Course Participants, Guest Lecturers, Collaborators etc., in alphabetic order:
Can Altay (TR), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, March 2015
Read more> INHABITATION: SETTINGS AND COLLECTIVITIES
Artist and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Bilgi University. He investigates the functions, meaning, organisation and reconfigurations of public space. His ‘settings’ provide critical reflection on urban phenomena and artistic activity. His work traverses sculpture, photography and installation, and is staged and manifested through the spaces, exhibitions and publications he produces.Altay has had solo exhibitions at Arcade, London (2012), Casco, Utrecht (2011), The Showroom, London (2010), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008), Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2006) and Spike Island, Bristol (2007). His work has been included in Biennials of Istanbul, Havana, Busan, Gwangju, Marrakech, Taipei; and in museums and galleries such as the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Artists Space (New York), and SALT (Istanbul). His public projects include: Inner Space Station (NewYork, 2013); Distributed (London, 2012); The Church Street Partners’ Gazette (London, 2010 13) and PARK: bir ihtimal (Istanbul, 2010). Altay is the editor of Ahali: an anthology for setting a setting, 2013 published by Bedford Press, AA Publications, London. His work has been published in periodicals such as Frieze, AD (Architectural Design), Journal of Architectural Education, and Sanat Dunyamiz.Can Altay holds a PhD in Art, Design and Architecture from Bilkent University, Ankara. He studied Critical Studies at the Malmö Art Academy and Lund University, and Interior Architecture and Environmental Design (BFA and MFA) at Bilkent University. He is currently Head of the Department of Industrial Product Design at Istanbul Bilgi University.
Otto von Busch (SE/US), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, March 2014 and May 2015
Read more> THE TWO HANDS: MANIFESTING NARRATIVES and REALDESIGN AND CIVIC CRAFTS
Assistant professor at Parsons the New School for Design (New York). He has a background in arts, craft, design and theory and aims to seamlessly combine these fields into one critical fashion practice. In his research and practice he explores how design and craft can be reverse engineered, hacked and shared among many participants as a form of civic engagement, building community capabilities through collaborative craft and social activism.
Céline Condorelli (CH, IT, UK), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, September 2015 and together with Emily Pethick April 2015
Read more> SUPPORT STRUCTURES
London-based artist who makes supporting structures; she is the author and editor of Support Structures published by Sternberg Press (2009), and one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, an exhibition space in Birmingham, UK; she is currently Professor at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) Milan. Recent exhibitions include Céline Condorelli, Chisenhale Gallery, and Positions, Van Abbemuseum including the publication The Company She Keeps, Bookworks, and baubau, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany (all 2014), Puppet Show, Gävle Konstcentrum, Grundy Art Gallery (2014), Additionals, Project Art Centre, Dublin, Ireland, Things That Go Without Saying, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, The Parliament, ‘Archive of Disobedience’, Castello di Rivoli, Italy (2013), Social Fabric, Iniva, London and Lund Konsthall, Sweden (2012), Surrounded by the Uninhabitable, SALT Istanbul (2012) There is nothing left, Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt and Oslo Kunstforening (2011-12), Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010), Revision ‘part 1 and 2’, Artists Space, New York, (2009), and Cell Projects, London, 2010).
H. Cenk Dereli (TR), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, November 2015
Read more> Herkes Icin Mimarlik (Architecture For All)
Istanul based architect and a PhD Candidate in Architecure (Istanbul Technical University) working with urban politics and proactive design ideas. His personal creative productions define a practice that span from radio production, music, design research to events organization. He is also one of the members and project coordinators of probono architecture practice Herkes İçin Mimarlık Derneği (Architecture For All Association) and founder and manager of the design practice NOBON.
Sarah Degerhammar (SE), Guest Lecturer, February 2014
Read more> BOENDEMONOLOGEN (SODERORTS INSITUT FOR ANDRA VISIONER / JORDBRO STADSTEATER)
Artist based in Stockholm. She has a BA in Fine Arts from Konstfack, University College of Art, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, 2013.
She is a founder and member of the performance group TIR and Jordbro Stadsteater. Currently working with sound artist Mira Eklund and artist Petra Bauer at Tensta konsthall.
Ana Dzokić (SRB/NL), Guest lecturer and workshop leader,together with Marc Neelen, January 2014
Read more> NAVIGATING THE DISCOURSE: STEALTH.unlimited
Founding member of STEALTH.unlimited (together with Marc Neelen), a practice operating between Belgrade and Rotterdam, set up in 2000. Through intensive collaboration with individuals, organisations and institutions, STEALTH broadens the understanding of what architectural and urbanistic engagement can be today. Following their curatorial engagement in Venice (2008), in 2009 they curated the Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennial, in 2010, and IMPAKT festival in Utrecht under the title Matrix City. In 2011 they were curators of the fiction-based exhibition project Once Upon a Futuremagn, for Bordeaux’s biannual Evento. In 2008 with Marjetica Potrč STEALTH completed a schoolyard in Knivsta, Sweden, based on the principles of sustainable energy, in 2011 in Gothenburg initiated a spatial intervention of the local community at Röda Sten and with El Puente_lab built a cultural development node out of recycled materials in a slum neighbourhood of Medellin, Colombia. STEALTH are currently undertaking research at the Royal Institute of Art (KKH) in Stockholm.
Magnus Ericson (SE), Course Leader Organising Discourse
Independent curator and project co-ordinator based in Stockholm, Sweden. He specializes mainly within investigative and speculative critical practice in and in-between design, architecture and art, as well as in experimental discursive platforms and pedagogy. Within these fields his practice has over the years encompassed institutional and independent commissions as well as teaching. Between 2014 and 2016 he has been responsible for developing and persuing the professional postgraduate course ‘Organising Discourse’ at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, co-ordinated Konstfack Research Week 2015 and 2016, curated and co-ordinated the project Utopia Now Here at the 2:nd Istanbul Design Biennial. From 2009 to 2014 he was assigned senior advisor/co-ordinator and curator for a new design-related program at the Swedish Museum of Architecture (now Arkdes) in Stockholm. Examples of curated and co-curated exhibitions and events include the series The Project Room, 48 Hours, Environments and Counter Environments; Italy the New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 1972, Curating and Counter Curating and Alternative Architecture. Between 2007 and 2009, he was comissioned as a project manager at Iaspis, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme, to pursue and develop their activities within the fields of design, crafts and architecture. Between 2003 and 2006, he was a curator and project co-ordinator responsible for the program at Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall’s satellite project space Magasin 3 Projekt.
Ericson has organized and curated numerous events and exhibitions with international and Swedish designers, architects and artists throughout the years. He has been teaching in design related subjects at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, KTH School of Architecture, Beckmans School of design, Royal Institute of Art and Södertörn University and he is a frequently engaged lecturer and critic. Ericson is author and co-editor of DESIGN ACT Socially and politically engaged design today – critical roles and emerging tactics (Berlin, Sternberg Press 2011), and Iaspis Forum for Design and Critical Practice – The Reader (Sternberg Press, Berlin 2009). He has studied at KTH School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Art, Glasgow School of Art, and holds a MA degree in design from Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.
Maryam Fanni (SE) Guest Lecturer, February 2014
Read more> BOENDEMONOLOGEN (SODERORTS INSITUT FOR ANDRA VISIONER / JORDBRO STADSTEATER)
Freelancing writer and graphic desginer based in Stockholm. She has a BA in Graphic design and Illustration from Konstfack, University College of Art, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, 2013.
Currently she’s working with communication for Konsthall C and guest-editing at Svenska Tecknare.
Silvia Franceschini (IT), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, February 2015
Read more> GLOBAL TOOLS 1973-1975: When Education will coincide with Life
Curator and researcher. She is currently a PhD candidate in design and art theory at the Politecnico di Milano, Milan. Her recent curatorial projects include: Sources Go Dark (Center for Contemporary Art FUTURA, Prague, 2015); Global Tools. 1973-1975: Towards an Ecology Of Design (SALT, Istanbul, 2014); The Way of Enthusiasts (V-A-C Foundation at La Biennale di Venezia – Architettura, Parallel Program, Venice, 2012); Mazama Recidency Program (Mazama, Washington, USA, 2011). She has previously worked as assistant curator for the Archive for Spatial Aesthetic and Praxis ASAP (Berlin, 2011) and at the Design Department of the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2009). Her articles and interviews have appeared in Afterall, Alfabeta, Domus, Abitare. She has lectured at SALT in Istanbul, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow and The Architecture and Urbanism College of University of São Paulo among others. Silvia Franceschini is a member of the curatorial team of the upcoming Second Kyiv International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2015 leaded by Georg Schöllhammer and Hedwig Saxenhuber. She holds an MA from Politecnico di Milano and a post-graduate degree from the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.
Hélène Frichot (AU, SE), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, September 2014
Read more> HOW DO YOU MAKE YOURSELF A FEMINIST DESIGN POWER TOOL (IT’S LESS A MATTER OF MEANING THAN A QUESTION OF USE)?
Researcher and teacher in Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Stockholm. She has co-curated the Architecture+Philosophy public lecture series with Esther Anatolitis in Melbourne, Australia since 2005 (http://
Beatrice Galilee (UK/US), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, March 2014
Read More> Close Closer
London-based curator, writer, critic, consultant and lecturer of contemporary architecture and design. Trained in Architecture at Bath University, and in History of Architecture MSc at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Beatrice specialises in the dissemination of architecture and design through media, curatorial practice, research, editing and teaching. Beatrice was the Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close, Closer, and has curated exhibitions and events around the world including 2013 and 2012 Milan Design Weeks, 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale and 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale. She is the co-founder and director of The Gopher Hole, an exhibition and event space in London, architectural critic at Domus, and associate lecturer at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. She was the architecture editor of icon magazine between 2006 and 2009.
Per Herngren (SE), Guest Workshop Leader together with Otto von Busch, May 2015
Nonviolent trainer writer. He lives in the Fig Tree Resistance Community, outside Gothenburg. During 2010-2012 Per was active in training democracy activists in the Middle East at the time for the Arab Spring. In the autumn 2010 he trained democracy activists from, in the spring of 2011 he gave civil disobedience training in southern Kurdistan and northern Iraq and in the autumn of 2011 nonviolent training to democracy activists at the Tigris River at the border Kurdistan, Turkey and Syria. The participants came from Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Kurdistan, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Per has also given civil disobedience trainings in Chile, Guatemala, Middle East and Europe and in Sweden training activists coming from Burma, Colombia and Lithuania. He has also trained nonviolent accompaniments for Palestine and Israel, as well as peace observers for Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala. Per is active in the plowshares movement disarming weapons with hammers. He has served 15 month of an eight year sentence for disarming a Pershing II nuclear missile in Florida; and has served some shorter sentences in Sweden and England. He is the author of nine books about civil disobedience and nonviolence, translated and published into four languages. The latest book was published in Iraq. Path of Resistance is translated and published in the U.S., Some of his texts are published on his blog: www.ickevald.net
Dougald Hine (UK/SE), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, February 2014
Read more> SHARED DREAMS, SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES: SOME CONVERSATIONS THAT CAME TO LIFE
Social thinker, writer and kickstarter of projects and organisations. These have included the utopian regeneration agency Spacemakers, the web startup School of Everything and the Dark Mountain Project, as well as events such as Redrawing The Maps (Kings Cultural Institute, 2012) and Universities: Past & Future (HUB Westminster, 2011). From 2011-13 he was thinker-out-of-residence with the Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment project at the University of Westminster. He is Senior Visiting Fellow in Higher Education Policy at the University of Lincoln and has advised on the future education for Demos and the Young Foundation. In 2012, he was listed by the UK’s national innovation agency NESTA as one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals and his work featured as one of thirteen case studies in the EU’s Team Culture 2012 report into ‘the role of culture in a time of crisis’. He is a regular speaker at universities, art and architecture schools across Europe, as well as for organisations including Google, the European Commission, the British Council, Design for London, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the RSA.
His books and pamphlets include ‘Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto’ (with Paul Kingsnorth, 2009), ‘Despatches from the Invisible Revolution’ (ed. with Keith Kahn Harris, 2012) and ‘The Crossing of Two Lines’ (2013), a collaboration with Stockholm-based artist duo Performing Pictures. He grew up in the north-east of England, studied English Literature at Oxford and worked as a radio journalist for the BBC. In 2012, he left London and is slowly arriving in Sweden.
Jennifer Heinfeld (US/SE), Course partisipant
Began a collaboration with Iris Lacoudre (see below), firstly with friendship, discussion and time. As architects and makers, they found reciprocity in their dialogue, challenging their own pedagogies and questioning the contemporary practice of their field. In August 2014, they left their respective architecture practices and moved to Dessau, Germany to participate in a collaborative research initiative through the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. After three months of research and the conclusion of their work into a designed and curated exhibition, they returned to a place neither their homeland, to Stockholm, Sweden. In January 2015, they began a new working method and process at Konstfact, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.
Nefeli Ikonomou (GR/SE), Course participant
Performing artist from Greece living and working in Sweden the last years. Besides from working as a dancer, she has been creating her own choreographic work since 2006. Having been educated in dance and design she recently finished her Master in Choreography at DOCH and the interdisciplinary course Organizing Discourse in Konstfack University. Through the different meetings with artists she is searching for challenging ways to exchange, research and display and dive into unexpected affections. Her curiosity in dis-orienting norms and her interest in innovative approaches of co-moving navigate her choreographic inventory. http://nefoikon.wix.com/undine
Annette Krauss (NL), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, September 2014
Read more> … IT CONSISTS NOT IN MERELY REVEALING THE INVISIBLE
Artist that has (co-)initiated various long-term collaborative practices (Hidden Curriculum / Read-in / ASK! / Read the Masks. Tradition is Not Given / School of Temporalities). These projects reflect and build upon the potential of collaborative practices while aiming at disrupting taken for granted “truths” in theory and practice.
Recent exhibitions include  Uneducated, Counihan Gallery Melbourne; New Habits, Casco Utrecht; Regimes of Memorizing, SMBA Amsterdam;  Randzonenlesung Kunstverein Wiesbaden; In Search of the Missing Lessons, Whitechapel Gallery London;  (In)visibilities, The Showroom London, GDR goes on – Grand Domestic Revolution, Casco Utrecht; Amateurism, Kunstverein Heidelberg;  For Einhoven Van Abbemuseum Einhoven/NL; We are Grammar Pratt Gallery/New York; School Days, Lewis Glucksman Gallery/Cork;  Manufacturing Today, Trondheim; 2 oder 3 Dinge, IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna ; Extra-Curricular, JMB Gallery/Toronto;  Momentum, Nordic Biennale; World in Hand, Kunsthaus Dresden;  Hidden Curriculum, CASCO, Utrecht; Soft Logics, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.
Onkar Kular (UK), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, March 2015
Read more> SNOWFLAKES
London based designer and artist. His work investigates how contemporary design practice, its processes, methodologies and outputs, can be used as a medium to engage with and question the understanding of cultural and popular issues. His work uses a range of different media, appropriate to the particular research project to include new objects, films, events, performances and installations, and is disseminated internationally through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, film festivals and publications.
Recent exhibitions include Crafting Narrative a Crafts Council Touring Exhibition, guest curated by Kular the exhibition investigated the role of narrative and narrative structures within the design and production of artifacts. In May 2014, he designed and curated The Citizens Archive of Pakistan together with Sanam Maher, bringing together a variety of personal stories to critically revisit the history of the Partition today. Other notable exhibitions include Risk Centre, at Arkitekturmuseet in Stockholm on constructed environments used for risk and safety education and I Cling To Virtue, with Noam Toran and Keith R. Jones, recently exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp which presented a mixed-media collection of objects, narrative texts and videos that reveal the intricate trajectories of the Lövy Singh clan, a fictional East London family of mixed descent.
Onkar Kular is currently a Stanley Picker Fellow in Design. His project for the fellowship extends ongoing research and ideas around constructing simulated environments for education and training.
Iris Lacoudre (FR/SE), Course partisipant
Began a collaboration with Jennifer Heinfeld (see above), firstly with friendship, discussion and time. As architects and makers, they found reciprocity in their dialogue, challenging their own pedagogies and questioning the contemporary practice of their field. In August 2014, they left their respective architecture practices and moved to Dessau, Germany to participate in a collaborative research initiative through the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau. After three months of research and the conclusion of their work into a designed and curated exhibition, they returned to a place neither their homeland, to Stockholm, Sweden. In January 2015, they began a new working method and process at Konstfact, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.
Peter Lang (US/IT/SE), Guest Lecturer January 2014
Read more> OUTER-LIMITS: experimental collectives, groups, movements in post-war Italy
Professor in Architecture History and Theory at the Royal Institute of Art, in the Department of Architecture, Stockholm (Kungl. Konsthögskolans, Mejan Arc). He holds a Bachelor in Architecture from Syracuse University (1980) and a Ph.D. in history and urban studies from NYU (2000). From the Fall of 2001 to the Spring of 2009 he served as permanent Texas A&M faculty at the Santa Chiara Center in Tuscany Italy. In 2009 he was appointed Associate Professor at Texas A&M in College Station Texas where he has taught graduate courses and directed PhD students.
Lang writes on the history and theory of post-war Italian architecture, with a focus on sixties Italian experimental design, media and environments. Together with Luca Molinari and Mark Wasiuta, Peter Lang has co-curated the exhibition. Environments and Counter Environments: Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 1972 on view at the Graham Foundation Chicago from September 18, 2013. Peter Lang is also actively involved in urban field research.
James Langdon (UK), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader May 2014.
Read more> FORMATS
Independent designer and one of six founding directors of the artist-run gallery eastside projects in Birmingham, UK. He is director of the itinerant school for design fiction. In 2012 he was the recipient of the inform award for conceptual design, presented by the museum of contemporary art Leipzig, Germany. www.jameslangdon.net
Tor Lindstrand (SE), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, February 2014
Read more> TOWARD AN INSTITUTION
Assistant Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH-A) and a co-owner of the office of Larsson, Lindstrand and Palme. He has been working on projects oscillating between architecture, visual art and performance in numerous cultural contexts, among others TATE Liverpool, Venice Architecture Biennale 2008 and 2010, Steirischer Herbst, Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of
Urbanism/Architecture 2009, VOLTA Basel, Performa New York, Royal Dramatic Theatre Copenhagen, NAI Rotterdam, Stockholm Architecture Museum and Storefront New York. Together with choreographer Marten Spangberg he initiated International Festival, a practice working on context specific projects spanning from buildings, publications, films, installations, public interventions and situations. In 2010 he founded
Economy together with Jessica Watson-Galbraith, a Swedish-Australian studio working with architecture, art and performance. He is currently involved in a collaborative research project on Power, Space and Ideology at KTH-A and Södertörn University.
Staffan Lundgren (SE), Guest Lecturer, May 2014.
Read more> THE DEFUNCT DEMOCRACY OF DESIGN
Founder and publisher of Axl Books, a member of the editorial board of Site, and currently conducting research on the ideo-logic of cybernetics at Chalmers School of Architecture and KTH School of Architecture. www.axlbooks.com
Marc Neelen (SRB/NL), Guest lecturer and workshop leader,together with Ana Dzokić, January 2014
Read more> NAVIGATING THE DISCOURSE: STEALTH.unlimited
Founding member of STEALTH.unlimited (together with Ana Dzokić), a practice operating between Belgrade and Rotterdam, set up in 2000. Through intensive collaboration with individuals, organisations and institutions, STEALTH broadens the understanding of what architectural and urbanistic engagement can be today. Following their curatorial engagement in Venice (2008), in 2009 they curated the Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennial, in 2010, and IMPAKT festival in Utrecht under the title Matrix City. In 2011 they were curators of the fiction-based exhibition project Once Upon a Futuremagn, for Bordeaux’s biannual Evento. In 2008 with Marjetica Potrč STEALTH completed a schoolyard in Knivsta, Sweden, based on the principles of sustainable energy, in 2011 in Gothenburg initiated a spatial intervention of the local community at Röda Sten and with El Puente_lab built a cultural development node out of recycled materials in a slum neighbourhood of Medellin, Colombia. STEALTH are currently undertaking research at the Royal Institute of Art (KKH) in Stockholm.
Emily Pethick (UK), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, April 2015
Read more> THE SHOWROOM
Director of The Showroom, London, since 2008. From 2005-2008 she was the director of Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 2003-2004 she was curator at Cubitt, London. She has contributed to numerous catalogues and magazines, including Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, The Exhibitionist, and dot dot dot, and edited books, such as Casco Issues X: The Great Method (2007, with Peio Aguirre), Casco Issues XI: An Ambiguous Case (2008, with Marina Vishmidt and Tanja Widmann), Circular Facts (2011, with Mai Abu EIDahab and Binna Choi), pub. Sternberg Press), Cluster: Dialectionary (2014, with Binna Choi, Maria Lind and Natasa Petresin-Bachelez).
Mariana Pestana (PT), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, May 2015
Read more> ALTERNATIVE POSSIBLE WORLDS
Portuguese architect and curator. She has a degree in architecture from the University of Porto (FAUP) and a MA in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, supported by a grant from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Mariana lives and works in London, where she co-founded the collective The Decorators, with whom she developed curatorial projects and interventions in the public realm. She is doing a PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture and is a lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Mariana recently curated the exhibition ‘The Real and Other Fictions’ for ‘Close Closer’, 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and integrated the Official Portuguese Representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by architect Pedro Campos Costa. She currently works as a curator in the Department of Architecture Design and Digital at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Anne Pfennig (GE) Course participant
works as an art mediator and cultural organiser in Germany. Recent locations of her education and practice are universities, museums, art-spaces, foundations and cultural projects in Berlin (The School of Life, Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Stockholm (Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm Stadsmission), Hamburg (Galerie im Marstall Ahrensburg, Sparkassen Kulturstiftung Stormarn, MS Artville, Netzwerk der VolontärInnen), Bremen (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Universität Bremen, Das Viertel e.V., Overbeck Museum, Mariann-Steegmann-Insitut, Kunstfrühling) and Oldenburg (Kulturetage, Kunstwissenschaftliches Institut Universität Oldenburg, Forschungsstelle für Kinder- und Jugendbuchliteratur).
Partly living in Stockholm from autumn 2014 to spring 2016, she assisted at the art center Botkyrka Konsthall during the Festival New Biennial for Art and Architecture in Botkyrka and took part in its site specific residency program in Fittja. In parallel, she attended the professional program Organising Discourse at Konstfack Stockholm, where she founded the project DISHCOURSE – Interdisciplinary dinner talks along with Johanna Tysk and Jonatan Lennman. In this format she follows her passion to explore social settings and to bring together people from diverse creative disciplines for sharing thoughts and knowledge.
Currently she is based in Berlin, working as a program producer at The School of Life Berlin. The private educational institution deals with questions of everyday life to develope emotional intelligence through the help of philosophy, psychology and art. In parallel, she is working with the DISHCOURSE-concept and freelances between diverse disciplines. Anne holds a BA in Art & Media Studies from Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and German Language & Literature followed by a MA in Art & Cultural Mediation from University Bremen.
Benjamin Reichen (FR/UK), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader together with Tuomas Toivonen, June 2014
Read more> CULTURAL SAUNA
Founding member of Åbäke, a transdisciplinary design studio based in London. Together, they formed a loose association of ideas and processes. A city wide channel of teachers, readers, bathers, citizens, glass blowers, and dark matter specialists.
Emily Roysdon (US/SE), Guest workshop leader September 2015
New York and Stockholm-based artist, writer and Professor of Art at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic installations, printmaking, text, video, curating and collaborating. Roysdon developed the concept “ecstatic resistance” to talk about the impossible and imaginary in politics. The concept debuted with simultaneous shows at Grand Arts in Kansas City, and X Initiative in New York. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Her many collaborations include costume design for choreographers Levi Gonzalez, Vannesa Anspaugh and Faye Driscoll, as well as lyric writing for The Knife, and Brooklyn based JD Samson & MEN.
Recent solo projects include new commissions from Performance Room, Tate Modern, London; PARTICIPANT, INC (NYC); If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Visual Art Center, Austin; Art in General, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Konsthall C, Stockholm; and a Matrix commission from the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley. Roysdon’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the 2010 Whitney Biennial, New York; Greater New York at MoMA PS1; The Generational, New Museum, New York; Manifesta 8, Murcia and Cartagena, Spain; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Power Plant, Toronto; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. In 2012 Roysdon was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize, exhibiting in Kiev and the Venice Biennale.
Roysdon’s work is in the public collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and The New York Public Library’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York. Roysdon completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001 and an Interdisciplinary MFA at UCLA in 2006.
Paola Torres Núñez del Prado (PER/SE), Course participant
Artist exploring notions of interpretation, translation, misrepresentation and perceptual cross-modality by the act of going beyond the “observing of art” through interactive painting, sculpture and video-art. She has been part of art shows in Stockholm, Malmo and Norrkoping in Sweden, Lima, Cuzco and Arequipa in Peru, New York, Albuquerque and Florida in U.S. Paola has won the Arte.mov “Midias Locativas Amazonian Ecorregion” Prize, and have been Finalist in multiple art competitions.Paola Torres Nuñez del Prado holds an M.A. from The Royal College of Art, Sweden and an undergraduate degree in art at Hunter College, City University of New York (2003-2004).
Tuomas Toivanen (FI), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader together with Benjamin Reichen, June 2014
Read more> CULTURAL SAUNA
Together with Nene Tsuboi founding members of NOW for Architecture and Urbanism. Last year they opened Kulttuurisauna a public bath house in the centre of Helsinki.
Johanna Tysk (SE), Course participant
based in Stockholm, operates within and across the fields of art, design and social work. Johanna received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta in 2007. Her early professional career includes digital advertising and design for ad agency Publicis Modem in New York, as well as art direction, branding, graphic design and illustrations for a wide range of freelance clients in Stockholm. Clients ranging from national media companies to independent artists and start-up children´s brand Tröstisar, that today sells their first invention Cuddly band-aids in fourteen countries, and has received numerous awards in the US. Since her return to Stockholm in 2008, Johanna has had a strong engagement in grass roots social movements like Love Tensta and StreetGäris, where she has explored strategies for social transformation through new forms of organization and communication.
In recent years, Johanna´s practice has moved to encompass art and social work, with an expanded notion of design as a process, an approach and a frame work for participation and project management. In 2012, she organized the week-long festival Creative Call, where she connected local suburban groups and established institutions like Moderna Museet and Kulturhuset, to a multidisciplinary group of artists representing the urban creative culture of Atlanta. She has also initiated an on-going project using theatre and theatrical exercises to explore structures and relations connected to issues of immigration and integration, and has lead a number of collective mural paintings with children and youth in collaboration with social practitioners Stadsmissionen and Folkets Hus Fisksätra.
Francien van Westrenen (NL), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, April 2014
Read more> CITY AS DISCURSIVE PLATFORM
Works at the art and architecture centre Stroom Den Haag as an architecture curator of exhibitions, projects, publications and lectures based on a interdisciplinary and cultural approach to the urban environment. She has several publications to her name, among which Game Urbanism (together with Hans Venhuizen) and three city guides for The Hague. At the moment she is working together with her colleague Maaike Lauwaert on a book about Upcycling. In 2002, she completed her degree in Art and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam with research on the future of the art museum.
Axel Wieder (GE/SE), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, October 2015
Read more> RE-VISITING OPEN FORM
curator and writer living in Stockholm. He has been director of Index – the Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation since 2014, and was head of program and curator of exhibitions at Arnolfini Center of Contemporary Arts in Bristol. His work has frequently focused on the history and theory of exhibitions, architecture and social space, and issues of political representation. Recent exhibitions include “The Promise” at Arnolfini (2014), involving works of artists and offsite projects alongside urban planning and architectural models, and solo exhibitions with Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Willem de Rooij and Ian Hamilton Finlay. He also initiated exhibition and performance series on Maryanne Amacher, shown with DAAD, Berlin in 2012 and in 2014 at the Bonner Kunstverein. As artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart from 2007 to 2010, he developed an interdisciplinary program aimed at forging closer links between theoretical formats and exhibition presentations, repositioning the institution both regionally and internationally. Since 1990 he has taken part in numerous exhibitions in collaboration with Jesko Fezer, including the 3rd Berlin Biennale in 2004 and the 9th International Istanbul Biennial in 2005. In 1999, together with Jesko Fezer and Katja Reichard, he founded the bookstore Pro qm in Berlin, which is also a venue for experimental events in the field of art and urbanism. Among his many other projects, Wieder curated the exhibition “Now and Ten Years Ago” at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. He has also held lecturing posts at various universities and art academies, including the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.
Joanna van der Zanden (NL), Guest Lecturer and Workshop Leader, March 2014 and October 2015
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independent curator and creative director on cross-disciplinary (social) design projects. She is particularly interested in the exploration of cultural formats where the public at large gets involved in the curatorial process of research, questioning and making. It is her view that contemporary cultural centres should – at the best – function as catalysts to stimulate critical and creative thinking and making and enlarge time and space for experimentation.
Joanna is educated in design and fashion and holds a Master Degree in Art History of the University of Utrecht. She is a regular lecturer and teacher on social design and participatory practices, and advises the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts and the DOEN Foundation. Till January 2010 she was Artistic Director of Platform21, the incubator of a new design centre in Amsterdam, where she initiated projects like Me and My Character, Platform21 = Folding, Platform21 = Hacking IKEA and Platform21 = Repairing.
For 2011 and 2013 she is appointed artistic director of the Rotterdam Design Prize, a bi-annual Dutch design award that aims to stimulate debate about the role of design in the cultural and social context. An exhibition in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam is part of this award.