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Biographical information on direction, faculty, speakers and artist talks.

Matthias Bildstein (A)
Matthias Bildstein (*1978, A), artist, studied Sculpture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna after studying Intermedia at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg. Together with Philippe Glatz (b. 1979, CH), he has been working as an artist duo Bildstein / Glatz since 2003. The duo became known for objects based on sports architecture, such as ramps, carriageways and wooden baffles. Recently exhibited at Kunstmuseum Thurgau, CH (2017), Cheapart, Athens, GR (2017), MQ-Amore Sculpture Park, Vienna, A (2017)

Mirja Busch (D)
(*1978) artist. Studied Fine Arts at the University of Fine Arts, Braunschweig (until 2006) and Art Theory and Art Practice in the Graduate programme at the Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile (2008-2009). Three-month research visit to the archive of the former CAVS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2013) on Land and Environmental Art. Founding member of the artist group Pathetic Sympathy Seekers. Her work has received awards from the Berlin Senate (2016), Stiftung Kunstfonds (2015), Hans and Charlotte Krull Stiftung (2014).

DIG Collective (UK)
The DIG Collective is an artist group consisting of William Bock (UK, performance artist), Sophie Mason (b. 1985, UK, artist), Alberto Duman (b.1966, artist, lecturer Middlesex University, London) and Mark Morgan (b. 1984, USA, artist). The DIG Collective was created in June 2014, when the four artists dug an 8-square-metre hole in the 500-year-old garden of a property in Hackney, London, which was earmarked for demolition. Awarded the ArtQuest Workweek Prize (2014) the group have performed at and been invited to various venues in London and internationally, including the PEER Gallery, Home Live Art, The Barbican and Tate Modern.

William L. Fox (US)
William L. Fox is a writer, independent scholar, and poet whose work focuses on how human cognition transforms land into landscape. In the visual arts, Fox has exhibited text works in more than two dozen group and solo exhibitions.Fox has published poems, articles, reviews, and essays in more than seventy magazines, and has written ten nonfiction books. He has led treks in the Himalaya and In 2001-02 he spent two-and-a-half months in the Antarctic with the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Visiting Artists and Writers Program. Fox has also worked as a team member of NASA’s Haughton-Mars Project, which tests methods of exploring Mars on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic. He currently is director of the Art + Environment initiative at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Gabriela Gerber / Lukas Bardill (CH)
Gabriela Gerber (b. 1970) studied art at the University of Art and Design in Zurich and Lukas Bardill (b. 1968) studied art and media design at the F + F School in Zurich and at the University of Bern. Since 1997 they have worked as an artist duo. They recently received the Culture Prize of the Anny Casty-Sprecher Foundation (2017) and the Jury Prize Biennale Weiertal, Winterthur (2017).

Johannes M. Hedinger (CH)
Johannes M. Hedinger is an artist, curator, art historian, researcher and lecturer. He lives in Zurich and London. He studied art at the University of the Arts in Zurich and at UCLA Los Angeles as well as studying art history, cultural studies, film studies and German studies at the University of Zurich and at the Humboldt University Berlin. Hedinger’s Postgraduate studies were conducted at the UDK Berlin (strategic marketing) and at the University of Lausanne (art history). Hedinger is a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts and at the University of Cologne. In 2015 he founded the Alps Art Academy which has directed ever since. In 1997, together with Marcus Gossolt, he founded the artist duo Com & Com, whose projects have been shown in over 120 exhibitions, including at the Venice Biennale.

Hanna Hölling (UK)
Hanna Hölling is Lecturer in the History of Art and Material Studies in the Department of History of Art, University College London. Before joining UCL, she was Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor at the Bard Graduate Centre in New York (2013-2015), Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2015) and Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (2009-2013). among her books are Paik’s Virtual Archive: Time, Change and Materiality in Media Art (University of California Press, 2017), and Revisions—Zen for Film (Bard Graduate Centre, 2015) which, accompanied an eponymous exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York. Her current research project titled Object in Flux concerns the legacy of Fluxus objects, events, performances and ephemera and is supported by a Getty Foundation residential grant (2016-2017).

Steve Rowell (US)
Steve Rowell is a research-based artist who works with photography and the moving image, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts. He has lived in Los Angeles, Oxford, Berlin, Chicago, and Washington DC over the past 20 years. His transdisciplinary practice focuses on overlapping aspects of technology, perception, and culture as related to the ontology of landscape. Rowell contextualizes the morphology of the built environment within the surrounding medium of Nature, appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer and archaeologist.
In addition to being Program Manager at The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI Los Angeles) since 2001, he has collaborated with SIMPARCH (Chicago) and The Office of Experiments (London).

Analia Saban (ARG/US)
Analia Saban was born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Saban currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received a BFA in Visual Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans in 2001, followed by an MFA in New Genres at the University of California in Los Angeles in 2005.  Saban’s works is represented in the collections of the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles as well as the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College in New York, the Norton Museum of Art in Florida, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, and the Museum of Israel in Jerusalem, among others.

Konstanze Schütze (D)
Konstanze Schütze (b. 1981) is a curator and art mediator as well as the artistic director of the gallery project S T O R E Contemporary and co-founder of the Agency for Art Education and the project group Method Mandy. From 2010 to 2016 she was a research assistant at the University of Cologne at the Institute for Art and Art Theory, where she is currently completing her dissertation project on the subject of the image after the Internet. Her work focuses on art and post-digitality as well as art education strategies for a time when the Internet is no longer a novelty.

Chris Taylor (US)
Chris Taylor is director of Land Arts of the American West at Texas Tech University and an Associate Professor of Architecture. He began developing Land Arts in 2001 as a semester abroad in our own backyard to investigate the intersection of human construction and the evolving shape of the planet. His books, Land Arts of the American West and Incubo Atacama Lab, chronicle the development of his field research operating across the arid lands of the Americas – bridging the Atacama in Chile with the desert southwest of North America. He is currently working to create the Great Salt Lake Exploration Platform, funded in part by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, to facilitate visual and performative research within the vastly under-explored landscape of the Great Salt Lake.
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