Martine Beugnet is Professor in Visual Studies at the University of Paris-Diderot. She has curated exhibitions and written articles on a wide range of film and media topics. She is author of several books on contemporary cinema including Claire Denis (M.U.P, 2004); Proust at the Movies (2005, with Marion Schmid); Cinema and Sensation: French Film and the Art of Transgression (E.U.P, 2007, 2012); L’Attrait du flou (Yellow Now, 2017), on the history and aesthetics of blur in film; and the volume of collected essays Indefinite Visions: Cinema and the Attractions of Uncertainty, co-edited with Allan Cameron and Arild Fetveit (E.U.P, 2017. With Kriss Ravetto she also co-directs E.U.P.’s book series Studies in Film and Intermediality.
Marco Brambilla is a Milan-born, New York-based installation artist, known for his elaborate re-contextualisation of popular and found imagery. Brambilla’s work has been exhibited extensively at institutions in the United States and abroad – including the SF MoMA, Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland, Alcalá 31 in Spain, the 2000 Seoul Biennial, and Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul. A selection of major site-specific installations have been presented by Art Production Fund, New Museum and Nuit Blanche, Times Square Arts and Creative Time, all in New York. Brambilla’s work belongs to the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California, the Arco Foundation in Madrid. He is a recipient of the Tiffany Comfort Foundation and Tiffany Colbert Foundation awards. His work has been featured at the Venice Film Festival and Sundance Film Festivals, as well as Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland.
Louisa Clement is an artist based in Bonn and Düsseldorf. From 2010-14 she was a master student of Andreas Gursky at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she graduated in 2015. Her work typically stands within a history of conjunctions between photography and the objectification of the human body. In recent years, the artist repeatedly used mannequins in her photographic series in order to pose questions about real and simulated bodies and the objectification of the human body. Clement has had solo and group exhibitions at, amongst other, Museum für Photographie in Braunschweig; Wallraff-Richartz-Museum in Cologne; Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in Germany; at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and Rencontres Photographiques de Toulouse, France; and Gladstone Gallery and On Stellar Rays Gallery in New York. In 2017, Louisa Clement received the EHF 2010 Stipendium from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. She was awarded the Förderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and a prize from the Cité Internationale des Arts in France. In 2016, she received the Artistic Residency of the 6th Marrakech Biennial. Her works are part of the collections of Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Atlanta Kulturstiftung, Bad Homburg, Germany; Collection of the City of Brühl, Germany; Collection Ringier, Zurich, Switzerland and numerous private collections in Europe, Asia and the US.
Sanford Kwinter is a Canadian-born, New York-based writer and architectural theorist, and a co-founder of Zone Books publishers. Kwinter currently serves as Professor of Theory and Criticism at the Pratt Institute and is a professor of theory and history of architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He formerly served as professor architectural theory and criticism at Harvard University, was associate professor at Rice University in Houston, and has taught at, amongst other, MIT, Columbia University, Cornell University, the AA in London and the Berlage Institute. Kwinter was guest professor at Städelschule 2007-8. Over the past twenty years, his publications have pioneered new ideas in art, architecture, science and the humanities. He has written widely on philosophical issues related to design, architecture, and urbanism, and was involved in the series of conferences and publications convened by ANY magazine between 1991 and 2000. Kwinter has a Ph.D. from Columbia University. His books include ZONE 1/2: The Contemporary City (MIT Press,1986); ZONE 6: Incorporations (MIT Press, 1992); Architectures of Time: Toward a Theory of the Event in Modernist Culture (MIT Press, 2001); Far from Equilibrium: Essays on Technology and Design Culture (Actar Press, 2008); Requiem: For the City at the End of the Millennium (Actar Press, 2010).
Isabella Pasqualini is an architect (ETHZ 2000) and a scientist with a PhD in architecture and cognitive neuroscience (EPFL 2012). Through her works she investigates the mutual and intimate relationship between body and space using immersive and interactive multimedia, with a particular interest in the multi-sensory enhancement of the user’s horizon. For her post-doc project “Visual Touches – Touching Views” on cardio-visual biofeedback and emotion at the Center of Neuroprosthetics (EPFL), she obtained a fellowship grant from the cogito foundation (2013). Currently she is an invited professor at LeaV in Versailles (Ensa-V) and the IUAV University in Venice. Pasqualini has planned a new city in Angola and built a temporary bank building in Luanda. She has won several international competitions and exhibited her work at Swiss and international art venues (Mappings Visual-Audio and Deviant Electronics Festival 2018, MAXXI Rome 2018, Guiyang International Comics and Animation Festival 2018 & 2019, Venice Biennale 2016, Werkschau Architektur 2015, Shanghai Art, Science & Technology Exhibition 2012, SAST Award 2012, Beijing Design Week 2011, Beijing Triennale 2011, EAC ‘Les Halles’ 2011, Swiss Art Awards 2008 & 2010, City of Helsinki 2007, City of Rome 2006, EPFL 2005). Pasqualini is a writer, a scientific reviewer and editor, and an expert for Innosuisse as well as other innovation platforms. She has been a visiting Professor at the Industrial Design Department of Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK), at the Art and Design Academy of Tsinghua University in Beijing, as well as a lecturer at EPFL.
Edward Vessel is a Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (MPIEA) in Frankfurt. His research group, the Visual Neuroaesthetics Lab, uses behavioural and brain imaging techniques to study the psychological and neural basis of aesthetic experiences, such as when a person is aesthetically “moved” by visual art, poetry, architecture, music, or natural landscapes. Through his work and service, Dr. Vessel aims to elevate the international profile of neuroaesthetics research: he is a board member of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and recently hosted a conference on Visual Neuroaesthetics at the MPIEA. He received his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Southern California and is former co-director of the New York University Artlab.
Liam Young is an Australian born film director and architect. Young’s work is situated within the fields of design fiction and critical design. His work explores the increasingly blurred boundaries between film, fiction, design and storytelling with the goal of prototyping and imagining the future of the city. Using speculative design, film and the visualisation of imaginary cities, he opens up conversations querying urban existence, asking provocative questions about the roles of both architecture and entertainment. Young approaches his work as an architect like a science fiction author or futurist. Young is a founder of the urban futures think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today and the nomadic research studio Unknown Fields. He was previously a visiting Professor of Architecture at Princeton University, has taught at the Architectural Association in London, and currently runs the M.A. in Fiction and Entertainment at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Liam’s inherently collaborative design approach means his work is diverse in its scale and nature. He has been acclaimed in both mainstream and architectural media, including the BBC, NBC, Wired, Time, and Dazed and Confused. His most recent publication is Machine Landscapes: Architectures of the Post-Anthropocene, which he guest-edited for Architectural Design.
Daniel Birnbaum is the artistic director of Acute Art and professor of Philosophy at Städelschule. He was previously the director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the director of the Städelschule and Portikus from 2000–2010. Birnbaum has been involved in several biennials, including the 50th Venice Biennale, the Moscow Biennials and as a committee member of the International Foundation Manifesta. In 2008, he was co-curator of the Triennial of Yokohama and curator of the 2nd Triennial of Turin. He was the director of the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). In the period between 2006 and 2007, he co-curated Airs de Paris at the Centre Pompidou and Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium (with Hans-Ulrich Obrist). Birnbaum has been a contributing editor of Artforum and published numerous books and essays on philosophy and art, including The Hospitality of Presence: Problems of Otherness in Husserl’s Phenomenology (1998) and Chronology (2005). In 2018 he co-edited More Than Real: Art in the Digital Age with Michelle Kuo.
Johan Bettum is a professor of architecture and the programme director of the Städelschule Architecture Class. At Städelschule he heads the Master Thesis Studio, Architecture and Aesthetic Practice, where architectural design is explored through an explicit engagement with the arts and contemporary design technology. Bettum’s design interests centre on spatial and aesthetic questions in architecture. Recent work in the studio has used Virtual Reality as a laboratory for spatial inquiries in relation to subjective experience, the construction of reality and the role of images in regimes of representation. In 2014 he founded the SAC Journal which he edits and contributes to. Bettum’s earlier work includes pioneering novel design procedures with particle streaming as well as research on the use of fibres, textiles and composite material systems in architecture. He has practiced architecture in the design network, OCEAN (till 2000), and in his own office, ArchiGlobe. Bettum has taught, lectured and been a critic at various schools in Europe and the USA, and his writing has been published in edited books and journals. He holds a PhD on the geometry of fibrous composites in architecture.