Gabor Erlich is an artist/activist/researcher who grew up in a small Hungarian village in a working class family. He completed his MFA at the Intermedia Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest. Erlich’s research, practice, as well as his activism centres around the understanding and implementation of a Marxist approach towards art and society.
Born in Hong Kong, Waiwai Chan studied Fine Art in the Manchester School of Art and received an MA in Media Art from The University of Art and Industrial Design Linz. Following a keen interest in techno-geopolitics and critical research methods, Waiwai held research and teaching positions at The South China Morning Post, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong.
Maria Mkrtycheva is a curator with focus on public and education programs. She lives in Moscow and has been working with various art institutions across Russia. She is interested in discursive and process-based artistic and curatorial practices as vehicles for knowledge production, sharing and distribution, and examines changing roles of the viewer and modes of access to art and culture. Earlier she has been working as a Curator of Public Program in the city of Vyksa (2018-2019) and as a Head of Education at the V-A-C Foundation in Moscow (2011-2017).
Jenny Fadranski is a cultural and political scientist (B.A. Zeppelin Universität, M.A. TU Berlin). Most recently she worked as a journalist and content developer for ada, an EdTech initiative, prior to that she was a future analyst at a consulting firm. Born in Brandenburg in 1987 a few moments before the peaceful revolution, she later lived as an exchange student in Ecuador, South America and completed her Abitur as a scholarship holder at the international boarding school Schule Schloss Salem. In addition to her journalistic work, she is active as a singer and as well as a filmmaker.
Claude Nassar is a researcher and artist from Lebanon. He holds an MA from the Non-Linear Narrative program at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (Netherlands). Nassar is working at the intersection of theoretical research and filmmaking, where film and image become thinking strategies. Through his work, he investigates the role and value of art in revolutionary movements and the influence of the digital space on both revolutionary art and politics. His work is grounded in the diasporic experience of Lebanon, particularly during moments of high affective production.
Bilge Hasdemir is a curator, having a background in Sociology and Media Arts Management and Curating with a particular interest in post disciplinary curatorial practices, art science methodologies, and participatory research in more-than-human worlds. She has initiated and participated in several workshops, residencies, seminars and talks at various organizations. She was previously Curator at the Aalto University (2019-2021) in Finland where she developed, coordinated and co-produced a range of multi- /trans- disciplinary exhibitions, programs and events. She also co-designed and co-taught a University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS) course on online curating across disciplines. Her FEINART research project will focus on the Icelandic art ecosystem alongside the regional support mechanisms and cultural policies in Nordic countries and beyond.
Noa comes with a professional background in contemporary dance. She received her dance education in the ‘Maslool TLV’ training programme, and worked as an independent dance artist and teacher with various choreographers and ensembles in Israel, Germany, Denmark and the UK. In 2019, Noa graduated with distinction the MA programme Arts Administration & Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths University of London, where she began her research on the personal and working lives of freelance artists.
Marteinn Sindri Jónsson
Marteinn Sindri Jónsson (b. 1989) completed Philosophy (BA/MA) at the University of Iceland in 2013, comprising two year-long study exchanges in Germany. Since 2009 he has contributed as a cultural journalist and producer for Iceland National Broadcasting and between 2015 and 2019 he lectured at the Iceland University of the Arts. Furthermore, he is active across a variety of artistic fields in his native Iceland through practice, collaborations, publishing and research.
Sophie Mak-Schram is an art historian, producer, educator and occasional practitioner. She grew up across Europe (London, Vienna, The Hague), and has worked for immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk, global university, Minerva Schools at KGI, artist development organisation, UK New Artists and art platform for the global South, the CERA Project, amongst others.
Anna Fech studied art history and economics at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen. In 2014, she graduated at the Zurich University of the Arts in MAS CURATING with a focus on postcolonial discussion in exhibition practice related to post-soviet countries. From 2016 to 2021 she worked as curator for YARAT Contemporary Art Space (Azerbaijan) being responsible for the international residency program and ARTIM PROJECT Space directed at young artists with an intention to support and encourage emergent talent to grow.
Fabiola Fiocco (1993) is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. She holds an MA in Museology from the Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam and an MA in Art History from Roma Tre University in Rome. She previously obtained a BA in Arts Management from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. As part of her academic and curatorial practice, she has focused on the fields of art and activism, feminism and biopolitics, and the social and political agency of the contemporary museum. She has worked in independent art spaces, museums and foundations, both in Italy and abroad.