Ursula Biemann is an artist and curator who's work focuses on migration, resources and the global economy. She has published books on art practice in the field, the video essay, geography and the politics of mobility. Recent projects include “Black Sea Files” on the Caspian oil and “Sahara Chronicle” on transit mobility. Researcher at the Institute for Theory at the University for the Arts, Zurich.
Prof. Dr. Friedrich von Borries, born in 1974, works as architect and docent for Design Theory at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. He is a member of the Junge Akademie at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In 2008 von Borries held the office as commissary general for the german contribution at the Biennale di Venezia. He is head of the Projektbüro Friedrich von Borries, which operates between the priorities of city planning, art and design.
Martina Dobbe, Prof. of Art History with emphasis on art as from 1800 at the Berlin University of the Arts; she studied Art History, Philosophy and German philology in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Bochum; doctorate at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum with a work on theory of painting; habilitation at the University of Siegen with a work on photography as object for theory. Core themes: modern and contemporary art / sculpture within the extended field / ornament and ornamentlessness in the system of arts / history of art theory as media theory / art and knowledge.
Martin Doll, a scholar in Media Studies, studied Drama/Theatre/Media in Gießen. He was Research Fellow in the PhD programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG) “Zeiterfahrung und ästhetische Wahrnehmung” at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, and wrote his dissertation on the critical effects of Forgeries and Hoaxes. From 2008–2010 he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin (ICI).
Sabine Fabo studied English Literature, History of Art and Media Theory. 1991–1997 Academic Assistent at the KHM Cologne. Since 1998 Professor for History and Theory of Art and Media at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen. Fields of study are cultural aspects of multimedia, concepts of the total work of art and subversive artistic practices.
Ursula Anna Frohne, Prof. of Art History at the University of Cologne since 2006, holding a chair of Art in the 20th and 21st Century. Has worked as curator at the Museum für neue Kunst | ZKM (1995–2001) and as lecturer at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe. 2001 visiting professorship at the Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University Providence, R.I. and 2002–2006 chair of Art History at the International University Bremen. Fellowships in New York, Washington, D.C., Rochester and at the Getty Research Institute Los Angeles. 2003–2009 Prof. of the post graduate programme „Bild – Körper – Medium. Eine anthropologische Perspektive“ at the HFG Karlsruhe. Since 2007 head of the research project „Reflexionsräume Kinematographischer Ästhetik“ at the University of Cologne.
Früchtl, Josef, Prof., Dr., born in 1954; studied Philosophy, German philology and Sociology in Frankfurt/M. and Paris; 1986 doctorate in Franfurt/M. („Mimesis. Konstellation eines Zentralbegriffs bei Adorno“); 1987–1989 research fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in Pisa (Italy); 1990–1993 research assistant at the Department of Philosophy (University of Frankfurt/M.); 1995 habilitation in Frankfurt/M. („Ästhetische Erfahrung und moralisches Urteil“); 1996 professorship of Philosophy with focus on aesthetics and cultural theory at the University of Münster; 2005 Prof. of Philosophy of Art and Culture at the University of Amsterdam; since September 2007 Head of the Department of Philosophy. Latest book publication: “The Impertinent Self. A Heroic History of Modernity” (Stanford University Press 2009).
Dr. Harald Hillgärtner. Has studied theater, film and media studies, art history and psychoanalysis in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2002 assistant professor at the department for theatre, film and media studies, Frankfurt am Main. Research focus on television and digital media. Most recently visiting professor in Braunschweig and Vienna.
Eva Holling currently works as research assistant at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies, University of Giessen. PhD-project „Research on processes of transference in contemporary theatre“ with Prof. Dr. Hans-Thies Lehmann. Activity in free authorship and art practice, co-founder of the group manche(r)art and part of the Cologne-based group Mühlenkampf.
Anselm Jappe (born in Bonn in 1962) studied philosophy in Rome and Paris. He now divides his time between France and Italy teaching art theory. He has published two books about the Situationists (Guy Debord, 1993; L’Avant-garde inacceptable, 2004) and has contributed to the development of the “critique of value” (Die Abenteuer der Ware, 2006, essays in the German-language journals Krisis and Exit!).
Kathrin Klitzke (*Karlsruhe, 1975). 2000 Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Sussex. 2006 Magister in European Ethnology, Sociology, Political Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin. Since 08/2008 Research Fellow, DFG-Graduate School „Art and Technology“, TU Hamburg-Harburg. Since the winter semester 2009/10 Teaching assignment „Urban Territories“, Master Urban Design, HCU Hamburg. During the summer semester 2010 Teaching assignment „Urbanity and artistical practices“, Institute for Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg.
Markus Kompa is a lawyer specialized in media affairs and an expert in deception. He advises watchbloggers, investigative journalists and the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.org. He frequently writes about disinformation operations in the cold war for the ezine Telepolis.de. He challenged the financial industry and the german speaking Wikipedia's community. Being an expert in the world of magic, he played himself in the political play „Sorcerer's Apprentice“ by the renowned group „Rimini Protocol“ to stage reality in theatres.
Ève Lamoureux has channelled her research with regard to the links between art and politics. She is author of the book „Art et politique: Nouvelles formes d’engagement artistique au Québec“, which was published by Écosociété in 2009. She worked in a postdoctoral position within the Groupe de recherche en sociologie des arts et des cultures (GRESAC) of the institute of sociology at the Université libre de Bruxelles. Today she is professor at the department of art history, Université du Québec, Montréal (Canada).
Through her films, telematic performances and interdisciplinary works, Manu Luksch explores her preoccupation with the effects of emerging technologies on daily life, social relations, urban and political structures. Particularly in the focus of attention are the borders of public space, the weave of the urban fabric, security and identity systems, surveillance and the gaze. Manu lives and works in London and Vienna.
Oliver Marchart, SNF Professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Lucerne. Recent publications: Die politische Differenz. Zum Denken des Politischen bei Nancy, Lefort, Badiou, Laclau und Agamben, Suhrkamp 2010; Cultural Studies, UVK 2008; Hegemonie im Kunstfeld. Die documenta-Ausstellungen dX, D11, d12 und die Politik der Biennalisierung, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König 2008; Neu beginnen. Hannah Arendt, die Revolution und die Globalisierung, Turia+Kant 2005.
Martin Papenbrock has studied Art History and Literary Studies at the University of Osnabrück. 1991 doctorate, 1999 habilitation; since 1998 part of the Institute for Art History at the University of Karlsruhe (as from 2009: KIT). Chairman of the Guernica-Gesellschaft e.V., co-publisher of the yearbook Kunst und Politik.
Rado Riha, senior research fellow at the Institute of philosophy, Scientific research centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (Ljubljana); professor of philosophy at the University of Nova Gorica (postgraduate doctoral program: Intercultural studies). Among his publications (in German): Reale Geschehnisse der Freihet (1993) and Politik der Wahrheit (1997) with J. Ranciere, A. Badiou, J. Šumic.
Prof. Dr. Kati Röttger, since 2007 professor and chair of the department of Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam (NL); founding member of the “Society of Theatre and Media Latin America e.V.” (since 1989). Research interests: Visual Culture, Spectacular Practices in the 19th century, Critical Iconology, Intermediality, Theatre in Latin America.
Mirko Tobias Schäfer is Assistant Professor for New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht at the Department for Media and Culture Studies. He studied theatre, film, media and communication studies at Vienna University (A) and digital culture at Utrecht University (NL). He obtained his degree in theatre, film and media studies in 2002; PhD in 2008. He is co-editor of the recently published volume Digital Material. Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology. He publishes on modified electronic consumer goods, software development and the socio-political debates on information and communication technology.
Mark Sealy has a special interest in photography and its relationship to social change, identity politics and human rights. In his role as director of Autograph ABP he has initiated the production of well over 40 publications, produced exhibitions and commissioned photographers globally. He has guest lectured extensively throughout the UK and abroad, including The Royal College of Art and Sotheby’s Art Institute, and written for several international photography journals (e.g. Foam Magazine). He has served as a jury member for World Press Photography and Sony's World Photography Competition. Sealy’s book project with Phaidon Press titled “Different” on photography and identity, produced with Professor Stuart Hall, has received critical acclaim. In 2007, Sealy was awarded the Hood Medal for services to photography by the Royal Photographic Society. He is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University.