Vito Acconci is known for his controversial Body Art of the 1960s and ’70s, Vito Acconci has led a diverse career, one that has taken him from poetry through performance, video work to architecture. In Acconci’s subversive and highly physical performances, the artist was known to bite himself, burn off his body hair, and masturbate under a wooden ramp in a gallery while fantasizing through a loudspeaker about the people walking above him. For Broad Jump ’71, the artist organized a jumping competition for men, in which women were the prizes, offering commentary on male ownership of women. For Tonight We Escape from New York (1977), he installed a rope ladder in the Whitney Museum, alongside of which four loudspeakers played fragments of a racist dialogue that seemed to rise and fall along the ladder. Acconci’s interest in the human body and its relationship to public space later evolved into architectural, landscape, and furniture design.
Franklin Boyd is a member of the faculty of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York, Franklin Boyd lectures on the intersection of Art & Finance, the Art Market and Art Law. Franklin founded Boyd Level, an arts advisory for new collectors, 15 years ago and maintains a private legal practice that focuses on art and entrepreneurial matters. She was recently cited in the United States Copyright Office’s report to the United States Congress on Artist Resale Rights as having developed a model for best practices in the alternative resale rights space. Franklin serves on the board of directors of Art in General (New York) and Zer01 (Silicon Valley).
Ana Hušman, born in Zagreb in 1977. Studied multimedia and art education department graduating in 2002 from the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, Croatia. Attended number of Croatian and International festivals and shows. Currently she is working on Academy of fine arts department of animated film and new media. For her last works she received numerous international awards. Her works has been shown at festivals and exhibitions including; 9th Gwangju Biennale, 53rd Oktobar Salon, Beograd, Medienturm Gallery, Graz; On the Eastern Front, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Arts, Budapest; “lucy” bodig & ART ON STAGE, URA, Istanbul, Stuttgarter Filmwinter; IFF Rotterdam, 25 fps, Zagreb; DOK, Leipzig, Deutschland.
Sonja Leboš established the Association for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Research (AIIR) in Zagreb in 2002. Since then she has been working in inter-mediative fields, connecting cultural theory and practice in contexts of different projects, investigating the role of institutions in public and non-governmental sectors as well as vox populi in situ. SL holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology (University of Zagreb), a postgraduate Expertise in Cultural Tourism (University of Bologna) and Education in Art BA equivalent (Freie Hochschule Stuttgart). She has created various interdisciplinary research methods and platforms for articulation of multilayered urban issues and cooperated with different organizations. There is a number of on-going projects SL has instigated within AIIR platform: “Cybercine”, media-archaeology and mediascapes in public space (http://www.cybercine.org/); “Mnemosyne-Theatre of Memories”, research and building platforms for analysis, contesting and envisioning of diverse cultures of memories (http://www.theatreofmemories.eu/); ‘’res urbanae’’, blending urbanology and activism (http://resurbanae.wordpress.com/); ‘‘aRs PUBLICae’’, tackling art and design in public space (http://1postozaumjetnost.wordpress.com/) .
Bojan Mucko holds a master degree in philosophy, ethnology and cultural anthropology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science in Zagreb and is a student of MA program in New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb. He has been engaged with urban-anthropological issues, reviewing the disciplinary boundaries between contemporary art practices and cultural anthropology through interdisciplinary projects with several NGOs and organizations such as the Association for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Research, Shadow Casters, BLOK, Zagreb Society of Architects, Ethnographic Museum Zagreb. He was part of the editorial board of the architecture magazine Man and Space and is part of the organization of the ETNOFILm festival (specialized in ethnographic film). His writings are published in Oris, Man and Space, in Zarez, as well as Ethnological Forum, Studia ethnologica Croatica, and Critical Cities Volume 3, Place, Non-Place. He is author of several solo multimedia exhibitions and the publication Emptied in Restitution (contribution to the Ethnography of Emptiness) which focuses on urban-anthropological research on the phenomenon of massive closures and the decay of city and private business spaces in the centre of Zagreb from both scientific and artistic perspective.
Paolo Cirio is an innovative conceptual artist working with various media and domains. He works with the idea of shaping flows of social, political and economic structures, and in doing so explores contemporary systems of control, knowledge and information. Cirio’s work deals with various present issues in fields such as privacy, finance, copyright, democracy, militarism and environmentalism.He was born in Turin, Italy in 1979 and currently lives in NYC.Cirio’s artworks have been presented and exhibited in major art institutions, including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2013; ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2013; CCCB, Barcelona, 2013; CCC Strozzina, Florence, 2013; Museum of Contemporary Art of Denver, 2013; MAK, Vienna, 2013; Architectural Association, London, 2013; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, 2012; National Fine Arts Museum, Taichung, 2012; Wywyższeni National Museum, Warsaw, 2012, SMAK, Ghent, 2010; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, 2009; Courtauld Institute, London, 2009; PAN, Naples, 2008; MoCA, Tapei, 2007; Sydney Biennial, 2007; and NTT ICC, Tokyo, 2006. He has had solo shows Casa Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013; and at Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2011 and 2013. Cirio has also curated panels series at the Kitchen, NYC, 2012 and Eyebeam, NYC, 2013.
Dr Zlatan Krajina, Lecturer, University of Zagreb. Zlatan Krajina is the author of “Negotiating the Mediated City” (London and New York, Routledge, 2014). He was awarded MA and PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. Previously he worked as a news and documentary producer and presenter. He has worked as an undergraduate lecturer at Goldsmiths, and is currently based at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he teaches postgraduate courses on “Media and the City” and “Media Audiences.”
Iva Marčetić holds an MA in architecture from the University of Zagreb’s School of Architecture. As part of Pulska grupa she represented Croatia in the 13th biennial of architecture in Venice. In 2011/2012 she was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany and in 2013 she was a resident of Kuda.org from Novi Sad, Serbia. She rights extensively on housing rights and comodification of land and it’s consequences on city planning and architecture in both post-socialist Yugoslavia as well as Europe and has written for many Croatian independent newspapers and internet portals. She is a part of editorial team of the magazine “Nepokoreni grad” (Undefeated city) published by the Young antifascist association of Zagreb. She has both worked in architectural offices as well as activist groups and currently lives and works in Zagreb.
Tomislav Tomašević and Teodor Celakoski, Founders Right to the City and Green Action
Tomislav Tomasevic is currently Ecology Programme Coordinator in Croatian office of Heinrich Boell Foundation. He has a BA and MA in Political Science from University of Zagreb, in which his dissertation focused on the critique of a neo-liberal city and an MPhil in sustainable development from the University of Cambridge, in which his dissertation focused on the potential of urban commons. Tomasevic was involved in youth, environmental and urban activism as executive president of Croatian Youth Network, executive president of Friends of the Earth Croatia and co-founder of Right to the City in Zagreb. Tomasevic also has extensive international experience having participated in numerous UN conferences on sustainable development and was Youth Advisor for Europe of United Nations Environment Programme.
Teodor Celakoski is a cultural worker and activist from Zagreb. His work ranges from coordinating cultural programs, networking and cultural advocacy, to institutional innovation and political activism, and is guided by a vision of culture as a form of transformative agency. In the late 1990s, together with a group of friends and colleagues, he established the Multimedia Institute. In 2001 he helped initiate Clubture, the network for exchange of independent cultural programs within Croatia. With the same vision of transforming the cultural system bottom-up, Teodor played a key role in initiating and building a collective momentum in the establishment of Kultura Nova – public foundation for the development of non-profit independent contemporary culture, established by law and financed from the lottery funds, and POGON – a hybrid cultural center established as an institutional public-civic partnership between independent cultural actors and the city of Zagreb. He is also an active member of the Right to the City alliance in Zagreb, which was founded in the mid-2000s to fight the economic overexploitation of urban space, corruption of public governance for the benefit of private over public interests, unsustainable urban development policies, and the disenfranchisement of citizens from urban planning processes in the city of Zagreb and Croatia.
Peter Macapia is a New York based artist, architect, and theorist. He is a native of Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest of the US. He is the principal and founder of labDORA. Macapia’s art and architecture focus on the geopolitics of public space, structural engineering, algorithmic computation, and the geometry and topology of matter/energy relations. Macapia’s work primarily engages problems of space, of forms of spatializing and forms of distributions. He has exhibited and performed at The Storefront for Art and Architecture, as well as internationally at Art Miami/Basel with solo shows in New York, Hong Kong, London, and Los Angeles. He has taught architectural design, history and theory at Columbia University and Sci-Arc, as well as ESA Paris, TUS Tokyo, and TU Delft. Macapia studied at RISD and Harvard earning his Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees, and received his PhD from Columbia. He is currently professor at Pratt GAUD.