Conference Participants

The conference invites artists, thinkers and scholars from a variety of fields dance and performance as well as visual art, performance studies, art history, cultural studies, sociology and philosophy to share three days mixing more scholarly talks with artists presentations, panels, conversations and expanded coffee breaks. 

Bojana Cvejic is a performance theorist and maker, working in contemporary dance and performance also as dramaturge and performer. She has published in performing arts, music, philosophy journals etc. and is author of three books (upcoming Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: A Choreographer’s Score, Mercatorfonds/Actes Sud, 2012). She is co-author or collaborator in a numerous theater and dance performances with/by J. Ritsema, X. Le Roy, E. Salamon, M. Ingvartsen, C. De Smedt a.o.. Member of TkH Editorial Collective, engaged in teaching (Utrecht University, P.A.R.T.S. etc.) and in developing collective platforms (PAF, St. Erme, 6MONTHS1LOCATION). She is currently completing her PhD at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University.

Dorothea von Hantelmann teaches art history at the Freie Universität Berlin and works at the Collaborative Research Centre “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits”. Her main fields of research are contemporary art and aesthetics as well as the history and social function of exhibitions. Recent publications are How to Do Things with Art, The Meaning of Art’s Performativity (2010) and The exhibition, Politics of a Ritual (ed. with C. Meister, 2010).

Graham Harman is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Research Administration at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of numerous books, most recently The Quadruple Object (Zero Books, 2011) and Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making (Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2011). 

Ana Janevski is currently Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. From 2007 – 2011 she held the position of curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, where she curated, among many other projects, the large-scale exhibition As Soon As I Open My Eyes I See a Film on the topic of Yugoslav experimental film and art from the sixties and seventies. In 2010 she co-curated the first extensive show about experimental film in Yugoslavia This is All Film: Experimental film in former Yugoslavia 1951- 1991 at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. Janevski has also co-curated with Pierre Bal-Blanc the performance exhibition The Living Currency.

André Lepecki, is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. Author of Exhausting Dance: performance and politics of movement (Routledge 2006). Editor of Of the Presence of the Body (Wesleyan 2004), The Senses in Performance (with Sally Banes, Routledge 2007), Planes of Composition: Dance Theory and the Global (with Jenn Joy, Seagull Press 2010), and the forthcoming Dance (Whitechapel Gallery/MIT, 2012).

He has curated numerous festivals and exhibitions. His co-curatorial and directorial work in re-doing Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts received the International Art Critics Association (AICA) Award for “Best Performance” (2008). In 2010 he co-curated with Stephanie Rosenthal the Archive on Dance and Visual Arts since the 1960s for the exhibition Move: choreographing you, for the Hayward Gallery, London. He is currently working on a book on sculpture and dance.

Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 1991. He has performed with diverse companies and choreographers. He has been artist-in-residence at the Podewil in Berlin, and “Associated Artist”at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, France. His latest works such as the solo Le Sacre du Printemps (2007), the group piece low pieces (2011), and “production” (2011) created together with Mårten Spångberg for exhibition spaces, produce situations that explore the relationships between spectacors/visitors/performers and the production of subjectivities. He recently premiere a piece for exhibition spaces, « retrospective » at the Tapiès Foundation-Barcelona.

Maria Lind is a curator and critic based in Stockholm. She is the director of Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm. 2008-2010 director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. 2005-2007 director of Iaspis in Stockholm. 2002-2004 she was the director of Kunstverein München. From 1997-2001 she was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and in 1998, co-curator of Manifesta 2, Europe’s biennale of contemporary art. She has contributed widely to newspapers, magazines, catalogues and other publications. She is the co-editor of the recent books Curating with Light Luggage and Collected Newsletter (Revolver Archiv für aktuelle Kunst), Taking the Matter into Common Hands: Collaborative Practices in Contemporary Art (Blackdog Publishing), as well as the report European Cultural Policies 2015 (Iaspis and eipcp) and The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press). She is the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. In the fall of 2010 Selected Maria Lind Writing was published by Sternberg Press.

Isabel de Naverán, currently working as researcher, critic, editor and coordinator of seminars and programs related to contemporary choreography. Phd in Visual Arts at the University of the Basque Country. Member of Artea, Practice and Research and curator, together with Idoia Zabaleta, of Lanbroa (Artium Museum). Editor of the book Hacer Historia, Reflexiones desde la práctica de la danza (Cuerpo de Letra, 2010). In 2010 she initiated, together with Leire Vergara, Beatriz Cavia and Miren Jaio the office for contemporary art and knowledge Bulegoa z/b, in Bilbao, which is a platform inspired by the desire to bridge the gap between practice and theory. Its aim is to build a space of sustained discourse and hybrid situations where debate, discussion and exchange of ideas can take place and artistic projects can be materialized.

Luciana Parisi, senior lecturer Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths Univ. London. Her research looks at the asymmetric relationship between science and philosophy, aesthetics and culture, technology and politics to investigate potential conditions for ontological and epistemological change. Author of Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Continuum Press). She has also written on the bionic transformation of the perceptive sensorium triggered by new media, on the advancement of new techno-ecologies of control, and on the nanoengineering of matter. Her interest in interactive media has led her research to engage more closely with computation, cognition, and algorithmic aesthetics. She is currently writing on architectural modeling and completing a monograph: Contagious Architecture, Computation, Aesthetics and the Control of Space  (MIT Press, forthcoming) 

Goran Sergej Pristaš, dramaturge and associate professor at the Academy of Drama Art, University of Zagreb. Co-founder and member of BADco., performing arts collective. President of founding board of Center For Artistic Research, University of Zagreb.Program coordinator in Centre for Drama Art (CDU) from 1995 till 2000. President of the board of CDU from 2000 till 2007. First editor-in-chief (1996-2007) of Frakcija, a magazine for the performing arts. One of the initiators of the project Zagreb – Cultural Kapital of Europe.With his projects and collaborations (BADco., Frakcija) participated at Venice Biennale 2011, Documenta 12, ARCO and numerous festivals and conferences. From 1990 to 1992, he was artistic director of the SKUC theatre. In 1993 a dramaturge and member of the artistic council of &TD theatre. 1994 – 1999 a dramaturge in theatre group Montazstroj. He has written a few short scripts for documentary films. As a dramaturge, he participated in numerous dance and theatre productions.

Mårten Spångberg is a performance related artist, choreographer and theoretician living and working in Stockholm. He has been active on stage as performer and creator since 1994, and has since 1999 created his own choreography’s from solos to larger scale works. With the architect Tor Lindstrand he initiated International Festival, an interdisciplinary practice merging architecture and choreography/performance. Since 1996 he has organized and curated festivals in Sweden and internationally. He initiated the network organization INPEX in 2006, with which he also publish The Swedish Dance History. He has long-term experience in teaching and was between 2008 -2012 director of the MA program in choreography at the University of Dance in Stockholm, where he currently directs a long term research project on choreography as expanded practice. In 2011 his first book “Spangbergianism” was published.

Francisco Tirado holds a Dr. Ph. in Social Psychology. He is a Lecturer in the Social Psychology Department of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is full member of the Group for Social Studies of Science and Technology (GESCIT). His main research interests cohere around four main topics: a) Science and Technology Studies, b) power relationships and political action in new sociotechnical contexts, c) citizen participation in technoscientific controversies; d) medicine and biopolitics. He is the author of several articles and books on STS and Power Relationships in new sociotechnical contexts.


Christophe Wavelet, former performer, has co-directed the activities of the Knust Project (1993-2001), a performance collective (1993-2001) focusing on artistic re-enactments and apropiations, as well as the publication of the french political journal Vacarme (1996-2000). He has collaborated to numerous international manifestations and exhibitions, conferences and publications, both as a curator, scholar and critic. Interested in projects whose priority is at once experimental and discursive, regardless of any medium specificity and within different cultural areas, he has operated as artistic director for LiFE, a cross-disciplinary and transnational contemporary art venue (2005-2010). A fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2011-2013, he’s currently writing his first book and working on the French translation of the essays written by Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica.

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