Sabine Bitter und Helmut Weber (Vienna and Vancouver)
living in Vienna and Vancouver, have been working on projects dedicated to the city, architecture and the politics of representation and space since 1993. Their series of photos and video works, e.g., University Paradox, Plugged In/ Fenced Out, Bronzeville, Caracas Hecho en Venezuela, Living Megastructures, and their projects for Differentiated Neighborhoods of New Belgrade negotiate specific moments and logics of global urban change as it is expressed in the city, in architecture and everyday life. They have been members of the culture collective Urban Subjects US (Bitter/Derksen/Weber) since 2004. Since 2007, Sabine Bitter has been teaching at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
Maria Iorio and Raphaël Cuomo (Berlin)
Their recent long-term and collaborative projects, carried out on both southern and northern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, investigate the economies of visibility in relation to past and present mobility regimes over the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The resulting body of works manifests divergent histories or unfinished negotiations that account for an entangled modernity. Twisted Realism, their last project made in Roma, researches the reconfiguration of urban space after WWII and its depiction in Italian cinema in the period of post-war reconstruction and „economic miracle“. By critically examining various „aesthetics of reality“ and the merging of political power and cinema, the project proposes a convergence of past and present to question the intertwined histories of migration, architecture and cinema.
Stefano Montesi (Rome)
is a photographer based in Rome. He documents civtizens’ and migrants’ movements and collaborates with NGOs like Comunita’ di Sant Egidio. In 1990/91 he produced a comprehensive series of photos that document the occupation of Pantanella factory by migrants. He has established a very close relationship with the occupants also beyond the period of the occupation, held interviews and collected various documents relating to Pantanella.
Rena Rädle (D) and Vladan Jeremic (RS)
collaborate since 2002. They research and comment social conditions and developments in Belgrade and elsewhere. They use art as a tool for a radical critique and take an active role in various fields of social and political struggles. As video-artists and –activists they attend and fight the eviction of Kosovan Roma from post-war modernist New Belgrade.
Sandra Schäfer (Berlin)
artist, author and film curator lives and works in Berlin. Her artistic work deals with the representation of gender, with urbanism and (post-) colonialism. Since November 2002, she has regularly traveled to Kabul and Tehran. The focus of her artistic practice is on film and video installations integrating stills/photography. She has initiated various collective projects with filmmakers, artists and theorists. Sandra Schäfer studied art and political science in Kassel und London, as well as media art with a main emphasis on film at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe.
Klaus Schafler (Vienna)
lives and works in Vienna. His art works, mainly focusing on installation, video and photography, were shown widely since 1996. Since 2004 he works for Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna on media and exhibition projects. He collaborates with baustelle land on architecture and public space projects and is member and co-curator of K.U.L.M., a collective of artists and curators with focus on suburban phenomena and shows at steirischer herbst, festival of New Art.
Alexander Schellow (Berlin)
(*1974, Germany) is interested in relations of space, perception and action, in an overlapping field of artistic and scientific research-practices. Some of his works address the possibility to reflect/document components of spatial distribution of attention or orientation. Since 1999 he has developed a continuous practice concerning the process of drawing reconstruction from memory. This serves as the basis for various formats that unfold over long periods of time and are partly site-specific. Drawing series, animations/films, archives, installations, lectures, performances or texts result in collaboration with national as well as international institutions.
Tobias Zielony (Berlin)
was born in 1973 in Wuppertal, Germany. After studying Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, Zielony enters Timm Rauterts‘ class for artistic photography at the HGB Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in 2001. After his graduation in 2004 and his master in 2006 he moves to Berlin. He receives the GASAG-Kunstpreis, Berlin, in 2006 as well as grants for New York and Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions follow at C/O Berlin in 2007, Kunstverein Hamburg in 2010, Folkwang Museum Essen, MMK Zollamt Frankfurt and and Camera Austria Graz in 2011.