Tirdad Zolghadr is a curator and writer. His most recent book is Traction, Sternberg Press 2016. Zolghadr is artistic director of the Sommerakademie Paul Klee in Bern and associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Curatorial work includes biennial settings as well as numerous long-term research-driven projects. He teaches at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem.
Philippe Bischof is head of the Department of Culture within the executive branch of Basel-Stadt municipality. From 1994 to 2007 he worked as a theatre director and dramaturg, at Theater Basel as well as venues and festivals throughout Europe. From 2008 to 2010, Bischof was artistic director of the center for performing arts SÜDPOL Luzern. As of November 2017, he will be director of Pro Helvetia, the federal Arts Council of Switzerland.
Tashy EndresTashy Endres is an architect, researcher, organizer and conflict facilitator. She teaches spatial theory and practice at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her research interests include urban political economy, critical diversity, social housing, transformative organizing and participatory action research. She was an architect in residency at Decolonizing Architecture (Palestinian Territories) and an organizer within Occupy Wall Street (New York) and Kotti & Co (Berlin).
Adelita Husni-Bey stages workshops and produces publications, radio broadcasts, archives and exhibitions focused on using collectivist and non-competitive pedagogical models within the framework of urban studies. Among other initiatives, she is currently working on a new chapter of ‘White Paper’, a project based on the changing face of legislation in relationship to private ownership and the commons in cities. Most recently Husni-Bey represented Italy at the 2017 Venice Biennale national pavilion.
Suhail Malik is Co-Director of the MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths, London, where he holds a Readership in Critical Studies. Recent and forthcoming publications include, as author, On the Necessity of Art's Exit From Contemporary Art (2017) and 'The Ontology of Finance' in Collapse 8: Casino Real (2014), and, as co-editor, Realism Materialism Art (2015), Genealogies of Speculation (2016).
Renzo Martens made the acclaimed film Episode III: Enjoy Poverty, on labour conditions in Congo. It has been shown at Centre Pompidou, the Berlin Biennial, and Tate Modern, and was televised in 23 countries. After that he founded the Institute for Human Activities, and led its five-year reverse gentrification program in the Congolese forest. Martens lectures regularly at institutions such as the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, Städelschule Frankfurt, and Goldsmiths London, is a researcher at the KASK – School of Arts in Ghent and a Yale World Fellow.
Dieter Lesage (b. 1966) is a Belgian philosopher, theoretician, writer and critic. He is a professor of political theory and philosophy of culture at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound (RITCS) in Brussels. His latest book is Art, Research and Politics. Essays in Curatorial Criticism 1999-2014, Brussels, 2015.
Enno Schmidt is an artist based in Basel. He works with painting as well as film & video, and has exhibited internationally, also teaching at a number of institutions. Within Switzerland, Schmidt has become a protagonist of the international movement for a Universal Basic Income. Together with entrepreneur Daniel Häni, he initiated the national referendum Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen of June 2016. Schmidt's 2008 film Grundeinkommen - ein Kulturimpuls has been viewed 2 Million times so far, and has been translated into 20 languages.
Lise Soskolne is an artist who makes paintings and enjoys writing. She is the core organizer of W.A.G.E., Working Artists and the Greater Economy, a NY based activist organization that works to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract their work. W.A.G.E. introduces mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring a bout a more equitable distribution of its economy.
Leonardo Vilchis is the Executive Director of Union de Vecinos, a nonprofit in East Los Angeles that builds community through organizing, developing leaders, building coalitions and creating models for dialogue and democratic practices. A working artist who amplifies his organizing with videography and sound installation, Leonardo Vilchis is celebrating the tenth anniversary of Union de Vecinos this year with the 1,500 volunteers and leaders in its Network of Neighborhood Communities.