Unfinished Camp was launched in 2021 as a global community that links the technology and visual arts worlds closer together. Spanning six continents, Unfinished Camp collaborates with a growing network of artists and nine innovative art institutions to provide a global platform for emerging artists to explore the intersection of art and technology, while collectively imagining a thriving and equitable civil society for the digital age.

 

This community will learn, imagine, and collaborate to rethink the future of art and ethical technology. 

 

Spearheaded by civic entrepreneur Frank McCourt and conceived by curator and artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries Hans Ulrich Obrist and author and cultural strategy advisor András Szántó, Unfinished Camp’s network includes organizations at the forefront of visual art, digital innovation, and technology across the globe.

Unfinished Camp’s inaugural in-person convening took place during the Venice Biennale Opening Week in April 2022 at the Venice Meeting Point.

Throughout the week, artists, art curators, and social innovators joined together in discussions and collaborative workshops to imagine the future of ethical technology.

Aaron Huey
Seattle, WA
Aaron Huey is a National Geographic photographer and Founder + Creative Director of Amplifier.org...
Aaron Huey
Seattle, WA

Aaron Huey is a National Geographic photographer and Founder + Creative Director of Amplifier.org. As a photographer Huey has created over 30 stories for the National Geographic magazines including several cover stories, and is also leading new projects inside the brand from VR and AR to metaverse spaces. Huey’s 2019 Bear Ears Virtual Museum VR experience promoted the protection of sacred lands and won the Webby for best VR Interactive Design, and is currently being made into Augmented Reality lessons and metaverse experiences to teach pre-Colonial History in K-12 schools across the country. 

 

As a Stanford Knight Fellow and then as one of the first d.School Media Experiments Fellows, Huey evolve his storytelling into many projects beyond traditional photography, including his art and advocacy non-profit Amplifier, where he created the global art phenomenon called “We The People” out of his backyard with a small team in Seattle. Huey now leads Amplifier Labs and all of the organization’s work in new media including NFTs, metaverse wearables, and metaverse world builds. Huey is a founding artist of Change DAO, and was recently named a Stanford Starling Lab Fellow where he is mapping Web3 ecosystems and new frameworks for data integrity.

    

Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Gainesville, Florida
Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist and technologist who uses AI to make a positive impact in the world and for the environment.
Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Gainesville, Florida

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist and technologist who uses AI to make a positive impact in the world and for the environment. She is Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma, Deer Clan and Jewish. She is a Banks Endowed Preeminence Chair and Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts at the University of Florida.

Aria Dean
New York City, USA
Aria Dean is an artist and writer based in NYC whose work across sculpture, film, theater, and critical writing examines the structures of individual and collective subjectivity in relation to material cultural histories and technology...
Aria Dean
New York City, USA

Aria Dean is an artist and writer based in NYC whose work across sculpture, film, theater, and critical writing examines the structures of individual and collective subjectivity in relation to material cultural histories and technology. She has exhibited widely in the US. and internationally, most recently participating in the 2022 Whitney Biennial. Dean’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including Artforum, E-flux, Art in America, and others. She has served as an adjunct professor for MFA programs at the School of Visual Arts and Columbia University. Until January 2021, Dean was Editor and Curator at Rhizome at the New Museum (New York). She is now Creative Development Executive at the film and television studio SunHaus (Los Angeles).

Arkadiy Kukarin
New York City, USA
Arkadiy is a critical technologist working in the space of cultural production, curation, and preservation...
Arkadiy Kukarin
New York City, USA

Arkadiy is a critical technologist working in the space of cultural production, curation, and preservation. He is interested in the relationship between creative labor and reward, the lifecycle of a work, and the impact made by the history of reproduction technology on creators and communities. He’s explored these ideas at Hype Machine, Mediachain, Spotify, Protocol Labs, and most recently as the Decentralized Technology Lead at the Internet Archive.

Calum Bowden
Berlin, Germany
Calum Bowden collaborates on stories, worlds, and platforms that reconnect the cultural with the technological, economical and political. He co-founded Trust and Black Swan...
Calum Bowden
Berlin, Germany

Calum Bowden collaborates on stories, worlds, and platforms that reconnect the cultural with the technological, economical and political. He co-founded Trust and Black Swan.

Trust is a network of utopian conspirators, a sandbox for creative, technical and critical projects, and site of experimentation for new ways of learning together; a hybrid online (Discord) and physical space (Berlin) for inquiry into emerging social and political phenomena through the lenses of aesthetic, narrative, game, technical, climate and design research. Since 2018, Trust has developed a public programme that includes lectures, installations, residency programmes, reading groups, working groups, live-streamed participatory events, and online resources. Trust incubates open source projects that build a creative culture of the commons, including: Moving Castles, Millieu, and Black Swan’s Cygnet.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
Berlin, Germany
Artist and game developer Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley weaves the lived experiences of Black Trans people into the fabric of their fictional space...
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley
Berlin, Germany

Artist and game developer Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley weaves the lived experiences of Black Trans people into the fabric of their fictional space.Through animation, sound, and performance, they pay reverence to the many creative narratives of “those living,those who have passed, and those who have been forgotten”. 

Much like a Black Trans archive, their practice cements the posterity of Black Trans people’s existence as: “throughout history,Black queer and Trans people have been erased from our archives. Because of this, it is necessary not only to archive our existence but also the many creative narratives we have used and continue to use to share our experiences.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley’s work has been shown in Albright Knox, David Kordanskyes, and Alternative Graduate Show at the Copeland Gallery. An online component of their Gallery, Quad, Arebyte Gallery, Science Gallery, MU, Barbican, Tate, and Les Urbain has been part of the BBZ

 

www.blacktransarchive.com
@ladydangfua 

Gabriel Massan
Berlin, Germany
Gabriel Massan is a Berlin-based mixed-format digital artist combining storytelling and world-building techniques...
Gabriel Massan
Berlin, Germany

GABRIEL MASSAN (b.1996 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Berlin-based mixed-format digital artist. Combining storytelling and world-building techniques, he discusses power relations and inequality between his sculpture’s life performances in the virtual space. His work includes 3D animation, digital painting, single-player games, virtual and augmented reality, having wide distribution in NFT.

Hank Willis-Thomas
New York City, USA
HANK WILLIS THOMAS is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture...
Hank Willis-Thomas
New York City, USA

HANK WILLIS THOMAS is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad including the International Center of Photography, New York; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherlands. Thomas’ work is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. His collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males, In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth), and For Freedoms, which was awarded the 2017 ICP Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. In 2012, Question Bridge: Black Males debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected for the New Media Grant from the Tribeca Film Institute. Thomas is also the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize (2017), Soros Equality Fellowship (2017), and is a member of the New York City Public Design Commission. Thomas holds a B.F.A. from New York University (1998) and an M.A./M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts (2004). He received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute of Art and the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts in 2017. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Kayne Griffin, Los Angeles; Ben Brown Fine Arts, London; Goodman Gallery, South Africa; and Marauni Mercier, Belgium.

 

Holly Herndon
Berlin, Germany
Holly Herndon is an American multidisciplinary artist based in Berlin. Her work involves building new technologies to experiment with her voice and image, facilitated by critical research in artificial intelligence and decentralized infrastructure...
Holly Herndon
Berlin, Germany

Holly Herndon is an American multidisciplinary artist based in Berlin. Her work involves building new technologies to experiment with her voice and image, facilitated by critical research in artificial intelligence and decentralized infrastructure. In recent work, she has produced an instrument for anyone to sing with her voice, distributed governance of her digital voice to the Holly+DAO and released the Classified portrait series generated from what publicly available AI datasets know about her likeness.

Herndon has toured her influential musical albums PROTO (4AD) and Platform (4AD) globally, most recently with a choir composed of human and AI voices. She completed her doctorate in composition at Stanford University working with the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). She also makes her research process public through the Interdependence podcast.

Jesse Damiani
Los Angeles, USA
Jesse Damiani is a curator, writer, and advisor in new media art and emerging technologies...
Jesse Damiani
Los Angeles, USA

Jesse Damiani is a curator, writer, and advisor in new media art and emerging technologies. He is the founder of Postreality Labs, a curatorial studio and strategic advisory based in Los Angeles, CA. He is Curator & Director of Simulation Literacies at Nxt Museum, a Research Affiliate at Institute for the Future, and an Affiliate of the metaLAB at Harvard University. Recent curated exhibitions include PROOF OF ART at Francisco Carolinum Linz, the first museum retrospective on the history of NFTs; Synthetic Wilderness at Honor Fraser Gallery; and Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror at Vellum LA. Other ongoing curation includes XR For Change, the XR summit at the Games For Change Festival. He writes about art, media, and emerging technology on Forbes, with additional writing in WIRED, Billboard, Entrepreneur, Quartz, and The Verge. Damiani is Founder of the Best American Experimental Writing anthology and formerly served as Director of Emerging Technology & Insight at Southern New Hampshire University, where he led the Future of Work initiative.

Laszlo Barabasi
Boston, USA
Albert-László Barabási is a network scientist, fascinated with a wide range of topics, from unveiling the structure of the brain to treating diseases using network medicine, from the emergence of success in art to how does science really works...
Laszlo Barabasi
Boston, USA

Albert-László Barabási is a network scientist, fascinated with a wide range of topics, from unveiling the structure of the brain to treating diseases using network medicine, from the emergence of success in art to how does science really works. His work has helped unveil the hidden order behind various complex systems using the quantitative tools of network science, a research field that he pioneered, and lead to the discovery of scale-free networks, helping explain the emergence of many natural, technological and social networks.

 

Albert-László Barabási spends most of his time in Boston, where is the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science at Northeastern University, and holds an appointment in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. But he splits his time with Budapest, where he runs an European Research Council project at Central European University. A Hungarian born native of Transylvania, Romania, he received his Masters in Theoretical Physics at the Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary and Ph.D. three years later at Boston University. 

 

Lina Mazanett
Berlin, Germany
Lina Mazanett is from the duo Mazenett Quiroga; they explore the interrelationship between organisms and the misnamed “resources'' of our environment and how these relationships are appropriated and distributed by means of culture...
Lina Mazanett
Berlin, Germany

Lina Mazenett & David Quiroga work as a two-person collective; they received a BA from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. They completed a postgraduate course in Amazonian studies at the Amazonian Seat of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2018.

 

Recent solo shows include Consanguinity, La Cápsula, Zurich, (2021); Solo Show Art Dubai, Art Dubai, Dubai (2019); Desaparece una Cultura, Instituto de Visión gallery, Bogotá, (2018); Arbor Vitae, Botanical Garden, Bogotá; Astrum in Corpore, Fundación Flora ars+natur, Bogotá (2015), Imágenes Sedimentarias, MAMBO Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá (2014); Medusa, a Head Clothed in Night, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town (2013). Their work has been also featured in international group shows, such as at Somerset House, London (2022),  Unfinished Camp, at The Shed, New York City (2021), Pivô, São Paulo (2020), Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon (2019). 

 

In addition to their artistic practice, they participated in the online roundtable organized by Julie’s Bicycle, the British Council, and Fondo Acción, as part of The Climate Connection program. They were fellows of the COINCIDENCIA program offered by Pro Helvetia Switzerland. In 2018 they won the Emerging Artists Scholarship offered by the Colombian Ministry of Culture and were nominated for the CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Scholarship and Commission Program 2016-2017. 

 

María Paula Fernandez
Buenos Aires, Argentina
María Paula Fernandez comes from Argentina, is the co-founder at jpg.space, and the Department of Decentralization...
María Paula Fernandez
Buenos Aires, Argentina

María Paula Fernandez comes from Argentina, is the co-founder at jpg.space, and the Department of Decentralization. She has been working in web3 since 2017, when she joined the Web3 Foundation as employee number three. She’s worked or consulted for several of the most prominent blockchain projects, and in 2018 she founded a grassroots organisation in Berlin, Department of Decentralization, hosting web3 hackathons, and researching and publishing on art and technology. Her organisation’s latest collaboration was a year long project with Hito Steyerl, StrikeDAO, for which they built a quadratic voting app and presented a governance proposal for a German institution

In early 2021, she started her own company alongside Sam Spike and Trent Elmore, jpg.space, a protocol that focuses on on-chain NFT curation.
Michael Connor
New York City, USA
Michael Connor is Artistic Director of Rhizome, where he oversaw the Net Art Anthology initiative, an effort to retell the history of net art through 100 works, presented as an online exhibition, gallery exhibition, and book...
Michael Connor
New York City, USA

Michael Connor is Artistic Director of Rhizome, where he oversaw the Net Art Anthology initiative, an effort to retell the history of net art through 100 works, presented as an online exhibition, gallery exhibition, and book. His first online curatorial project took place in 2003 at FACT, Liverpool, where he organized an edition of the traveling exhibition “Kingdom of Piracy” with Shu Lea Cheang, Yukiko Shikata, and Armin Medosch. Connor is currently editing a book by Gene Youngblood about the work of Kit Galloway & Sherrie Rabinowitz. 

Mimi Ọnụọha
Brooklyn, USA
Mimi Onuoha is a Nigerian-American artist creating work about a world made to fit the form of data...
Mimi Ọnụọha
Brooklyn, USA

Mimi Onuoha is a Nigerian-American artist creating work about a world made to fit the form of data. Her multimedia practice highlights absence to make sense of the power dynamics that result in disenfranchised communities’ different relationships to systems that are digital, cultural, historical, and ecological.

Nolan Oswald Dennis
Zurich, Switzerland
Nolan Oswald Dennis is a para-disciplinary artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their practice explores the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization, questioning the politics of space (and time) through a system-specific, rather than site-specific approach...
Nolan Oswald Dennis
Zurich, Switzerland

Nolan Oswald Dennis (b. Lusaka) is a para-disciplinary artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their practice explores the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization, questioning the politics of space (and time) through a system-specific, rather than site-specific approach.

 

They hold a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and a Masters of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Nour Batyne
New York City, USA
Nour Batyne (she/her) is a creative producer, facilitator, and artist — her work lies at the intersection of immersive storytelling, futures thinking, and social innovation...
Nour Batyne
New York City, USA

Nour Batyne (she/her) is a creative producer, facilitator, and artist — her work lies at the intersection of immersive storytelling, futures thinking, and social innovation. She is the co-founder of One of Many, a consulting & design studio that works with leaders & cultural organizations to build resilient communities around accountability & our undeniable interconnectedness. She is also an organizer for the Wide Awakes, an open-source network who radically reimagines the future through creative collaboration. Nour is a Next Generation Foresight Practitioner Fellow at the School of International Futures, and serves as an Associate Instructor for the Nonprofit Management M.S. program at Columbia University. With a global portfolio of work, she is currently based in New York City.

Rujeko Hockley
New York City, USA
Rujeko Hockley is the Arnhold Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Most recently, she organized the Whitney’s presentation of Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing (2021) and co-curated the mid-career survey Julie Mehretu (2021)...
Rujeko Hockley
New York City, USA

Rujeko Hockley is the Arnhold Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Most recently, she organized the Whitney’s presentation of Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing (2021) and co-curated the mid-career survey Julie Mehretu (2021). Additional projects at the Whitney include the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined (2017), and An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017 (2017). Previously, she was Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she co-curated Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (2014) and was involved in exhibitions highlighting the permanent collection as well as artists LaToya Ruby Frazier, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Kehinde Wiley, Tom Sachs, and others. She is the co-curator of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 (2017), which originated at the Brooklyn Museum and travelled to three U.S. venues in 2017-18. She serves on the Board of Art Matters, as well as the Advisory Board of Recess.

 

Salome Asega
New York City, USA
Salome Asega is a new media artist, design researcher, and Director of NEW INC, New Museum's art, design, and technology incubator...
Salome Asega
New York City, USA

Salome Asega is a new media artist, design researcher, and Director of NEW INC, New Museum’s art, design, and technology incubator. She sits on the boards of Eyebeam, National Performance Network, and POWRPLNT. Salome received her MFA from Parsons at The New School in Design and Technology where she teaches studio courses on speculative design and participatory design methodologies.

Sarah Friend
Berlin, Germany
Sarah Friend is an artist and software engineer, specializing in blockchain and the p2p web.
Sarah Friend
Berlin, Germany

Sarah Friend is an artist and software engineer, specializing in blockchain and the p2p web. She is a participant in the Berlin Program for Artists; a co-curator of Ender Gallery, an artist residency taking place inside the game Minecraft; an alumni of Recurse Centre, a retreat for software developers; and an organizer of Our Networks, a conference on all aspects of the distributed web. She is on the advisory board of Circles UBI, an alternative currency that tries to create more equal distributions of wealth. Recently, she has exhibited work at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery in Canada, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, theOökultur in Linz in Austria, Galerie Nagel Draxler in Cologne, suns.works in Zurich, and Floating University in Berlin.

Simon Denny
Simon Denny makes exhibitions that unpack the social and political implications of the technology industry and the rise of social media, startup culture, blockchains and cryptocurrencies, using a variety of media including installation, sculpture, print and video...
Simon Denny

Simon Denny (b. 1982 Auckland, New Zealand) makes exhibitions that unpack the social and political implications of the technology industry and the rise of social media, startup culture, blockchains and cryptocurrencies, using a variety of media including installation, sculpture, print and video.

 

Denny curated exhibitions about Blockchain and art and has exhibited in major museums across the world, his work is held in institutional collections internationally. Denny co-founded the mentoring program BPA and is professor for Time Based Media at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg.

Wendy Hanamura
San Francisco, CA, USA
Wendy Hanamura is the Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest digital libraries...
Wendy Hanamura
San Francisco, CA, USA

Wendy Hanamura is the Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest digital libraries. As a storyteller, Hanamura uses her communication skills to share the remarkable stories locked in the Internet Archive’s 100 petabytes of books, images, films, software, and music.  As a communicator and producer, she helps to steward the global movement to create a Decentralized Web, including producing the Decentralized Web Summits 2018 & 2016DWeb Camp 2019.

Her career has spanned independent television, documentaries, social campaigns and new media tools.

Previously, as Chief Digital Officer of KCETLink, Hanamura led diverse content teams creating media for social change. Hanamura began her career in journalism at TIME magazine. She’s reported and produced television content around the world for CBS, World Monitor Television, NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation), and PBS.

Her favorite project remains Honor Bound: A Personal Journey, the documentary she produced about her father and his storied WWII unit, the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  At Harvard, Hanamura majored in Visual & Environmental Studies and went on to study with architect, Fumihiko Maki, at the University of Tokyo.

Yasaman Sheri
London, UK
Yasaman Sheri is a Creative Director, Interface Designer and Researcher working with emerging technologies to explore possible and becoming futures...
Yasaman Sheri
London, UK

Design Director, Artist & Researcher investigating human relationship and creative inquiry in to biology & technology and is the founder and Principal Investigator of Serpentine Synthetic Ecologies Lab. Her long standing artistic and critical practice explores the plurality of senses and sensing, perception and the invisible scales at which humans frame and reframe ecology through culture, society and technology. Yasaman is a creative leader with more than a decade of experience in building platforms and novel inputs & immersive interfaces specializing in Operating Systems of AR, VR, MR. She is also an educator at institutions such as Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Rhode Island School of Design and is frequent guest professor at Parsons New School, Stanford, NYU, Art Center College of Design, ZhDK to name a few. She is passionate about sharing her expertise and continues to uplift women identifying communities of color and folks less represented.

Boris Magrini

Boris Magrini

Head of Programme and Curator at HEK (House of Electronic Arts).

He studied art history at the University of Geneva and completed his PhD at the University of Zurich. He has organised talk series: LASERZurich – part of the worldwide series LASER Talks by Leonardo/ISAST (2016), Reality Check at Kunsthalle Zürich (2013), and Hackteria Swiss Curriculum at Corner College in Zurich (2014-15). He edits the Italian pages of Kunstbulletin and he regularly publishes on contemporary and media art in magazines, books and exhibition catalogues. Curated shows include: Radical Gaming (2021), Shaping the Invisible World (2020), Entangled Realities – Living with Artificial Intelligence (2019), Future Love. Desire and Kinship in Hypernature(2018), Grounded Visions: Artistic Research into Environmental Issues (2015–2016), Hydra Project (2016), Anathema (2007-2008), and Mutamenti (2007). His book Confronting the Machine (Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2017) examines the traditional narratives relating artistic production to technology and the society, while offering an unconventional perspective on digital art. Some of his recent publications include: «Automation and Intentionality — Photography Without the Camera» in Automated Photography (ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, Mörel Books: 2019), «Strategies of Neogeography in Recent Media Art» in Shifts in Mapping – Maps as a Tool of Knowledge (Bielefeld: transcript 2021), “Building New Paradigms – A Brief History of Artificial Intelligence and Art” in Entangled Realities (Basel: CMV 2019), “Alternative Visions: Human Futures” in Transdiscourse 2 – Turbulence and Reconstruction (Berlin: De Gruyter 2016), and “Hackteria: An Example of Neomodern Activism” (Leonardo Electronic Almanac Vol. 20, Issue 1, 2014).

 

Emma Enderby

Emma Enderby

Chief Curator of Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Emma Enderby is a curator, writer, and lecturer of modern and contemporary art. She is currently the Head of Programmes and Research, Chief Curator at Haus der Kunst, Munich, and the Curator-at-large at The Shed, where she was previously the Chief Curator. Previously she worked as a curator for the Public Art Fund, NY and the Serpentine Galleries, London. She also worked in exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Whitechapel Gallery, as well as in Public Programs at The National Portrait Gallery, London and the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Enderby has been a visiting lecturer, critic, and speaker at a number of universities and institutions, as well as edited and written for various books and catalogues. She holds degrees from University College London and Oxford University.

 

Fernanda Brenner

Fernanda Brenner

Artistic Director and founder at Pivô, São Paulo, Brasil 

Fernanda Brenner is a curator and writer based in São Paulo and Brussels. She is the founding director of Pivô, in São Paulo, works as a Latin American art advisor for Kadist Art Foundation, and is part of the curatorial team of Nesr Art Foundation. Since 2017 she is a contributing editor of Frieze Magazine. Recent projects include the Present Future section at Artissima, Torino (2020 and 2021), with Ilaria Giani, and solo exhibitions Vuadora, Paulo Nazareth (2022) co-curated with Diane Lima, Oriana, Beatriz Santiago Munõz (2021), República, Luiz Roque (2020), Avalanche, Katinka Bock (2019) all at Pivô and the group shows A Burrice dos Homens, at Bergamin Gomide gallery, São Paulo (2019), Neither, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2017), and the co-curating of the exhibition Caixa Preta, at Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre (2018). Her texts have featured several publications, including Textwork by the Fondation d’Enterprise Pernod Ricard, Art Review, Artforum, Art Agenda, Terremoto, Mousse, Cahiers d’Art, as well as contributing to national and international institutional catalogs and monographs, i.e., MASP, Centre Georges Pompidou, CAC Passerelle, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Culturgest, Fridericianum, and MOCA Detroit.

 

Melanie Kress

Melanie Kress

Associate Curator for High Line Art in New York, USA.

Melanie Kress is a curator and writer based in New York. She is the Associate Curator for High Line Art, where since 2014 she has commissioned and produced projects with artists including Maria Thereza Alves, Firelei Báez, Lubaina Himid, Zoe Leonard, Sable Elyse Smith, and Tourmaline, among many others. Previously, she co-founded the Brooklyn-based project space Concrete Utopia, of which she was Director and Chief Curator. She is Critic at Yale School of Art and holds a BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Barnard College and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. 

 

Sabine Himmelsbach

Sabine Himmelsbach

Director at HEK (House of Electronics Arts Basel),Basel, Switzerland

 

Since 2012, Sabine Himmelsbach is director of HEK (House of Electronic Arts) in Basel. After studying art history in Munich she worked for galleries in Munich and Vienna from 1993–1996 and later became project manager for exhibitions and conferences for the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria. In 1999 she became exhibition director at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. From 2005–2011 she was the artistic director of the Edith-Russ-House for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany. 2011 she curated gateways. Art and Networked Culture for the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn as part of the European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 program. Her exhibitions at HEK in Basel include Ryoji Ikeda (2014), Poetics and Politics of Data (2015), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Preabsence (2016), unREAL (2017), Lynn Hershman Leeson: Anti-Bodies, Eco-Visionaries (2018), Entangled Realities. Living with Artificial Intelligence (2019), Making FASHION Sense and Real Feelings. Emotion and Technology (2020). As a writer and lecturer she is dedicated to topics related to media art and digital culture. 

 

Sebastian Chan

Sebastian Chan

Chief Experience Officer at ACMI

(Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Melbourne, Australia

 

Seb Chan is Chief Experience Officer at ACMI in Melbourne. He is the senior executive responsible for the Experience & Engagement division of the museum guiding teams responsible for visitor experience, marketing, brand & communication design, digital products, technology, and the museum’s collections, digitisation & digital preservation programs. After a recent $40m renewal as Australia’s national museum of screen culture, ACMI is now a multi-platform museum in the centre of Melbourne and also across the internet. Prior to ACMI, Seb led the digital renewal and transformation of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York (2011–15) and the Powerhouse Museum’s pioneering work in open access, mass collaboration and digital experience during the 2000s. His work has won awards from American Alliance of Museums, One Club, D&AD, Fast Company and Core77. He is an Adjunct Professor, School of Media and Communications, in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT, and is an international advisory board member of Art Science Museum (Singapore), and board of the National Communications Museum (Melbourne), and National President of the Australian Museums and Galleries Association. He is an alumni of the Getty Leadership Institute, Salzburg Global Seminar, and UNSW. He also leads a parallel life in digital art, writing, and music.

Storm Janse van Rensburg

Storm Janse van Rensburg

Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial Affairs at Zeitz MoCAA (Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa), Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Storm Janse van Rensburg (South African, b.1972) is a curator of contemporary art with rich experience in a South African and international context. 

He started out at the Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg (1995 – 1999) and served as curator of the Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts, Durban (2000 – 2006). He was a founding member of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa and senior curator at Goodman Gallery (2007 – 2012). He lived and worked in Berlin, Germany (2012 – 2015) as an independent curator and researcher, and worked with and presented projects at institutions including Savvy Contemporary; Haus der Kulturen der Welt; the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and Nolan Judin Gallery.He was a fellow of the Academy for Advanced African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany (2013 – 2015) and co-curated projects at Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth. Before going to Zeitz MoCAA he was head curator of exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, U.S.A. (2015 – 2019). He has edited and written for a number of exhibition catalogues and journals. 

 

Vassilis Oikonomopoulos

Vassilis Oikonomopoulos

Director of Exhibitions and Programs at LUMA Arles, France.

 

Vassilis Oikonomopoulos is Director of Exhibitions and Programs with LUMA Arles. His work focuses on the conceptualization and implementation of the institution’s program of exhibitions in close collaboration with its President Maja Hoffmann and leading Artistic Consultants, Tom Eccles, and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Vassilis has realized a number of key commissions and exhibitions that were part of the opening program for LUMA. In 2021, working with artists such as Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno, Carsten Holler, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Pierre Huyghe among many others. Prior to joining LUMA, Oikonomopoulos worked in other International institutions. He has been Assistant Curator, Collections International Art at Tate Modern where he worked with Tate’s Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee. During his tenure at Tate, Oikonomopoulos co-curated a number of exhibitions and commissions and worked on Tate’s collection displays. He has also held curatorial positions at Atopos Contemporary Visual Culture (Athens) and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA/AMO, Rotterdam).

 

Victoria Ivanova

Victoria Ivanova

R&D Strategic Lead at Serpentine in London UK. 

 

I am a curator, writer and strategic consultant (with a shadow passion for tennis). I am currently working with the Serpentine’s Arts Technologies team as R&D Strategist, and also completing a practice-based PhD.

My core focus is on systemic and infrastructural conditions that shape socio-economic, political and institutional realities. To this extent, I develop (i.e. research, write about, curate programmes, do public talks and consult on) innovative approaches to organisational design, policy, finance and rights.

I am a co-founder of Izolyatsia, Real Flow and Bureau for Cultural Strategies (bux). Back in 2010, I graduated from the LSE with an MSc in Human Rights, which was followed by a Masters in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College in 2014.

 

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