Jochen Becker (Berlin)
works as an author, lecturer and curator. He is a founding member of metro-Zones – Center for Urban Affairs e.V. and, together with Stephan Lanz, edits the metroZones series of books (b_books Berlin). Becker is arts coordinator in the transdisciplinary cultural and research project global prayers . redemption and liberation of the city at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and co-curated the Urban Cultures of Global Prayers exhibition at nGbK. In 2014, he will be taking up a position as the Director of the ‘Art & Architecture’ programme at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.
Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber (Vienna/ Vancouver)
have been collaborating since 1993, working on projects addressing cities, architecture, and the politics of representation and space. Since 2004, they have been members of the Urban Subjects research collective with Jeff Derksen.
Recent projects and exhibits in 2013 include: Front, Field, Line, Plane – Researching the Militant Image, Kunstraum of Leuphana University Lüneburg; The Vienna Model, Austrian Cultural Forum New York; Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto.
Antonella Carrano (Rome)
is a PhD student in Urban Planning at the Sapienza University of Rome studying the phenomenon of Fabbriche Recuperate (recovered factories) which has emerged in Italy in recent years. Her research focuses, in particular, on how these processes fit into the life of the neighbourhood. Her master’s thesis, also presented at the Sapienza University, examined the urban requalification of Tor Fiscale, a district in Rome characterised by its large numbers of illegal buildings. She has worked at the Lazio Region Urban Planning Department and, since November 2012, has been a member of a national research group on Italian ‘post-metropolises’.
Carlo Cellamare (Rome)
is Assistant Professor in Town Planning at the Sapienza University of Rome. He is a member of the University’s DICEA Department and faculty member on the PhD Programme in Town Planning. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the relationship between built forms of the town, as well as everyday life and the global processes of urban structural development and urban policies in informal settlement areas. For his research, he not only utilises research-action experience but also develops innovative participatory design and planning processes.
Alison Crawshaw (London)
is an architect, based in London. Her experience ranges from installations to buildings, and includes numerous strategic master-planning and urban design projects. In 2010, she was awarded the Rome Scholarship in Architecture and in 2012 was an exhibitor in the Venice Biennale, Common Ground. She worked at muf architecture/ art for seven years where she was project architect of Barking Town Squarewhich won the European Prize for Urban Space and was nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award. Crawshaw has tutored at a number of architecture schools including CambridgeUniversity, the Architectural Association, the Bauhaus in Dessau, and YaleUniversity.
Roberto De Angelis (Rome)
is Professor of Social Anthropology at Rome University. Since the 1980s, he has regularly documented the development of illegal migrant settlements along the Via Casilina. He has also followed migrants in their cyclic migration to their home countries. His video archive is available as a source for artists in this project.
Giuseppe Ferrara (Rome)
is as screenwriter and feature and documentary filmmaker born in Tuscany in 1932. He studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, one of the world’s oldest film schools. His most recent films are Bankers of God – The Calvi Affair (2002) and Guido che sfidò le Brigate Rosse (2007). Ferrara is also well-known as the author of film biographies and reference works.
Christian Hanussek (Berlin)
is an artist, writer and curator based in Berlin, and a member of metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs e.V.. Born in 1953 in Frankfurtam Main, Germany, he studied art and art theoryat the Städelschule, Frankfurt/M. and ateliers ‘63, Haarlem, The Netherlands. His art combines painting and film or video. In recent years, he has published several texts and curated various presentations of art from Africa including Meanwhile in Africa... and Afropolis – City, Media, Art.
Maria Iorio / Raphaël Cuomo (Geneva/Berlin)
investigate, in their recent long-term and collaborative projects, the economies of visibility on both the southern and northern shores of the Mediterranean Sea in relation to past and present mobility regimes. Twisted Realism, their current project in Rome, researches the reconfiguration of urban space after World War II and its depiction in Italian cinema in the period of post-war reconstruction and ‘economic miracle’. Twisted Realism was shown in various exhibitions, projects and festivals including FID Marseille, Twisted Realism, Argos, Brussels, Chewing the Scenery, 54th Venice Biennale.
Alessandro Lanzetta (Rome)
is an architect and photographer. He holds a PhD in Architectonic Composition and Theory of Architecture, and teaches Architectonic and Urban Design and Land Design at the Sapienza University of Rome. He is editor of the journals Gomorra. Territori e culture della metropoli contemporanea and Archphoto 2.0 as well as the online journal Archphoto.it. Together with E. Piccardo and L. Siotto, he is a member of the Plug-in cultural association, and with A. Tzompanakis, the cofounder of Ma_A, Mediterranean Architecture Atelier - Rome/Iraklion. His projects and photo works have been published in magazines, architecture reviews and publications dealing with the theme of the metropolis.
Stefano Montesi (Rome)
is a Rome-based photographer, documenting citizens’ and migrants’ movements. In his work, he collaborates with NGOs and the Caritas in Rome. During the squatting of the former Pantanella pasta factory by migrants, he developed a very close relationship to them which continued beyond the occupation itself. In 1990/91, he produced a comprehensive series of photos on the occupation, and has also conducted interviews and collected various documents relating to Pantanella. Stefano Montesi’s photos have been published widely in journals and books. The photographic work on Pantanella was produced as the book Gente di Terre lontane, 1999, Edizioni Prospettiva.
Francesco Montillo (Rome)
is a Civil and Industrial Engineering graduate specialising in urbanistics. His thesis, entitled Tor Bella Monaca, una periferia scomoda. Proposte di progetto a confronto, focused on the popular area of Tor Bella Monaca. His research work, conducted between 2010 and 2012 with the participation to a number of neighbourhood associations, fostered the emergence of project-based solutions. He is presently a PhD candidate in Urban Planning at DICEA, Sapienza University of Rome.
Antonella Sonia Perin (Rome)
is an architect, urban planner and cultural producer, currently living and working in Rome. Her work and research largely focuses on public space and urban design, and specifically on informal settlements and participatory urban planning. Since 2002, she has been working on urban redevelopment projects for the toponimi informal settlements in Valle Borghesiana, Rome. She is co-founder of urbanXchange as well as the SMU research project. For the latter, she has organised various workshops, guided tours and lectures. Through the Greetings from Valle Borghesiana project, SMU was presented at the XIII Architecture Biennale in Venice (2012).
Susanna Perin (Aarau/ Rome)
works as an artist and cultural producer, both as an individual artist or in collectives, on issues of migration, urban space and new labour conditions. In addition, she has curated exhibitions, organised events and published essays. Her work primarily focuses on trans-disciplinary contexts and relates to EU space. Several key projects such as EuroVision2000 and MigMap were realised as the collective K 3000 (Zurich). Through her reflections on the city of Rome, she founded the Self-Made Urbanity project, shown as part of the XIII Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Monica Postiglione (Turin)
is an urban anthropologist with a PhD in Urban Planning and BA in Urban Anthropology from the Sapienza University of Rome. From 2005 to 2006, she took an MSc at the London School of Economics, and was a visiting student at Harvard University in 2009. Her main field of interest is in the social, institutional and spatial changes transforming urban realities. She has collaborated with diverse organisations both in Rome and in London including the PARSEC Consortium, Comunità Ambiente Srl, Evelin Oldfield Unit, Thames Strategy Kew to Chelsea, and co-organised various festivals such as TINAG, Eternal Tour, and Asiatica Film Mediale.
Andrea Priori (Rome)
is a social anthropologist collaborating with the Osservatorio sul razzismo e le diversità M. G. Favara and the Department of Educational Sciences at the Roma Tre University. He has conducted ethnographical research into transnational migrations and self-organisation both in Rome, in districts such as Torpignattara and Centocelle, and in Bangladesh, in Dhaka and Narayanganj. His monograph Romer probashira. Reti sociali e itinerari transnazionali bangladesi a Roma was published in 2012, and included images by Stefania Pepoli, a photographer and video editor working on the themes of migration, associationism and international cooperation.
Rena Rädle and Vladan Jeremić (Belgrad)
have been collaborating since 2002. They research into and comment on social conditions and developments in Belgrade and elsewhere. Using art as a tool for radical critique, they take an active role in various social and political struggles. As video artists and activists, they are fighting the eviction of Roma from post-war modernist New Belgrade. Their recent exhibitions include: Places of memory – Fields of vision, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki; O2, Red House, Sofia; Absolute Democracy, Rotor, Graz; Oktobar XXX, 15th Pančevo Biennial, Serbia; The Housing Agenda, Cable Factory Gallery, Helsinki and La maison Folie Wazemmes, Lille; Moving Forwards, Counting Backwards, MUAC, Mexico City.
PhD, urban sociologist and ethnographer. Her research investigates ethnic minorities in the Roman urban area, and focuses particularly on immigration, social exclusion and integration processes in the Maghrebi and Roma communities. She has not only conducted extensive research and written numerous articles on the situation of the Roma in Italy, but also participated in various national and international conferences on this topic. She is presently an Associate Researcher at the CNR IRPPS and works as a consultant for the European Commission and the Council of Europe as an expert on social cohesion and Roma inclusion.
Sandra Schäfer (Berlin)
is an artist, author and film curator. Her artistic work deals with the representation of gender, urbanism and (post-) colonialism. Since November 2002, she has regularly travelled to Kabul and Tehran. The focus of her artistic practice is on film and video installations integrating film-stills and photography. Her approach to filmmaking is essayistic. Schäfer works with a process of unfolding and re-reading documents, images and spatial narratives. In addition, she has initiated various collective projects with filmmakers, artists and theorists.
Klaus Schafler (Vienna)
addresses in his works issues around the public sphere and the phenomena of transition in different geopolitical contexts and (sub-) urban settings. His installations, video projects and book Hacking the Future and Planet, published in 2013, elaborate the ambivalent relationship between micro-aspects and ‘world’ as relational concepts and fictions in the year 2050. He is also a member of Kunsthalle Exnergasse Vienna and collaborates with the artist collective K.U.L.M. on projects exploring architectures and living situations in peripheries.
His recent shows include: Maldives Pavilion – 55th Venice Biennale / JAUS, Los Angeles / Regionale12, Murau / Secession, Vienna (book launch).
Alexander Schellow (Berlin)
is interested in relations of space, perception and action in the border area between artistic and scientific research practices. Since 1999, he has developed an ongoing practice with the visual reconstruction of memory in a series of drawings. They serves as the basis for various formats, often evolving over a long period of time and with site-specific elements, ranging from series of sketches to animations and film, archives, installations, lectures, performances and texts. Most recently, he has also been applying this method to an open archive of orientation practices in the fast-growing new areas of Tirana (Albania) – a reflexion on local and translocal spatial politics. Alexander Schellow holds a professorship in the Department Cinema d'animation at erg, Brussels.
Joel Sternfeld (New York)
is a fine-art photographer born in New York City in 1944. Since the 1970s, Sternfeld has been regarded as a leading figure in the new colour photography movement. He intensively researches his subjects, designing them as complete workgroups, and publishing them as a show or photobook. Sternfeld is well-known for his large-format documentary pictures of the United States (American Prospect; Walking the High Line; On This Site). From 1989 to 1991, while in Rome as the American Academy in Rome’s prizewinner in historic preservation, he investigated the landscapes in the city and environs.
Markus Weisbeck (Frankfurt/M)
was born 1965 in Offenburg. After studying at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main from 1992 to 1997, he then launched the Surface Studio für visuelle Gestaltung in 1997, initially in Frankfurt and later in Berlin. Surface is a studio for corporate cultural design and, for over ten years, has worked almost exclusively in contemporary and performance art, architecture, music and in the context of exhibitions. Since 2011, Weisbeck has been Professor for Graphic Design at Bauhaus Universität Weimar. He is also a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.
Tobias Zielony (Berlin)
was born in Wuppertal in 1973, studied documentary photography in Newport, UK and art at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst – Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. For over ten years, he has been taking portraits of young people encountered in the urban and social peripheries of western welfare states where the achievements of modernity are starting to crumble and promises of a solidly united community no longer hold any power. At present, the Berlinische Galerie is showing his new series Jenny Jenny as a solo exhibition. Tobias Zielony lives and works in Berlin.