Jamika Ajalon is a poet, writer, filmmaker, musician and educator. Alongside her solo projects, she has toured and recorded with Zenzile for over 14 years, as well as collaborating with many artists including Tony Allen. Her latest album is Don’t Feed the Gate Keepers (Chapter 1: out Nov. 2016; Chapter 2: due spring/summer 2017).
Fouad Asfour, writer, editor and linguist is engaged in publishing and research as critical practice, as well as organizing independent spaces for discourse and artistic collaboration.
SABINE BITTER & HELMUT WEBER
Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber, Vancouver/Vienna. Since 1994: projects on specific aspects and logics of global urban change as expressed in cities, architecture, and urban everyday life. In 2004, with Jeff Derksen, they founded the research collective Urban Subjects. Sabine Bitter is an associate professor at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and was director of Audain Gallery SFU from 2009 to 2013.
Ricarda Denzer focuses in her work on open forms, filmic thinking and the performative phenomena of voice and language, addressing issues of agency at the threshold between fact and fiction in socio-political and artistic processes. Exhibitions and books: Silence Turned Into Objects (2014), Perplexities (2013). Has been teaching at Vienna’s University of Applied Arts since 2013.
Eva Egermann, artist, Vienna. PhD-in-practice project with the title Crip Modes of Artistic Research. Egermann has taught at art academies in Vienna, Linz, Lucerne, Zurich and Aarhus. She currently teaches at Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts and is a fellow at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen in Innsbruck.
Simon Harder, Zurich / Bremen. Sound artist, art educator, researcher at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts at Zurich University of the Arts. PhD at University of Applied Arts Vienna on “Art Education as a Site for Negotiating In_Visibilities”. Practice based on essay writing, artistic research and reflective teaching.
Cultural theorist, urbanist, curator. Professor of art and education at the Institute for Education in the Arts at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts. Curatorial projects and publications: In Reserve: The Household, with Regina Bittner; Hands-On Urbanism. The Right to Green.
Annette Krauss, Utrecht / Vienna. Artist and researcher. Has (co-)initiated various long-term collaborative practices:
http://hiddencurriculum.info, http://read-in.info, http://siteforunlearning.tumblr.com
Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory in Utrecht is an open and public space for artistic research and experiments that are cross-disciplinary, open to collaboration, and process-driven.
Brandon LaBelle is an artist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He presents projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and professor at the University of Bergen.
Marlene Lahmer / artist / Suprastruktur collective / studies TransArts (University of Applied Arts Vienna) & English and American Studies (Vienna University) / works on the emergence of meaning and the function of language / enjoys listening to objects, pictures and texts as they speak.
Concerned with creating a new relationship between original and translation resistant to dominant cultural trends, Yen Noh takes language and translation as her themes in producing speech performances and related installations that face each other in a space. Addressing, mediating and reinterpreting the act of writing, her performance explores various critical methods of delivery of knowledge.
Jianan Qu, born 1985 in Shandong/China, lives and works in Vienna/Linz, Austria. He is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installations, performances, objects, video and photography. Working conceptually and minimally, he researches the borders between visual arts and performance.
Roee Rosen is an artist, filmmaker and writer who teaches at HaMidrasha College of Art, Kfar-Saba, and at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. His 2016 retrospective Roee Rosen, A Group Exhibition was held at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; upcoming shows include Documenta 14, in Kassel and Athens (2017). A book of his shorter writings, Live and Die as Eva Braun and Other Intimate Stories, is forthcoming from Sternberg Press.
Rúbia Salgado, Linz. Works in adult education, on cultural projects, and as a writer in self-organized contexts. She is a co-founder of maiz, an independent association organized by and for migrant women. Since 2015 she has also been working in the association das kollektiv. kritische bildungs-, beratungs- und kulturarbeit von und für migrantinnen (the collective. critical educational, counselling and cultural work by and for migrant women).
Jo Schmeiser explores the interfaces of art, film, theory and politics. Focusing on issues including racism, sexism and anti-Semitism, and reflecting critically on their form and structure, she often works collectively. Films and books: Widerstandsmomente / Moments of Resistance (Plaesion: 2018), Liebe Geschichte / Love History (Klub Zwei: 2010), Conzepte (2015).
Bernadette Schönangerer has always worked with text, always in self-organized contexts (socio-political projects, cultural initiatives). She studied International Development, writes for various media, and edits MALMOE magazine.
Nora Sternfeld is professor of Curating and Mediating Art at Aalto University, Helsinki. Part of the office ‘Büro trafo.K’ and of ‘freethought’, a platform for research, education, and production, she is also co-director of the ‘/ecm’ MA course in exhibition theory and practice at Vienna’s University of Applied Arts.
STUDIO WITHOUT MASTER
Studio Without Master is an open platform bringing together students and graduates from art academies. Our aim is to critically reflect on the relationship between students and an institution itself. We want to function as a non-hierarchical self-organized collective looking for a consensual identity between openness and operativity.
‘University of Ignoramuses’
Founded in 2014 to mark 20 years of maiz, an independent association organized by and for migrant women in Linz, the ‘University of Ignoramuses’ is based on a model that is both local/regional and transregional/transnational.
Hong-Kai Wang is an artist, researcher and educator. Her interdisciplinary practice is concerned with politics of missing knowledges at the intersection of history, lived experience and power, seeking to forge unlikely affiliations beyond received chronologies and geographies.