE. Place. Community. Phenomenon and Fedir Tetianych. Frypulia. In 2020 she co-edited a special issue of Obieg titled "Euphoria and Fatigue: Ukrainian Art and Society after 2014". She conceived curatorial residencies in Dnipro, Ukraine upon the invitation of the Artsvit contemporary art gallery.
Temporary Art Platform (tap.)
is an international curatorial platform that was founded in 2014 to commission projects, residencies and site-specific artworks concerned by social practices and public spaces in Lebanon and abroad. TAP’s structure and its organic, non-regular programming, gives way to a deeper engagement with the context in which it unfolds with a focus on knowledge production and community impact.
Amanda Abi Khalil, founder of Temporary Art Platform is an independent curator based between Beirut and Rio de Janeiro.
Patrick Pessoa is a playwright and theater critic, professor of philosophy from Rio de Janeiro.
Panos Aprahamian writes, teaches, and works with film and digital media to explore the spectral presence of the past and the future in bodies, landscapes, and correlations.
Nour Sokhon is an interdisciplinary artist, her creative explorations have been in the form of sound performances, installations, and moving images.
Betty Ketchedjian works in digital and analog photography. Her moving images and sound installations explore notions of the self and identity, while also questioning human behavior in social contexts.
Maxime Hourani is an artist and architect who works with time-based media. He explores in his work the poetics and politics of land transformation while locating affective encounters between the history of nature and the nature of history.
Omar Mismar is an interdisciplinary artist based in Beirut. Influenced by conceptual art, critical studies and design, Mismar's work is project driven.
Nour Osseiran is an art practitioner and cultural manager, stranding creating and curating, tracing the threads that run through both.
Lara Tabet is a Lebanese medical doctor and visual artist Her artistic practice is informed by her background in pathology and examines the relationship between the individual and public/private space in connection to gender, sexuality, and identity.
The Gray Voice Ensemble & The Anonymous Writing Group
The GVE is a Berlin community choir established by E. Wood in 2013, currently meeting once a week near
The TAWG is a sister project of The GVE and the primary text source for the ensemble’s repertoire.
The Temporary Academy of Arts - PAT, (Elpida Karaba, Despina Zefkili, Yota Ioannidou, Vangelis Vlahos)
The Temporary Academy of Arts is a para-institution, a mobile academy of arts and at the same time an art project of experimental educat ion that adopts mechanisms from various systems of knowledge and art practices for the production and transmission of artistic programs and the construction of their historicity and situated knowledge.
Thomas Spallek creates typography, books and exhibitions together with various artists and institutions.
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 a freelance cultural journalist and author in Berlin. He writes and speaks about pop, performing arts, and digitality (Zeit Online, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and others) and leads discussion groups. In fall 2021, his book "Play Pause Repeat - What Pop and Its Devices Tell Us About Us" will be published by Hanser Berlin. More details here: Vita.
Valentin Golev is an artist-researcher and writer based in Berlin, interested in the continental philosophy of technology and psychoanalysis. Currently, he’s reading a course on Algorithmic Literacy at The New Centre for Research and Practice, and making a project on light and CGI for the Garage Museum of Contemporary Arts.
is an artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. She was born in a small village next to Kyiv. As Jewish contingent refugees her family moved to Germany in 2002. After completing her Bachelor‘s degree in Art History, she studied Communication Design with a focus on film and photography. Since 2020, she has been in the Master‘s program in Visual Communication in Berlin. Her work moves between art, theatre and film contexts.
Wu Ming 1
is a member of the Wu Ming collective of Italian writers. Their books are published in Germany by Assoziation A.
Xiaowen Zhu 朱晓闻
is a Berlin-based artist and writer. In 2020, she published her bilingual book Oriental Silk 乡绸 with Hatje Cantz.
朱晓闻是一位居住在柏林的艺术创作者与写作者。2020年，她的中英 双语书《Oriental Silk 乡绸》由汉杰·坎茨出版社出版。
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 a journalist and podcaster from Azerbaijan with a long-standing background in political activism and peacebuilding. She has trained young journalists and has created the first peace-radio in the South Caucasus region.
Zoë Claire Miller
Zoë Claire Miller is an artist/organizer and spokeswoman of the bbk berlin, the association for visual artists of Berlin. Some of her recent projects include the boycott of the “Kunsthalle Berlin,” and the Berlin Art Prize, an artist-run independent art prize. Her work is/will be exhibited this year at: pornotopia revised, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; Gossip Gossip Gossip, Berlin; It’s brutal out here, Galerie Parterre Berlin; Menstrualities: New Visions for the Gynecene Era, Alte Münze Berlin; Kingdomof the Ill, Museion Bolzano; Flip Project, Naples (among others).