Participants

Sezgin Boynik is a sociologist currently working on his PhD in the Cultural Policy department of Jyväskylä University. His thesis is based on the cultural politics of alternative cinema production in Socialist Yugoslavia during the sixties and seventies. Publishes and lectures on ‬‪relation between art and politics, Situationist ‬‪International, ideology of punk, cultural nationalism and ‬‪on Yugoslavian cinema. Previously he has published on the Situationist International, and the history of Punk. With Minna Henriksson co-edited book Contemporary Art and Nationalism – Critical Reader.
Taru Elfving is a curator and writer, based in London and Finland, currently doing research on contemporary video installation, the space of address and the viewer as witness, at Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College. Her curatorial practice focuses on critical encounters.
Kalle Hamm in an artist based in Helsinki, whose work examines cultural encounters and their impacts both in historical and contemporary contexts. See e.g. http://www.spicetrade.org and http://www.afaryan.org
Minna Henriksson is visual artist currently based in Helsinki. In recent years one of her concentration has been the dynamics and power-positions in art scenes and she has documented her research in diagrams. She has mainly been working with installation and photography, and recently she realized a permanent public artwork in Trabzon, Turkey. One of her main topics of research is nationalism and she has been working on the issue in her artistic work as well as theoretically, especially its connection to contemporary art, together with her partner sociologist Sezgin Boynik.
Nicole Hewitt is an artist and researcher who lives and works in Zagreb and London. Her recent works are films concerned with the rehearsal, performance and recitation of self as manifested in the Ballroom dancing schools of Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro. She teaches at the Department of Animation and New Media, at the Art Academy of Zagreb and organises many workshops, events and exhibitions in Croatia ( Protokol 1- 5, Tip 1-3, ).
Daniel Jewesbury is an artist and writer, and works as a researcher in digital cultures at the Centre for Media Research, University of Ulster. He is currently making a new film about the fragility of memory and biography.
Dzamil Kamanger is an Iranian visual artist based in Helsinki. He and Kalle Hamm have collaborated over ten years dealing with the position of marginality in mainstream culture. He has been included in exhibitions in Institut finlandais in Paris, Chiang Mai University Gallery in Thailand, Botkurka Kunsthall in Sweden and Un/natural in Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in Finland
Susan Kelly is an artist and writer based in London. Her work is concerned with the relationship between art, rhetoric and the micro-political and has been included in exhibitions at the NCCA, St. Petersburg; the Prague Biennial; The Lenin Museum, Finland; Art in General, New York; Krasnoyarsk Museum Siberia; pm Gallery Zagreb. She has published in Public Culture, the Journal of Visual Cultures, Chto Delat?, re-public art.net and is a graduate of the Whitney ISP NY. She is currently a lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London
Aisling O’Beirn is a Belfast-based artist, whose recent work is derived from a research into various informal accounts of place, e.g. urban myths, anecdotes, place nicknames, etc. See http://www.aislingobeirn.com for previous work.
Platforma 981 is a non-profit organization based in Zagreb. Platforma 981 focuses on social and economic changes that occur as a result of Croatia’s efforts to enter the European Union and changes that affect the architecture and urbanism.

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