Robin Deacon is a British artist, writer, filmmaker, and educator. His work explores questions of memory, absence and fiction in performance, through a constant reconfiguration of his role as an artist - as a journalist and biographer, operator and technician, imposter and stooge. His recent research projects have explored histories of video documentation and outmoded media formats, as well as the practice and ethics of performance reenactment. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- ELISABETTA DI MAMBRO (Venice)
Elisabetta di Mambro is one of the most respected artistic directors and experienced producers worldwide with 25 years diversified experience in commissioning, creating, producing theatre, opera, musical exhibitions, industrials and special events. She has curated and produced works internationally with established artists like Robert Wilson, Peter Greenaway, Shirin Neshat, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jan Fabre, Marina Abramovic and many others, as well as young and emerging artists. During the years she developed relationships with leading international artists, demonstrating a rare sensitivity to organize projects that put in relation theatre, performing arts and visual arts.
- JILL MCDERMID & ERIK HOKANSON (New York)
Jill McDermid and Erik Hokanson are artists and the founders and directors of the New York gallery Grace Exhibition Space, the performance art residency Art/Life Institute (Kingston, NY) as well as Rosekill, an outdoor performance festival and gathering space.
- PREACH R SUN (US) | Social Issues and Political Activism as Performance Matters
Preach R Sun's work, a combination of protest activism and social critique (described as, Fugitivism and Conjuring) incorporates and fuses art and activism as a means to investigate and question the nature and limits of freedom, while simultaneously posing a direct challenge to systems of oppression and injustice. He accomplishes this through implementation of unconventional protest tactics geared towards the conception and fomentation of revolutionary actions, and through – what he likes to call – an, 'ANY MEANS NECESSARY,' interdisciplinary approach that involves multimedia, experimental (extemporaneously driven) theatre performance elements, site specific social experiments and other visual art practices.
- FRANCESCA CAROL ROLLA (Venice) | Collective Signature / Invisible Cartographies
Francesca Carol Rolla is a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at the Doctoral School of Humanities of the University of Strasbourg (France). Her research explores new contemporary approaches to artistic creation and reflection, there where the meaning and value for a responsible and independent co-authorship involves both artists and curators in co-creative processes. She has trained, worked and collaborated with artists such as Alejandro Jodorowski, Bill Viola, Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca, Antonio Manuel, Guillermo Gomez-Peña and ORLAN, among others. Since 2014 she is part of the curatorial team of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, and since 2016 the coordinator of its Educational Learning Program, and honorary member of the troupe La Pocha Nostra.
Marcel Sparmann's specific interest reaches across the media spectrums and includes influences from dance, spatial based art, video and installation. He works as a performer and teacher in solo and collaborative international projects, with a focus on the creation of intense situations, compressed and intimate spaces, which can be used as a display. He looks for a visual and action-based language including audience, the aspect of time and non-time, and the shared space as an emotional environment containing collective memory. Sparmann's live works search for simplicity carried by a poetic aesthetics and a special temperature, comparable to natural phenomenon.