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EXERGUM
By Mansur Jacobi

Mansur Jacobi 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.

ASHWATTHAMA
By Raqs Media (IND)

Raqs is a word in Persian, Arabic and Urdu and means the state that "whirling dervishes" enter into when they whirl. It is also a word used for dance. At the same time, Raqs could be an acronym, standing for 'rarely asked questions'...! Raqs is a collective of media practitioners that works in new media & digital art practice, documentary filmmaking, photography, media theory & research, writing, criticism and curation. Raqs Media Collective is the co-initiator of Sarai: The New Media Initiative, (www.sarai.net) a programme of interdisciplinary research and practice on media, city space and urban culture at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. Members of the collective are resident at the Sarai Media Lab, Delhi, where they work on projects interpreting the city and urban experience; make cross-media works; collaborate on the development of software; design and conduct workshops; administer discussion lists; edit publications; write, research and co-ordinate several research projects and public activities of Sarai. They are co-editors of the Sarai Reader series.

ATTITUDES
By Edgar Schmitz (GB/D)

Edgar Schmitz is an artist involved in ambient attitudes and promises of fiction. He studied at Ruhr Universität Bochum, Académie des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Accademia di Brera, Milan and Goldsmiths' College, London. He lectures in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths' College, London, writes in Kunstforum International, Cologne and Texte zur Kunst, Berlin and curates for the Zamyn think tank, London. He is also co-director (with Lisa Lefeuvre) of a conversation in many parts, an international discursive platform for contemporary cultural practice and concepts. Recent exhibitions include too close is good too, Play, Berlin, London Movies, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels and Liam Gillick: Edgar Schmitz, ICA, London. His new book Ambient Modes. Poetics and politics of dispersed engagements is forthcoming with Lukas&Sternberg, Berlin/New York. Edgar Schmitz lives and works in London.

AUFRÄUMEN
By Diedrich Diederichsen (D)

Diedrich Diederichsen is an author and curator. His work has been widely published in art and culture publications. He is a regular contributor to and editor of the magazines Sounds and Spex, and he frequently writes for Texte zur Kunst, Art Forum, Tagesspiegel, Tageszeitung, Theater heute, and other publications. He is currently a professor at Merz Akademie and co-leader of the Department of Theory. His recent publications include "Golden Years Dokumente und Materialien zur queeren Subkultur 1959–1974", (Co-Editor); Camera Austria, 2004; "Sexbeat" (new edition); "Schallplatten von 1979–1999"; "Der lange Weg nach Mitte"; "Der Sound und die Stadt"; "Loving the Alien" (Editor); "Politische Korrekturen"; "Yo! Hermeneutics–Schwarze Kulturkritik: Pop, Medien, Feminismus" (Editor); "Musikzimmer", Köln 2005; "Personas en loop", Buenos Aires 2005.

AUSNAHME
By Michael Hirsch (D)

Geboren 1966. Philosoph und Politikwissenschaftler. Lebt als freier Autor und Dozent in München. Lehrbeauftragter für Politische Theorie an der Universität Frankfurt am Main Gastdozent für Ästhetik an der Merz-Akademie in Stuttgart Lehrbeauftragter für Philosophie an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in München Studium der Philosophie, Politikwisenschaft und Geschichte in Freiburg und Paris (bei Alain Badiou and Jacques Derrida). Abschluss einer Doktorarbeit über zeitgenössischen politische Theorie (in Frankfurt). Teilnehmer der Documenta X mit der "Jackson Pollock Bar" (Theorieinstallationen). Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl): Art & Language & Luhmann, hrsg v. Institut für soziale Gegenwartsfragen/Kunstraum Wien, Wien 1997 Politics of Fiction, Parachute Nr. 101 (2001) Historialité et Post-Histoire. La Lecon de 1933, Les Cahiers Philosophiques de Strasbourg (1997) Es gibt kein Problem der Beschäftigung, in: Müßiggangster. Kontemplationsblatt der Glücklichen Arbeitslosen Nr. 1 (1998) Der Staat als Kirche. Die Gemeinschaft des Politischen, in: Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, Beiheft Nr. 83 (2002) Adorno aprés Benjamin. Politiques de l' ésprit, in: Lignes, nouvelle série Nr. 11 (2003) Adorno. Die Möglichkeit des Unmöglichen, hrsg. v. N. Schafhausen/V. Müller, M. Hirsch, deutsch-englisch, New York / Berlin 2003 Adorno nach Benjamin. Politik des Geistes, in: Zeitschrift für Kritische Theorie 18/19 (2004) Subversion and Resistance. 15 Theses on Art and Politics, in: The Showroom Annual 2003/2004 (2005) Michael Asher. The Paradox of (In)Visibility, in: Interreview 05 (2005) Kunst und Geld. 6 Thesen über Kultursponsoring und Kulturpolitik, in: soDa, Zeitschrift/Zeitbild für Kunst & Kultur, Nr. 29 (2006) The Space of Community: Between Culture and Politics, in: Did Someone Say Participate? (hrsg. v. M. Miessen und S. Basar), Frankfurt am Main 2006 Civil Society. Notes on Learning in Cultural Institutions, in: Academy, hrsg. v. A. Nollert, I. Rogoff u. a., Frankfurt am Main 2006.

CONDITIONAL SURRENDER TO THE CITY OF GARDENS
By The Errorists (GB/D)

The Errorists is Andreas Köhler and Hilary Koob-Sassen. Hilary Koob-Sassen is an artist living in London. He performs with his experimental band THE ERRORISTS. His audio-visual pop- songs and public syntax experiments work towards a methodology for post- modern political proposal. He shows his sculpture, film, and performance internationally. Andreas Köhler studied Cello at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and Basel. He has performed numerous concerts nationally and internationally, for example with the SWR-Sinfonieorchester. Apart from classical music, his interest was always focused on electronic music of any kind. Since 15 years he runs a Production Studio and released his music inter alia on Harthouse (Metamorphosis), F-Communications (soundofk), Glasgow Underground (Charles Silence Trio). He established and heads the MusikComputerWorkshops at the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. Since 2001 he is engaged musical collaborations with the artist Hilary Koob-Sassen on soundtracks for video works "12 German Pop Songs" and "Paraculture/Future Garden Structure".

DÉRACINEMENT
Christine Frisinghelli (A)

Christine Frisinghelli war von 1996 bis 1999 Intendantin des Steirischen Herbst. Sie ist Ausstellungskuratorin, Lehrbeauftragte in WIen, Zürich und Graz, Mitbegründerin und Leiterin des Magazins und der Galerie Camera Austria.

ELECTRONIC SOLDIER
By Stefan Kaufmann (DE)

1984-1990 Studium Neuere und Neueste Geschichte, Soziologie und Romanistik in Freiburg und an der FU Berlin. 1995 Promotion in Soziologie mit einer Arbeit zu Kommunikationstechniken und Kriegführung 1815-1945. Seit 1995 Lehraufträge an den Soziologischen Instituten der Universitäten Freiburg und Basel sowie am Institut für Mensch Gesellschaft Umwelt der Universität Basel. 1997-2002 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Sonderforschungsbereich "Identitäten und Alteritäten" der Universität Freiburg. 2002/2003 Fellow an der Professur für Technikgeschichte an der ETH Zürich. 2004 Habilitation mit einer Arbeit zu "Soziologie der Landschaft". Seit 2004 Privatdozent am Soziologischen Institut der Universität Freiburg. 2004/2005 DFG-Stipendiat an der Professur für Technikgeschichte der ETH Zürich.

HEROES
By Thomas Draschan (A)

Thomas Draschan verlässt nach der Matura seine Heimatstadt Linz, um Theaterwissenschaft und Publizistik an der Universität in Wien zu studieren. 1992 übersiedelt er nach Frankfurt am Main und studiert Film bei Peter Kubelka und Ken Jacobs an der Städelschule und in New York an der Cooper Union bei Robert Breer. Während des Studiums entstehen die ersten Filme, wie zum Beispiel Franziska ein viel beachtetes, handgemachtes Blow-up, bei dem einzelne Super-8-Kader in aus 16mm-Schwarzfilm herausgeschnittene Fenster eingeklebt sind. 1998 absolviert er bei Peter Kubelka die Meisterklasse Film und beginnt Filmschauen im Städel Museum zu organisieren und zu kuratieren. Außerdem entsteht die Frankfurt-Sammlung, Filme von Schülern Kubelkas, die Draschan sammelt, restauriert und kopiert. Draschan arbeitet weiterhin an zahlreichen Filmprojekten und wird 2000 Geschäftsführer des Hessischen Filmbüros und 2002 Leiter des 1. Internationalen Filmfestivals in Frankfurt. Zusammen mit dem Studio Morra, Neapel, gründet er die Independent Film Show Naples, die seither regelmäßig in Neapel stattfindet. Zweimal bekommt Draschan den hessischen Filmpreis: 2001 für Metropolen des Leichtsinns und 2003 für To The Happy Few. Seit 2004 lebt Draschan wieder vermehrt in Wien und arbeitet an weiteren Filmen, Musikvideos und an gemeinsamen Projekten mit anderen Filmemachern. Draschan arbeitet bevorzugt mit "found footage" (gefundenes Filmmaterial). Seine letzten Filme Metropolen des Leichtsinns, Yes? Oui? Ja? und To The Happy Few zählen zu den international erfolgreichsten Experimentalfilmen aus Österreich und sind schon seit Jahren bei den wichtigsten Festivals in New York, London und Rotterdam vertreten. Insbesondere der 12-minütige Experimentalfilm Metropolen des Leichtsinns kann mittlerweile als Klassiker des Found-Footage-Films gelten. Auch Musikvideos (z.B. für New Order) und Dokumentarfilme finden sich in seinem Werk.

HOSTIS HUMANIS GENERIS
By Lawrence Liang (IND)

Lawrence Liang is a researcher with the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore. His key areas of interest are law, technology and culture, the politics of copyright and he has been working closely with Sarai, New Delhi on a joint research project Intellectual Property and the Knowledge/Culture Commons.

KFG-LAGER
By Andreas Hiepko (DE)


KOMPLIZENSCHAFT
By Gesa Ziemer (CH)

Gesa Ziemer, 1968, Studium Philosophie, Neue Geschichte, Ethnologie in Zürich und Hamburg. Stv. Leiterin Institut für Theorie (ith) und Dozentin für Ästhetik und Kulturtheorie an der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich. Promotion in Philosophie zum Thema 'praktische Ästhetik' an der Universität Potsdam. Theoriekuratorin und -beraterin Steirischer Herbst Graz. Kollektive Theorie-Autorenschaften in diversen Medien: Spielfeldforschungen (mit Florian Malzacher) zu den Themen 'Zuschauen' (Theaterformen Braunschweig/Hannover, 2004) und 'Kontrolle' (Graz, 2006), Augen blickeN (Film mit Gitta Gsell) 2005, Die grosse Zürcher Institutionenverschiebung: re/location, Sanatorium (mit Matthias von Hartz) Schauspielhaus Zürich 2005. Diverse wissenschaftliche und journalistische Publikationen u.a. in Theater der Zeit, Du, Herbst.Theorie zur Praxis und 31.

LOW INTENSITY WARFARE
By Raul Zelik (D)

Raul Zelik, geb. 1968 in München. Lebt nach mehreren Lateinamerika-Aufenthalten seit 1989 als freier Autor in Berlin. 1998 Walter-Serner-Preis für die Kurzgeschichte Iserlohn Beats.

NEGOTIATION
By Sergej Goran Pristas & Ivana Ivkovic (HR)

Goran Sergej Pristas (1967) is a dramaturge and director working within the performance group BADco. After graduating from the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb, Dramaturgy department (1993) he became a dramaturge and member of artistic board at &TD Theatre. Since 1994 he is dramaturge of "Montazstroj" theatre company. Since 1994 assistant lecturer at Dramaturgy department at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb and today holds the post of assistant professor. Since 1995 program co-ordinator in Centre for Drama Art Zagreb. 1995 founder and editor-in-chief of the Performing arts magazine Frakcija which is one of the most respective European performing arts magazines. Author of several screenplays for short films; worked as a dramaturgist for many dance and theatre performances. In 1999 he directed his first performance "Confessions". Master of Science degree with the theme "Situation, event, pregnant moment". Pristas is one of initiators of the project Zagreb - Cultural Kapital of Europe 3000.
Ivana Ivkovic (1975) studies at the Department of Dramaturgy at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb. She is a member of the editorial board of Frakcija Magazine for Performing Arts and also collaborates with the 3rd Program of Croatian Radio, several publications, the Center for Drama Art and works as the general coordinator of Zagreb - Cultural Kapital of Europe 3000, a project jointly organized by Zagreb's eight independent cultural organizations from the fields of performing arts, new media, visual arts, architecture and theory. She collaborates as dramaturge with two Zagreb based independent companies - oour (dance productions: orangecut (2004), To be Confirmed (2005)) and BADco. (Deleted Messages, Fleshdance (2004), research project in 2005, Memories are made of this... in 2006). She is the co-editor of the textual and pictorial reader DemoKino - Virtual Biopolitical Agora with Davide Grassi (Aksioma and Maska, 2006).


PERSMAN
By Tina Leisch (A)

Tina Leisch (geboren in München) ist "Film-, Text-und Theaterarbeiterin". Schreibt für Augustin, Volksstimme, Kulturrisse, jungle-world, Malmoe, u.v.a.. Organisiert Filmreihen und Widerstandsspektakel (Kulturkarawane gegen rechts), Polittheater (diverse Produktionen des Volxtheaters Favoriten) und internationale Solidarität (Schwerpunkt Lateinamerika). Arbeitet mit in der österreichischen Lagergemeinschaft Ravensbrück und in der austria filmmakers cooperative. War Kustodin am Persmanhof, in Eisenkappel/Zelezna Kapla, einem Museum des antifaschistischen PartisanInnenkampfes in Kärnten/Koroska.

POWER PLACES
By DeeDee Halleck (US)

DeeDee Halleck is a media activist and co-founder of Paper Tiger Television and the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California at San Diego. Her first film, Children Make Movies(1961), was about a film-making project at the Lillian Wald Settlement in Lower Manhattan. Her film, Mural on Our Street wasnominated for Academy Award in 1965. She has led media workshops with elementary school children, reform school youth and migrant farmers. In 1976 she was co-director of the Child-Made Film Symposium, which was a fifteen year assessment of media by youth throughout the world. As President of the Association of Independent Video and Film Makers (AIVF) in the seventies, she led a media reform campaign in Washington, testifying twice before the House Sub-Committee on Telecommunication. She has served as a trustee of the American Film Institute, Women Make Movies and the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation. She has authored numerous articles in Film Library Quarterly, Film Culture, High Performance, The Independent, Leonardo, Afterimage and other media journals. Her book, Hand Held Visions: the Impossible Possibilities of Community Media is published by Fordham University Press. She recently co-edited a book for M.E. Sharpe, publishers, entitled Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest. As professor in the Department of Communications at the University of California, San Diego, Halleck taught courses in the history of telecomunications, telecommunications policy, production of television and the history of community media in the United States. Links to information about her courses can be found at: http://communication.ucsd.edu/people/f_halleck.html In 1989 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for an ecological series for the Deep Dish Network. She received two Rockefeller Media Fellowships for The Gringo in MaĖanaland, a feature film about stereotypes of Latin Americans in U.S. films, which was featured at the Venice Film Festival, the London Film Festival, a special jury prize at the Trieste Festival for Latin American Film, and first prize from the American Anthropological Association's Visual Anthropology Division. Her recent film, Ah! The Hopeful Pageantry of Bread and Puppet was shown at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Vermont Film Festival and the Dallas Video Festival. It will be premiering on Vermont Public Television in April, 2003.

PRO-VOCATIOIN
By Azra Aksamija (BA)

Azra Aksamija is an artist and architect based in Cambridge, USA. Since fall 2004 she has been affiliated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department for History Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture / Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1976, she graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University Graz, Austria in 2001, and received her M.Arch from Princeton University, USA in 2004. She is one of the initiators of the Lost Highway Expedition (2006) and a co-founder of Centrala - Foundation for Future Cities. Her work has been widely published and exhibited in venues such as the Generali Foundation Vienna (2002), Biennial de Valencia (2003), Berlin Art Fair (2003), Graz Biennial of Media and Architecture (2003), Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig (2003), and Liverpool Biennial (2004), Smack Mellon Gallery andSculpture Center in NYC (2006). She is currently researching her dissertation on contemporary Islamic architecture in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina and the place of Islam in Western Europe.
www.mit.edu/~azra/index.htm

REVENGE
By Warren Neidich (US/GB)

Warren Neidich is currently visiting artist and research fellow at the Center for Cognition, Computation and Culture at Goldsmiths College, London, 2006-2008. His art work has been exhibited internationally in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of Art, New York City, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Ludwig Museum, Koln, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles and the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, P.S. 1 Center for Contemporary Art, Long Island City just to name a few. Selected upcoming exhibitions in 2006 and 2007 include Protections, Kunsthaus Graz, Masquarade, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, The Expanded Eye, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Sweet Dreams, Contemporary Art and Complicity, Bayle Art Museum, University of Virginia, Multitasking, NGBK, Berlin and My Vision, Zephyr Space, Mannheim, Germany. Earthling, an artists book consisting of photographs and installations, with an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist and an essay by Barry Schwabsky was published in 2005 by Pointed Leaf Press, New York City. Recent awards include, The AHRB-ACE Science and Art Award, The Arts Council of England merit award and The British Academy award. He is a finalist for the Creative Capital Award, 2006.

SENSIBILITY
By Franco Berardi (I)

Franco Berardi is a writer, mediatheorist and media-activist. Founder of the magazine A/traverso (1975-1981), he took part in the staff of Radio Alice, the first free radio station in Italy (1976/1978). He was involved in the political movement of autonomia in Italy during the '70's, then flied to Paris where he worked with Felix Guattari, in the field of schizoanalisis. During the '80's he contributed to the magazine Semiotexte (New York), Chimerees (Paris), Metropoli (Rome) and Musica 80 (Milano). In the '90 he published Mutazione e ciberpunk, (Genova, 1993), Cibernauti (roma, 1994), Felix (2001). He is currently working in the Italian network Telestreet, and is engaged in the movement against the media-dictatorship which is oppressing his country. Co-founder of the rekombinant.org e-zine.

STAGED REVOLUTION
By Oleg Kireev (RU)

Oleg Kireev (born 1975) is an art- and media-critic, editor, curator and activist. He has participated in a number of media-political campaigns ("Against all parties", 1999) and actions ("Barricade at Bolshaya Nikitskaya", May 1998). He is the founder of the Ghetto collective in Moscow (www.getto.rema.ru), which is dedicated to cultural and political analyses. He is the author of articles on art and politics that have appeared in the Russian and international press ("Novaya gazeta", "Nezavasimaya gazeta", "Flash art", "Siksi", "Mute" and of two books, "Against all P's" (M., ghetto, 2001) and "Lifestyle" (M., ghetto, in print). He recently translated Konrad Becker's Tactical Reality Dictionary into Russian and was one of the organizers of the Moscow tactical media laboratory (part of the Next 5 Minutes 4 Festival. Lives in Moscow.

SURFACE
By Tris Byna-Michell (US/D)


TERRITORY
By Peter Fend


TRACKING
By Jordan Crandall (US)

Jordan Crandall (http://jordancrandall.com) is a media artist and theorist. He is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. His ongoing art and research project UNDER FIRE, concerning the organization and representation of political violence, will open this October at the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville. To date, two catalogues of UNDER FIRE have been produced, in 2004 and 2005, published by the Witte de With, Rotterdam. Crandall is currently completing a new 3-channel video installation entitled HOMEFRONT, which explores the effects of the new security culture on subjectivity and identity.

VERFASSUNGSKRIEGE
By Peter Weibel (D/A)

Born March 5, 1944 in Odessa, lives in Karlsruhe/Germany and Vienna/Austria. Studies of literature, medicine, logics, philosophy and film in Paris and Vienna. Doctoral thesis on mathematical logic (modal logic). Polyartist, art- and media theoretician, exhibition curator. 1976 - 1981 Lecturer for "Theory of Form" and 1981 - 1984 Visiting professor for Design and Art education at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna 1981 Visiting professor at the College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada 1979/80 Visiting professor for "Media art" and 1981 lecturer for "Perception theory" and 1982 - 1985 Professor for photography at the Gesamthochschule Kassel 1984 - 1989 Associate Professor for Video and Digital Arts, Center for Media Study, State University of New York at Buffalo 1989 - 1994 Director of the Institut für Neue Medien at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt/M. 1984 - 1998 Professor for Visual Media Art at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna 1986 - 1995 Artistic advisor and since 1992 artistic director of the Ars Electronica in Linz / Austria. 1993 - 1998 Chef curator of the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz / Austria 1993 - 1999 Austrian commissioner of the Biennale di Venezia since 1999 Chairman and CEO of the ZKM/Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe / Germany.

WAR ON THE POOR
By Ultra Red / Dont Rhine (US)