Morehshin Allahyari (#Additivism)
Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, art activist, educator, occasional curator and founder of #Additivism, an artistic movement aiming to simultaneously embrace and disrupt new technologies and realities. She was born in Iran and currently lives in the United States.
Thomas Ankersmit is a Dutch musician and installation artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam, whose work displays a deep interest in acoustic perception. Sonic frequencies at the threshold of human hearing, sound reflections and other acoustic phenomena are vital elements in both his studio recordings and his live performances.
Heather Davis is a researcher, writer, and editor from Montreal, who participates in expanded art practices that bring together researchers, activists, and community members to enact social change. A postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, she is currently researching the ethology of plastic and its links to petrocapitalism.
Bill Dietz (Maryanne Amacher Archive)
Composer and writer Bill Dietz, born in Bisbee, Arizona, and based in Berlin since 2003, is one of the supervisors of the Maryanne Amacher Archive, founded in 2009. He has worked regularly with Christian von Borries, Catherine Christer Hennix, Chris Newman, and, through 2009, with Maryanne Amacher.
Anton Kats is an artist, musician and dancer originally from the Ukraine and currently based in London, whose work deals with structures of self-organisation and self-education in marginalised city areas. After attending master programmes in Art in Context at the University of Arts Berlin and Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at Goldsmiths, he is continuing his studies as a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths.
With a solid classical training as a foundation, cellist Okkyung Lee incorporates noise, jazz and traditional influences from her native Korea in her compositions and improvisations. She has crafted a personal range of extended techniques as a solo artist and as a regular contributor to the international improvised music scene.
nkisi is the London-based and Belgium-raised DJ/producer Melika Ngombe Kolongo. Her high-octane style fuses various danceable forms, from gabber to doomcore to Central and West African club tracks. As a producer, she fashions densely layered, obstinate tracks designed to trigger and question collective memories. She is the co-founder of NON Records, a collective of artists from the African diaspora who use sound to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power.
Sally-Jane Norman is Professor of Performance Technologies and Co-Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab at the University of Sussex, and leads the Digital Technologies/Digital Performance Research strand. Her research as a performing arts theorist, historian, and practitioner deals with embodiment and expressive gesture in contexts ranging from ancient theatre to emerging artificial lifeforms.
Susan Schuppli (CH) is an artist and writer based in London. Her research practice has examined media artefacts that emerge out of sites of contemporary conflict and state violence to ask questions about the ways in which media are enabling or limiting the possibility of transformative politics.
Robert The (Maryanne Amacher Archive)
Robert The is a New York artist known for his altered book pieces and signage, with works in many public collections including MOMA, LA MOCA, Yale, and The Walker Art Center. He initiated the Maryanne Amacher Archive together with Micah Silver in 2009; Bill Dietz joined them not long afterwards.
WaSm (Frans de Waard / Jos Smolders)
WaSm is an electronic music formation featuring Frans de Waard (Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen, Goem) and Jos Smolders (THU20, EarLabs Studios), and was founded in 2015. De Waard and Smolders are significant contributors to the Dutch experimental underground and have known each other for close to 30 years.