Over 500+ from 45 nations contributed directly to This Is Not A Gateway's Festivals, Salons, Books and other events. Over 3500 individuals participated in these events.
We created This Is Not A Gateway as a platform, for others to use. Much of our work from 2006-2016 was focused on building, maintaining and developing the platform. It was a true pleasure for us to host people from many cities and nations; curious people trying to better understand our contemporary urban condition. Click here to read the names and biographies of people who contributed to This Is Not A Gateway 2006-2016.
The Archive includes artworks in various media made for the festivals, films, articles, banners, notes and other items, alongside reflections from contributors and participants on their experience of the festival. This section of the archive is growing and we welcome more submissions from contributors.
We have also included the printed portraits of some very special people who were instrumental to This Is Not A Gateway's existence. These are people who worked with us 'behind the scenes' and who understood and understood the concept of the platform straight away - Rehan Jamil, Karolin Schnoor, Ellen O'Hara, Thomas Flynn, Fiona Witty, Stefan Dickers, Barbara Murray and Fadi Shaya.
Below are examples of deposits made by contributors to This Is Not A Gateway that are now part of the archive in the Bishopsgate Institute. Contributions welcome.
(2008 - 2014)
Abdullateef Whiteman calligrapher, musician and graphic artist based in Grenada.
Adam Cooper PHD student and part of the national Black Students' Campaign.
Adam Kassa PhD candidate at the Cities Programme LSE and the Urban Age Programme Assistant. He worked on several international development projects ranging from capacity building for HIV/AIDS youth organisations in Guyana, to working with a small community health centre in Mexico. As a researcher he has completed several projects on the city including a project examining the architecture of the city square in Mexico.
Adam Matschulat Aguiar audio engineer, electroacoustic music composer, sound designer and a live art practitioner. He studied Drama and Theatre in Brazil, professionalising in Commedia dell'arte. In London he is currently working with Green Shoes Arts as their Music Workshop Leader - doing community projects, mainly working with youth groups (NEET) and children with learning disabilities.
Agnieska Milcka PhD student in art and architecture at the University of Westminster, School of Architecture and the Built Environment. She studied Fine Art at the University of Oxford (2006) and received her MA in Painting at the University of the Arts London (2007). Her practice is a combination of painting and drawing, inspired by architecture, the city and urban planning. Agnieszka adopts the architect’s visual language to show the city as a system of architectural structures, linguistics and cartography. The result is simultaneously a critique of urban planning - a system which controls society - and a fascination with the belief in perfection of the architectural practice.
Ahemt Tas Filmmaker who lives and works in Berlin. His recent films are a study on European fruit & vegetable markets (APPLE&EI) and their links to their colonial past.
Alessandra Saviotti curator and editor for Digicult.it, lives in Eindhoven. Her research focuses on the collaboration between artists and curators. By interacting constantly with the artist she participates actively in the artistic process from the beginning to the end. Her work aims to realise site specific projects where the public is actively involved and ordinary space gains new value thanks to the temporary incursion of art.
Alex Haw architect and artist operating at the intersection of design, research, art and the urban environment. He runs atmos, a collaborative experimental practice which produces a range of architecture and events including private houses, installations and larger public art commissions. Much of atmos' work focuses on the role of surveillance and dataveillance in shaping space, whether illuminating Canary Wharf with real-time solar data, immersing visitors into live spatial fluctuations of the Frankfurt stock exchange, building camera frameworks for dancing to CCTV, or transforming the movement of everyone within a university into light.
Alex Schafran editor of the Debates section for City, which is published in London and works to bridge the gap between academics and non-academics. He is an urban planner by training and currently teacher urban geography at the University of Leeds. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he worked for a decade as an organiser, advocate, policy analyst and planner for a variety of social justice organisations in New York and California.
Alexander Vatchev After obtaining a Master of science degree in environmental chemistry, Alexander dedicated himself to organic gardening and has worked on different projects in France, Italy and Germany. At present he lives in Berlin.
Ali Has founded Morgan Has Solicitors. He has defended Kurdish activists being persecuted for supposed 'terrorist' activities; he also served as an international observer at mass show-trials in Turkey.
Almi Hantke dcumentary filmaker based in Jersalem.
Alvasro Urbano based in Brazil, has a fine arts and architectural education background, and has exhibited in New York, Madrid, Los Angeles and Berlin. Alvaro was awarded Madrid's Best Young Designer in 2006. He has collaborated with Tomas Saraceno for the Calder Foundation and is currently a member of the Institut fur Raumexperimente, run by Olafur Eliasson.
Amrit Wilson writer and activist on issues of race and gender in Britain, US imperialism, and South Asian politics. Her books include Finding a Voice (Virago 1978) which won the Martin Luther King Award and explored South Asian women’s struggles in Britain for the first time, US Foreign Policy and Revolution, the creation of Tanzania (Pluto Press 1989) and Dreams Questions Struggles: South Asian Women in Britain (Pluto Press 2006). Amrit is active in Foil Vedanta and also South Asia Solidarity Group
Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre artist and writer from Uruguay. Often taking as a starting point the overlooked or the underrated, her work creates visible and unexpected connections between things, people and places.
Anastasia Kavada senior lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Westminster. Anastasia’s research interests focus on the links between online tools and decentralised organising practices, democratic decision-making, and the development of solidarity among participants in collective action.
Andrea Gibbons spent many years in L.A., first as a paralegal working with Central American refugees and then as an organiser, popular educator, and researcher with SAJE. Broadly speaking she fought for justice in all forms with a focus on housing and development, and also helped to create the Figueroa Corridor Community Land Trust. She is a writer and editor, and a PhD student at the London School of Economics.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman filmmaker, artist, and activist. Co-founder of Fugitive Images (responsible for the installation 'i am here' and book 'Estate: Arts, Politics and Social Housing in Britain'). She has been making films since 1998, originally as part of the collective Vision Machine, which worked in the USA and Indonesia, exploring the impact of globalisation, power, and denied histories.
Andreas Torca education office in the MACRO (Museum for Contemporary Art in Rome). His art practice provokes interferences in the daily routine of pedestrians, in order to induce them to rethink and criticise the spaces where they pass, and at the same time, think about the attitudes and authority which sustains our society. His new video work is based on the writings of Nietzsche, exactly where he predicted the coming of "the Superman".
Andrew Bramidge Chief Executive of Harlow Renaissance and former Director of Cityside Regeneration. Cityside Regeneration delivered two urban renewal programmes in Spitalfields.
Andrey Vrabchev sculptor from Sofia, Bulgaria. He studied at the National Secondary School of Fine Arts-Sculpture and The National Academy of Arts –Sculpture. He works in the fields of monumental and site specific large-scale installations.
Ania Dabrowska artist, born in Poland. Lives in London. BA Media and Communication, Goldsmiths College (2001), MA Photography, LCC, University of the Arts, London (2007). Exhibited internationally in solo and group shows since 2001. Winner of the Observer Hodge Photographic Award 2003, selected for the National Portrait Gallery Photographic Prize 2007, recipient of the Wellcome Trust People Award 2008/2009). 2008 publications: Into the Open: Ania Dabrowska and John Nassari (PhotoInsight, London) and NoBody’s Perfect, Niko von Glasow and Ania Dabrowska (Elizabeth Sandmann, Germany). Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmiths College, London and The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford
Anisa Johnny organises events at Christ Church Spitalfields. She is interested in the different groups of people that have lived and worked in the vicinity of the church and how the redevelopment of the area has changed their interaction. Having completed a BA in Economics and Social History she is currently studying for a PG Dip in Innovation Design and writing a book on the themes of collaborative communities, morality and individual purpose.
Anja Kanngieser cultural geographer who is involved in political and social collectives in Australia and Germany. Her work examines the intersections between aesthetics and activism, specifically German activist groups that use aesthetic techniques as a means of articulating their dissent. She is involved in the future archives project, and works with installation and radio.
Anna Colin curator at Gasworks, a contemporary art organisation based in South London, housing twelve artists' studios and offering a programme of exhibitions and events, artists’ residencies, international fellowships and educational projects. She is a critic and co-editor of the art magazine Untitled, London, and a regular contributor to Resonance 104.4 FM.
Anna Feigenbaum Activist history researcher, creative writer and Assistant Professor of Communications at Richmond University in London. She is a member of the newly formed Creative Resistance Research Network.
Anna Holder PhD candidate in socially entrepreneurial design praxis at the University of Sheffield. Anna has published papers on collaborative design entrepreneurship, and the role of the designer in wider social and economic networks. She started her career in architecture and planning, practicing as a designer, which she continues as a member of the Voluntary Design and Build Network.
Anna Minton author of 'Ground Control'.
Anna Ricciardi completed her BA Sculpture degree at Camberwell College of Arts, London, and her MA Contemporary Art Theory degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has participated in and organised several exhibitions including "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" at the Islington Arts Factory, London, "Last Post/Ending Feminist Futures", Scotland, and "Cruelty", George Tavern, London.
Anna Znaenok is a journalist and artist based in Moscow.
Annette Mees artist who creates interactions between people and places. She combines technology, live performance and theatre, always making the audience central. Annette is part of Coney, Director of The Performance Lab, and Lead Director of Interludes.
Anthony Cozens trained at the Oxford School of Drama. Theatre includes: Shed (Southwark Playhouse);The Upstairs Room (King's Head);For All We Know (Old Red Lion); Hacked (Theatre 503); The Exonerated (Charing Cross Theatre); The Common Good (Rounghouse Studio / Arcola Theatre); Art (Edinburgh Fringe). Film includes: AmStarDam; Dementamania; National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2 - The Rise of Taj; The Origins of Evil. Television includes: Houdini (History Channel),Cider With Rosie (BBC); Sherlock (BBC); Waking the Dead (BBC); Holby City (BBC); The Bill (Talkback Thames); Casualty (BBC); Judge John Deed (BBC). Anthony has also appeared in several short films including Speechless, winner of 5 awards.
Anthony Luvera artist and writer. Through facilitating relational, process-based strategies, his work focuses on social issues such as homelessness, addiction and mental health - while acknowledging the failings of the photographic document in the representation of reality. His work has been widely published and exhibited.
Antonio Ottomanelli studied architecture in Milan and Lisbon. In 2009 he founded IRA-C, public platform for research in the field of urban and social strategies. He is currently engaged in the study and documentation of the condition of cities and territories in a state of conflict, with particular attention to the contemporary relationship between public security and private freedom. Over the past four years he has worked in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.
Anu Pennanen is an artist based in Berlin, Germany. She is interested in the public space and its possibilities to evoke shared narratives which momentarily escape the given conditions of spatial organization, urban architecture and modernization.
Aoife Flynn artist from Ireland and graduate from Limerick School of Art and Design. Her work focuses on recording experiences and exploring the idea of lost and fragmented memories. Aoife has exhibited in Dublin and Limerick as well as in a traveling exhibition in China.
April Reilly a student at the University of Birmingham, currently completing her third and final year in Political Science and Philosophy. Since 2010, she has been involved in campaigns with the student anti-cuts and anti-fees movement. Disillusioned with the upper-middle class, white student left, she has since focused her efforts and energies into Palestine solidarity campaigns against Israeli occupation and apartheid. April has been involved with the Justice 4 Sanaz Campaign since March 2013. In the future, April hopes to further her studies, exploring the intersection of colonialism, gender and sexuality.
Aram Pan architectural and interior photographer from Singapore, who also specialises in 360 degree virtual tours. In 2013, he set out to uncover the mundane in North Korea. So much of the world has been fixated on images of war from the regime that the everyday happenings around the secretive state are quickly overlooked and forgotten. This project aims to uncover the everyday lives of the people in North Korea.
Archinef Association A team of architects, landscape architects and urbanists based in Lyon. AA works towards preserving the memory of populated areas by collecting interpretations and histories. They have co-initiated Project Trace - a cultural project that examines the heritage value of the commemorative architectural complexes from the socialist period in Bulgaria.
Archive for Change was instigated by Julie Ballands, Taryn Edmonds and Laura Maragoudaki; artists & filmmakers whose work is rooted in an appreciation of the local as an arena of universal themes & stories. Archive for Change came about as a result of their ongoing research (as artists and residents) into the effects of regeneration processes within the West End of Newcastle on the built landscape, the resident population and community relations. Specifically, the displacement of long-standing communities by mass demolition meant that important stories of protest, action and history were in danger of becoming lost. Founded on the basis that film is a powerful platform where voices and ideas can be heard and discussed, Archive for Change set out to collect archive and new films related to the changes in the area and return them to the public realm.
Arts Against Extraditions a campaign group of arts professionals creating artistic projects that call for an end to the unfair UK-US extradition treaty. Recent projects include a partnership with Secret Cinema and an event at Rich Mix, London.
Arturo Ortiz Struck studied architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana(UIA), and receive a masters in urban research at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). He is member of the National System for Art Creators, FONCA. In a collaborative participation with Tatiana Bilbao, Derek Dellekamp and Michel Rojkind, he founded the urban research center MXDF in 2003. He has being participated in different urban plans in the Federal District, and in different States in Mexico. He has been a professor in the architecture department at UIA since 1998.
Ashley Wong artist, cultural producer and researcher. She has a BFA in Digital Image/Sound and the Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, and an MA in Culture Industry from Goldsmiths', University of London. She is former project manager of Videotage - Media Art Institution in Hong Kong where she lived and worked for 2 years. She is founder of independent arts platform LOUDSPKR and international research collective DOXA, and has produced numerous artistic and curatorial projects internationally and has presented work in Taipei, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Madrid, New York and Gothenburg. She is currently works with Sound and Music – UK's landmark organisation for new music and sound.
Asiya Wadud artist and initiator of Forage Oakland - a neighbourhood fruit barter network whereby residents exchange their surplus backyard fruit. In Oakland there is no shortage of residential fruit trees, but more often than not, the fruit goes unharvested. Forage Oakland taps into this waste stream by establishing a system that allows residents to redistribute their surplus (and otherwise unused) fruit.
Atakan Guven researcher with over ten years of experience working in the urban policy field in the UK and the USA. Until recently he worked at LSE Cities, London School of Economics where he managed a research project comparing the South East of England to the Ranstad region of the Netherlands. A native Londoner, being half Turkish, he has lived in Istanbul and Bursa. Currently he is an Honorary Research Associate at UCL.
Awqapuma Yayra Colque activist based in west London. She has been involved in organisations that aim to help Nican Tlaca immigrants with their English and IT skills. In 2012, under the tutelage of Olin Tezcatlipoca, Awqapuma together with Nemequene Aquiminzaque Tundama started the London Chapter of the Mexica Movement. Having already achieved a degree in sociology, she will be going to SOAS to complete a Masters and PhD in History. After her studies, she will be going back to her homeland and carrying on her work towards liberation.
Bahai Egeh graduated from UCL with an MSc in Environmental & Sustainable Development and is working as a journalist specialising in environmental concerns. Research interests include the role of the modern British supermarket and subsequent divorce between Man & Nature.
Barbara Wallace regeneration practitioner who has worked in inner city areas of Liverpool, Manchester and London. She has an academic background in the Social Sciences and recently completed a doctorate in women's entrepreneurship within regeneration contexts. Barbara is Director of the Women's Design Service, an organisation that seeks to ensure women's needs are met in terms of the planning, design and use of urban environments. She is passionate about facilitating meaningful involvement of typically excluded individuals, groups and local communities in shaping urban space.
Beatty Hallas artist interested in public affirmation and how people look after each other. Beatty studied sculpture at Brighton and Wimbledon and recently showed at Whitstable Biennale.
Bekki Perriman artist based in London, working across media in sound, photography and installation. She has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions and was selected for the Islington Exhibits Art Award in 2013. Perriman is self taught and works in the context of mental health and homelessness.
Ben Campkin Director UCL Urban Laboratory and Lecturer in Architectural History, Bartlett School of Architecture. His work focuses on representations of urban change with reference to contemporary regeneration sites in London. Ben is co-editor of Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination (London: IB Tauris, 2007).
Ben Elwes photographer who has worked with public relations and media agencies. A recent graduate of from UCA Rochester (MA Photography), Ben’s personal practice is informed by his experience in media industry. His work reflects upon the intensity of media messaging and the sophistication of psychological strategies affecting place and space.
Benjamin Mason student of the MRes in Information Environments at the London College of Communication. His key areas of focus are the relationships between individuals and the digital environment, along with the influences, impacts and responses to different modes of incorporation, connection and conditioning of new media.
Benny Wenda West Papuan independence leader and an international lobbyist. He lives in exile in Oxford. In 2003 he was granted political asylum by the British Government following his escape from custody while on trial in West Papua.
Black History Walks runs guided tours of London from a black (African) perspective. Black history movies and rare documentaries and talks are also hosted once a month in the London area.
BLOK – Local Base for Culture Refreshment produces, presents and mediates artistic projects that actively and critically not only reflect, but also radically penetrate public space, as well as critically examine the modes of its creation. In its nine years of existence it has produced and instigated numerous artistic and activist projects and has spurred the public debate about the issues related to the transformation of the public space as well as provided with artistic proposals for the ways the public space should be constantly negotiated and re-examined.
Bojan Mucko student of Philosophy, Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Zagreb. His work deals with cultural anthropological theories of identity and anthropology of space and he is interested in methodological cross sections of humanistic disciplines and contemporary arts.
Borja Conde musician and video-artist based in Barcelona, interested in city sound recording and experimental marketing techniques. He has collaborated with different advertising agencies in New York and Mexico City as creative and copywriter, and worked for MACBA, the Barcelona Museum for Contemporary Art.
Bram Thomas Arnold artist and writer whose interdisciplinary interventions, installations and performance works dream of a Romantic disposition and seek out a considered approach to perception and existence through poetic gestures and subtle works of humour. Bram co-founded the collaborative art project The Mobile Institute.
Braves Garcons D'Afrique (BGA) is an association set up by young people in the the 19th district of Paris in 2001. The group organises activites for youth - from help with school work, to hip hop dance and basketball. The BGA is composed of 3 different commissions: The Cultural Commission (help raise consciousness about the condition of women in the district, citizenship and discrimination), The Artistic Commission (using arts as a means of social intergration) and The Sports Commission (using sports as means of socio-professional integration). The BGA helps to fight against delinquency and work for a better social cohension. The BGA are looking to create other commissions, including 'The Civil Right Commission'.
Brenna Bhandar is a Lecturer in Property Law at Queen Mary School of Law, University of London. She has published in the areas of indigenous rights, multiculturalism, critical race theory and critical property studies, and sits on the Editorial Board of Feminist Legal Studies. Prior to life as an academic she was called to the Bar of British Columbia, and has long been active in various social justice movements.
Bruno Rinovulari graduated from SOAS in Social Anthropology. He is producing a ten part series for Resonance FM on London’s sewer system. His past programmes include a documentary feature on ‘Boat Ting’, an experimental music night on the Thames and a studio discussion with Chinese sound artist Xiao He.
BUDD 09/10 is a multidisciplinary and multicultural team of the MSc Building & Urban Design in Development (2009/2010) in the Development Planning Unit of University College London. Composed of architects, geographers, engineers, and planners, the team seeks to develop a holistic process of design for development of cities that combines an examination and analysis of economic, social, cultural and spatial elements in the production of urban form.
Cairo Cannon is an independent film producer currently developing several feature projects. She co-runs Cannon and Morley Productions (CAMP), London with writer/director Carol Morley. Their films include Dreams of A Life, Edge, and The Alcohol Years.
Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) formed in March 2001 in response to the banning of 21 organisations under powers of the Terrorism Act 2000. Since then CAMPACC has opposed the entire anti-terror legislative framework, its political agenda and its exceptional powers.The Campaign has brought together individuals and groups from communities which find themselves targeted by so-called ‘anti-terrorism’ legislation, lawyers and other human rights activists. The campaign has built solidarity with people targeted by anti-terror powers through protest actions, public meetings, petitions, seminars and submissions to consultations (e.g. by Parliamentary committees and the Home Office), meanwhile collectively developing critical analysis of the securitisation agenda.
Cany Ash MA (Cantab) DipArch RIBA FRSA, Partner, Ash Sakula Architects. Cany builds in a range of sectors: regeneration, the arts, education, creative industries, housing and public space. Recent projects include St Botolph’s Quarter in Colchester, Sadler Square in Derby, The Hothouse in London, Chapter Arts in Cardiff and Tibby’s Triangle in Southwold. Ash Sakula’s work is widely published and receives many awards. Cany is a Civic Trust Awards Assessor and a member of the RIBA Competitions Advisory Panel, a CABE enabler, a CDA for Birmingham’s BSF programme, external examiner at the University of Cambridge and RIBA validation panel member for schools of architecture.
Carlos Martins ceative entrepreneur from Portugal, interested in the dynamics between economics, culture and territory. Carlos is the Executive Director of Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012. In parallel he is developing a PhD thesis in Economic Geography – Creative Clusters in Urban Areas – at the University of Porto. Carlos is a founding partner of Opium Ltd., delivering policy and industry leadership across the creative, cultural and knowledge economies.
Carol Morley came to prominence with her documentary The Alcohol Years, a BAFTA nominated, Grierson Awarded. An artist filmmaker she has made films that challenge, in different ways, how stories are told and which often cross the boundaries between fact and fiction. Her work has been shown at major international festivals, at galleries, cinemas, on Channel 4, Film4 and has received many international broadcasts, including The Sundance Channel.
CasaGrande Chilean art collective that has developed a series of publishing projects and art actions related to poetry and the intervention into public spaces. CasaGrande has worked on several projects since 1996 including the publication of a journal, installation of posters in metro stations throughout Santiago, and public performances including the series: Bombing of Poems.
Catalina Niculescu lives and works in London. Her work has been shown at galleries and institutions throughout Europe and beyond. Selected solo and group exhibitions: Rectangular forms and other shapes, GAD, Marseille, France (solo); Grosse Posterausstellung, Niklas Schechinger Fine Art, Hamburg, Germany; Territories, Shanhe Museum, Hangzhou, China; Game People Play, Homeprojects, Milan, Italy; Autoitalia, London; and Festival of Architecture, Hyde Park, London.
Catherine Greig architect and founder of make:good an organisation that focuses on designing through making and finding ways that local groups can participate in the design process. She is currently initiating an oral history project on a housing estate in Hoxton, London entitled ‘The changing geographies of childhood in the city’.
Catherine Vieira architect who works at the crossroad of research, visual art and urban design to create architecture and landscape interventions. In 2006 she graduated with honors in Architecture from Paris Val de Seine, Beaux-Arts. She continues developing her research between Paris and London.
Cathy Ward artist and activist whose work is embraces social and cultural documentary photography. In the late 1980s-90s she worked on the sink Estate Haggerston experiencing problems of vandalism and robbery and is a contributor to Andrea Luka Zimmerman's film 'Estate'. www.catharyneward.com
Celine Kuklowsky was born and bred in Los Angeles, and has worked for the community organisation SAJE as well as the online journal Truthdig. She is currently pursuing an MSc at the London School of Economics and working on a research project studying French cities at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.
Charlie Koolhaas has contributed to magazines, books and exhibitions with her writing, visual art and photography. Her work focuses on capturing the moments where cultures are bridged and it is revealed how globalisation manifests at a human scale. Charlie’s work aims to give a true representation of cities as global centers of cross-cultural inhabitation and exchange, places for collaboration across fields and specialisms, beliefs and cultures.
Charlotte Ginsborg working in film and video. She graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2002. Since then her 16mm films and videos have been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally including the Serpentine Gallery, ICA, and Camden Arts Centre, London, the Walker Institute, Minneapolis, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Her film Over The Bones was nominated for the Tiger Shorts Competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2010.
Chelsea Knight artist working in video and performance. Knight completed residencies at the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a 2007 Fulbright Fellow in Italy. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Oberlin College. Knight has had recent solo shows at the University of Syracuse and Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago, and has shown her work at the 10th Annual Istanbul Biennial, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Centre Pompidou, and Art in General, New York. Her work will be included in the upcoming 2010 Bucharest Young Artist's Biennial.
Chris Jack runs his own East London based music events and playing regular DJ sets around the capital, making short films and music videos with exciting young directors, and working with a variety of musicians to record and engineer their music. He also works in the 'open-source' science/arts scene, utilising cutting edge audio and electronics platforms such as Pure Data and Arduino to create unique, multi-media pieces.
Christian Von Wissel architect (Technological University of Berlin) and founding member of Citámbulos, an interdisciplinary urban research collective based in Mexico City and working on the city’s everyday life and urban phenomena. Co-author and curator of the Citámbulos publications (Oceano; Jovis; INAH) and exhibitions in Berlin, Linz and Mexico City. Currently, he is working on periphery and perception in the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico as part of his PhD in Visual Sociology at the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, London.
Christina Hazell artist whose mutlimedia practice addresses the relationship mankind has with the natural world. She is interested in the way nature is restrained and controlled in urban spaces and the precarious impact culture has on the environment. She has a Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art.
Claire Louise Staunton curator, writer and PhD candidate in the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths. Her interest in historicity led her to establish Inheritance in 2007. She writes for a number of paper and on-line publications.
Clara Rivas Alonso moved to Addis Ababa after an MA at Goldsmiths that allowed her to explore postcolonial theory and urban sociology. She wrote her dissertation in Istanbul whilst working for a conflict resolution organization and travelling to places like Northern Cyprus and Iraq. She has written articles on street protests and popular uprisings in Europe and Middle East, published in Turkey and in London.
Clare Burnett artist whose work involves making subtle interventions and artworks which draw attention to how we see and filter the physical and aspects of urban life. She uses a variety of 2D and 3D materials and approaches depending on the environment in which a work is to be placed and has a particular interest in making works which are as simple in idea or manifestation as possible. Over the last four years she has been working on artist, architect and education projects relating to White City.
Constantin Demner Founding Director of studio elastik! 2004 Project WALK was an intervention into the area of Spitalfields, East London in November 2004.
Cristina Inclan PhD student in Urban Planning at the London School of Economics. Her research is concerned on the cultural and social patterns resulting from the phenomenon GEO, or what she calls ‘Casas-GEO movement’. She conducted an ethnographic study in a particular housing complex in the city of Cuernavaca, in order to discover how people live and experience these their living space on a daily basis, how they see and adapt the architecture to meet their needs and wishes, and how they get organised.
Cristina Prudente artist and curator. Upon leaving her career as a solicitor, she studied at Central Saint Martins. Cristina has curated exhibitions at Candid Arts, Italian Institute of Culture, and Truman Brewery.
Cristóbal Bianchi artist and poet responsible for the CasaGrande project with Joaquin Prieto and Julio Carrasco. In1997 he published the collection of poems “El Trigo Oscuro de mi Boca” (‘my mouth’s dark wheat’). Cristóbal is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies, at Goldsmiths.
Cultural Practice a cluster of artists, researchers, academics and others, supported by Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. They aim to support critical practice within art, the field of culture and organisation. They explore new models for creative practice, and look to engage those models in appropriate public forums, both nationally and internationally; they participate in exhibitions and the institutions of exhibition, seminar and conferences, film, concert and other event programmes. They work with archives and collections, publication, broadcast and other distributive media and funders; while actively seeking to collaborate.
Dan Edelstyn creative entrepreneur whose degree in History/French, early journalistic career and love of cinema soon led to filmmaking. In 2001 he established Optimistic Productions with Hilary Powell. He directed ‘Subverting the City’ exploring alternative negotiations of urban space. Dan hones his skills on commercial films for diverse clients and his entrepreneurial talents are tested as he re-establishes a vodka empire.
Dane Rich Graphic design student at Central St. Martins. He is developing an inter-active billboard that allows users to communicate their own messages.
Daniel Fernandez Pascual based in Berlin and Shanghai and holds a Master of Architecture from Madrid University, Master of Science of Urban Design from Berlin University, and Master of Architecture from Shanghai Tongji University. He recently collaborated with SMAQ, whose work was exhibited at Rotterdam Biennale 2009. Daniel is a city explore specialising in urban issues and editor of Deconcrete, a blog on Everyday Urbanism.
Daniel Gal documentary filmaker based in Jersalem.
Danielle Hewitt studied fine art at Goldsmiths and is currently carrying out an MA in Architectural History at the Bartlett, UCL. Her practice engages with myth, memory, and fantasy to examine the multiple agencies that contribute to meaning-making in architecture and cities. Her current research examines the role of weeds and debris in sites of heritage-led urban regeneration.
Darryl Chen Critic and practitioner on urbanism for a range of publications, schools and private practices. He is interested in the relevancy of contemporary culture's waste products, and believes a discussion of urbanism cannot be dissociated from [an albeit disputed] trajectory of modernity.
David Bedford is professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick. In addition to teaching and researching in political philosophy, he has taught and published on various issues on First Nations politics. His publications include articles on First Nations voter turnout, the relation of First Nations values and ecological politics, the political issues involved in self-government, and the Iroquois Great Law of Peace as a document of international relations. He has also published a book on the relation of First Nations and the Left The Tragedy of Progress: Marxism, Modernity and the Aboriginal Question.
David Boulogne photographer who document realities and questions the way we perceive and anticipate photography. David studied and graduated from La Sorbonne and L’Ecole de L’Image in Paris before moving to UK and becoming freelance. David has been involved with the fringe art scene in London with T1+2 gallery since 2001.
David Knight designer and researcher based in London. He collaborates with artists, architects, planners and communities on projects dealing with the built environment. He is a senior lecturer at the University of East London, a studio tutor at Kingston University and recently a visiting tutor at the Architectural Association.
David Rosenberg is a teacher, writer and tour guide who leads walks on London’s radical history. He is the author of Battle for the East End (Five Leaves, 2011) and is currently researching a book on grassroots political campaigning in London between the 1830s and 1930s.
David San Millan Del Rio worked as a press photographer for various Spanish national agencies and newspapers from 1992 to 1997. He was awarded the National Cossio Press Photography Award by Castilla y León government. Shortlisted for Descubrimientos award in PHOTOESPAÑA 2005. Completed a BA Hons Photomedia by Sussex University in 2002. He lives and works in London.
David Wheeler freelance filmmaker. His initial focus was directing film drama before moving onto corporate and educational films, some of which were produced in collaboration with the British Council for broadcast in India and Africa. He has also produced music videos, film sequences for use in theatre productions, and documentary and activist films. He co-directed a short drama film for Channel 5 TV entitled Windows of the Soul and directed the Bristol Premiere theatre production of The Pichfork Disney by Phillip Ridley. After a period teaching media he is currently producing promotional films along with his own documentary work.
Davorka Begovic member of the Student Centre's Culture of Change she has realised a number of music, theatre, educational and film programs. She has worked on the Motovun Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival and the Music Biennale Zagreb. Davorka studied Musicology at the Music Academy in Zagreb.
Demetris Taliotis transdisciplinary artist, a conjectural theorist and an impromptu restaurateur. He is currently the Director and Head Curator of APOTHEKE, while also being consumed by academic research into the cultural discourses of silence.
Denitza Toteva media planner who has been involved with Intercultural Gardens in Berlin. Her research focuses on whether gardens are a sustainable tool for integration.
Diana Ali a British Bangladeshi artist, she has worked in mixed media and painting, photography and installation. She has exhibited in London, Russia and Tehran. Her concerns are the subversion of the material, shifting identities and exploring artists' responses from the local to the global.
Disculpen Las Molestias a collective created in 2007. Its name, from the Spanish, means 'apologies for the inconvenience', which is the typical statement the Council and other major institutions use for apologising when they produce alterations in public spaces. We are a collective of three women from Barcelona, each with an artistic background, who share an engagement with socio-political issues from our contemporary context. By means of tactic interventions, our work aims to create situations through which we can point out the invisible conflicts of urban life and the capitalist system.
Dolan Cummings heads up the Manifesto Club’s work for free speech and against the regulation of public space. He has a particular commitment to the idea of a free and vital public sphere, going back to 1993, when at the age of 18 he organised a demonstration against a nightclub curfew in Glasgow. Recently, he has written a Manifesto Club Thinkpiece against the smoking ban, A civilised approach to smoking policies; a proposal to abolish intrusive licensing laws; and a statement against the ban on drinking on London transport. He is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Ideas in London, and edits its online review Culture Wars. He is also the editor of Debating Humanism, a collection of essays exploring different conceptions of humanist politics.
Dorit Naaman filmaker .
Duale Yusuf coordinates the Somali Youth Project, is active in the Somali Unity Council, and has been interviewed for several tv programmes.
Ecolabs aims to nurture whole systems of thinking, foster ecological literacy, and create an alternative cultural vision that will drive transformational change to meet the goals of a fully sustainable society. We are a not for profit network of designers and visual artists who create materials, projects and programs that support ecological literacy.
Eileen Woods artistic director for Haring Woods Studio. With a background in music, theatre, film and festivals, Eileen pursued her theatre production career in Dublin for 6 years before moving to London where she has lived for 30 years and worked in partnership with husband Michael Woods for the past 23 years as a director of commercial creative companies. As a cultural entrepreneur, she has originated interdisciplinary arts led initiatives and events, commissioned international artists across all disciplines and produced a range of experimental and large scale projects exploring arts and the environment.
Eleanor Wynne Davis musician and community facilitator; her current practice examines the dynamics of power, through apparently casual intervention and the introduction of sound. Eleanor co-founded the collaborative art project The Mobile Institute.
Ellen O’Hara holds a degree in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Birmingham and a postgraduate diploma in administrative management. She joined creative business incubator Cockpit Arts in 2006 where she is responsible for the design of the business development strand of the incubation offer. She led Cockpit Arts' research projects which have a focus on craft business models and the impact of incubation on growth. Ellen previously worked for The Princes Trust, Arts Council England and Andersen management consultancy. She sits on the Board of Directors for CreativePeople, a national network of professional development providers, and You Make It a social enterprise supporting young people into employment.
Emma Burland fine graduate from Middlesex University.
Eran Sahar filmmaker .
Esther Johnson artist who takes a poetic approach to documentary and narrative through film, video, audio and photography. Recurring themes include personal histories, heritage, tradition, architectural vernacular and precarious futures. Exhibitions include Tate Modern, Tate Britain, BFI, ICA, NASA and the BBC.
Esther Stanford-Xosei a raparationist, jurisconsult, communicty advocate and radio broadcaster. She serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Pan-African Reparations Coalition in Europe(PARCOE). On behalf of PARCOE, Esther is a Broadcaster on Britain’s first and only licensed African community radio station,Voice of Africa Radio.
Euan Mills co-founder of ma3t - a design collective whose products or services that challenge users to think about their interaction with the world around them.
Euphemia P Niblock adventurer, archaeologist, intrepid explorer and an archetypal antiquarian. Miss Niblock provides a promising methodology with which to re-examine issues and current debates on location, memory, public space, citizenship and social relationships.
European Alternatives civil society organisation based in London with offices in Paris and Rome. It runs projects throughout Europe and also in Saudi Arabia, China and South America. It is dedicated to exploring the potential for a post-national or transnational politics and culture, and promoting intellectual and artistic engagement with the idea and future of Europe.
Eva Weber filmamker
Evathia Tselika a researcher, visual producer and educator. She is undertaking doctorial research on social engagement and the arts-development in the divided centre of Nicosia, at Birkbeck, University of London. She has worked, exhibited and collaborated with various galleries and museums in London, El Salvador, Cyprus, Greece and Brazil.
Fadi Shayya urban planner, writer and social advocate living and working in Beirut, Lebanon. Trained in urban studies and architecture, he is founder and coordinator of the research platform DISCURSIVE FORMATIONS (DF), an initiative grounded in acknowledging the need for practice-driven research and critical discourses on spatial cultures in the contemporary city. Fadi has worked with the United Nations on development, MDGs, and urban governance in Lebanon, Kuwait, and Jordan, and has consulted for the America University of Beirut and NGOs on spatial studies and infographics.
Fiona Davies works as an urban design researcher at CABE in London. She studied architecture at Cambridge and an MSc in Urbanisation and Development at The London School of Economics. Before joining CABE, she worked as an urban designer for Croydon Council, and several leading architectural practices. Fiona has an interest in international development and has worked in Malawi on a Wellcome Trust funded hospital project, and carried out first hand research into post war reconstruction in Sierra Leone, which was the subject of her MSc dissertation at LSE. Fiona also has experience of the corporate world working for an international management consultancy, a global investment bank, and a UK based property company.
Fiona Whitty a visual artist and her practice is multi-disciplinary, socially interactive and engaging. She is interested in creating sustainable models for future arts practice. Fiona is recipient of the LAUNCH Emerging Artist's award 2006. Her solo exhibition, entitled "Waiting Room" 2007 led to her residency "Art for Socially Responsible Transformation" in Biella, Italy. Selected group exhibitions include Antwerp, Bangkok, Milan, Lagos, Nigeria, Jamaica and in her native Ireland. Fiona holds a BFA from D.I.T. Ireland Fine Art, 2006, and in 2009 she graduated with a distinction from the prestigious MA program at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London.
Fran Cottell artist, based in London. She curated ‘Concrete Dreams: Art, Architecture and Social Space’ with Liz Harrison for apt/open house and is currently working on projects with the Concrete Geometries Research Cluster at the Architectural Association, London. Against a broader interest in addressing/levelling hierarchies and roles, Fran’s research addresses the question: how to show the ephemeral, live experiences that make up the everyday within the art institution?
Francis Farmer artist that is concerned with the experience of everyday life lived in the ruins of late capitalism.
Fugitive Images artist collective founded in 2009 by Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Lasse Johansson and Tristan Fennell. It was set up to explore the subtle and haunting traces of memory and desire that weave together identities and communities. Fugitive Images hold participatory workshops in audio/visual recording and writing.
Gabriel Mascaro filmmaker based in Recife, Brazil. He graduated in Social Comunication from the Federal University of Pernambuco and is a member of the independent producation company Símio Filmes. Gabriel is co-director of the documentary films “The Beatle KFZ-1348” (2008) and “High-rise” (2009). High-Rise has screened at more than 40 international film festivals, provoking a great amount of debate around the mindset of the Brazilian elite and the model of urban arquitecture that is currently dominant in Brazil. Gabriel also gives video workshops to Indigenous communities in North and Northeast Brasil as part of his work as a collaborator of the NGO “Video in the Villages”.
Games Monitor network of people raising awareness about issues within the London Olympic development process. They highlight the local, London and international implications of the Olympic industry. They seek to deconstruct the hype of Olympic boosterism and the eager complicity of ‘urban elites’ in politics, business, the media, sport, academia, and local institutional community ‘stakeholders’. Their network operates with an open dynamic principle and functions as a discussion forum, research body, press and political lobby.
Gary Mulgrew is one of the infamous 2001 Enron "Natwest Three" - a high profile extradition case in Britain. He spent years in several US prisons including the notorious Big Spring in Texas. He has been short-listed for the 2013 Political Book Awards for his personal memoir 'Gang of One' (Hodder), which is being made into a feature film starring Dougray Scott. Gary Mulgrew was born in 1962, he spent his formative years in an orphanage before being brought up on the Pollok Estate in Glasgow. He continues to search for his missing daughter Cara Katrina, a tragic consequence of his Extradition years earlier.
Gary Philips writes tales of mayhem and menace. In other pursuits he has been a union rep, run a nonprofit begun as a response to the '92 L.A. riots, taught incarcerated youths, was a community organiser in South Central Los Angeles where he was born and raised, toiled as a printer, worked for one of those shadowy 527s, and delivered dog cages.
Gavin Grindon Author of Aesthetics and Radical Politics (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008) and a member of the newly formed Creative Resistance Research Network.
Georg Hubmann is studying the dual degree master program "Urban Design" at TU Berlin and Tongji University Shanghai. He graduated as a Bachelor in political science at FU Berlin. His main focus lies on environmental politics, sustainable urban design and the right to the city. He is currently working for a Berlin based planning office and at the Environmental Policy Research Centre of FU Berlin.
George Gingell a qualified Part 1 architect and has studied at both the Architectural Association and London Metropolitan University. His work often explores new cartographical techniques and explores ideas around flux and stasis within the urban core of London and other cities. Recently based at Freeland Rees Roberts architects in Cambridge he worked within the historic core and on a major gateway development mediating between the fast flowing major roads and the small fine grain of the historic centre.
Georgia Wrighton Community Development Worker at Women’s Design Service and is working on a London Councils funded Women’s Design Group project. She is setting up groups of women from a diverse range of backgrounds who have a voice in town planning and regeneration. Prior to that, she was a community planner engaging local people in planning issues. She also has a background working in local authority planning departments, and was a sustainability officer for a short spell. She is active in her own community on a range of environmental and social justice issues.
Gerard Nestler graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, in 1992 and has been exhibiting internationally since then. From 1994 to 1997 he did 'fieldwork' as a broker and trader. From 1997 onwards he has been engaging in artistic research. In 2003 he received an Austrian State Scholarship for Visual Art. In 2007 he published Yx, a reader/catalogue introducing finance and economy as fields of artistic research. He is currently a practice-based PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, London.
Gesche Wuerfel, Tristan Fennel and David Kendall are three emerging photographers who met at Goldsmiths College and work as a collective with a focus on the urban landscape. They all have a critical view on recent governmental policies, regeneration initiatives, and a changing social climate in cities, e.g. the 2012 Olympics or the treatment of homeless people.
Gian Luca Amadei trained in Interior Design and studied Architecture History and Theory at the Barlett. Since 2007 he has been the Product Editor for Blueprint Magazine. He is currently researching urban burial grounds for his PhD in architecture at the University of Kent.
Gilda Haas an organiser and educator who has been helping grassroots organisations build economic development from the ground up for the past thirty years. Gilda teaches community economic development in UCLA's Urban Planning Department where she also established the Community Scholars Program. She recently left her position as foudning Director of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy to create Dr. Pop, a popular education website that explores the relationships between economics, urban planning and democracy.
Gillian McIver began making independent films while studying History at university. She co-founded the London-based group Luna Nera, which made a series of large scale art interventions in public spaces (1997 - 2009), and directed the film Postindustrial Baroque (2009) which explores abandoned urban spaces. Her most recent film is Taking Over The King's Land (2013), about Egyptian artist Nazir Tanbouli's project to cover a condemned East London estate with art.
Gloria Dawson writer, researcher and activist from London, currently living in Leeds. She has recently finished an MA in Social and Cultural Geography (University of Leeds) and her interests include housing, public space and gentrification (particularly in terms of class and social stratification).
Graeme Hayes is a senior lecturer at Aston University, currently working on the trials of social movement activists. He is the author of two books and two edited collections (on civil disobedience, environmental protest, political film-making and Olympics and civil societies) and is Editor in chief of the journal Social Movement Studies.
Hajj Abdulhasib Castiñeira Director of the Granada Mosque – the first purpose built mosque in Spain for 500 years.
Hamja Ahsan is an artist, cultural producer, curator and civil liberties & human rights campaigner. He is the brother of Talha Ahsan who was extradited to a USA Supermax prison - after over 6 years of detention without trial. Hamja leads his national and International campaign with the issues of Extradition law, post-9/11 erosion of civil rights, solitary confinement and internment. He is currently a full-time campaigner, touring the UK with film, literary & speakers tours. Hamja was nominated for a Liberty Human Rights Award 2013 for his civil liberties campaign work and an Alhamra award for excellence in the Arts in 2013.
Haring Woods Studio are artists, designers, entrepreneurs, political and cultural consultants working collectively to respond to social, economic and environmental challenges through arts and culture. Recent projects : the 5 year Gunpowder Park project of experimental arts and environment programming including The Art of Common Space and Bright Sparks R&D programme., the 6 year Green Heart Partnership initiative, the Jaywick Martello Tower arts programme. Current projects are Place on Earth, Safe Planet, The Art of Common Space Part 2, and Interdependence Day Movement.
Hassan Mahamadallie has written and lectured widely on race in contemporary Britain and Black history. Trained in theatre, he has made a living as an actor, director, writer, arts-in-education worker, anti-racist activist and journalist. Recent articles include "Muslim working class struggles in Britain" and a contribution to a collection of writings "Tell It Like It Is: How Our Schools Fail Black Children". His biography of radical artist William Morris, Crossing the River of Fire: The Socialism of William Morriswas published in 2008. Hassan presently works at Arts Council England where he has been responsible for developoing a project on the relationship between artistic practice and the Islamic faith,
Heather Ring is a landscape architect practicing in London. She runs the Wayward Plant Registry - an unwanted plant exchange and is one of the founders of The Orphaned Land Trust.
Helen Arfvidsson is a postgraduate research student in Politics and International Studies at the Open University since October 2010. Her previous academic background is in Politics, Development Studies and Global Studies. Her research interests span the fields of critical security, migration, citizenship, urban restructuring and transformative politics. Her current research centres around acts of citizenship, youth and the burning of cars in urban peripheries across Europe, the primary focus being on recent events in Sweden.
Helen Couchman completed her BA in Fine Art at Sir John Cass College, London in 1996 and an MA in Critical Fine Art Practice at Central Saint Martins School of Art in 1998. Helen has exhibited widely, both in the UK and internationally; solo exhibitions include "Linebuilding" at the London College of Communication (2005) and "Streetscape" at Peckham Women's Centre, London (1997). Helen has had residencies at Cyprus College of Art and Vermont Studio Center, USA, and in 2006 accepted an invitation to work in China, a trip which culminated in a solo show, "Gift", at the Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF) in Beijing. Helen followed this up with the publication "WORKERS 工人" in June 2008.
Henrietta Williams uses still photography and multimedia her practice explores man-made and built environments, both within and outside of the city. Particular interests include; fortress urbanism, surveillance, borders and liminal spaces. In 2005 she completed a BA in Fine Art Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and in 2008 graduated with a distinction from MA in Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication.
Hilary Powell artist whose practice engages with changing urban environments and its secret histories. Since her BFA (Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford), she has made site-responsive theatrical installations across Europe. Performative elements were furthered through an MA Scenography and in the film narratives of ‘The Games’ and ‘Light Years Away’. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths.
Hyemin Park has been a member of the urbanism research artist group flyingCity and the urbanism research online magazine flyingNet in Korea. flyingCity pays utmost attention to how to deconstruct and reconstruct the structure of Seoul, the city full of spectacles. Consisting of three to five core members with the participation of internet communities, flyinCity documents urban-related source materials, stages performances and holds meetings and workshops involving the community under the theme of urban development and restoration.
Ignacio Acosta born in Valparaiso, Chile Ignacio lives and works in London. He has studied architecture and completed BA (Hons) in graphic design in Santiago, Chile and MA photography at the University of Brighton. As an artist he is interested in the symbolic language that lies behind the image. His work responds to the influence of place upon our sense of identity. Ignacio works with the abstraction of the contemporary metropolis as a stable model in an endless process of transformation, expansion and homogenization. His work addresses issues concerned with local versus global identities, images which examine both notions of aesthetics and form as well as commenting on political and social perspectives.
Images-A-Mots collective of artists, poets, vocal performers and sound engineers who work on a multidisciplinary means of expression. Members include Annabelle Playe, Axel Brisard, Neli Gueorguieva, Eric Bosveil and Julien Brousse. Images-A-Mots have co-initiated Project Trace - a cultural project that examines the heritage value of the commemorative architectural complexes from the socialist period in Bulgaria.
Independent Worker Union (Cleaners and Facilities Branch) is an independent union and voluntary association of workers fighting only for the interests of workers. IWGB is not in ‘partnership’ with bosses, held back by bureaucrats or obligated to please establishment politicians. They do not operate like an insurance company providing a service – their members are the union, their representatives are workers. Everyone has a role to play; everyone works together to help one another out. The origin of the organisation is the Latin American Workers Association (LAWAS), which helped with the campaign for Justice for Cleaners and with the T&G union (now Unite the Union). However, after the campaign, many workers didn’t feel represented by the union because it had signed agreements with major companies without the consent of the workers. IWGB was formed to fight ones’ battles for oneself – the philosophy is that the union are workers and not the bureaucracy. In 2012 they organised the first strike in the history of John Lewis. IWGB is controlled from the base up – the branches make decisions and do not have to ask permission – 75% of the contributions remain in the branch.
Indy Johar architect and founding director of 00:/ [zer’o zero]. 00:| operates as architects and urban designers delivering upon a wide range of issues from the design of level 6* Code of sustainable homes, to social capital led development of neighbourhoods, to workspaces/clubs for social pioneers. Indy is a Demos Associate. He has taught at TU Berlin, University of Bath, Columbia University; recently lectured at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and the Architectural Association.
Isabel Gil is based in Mexico City and holds a Master of Arts in Cultural and Creative Industries from King's College London, where she researched the reach of culture and creativity for development in contemporary Mexico City. Her major area of interest is culture's role in urban development. In London she worked in Noema Research and Planning, founded and directed by Lia Ghilardi. Her work experience in Mexico City has been oriented toward the active exploration of the Mexican Cultural Industries.
Isola Art Centre is a self-organised collective constituted by the Isola dell'Arte association, the Out office, the Sugoe Workshop, the philisophical review Millepiani, the 'Love Difference' art movement, the inOpera Observatory art collective, together with independent artsts, curators, writers and architects. The center creates platforms for information and discussion about urban transformation, organising forms of resistance and counter proposals for an underused area of Milan, Italy - converting a former industrial building into a center for art and community life.
Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen develops new media installations, in which the aesthetic experience becomes a strategy for the disassembling of Cartesian thinking, and by extension the modernist binaries of mind/body and self/world. Her work is Informed by critical and feminist theories. Xxhibitions include Rooseum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Malmö, and the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik.
Jaimes Mayhew artist and researcher interested in things that tend to get overlooked. He uses video, film, lectures, writing, surveys and tours to investigate a variety of sociocultural norms and values. His current research interests include pyschogeography, fear, gender/sex and small spaces.
James Geurts's drawing practice uses traditional materials, as well as light, sound, long-exposure photography and video projection. These processes combine in an exploration of the interdependency of human senses/psychology and the built environment/nature, in works that challenge our perception and use of resources and spaces.
Jan Lemitz lives and works in Düsseldorf. His work is informed by photographic practice, with a focus on landscape and architecture. As an ongoing project The Registration Machine began during his MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths in 2011 and was further developed during a residency at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais. Recent exhibitions include re-locations with Hal Project at Space Mass in Seoul and Smuggling Anthologies in Idrija.
Jana Perkovic is completing the Master of Urban Design at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is currently a visiting student at TU Berlin. She has worked in urban research since 2008. Her main interest is in the urban conditions that support creative communities, and urban resistance movements.
Jani Ruscica artist working with film, video, photography and other media. He is based in Helsinki and was educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and at the Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki.
Jason Larkin is engaged and interested in the Middle East. He moved to Cairo where he forged a career working as a photographer, having his personal work published in many international periodicals. He now dedicates his time to developing larger bodies of work that engage and reflect on current affairs which play out more in the periphery, seeking another more comprehensive viewpoint of an often misunderstood and ignored reality.
Jason Waite curator and founder of the International Guerilla Video Festival. He has initiated exhibitions in Europe and North America, including a survey of video art from Central America, “Me-Te-Do [Memory, Testimony, Documentation]: Video Art from Central America”, “Hypermyth” at FYR arte contemporanea and “Welcome Home” a series of exhibitions in domestic spaces throughout Florence.
Jayaraj Sundaresan researcher at the London School of Economics and has about 20 years of experience teaching, researching and working on Indian cities and about 8 years as a comparative urbanist based in London. He has also worked in urban economic regeneration and Urban Design policy with local boroughs in London; currently is also part of building a new university in India called Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Jayaraj has a PhD in Human Geography and Urban Planning from the LSE.
Jean-Marc Caracci Photographer based in France. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is currently documenting people, space and architecture in European capitals.
Jennifer Gabrys programme leader for the MA in Design & Environment at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research and practice focus on environmental design; technonatures and citizen science; material culture and waste; emerging modes of practice. Projects within this area include a forthcoming book Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics, which investigates the material geographies of electronic waste. She has previously practiced landscape architecture in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, and has undertaken research on cities, media and urban computing in Montreal.
Jessica Spalis actress and dancer with a prolific showreel of performances to her credit. Since graduating from the renowned LIPA academy, she has made UK television appearances, performed in large-scale stage shows in London's West-End and worked on various arts projects and music videos.
Jessica Toale sustainability and investment strategist at dtz. Working in the city of London she has embarked upon a series of research projects looking at the effects of sustainability on the built environment to support her work with investors and businesses. Jessica studied urbanisation and development at the London School of Economics and moved into property to get practical firsthand experience of the built environment and its relationship to global business and communities. She is undertaking an increasing amount of work relating to the generation of renewable energy.
Jhon Arias graduated in Fine Arts from the Colombia Nacional University in 2009. He is interested in working the different possibilities of art as a mode of communication. Photography, video, and performance are used to investigate issues of identity, memory and creative pedagogy.
Jilly Traganou architect, author and Assistant Professor in Design Studies at Parsons The New School for Design.
Joanna Erbel sociologist and photographer. She is writing her Ph.D. on the role of non-human actors in the transformation of post-socialist spaces at the University of Warsaw. Her main field of interest is urban space and social movements and art in public spaces. Erbel is interested on the role of non-human actors (small architecture, art projects in public spaces, technologies, animals etc.) as mediators between different social groups.
Joanna Zawieja architect whose work focuses on the construction of place through storytelling; specifically examining narratives of the domestic. Through writing, video and temporal interventions she located her architectural practice in the social constructs that determine the built environment. Her wok as been shown at the Swedish Museum of Architecture, the onedotzero festival, the Polish Institute and Dansens Hus.
Jody Boehnert environmental communicator, designer and educator living in London. She is founding director of EcoLabs – a studio for environmental communication design, and an associate lecturer at UAL. She finished an AHRC funded PhD titled: ‘The Visual Communication of Ecological Literacy: Design, Learning and Emergent Ecological Perception’ at the University of Brighton. Meanwhile, she is also an activist involved with a variety of issues of social and environmental justice and most recently has been involved with establishing Occupy Design UK.
Joel Cady graduated from Bartlett School of Architecture in 2009. He was awarded the History and Theory Prize and the Making Buildings Award. Previously he studied Fine Art (3D Design) at the Chelsea School of Art. His research interests include ‘wild’ spaces and planted landscapes in cities and environmentally sustainable architecture and urbanism. Much of his research focuses on East London and the 2012 Olympics.
John Newling's work, presented across Europe, the Far East and the USA, involve diverse teams of people, smaller public art projects, gallery exhibitions, museum installations and live events. Publications featuring his work include Sculpture in 20th – Century Britain, and Installation art in the new millennium: The empire of the senses. In 2005 a double volume monograph of his research essays from 1994 to 2005 was published. He lives in Nottingham where he is currently Professor of Installation Sculpture at The Nottingham Trent University.
Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA) campaign organisation that works to change the application of the joint enterprise law in which innocent people are wrongly convicted of crimes through the use of inadequate and misleading evidence to go to trial. They work with family members and hundreds of prisoners who are serving lengthy sentences for crimes they did not commit, could not have foreseen, did not have the intention to carry out, and indeed in many cases, tried to prevent from happening.
Jonathan Hoskins artist living and working in East London. He is currently undertaking a project with Open School East, Hackney, to support groups and individuals in the area to advance their work by developing ideas for, and then trialling, suitable ‘strategies of archiving’. He has been involved with community and campaign groups for several years, usually around housing.
Jonathan Rock director of Projects & Resource Development at the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning & Leadership and a PhD Candidate at the Department of Politics & Government Ben Gurion University. He holds a Bachelors in Philosophy and Geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Masters in Cities, Space and Society from the LSE.
Jonathan Rokem urban planner and PhD Candidate at the Department of Politics & Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His research interests focus on spatial and social critical analysis of cities. Jonathan also works as an urban planning and European projects consultant with NGOs and the Private and Public sectors. He holds Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Masters degree in Urban Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Joris Luyendijk writer and journalist. A former Middle East correspondent, he writes the experimental Banking Blog on The Guardian, which looks at the world of finance from an anthropological perspective. He is the author of 'People like us: Misrepresenting the Middle East' (2009), a critical perspective on the media.
Jose Esparaza an independent architect and urban researcher and a collaborator with diverse international magazines, such as Domus, and New York institutions like Storefront for Art and Architecture and the New Museum. José's work with Joseph Grima and Jeffrey Johnson has been exhibited at Shenzhen Biennale 2009 and he has organised exhibitions in Beijing and Mexico City.
Josefin Rasmuson a Swedish artist who has recently graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Her main interests are focused on the socio-political sphere; how people behave, how meaning is constructed and deconstructed in regards to space, situation and other input.
Josh MacPhee artist, curator and activist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. His work often revolves around themes of history, radical politics, and public space. He is the author of Stencil Pirates: A Global Study of the Street Stencil (2004, Soft Skull) and co-editor of Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority (2007, AK Press). He organises the Celebrate People's History Poster Series and is part of the political art cooperative Justseeds.org.
Joy Gregoy artist whose practice is concerned with social and political questions with particular reference to history and cultural differences. She has exhibited in numerous international galleries, biennales and festivals. Her work is included in UK Arts Council Collection, V&A Museum, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, and Yale British Art Collection.
Juan Delgado interdisciplinary artist specialising in photography, installation and video, exploring issues issues of gender, migration and trauam. In collaboration with London Metropolitan University he produced the multimedia installation "Flêches sans corps" (2003) which explored the trauma experienced by so-called 'illegal' immigrants in their journey to cross the straits to Spain. In 2009, he worked as visiting artist at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá to develop "The Flickering Darkness" which looked at issues of socail inequality through the metaphor of food.
Juan delGado has produced an extensive body of work – combining photography, film, installation, and video, relating to the subjects of displacement and identity. The theme underlying the work is trauma and how this is experienced through violence, abuse and exclusion. His projects have been exhibited widely including at ARCO’05, Madrid, the 2011 Budapest Biennale and the 2013 Istanbul Biennale. He was selected for the 2012 BBC Big Screens programme and in 2013 his project Ringing Forest was shortlisted for the Jerwood Open Forest exhibition.
Jude Rosen is an urban researcher, translator and poet. Her publications include Planning for the Intercultural City (Comedia, 2004) and “Informality and social creativity in four European port cities” in Guidi ed. Urban Makers: Parallel Narratives of Grassroots Practices and Tensions, (Berlin: b_books, 2008) Her pamphlet A Small Gateway was published in 2009 (Hearing Eye).
Jude Rosen Urban researcher, poet and translator. She was a member of the artists’ group We Sell Boxes We Buy Gold, which was involved in mapping and researching the Olympic zone and held the symposium “London 2012 never took place”. Formerly Jude worked as a historian and political scientist at UCL. Hearing Eye published her first collection of poetry, A Small Gateway, in 2009.
Judith Ryser architect-urbanist and journalist who has worked on urban affairs for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the European Union, Greater London Council, government agencies in France, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and UK, universities (UCL, AA, LSBU), contributed to international conferences and wrote numerous articles. She curated seminars, wrote and edited books, inter alia, for the Goethe-Institut; the British Council and for the Fundacion Metropoli, Madrid.
Julian Konczak digital artist focusing on the interpretation of the world through photography, video and sound. Working with themes of globalisation and the urban landscape, he creates work across on-line and installation environments.
Julie Bacon artist, writer, editor and curator, based in Quebec City/London. Her performances, installations, publications and events explore how physical structures and material values translate dream and conceptual spaces; how symbolic consciousness takes shape in the world through the enactment of economic and political models and cultural forms.
Karla Pudar member of the Student Centre's Culture of Change, she has realised numerous visual arts, literary, multimedia and film events. Karla has worked on the Festival of the European Short Story, Motovun Film Festival, The Croatian Association of Visual Artists and Literary Magazines Bibliography of the 19th century.
Karthick RM Tamil researcher based in the University of Essex. His research interests include Tamil politics, postcolonialism, identity politics, and Fanonism. He has also written extensively on the Tamil Eelam liberation struggle.
Kate Donington received a Bachelor’s in English Literature and History Joint Honours from the University of Leeds where she also completed a Master’s in Art Gallery and Museum Studies. She worked for two years for the Imperial War Museum before leaving to undertake PhD research with the ESRC funded Legacies of British Slave-Ownership project at University College London. Her PhD focuses on the slave-owner, politician, collector and merchant George Hibbert M.P. On completing her PhD she will be joining the next phase of the Legacies project - the Structures and Significance of British Slave-Ownership as a Post-Doctoral Researcher.
Kehinde Andrews is a senior lecturer in sociology at Birmingham City University. His research specialism is race and racism and he recently published a book Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement (Institute of Education Press).
Kelly Foster works at the Black Cultural Archives, an educational charity, established in 1981, to collect, document and disseminate the culture and history of peoples of African and Caribbean ancestry living in Britain. The Black Cultural Archives is currently developing a national centre for black cultural heritage in Brixton with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Lambeth. The newly refurbished Raleigh Hall will open its doors to the public in 2011, and will house two exhibition spaces, education spaces, an archive, a library and a specialist bookshop.
Kryzystof Nawratek architect and urbanist. He is Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth (UK). Nawratek’s research can be found in the books "Political Ideologies in Space; Demystifications Exercises"(Kraków 2005) and "City as a political idea"(Kraków 2008), which focus on the social and political structures of architecture, urbanism and the city. Krzysztof Nawratek is currently working on a projects focused on the city as a machine of positive oppression and social 'dynamic segregation'.
Lahary Pitman fine art & documentary photographer who has produced three extensive bodies of work from the south of France, New York city and the Mid-Hudson valley. He is a multiple category winner in The Delaware Art Museum's Gordon Parks Arts Competition, winning the jury prize for 'Best In Show' for Rhythm and Pain. In addition to being selected as the 2007-2008 Artist-In-Residence for photography at New York’s Henry Street Settlement, Abron’s Art Center; Lahary is the recipient of awards for his series “The Shifting Boundaries of Lower Manhattan” from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Lara Navarro has a degree in Audiovisual Communications from Universidade da Cidade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She worked for 13 years on the Brazilian film industry. In 2002 she received a scholarship from IBERMEDIA FUND for Continuous Education in Audiovisual Industry and moved to Spain to obtain a Masters Degree in Documentary Film Making at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2005, she went to India to shoot the 30' documentary Women who travel alone (26’); in 2006 she filmed The Beat of Africa in Gabon. She edited a short version of this film, entitled a Gabao Hip-Hop that has been nominated as Best Short Film in 5 international festivals. In 2009, she started to develop her next documentary project Ayahuasca From the Amazon to the Urban Jungle to be shot in Spain and Brazil. In the same year she founded MOVE CULTURA URBANA.
Laura Braun photographer who explores urban spaces and the relationships between the urban and rural. Laura was born in Stuttgart, Germany and currently lives and works in London. She completed her BA Hons Art and Design at Central St Martins College in 2003 and her MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths College in 2005. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, Germany and Spain.
Leah Cowan studied Anthropology of Development at SOAS. She coordinates the SOAS Detainee Support Group, which supports detainees through visits, and campaigns for an end to immigration detention. Her first play, exploring the perishable nature of Babybels was performed at the Cockpit Theatre in May 2013. Skin Like Butter is her second play.
Learning From Thames Valley was an Architecture & Spatial Design studio at London Metropolitan University, led by AOC Architects. The studio began with the provocation that the Thames Valley catchment area is perhaps a more appropriate realisation of contemporary Capital city. Focusing on the means of production, students found it dispersed in business parks, industrial estates, office villages and live-work networks. Their final proposals attempt to tackle the contradictions of Valley life: Arcadian Idyll vs Capitalist Dream.
Lee Salter's interest in the Corporation of London began in 2002 when the Corporation introduced an electoral reform bill into the House of Lords. He worked as a legal and political researcher with Lord Glasman, Rev William Taylor and John McDonnell MP to petition the bill. He has maintained a research interest in the City Corporation, its history and constitution ever since, most recently working with the Reclaim the City movement, which aims to consider reform of the Corporation.
Lemeh42 Two Italian artists who realise videos, installations and performances. The duo been working together since 2005. Their work has been screened at a number of international video-art festivals.
Lena Mohamed has worked in art and curatorial practice, as well as human rights work. She is committed to decolonialism as a strategy to end white supremacy. She is particularly committed to decolonising museums and galleries as sites of cultural production that systematically exclude people of colour from any and all historical and contemporary narratives.
Les Levidow helped to set up the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) in early 2001. Previously he was involved in other campaigns against criminalisation, e.g. against the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1974, the Italy ’79 Committee, support group for the 1984-85 miners’ strike, the Free Samar and Jawad Campaign, and support for the Zapatistas in Chiapas. He also has opposed the Israeli Occupation through various UK campaigns, e.g. the ‘Return’ petition against the Israeli Law of Return (late 1980s), Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Boycotting Israel Goods (J-BIG), and the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP).
Levent Kerimol works at Design for London on masterplans, public space projects, and planning strategies. He studied architecture at Cambridge and the Architectural Association, and has worked in practices in London and the Netherlands, most notably OMA. Whilst at the Architectural Association, his research thesis studied systems of organisation and proposed new platforms for representative design negotiation. He has also presented a paper at an international conference in Istanbul; exhibited interactive installations in Shoreditch, Zurich, and Trondheim; and been involved in community projects as part of an ongoing interest in ‘designing the design process’.
Lia Ghilardi founder and director of Noema Research and Planning, a UK-based organisation working internationally to deliver place mapping and strategic cultural planning projects. Internationally recognised as a leader in the field of urban and cultural development, Lia has worked for more than twenty years with civic leaders, urban networks and arts organisations to provide integrated solutions to the challenges of place making.
Liam Young tutor coordinating design studios at the AA, Bartlett and other schools throughout Europe and Asia. His studio projects delve into the worlds of speculation and fiction, forming critical instruments for instigating debate about the social, architectural and political consequences of emerging biological and technological futures.
Lily Sheffy filmaker .
Liz Hingley Photographer and curator. She graduated from Brighton University in Photography in 2007, after which she received a scholarship from Fabrica to photograph for Colors magazine in Kenya. She has been based In Italy for the past two years.
Liz Obi’s work as an activist started in the early 1970s, when she worked with the Black Panther Movement and the Brixton Black Women’s Group alongside Olive Morris. In 2000, she created an exhibition entitled Remembering Olive Remembering the Times, her personal tribute to Olive Morris and other comrades from the 1970s. Over the years Liz Obi has been involved in a number of campaigns against inequality, and campaigning for the provision of facilities for mothers and children in Lambeth, and was the force behind the creation of the PAPA Community Playground on Pulrose Road, securing funds from the Brixton Challenge regeneration programme.
Loophole Berlin typifies the “new Berlin” of artistic activity that has grown up since 1989. Located in a former brothel, Loophole is a collective and an event space, offering an programme that reflects the diverse range of artistic practice in the city. Founded by Julian Ronnefeldt of Luna Nera, the Berlin programme features work by Ronnefeldt, Adrian Shephard (Satantango Dance, and more) and Enzo Perin.
Louis Moreno is completing a part-time post-graduate MSc in Architectural History at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. His research interest is in studying the way markets permeate urban space and built form to construct the social relations of cities.
Luna Nera was formed as a collective in 1997, coming together to exploit the opportunity to use a derelict Victorian theatre as a studio. This led to an ongoing practice of site exploration and site-responsive practice, creating a number of high profile live art events combining different art forms. Luna Nera's practice has led to the creation of a number of startlingly inventive video documents, as well as short films and video art works made in, and about, or inspired by, the various places Luna Nera has worked.
Luwezi Kinshasa is the Secretary General of the African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) - the organisation that built and leads the Uhuru Movement.
Madelaine Moore director and theatre practitioner specialising in work with marginalised young people, prisoners and vulnerable adults. She is Project Manager at acclaimed youth arts charity, DreamArts, producing and directing their annual West End Musical Theatre Gala performance at The Playhouse Theatre. An alumna of Central School of Speech and Drama’s MA Applied Theatre course, she has worked in a freelance capacity with companies including Old Vic New Voices, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Lyric Hammersmith, Tricycle Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Roundhouse, Only Connect, HMPYOI Feltham and HMP The Mount. Prior to this she completed her acting training at Arts Educational.
Malia Bouattia was the elected NUS Black Students' Officer, she represents over a million students of African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean decent across the UK. She is completing an MPhil in postcolonial theory and language at the University of Birmingham and is the co-founder of the Black Women's Forum UK.
Manu Luksch artist whose films, telematic performances and interdisciplinary works explore the effect of emerging technologies on daily life, social relations and political structures. Her recent science-fiction fairy tale Faceless uses authentic CCTV footage, which she recovered under the UK¹s Data Protection Act following her "Manifesto for CCTV filmmakers". Luksch has exhibited her work at venues and festivals internationally, including "Hors Piste" (Centre Pompidou, Paris 2008), "Goodbye Privacy" (Ars Electronica, Linz 2007), "Connecting Worlds" (NTT ICC, Tokyo 2006), and "Satellite of Love" (Witte de With, Rotterdam 2006). She served as artistic director of the Munich Media Lab from 1995 to 1997, co-founded Art Servers Unlimited in 1998, and founded Ambient Information Systems in 1999.
Manuel Appert associate professor at Lyon University in France. He lectures in Urban Studies and has spent the last 10 years researching issues in London - including transport and mobility, particularly the relationships between urban form and transport accessibility. More recently he has been focussing on the London skyline as a conflicting space. He is considering skylines as images and representations reflecting past and present urban cultures, economic cycles, political systems and heritage policies.
Mara-Daria Cojocaru completed degrees in political science, theatre science and law. She is currently completing her PhD in political science alongside her work as the chair of political theory and philosophy. She is heaviy influenced by her hobbies which include voice and sound recording and directing theatre plays.
Marc Arrigo director and photographer specialising in documentaries and music videos. As well as sometimes working as part of large production film crews, such as on commercial advertisements, or 'behind-the-scenes' music tour videos, he has also instigated, and been at the heart of, a number of smaller scale creative projects, working closely with other young professionals to make more artistically driven pieces.
Marc Isaacs has made creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards as well as international film festival prizes. In 20088 March received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work. He is a guest tutor at the London Film School, the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway University.
Maren Harnack architect and urban planner currently finishing her PhD about the gentrification of council housing in London. She has studied in Stuttgart, Delft and London and is one of the principal founders of urbanorbit, an architectural practice specialising in urban design and research. She has published in a number of European architectural magazines.
Maria Theodorou Director School of ARCHitecture for All in Athens.
Mariana Mogilevich visiting scholar in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and a PhD Candidate in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.
Marianna Liosi investigates the curator's role as a mediator between artist and society: this implies a focus on the observation of audience involvement and participation in art events and discourses. She is interested in how art is inspired by, and reinterprets, social dynamics. Since 2009 they have been developing a critical discourse and a long term research concerned with how art intends to change the way we see, act and make sense of our world.
Marisa Gonzalez lives and works in Madrid and London. She graduated in Music in Bilbao, and Fine Art’s School in Madrid, Master Fine Arts School Art Institute of Chicago, BFA at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC. Her work focuses on cities, its architecture and transformations. Her new project explores the 'invasion' of the Financial and Commercial District in Hong Kong every Sunday by over150.000 Filipino women.
Mark Jackson lecturer in Postcolonial Geographies, University of Bristol. Research interests: the intersectinos between philosophy and social theory, post-colonialism, urban studies, social history, political ecology, and visual studies.
Mark McGowan aka The Artist Taxi Driver Lives is a politically motivated performance artist and London art school lecturer. Since 2010 he has made over 1400 eight minute video pieces for his youtube channel Artist Taxi Driver. His art pieces tackle head on elitism, corruption of British and multi-national institutions/corporations and post-critical artists and galleries.
Mark Simpkins technical project manager for the BBC, working on a number of sites and projects. He has also worked on civic software projects such as ConsultationProcess.org which started the craze to make government documents open and annotatable. He also worked with some other MySociety.org volunteers to build both IVotedForYouBecause.com and TheyWantToBeElected.com for the 2005 UK General Elections. He runs a small consultancy, NodalResearch, on the use of online tools for social and civic software solutions. He is a technical consultant for the Design Against Crime Research Centre based at Central
Martin Kohler has studied landcape design in Hannover and Adelaide, He has worked on a number of landscape projects and is one of the founders of HAFENSAFARI in Hamburg. He has recently published a photography project based study of public spaces in Hamburg
Martin Reid project manager at CIDA, the Cultural Industries Development Agency. He trained to be a Chartered Surveyor, studying Urban Land Economics and Urban Estate Management. He gives a deliberately provocative perspective on what lies at the core of the surveyor’s approach to commercial property development, explains how land prices are the function of a combination of a number of simple economic variables, and perhaps gives an insight into why if, architects are from Mars, their commercial RICS qualified clients are from Venus.
Martine Drozdz geographer and PhD candidate at Lyon University in France. She has been researching the recent changes in the uses of the fringes of the City of London from an economic, social and cultural perspective. Regarding the recent dynamics of expansion of the City on its fringes, the conflicting aspect of this process can be seized. From the gentrification of a post-industrial space to the growth of the ancillary activities in the margins of the CBD, how can we make sense of an area where traditional boundaries between the City and the East End are blurred.
Marwah Jbrah filmaker .
Mary Yacoob artist who has documented the minutia of daily life in diagrammatic form. She creates systemic drawings about architectural spaces that question ideas of urban planning and public art through proposals for often unrealisable interventions. She has exhibited in London, Hamburg and Milan.
Matt Belcher MSc candidate in the Bartlett School of Planning. He graduated from UCL in 2009 with a first class BA in Geography. His research interests relate interdisciplinarity to urbanity, architecture and sustainability. His thesis investigated the processes of sustainable architecture and 30 St Mary Axe.
Matthew Gandy's research focuses on urban landscape and infrastructure with recent work in India, Nigeria and the USA. His publications include Concrete And Clay: Reworking Nature In New York City (MIT Press, 2002) and 'Learning from Lagos in New Left Review (2005).
Maureen Ward graduated from the Visual Culture strand of the MIRIAD masters programme at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006. An archaeologist by training, with a joint honours degree in Ancient History & Archaeology from Manchester University, her research focused on the collisions and collaborations between archaeological and artistic practices.
Max Hacke 3rd year RIBA Part 1 student and scholarship holder at the Architectural Association. His work has focussed on cities and its infrastructures. His recent project is a reflection on how cities like London can provide spaces for smaller communities to generate individual identities. Max has been awarded the Alexander Memorial Travel Award.
Mel Cook experiential theatre maker, artistic director of Snakebit, and associate director of SPID - a theatre company dedicated to re-engaging communal space in the city. In the last year, Mel has created five site-specific interactive works for the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, examining how communities interact with public space.
Mexica Movement London Chapter is an organisation that demands the end to the genocide of the full-blood and mixed-blood Nican Tlaca (indigenous) people of Cemanahuac (falsely known as The Americas). Through education and other non-violent assertive actions they plan on bringing liberation to their people and their continent. They are fighting for the return of all that has been stolen from the Nican Tlaca people over the last 500 years through colonialism and genocide. For more information go to www.mexica-movement.org
Michael Chanan is a seasoned documentarist (BBC2, C4 and numerous independent productions) and Professor of Film and Video at the University of Roehampton. In 2011 he became the New Statesman's first video blogger. His full-length documentary, Chronicle of Protest, compiled from these blogs, was described by Sight & Sound as 'Intelligent and highly watchable', while the film critic Ryan Gilbey wrote that 'Through some nifty editing and lucid rhetoric, the connections between the actions of the coalition and the hardships imposed on communities become transparent.'
Michael Edwards senior lecturer in Economics & Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning. His research interests include urban land and property markets and development processes in Europe, social and economic impacts, labour market analysis, economic estimation, evaluation and decision processes. He is the author of numerous books and is currently researching government-sponsored urban regeneration activities in King's Cross, London.
Michael Itkoff founding editor of Daylight Magazine, a print and online publication. Daylight has become one of the premier showcases for contemporary photography, by collaborating with established and emerging artists, scholars and journalists. Itkoff has been a reviewer for New York Photo Festival, En Foco, Critical Mass, ASMP and Santa Fe Center for Photography. He has been a recipient of the Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism (2006), a Creative Artists Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council (2007), a Puffin Foundation Grant (2008) and recently published his monograph, Street Portraits, Charta Editions 2009.
Michael Woods executive Director of Haring Woods Studio, a London based international creative and producing team of artists, designers, entrepreneurs, political and cultural consultants working collectively to respond to social, economic and environmental challenges through arts and culture. He is a cultural entrepreneur and applies his experience in creative and strategic planning from the commercial creative industries, to deliver new models of long term public / private sector partnerships for the public realm.
Mike Schwartz solicitor and partner at Bindmans. He acts for political activists and campaigners on issues such as the environment, animal rights, peace/disarmament, race and social justice. He has a particular interest in citizens’ freedom of expression and freedom of assembly under articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights. He advises and trains campaign groups, trade unions and non-governmental organisations on criminal and public order
Minou Nourouzi Austrian/Iranian filmmaker. Her preoccupation lies in the psychological landscapes of incubated desire, displacement, authoritarianism & surrender, misplaced femininity - often framed within the mundane. Her work has been shown at The Battersea Arts Centre, ICA London, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Everson Museum of Art NY, Telic Gallery LA and The Tank NYC.
Miranda Iossifidis student of MSc Contemporary Urbanism at the London School of Economics and Political Science, looking at the construction of young people in public space as anti-social, in south east London. She is an almost lifelong Londoner, but has lived in Rotterdam, Paris and Caracas, working as a designer with architects and urbanists.
Momtaz Begum project coordinator for Leaders in Community, which is set up as a youth-led organisation 3 years ago, working with young people across Tower Hamlets aged 16-25, supporting them gain leadership skills, experience and knowledge. Her role is to develop young people's capacity within the governing structures of the organisation and to fundraise for projects, and support young leaders. Leaders in Community is local young people's opportunity to vocalises issues and make a practical difference in the community they live in, as all the projects are aimed at promoting engagement and cohesion. Momtaz will be talking about how LIC got started and how they are inspiring a generation of young leaders and effecting change in Tower Hamlets.
Moustafa Traore has a PhD in English Studies from the SorbonneUniversityin Paris. His thesis explored the current integrationof muslims in Britain. Moustafa also writes and publishes poems , he set up the English newspaper online anopeneye.org that mostly deals with French news. He works as a French supply teacher in Coventry and alecturerat Creteil University in Paris. Moustafa also works as a consultant in the UK and France, focusing on difficulties met with young descendants of immigrants in France.
Movement for Justice By Any Means Necessary was set up in 1995 by people around the Kingsway College Student Union in the London Borough of Camden to tackle racism in institutional and established forms. The group confronted organised fascism as well as death in custody and wider racism to black people as well as travellers, refugees and asylum seekers. They are an integrated, youth-led civil rights movement. They are key organisers of anti-deportation protests, abolition of detention centres and UKBA raids.
Movimiento Ecuador en el Reino Unido (MERU) - Ecuador Movement in the UK - was founded in 2007 in order to fight for the respect and acknowledgement of ethnic minorities. They believe that intercultural integration is very important and that the government has to do whatever is necessary in order abolish discrimination and racism.
Mr Frisbee the "Genre Spanner" is hard man to pigeon hole, juggling careers in music & art has lead to some amazing opportunities whether playing on sound tracks for Luc Besson, making films in New York or producing art work for galleries and magazines around the world he blurs the lines of distinction believing that "Experience is everything" . His first solo exhibition "360 Degree B-Boy" will debut 2011 mixing the elements in previously unseen ways , whilst the rest of 2010 includes live performances & DJ sets at festivals and venues around the UK, production and remix work plus exhibitions and shows a plenty.
Murali Shanmugavelan is in the final year of his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies. His topic is 'Everyday communicative practices of an Arundhathiyar community in Tamil Nadu'. The field site (a discriminated Dalit colony) is an ostracised public space and the people are the most oppressed group (Dalit among Dalits) in Tamil Nadu. His research is about making sense of how structural and personal discriminations influence and shape Arundhathiyars' everyday articulations to survive with dignity. He has 16 years of experience in the field of international development on the use of media and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) including the internet and mobile phones to improve people’s lives.
Nadia Mounier digital photographer who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Nadia Studied Applied Arts, Hulwan University and received her BA in 2010. Nadia is a part of different art and reading groups, Ranciere reading group in Cairo, Everyday Egypt photo group, Urbanile photo group and Jadaliya. She has exhibited and participated in residency programs internationally.
Namastic Art Collective founded in Helsinki in 2006, Namastic Collective is based on a loose network of contacts and collaborations between artists and other professionals of art and related fields. In an era when people are manipulated by fear and tempted to narrow their thinking, Namastic group believes that art can offer different perspectives and encourage critical thought. In the field of media art this is especially true, partly due to the mobility of works.
Natalia Skobeeva, Craig Edwards, Nick Smith are a group of emerging artists who recently graduated from the Postgraduate certificate in Photography at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.
Neal Purvis independent tenant and leaseholder advisor for 12 years on Haggerson & Kingsland Estate.
Neil R Grayshon
Nemequene Aquiminzaque Tundama activist based in south London, who has been educating and organising the Nican Tlaca (indigenous) community through various groups for six years. Under the mentorship of Olin Tezcatlipoca, the founder and director of the Mexica Movement, Nemequene together with Awqapuma Yayra Colque started the London Chapter of the Mexica Movement. After completing his degree in social anthropology and history at SOAS, he plans to do a PhD in history. Eventually, he wants to return to his homeland and continue to work towards decolonisation. http://nemequenetundama.blogspot.co.uk/
Nic Groombridge senior lecturer at St Mary's College at the University of Surrey. He lectures in both media arts and sociology/criminology. His particular interests are the margins of criminology. He has published on CCTV, sexuality and criminology and car crime (the subject of his PhD) and contributed sections on sexuality, queer theory, normalisation and pathology to the Sage Dictionary of Criminology. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and the British Sociological Association's newsletter, Network.
Nick Blomstrand graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London) where he received the undergraduate dissertation prize for his work in history and theory. His fascination with skyscrapers was the original impetus which led him to pursue the study of architecture and, having visited cities around the world where tall buildings are commonplace, the changing attitude towards office towers in London has been his personal interest for a number of years.
Nick Draper research associate on the ESRC funded Legacies of British Slave-Ownership Project at UCL. Prior to joining UCL as a doctoral candidate and then a Teaching Fellow, he worked in the City for 25 years. In 2008-9, Nick acted as historical consultant to the Slavers of Harley Street exhibit at the Museum in Docklands in 2008-9. His foundational analysis of the Slave Compensation records was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009 as The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery. The book was awarded the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize 2009.
Nicolas Sauret filmmaker and producer based in Paris. He has worked 6 years in Laos and Hong Kong where he pursued an MFA in Creative Media at City University. He co-founded Inflammable Productions, a production company that focusses on new forms of narratives for documentaries, and a dynamic collective of authors, filmmakers and photographers. He also works as project manager with the Institute for Research and Innovation of the Pompidou Center.
Nikola Mihov photographer, based in Paris. His work has been exhibited internationally and his images of the demonstrations against the CPE law in Paris (March/April 06) were published in the online edition of “Le Monde”, “PHOTO” magazine and by the Bulgarian press. Nikola’s recent project Forgotten Past documents the most significant Bulgarian monuments built between 1948 and 1989.
Nisha Kapoor lecturer at the University of York, a writer and activist. Her academic work broadly focuses on the relationship between race and the state and specifically examines processes of exclusion and expulsion that have been legitimated, enhanced and progressed in the War on Terror. She has written and campaigned on the extradition of terrorist suspects to the US and is also currently researching citizenship deprivation and mass deportation. She is co-editor of The State of Race.
Nitsan Shorf Domidiano filmaker .
Nizar Abu Zayyad filmaker .
Noëmi Lakmaier's work explores notions of the ‘Other’ ranging from the physical to the philosophical, the personal to the political whilst exploring the psychological implications of power, control and insecurity, the drive to belong and succeed as well as feelings of otherness. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internation.
Obioma Ugoala trained at Drama Centre London. His recent theatre credits include: "Holy Warriors", "Antony and Cleopatra" (Shakespeare’s Globe); "The Jungle Book", "Crime and Punishment" (Glasgow Citizens Theatre); "Neighbors" (Hightide/Nuffield); "The Mouse and his Child" "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Royal Shakespeare Company); "The Physicists" (Donmar Warehouse)
Occupy London Tours offers alternative walking tours of London's financial districts. Our first tour was in 2011 during the Occupy London protests. The tour is completely free and run entirely by
volunteers. See www.occupytours.org for more information.
Olin Tezcatlipoca organizer, historian, lecturer, poet, philosopher and founder and director of the Mexica Movement. Mexica Movement is a Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) rights educational organisation founded in Los Angeles, California in 1993 with members and supporters in several cities. His research-based reconstructed view of history and colonialism grew out of a need to solve the puzzle of standard Eurocentric-told history. His years of research eventually led him find that missing history that would unravel the lies of European-told history. It led him to develop an organisation with which to present that history.
Olivia Tuskinski graduate from the Cities Programme LSE. Her undergraduate degree was in urban anthropology and sociology; her research interests are in rural to urban migration, gentrification and tensions surrounding historic conservation. She spent 2 years with the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa - strengthening women's collective business enterprises and agricultural projects.
Oliver Ruellet artist, writer, researcher, urban wanderer, based between Paris and London. The output of his creative work spans across several media, including drawing, video, installation, performance, and is situated at the intersection of a range of subjects: mapping, memory, journeys, places, and the imaginary spaces of the city. He regularly writes about psychogeography and the urban condition and he is the initiator and coordinator of the Translocated project.
Omair Barkatulla documentary filmmaker. Omari completed his BA at the University of the Arts and MA at Goldsmiths College in London.
Omer Cavusoglu researcher and a project coordinator at LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science. Native of Istanbul, he has been living in London for the past 5 years, working on research and publication projects, whilst focusing his personal interest on issues of identity, integration, belonging, urban survival.
On the Record runs oral history projects devised through extensive consultation and shaped by volunteers and participants. Its most recent project is Arming All Sides: The Arms Trade and the First World War, which highlighted the parallels between the arms trade then and now, with a particular focus on opposition to the arms trade during and after the war. Previously, Sounds from the Parkexplored the history and traditions of Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, Britain’s last great open air oratory site. It is a not for profit organisation.
Orsalia Dimitriou is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Central Saint Martins and a Doctoral Candidate in the department of Visual Cultures in Goldsmiths College. Orsalia’s research interests include politics and design, urban theories and visual practices as a spatial research method.
Pamela Larocca architect who developed her experiences around Europe, collecting projects and collaborations with bright personalities in the fields of the architectural design and search. Pamela runs KAUDDESIGN , a flexible organisation of artists and architects. Interested in exploring contemporary urban mobility, they develop projects that merge design and communication skills, focussing on cities such as Milan, Nepols, Florence and Buenos Aires.
Partha Banerjea consultant adolescent psychiatrist running a specialist Adolescent service from Guy's Hospital. Having trained both within the UK and New Zealand, and worked as a Consultant for the U.N in war affected regions, his current interest lies in formulating ideas around murder, intimacy and cities.
Paul Baldesare London photographer whose work has been regularly published and exhibited and is held in public and private collections. He has carried out several long term documentary projects since 1983 and received an Arts Council National Lottery Grant to continue his English Carnival project. For some years he has documented shoppers on Oxford Street and other London centres of consumption.
Paul Dobraszczyk art historian, focusing on visual culture in nineteenth-century Britain. He has published widely on such diverse topics as the London sewers, urban transport, advertising, industrial architecture, maps, the design of census forms, and industrial ruins. His first book is Into the Belly of the Beast: Exploring London’s Victorian Sewers (Reading: Spire Books, 2009).
Paul Mackie founding member and Compliance Director of Camerawatch, the not-for-profit organisation which supports organisations to ensure that their CCTV systems are operated in compliance with the Data Protection Act. As Managing Director of Compliance Solutions and Compliance Consultant with UK leading CCTV compliance company DATpro Ltd, he helps public and private business sectors to identify and rectify non-compliance of their CCTV systems. He has over 30 years experience working with both National Government and major international blue-chip organisations, specialising in compliance, management and legalisation of industry software within the IT industry.
Paul Thomas trained at Drama Studio London. Highlights include: The Miniaturists (Arcola Theatre), Thank Crunchie It's Not Friday (Park Theatre), Bedspread: A Musical (Pensive Federation), The Complete History of the BBC [Abridged] (Edinburgh), The Merchant of Venice (Festival Players), Twelfth Night (Theatre Royal Margate), The Focus Group (Theatre 503), Hamlet (CSF), Lost Soles (Riff Raff), Winter Tales (King's Arms), I'm Fine Thanks (BAFTA nominated), Dark Matters (Royal Television Society award), HSBC (Kevin MacDonald).
Paula Roush works with photography and publishing, investigating archives and notions of authorship, history and memory. Her research is intersectional and it includes experimental ethnography, feminist theory and practice, spatial aesthetics, art writing and the visual essay. Paula is a fellow researcher with the Centre for Media and Culture Research at the London South Bank University.
Penny Skerrett Artist/curator whose practice is based on ecological thinking i.e. how art relates to the natural, sociological and cultural environment. Penny co-founded the collaborative art project The Mobile Institute.
Pernille Marie Barnheim urban sociologist currently undertaking three months of field-work investigating urban design, sociality and connectivity in privately developed social housing areas, as well as social housing co-operatives in Mexico City. The work is conducted as part of her MA dissertation project at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths University. After finishing her degree September 2010, she will move to Mexico City to continue her work.
Persis Taraporevala currently resides in New Delhi, where she works on issues of conservation and the rights of indigenous peoples and forest dwellers. She has completed an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and is deeply interested in issues of governance and rights.
Peter Clearly has a BA Honors degree in Fine art Printmaking (2009) from Limerick school of Art and Design in Ireland. He has exhibited in Ireland, Germany and Sweden. Peter will be starting the Professional Artist Development in August 2010 until June 2011 at The Royal University of Fine Arts in Stockholm. He has been working on a photographic series that investigates the effect of Capital in relation to architecture. The Photographs are taken in Limerick city where unfinished building scars the landscapes and Cork city were the once busy docklands lay stagnant.
Peter Fry is a Chartered Civil Engineer, first introducing public area CCTV surveillance systems into the 5 towns of the Local Authority in the UK, of which he was Director of Operations. He has advised numerous Local Authorities and Police Forces on the management, operation and strategic development of their CCTV systems In 2000 he became director of the CCTV User Group, which develops standards for the operation of systems, and promulgates best practice; it's membership now approaches 500 organisation representing most of the Local Authorities and Police Forces throughout the UK, as well as universities, hospitals, retail, commercial and transport systems.
Peter Marshall photographed London since the 1970s and has work in the Museum of London collection and the National Building Record. His London’s Industrial Heritage project has been shown at festivals in London and Poland, and his photographs of environmental protest in London were the British contribution to Foto Arte 2007 in Brasilia.
Phil Gusack received his AA Diploma in 1974 and has worked in California, New York, London, the West Indies and Poland since then. He returned to London in 2004 won an international design competition for the new Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital in Johannesbug. He is publishing a collection of aticles amd essays under the title 'Paradoxical Frogs’: a wide-angle view of the architecture of public health and the health of public architecture.
Pippa Koszerek Uses the Unasked for Public Art Agency as an umbrella under which to create artworks and to curate publicly-sited exhibitions and performances. She developed The Independent Art School in 1999 – 2005 and has created site-responsive works in Luxembourg, UK, France, Germany and Spain.
Pradnya Garud’s interests lie in reading and following the thoughts of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Phule and Periyar to dismantle the hegemonic nexus between the natural hazards and oppressive social systems. Her body of work involves incorporating essential amendments in the Disaster Management Act 2005, and studying the impacts of Climate Change on the Livelihoods of Dalits in India. She worked with a Delhi based organisation National Dalit Watch which operates in disaster situations, monitoring caste and gender based discrimination in the processes of rescue, relief and rehabilitation.
Priya Goswami photographer and filmmaker. A graduate of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Priya has worked as a program producer for NATIONAL television news channel, ‘Zee business’. She has recently written and directed a short film ‘:-bcg’.
Rachael Davidson recently completed her Diploma in Architecture at the University of Westminster. Rachael is interested in the alternative roles of architecture and space within cities and has worked for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and Architecture for Humanity, UK.
Rachel Jones photographer currently working on her PhD in Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work combines both still and moving images in an exploration of the perception of urban temporality. After graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art, her work was chosen for the Future Map 2004 exhibition showcasing University of the Arts London’s emerging new talent. Since 2004 Rachel has exhibited her work in New York, Glasgow, London and Washington, DC, including participating in the ColorField Remix festival in conjunction with the Kreeger Museum (Washington, DC).
Randa Mirza visual artist who uses realtime video performances, photography and film to reflect and communicate social issues. Mirza’s photographic work has received the first price at the 5th francophone games and the “NO LIMIT” award at les Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles (2006). Her work has been exhibited widely.
Raycho Stanev visual artist and designer whose work includes various art installations, illustrations, audio and video projects presented in Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Italy, Norway and Germany. Raycho’s installations are reflecting past and present, personal memories, heritage (communist) policies and urban cultures.
Rayna Nadeem artist filmmaker working in the public realm. She specialises in film projects within social-engagement, documentary, and site-specific practice.
Rebecca Ross's graphic design practice facilitates wider participation in built environment decision-making. As Research Scientist, New York University Center for Advanced Technology (2003-05), Rebecca designed a network-based system for city residents to visually annotate layers of the city’s GIS (Geographical Information Systems), opening dialogue with planning officials.
Regina Parra artist who has a Masters in Visual Arts in Faculdade Santa
Marcelina and graduated from FAAP, in Sao Paulo. She also studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, in Paris, and the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. In 2009 she had a solo show “Rumour” at Galeria Leme and at Paço das a solo show entitled “Mise en scéne”.
Rene Boer completed a BSc in Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam and MSc in Urban Studies at UCL's Urban Laboratory. He has been involved with various projects including KRAX/citymined in Barcelona and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions in Jerusalem/Ramallah.
Reynold Reynolds received a BA in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. His work has been shown in numerous biennales including the 4th Berlin Biennale and the 3rd Moscow Biennale and is included in collections such as the MoMA, New York and n.b.k. Berlin. He has shown and received recognition at numerous festivals including an Honorable Mention for the Drowning Room at the Sundance Film Festival.
Richard Gale Academic who specialises in urban communities.
Richard Reynolds founder of Guerrillagardening.org and the author of On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook For Gardening Without Boundaries (2008). He is one of the founders of The Orphaned Land Trust.
Richard Wei-Tse Wang is completing a PhD thesis at the Bartlett School of Planning, which focuses on the socio-spatial differentiation and social interaction of residents in the inner-city of Shanghai. He holds a B.Arch from the University of Auckland and an M.Arch from the Architectural Association.
Roberto Bottazzi architect, researcher, and educator based in London. He studied in Italy and Canada before moving to the UK in 2004. His research analyses the impact of globalisation and digital technology on architecture and urbanism. He has lectured and exhibited internationally including: UK, USA, China, Austria, Portugal and Italy. He is research co-ordinator and Master tutor at the Royal College of Art.
Robert Ekholm graduated in BA Fine Art, from Goldsmiths College, Univeristy of London, and from BA Dance from Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London. He has participated in many shows, including "Mosquito Man & Other Stories", at Galleri Skylten, London, "LGBT - Stonewall 40 Years On", at Clifford Chance, London, "Golden Rain", organised by Michael Petry, "On The Edge", Stavanger, Norway, and recently completed a residency in NFK-Malongen, Stockholm, Sweden.
Roberto Sanchez-Camus live art practitioner whose work focuses on participation, community, urbanism, and politics through a variety of time-based media. He is co-founder of Lotos Collective, directing and devising work in the UK and abroad. Recent projects include Triangulated City, Beirut, Lebanon (2009) and Mapping Divergenece, Rag Factory, London (2008), Youth Visions, Ghana (2008) and Napoli Scorticata, Naples, Italy (2007). Roberto received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MA from Central St. Martins in London, and is currently engaged in a practice-led research PhD at Brunel University.
Roberto Santaguida received his BFA in film production from Montreal's Concordia University in 2004 and was chosen for the Quebec Writer's Federation Screenwriting Mentorship Programme. He served as the screen-writer-in-residence at Romania's Centrul de Cultura Rosetti Tescanu and is currently making 'The Avenenuers' - a documentary about a neighbourhood in south central Montreal known for good hockey players and the Rock Machine biker gang.
Robin Bale artist and writer who lives and works in London. He is concerned with making poetic but acute responses to the city. Gentrification and its effects of collective amnesia and homogenisation is of particular interest.
Rosario Montero MFA (University of Chile) and an MSc in Digital Anthropology (UCL). She had her first solo exhibition at the Centro Cultural de España Gallery in 2004. She has participated in several collective exhibitions in Chile, China, Mexico, Spain, UK and Venezuela, among others. In 2010, 2014 and 2017 she won FONDART (Chilean art fund), and in 2012 and 2013 won Becas Chile to conduct postgraduate studies. Her work was part of the selection of contemporary Chilean photographers for 02/CNCA (2010) and C Photo edition, “New Latin Look” curated by Martin Parr (2012). She is finishing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College. She participates and is the founder of Border Agency art collective. Currently, she is living and working in Santiago de Chile.
Rosy Fairhurst reverend at St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Rovianne Matovu studied Art History at UCL and has an MA in Museum Education at the Institute of Education, London University. She has worked for the National Gallery since 2004 and also lectures at Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Wallace Collection and The Victoria and Albert Museum with a special interest in the image of the African in Western Art and the connection of the visual arts and slavery.
Ruth-Marie Tunkara resident of 14 years on Haggerson & Kingsland Estate.
Sachiyo Nishimura completed her BA in Fine Arts at Universidad Católica de Chile in 2001, and later in 2002 she attended professional courses on photography at Grisart and IDEP, both schools in Barcelona, Spain. In 2007 she moved to London to complete her MA in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Chile, including the Contemporary Art Museum of Santiago, Galería AFA and Galería A.M.S., the National Museum of Art Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2008, as part of the group show “Signes d’existence”. In the UK, her work was selected and exhibited on Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008 (Liverpool Biennial and London), she was invited to have a solo show at the Howard Gardens Gallery (UWIC, Cardiff) and won the first prize at the DLA Piper Art Award 2009 (London).
Saeed Khairaldeen documentary filmaker.
Saleh Mamon campaigner for CAMPACC to resist the erosion of civil liberties and violation of human rights by counter-terror laws. His current research interest is evaluating the impact of counter-insurgency policy and practice across the world. He is also interested in the ‘hidden’ history of the so-called Third World. In the mainstream discourse the violent process of colonisation and suppression of resistance by armed force has largely been erased. He believes this needs to be challenged and alternatives explored to reveal the full experience of the colonised peoples.
Sanaz Raji international student rights campaigner, activist, and founder of Justice4Sanaz. Prior to her activist work, Sanaz was a published author and writer in the field of the Iranian diaspora and critical race studies and her work was featured in the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, The Guardian, and Tehran Bureau/PBS.
Sandra Hall has been making participatory arts projects in the region since 1992. As director of Friction Arts she has worked with all kinds of communities from offenders to allotment gardners, from the US to Australia. Sandra is an acknowledged expert in the field of participatory arts and regularly delivers projects and seminars internationally, including regular appearances at Arnhem’s Popkunst and IETM. Sandra is also a founder member of West Midlands Creative Alliance and also designs and mentors on a number of the independant training company’s programmes.
Sanna Maarit Kuttinen artist and filmmaker from Finland. She studied fine art and film in London, Canada and Finland. Her work often explores themes of identity, character, space and environment.
Santiago Prada Farais multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated on many different records in his native Mexico, the USA and UK. He is a founding member of the Mexican band Lado B, and is currently working on an original music project, a hybrid of traditional Mexican and modern electronic sounds. He made his way to London in 2008, since then collaborating on the sound production for various media and music projects, while working as a live sound engineer for festivals and venues.
Sara Hidalgo holds a Master of Arts in Cultural and Creative Industries from King's College London and is currently collaborating in the Exhibitions Department at the British Museum. Her research interests include cultural history and the relationship of art practises to wider cultural, social, political and theoretical issues.
Sara Myers (Campaign Lead of Boycott the Human Zoo) is a former Drive Time radio presenter at Newstyle Radio in Birmingham. She is currently a freelance journalist, blogger & Vlogger. Sara is a community activist who challenges racial injustice and racism. Sara’s working background prior to her career in media, was in the social care field as a Domestic Violence Advocate and Domestic Violence Awareness Trainer. Sara is passionate about challenging racial injustice and oppression towards people of colour.
Sarah Butler writer and freelance literature consultant with a specific interest in the role of creative writers in the process of regeneration and urban change and development. She runs UrbanWords, a literature consultancy providing project management and consultancy in this field, as well as encouraging debate, strategic thinking, support and advocacy.
Sarah Evans video artist, filmmaker and writer. She also teaches video and photography at London Metropolitan University. Since her first visit to Romania in 2006, Sarah has returned regularly to exhibit her work and develop video pieces that capture the mood of the people and the time. Her film, Bucharest: A Portrait, is currently part of a touring exhibition entitled ‘Responses to Conflict and Loss’. Sarah has an MA in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths College.
Sarah Scarsbrook artist and academic who studied Fine Art at Kingston in 2004. Subsequently she worked in the gallery sector, followed by 4 years at The Barbican. In 2008, Sarah began working as a freelance marketing manager, supporting London’s arts organisations on a variety of campaigns. In 2011 Sarah completed an MA in Arts Policy & Management, her research culminated in her dissertation: The Importance of the Artist Community in Contemporary Urban Planning.
Sasithar Maheswaran is active in the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC-UK).
SDNA produces distinctive digital artwork and unusual presentation media to create immersive environments. Their main objective is to explore techniques of interaction with public spaces in order to reach a much broader and more diverse audience. By using innovative technologies and creating artwork “in situ” they aim to expand the development of digital art, integrating it into live performances and site-specific installations.
Segolene Pruvot Project officer at European Alternatives. She studied urban sociology, urban and regional planning in Paris and London. Segolene has worked for URBACT European programme and for a consultancy in local economic development in London. She is interested in questions of social exclusion/inclusion in European cities and democracy.
Sergio Cruz lives and works in England as an artist/filmmaker. He initially studied Sound and Image at Fine Art universities in Portugal and Holland. He has since then collaborated as a sound designer and filmed various dance and performance pieces. With the objective of combining his interest in cinema, performance and fine arts, Cruz undertook two master degrees in London, the first in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins and the second in "Dance for the Screen" at the London Contemporary Dance School.
Shaki Obadina politics student at the University of Hull. She is currently in her last year at university. In the past Shaki was the campaign manager for her student unions Women Committee and was involved in lobbying MP’s on the Robin Hood Tax and against scrapping EMA at parliament. Shaki was on the NUS Black Women’s Sub Committee and NUS Black LGBT+ Working Group. After university she plans to continue her activism whilst focussing on her writing.
Sharone Lifshitz artist working with one-to-one conversations, workshops and food among other tools of exchange to explore larger political social issues and their shape within the urban and the intimate, often overlooked occurrences of the everyday. Sharone studied architecture at the Architectural Association, London, and The Cooper Union, New York, and in 2002 completed her MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, London.
Shiraz Durrani was an active member of the then underground December Twelve Movement – now Mwakenya-DTM – in the 1970s and 1980s. Following the publication in The Standard of his articles on Pio Gama Pinto in September 1984, Shiraz had to leave for Britain as a political refugee. Here, he worked at Hackney and Merton public library services before lecturing in Information Services Management at London Metropolitan University. He was active in the London-based Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in Kenya and was also a founding member of Umoja-Kenya in London. Shiraz has written many articles and addressed conferences on Kenyan history and on the politics of information. His books include “Kimaathi, Mau Mau’s first Prime Minister of Kenya” (1986), “Never be silent: publishing and imperialism in Kenya, 1884-1963” (2006) and “Information and liberation: writings on the politics of information and librarianship” (2008). His latest book is “Progressive librarianship: perspectives from Kenya and Britain” (2014). He is also editing a book on Makhan Singh.
Shona Scales and Katie Knowles architecture students in the final year of their BArch course at Newcastle University. Their research explores how ephemeral architecture and ‘temporary cities’ impact the built environment.
Shynal Khan associate executive director of the London Muslim Centre.
Simo Rouhianinen works as an artist with computers and video.
Simon Ball and Zai Tang studied Digital Arts at Camberwell college where they both focused on questions relating to urban development in a digital era. Since leaving Camberwell, Zai has divided his time between sound design, composition and installation work in Singapore and London, whilst Simon has continued to develop his film and animation practice alongside commercial design and graphics projects. Although they have long shared an interest in urban based ideas, Olympic Dreams represents their first full collaboration.
Simon Cole ran the Innerdeutsche Grenze (GDR border) in 2009. It has informed an art project juxtaposing this and Olympic fence imagery. He was going to move to East Berlin until he discovered a fast-gentrifying part of London with a similar feel, called Hackney. Finding a rich social history and rebellious political narrative on his doorstep, he started his own walking tours, mapping change on the Olympic perimeter. DISCUSSION Artists behind The Wall: Regeneration Games in Olympic East London
Simon Farid is interested in the relationship between administrative identity and the body it purports to codify and represent. Taking on the role of a hacker or trickster he looks to playfully intervene in the identity-generation process, operating as ‘other people’ and enacting ways to counter emergent institutional identity confirmation mechanisms.
Simon Pennec photographer, researcher and editor currently based in Rotterdam. His photographic practice focuses on concepts of immaterial geography in contemporary urbanism. He is currently involved in the curating programme of OMA’s (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) installation at the 2010 architecture Venice biennale. He previously worked on a research project for the 2009 International Rotterdam Architecture Biennale. Simon is also guest contributor of the Visual Cultures and Architecture magazine ‘Volume’.
Sinead McCann artist and researcher based in Dublin. Sinead has been actively working in the Community Links Programme in Dublin Institute of Technology for the past five years, for which she recently received a Participation Award. Presently she works with the Access Services, Mature Student Access Course, and co-ordinates and tutors on their Portfolio Preparation Course. Her practice investigates urban living in regenerative urban areas in Dublin and often presents the voices of marginal cultures.
Siraj Izhar's art works are active social processes, completed by the ongoing activity of many
people, inventing space for many forms of participation. In particular these create
working spaces for a series of contestations: legal versus illegal, autonomous versus mass culture, individual versus collective, which are worked through each project. They are about the making of new structures for human experience, not only about producing representation. My working philosophy has emerged more through practice, dialogue, and activism: working with horizontal social networking, disseminating the work through public workshops, ‘infonights’ at social centres, and self-made zines/publications.
Sommer Spiers has a background in architecture and is writing a design-based thesis on regeneration. Sommer graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture at Auckland University in 2006 and has practiced in Melbourne at Ashton Raggatt Mcdougall Architects. She has worked on residential projects in New Zealand and refurbishment projects in Chiclaio, Peru.
Sonalle social documentary photographer, who has worked alongside numerous established photographers in New York and Paris. She produces awareness-raising assignments whilst assisting Magnum Photographer Mr. Chris Steele-Perkins.
Sophie Hoyle artist currently working in London. She is a recent graduate of Geography BA at UCL, and studying Postgraduate Fine Art at Byam Shaw, Central St Martins. Her work explores the experiential aspects of the city, using film and photography.
Sophie Hoyle graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins 2010, and has a background in Human Geography (BA, UCL 2009). Her work is concerned with the urban environment, physical and social. She is interested in how we experience, think about and represent cities, and how people perceive and describe the spaces in which they live. As part of her undergraduate degree research was undertaken into alternative forms of ‘mapping’, including photography and the visual arts as a means of conveying geographical information.
Sophie Read studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art and is currently carrying out an MA in Architectural History at the Bartlett, UCL. Her work crosses drawing and creative/critical writing to explore issues of locating and dislocating through the archive. Her MA dissertation interrogates the subject of 'the architectural lecture'.
Sophie Risner artist, curator and writer, living and working in London. She is a recent graduate of the MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths College, London. Since graduating Sophie has furthered her written practice and actively continues the research she undertook whilst on her Masters. The crux of her MFA thesis being a research project into Bureaucracy.
Sophio Medoidze holds BA Hon’s in film studies and MFA in Photography from University of the Arts, London. She works in different media including video, photography, sound, text and performance. In her work Sophio draws on her experience of displacement and on the realities of life in the Soviet Georgia of her childhood. Language-its many intricacies and diversions- is an important part of her practice.
Spatial Fix a London based reading group of researchers and activists who meet regularly to discuss books and essays that explore the political economic aspects of space and society.
Stef Dickers library and archives manager at Bishopsgate Institute and looks after its numerous collections on the history of London, revolution, resistance, anti-racism and humanism. Stefan started at Bishopsgate in 2005 and previous to this he worked in the archives of the London School of Economics and Senate House Library.
Stefam Syrowatka studied photography at the Bauhaus University in Germany as well as Gray's School of Art in Scotland. He has worked at the presitigious photo agency Magnum and his work has been shown in several group and solo exhibitions in Germany, France, Scotland and Ireland, where he is currently based.
Stefano Harnet Chair in Strategy, Culture, and Organization and Director of Global Learning at the University of London, Queen Mary. He is the author of State Work: Public Administration and Mass Intellectuality.
Stephanie Brandt architect and founder of SPACEPILOTS – a collaborative, cross-disciplinary practice of architecture and art. Stephanie completed her Masters at the Bartlett School of Architecture and currently teaches at London Metropolitan University and Central Saint Martins.
Stephen Martin journalist, critic and teacher. He has published work in the Irish press and The Big Issue, and his writing is included in artist Brian Whelan's anthology The Myth of Return. In Autumn 2009, with photographer Louise Jefferson, he mounted the exhibition Gates and Barriers at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, where he currently runs the film studies group. Stephen will be presenting a film directed by David McWilliams.
Stephen Martin journalist, critic and teacher. He has published work in the Irish press and The Big Issue, and his writing is included in artist Brian Whelan's anthology The Myth of Return. In Autumn 2009, with photographer Louise Jefferson, he mounted the exhibition Gates and Barriers at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, where he currently runs the film studies group. Stephen will be presenting a film directed by David McWilliams.
Stevphen Shukaitis editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor.
Stuart Shahid Bamforth
Sudhanshu Malhotra photojournatist who started his career with the India Today Group. He has received the National Foundation Grant for his project on industrial pollution; which was exhibited across the country. He is currently a freelance photographer for national and international dalies and publications such as Financial Times, Indian Express, Hindustan Times Mint, Outlook. He is also the recepient of Unicef Clean India Photography Award and was selected to participate in Angkor photo festival in Combodia.
Sue Walsh relationship manager for the Centre for Sustainable Communities. A practitioner in economic development, regeneration and public policy specialising in partnership working and with a particular interest in resilient local economies. Sue has professional experience in the private sector, social enterprises, national, local and regional government.
Sukh Ojla works extensively with young people and is an associate director at Chinwag Theatre. A recent winner of Monologue Slam at Stratford East Theatre, she also appeared in The Thelmas debut production, Ladylogue! at the Tristan Bates Theatre during this year's Camden Fringe Festival. Theatre credits include Bimla in There’s Something About Simmy, Eve in The Mysteries, and Dame Pliant in The Alchemist. She is currently working on her one-woman show, Settling.
Susan Parham urban designer, town planner and political economist with a PhD from the LSE Cities Programme, recently appointed as the Head of Urbanism at the University of Hertfordshire's Centre for Sustainable Communities. Susan focuses on planning, design and urbanism, with a particular expertise in sustainable cities and climate change; her book on food centred urban space, "Designing the Food Quarter", is due out in 2011. Susan is the past chair and a current board member of the Council for European Urbanism, a Trustee for the charity Living Streets, and an Academician for the Academy of Urbanism.
Suzanne Dhaliwal co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands. Previously, she has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders Canada raising awareness about the impacts of mining on the mental health of indigenous communities impacted by mining in Colombia. Suzanne relocated to the UK to work with Survival International, raising awareness about the violations of indigenous rights globally.
Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum (Idle No More) is one of four original women behind the global Idle No More movement in defence of indigenous rights, lands and waters. She completed a degree in human justice from the University of Regina and a bachelor of laws from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a consultant and author of 'Cultural Teachings: First Nations Protocols and Methodologies' which brings together her research and knowledge on First Nations culture, laws and traditions.
Tajender Sagoo is an artist / weaver and curator of the Pop Samiti project based in London. Her practice uses textiles in a multi disciplinary approach. She has a strong interest in using pattern and colour to investigates the relationships between objects and the ideas that they express in the historical and modern experience.
Tapio Snellman and Christian Grou architects, urban designers and artists who have been working with the film and animation for the past 12 years, under the name of their media company Neutral. Exhibitions include the ‘Global Cities’ at Tate Modern, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Design Museum and V&A Museum, at the Centre Pompidou, the MOMA and Guggenheim museums in New York.
The Brethren of Black Lotus are a collective based between London and Dhaka, founded out of sorrow at the Massacre in Dhaka, and a hunger for understanding and justice.
The Dog Food Idea campaigning art tank that brings creative people together to generate change and explore new ways of living. It is about encouraging London's thousands of artists out of their studios and into the public sphere. It is about reclaiming our urban environment and making London the great creative city of the future. The Dogfood Idea explores contemporary city issues in an intuitive and spontaneous manner, through blogs, organised happenings in London and other cities, and a lecture series called Talking Dogfood.
The Empty Cages Collective is a group of people who have been imprisoned or engaged in prison-related struggle and prisoner support. As individuals their lives have been dominated and harmed by the prison system. ECC is focused on dismantling the prison industrial complex in the UK. The UK has the most privatised prison system and the largest prison population in Western Europe - without resistance this will only continue to expand. Plans for the first super-prison in Wrexham have been announced. The prison system goes unchallenged and when it does come under scrutiny the very legitimacy of the prison industrial complex rarely gets called into question, instead the focus is shifted onto rehabilitating individuals. Reformist organisations legitimise and perpetuate state and corporate violence of the prison industrial complex.ECC works towards the abolition of prisons and all forms of dominance.
The Mexica Movement was founded to educate and organize Nican Tlaca across Cemanahuac ("North and South America"). It uses lectures, protests, events, websites, Youtube, Facebook, and other means to present Nican Tlaca history and identity from a Nican Tlaca perspective, from an authentic non-Eurocentric interpretation. Its goals are to educate Nican Tlaca people on their true history and identity and to guide them towards collective liberation from European colonialism and white supremacy.
The Mobile Institute is a collaborative project run by artists who work in the field of Art & Ecology. The artists came together through their interest in interdisciplinary working. Penny Skerrett is an artist/curator whose practice is based on ecological thinking ie.how art relates to the natural, sociological and cultural environment. Eleanor Wynne Davis is a professional musician and community facilitor, her current practice examines the dynamics of power, through apparently casual intervention and the introduction of sound. Bram Thomas Arnold is an artist and writer whose interdisciplinary interventions, installations and performance works dream of a more Romantic disposition and seek out a more considered approach to perception and existence through poetic gestures and subtle works of humour.
The Movement of the Indigenous of the Republic builds a political community, gathering people and asking for the end of the ill treatment experienced in France by people from the former colonies. The MIR is leading a fight for the recognition of the racial disparities responsible for the discrimination that exists in the country. The MIR is challenging the ethnic conception of poverty that exists in France. The MIR is also an anti-colonialist and anti-imperialist movement.
The NUS Black students campaign formed in 1999 within the National Union of Students, when Black Students and community members stormed and occupied the stage at the NUS national conference because the leadership at the time attempted to block it's existence. It is the most radical wing of the NUS in many ways and functions autonomously. Black self-organisation is key to the work undertaken by the campaign, including decolonising education, international peace and justice, Black representation and anti-racism/Islamophobia.
The Pursuit Of Happiness curatorial project initiated in 2008 by Polish interdisciplinary artists and art promoters Tekla Wozniak and Zbigniew Kotkiewicz. 35 artists explore complex notions of ‘happiness’, offering numerous political, sociological, psychological and personal responses.
The Thelmas formed in response to a growing need for the support and development of new female writers. The gender imbalance in British theatre has never seemed more incongruous and so, much like the characters they often help develop, The Thelmas are taking matters into their own hands. They are passionate about seeing more work commissioned which is written by women, and gives voice to the underrepresented.
The Wards Corner Community Campaign is campaign to save the Seven Sisters Indoor Market and the surrounding shops and houses. It has been working since 2007 to implement a community led plan and to stop a development which plans to demolish the Edwardian buildings and build chain stores and private luxury flats.
Tijana Stevanovic graduated architecture in 2008 at the University of Belgrade. She holds a FCO/OSI Chevening Scholarship 2009/2010 for studying an MA in Identity, Culture and Power at the University College London. Her thesis questions the idea of the opposition to milosevic’s regime in serbia during the 1990s, reflected through a collective spatial practices in new belgrade.
Tim Strahledorf graduate of human geography at University College London. His undergraduate dissertation was on the biopolitics of heteronormativity and resistance in (german grammar) schools. Fields of interest include (identity) politics, globalisation, neoliberalism, risk and fear, development, sustainability, anti-terrorism, sexuality/gender, consumerism. Other leisurely interests: travel, aviation, philosophy, languages, reading, cooking, jogging, cycling, gardening, music.
Tobias Janson's first documentary was Nebulosan (2000, for SVT together with Eric M Nilsson), and he has since then been working mostly as editor, producer and film teacher. Before coming to Story as a CEO and producer (a Swedish film company), he worked at the Documentary Film School at Biskops-Arnö and with the production company Skogen Produktion. He was involved in Independent Film Producers Association (OFF), Tempo Documentary Festival and The School of Film Directing (Filmhögskolan), Göteborg University. He produced the film Concerning Violence about Frantz Fanon.
Tom Mower graphic designer and (along with his collaborator Simon Elvins) designs Manifesto Club reports and publications. He proposed and ran the now-notorious Manifesto Club clubnight, the Great British Citizenship Quiz; and he coordinated the Attention Please photo-project and wrote the Attention Please photo essay. He is one part of three (sometimes five) that make up the collective art practice of St Pierre and Miquelon.
Tom Wolsely artist and director of Architrope, an organisation formed to explore ‘Transitional Spaces’, based in Cabin-et, a converted shipping container in an urban park in Hackney, London. His work uses installation and collaboration to explore our desire for identification in the physical landscape around us. He has studied fine art at Prarhan, Melbourne, BA at Wimbledon School of Art, London, completing an MA in fine art at Chelsea in 2004 and has exhibited internationally since 1995.
Tomorrows Thoughts Today London-based think tank exploring the consequences of fantastic, perverse and underrated urbanisms. TTT are engaged across the spectrum of critical design work – including written and design-based research.
Toni Ledentsa curator and producer currently based in Helsinki. He has worked at galleries and museums of contemporary art in Helsinki (Kiasma) and Barcelona (MACBA)and is currently pursuing a MA in Curating at Aalto University in Helsinki. He is a founding member of Namastic Art Collective, and a firm believer in the transformative power of art.
Tse-Hui Teh graduate of Columbia University (Masters of Science, Architecture and Urban Design) and the University of Technology Sydney (Bachelor of Architecture). She worked for ten years as an architect both in private and government sectors and in 2007 she joined UCL as a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.
Uhuru movement The African People’s Socialist Party (APSP) is the organisation that built and leads the Uhuru Movement. The APSP is committed to the total liberation of Africa and the African people everywhere.
United Migrant Workers Education Project (UMWEP) non-profit organisation under the umbrella and sponsorship of Unite the Union, which promotes Equality and Diversity by attracting as many different minority/ethnic groups as possible. UMWEP understands that education for all is a universal human right and not a profitable business as it is seen and exploited by many in the official conventional stream of education. Their project is an alternative proposal for those migrant and vulnerable workers excluded from formal education. UMWEP is entirely based on volunteer tutors who agree with their education concepts and are committed to giving their free time to help others.
Urban Media Society is formed loosely by groups of designers, architects, urban designer, artists, curator, media, filmmaker, journalist, social activist, researcher and academia who work and interest in the change of urban environment and society. Based in Bangkok, the objective is to build up a social network and provides a social platform to discuss and criticize the urban issues related to various disciplines. We also focus on global contemporary issues and cultural studies such as urban economics, urban poor, minority group, ethnic group and feminism.
Urban Mutations is a seminar group set up with the aim of facilitating open discussions and debate between 'urbanists' of all types. In their view, urbanists are those who live in urban space, those who work in it, or pass through it, those who seek to develop, amend it, understand it, sanitise it, administer it or mutate it. Members include Lewis Eldridge, Sam Appleby, Anne Woods, Nat Roberton.
Vanessa Swann chief executive Cockpit Arts, FRSA, MInstF, PgCertBA. Vanessa was appointed Chief Executive of Cockpit Arts in 2002. Since then she has transformed the organisation from a managed workspace to a creative business incubator, actively supporting and promoting designer-makers. She has considerable experience of working with, and for, designers and designer-makers and is a spokesperson and commentator on the sector.
Verica Kovaceska artist whose projects often include live, site/context-specific, durational performances, which are documented through photography, video, and installation. Verica graduated in 2004 from the University of Plymouth in BA Visual Art with Theatre and Performance, and in 2007 from the University of Cambridge in MPhil Arts, Culture and Education.
Victoria Bean Canadian born artist, who lives and works in the UK. Her work features text and prose, and has been shown and collected by a number of galleries and individuals. She completed a BA at the Camberwell College of Arts and an MA at the Royal College of Art. Victoria co-founded 'arc editions' with Sam Winston and Karen Bleitz.
Victoria Lane archivist at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, following posts at the Henry Moore Institute and Tate. She interviews for the National Life Stories Artists' Lives Project. Her writings employ contemporary critical theory to create innovate views of archiving traditions, foregrounding the work of mercurial individuals, in vernacular culture as well as arts practice.
Ward Churchill author and political activist. He was a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder from 1990 to 2007 – until he was unlawfully terminated for his views against the government (ongoing law suit). The primary focus of his work is on the historical treatment of political dissenters and Native Americans by the United States government. Books include Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement; Cages of Steel: The Politics of Imprisonment in America; Struggle for the Land: Indigenous Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide and Expropriation in Contemporary North America.
Werther Germondari graduated in Art & Performance at the Bologna University and at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Interested in innovative experimental dynamics that are neo-conceptual and situational, characterized by a taste for the ironic and surreal, Germondari has experimented for 25 years through many different media (from painting to installations, photography to film, videos to performance).
WhittyGordon Projects are visual artists who work in multiple disciplines such as photography, moving image, mixed media and painting. Our work draws upon many aspects of the human condition; from identity to urban living, diaspora and migration. Selected group exhibitions include, Platform Arts Belfast 2014, UAL Showmotion, curating moving image exhibition at JW3 2014, Notting Hill Arts Club 2013, The Lab Film Festival 2013, Compton Verney Gallery UK 2011,This Is Not A Gateway Festival 2011, White Slab Palace New York 2010, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy 2009 and Irish Museum of Modern Art 2009.
William Wiles is a writer and journalist. He is senior editor of Icon magazine.
Winstan Whitter Filmmaker who was born in Ghana, raised and currently living in London. Winstan started out by making skateboard films in the early nineties. This grew into a more serious past time and he has directed a number of films, including Rollin’ Through The Decades a documentary about the history of UK Skateboarding, Save Our Heritage and The Four Aces Club about the legendary music venue in East London.
Yoram Rom experimental filmmaker.
Youngsook Choi researcher and artist/curator. Her works are based in London and Seoul. She is particularly interested in the relationship between space, gender, sexuality and state surveillance that prescribes and controls our embodiment in everyday urban spaces. Choi's arts practice includes four year's curatorship at the Space and Gender Festival and the Sexuality Museum for Youth in Seoul. Her recent work, CCTVNUTS, tries to transform the authoritarian stance of CCTV cameras into the plaful subject in various ways.
Zafer Topaloglu holds a bachelor in Film-TV from Istanbul Bilgi University. He lives in Rotterdam and studies Lens Based Digital Media at Piet Zwart Institute. His video works, mostly focusing on the pain of others, have been accepted to and screened at various international festivals and exhibitions. He is currently thinking hard to create an artistic
Zarah Hussain artist who uses geometric form and pattern inspired by the Islamic art tradition. In the past, her work has taken the form of both paintings and technologically advanced light installations. Her recent work operates on several different levels, devotional beauty through repetition and pattern, an esoteric or Sufi understanding of the Muslim faith in modern times.
Zeigam Azizov artist and cultural theorist born in Azerbaijan and based in London. His films, installations and text-based projects explore subjectivities, and art as a representation of intellectual structures, focusing on issues of migration, and the politics of language and place.