Lydia Matthews

Lydia is a Professor of Visual Studies and Director of the Curatorial Design Research Lab at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, where she served as Dean of Academic Programs from 2007-2011.  Trained as an art historian at University of California, Berkeley and London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, she taught for 18 years at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she co-founded and chaired the graduate program in Visual Critical Studies and also directed the Master’s Program in Fine Arts. She has published and lectured internationally, and dedicates her research, writing and curatorial work to examining how artists, craftspeople and designers foster lively debates and intimate community interactions in response to a variety of urgent global issues. Her curatorial and pedagogical projects in Tbilisi include curating the U.S. sections of Artisterium International: “Chime In” (2010) and “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy” (2008); “One Stop” (2007, curated by Georgian artist collective TRAM, featuring temporary urban interventions in the main boulevard of Tbilisi, Rustavelli Avenue); “Life Beyond Tourism: Countries, Histories, Cultural Tourism Regional Festival” (2009, with the Media Arts faculty of the Tbilisi State Academy of Art); Art Caucasus International; “Consume(d): Creative and Critical Resistance in the San Francisco Bay Area” (2005). She also collaborated with artist/activists to produce workshops and events in “Against All Odds: Ethics/Aesthetics” at the Benaki Museum Pireos Annex in Athens, Greece (2011), “Spatial Imaginary and Multiple Belonging: The Open House” at the Byzantine Art Museum in Athens (2008) and “Routes and Homes: The Migrant Tree Project” at El Jardin del Paraiso in New York City’s Lower East Side (2010). In Spring 2012 she will be in residence at GeoAIR, and will serve as a 2012 Fulbright Foundation Specialist in Volos, Greece, organizing a community-oriented curatorial project linking the city’s recently formed T.E.M. informal barter community, the new Ecological Recycling Center, and architecture students and faculty from the University of Thessaly.

Contact:Lydjam@aol.com


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Joanna van der Zanden

Joanna works as an Amsterdam-based independent curator, lecturer and artistic director on cross-disciplinary design projects. She studied Fashion at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht and went on to earn her masters in Art History at the University of Utrecht in 1994. From 1996-2003 she served as Manager of the Art and Design Project for KesselsKramer, a major marketing and communications firm. From 2006-2010 she served as the founding curator of Platform 21, an incubator of a new design center in Amsterdam which included  projects such as Platform 21: Hacking IKEA and Platform 21: Repairing (see: www.platform21.nl or her publication, Curatorial Cooking: The Design Practice of Platform 21).  In 2011 she was appointed artistic director of the Rotterdam Design Prize, a bi-annual Dutch design award that aims to stimulate debate about the role of design within cultural and social contexts (an exhibition in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is part of this award.) Joanna also advises the team of Groninger Forum on future artistic directions and works with them on the project “Raw Power”, a program devoted to the theme of power of raw materials, from politics to consumerism. She is a member of the advisory board of the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and is the founder of “Throwing Snowballs”, a creative catalyst that initiates and realizes projects that encourage critical and creative thinking by connecting art and design to society. She has guest curated and advised at The Centre of Contemporary Art “Znaki Czasu” in Torun, Poland, and Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst. She serves as a curator/educator at the Summer Programme Strelka, a new post-graduate educational program for design, architecture and media in Moscow, and has lectured and conducted workshops internationally.

Contact: joanna@throwingsnowballs.nl


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Roomservices:Otto von Busch & Evren Uzer

Roomservices offers a series of interventionist, practical research projects that explore urban and rural issues and transgress the borders between urbanity, social reorganization, design co-location, applied socio-geography, collaborative design, urban mapping and socially-oriented art work. Tactics of systems hacking and DIY craft often factor into their work, which concentrates on small-scale initiatives that support diverse forms of local knowledge production. With their Roomservices projects, the collaborative team of Otto von Busch and Evren Uzer experiment with ‘tools’ for providing a different viewpoint on everyday life– or just celebrating differences within it– by revealing their varied shades under new light. Evren Uzer is a Turkey-born, New York-based urban planner and holds a PhD in cultural heritage and disaster, working on risks, post-disaster shelter and public space interventions. She is currently serving as a Visiting Researcher at Pratt Institute in New York City. Otto von Busch is an artist, activist, fashion theorist, designer, and Assistant Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. He earned his PhD in critical fashion design at Göteborg University (Sweden), and engages with social and subversive fashion design, taking a critical and political look on design and in particular on the fashion system and its networks. They have participated in exhibitions and conferences throughout the world, including at the “Alternative Futures and Popular Protest Conference” in Manchester, UK; the “ENHR Housing Conference” in Reykjavik, Iceland; Kunstlerhaus Buchenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria; Exit Art Gallery in New York City, USA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California USA; Pavelhaus, Vienna, Austria; Center for Visual Art, Denver, Colorado USA; Diyarbakir Art Center, Turkey; Goteborg City Museum, Sweden; and NKD, Dale, Norway.

Contact: roomservices@gmail.com

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