Anna Novakov is a fashion essayist, olfactory curator and new media art critic. Her most recent book, Imagined Utopias in the Built Environment: From London’s Vauxhall Garden to the Black Rock Desert was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2017. In 1992, after completing her doctorate at New York University, she came to prominence in Manhattan as one of the first art critics to write about the interrelationship between art, technology and Utopian spaces. The author of dozens of books, exhibition catalogues, magazine and newspaper articles, Novakov lives in California and New Mexico, and is Executive Director of Freehold Taos, Managing Editor of Base Camp Press and Senior Curator of Provisional Art Spaces. Novakov is an art and technology correspondent for Art Press (Paris), critical reviewer for The Magazine (Santa Fe) and a member of Independent Curators International. Novakov is currently serving a three-year term as Vice President of the AICA (International Association of Art Critics).
Ron Hutt is an internationally active artist whose recent locationally based live performances, titled Volume, are a lavishly layered mix of video, animation and sound that reveal his creative process to the audience. In tandem to his career an artist and digital, visual and auditory strategist, Hutt worked professionally as an Art Therapist and Director of the Adjunct Therapies Department at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) with an M.F.A in Art and Technology Hutt taught courses at SAIC in digital imaging and web design. At the University of Rhode Island (URI) Hutt achieved the rank of Full Professor with notable achievements including authoring a Digital Art and Design curriculum for the Art and Art History Department, a program which included courses in 2D digital imaging and animations, web design, mobile app game design, and 3D modeling in MAYA. Hutt assumed the faculty lead within the Harrington School of Communication and Media at URI to developed a cross-disciplinary curriculum for a Minor in Video Game Development and served as the Director of the Fine Art Center Main Art Gallery. In another significant cross-disciplinary collaboration, Hutt guided the Computer Science and Statistics departments in the founding and operation of the 3D Group for Interactive Visualization (3DG). The 3DG projects ranged from, 3D Modeling and Animation, Game Design and E-Learning, Web Design and Development, Computer Vision and Imaging, Modeling and Simulation and Scientific Visualization. In addition, Hutt was Project Team Leader for the "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (REU) funded by the National Science Foundation. Hutt holds graduate degrees in Expressive Arts Therapy (University of Louisville) and in Art and Technology (Art Institute of Chicago). Hutt is a Founding Partner of Provisional Art Spaces [PAS], an association of artists and curators who create opportunities for spatial transference through artistic affiliations and strategic productions. Hutt lives in Taos County, New Mexico where he owns and operates EarthSound.space -- an art production studio and performance space and retains a digital content development office in Berkeley, California.
Ulrika Andersson is a designer and artist based in Oakland, California. Her site-specific work treats the historical aspects of given places, often touching on the economic and scientific dynamics that have shaped the site. Most recently she is completing a multi-year effort to investigate the shifting economic narratives of a rural site in Western Sweden. Other projects have documented the nuclear and military industry in rural Idaho, and woven narrative connections between a booming Silicon Valley and the shifting fortunes of Berlin, Germany. Her work is currently based in photography, and in public works designed for installation in public spaces. Ulrika’s design work spans a decade of exhibits for scientific museums, as well as years of design work for the software industry. She holds a BFA from SFAI, and an MFA from CCA. She has taught drawing, color theory and exhibition design to undergraduate and pre-college students at both colleges. https://www.anderssonulrika.com
Una Popović (b. 1978) is an art historian and curator from Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2007, Popović has worked as a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. She is currently employed as curator at the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, a gallery devoted to presenting and exhibiting current and recent artistic positions, local and international alike. Her work is directly linked with explorations in the field of contemporary art, from historical conceptualism to contemporary practices. Her many projects – workshops, art exhibitions, presentations, and texts on artists – are characterised not only by the breadth and sheer extent of the knowledge and learning they demonstrate, but also by the specificity and depth of her critical approach. Popović has accomplished major collaborative projects on the regional and international scene, as well as organised international projects. In 2013, she was invited as a guest curator to the Tate Modern in London, where she co-curated the exhibition Inverted House at the Tate Modern’s Project Space Gallery. Among others, her recent projects in curating and co-curating include Formless-Fluid Reality in New Media Art, artist from Turkey and Serbia, international group exhibition in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgy University, Istanbul, Turkey; Ways to Overcome, an international group exhibition in collaboration with Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany (2013); Fotodocuments 02 at the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia (2012); What Happened to the Museum of Contemporary Art?, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 2012; For Children and Adults, Wroclaw, Poland, 2011; Woman’s Corner, Museum of Yugoslav History, 2010, Belgrade, Serbia; In 2008, she travelled to New York for a study residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck is an interdisciplinary artist with a strong focus on interactive performance and immersive installation. She was a founding member of the artists collective Club Real in Berlin in 2000 and has since been working continuously in this and other collective contexts. She received her original artistic training in theatre (stage acting diploma 1997 from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria) which has, after a brief period of working in classical theatre contexts, led to the ongoing creation of new, less hierarchical forms of theatrical exchange. Her main performative tool is the Egg (Schwedt-Oder, Germany 2006, 10th Biennial of Havana, Cuba 2009, Frankfurt-Oder, Germany 2015 and Potsdam, Germany 2017) - a mobile wearable sculpture and performative research tool using the vantage point of the entirely innocent unborn in one-to-one discourse and visually transforming the space by juxtaposing the beauty/ugliness of everyday life with a strong symbolic, universally recognizable visual element - the Egg. The artist believes that participatory art and teaching share the same roots in encouraging self-empowerment, sharing and growing through mutual learning and therefore enjoys educational assignments, f.i. at the University of Art and Design Linz (2015) or in the context of the Berlin based collective agora (2018) Recent funded projects for her group Club Real include theatre based modules such as „Fonds Doppelpass of the Federal Cultural Foundation of Germany“ for the durational project „Folkstheater/Teater Ludowy“(Frankfurt-Oder, Germany 2015-2017) as well as fine arts grants such as „KöR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum - Public Art Vienna“ for the durational project „Jenseits der Natur -Volksherrschaft im Garten“ (Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany 2018- ongoing) https://www.clubrealblog.com