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Concepts and Contributers for the Frankfurt Edition:
EXERGUM / PREFACE
By Irit Rogoff (GB)
Irit Rogoff is Professor of Art History/Visual Culture, Historical and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London University. Her research interests include: Visual Culture; contemporary art and critical theory; post-colonialism and gender.
By Ines Weizman (IL/GB)
Ines Weizman is an architect and critic based in London. She taught design and architectural history and theory at the Architectural Association in London and at the Berlage Institute of Architecture in Rotterdam. She also taught politics at Goldsmiths College, London University. Her doctoral research, conducted at the Architectural Association, analysed the political and cultural transformations that have occurred in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) from the post-WWII period to the present. Ines published articles on the political and ideological spectacles enacted by Soviet-era architecture, on the rewriting of urban historiography of former cities, on western planning attitudes in the process of reunification as well as on the lost archives in former East Germany.
By International Festival (SE)
International Festival, Tor Lindstrand and Marten Spangberg, work together since several years and have with their radical projects in performance and architecture developed a strong reputation. Their work focus on conventions and frames as well as on the production of specific inter human relations related to performance and architecture.
By Susan Schuppli
Susan Schuppli is an artist and cultural theorist whose work explores the latent potential of machines to short-circuit normative understandings of media and its received social, cultural, and biological encodings. Working within the domains of video, sound, and interactive media several recent projects have examined the anxieties that arise when commonplace technologies are rendered strange again. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Canada as well as in Australia, the UK, and USA. Another strand of her research has focused upon the articulation of Canadian "identities" within film and architecture. In 2005 she guest-edited a special edition of BlackFlash journal which brought together cultural practionners from across Canada to reflect upon the legacy of Expo 67 in Montreal. This project continues with a co-curatorial initiative (Christopher Lefler) exploring the contingency of this moment in Canadian architecture and its impact upon emergent notions of "national" identity. Her doctoral research is titled "Unnatural Selections: evolving media ontologies".
DENKFABRIK / THINK TANK
By Dan Perjovschi (RO)
Dan Perjovschi born 1961 in Sibiu Romania lives and works in Bucharest. He uses drawings as a material to create temporary monumental installations. Drawing is for Perjovschi a primary and decisive medium for political and social expression. Acting also as a journalism he is deeply involved in the social tissue of the society.
His recent solo exhibition include The Room Drawinf at Tate Modern, On the Other Hand at Portikus Frankfurt and May First at Moderna Museet Stockholm(2006) or Naked Drawings at Ludwig Museum Koln (2005). He participate at group shows like Sao Paolo Biennial, The Vincent at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Normalization at Rooseum Malmo in 2006 or Istanbul Biennial, New Europe. The Culture of Mixing and Politics of Representation at Generali Foundation and I Still Believe in Miracles at ARC Musee dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Perjovschi received George Maciunas Prize in 2004.
By Azza El-Hassan (PS)
Azza el Hassan is an award winner independent Documentary Producer/ Director. Azza holds an MA in Television Documentary, GoldSmith College, University of London (1995) and a BA in Film and Television studies and Sociology from Glasgow University, Scotland (1994). Her films have been produced and shown by various national and international TV networks like BBC (Britain) , ARTE (France & Germany) , YLE (Finland), ARD (Germany) and many others. In addition, her films have been exhibited world wide in documentary film festivals such as Yamagata (Japan), IDFA (Holland), Marsellia (France) and many others. She is the winner of the Grierson Award Best Newcomer (The British Documentaries Awards, BBC) 2002. Other awards include winner of the Jury Especial Award, Arab Screen Independent Film Festival/ Documentary and Short Films. Al-Jazera Channel, Qatar 2001. She has also written a collection of articles in art magazines like Arc electronica and Fram work. Her films include: Kings & Extras / British title Exposed & Lost (2004), 62 minutes, Documentary, Digital Beta. 3 cm Less (2003), 6o minutes, Documentary, Digital Beta. News Time (2002), 50 minutes, Documentary, Digital Beta. Sinbad is She (1999), 30 minutes, documentary, DVcam. A Title Deed from Moses (1998), 30 minutes, documentary, DVcam. Arab Women Speak Out(1996), 30 minutes, documentary DVcam. Video art: In Search of a Death Fortold (2004), 15 minutes, Digital Beta. The Place (2000), 6 minutes, SP Betacam.
FIGHTING FOR IDEAS
By Jan Ritsema (BE/NL)
Jan Ritsema (* 1945) has directed performances for a wide variety of Dutch and Belgian theatre companies - such as Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Het Werkteater, Het Nationale Toneel, Mug met de gouden Tand, tBarre Land, Maatschappij Discordia, Het Kaaitheater, and Dito. With the International Theatre Bookshop, which he founded in 1978, he has published over 300 books about theatre, dance and film. Since 1995 he has also been working as a dancer, and performed a solo Pour la fin du temps for the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels. He danced in several of Meg Stuart's improvisational projects called Crash Landing; he has also performed dance-actions with Boris Charmatz, the duets Weak Dance Strong Questions (with Jonathan Burrows) and Blindspot (with Sandy Williams).
In collaboration with the performer and music-theorist Bojana Cvejic, he weaves his way between the borders of representation and 'non-performance' in productions like TODAYulysses, Pipelines, a construction, and knowH2Ow. Since 2004 Ritsema has had a research and development grant from the Siemens Arts Program. Ritsema teaches at different theatre schools for acting and directing in the Netherlands and Belgium, and at various summer academies throughout Europe. From 1990-1995 he was a professor at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He has been a teacher at P.A.R.T.S., the contemporary dance school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, since its foundation. In 2006, Ritsema begun to work on PerformingArtsForum (PAF), a residency program in an old convent near the French city of Reims.
By Eyal Weizman (IL/GB)
Weizman is an architect, writer and curator. Prior to being the founding director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, he was Professor of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London and completed his PhD at the London Consortium, Birkbeck College. His architectural projects include the rebuilding of the Ashdod Museum of Art, stage sets for the theatre, and several prizes in architectural competitions. Eyal has worked with a variety of NGOs and Human right groups in Israel/Palestine. The exhibition and the publication A Civilian Occupation, The Politics of Israeli Architecture he co-edited/curated was based on his human-rights research. These projects were banned by the Israeli Association of Architects, but later shown in New York, Berlin, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Malmoe, Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Eyal has taught, lectured and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include The Politics of Verticality [forthcoming with Verso Press], A Civilian Occupation, Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and books. Eyal is now a Contributing Editor for Domus Magazine (Milan) and for Cabinet Magazine (New York).
KRIEGSMASCHINE (WAR MACHINE)
By Nicolas Siepen (DE)
Nicolas Siepen, born in 1966, is film maker, theoretician, and co-founder of the project b_books, which includes a book store, a publishing hourse and film production. As a journalisthe worked for papers like Springerin, Texte zur Kunst, Maska, Frakcija, Phase Zwei, Jungle World, FAZ, Autonomie artistique, Starship and Artfan. He is co-publisher of the magazines A.N.Y.P. and ASSEMBLY INTERNATIONAL. In the Nineties he was part of the artists group KlasseZwei and the band ZigarettenRauchen. He participated in the development of political artistic projects like A-Clip, INNENSTADTaktionen and microStudio-surplus. For seven years he has been working together with Tara Herbst on film projects. Next to his publishing work with b_books he is currently occupied with finishing the Nouvelle Vague soap "Le PingPong d"amour.
By Carl Michael von Hausswolff & Thomas Nordanstad (SE)
(born 1956 in Linköping) is a composer, visual artist and curator based in Stockholm, Sweden. His main tools are recording devices (camera, tape deck, radar, sonar) used in an ongoing investigation of electricity, frequency, architectural space and paranormal electronic interference. Major exhibitions include documenta X (1997), the Johannesburg Biennial (1997), Sound Art - Sound as Media at ICC in Tokyo (2000), the Venice Biennale (2001, 2003 and 2005) and Portikus, Frankfurt (2004).
Hausswolff is co-monarch (with Elggren) of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV), all areas of no-man's land, territories between national boundaries on both land and sea, digital and mental spaces.
By Christof Kurzmann (AT/DE)
Christof Kurzmann, 1963 geboren, zählt zu den wichtigsten Elektronik-Musikern aus Wien und lebt derzeit in Berlin. Eigene elektronische Projekte realisierte er unter anderem in der Gruppe shabotinski, der auch der Bassist Werner Dafeldecker angehört, im Orchester 33 1/3 oder im Duo mit dem Gitarristen Burkhard Stangl. Zu den Arbeiten mit Videos gehört Boiled frogs, uraufgeführt mit Live-Videos von Michaela Grill beim Grazer Musikprotokoll. Kurzmann arbeitete mit Instrumentalisten wie John Butcher, Tom Cora, Luc Ex, Radu Malfatti, Zeena Parkins, Jon Rose oder Wolfgang Mitterer. Beim SWR NEWJazz Meeting 2002 improvisierte Kurzmann in Bernhard Langs Projekt trio x 3. Im selben Jahr war er Artist in Residence im Berliner Podewil. In Kurzmanns eigenem Elektronik-Label Charizma werden die für die Donaueschinger Musiktage entstandenen "4rooms" als DVD erscheinen.
By Willem de Rooij
Born 1969 in Beverwijk, Holland. De Rooij's recent exhibitions with Jeroen de Rijke include: Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, Artists Space in New York, Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Moscow Bienale (2005), BAK in Utrecht, Museum Ludwig in Budapest, Tate Modern in London, "Busan Biennale" (2004), Kunsthalle Zürich (solo), Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (solo), Kiasma in Helsinki, Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt am Main (2003). He lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin.
By Hans Nieswandt (DE)
Born 1964; since 1978 several punk bands, fanzines and first DJ acts. 1983 first payed DJ gig in Ravensburg. American literature studies in Hamburg; author for "tango", band activities. 1987 - 89 film editor for "tango"; increasing DJ activities. 1990 - 1993 editor of the Cologne based music magazine "Spex". 1991 own club night Clubnacht "Whirlpool" in Colgogne, furtheron extended travelling as DJ, musician, remixer and workshopper for Goethe-Institut and others to Brasilia, Mexico, South Africa etc. 1992 start of Whirlpool Productions. 1995 first Whirlpool album "Brian De Palma"; 1996 second Whirlpool album "Dense Music". 1997: "From: Disco To: Disco" number one hit in Italy. 1998 third WPP album: "???". 1999 "Lazer Muzik", 2001 "Lifechange". 2002 his book "plusminusacht - DJ Tage DJ Nächte" is published. Lives together with his family in Cologne.
By deufert + plischke (DE)
Kattrin Deufert arbeitet als Regisseurin, Autorin und Videokünstlerin. Sie war Gründungsmitglied von Breakthrough, der Diskursiven Poliklinik (DPK) Berlin sowie der frankfurter küche (Leipzig). Im Jahr 2000 promovierte sie sich an der FU Berlin mit ihrer Dissertationschrift "John Cages Theater der Präsenz". In den 90ern studierte sie Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft in Frankfurt, London und Brüssel, arbeitete am Hessischen Rundfunk im Programmbereich Neue Musik sowie für das Goethe Institut Brüssel.
Thomas Plischke arbeitet als Regisseur, Choreograf und Videokünstler. Er war Gründungsmitglied von B.D.C. sowie der frankfurter küche (Leipzig). Thomas Plischke erhielt im Jahr 1998 die Phillip Morris Scholarship als "most outstanding Performer" und 2000 den Tanz Förderpreis der Stadt München. In den 90ern choreographierte Thomas Plischke die drei Solostücke "Fleur", "Demgegenüber Borniertheit" und "l'homme A SORTIR AVEC son corps" sowie u.a. das Gruppenstück "Events for Television (again)".
Seit 2001 arbeiten Kattrin Deufert und Thomas Plischke unter dem Label frankfurter Küche" und seit 2003 als Künstlerzwilling "deufert + plischke" an verschiedenen Theaterprojekten, Dia- und Video-Installationen, sowie Text- und Video-Publikationen.
By Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss (US/YU)
Weiss is an architect originating from Serbia educated at University of Belgrade and Harvard University. He is the founder of the NAO as well as a founding member of the School of Missing Studies and lives and works in New York City. His work has been presented at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London (1994), Harvard GSD , Dokumenta of Architecture Denmark (Copenhagen, 1996), the Columbia School of Architecture (New York, 1999), the Whitney Museum in New York (Bit Streams, 2000, and IPO lectures, 2004), Mutations at Arc en Réve (Bordeaux, France, 2001), the Gallery of Science and Technology at the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences (Belgrade, 2001), Cities on the Move at Secession (Vienna, 1997), Urban Drift (Berlin, 2002), the Max Protetch Gallery (New York, 2002), the Stroom (The Hague, 2003), Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt, 2003), 2nd Tirana Biennial (2003), Transformers Gallery (Berlin,2003), the Werkleitz Biennial (Halle/Leipzig, 2004), and Open Source Architecture (Graz, 2004). He is currently designing Stadium Culture for kuda.org: Center for Recreation and New Media in Novi Sad, and on a book of essays and projects to be published by Editions Solitude in 2006. He has taught research, design studios, seminars and workshops at Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design and Delft University.
By John Palmesino (CH)
Born in Switzerland, 1970. Architect and urbanist. Founding member of multiplicity, a research network on territorial transformations. Main projects include USE Uncertain states of Europe, a research on self-organisation processes in the contemporary european cities and Solid Sea, an inquiry in the new geopolitical conditions of the Mediterranean and the consequences on the individuals that inhabit it. Head of research at ETH Studio Basel - Contemporary City Institute, a research platform on the transformations of the city of the 21st Century. John is now writing his PhD dissertation at Goldsmiths College, Research Architecture Centre, London.
Mansur Jacobi (SA)
Mansur Jacoubi lives in Beirut and works with a number of new media, art, and research initiatives. He was co-director of the online video platform for Freespeech TV, a founding member of the Indymedia network, and served as board member of Working Films. Most recently he has been developing a collaborative community website for Palestine refugees as well as an online edition for Zawaya, a pan-Arab culture, politics, and arts magazine. He is also currently a fellow in the Waag-Sarai Exchange, and working towards establishing a networked center for new media and urban practices in Beirut.
By Simon Naveh (IL)
Dr. Naveh is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and the Security Studies Program, and the director of the Cummings Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies. He is also the head of Operational Theory Research Institute of the National Defense College, IDF.
By Battery Operated (CA)
Battery Operated is a collaboration of artists that have been producing sound, video and Internet projects since 2000. Their first project Chases Through Non-Place used music in public places as its source and since then they have researched and developed projects around the social uses of functional sound and video, from 'Muzak' to surveillance cameras. The latest Battery Operated project - S.P.I.R.A.W.L. (Sound Proofed Institute Researching Acoustic Weapons Logistics) is a documentary about the sonic landscape and the pioneering use of sound weapons within it.
THEATRE OF OPERATIONS
By Celine Condorelli (GB)
Celine Condorelli is an architect based in London. She is Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and both her teaching and practice are concerned with architecture as interface, engaging with complex situations and combinations of spatial, urban, political and social structures. This concern has been tested with institutions working with local government as in Space Syntax, UCL in 2002, or organisations dealing with promoting architecture to the general public as in London Open House and Architectural Dialogue 2001/2002, and extensively through art and architecture collaborations as in currently theatre pieces (Tate Triennial of British Art 03/06 to 05/06) and Alterity Display (Lawrence O´Hana gallery, london, 2004). Recent works include developing Support Structure, an RSA Art for Architecture and Arts Council England project with Artist-Curator Gavin Wade, through several exhibitions including at Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2003, and The Economist, London, 2004, as well as taxi_onomy with artist Beatrice Gibson, supported by Arts Council England, the British Council and V2 Rotterdam.
THRONE OF BLOOD
By Shu Lea Cheang (US)
Cheang, recognized internationally as one of the leading artists creating works that link physical and online spaces, has previously exhibited at two Whitney Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Taipei Biennale 2000, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; ICC Biennale 1997, InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, and created the Guggenheim Museum's first web based art project, entitled"Brandon." Her new project "BABY LOVE", the second part of The Locker Baby project following the installation "BABY PLAY" at ICC, will be shown at Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei from May 2006 after the exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
By Angela Melitopolous (DE)
Angela Melitopoulos, artist/researcher in the time based arts, realized experimental single-channel-tapes, video installations, videoessays, documentaries and sound pieces. Her work focuses on migration/mobilty, memory and narration. She conceives media art pieces in that video technology as a time based medium revealing mnemonic and micro-political processes in documentation. She studied fine arts at the Art Academy Düsseldorf with Nam June Paik. Angela Melitopoulos is collaborating in political networks in Paris, Italy, Turkey and Germany and teaches in academic institutions such as the Media Art Academy in Cologne, in the University of Potsdam or the Middle East Technology University in Ankara. She has published theoretical texts and articles in Europe, especially in collaboration with the sociologist and philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato. From 1985 her work has bee awarded and shown in international video and film festival (such as Berlinale, Film and Videofestival of Locarno, Filmfestival Rotterdam, EMAF Osnabrück, WWV Amsterdam) and in exhibitions and museums (Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Whitney Museum NY, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Musee d'art Moderne Montreal among others.) She cofounded the label APRIL, curating exhibitions and producing publications on CD and DVD.
Her last research project Timecapes /B-Zone was shown in winter 2006/2006 at the KW Institut for Contemporary Art in Berlin, accompagnied by the book publication "B-Zone" (Edition Actar)
By Apsolutno (YU)
The association APSOLUTNO was founded in 1993 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. The production of the association is created through collaboration of its four members ( Zoran Pantelic, Dragan Rakic, Bojana Petric (and Dragan Miletic from 1995 till 2001) ). Since 1995 the works have been signed APSOLUTNO, without any reference to personal names. The production of APSOLUTNO started in the field of fine arts. Gradually, it has developed to include not only aesthetic, but also cultural, social and political aspects. The work of APSOLUTNO is based on an interdisciplinary research into reality, with the aim to make it open to new readings.
By Anselm Franke (DE)
Works as curator and critic, he lives in Berlin.
By Dietmar Dath (DE)
Dietmar Dath, geboren 1970, veröffentlicht seit 1990 journalistische und literarische, satirische und essayistische Texte in in- und ausländischen Zeitungen und Zeitschriften. Das Themenspektrum seiner Arbeiten in u.a. KONKRET, SPEX, TESTCARD, JUNGLE WORLD, DE:BUG, TEXT UND KUNST, MEDIAMATIC (Niederlande), GDI-IMPULS (Schweiz) und FRIEZE (Großbritannien) reicht von politischen Aspekten der Jugend- und Popkultur über Wissenschaftskritik bis zu einer Reihe von Texten über bedeutende, aber weithin zu wenig bekannte Gestalten der Kulturgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Dath übersetzt regelmäßig Artikel, Romane, Abhandlungen und theoretische Werke aus dem Englischen ins Deutsche.
Zahlreiche Vorträge im In- und Ausland über Themen zwischen Spekulation und (gesellschaftlicher) Wirklichkeit. Experimentelle und phantastische Texte in literarischen Anthologien, von Undergroundverlagen bis zur Heyne-SF-Anthologienreihe. By 1998 bis 2000 war er Chefredakteur der Zeitschrift für Popkultur SPEX. Dath hat die Romane "Cordula killt Dich" (1995), "Die Ehre des Rudels" (1996), "Am blinden Ufer" (2000), "Skye Boat Song" (2000), "Phonon oder Staat ohne Namen" (2001) und "Schwester Mitternacht" (mit Barbara Kirchner, 2002) veröffentlicht. Seit 2001 ist Dietmar Dath Redakteur der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung.