Travis Alabanza is a transfemme, non-binary performance-poet, artist and author. Travis Alabanza describes themselves as a “black queer femme boi” and is amongst the most important contemporary performance artists in London, who in extravagant appearances or intimate settings reveal the often hidden vulnerability of the “queer brown muddy kids” in the white gay scene and post-migratory society. In the last two years, they have published in literature magazines, above all in the anthology Black and Gay In The UK, at the online magazines Black Girl Dangerous, Man On and Beyond the Binary and most recently in the Barbican Poets Anthology (2015/2016). Amongst other places, appearances at: Hackney Attic, Keble Arts Festival (2016); Oxford Queer Week (2012).
Andrea Callejas Herrera
Andrea Callejas Herrera (*1990, lives in La Paz, Bolivia) studied Political Sciences at the University of San Andres. She is a member of Mujeres Creando since 2012 and took part in several workshops and actions. For over two years she had been closely involved in the administration and organisation of La Virgen de los Deseos, one of the autonomous feminist centres Mujeres Creando is operating in La Paz.
María José Arjona
María José Arjona (*1973 in Bogotá, Columbia, lives in New York) predominantly works with long-term performances and performance cycles, in which she probes the effect of various time-based concepts on her own body. Arjona calls some of these protracted and debilitating performances “memory training”, in which she explores the borders of identity designs. Contemplatively, she repeats artistic actions again and again and creates simple yet simultaneously oppressive situations by, for example, soliciting visitors to sing with her until the voice goes (Je ne regrette rien, 2009). Exhibitions and performances at, among other places: Frost Museum, Miami; The Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Museo Del Barrio, New York; Art Basel; Performance Art Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art La Tertulia, Cali, Columbia; Ghost University, Bogotá.
Hannah Black is a Berlin based feminist artist and author from the UK. She writes for The New Inquiry and publishes in Texte zur Kunst, Afterall and Dazed. Starting from her own experiences regarding her multidimensional family descent, she concerns herself with bodily identities between intimacy and alienation: “Operatively, my self-definition is black and that’s the one that feels most consistent with my experience.” Hannah Black is interested in social relations, geopolitics and gender identities and how they are determined by capitalist structures. She holds a MFA in Art Writing at Goldsmiths and was a studio participant on the Whitney ISP in New York (2013/14). Exhibitions, talks and performances have taken place at: Arcadia Missa, London; Interstate Projects, New York; Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles; W139, Amsterdam; the Whitechapel, London; Flutgraben, Berlin; amongst others.
Casey (*1976 Rouen, lives in Le Blanc-Mesnil, France) – French rapper of Caribbean descent – above all denounces in her texts the social downgrading of immigrants in the French banlieues, as well as the police violence and omnipresent and structural racism of white French society. She opposes modern-day popular rap she describes as “cabaret rap, which beautifies the misery, instead of laying it bare,” with political punk rap. Casey understands herself as an uncompromising and rejected lone fighter, who is not prepared to capitulate, her last album is titled Libérez la bête (Free the Beast). Today, she is one of the most important political voices of French immigrants.
Nikita Dhawan (*1972 in Thane, India, lives in Innsbruck/Berlin) is Professor of Political Theory and Gender Studies and Director of the Research Platform Gender Studies: Identities – Discourses – Transformations at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her publications include: Impossible Speech: On the Politics of Silence and Violence (Academia: 2007); Hegemony and Heteronormativity: Revisiting “the Political” in Queer Politics (co-ed., Ashgate: 2011); Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction (co-authored, in German; transcript: 2015); Global Justice and Desire: Queering Economy (co-ed., Routledge: 2015); Negotiating Normativity: Postcolonial Appropriations, Contestations and Transformations (co-ed., Springer: 2016).
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Tyler Ford (*1990, lives in New York) is an author, speaker and agender media personality. Tyler Ford has published articles in, amongst other places, The Guardian, Poetry Magazine and V Magazine and is to be seen making pieces for MTV and Rookie. In 2015, they were in MTV’s list of the best social media stars. Tyler Ford uses social media, but also classic formats for talks, e.g. in schools, in order to initiate a dialogue and to enable conversations about the possibilities of and the dealing with non-binary gender identities and transgender/agender/cis-personalities. Beyond that, they work as a consultant for the LGBTQA youth at MTV and for Miley Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation, for whose line of clothing they design, amongst other things, the t-shirts My Friend Tyler™.
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Regina José Galindo
Regina José Galindo (*1974, lives in Guatemala City) is a feminist artist. In her performances she tackles conditions of political injustice and the force used through biased power relations. In her actions she challenges her own self in physically and psychically extreme situations. Regina José Galindo took part in 49th (2001), 51st (2005), 53rd (2009) as well as 54th (2011) Biennale in Venice and has received numerous prizes, including the 2005 Golden Lion of 51st Venice Biennale in the category of “Youngest Artist”. Amongst other places, exhibitions at: Kunstverein Frankfurt (2016); CAAM, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (2013); ISOLA ART CENTER, Milan (2012); Migros Museum, Zürich (2010); Biennale of Sydney 2010; 10th Havana Biennale (2009); Kunsthalle Vienna (2008).
María Galindo (*1964 in La Paz, Bolivia, lives in La Paz) is a psychologist, radio presenter, former TV presenter and co-founder and director of Mujeres Creando, a feminist organization in Santa Cruz/Bolivia, which campaigns against physical and symbolic violence against women and homosexuals and fights against the injustices in th repressive, patriarchal, colonially marked society of Bolivia. In her artistic-activist practice María Galindo challenges ethnic and social hierarchies, which lead to sexism and homophobia. In activist formats, performances and TV appearances she represents a political artistic position practiced in public space. Exhibitions in, amongst other places: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2011); Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010); 27th Biennale São Paulo, São Paulo (2006).
Che Gossett is a trans femme writer, an archivist Barnard Center for Research on Women and a PhD candidate in trans/gender studies at Rutgers, based in New York. They hold a BA in African American Studies from Morehouse College, an MAT from Brown University and an MA in History from University of Pennsylvania. They are the recipient of the 2014 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award from the American Studies Association, a Radcliffe research grant from Harvard University and the 2014 Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies at the City University of New York, and the 2014 Martin Duberman Research Scholar Award from the New York Public Library. They are working on a book project titled Blackness, the Beast and the Non Sovereign.
Krishna Istha is a performance maker and actor, based in London. Their work takes the form of comedic political acts and alter egos that focus on themes of queer culture, gender politics and feminism. Their work more often than not turns into a physical and vocal endurance test. In 2015, Krishna Istha appeared for “Quaer” in London and works together with Travis Alabanza. Amongst other things, Krishna Ishta was involved in the theater play Butch Monologues (with The Drakes; WOW Festival, Southbank Centre); Gay Shame and lesbian Weakness (with Ann Liv Young) and EAT THIEF*BANANAS (with Christina Brown, Victora Lavell and Kate Wyver, National Theatre).
Oliver Marchart (*1968 in Vienna, lives in Vienna) is a philosopher and sociologist. The focus of his research lies in political theory, social- and democracy theory, the history of political ideas, as well as research into precarization. From 2006 to 2012, he held the chair of the SNF advancement professorship at the Sociological Seminar of Luzern University, and had been teaching as Professor for Sociology at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf from 2012 and as senior fellow at the international research center for cultural sciences in Vienna from 2013. Since March 2016 he has been professor for political theory at Vienna University. Numerous monographs, inter alia: Hegemonie Kunstfeld. The documenta-exhibitions dX, D11, d12 and die Politik der Biennalisierung (2008) und Das unmögliche Objekt. Eine postfundamentalistische Theorie der Gesellschaft (2013).
Nikos Papastergiadis (*1962 in Melbourne, lives in Melbourne) is director of the research post Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne, at which he teaches as professor for culture and communication. He leads the project Large Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere of the Australian Research Council Linkage Project has been a strategic advisor for public institutions within the field of cultural identity. Alongside further lecturing activities at, inter alia, the Victorian College of Arts or the University of Manchester, he has collaborated with, inter alios, John Berger, Jimmie Durham, Sonya Boyce and has been author and co-editor of Third Text since 1993. Further publications include, inter alia: Cosmopolitanism and Culture (2012); Spatial Aesthetics: Art Place and the Everyday (2006); The Turbulence of Migration (2000); Dialogues in the Diaspora (1998); and Modernity as Exile (1993).
Alice Peragine (*1986 in Munich, lives in Hamburg) is a performance artist and studies with Michaela Melián on the degree-program Time-referential Media at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg. In her place-specific performances and installations she examines borders, be they territorially, nationally and physically explicit, or also implicitly available through language and structural regulations. Alice Peragine is a co-founder of PLATEAU, a web-based platform for performing arts in Hamburg, and part of the art collective C.O.P.S. Exhibitions include, amongst other places, Kunsthaus Hamburg (2014), Poolhaus Hamburg (2015) and Kunstverein Hamburg (2015). In 2013, she received the advancement award for visual art in the federal competition KunststudentInnen und Kunststudenten stellen aus (Art students exhibit) with the collective Klunker and the Berenberg Prize for Young Art in 2014.
Johannes Paul Raether
Johannes Paul Raether (born in 1977 in Heidelberg, lives and works in Berlin) is a performance artist and theoretician. With a system of Identitektur he designs an imaginary social space with different avatar figures, such as the Protektorama WorldWideWitch or the Schwarmwesen. These avatars animate and anticipate future identities and involve the visitor in discussions as much poetic as critical about self-definition, gender and future. His performances and installations were presented, inter alia, in the Kunstwerke, Berlin (2013); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2012); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012); KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn (2010); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2009). He writes regularly for Texte zur Kunst and was one of the driving forces behind the project space basso in Berlin. In 2013-14, he taught as a visiting professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg.
Tracey Rose (*1974, lives in Johannesburg) works with performance, video installations and photography. She lectures at the Vaal Triangle Technikon-Institut in Vanderbijl Park und at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Her works are about the dogmatic limitations, as well as the weaknesses and deficiencies of the institutionalized discourse around culture. In so doing, she addresses above all its treatment of identity politics, deals with topics like gender and race and makes reference to positions of performance art from the 1960s and 1970s. She has been represented in exhibitions at, among other places: Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires (2011); Biennale Lyon (2011); Kunstmuseum Bern (2010); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2009); MC Kunst, Los Angeles (2008); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2006).
Kerstin Stakemeier (*1975, lives in Berlin and Nürnberg) is an educator and writer whose work is centred on the shifiting discords between the Political (Science) and Art (History). She was the initiator of the Space for Actualization, Hamburg (with Nina Köller, 2007/08), collaborates regularly with Johannes Paul Raether and published anthologies such as Painting-The Implicit Horizon (with Avigail Moss, 2012); Power of Materials/Politics of Materiality and The Present of the Future (with Susanne Witzgall, 2014-16). She has taught in the areas of political, artistic, cultural and media theory, art history at Bauhaus University, Weimar; Universität der Künste Berlin; Leuphana University Lüneburg and currently works as a professor of Art Theory and Mediation at the Academy of Arts Nuremberg and contributes to Artforum, Springern and Texte zur Kunst. Her monograph Dramatisierter Formalismus (b_books Polypen) will come out in 2017.
Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Boaventura de Sousa Santos (*1940, lives in Coímbra) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Coímbra, at which he also directs the Centre for Social Studies (CES), and was co-founder of the economic faculty in 1973. The core of his activities and publications concerns the concept of “epistemologies of the south”, which develops forms of anti-hegemonic globalization and aims at the recognition of global equality. In 2001, he was decisively involved in the establishment of the World Social Forum (WSF) and has since then headed the project ALICE: Leading Europe to a New Way of Sharing the World Experiences, which works towards a renewal of social-science knowledge and on theoretical and political paradigms of social transformation. In 2015, his most recent publication appeared: If God Were a Human Rights Activist (Stanford University Press).
Marlene Streeruwitz (*1950 in Baden near Vienna, Austria, lives in Wien, London and New York) is an independent author, director, lyricist and journalist. She studied Slavic studies and art history in Vienna, and in 1986 began to publish literary works, audio plays and feminist-oriented texts. In 1996 appeared her novel Verführungen. 3. Folge. Frauenjahre (Seductions. 3rd episode. Women years), for which she received, inter alia, the Mara-Cassens prize in 1997. She lectured at Tübingen University, and in 2003 at Kassel University with the Brüder-Grimm professorship. Streerowitz has received numerous awards, inter alia: Franz-Nabl-Preis (2015); Wiener Frauenpreis (2010); Walter-Hasenclever-Literaturpreis (2002); Droste-Preis (2009); Hermann-Hesse-Preis (2001).
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Tami T (*1986 in Gothenburg, Sweden, lives in Berlin) is a Swedish musician, performance artist and producer, who achieved much prominence with her theme tune I Never Loved This Hard, This Fast Before for the multiple award winning film Something Must Break (director Ester Martin Bergsmarks, 2014, e.g. Rotterdam Film Prize). Tami T’s electronic pop music plays with gender clichés, sexually explicit texts and the catchy sounds of mainstream pop and dance music. She takes an experimental DIY approach, in which she writes, composes, and produces her songs herself, gives one-person performances and also builds new instruments like the “musical strap-on”.
Michelle Teran (*1966 in Canada, lives in Berlin) is a media artist and theorist. In her work she claims a hybrid practice that links political and social involvement to contemporary art actions. Her works span film, text, performance, installation, online works, participatory events and interventions in public space. From 2010-2014, she was research fellow at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHIB). She has given lectures and led workshops and seminars at a. o. Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln; Bauhaus Universität, Weimar; Willem de Kooning academie, Rotterdam; and Parsons Paris, among others. Her awards include Transmediale Award (2010) and the Turku2011 Digital Media & Art Grand Prix Award. She is currently involved in the project SYNSMASKINEN: an inquiry into contemporary political crises, a large scale research project at Bergen Academy of Art & Design.
Ovidiu Tichindeleanu (*1976, lives in Chisinau, Moldova) is a philosopher, social theorist and member of the board of directors of El Taller International, an international NGO, which campaigns for, inter alia, discursive alternatives from the perspective of the South. He is editor of the interdependent arts and society magazine IDEA arts + society, moreover co-founder of the independent platforms Indymedia Romania (2004), CriticAtac.ro (2010), and LeftEast International (2012). In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in philosophy at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Since 2012, Ovidiu Tichindeleanu has been teaching at the Decolonial School of the Roosevelt Institute, Middelburg, the Netherlands. His articles have appeared at, inter alia, Gazette of Political Art; as well as in the publication The South As New Political Imaginary (2013); and European Alternatives, TransEurope (2010).
Marina Vishmidt (*1976, lives in London) is a London-based writer and critic mainly concerned with questions around art, labor and value. In 2013, she received her Ph.D. from Queen Mary University of London and has since then lectured at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem. Previously, she also taught at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Central Saint Martins, Goldsmiths, and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. Marina Vishmidt published numerous pieces in magazines like Mute, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Ephion umfaemera, Kaleidoscope and Parkett, as well as Anguish Language, The Routledge Companion to Art and Politics and The ECONOMY Reader (as co-editor). Publications, inter alia: Speculation as a Mode of Production (Brill, 2016); A for Autonomy (with Kerstin Stakemeier, Textem, 2014).
WoMANtís Random is the “4th Wave-Feminist” international media-acrobat, storyteller, dancer, book illustrator and poet at heart. After a master’s in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies in Toronto, WoMANtís RANDom returned to Berlin and works there with video, photography and dance. Music, above all jazz punk, and spoken interventions play an important role in fancy’s works in order to deconstruct linguistic habits against the background of intersectional experiences, in which multiple forms of discrimination overlap in one person, and to give space to anti-repressive politics: the “focus of fancy’s work is the work of translation of complex stories within glocal politri-x-ticks ticks.” WoMANtís RANDom’s first documentary film Mein Viertel 100 (My quarter of 100) was made in 2011 and is the first documentation of the black community in Germany, which a member had shot themselves.
Hengameh Yaghoobifarah (* 1991, lives in Berlin) is an online-editor, independent author, columnist, blogger and activist. She read media culture sciences and Scandinavian studies in Freiburg i.B. and in Linköping, and has realized various media internships. Nowadays, she lives and works in Berlin, and is editor at Missy Magazine, for which has composed articles on queer_feminsim, and conducted numerous interviews with a wide variety of (social) actors. The results of her activities are to there be read on her blogs Tea-riffic and QUEER VANITY, but also in the taz, in the Migrazine or at Mädchenmannschaft.net.
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Zhala is a Stockholm based, Swedish musician of Kurdish descent who describes her style as “futuristic cosmic pop”. Alongside her successes in the music scene with dance, vocal and live shows, which in 2012 gained her a contract with Konichiwa Records, Zhala is also active in the arts world. Her live performances and videos are artistically maladjusted and design a complex network of cultural and political references. As a performance artist, she appeared at, amongst other places, the exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier in the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2013).