Gerald Raunig is a philosopher and art theoretician who works at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and at the eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies) and is a member of the editorial boards of the multilingual publishing platform transversal texts and the journal Kamion. His books have been translated into English, Serbian, Spanish, Slovenian, Russian, Italian, and Turkish. Recent books in English include “Art and Revolution. Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century,” (2007) “Art and Contemporary Critical Practice. Reinventing Institutional Critique,” (Ed., with Gene Ray, 2009); “A Thousand Machines,” (2010); “Critique of Creativity,” (Ed., with Gene Ray and Ulf Wuggenig, 2011); “Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity,” (2013), and “DIVIDUUM. Machinic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution, Vol.1” (2016).
Dennis Atkinson is Professor Emeritus at Goldsmiths University of London, Department of Educational Studies and the Centre for the Arts and Learning. From 1988, he directed a number of programmes at Goldsmiths including, PGCE Secondary Art and Design Teacher Education, MA Education: Culture, Language and Identity and the Post Graduate Research Programme in Educational Studies. He has published regularly in a number of international academic journals since 1991 and has contributed chapters to a number of edited collections. He has published five books, Art in Education: Identity and Practice; Social and Critical Practice in Art Education, (with Paul Dash); Regulatory Practices in Education: A Lacanian Perspective, (with Tony Brown & Janice England,); Teaching Through Contemporary Art: A report on innovative practices in the classroom, (with Jeff Adams, Kelly Worwood, Paul Dash, Steve Herne, & Tara Page) and Art, Equality and Learning: Pedagogies Against the State. His forthcoming book entitled Art Education, Pedagogy and Ethics: Beyond Knowledge, Without Criteria will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2017.
Petra Bauer works as an artist and filmmaker based in Stockholm. She is concerned with the question of film as a political practice, and sees film as a space where social and political negotiations can take place. Petra graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 2003. Between 2007 and 2010 she did Cinema studies at the Stockholm University. Currently she is finishing her PhD at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. Her work has been exhibited widely, including festivals and exhibitions at institutions such as 56th Venice Biennale– international exhibition; Showroom, London; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Frankfurter Kunstverein; CAC Vilnius; Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Stadtgalerie; Kiel, Casino Luxemburg and Tallinn Art Hall.
David Darts is Associate Professor of Art at New York University and Associate Dean of the Arts at NYU Abu Dhabi. His work focuses on the convergences between society, technology and contemporary art and design. He uses sculpture and designed objects to provide spaces for critical reflection and social critique. Darts' work has been featured in over 200 international publications, including New Scientist, Le Monde, Ars Technica, and Wired Italia. His research and writings about contemporary art, education, emerging technologies and creative citizenship have been published in a number of top scholarly journals and books.
Helene Illeris is a Professor of art education at the Department of Visual Art and Drama at the University of Agder, Norway. Her work focuses on art education, visual culture, contemporary art, and aesthetic learning processes. She is currently engaged in the development of AESD – Art Education for Sustainable Development.
Mie Buhl is a professor at the Department of Communication, Aalborg University, Copenhagen Campus, Denmark. Her research revolves around visual learning, social aesthetics and knowledge building in a cross disciplinary perspective, particularly in relation to the implications of digital technology, social and visual media. She aims at exploring the potentials of the visual in new constellations of learning environments, research environments, communication fields and cultures, and to contribute with new knowledge for scientific disciplines as well as professional domains. She is the Director of the newly founded research center Visual Studies and Learning Design (ViLD) 2016, head of the knowledge group Communication, IT and learning design (KILD) 2013 and head of the research lab IT and learning design (ILD) 2013. She is co-founder of international master: Nordic visual studies and art education (NoVA) in collaboration with three Nordic partners.
Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir is an Icelandic artist, whose work addresses questions of political participation, globalization, dialogue, and environmental activism. Her work stems from her sense of political commitment, often addressing tension between the public and the private and investigating the potential that art holds as a mechanism for dialogue and social change. Seeking to critically challenge consumerism, globalization, the exploitation of the environment, and the needs of individuals to navigate an increasingly complex daily existence, her exhibitions are often made in cooperation with the public, such as her series of works made with children and teenagers. She studied at the Icelandic Academy of Art and Crafts and Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and was nominated in 2009 for the Nordic Council’s Nature and Environment Prize.
Binna Choi is director of Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Carrying on Casco’s ongoing practice of artistic research and experimentation with artists and other researchers, her particular focus at Casco has been carrying out an art-institutional practice as a way to build a (micro-)society in tandem with social movements. It involves an engagement to doing and working outside of given formulas, including the development of revolving long-term research projects, a compositional approach to organizing, and exercising organizational forms that look towards the commons and feminist practices. The “Grand Domestic Revolution” (2009–2012), comprising residencies, productions, forums, exhibitions, and publications, is an example of such work at Casco. It also traveled to several other organizations in Europe, such as The Showroom, London, and the City of Women Festival, Ljubljana, generating trans-local collaborations. The follow-up was “Composing the Commons” (2013-2015), where “Site for Unlearning: Art Organization,” an ongoing collaboration between the Casco team and artist Annette Krauss has been taking place. Choi also has been part of the Institute Masters of Fine Arts Program in Arnhem. At Casco, she also has been working on internationalism of other kinds, including Arts Collaboratory, Practice International, and Cluster. She also actively contributes to conferences and publications. At Times Museum in Guangzhou in 2014, she co-curated the three-day seminar “Cultivate or Revolutionize.” She’s also the curator for the 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea.
Juuso Tervo is a postdoctoral research at the Department of Art at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. He received his PhD from the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at the Ohio State University in 2014 and his MA and BA in art education from Aalto University. His research focuses on political theorization in the context of art and education, mainly from the perspective of political philosophy, critical theory, and literary theory. He is one of the main coordinators of “In-Between: Art, Education, and Politics in the Post-Welfare State.”
Nora Sternfeld is an educator and curator. She is professor for curating and mediating art, director of the curatorial program CuMMA at the Aalto University in Finnland (cummastudies.wordpress.com) and co-director of /ecm ‹ educating/curating/managing ‹ Master Program in exhibition theory and practice at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (www.ecm.ac.at). She is co-founder and part of trafo. K, Office for Art Education and Critical Knowledge Production based in Vienna (w/Ines Garnitschnig, Renate Höllwart and Elke Smodics) (www.trafo-k.at). Moreover she is part of Freethought, a platform for research, education, and production based in London (w/Irit Rogoff, Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Mao Mollona and Louis Moreno). In this context she is one of the curators of the Bergen Assembly 2016.
Jaakko Pallasvuo (born 1987) lives in Helsinki. His work grapples with social fields and the role of the artist in them. Pallasvuo is writing this in the third person while thinking about magick, disease, neomedievalism and the decline of western civilization. His artistic work takes shape as video, ceramics, writing, murals and performance. Pallasvuo's work has been shown at 1646, Kunsthalle St Gallen, Seventeen Gallery, Transformation Marathon, CAC Vilnius, American Medium and Future Gallery among others.
Carl-Oscar Sjögren is the artistic director and initiator of The non existent Center that runs Ställberg Mine, a arena for contemporary art and thought in Ljusnarsberg, a rural municipality in Bergslagen, Sweden. He has a background in performing arts and has done artistic works with ICIA - Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art, Skogen, Statens konstråd, Museum of world culture, Göteborg, Göteborgs city museum, Poste Restante, Konstfrämjandet and Side Shows. The non existent Center organizes international residences, festival, workshops and exhibitions that work as an interdisciplinary platform for researching the human existence in a heavily depopulated community. The critical relationships between centralised cities and the countryside as well as movements of “escape” play a central role in their work. The research is practical and integrated with the community, and is given form by artistic, social and political works.