Etel Adnan (born 1925, Beirut) is a Lebanese-American poet, painter and writer based in Lebanon, Paris and the USA. A powerful voice in feminist and anti-war movements, Adnan studied literature at the Sorbonne, Paris; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and UC Berkeley, CA, then went on to teach philosophy in California for fourteen years. Adnan's publications include Sitt Marie-Rose (1978), a novel set before and during the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War; The Arab Apocalypse (1989); Master of the Eclipse (2009), Seasons (2008) and In the Heart of the Heart of Another Country (2005). Recent exhibitions include dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012).
Ida Applebroog was born in 1929 in the Bronx, N.Y., and lives in New York. Her work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, MoMa, New York. Applebroog recently participated in dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel. She has received awards including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1998).
Ron Arad (born 1951, Tel Aviv)'s constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminium or polyamide and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design. In 1981, Arad co-founded with Caroline Thorman the design and production studio One Off and later, in 1989, Ron Arad Associates architecture and design practice. In 2008 Ron Arad Architects was established alongside Ron Arad Associates. Ron Arad was awarded the 2011 London Design Week Medal for design excellence. Recent exhibitions include Restless, Barbican Art Gallery (2010) and 720 Degrees, The Israeli Museum, Jerusalem (2012).
Siah Armajani (born 1939, Tehran) emigrated, at the age of 21, to the United States to study at Macalester College in Minneapolis, where he still lives and works. His works are included in the collections of The British Museum, Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art. In 2010, Armajani was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. His solo exhibitions include Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Musterwohen, Berlin and MAMCO, Geneva. The Walker Art Center is organising a retrospective of his career for 2014. Armajani is represented by Beam Contemporary Art.
Ed Atkins (born 1982, UK) works with High Definition video, sound and writing to understand representations of bodies and beings. Solo projects include Tate Britain (2011); Cabinet Gallery, London (2011) and Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2012). Group exhibitions include A Dying Artist, ICA (2011); Performa 2011 and Baltic Triennial (2012). He was shortlisted for the 2011 Jarman Award and received the first Tomorrow Never Knows Film and Video Umbrella commission (2012). Upcoming solo projects include Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin and MoMA PS1, New York. His exhibition Us Dead Talk Love runs at the Chisenhale Gallery until 11 November.
Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980 and moved to France in 1998 where he studied sound art and electro-acoustic music. He has presented work internationally including the 9th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2009); the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2010); La Maison Rouge, Paris (2010); the Mediacity Biennial, Seoul (2010), Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2010), Performa 11, NYC (2011) and dOCUMENTA (13) (2012).
Lutz Bacher lives and works in Berkeley, California.
John Berger was born in London in 1926. His many books, innovative in form and far-reaching in their historical and political insight, include the Booker Prize-winning novel G, To the Wedding and Berger on Drawing, edited by Jim Savage. Many of his texts have been translated worldwide. Amongst his outstanding studies of art and photography are Another Way of Telling, The Success and Failures of Picasso, and the internationally acclaimed Ways of Seeing. His most recent book is Bento's Sketchbook, published in 2011. He lives and works in a small village in the French Alps.
Dara Birnbaum's (born 1946, New York) provocative video works and multi-media installations are among the most influential and innovative contributions to contemporary discourse on art and television. Birnbaum applies both low-end and high-end video technology to subvert the power of mass media images and gestures to define mythologies of culture, history and memory. Her work has been exhibited, among others, at Tate Modern; Tate Britain; South London Gallery; Museum of Modern Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum. Major retrospectives include S.M.A.K., Ghent; Museo Fundação Serralves, Porto and Kunsthalle Wien. In 2012 she was appointed senior critic at Yale University School of Art.
Tim Bliss was born in England and gained his PhD at McGill University in Canada. In 1967 he joined the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London, where he was Head of the Division of Neurophysiology from 1988 till 2006. His work with Terje Lømo in Per Andersen's laboratory at the University of Oslo in the late 1960s established the phenomenon of long-term potentiation (LTP) as the dominant synaptic model of how the mammalian brain stores memories. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and gave the annual Croonian Lecture in May 2012 on The Mechanics of Memory.
Geta Brãtescu (born 1926, Ploiesti, Romania) studied Literature and Philology as well as Fine Art in Bucharest. In 1949, Bratescu was forced to interrupt her studies by the rising communist regime. she finished her art studies in 1971. Between 1963-93 she was part of the editorial team of Secolul 20 magazine, which later became Secolul 21. She is still its Artistic Director. Solo exhibitions include Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2012); Ivan Gallery, Bucharest (2011); Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin (2011) and Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2008). Group exhibitions include the upcoming A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance, Tate Modern (opening November 2012) and Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennale) (2011).
Gavin Bryars (born 1943) studied philosophy but became a jazz bassist and pioneer of free improvisation with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley. Early iconic pieces The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet achieved great popular success. Works include three operas, a large body of chamber music, several concertos and much vocal music. Bryars first worked with Etel Adnan in 1983 on Robert Wilson's The CIVIL warS and has since set several poems, including the Adnan Songbook. He has composed many recordings for ECM, Point, Philips, Naxos, Decca, and his own label GB Records.
Throughout his career Daniel Buren has created artworks that complicate the relationship between art and the structures that frame it. As his biographies mention, Buren lives and works in situ, and his work has a strong relationship with the space in which it is presented. Recent projects and exhibitions include Excentrique, travail in situ, Monumenta at the Grand Palais, Paris (2012); One thing to another, situated works, Lisson Gallery, London (2011); Echos: travail in situ, Centre Pompidou-Metz (2011) and MUDAM, Luxembourg (2010). In 2007, Buren curated Sophie Calle's exhibition in the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Evan Calder Williams is a writer and artist. He is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse and Roman Letters and writes for The New Inquiry and Film Quarterly. His work concerns horror, capital, ornament, and cities, among other things.
Oliver Castel is a French artist based in London. His work deals with constructions and artificiality. He usually presents work under heteronyms, and has created over fifty different identities since 2001. Often using ephemeral or temporal forms, he works primarily with projections, reflective surfaces, light, posters and audio. His work functions as a series of propositions, employing the imaginary and exploring the process of making something visible. Under the name Winnie Cott, he is presenting for the Marathon a new work that spills out of the Pavilion's architecture. He is currently exhibiting at Ibid Projects in London under the name Breer Lazidj Nahr.
Artist Mariana Castillo Deball was born in Mexico City in 1975. Castillo Deball studied at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht the Iberoamerican University and the National University, Mexico. Solo exhibitions include Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin (2011); Museum of Latinoamerican Art, Long Beach, CA (2010), as well as Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2009); Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2006); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2004). She participated in the 24th Venice Biennale (2011); ars viva 90/10, Migros Museum, Zurich (2010) and in group shows at Tate Modern; the ICA and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit. Awards include the Zurich Art Prize (2012).
Ed Cooke is a British entrepreneur and writer. He is the Co-Founder of Memrise, an online learning platform combining neuroscience and mnemonics to boost the speed and ease of learning. Cooke graduated in psychology and philosophy from Oxford University, then completed a Master's degree in Cognitive Science at Université Paris Descartes. At 23, Cooke was nominated a Grand Master of Memory. Cooke is the author of Remember, Remember: Learn the Stuff You Thought You Never Could (2008). Using several memory techniques, Cooke coached Joshua Foer, the author of Moonwalking with Einstein who went on to win the U.S. Memory Championship.
Dennis Cooper is a novelist, poet, and critic. He is the author of nine novels, including the internationally celebrated sequence of five novels The George Miles Cycle (1989-2000) and, most recently, The Marbled Swarm (2011). His books have been translated into 18 languages. He is a Contributing Editor of Artforum. Since 2004, he has been collaborating with the French theatre director and visual artist Gisèle Vienne. He lives in Paris and Los Angeles, and he blogs at denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com
Douglas Coupland is a Canadian writer, designer and visual artist. His work in all media contemplates new modes of being created by broad shifts in technologies. His 2009 biography of Marshall McLuhan took McLuhan's ideas and helped relocate them in the 21st century arena. Those reframed ideas now serve as jumping-off points into further explorations of the psychic trauma the human species undergoes with its ever accelerating offloading of memory into the cloud and into vast memory storage systems.
Michael Craig-Martin (born 1941, Dublin) has lived and worked in Britain since 1966. In 1972, he participated in the exhibition The New Art at the Hayward Gallery. He has exhibited in museums around the world, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunstverein in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Hannover; Kunsthaus Bregenz, and Tokyo Exhibition Center. Retrospective exhibitions were held at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (1989) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2006). An influential teacher at Goldsmiths College, London, Craig-Martin is considered a key figure in the emergence of the Young British Artists group the early 1990's.
Alison Crawshaw is a practicing architect with experience of strategic masterplanning and urban design at a range of scales, notably working at muf architecture/art as Project Architect on Barking Town Square, which was awarded the 5th European Prize for Urban Public Space (2008). She was Rome Scholar in Architecture at the British Academy (2010-11) and has taught at Cambridge University and tutored on behalf of muf at the Royal College of Art, at the Bauhaus, Dessau and at Yale University. Most recently, Crawshaw participated in Common Ground at the 13th International Architecture Biennale, Venice (until 25 September).
Adam Curtis is a documentary filmmaker and writer. Curtis makes political and historical documentary films for the BBC, including The Mayfair Set (1999); The Century of the Self (2002), on the Freud dynasty and the management strategies of mass consumerism; The Power of Nightmares (2004), on the politics of fear; The Trap - What Happened to our Dream of Freedom (2007), on the modern concept of freedom; and All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (2011), on how computers have led us into a simplified machine-vision of the world. His films have won numerous awards, including six BAFTAs. An exhibition of his work was recently presented at e-flux, New York.
Brian Dillon is UK editor of Cabinet and Tutor in Critical Writing at the Royal College of Art. He is editor of Ruins (MIT/Whitechapel Gallery, 2011) and author of Sanctuary (Sternberg, 2011); Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives (Penguin, 2009, shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize); as well as In the Dark Room: A Journey in Memory (Penguin, 2005). Dillon writes regularly for Artforum, frieze, Art Review, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, and Wire. Forthcoming works include the essay collection Culture and Curiosity and Blown All to Nothing, the story of an explosion at a gunpowder works in Kent in 1916.
Marcus du Sautoy is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College. He is author of three books: The Music of the Primes, Finding Moonshine and most recently The Number Mysteries. He has presented numerous radio and TV series including a three-part landmark TV series for BBC2 called The Code, broadcast in Summer 2011. In 2009 he was awarded the Royal Society's Faraday Prize, the UK's premier award for excellence in communicating science. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year's Honours List.
Alberto Garutti (born 1948) is an Italian artist. His anti-monumental public art projects include an outdoor light installation on a bridge spanning the Bosphorus that acknowledged each birth at a nearby maternity hospital and a pavilion on the outskirts of Bolzano that introduced objects from the city's modern and contemporary art museum to residents of a working- class neighbourhood. He is a Professor at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, and since 2002 he has been a faculty member at IUAV in Venice.
Gilbert & George met in 1967 at St Martins School of Art. A living sculpture, and by now living icons for successive generations of artists in Britain and abroad, G&G received the Turner Prize in 1986, and represented UK at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Their retrospective Major Exhibiton at Tate Modern in 2007, was also exhibited around Europe and America. Their art transcends cultural boundaries and has shown in many countries, with ground breaking shows in Russia and China. Gilbert was born in Dolomites, Italy 1943 and George was born in Devon 1942. Both live and work in London.
John Giorno is a poet born in 1936 whose work has been of enormous influence, particularly in the realm of Spoken Word and in his many innovative projects exploring emergent technologies and distribution methods. In 1965, Giorno co-founded Giorno Poetry Systems, a non-profit foundation which collaborated with poets and artists such as William Burroughs, John Ashbery, Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson and Robert Rauschenberg. In 1968, Giorno initiated the Dial-A-Poem service, through which callers could listen to poetry over the phone, foreshadowing the development of phone-based services. A survey of his poetry is published in Subduing Demons in America, Selected Poems 1962-2007 (2007).
Based in Isreal, Amos Gitai has produced an extraordinary, wide-ranging, and deeply personal body of work. In his films, Gitai has explored the layers of history in the Middle East and beyond, including his own personal history, through such themes as homeland and exile, religion, social control and utopia. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gitai directed documentaries including House and Field Diary. While receiving his PhD in architecture in the University of California Berkeley, Gitai began to direct historical films about the experience of exile, including the 1989 Berlin-Jerusalem and News from Home/News from House (2006). Retrospectives include Centre Pompidou; ICA, London and Lincoln Center, New York.
David Goldblatt was born in Randfontein, South Africa, in 1930, and became a full-time photographer in 1963. His photographic life has been divided between professional work for magazines, corporations and personal work. Most of the latter has been a series of essays on various aspects of South African society of which he is an unlicensed, self-appointed observer and critic. Goldblatt lives in Johannesburg with his wife Lily.
Born in 1965 in France, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster works across various media, mostly video and installation. She received the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2002 and has presented solo exhibitions at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2002); Tate Modern, London (2008); and MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2008), León. Her work was also included in the 27th São Paulo Biennial (2006) and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). In April 2011, Gonzalez-Foerster created a large-scale site-specific performance at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. She lives and works in Paris and Rio de Janeiro.
Douglas Gordon (born Glasgow, 1966) has had major solo exhibitions at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2003); Hayward Gallery, London (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001) and Tate Liverpool (2000). In 2005, he released the film Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. Recent exhibitions include the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2012). His work Henry Rebel will be shown at the 43rd Art Basel Unlimited in 2013. His film works have been screened at the Festival de Cannes; Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); Venice Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival among others. Gordon was the recipient of the Turner Prize and the Kunstpreis Niedersachsen (both 1996).
Alice Herz-Sommer, a Jewish pianist and music teacher from the former Czechoslovakia, was born in 1903. Playing piano at an early age, Herz-Sommer studied under Vaclav Stepan and at the Pragu e German Conservatory of Music. In July 1943, Alice, her husband Leopold Sommer, and their son Raphael were sent to Thereisenstadt concentration camp. In 1945, Alice and Raphael returned to Prague and in March 1949 she emigrated to Israel, where she lived until 1986. Alice then moved to London where she resides to this day. Raphael Sommer went on to become an acclaimed cellist and conductor, until his sudden death in 2001. Herz-Sommer's official biography A Garden of Eden in Hell has been published in a number of countries including, most recently, in the US (as Alice's Piano.). A documentary film about Alice, titled Everything Is a Present, written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nupen was aired on the BBC in 2010.
Born in Basel in 1950, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) from 1970 to 1975 with Aldo Rossi and Dolf Schnebli. They received their degree in architecture in 1975 and established Herzog & de Meuron in Basel in 1978. Now a partnership led by five Senior Partners, the practice has designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. While many of their projects are highly recognised public facilities, Herzog & de Meuron have also completed several distinguished private projects such as apartment buildings, offices and factories. In many projects, they have worked with artists, an eminent example of that practice being their collaboration with Ai Weiwei which resulted in the design of four realised projects to date including the Beijing National Stadium and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012. Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron are visiting professors at the Harvard Graduate School of Design since 1994 (and in 1989). They are professors at the ETH Zurich since 1999 and co-founded the ETH Studio Basel - Contemporary City Institute in 2002.
Richard Hollis is a graphic designer. He has been a printer, art editor and design historian. During the 1970s, Hollis worked for the Whitechapel Gallery, and with several artists on their catalogues, among whom Bridget Riley, Michael Landy, Lucian Freud and Howard Hodgkin. With John Berger, Hollis designed three books (G, Ways of Seeing and A Fortunate Man). As a publisher, he produced memoirs of poets, among which two on Ted Hughes. His own books include Graphic Design: A Concise History; Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style 1920-1965 and, this year, About Graphic Design.
John Hull is Honorary Professor of Practical Theology in The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education and Emeritus Professor of Religious Education in the University of Birmingham. He has taught at schools and colleges in his native Australia and in England. A registered blind person since 1980, his writings about theology, education and blindness include Touching the Rock (1991); On Sight and Insight (1997) and In the Beginning There Was Darkness (2001). His new book The Tactile Heart: Blindness and Faith will be published next year. He is married to Marilyn and they have five adult children.
Ragnar Kjartansson lives and works in Reykjavík , Iceland. He has experimented with elements of visual art, music, and theatre and considers himself mainly a performance artist. He represented Iceland at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) and has exhibited widely around Europe and the USA. Solo exhibitions include Carnegie Museum of Art (which toured to MOCA, North Miami and will travel to ICA, Boston in December 2012); Bawag, Vienna and Frankfurter Kunstverein (2011). Recently, Kjartansson participated in Performa 11, New York (2011), where he was awarded the Malcolm McLaren Award. He currently has a solo exhibition at Migros - Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich.
Isabel Lewis is an American artist of Dominican origin. She used to live in New York City where she danced for many choreographers as well as creating her own commissioned works. In 2009 she quit reading things and making things and moved to Berlin. She spent the next two years being in love and working as an editor and a djay. After some time she began working on a collection of notes that would become her solo show entitled STRANGE ACTION. She also started reading again. Lewis draws from her training in literary criticism, dance, and choreography as well as from party, popular culture, and the internet.
David Lynch (born 1946) is a filmmaker, visual artist and musician. Lynch's several films have become cult classics for their distinctive imagery and sound design, and include Eraserhead (1977); The Elephant Man (1980); Blue Velvet (1986); Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006). In 1990, Lynch created the television series Twin Peaks with Mark Frost, later directing the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). He is the recipient of many awards including the Cannes Palme d'Or and the Venice Golden Lion. His first solo musical project, Crazy Clown Time, was released in August.
Fumihiko Maki (born 1928, Tokyo, Japan) studied and taught at the University of Tokyo and Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Since establishing Maki and Associates in 1965, representative projects completed include the Hillside Terrace, Spiral, Kaze-no-Oka Crematorium, and MIT Media Arts and Sciences Building. World Trade Center Tower Four in New York is expected to open to the public in 2013. Maki has also been widely published and recognized with many domestic and international awards, which include the Union of International Architects Gold Medal (1993), Pritzker Prize (1993), and American Institute of Architects Gold Medal (2011).
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University. He has published seven books, as well as over a hundred articles and book chapters. He and his work have been featured in (among others) The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, Nature, Science, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde, El País and WIRED. His most recent book is the award-winning Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age (Princeton University Press, 2009). Ideas proposed in this book have, since its publication, become policy, for example in the European Union.
China Miéville is the author of nine novels, including The City & the City (2009); Embassytown (2011) and Railsea (2012), as well as a collection of short stories, Looking for Jake (2005). His non-fiction writing includes essays and the book Between Equal Rights (2005), a theoretical study of international law. In 2009 he co-edited (with Mark Bould) Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction. Miéville is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Warwick University, and is the recipient of several awards including the Hugo, World Fantasy, British Science Fiction, and Arthur C Clarke Awards. He lives and works in London.
Jeremy Millar is an artist living in Whitstable, and a tutor in art criticism at the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad; recent solo exhibitions include Resemblances, Sympathies, and Other Acts, CCA, Glasgow, and Mondegreen (with Geoffrey Farmer), Project Arts Centre, Dublin (both 2011); recent group exhibitions include Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art, Tate St Ives (2009), and Never the Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts), Camden Art Centre, London (2010-11). He conceived the largest exhibition of the visual art of John Cage, Every Day is a Good Day (Baltic, Gateshead, 2010, and touring), and has contributed to numerous publications.
Adrian Piper is a Conceptual artist and analytic philosopher. She began exhibiting her artwork internationally at the age of twenty. In 1987, Piper became the first tenured African American woman professor in the field of Philosophy. Piper introduced issues of race and gender into the vocabulary of Conceptual art and explicit political content into Minimalism. In 2000 she further expanded the vocabulary of Conceptual art to include Vedic philosophical imagery and concepts. Her artwork is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the Generali Foundation, Vienna, among others.
Alice Rawsthorn is the Design Critic of The International Herald Tribune, the global edition of The New York Times. Her weekly Design column, which is published every Monday, explores new directions in every area of design and is syndicated to other newspapers and magazines worldwide. Alice is a Trustee of Arts Council England and of the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chisenhale Gallery. Her next book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life explores the changing role of design in our lives and will be published by Hamish Hamilton in March 2013.
James Richards is an artist living and working in London. Recent solo shows have been held at CCA Kitakyushu (2012); Chisenhale Gallery, London and RODEO, Istanbul (both 2011). Recent Group exhibitions include Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York (2013) and The Imaginary Museum, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich (2012) He has curated screenings for numerous venues including Light Industry, New York and the ICA, London. Richards has been selected for the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, 2013 and was awarded the 2012 Jarman Award for film and video.
Israel Rosenfield received his MD from New York University School of Medicine and his PhD from Princeton. He teaches at the City University of New York. Publications include The Invention of Memory: A New View of the Brain; The Strange, Familiar and Forgotten: An Anatomy of Consciousness; the satirical novel Freud's 'Megalomania' and (with Edward Ziff) DNA, The Molecule that Shook the World. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a contributor to The New York Review of Books. He has written for the exhibition catalogues of artists including Olafur Eliasson, Gloria Friedman, Anna Gaskell, Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno and Anri Sala among others.
Jacques Roubaud was born in 1932, and is a poet and mathematician. He has been a member of the Oulipo group since 1966. A former professor of mathematics and poetics, he has published poetry, plays, novels, and translated English poetry and books into French. Publications in English translation include The Great Fire of London (1989), The Loop (2008) and Mathematics (2012). His poetry collections include The Form of a City Changes Faster, Alas, than the Human Heart: 150 Poems, 1991-1998, translated by Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop (2006) and Poetry, etcetera: Cleaning House, translated by Guy Bennett (2006).
Dimitar Sasselov has been a Professor at Harvard since 1998, having arrived at Harvard's Center for Astrophysics as a post-doctoral fellow in 1990. Between 1999 and 2003 he was Head Tutor of the Astronomy Department. His research explores the modes of interaction between radiation and matter: from the evolution of hydrogen and helium in the early universe to the study of the structure of stars. He is the Director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative, a multidisciplinary centre bridging scientists in the physical and in the life sciences, studying the transition from chemistry to life and its place in the context of the Universe.
Donald Sassoon was born in Cairo and educated in France, Italy, the USA and the UK. Sassoon is Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary, University of London. Publications include One Hundred Years of Socialism (translated into six languages including Chinese), Mona Lisa (translated into ten languages) and The Culture of Europeans (a survey of the development of cultural markets throughout Europe since 1800, translated into five languages including Korean and Estonian). He is the Curator of La Storia in Piazza (Palazzo Ducale, Genoa), the largest festival of history in Italy, and a regular contributor to the cultural section of Italy's leading business daily, Il Sole 24-Ore.
Currently Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University, Ella Shohat has, since the 1980s, written on Orientalism and postcoloniality, while also developing critical approaches to the study of Arab-Jews. Translated into numerous languages, her award-winning publications include: Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices; Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation; Le sionisme du point de vue de ses victimes juives; Talking Visions; and, with Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism; Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism; and the just-published Race in Translation: Culture Wars Around the Postcolonial Atlantic. Recently she was awarded a Fulbright for her 'cultural intersections between the Middle East and Latin America'.
Cally Spooner (b. 1983) is an artist based in London. Using theory and philosophers as alibis to help her write, and casts of arguing characters to help her perform, she produces plotless novellas, disjunctive theatre plays, looping monologues and musical arrangements to stage the movement and behaviour of speech. recently she has been exploring how high performance economies have affected speaking as a live, undetermined event. Her work includes writing, film, live performance, and broadcasting. Recent solo presentations include Seven Thirty Till Nine, Shanaynay, Paris; Collapsing in Parts, International Project Space, Birmingham; It's 1957 and the Press Release Still Isn't Written, Hermes und der Pfau, Stuttgart (all 2012).
Luc Steels investigates aspects of mind and culture using computational and robotic experiments. More specifically, he has been doing language game experiments with humanoid robots to see by what cognitive mechanisms they can autonomously self-organise their own human language-like communication system. Other experiments investigate how robots can autonomously learn body images and use them in action and communication. Steels is Director of the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris and Research Professor at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC) in Barcelona. His most recent book (with Manfred Hild) is Language Grounding in Robots (Springer-Verlag, 2012).
Jan Szymczuk is a self-taught artist. In 2009, he retired from his position as the senior police artist in the Metropolitan Police Service based at New Scotland Yard, London. Szymczuk received accredited training with the Home Office and a Forensic Diploma with the FBI (Quantico). During his thirty-year career, he was involved in major crime investigations of all serious crimes, as an expert witness in the fields of composite sketching (Police Sketch), Photo-FIT, Computer composites (E-FIT), Photo Comparisons and Facial Mapping techniques. Recently, Szymczuk took part in Rivane's Neuenschwander's First Love, project in her exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.
Michael Stipe, American, born 1960, is an artist, producer and singer/songwriter. He fronted the band R.E.M. for 31 years, selling over 100 million records and touring the world. As a film producer he has, since 1987, made over 25 feature films, including Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich and Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine. His focus in the past 7 years is on sculpture and cross-medium work, including bronze, plastic, cardboard, photography, film and digital imagery. His book, FEAR OF THE EMPTY, is released in autumn 2013 by Rizzoli. He lives in New York City and Athens, Georgia.
Jean-Yves Tadié, FBA, is a former Marshal Foch Professor at Oxford University and a Fellow of All Souls College (1988-91). He was Director of the French Institute, London between 1976 and 1981. He is now Editor of classics at Gallimard, Paris. He has published fifteen books of literary criticism, among them, a biography of Marcel Proust (Gallimard, 1996; translation published by Viking, 2000) and Le Sens de la mémoire (2002, with Marc Tadié). His last book is Le Lac inconnu: Entre Proust et Freud (Gallimard, 2012).
Timothy Taylor teaches in the Department of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford and in November 2012 will become Professor of the Prehistory of Humanity, University of Vienna. His books on the evolution of sex and gender, burial and ritual killing, and technology and the practical arts have been translated into several languages. Cairn Raider is a freelance photographer obsessed with glamour and decay. Her current principal model, Krysztina Tautendorfer, is a skeumorphic alter of Timothy Taylor.
Sissel Tolaas, (born in Norway), is based in Berlin. She studied mathematics, chemical science, languages, and visual art. Tolaas has been concentrating on the topic of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE - COMMUNICATON since 1990, within different sciences, fields of art/design and other disciplines. In January 2004, Tolaas established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin, supported by IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.). She is the recipient of the 2009 Rouse Foundation Award from Harvard University GSD and the 2010 ArsElectronica Award in Linz. Her projects and research have been presented in several institutions such as dOCUMENTA (13); MoMA, New York; Fondation Cartier, Paris and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.
Gisèle Vienne, born in 1976, is a Franco-Austrian artist. Since 2004, she has choreographed and directed, in collaboration with the writer Dennis Cooper, I Apologize (2004) and Une belle enfant blonde / A young, beautiful blond girl (written in collaboration with Catherine Robbe-Grillet too) (2005); Kindertotenlieder (2007) and Jerk, a radioplay, France Culture (2007); This is how you will disappear (2010) and LAST SPRING : A Prequel (2011). In 2012, P.O.L. published 40 portraits 2003-2008.In March 2011, Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle published an audio book in French and English: JERK / Through Their Tears (DIS VOIR).
Writer Marina Warner specialises in mythology and fairy-tales, with an emphasis on the part women play in them. Recent books include Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media (2006), and Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (2011). Fiction includes The Lost Father (1988), shortlisted for the Booker Prize and The Leto Bundle (2000), longlisted. Her collection of essays on art and artists, The Symbol Gives Rise to Thought, is forthcoming this year. A Professor of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, she is currently working on a memoir-cum-novel set in Cairo in the '50s.
Ai Weiwei works as an architect, photographer, curator and globally recognised human rights activist. Born in 1957 in Beijing, he began his training at Beijing Film Academy and later continued at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. His work has been exhibited around the world with solo exhibitions at Stiftung DKM, Duisburg (2010); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009) and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009) among others. He participated in the Venice Biennale (1999, 2008, 2010); 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010); Documenta 12 (2007) and Guangzhou Triennale (2002, 2005). In October 2010, Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds was installed in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London.
Eyal Weizman is an architect, Professor of Spatial Visual Cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2011 he also directs the European Research Council-funded project, Forensic Architecture - on the place of architecture in international humanitarian law. Weizman has lectured, curated and organised conferences worldwide. His books include Mengele's Skull (with Thomas Keenan, 2012), Forensic Architecture (dOCUMENTA (13) notebook, 2012) and The Least of all Possible Evils (2011). Weizman is a regular contributor and an editorial board member for several journals and magazines including Humanity, Inflexions and Cabinet where he has edited a special issue on forensics (No. 43, 2011).
Richard Wentworth has played a leading role in New British Sculpture since the end of the 70s. His work has altered the traditional definition of sculpture as well as photography. Since 2009, Wentworth has been Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010); Lisson Gallery, London (2005) and Tate Liverpool (2005). Recent group exhibitions include the 52nd Venice Biennale (2009) and The Sculpture Show, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2012). His work is held in public collections worldwide. Richard Wentworth lives and works in London.
Jay Winter is Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995); Remembering War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006) and Dreams of Peace and Freedom (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), and with Antoine Prost, of René Cassin et les droits de l'Homme: Le projet d'une génération (Paris: Fayard, 2011). The English version will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 under the title René Cassin and human rights.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in London in 1977. She attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy School. Her work has been included, amongst others, in The Ungovernables: New Museum 2012 Triennale, New York; Secret Societies, CAPC, Bordeaux (2011); 11th Biennale de Lyon (2011) and the 7th Gwangju Biennial, curated by Okwi Enwezor, Korea (2008). One-person exhibitions include Chisenhale Gallery, London, Studio Museum Harlem, New York, Jack Shainman, New York and Corvi- Mora, London.