Born in 1966 in Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania, David Adjaye studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He is recognised as one of the leading architects of his generation in the UK, especially for his ingenious use of materials and ability to sculpt light. He formed his first partnership in 1994 and quickly developed a reputation as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. Projects have been diverse in scale, audience and geography, and include collaborations with Olafur Eliasson, exhibition design, temporary pavilions and private homes in the UK and US. More recently, he has designed major arts centres and public buildings across London, Oslo and Denver. Adjaye has lectured at many institutions internationally and has published two books; David Adjaye Houses: Recycling, Reconfiguring Rebuilding (2005) and Making Public Buildings: Specificity Customization Imbrication. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for services to architecture.
Born in 1972, Fia Backström is a Swedish, New York based artist. Her work underlines the parameters of format, and the logic of display that art and prosumer culture typically occupy. Mimetic of its situation—her practice evades rhetorical summation and aesthetic synthesis alike—while fluidly reworking the signs for engagement. In October 2007 she set up an event at United Nations Plaza, Berlin, where she performed Herd Instinct 360º. Her work has recently been shown in the Whitney Biennial, New York, White Columns, New York, Marabouparken, Stockholm; The Kitchen, New York; and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. She has published texts in art magazines such as Pacemaker, North Drive Press, Artforum and Art on Paper.
John Baldessari is a leading American Conceptual artist. His work, including artist’s books, videos, films, billboards and public works, has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions in the US and Europe and in over 750 group exhibitions. He has received honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland, San Diego State University and Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. Recent projects include solo shows in New York, Europe and Los Angeles, a curatorial project at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC, and retrospectives at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, 2005; Kunsthaus Graz, 2005, and the Carré d’art, musée d’art contemporain in Nimes, 2005. Upcoming projects include Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York; the Arts Club of Chicago; Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid; Fondazione Prada, Milan, and a retrospective at Tate Modern, London, in 2009. He has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career.
As a founding figure in Germany’s Pop movement, along with Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter, Thomas Bayrle has been influential as both an artist and as a teacher at Frankfurt’s Staedelschule for over thirty years. Born in 1937 in Berlin, he constructs architectonic, technically innovative imagery that perturbs perception through its iconoclastic use of forms. In addition to his two-dimensional works, he also produces sculptural objects: cardboard maquettes of serpentine motorways. Bayrle has exhibited internationally since the 1960s. Recent exhibitions include the Berlin Biennial; Museum Ludwig, Cologne 2001, MMK, Franfurt 2006, 50th Venice Biennale2003, Lyon Biennale 2007, Europop, Kunsthaus Zuerich 2008. He lives and works in Frankfurt.
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Peter Coles studied at Cambridge University and moved to Sussex in 1985 to undertake a DPhil in Theoretical Astronomy under the supervision of Professor John D. Barrow. Two years later he moved to Queen Mary & Westfield College (University of London), and in 1999 to Nottingham University to become Professor of Astrophysics and help set up a new astronomy group there. In 2007 he took up the Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics at Cardiff University. His primary research interest is in cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe, an area that involves not only astrophysics but also statistics. He has written two textbooks and various popular works on cosmology and physics.
One of the most prominent and individual younger artists practising in Hungary today, Attila Csörgo was born in Budapest in 1965. From 1988–94 he studied in the painting and intermedia faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, and in 1993 at the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. He now lives and works in Budapest. Using lights and photography, pulleys and strings, his works are immediately entertaining but raise profound questions about how we construct our vision of the world. His many solo shows include Le Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing France, 2001; Art in General, New York, 2002; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 2004; Gregor Podnar Gallery, Ljubljana, 2006, and Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, 2007. He has also participated in many major group shows including the São Paulo Biennial, 1994; the Venice Biennale, 1999; Milano Europe 2000, and the Istambul Biennial, 2003.
Jimmie Durham is a sculptor, born in the USA in 1940. In 1994 he moved to Europe, where his work has focused primarily on the relationship between architecture, monumentality and national narratives. He has exhibited around the world, including the Whitney Biennial (1993, 2006); Documenta IX; the Venice Biennale (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005); ICA, London; New Museum for Contemporary Art and Exit Art, New York; Hamburg Kunstverein; Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; Basel Kunsthalle; FRAC, Reims; Wittgenstein Haus, Vienna; Kunstverein Munich; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. In 1983 he published Columbus Day, a book of poems. He is the author of numerous essays, published in his anthology A Certain Lack of Coherence (1993). In 2005 his The American West was published. Durham is currently working on a new compilation of essays, The Road, based on a work in Mexico City, and a new collection of poetry. A retrospective of his work will be held at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2009.
Brian Eno is an electronic musician, music theorist and record producer, best known as the father of modern ambient music. With an art-school background and inspiration from Minimalism, he first came to prominence as the keyboard and synthesiser player for Roxy Music. After leaving the group, Eno recorded four highly original rock albums before turning to more abstract soundscapes such as Discreet Music (1975) and Ambient 1/Music for Airports (1978). Since then he has made dozens of albums, many with collaborators, including Harold Budd, Cluster, John Cale, David Byrne and David Bowie. He also helped popularise the band Devo and the punk-influenced No Wave scene. His production and songwriting credits include hits by Talking Heads and U2, as well as work with James, Slowdive, Paul Simon and Coldplay. Eno has also created visual art installations and is a columnist for The Observer.
Simone Forti is a dancer, choreographer and writer. From her early minimalist dance-constructions through her animal movement studies and news animations, she has created idioms for exploring natural forms and behaviours. Over the past two decades, she has been developing Logomotion, using movement and language in improvisational solo and ensemble performances. Forti has participated in Nam June Paik’s Video Opera at New York’s Whitney Museum, 1997; the Donaueschinger Festival in Germany, and the Sougetsu Museum in Tokyo. Her published books include Handbook in Motion, 1974, and Oh, Tongue, 2003. In 2003 she received the Dance Resource Center of Los Angeles Lester Horton Award for Sustained Achievement and she is a recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Born in Zagreb, 1973, Ivana Franke graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1997. She often works with transparent materials and light to create situations that convey a sense of the ephemeral. Her installations probe the relation between appearance and materiality and question our sense of spatial dimensions. Her exhibitions include P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York, 2001; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2003; the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2004; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2005, and the Venice Biennale, 2007. In 2001–2 she participated in a research programme at the Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu.
Hreinn Fridfinnsson is one of Iceland’s leading conceptual artists. His photography, drawings and installations are celebrated for their lyricism and stark poetry, despite his often commonplace subjects and materials. Landscape and the natural world are central themes. He has exhibited extensively since his first solo show in 1971 and has been particularly active in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and France. Currently he is taking part in an exhibition at the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, with other recipients of the prestigious Ars Fennica prize, which he received in Helsinki in 2000. Recent solo exhibitions include Serpentine Gallery, London, 2007; a major retrospective at Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’art contemporain, Bignan, France,2002; Kyoto Art Centre, 2002, and Waïnö Aaltonen Museum of Art/Turku & Hämeenlinnan Art Museum, Finland, 2000. Group exhibitions include the Carnegie Art Award 2000 and the extensive survey of Nordic art at the Kunsthalle Vienna, Norden – Zeitgenössisches Kunst aus Nordeuropa, 2000.
Gabriela Fridriksdottir’s polyphonic installations crystallise many different themes and media: painting, sculpture, drawing, performance, music and video.
Her work is distinguished by a meditative narrative structure, which is fed by mythology and the occult, and breaks with rational logic. Her creative drive has been influenced by a compulsion to investigate the irrational and mysterious. Born in 1971 in Reykjavik, she studied at “Rymi”, School of Art (1993–4) and the Icelandic Academy of Art, Reykjavík (1994–7). Recent solo exhibitions include Bob von Oursow Galerie, Zurich 2008, Spielhaus Morrison Galerie, Berlin, 2007; The Osram Gallery, Munich, 2006, and Migros Museum, Zurich, 2006. Her work is in many public collections including National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik; Reykjavik Art Museum; SAFN Collection, Reykjavik; Osram GmbH, Munich, and Migros Museum, Zurich.
Born in 1923 in Budapest, Yona Friedman studied architecture at the Technical University before continuing his training at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, where he worked as an architect until 1957. Believing that the requirements generated by technological and demographic growth were too great to be solved by traditional architectural values, in 1957 he settled in Paris and founded the Groupe d’etude d’architecture mobile (GEAM). Its manifesto was his L’Architecture mobile (1958), in which he rejected the idea of a static city. In the early 1960s his ideas began to be discussed worldwide, especially by the exponents of ‘metabolist’ architecture. His exhibition Une Utopie réalisée drew a record attendance at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1975. His participatory concepts were applied in the Lycée David d’Angers (1978–80). He later adapted his theories to developing countries, beginning work in 1981 with Eda Schaur on the Museum of Basic Technology, Madras.
Aurélien Froment is an artist based in Paris. Ever since he graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Nantes, Aurélien Froment has been developing a series of interrelated projects in which he interrogates the manner in which media structure the relation between object and sign, perception and cognition, language and meaning. Recent exhibitions : Acknowledgement (Motive Gallery, Amsterdam), Calling the Elephant (Project Arts Centre, Dublin), Of Any Actual Person, Living or Dead (Store, London). Recent publication : Théâtre de poche vol. 1, (Project Press, Dublin). Recent lectures : The Life and Work of Arthur Lloyd (Piet Zwarte Institute, Rotterdam).
Abhishek Hazra is a visual artist based in Bangalore. His work explores the intersections between technology and culture through the narrative device of a ‘visual fable’. He is also interested in the social history of scientific practices, and his current, ongoing project attempts to explore the history of science research in colonial India. Abhishek works with animated shorts and digital slideshows that often integrate textual fragments drawn from fictional scenarios. He is also interested in the way in which the languages of science journalism and information visualisation participate in the complex dynamics of ‘knowledge dissemination’ and ‘translation’. Recent shows include First Left, Second Right, a 3 person show at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York with Yamini Nayar and Kiran Subbaiah; Horn Please. Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art (Curated by Bernhard Fibicher and Suman Gopinath), Kunstmuseum Bern and Ghosts in the Machine and other Fables: an exhibition of video, sound and interactive works at Apeejay Media Gallery, New Delhi (Curated by Pooja Sood). A brief overview of some of his works can be found here: http://abhishekhazra.blogspot.com/
Born in Birmingham in 1975, Roger Hiorns is an artist and writer based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, 2006; Camden Arts Centre, London, 2007, and Corvi-Mora, London, 2008, and he has recently been awarded the Jerwood/Artangel Commission. He performed at the Serpentine Gallery in 2006, and in 2005 he worked with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Group exhibitions for 2008 include Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary as Aleph, Kunsthaus Graz; A Life Of Their Own, Lismore Castle Arts, Co Waterford, Ireland, and Stain Pattern, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam.
Hilmar Janusson has been Vice President of Research and Development at Ossur in Reykjavik since 1993. During that time, his team has introduced many innovations in prosthetic devices. Having secured his Bachelors degree in Chemistry in 1987 and further education and research in Solid State Chemistry a year later – both at the University of Iceland – Janusson attended the School of Materials and Engineering at the University of Leeds (1988–91), where he earned a PhD with a specialisation in piezoelectric composite materials. In addition to co-founding the nanotechnology start-up Matvice in 2000, Janusson is Chair of Star-Oddi, a manufacturer of technologies for oceanic research; a board member of Hafmynd, a developer of novel underwater technologies; Chair of the Science Park Project at the University of Iceland, and board member of the Research Council of Iceland, the Icelandic Science and Technology Council, and the Icelandic Research Fund.
Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir
Icelandic artist Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir makes interactive constellations, a group or cluster of related things, creating a dialog between audio sculptures and video. Her projects have included fireworks made out of sound sensitive cold cathode lights, a frozen puddle in the middle of the summer, pop-up igloos and magic. She lives and works today in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she is born 1969 but for education and practice, she has been living in Germany, Los Angeles and New York. Hekla is a leading artist of her generation in Iceland, since 1999 she has actively exhibited her works internationally. She has taken on the role of a curator for several exhibitions and given lectures and seminars at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Hekla is one of the founders of Kling & Bang gallery.
Karl Ægir Karlsson
Karl Ægir Karlsson joined Reykjavik University in 2006 as an associate professor in biomedical engineering in the department of science and engineering. During 2005 he completed his post-doctoral training at UCLA; prior to that he obtained his masters and doctorate degrees in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Iowa. He earned his Bachelors degree in psychology at the University of Iceland. His theories on sleep and its development have been published in many scholarly journals, and this subject forms the research focus of his laboratory. Currently he is running experiments aimed at documenting the statistical properties of human and animal sleep development, employing fMRI to better understand how neurons of the hypothalamus react under various emotional conditions, which may prove important for understanding narcolepsy and cataplexy. Before his academic career, Karlsson was a fisherman on various ships in Icelandic waters.
Kristján Leósson is a research scientist at the Science Institute, University of Iceland. He holds a B.Sc. degree in engineering physics and a B.A. (minor) in philosophy from Queen’s University, Canada, an M.Sc.in experimental physics from the University of Iceland and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark. In Denmark, he also worked for several years in process development for high-tech start-up companies. In his work, Kristján has dealt with light in many aspects, including laser optics, semiconductor optics, bio-optics, nano-optics and optical communications. He has published numerous international research papers and is co-inventor of several patent applications. He has also given public presentations and written science-related general-interest texts in books, newspapers, for the University of Iceland “Science Web” and “Children’s University” and the 1998 Reykjavik Arts Festival “In the Flesh” exhibition.
Artist Darri Lorenzen was born in 1978 in Reykjavik, and studied at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts (1997–2000); Kopavogur Computer Music Centre, Iceland (2001–2); Royal Academy of Art & Royal Conservatoire Den Haag, Interfaculty Image & Sound, The Netherlands (2002–3), and Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee (2005–6). In his photographs, sound works and installations, he makes ontological adjustments with a strict economy of materials, altering the parameters of real-time environments in order to enhance sensitivity to place. Recent exhibitions include Curators Without Borders, Berlin, 2008; Project Gentili, Prato, Italy, 2007; Kunsthalle Loppem, Bruge, 2006; The National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, 2005, and Menningarnótt, Reykjavik, 2008. Lorenzen lives and works in Berlin.
Neri Oxman is an architect and researcher currently based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is a Presidential Fellow working towards her PhD in Design and Computation; She is associated with the Smart Cities Group at the Media Lab and the MIT Design Lab. Neri Oxman studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Hons), and the Hebrew University Medical School. She has practiced Architecture with Ram Karmi, OCEAN NORTH and had served as a Design-Technology Research Consultant for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Neri Oxman has taught design and computation workshops at the Emergent Technologies and Design Master's Program at the AA, the IT-Master's Programme at the Oslo School of Architecture, Rice and Columbia Universities. She has collaborated with Bentley Systems and the Smart Geometry Group and has given numerous workshops on Generative Components and other parametric software packages at various institutions including TU Delft, TU Vienna, Cambridge U.K, MIT, Columbia University, Harvard GSD, and KPF and Associates. Her work has been published in journals, magazines and books including AD (Emergence), AD (Techniques and Technologies in Morphogenetic Design), AD (Collective Intelligence in Design), Icon, AA Files, Building Design (BD Magazine), Demonstrating Digital Architecture (Birkhäuser Publishers), Archiprix International 2005 (010 Publishers), Morphoecologies (AA Publishers), MIT Plan, MIT Tech and MIT's Thresholds. In 2005, she was the recipient of the FEIDAD Design Merit Award, an Archiprix Award, and the 2005-2007 America-Israel Cultural Foundation Award of Excellence. Her current work, Natural Artifice, is now on display in the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition, the Museum of Modern Art, as well as scheduled to appear in the International Biennial of Contemporary Art to open in Seville during 2009. Neri has recently been recognized as a Revolutionary Mind 2008 by SEED Magazine, featuring her collection of work and research in Design Computation. Transcending disciplinary and professional boundaries, Oxman's work pioneers Material Computation as a design paradigm beyond typological expression. She promotes the aesthetics of material formation and behavior as a scientific contribution to ecological activism. Her current research attempts to establish both new forms of experimental design and novel processes of material practice at the interface of design, computer science, structural engineering, and biology. Neri is the founder of M A T E R I A L E C O L O G Y, an interdisciplinary design research initiative based in Cambridge, MA.
The art of Pedro Reyes addresses the interplay between physical and social space, making tangible the invisible geometry of our personal relationships. His expanded notion of sculpture examines the cognitive contradictions of modern life, and the possibility of overcoming our particular crises by increasing our individual and collective degree of agency. His work has been shown at institutions throughout the world, including the South London Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; the Reina Sofia, Madrid; Yvon Lambert Gallery, NewYork; the Jumex Collection, Mexico City; P.S.1, New York; Kunstwerke, Berlin; Museo-estudio Luis Barragan, Mexico City; the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; the Witte de With, Rotterdam; the Shanghai Biennial; the Seattle Art Museum; the Venice Biennale, and the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University.
Rosenfield studied mathematics as an undergraduate at New York University and received his MD from the New York University School of Medicine and his PhD from Princeton University. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a frequent international guest lecturer at universities, museums and other cultural institutions. His articles have appeared in The New York Review of Books and various magazines and periodicals. His books include, The Invention of Memory: a New View of the Brain, 1988; The Strange, Familiar and Forgotten: An Anatomy of Consciousness, 1992 (a new version was published in France in 2005), and DNA for Beginners, 1984 (with Edward Ziff; a new version will be published in 2009). In 2000, Rosenfield published a satirical novel, Freud’s Megalomania, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Rosenfield has contributed to exhibition catalogues for artists Olafur Eliasson, A. R. Penck, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, Pierre Huyghe, Gloria Friedmann and Anna Gaskell.
Carolee Schneemann (born 1939 in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania) is an American visual artist, known for her major contribution to discourses on the body, sexuality and gender. She received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from the University of Illinois. Her painting, photography, film, video, performance art and installation works are primarily characterised by research into visual traditions, taboos and the body of the individual in relationship to social bodies. Her works have been shown in many major museums and venues, including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the New York Museum of Modern Art, and the National Film Theatre, London. Schneemann has taught at several universities, including the California Institute of the Arts; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hunter College, and Rutgers University, where she was the first female art professor hired. Additionally, she has published widely, producing books such as Cézanne, She Was a Great Painter (1976), More than Meat Joy: Performance Works and Selected Writings (1997), Imaging Her Erotics (MIT Press 2002) and the forthcoming publication Correspondence Course (Duke University Press, 2009) edited by Kristine Stiles.
Thorsteinn I. Sigfusson
Thorsteinn I Sigfusson was born in Vestmannaeyjar Iceland in 1954. He studied physics and mathematics at Copenhagen University from 1973 and continued at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK, where he was elected research fellow of Darwin College. His PhD was on low-temperature physics, the subject on which he initially worked at the Science Institute of the University of Iceland, before moving on to problems related to ferrosilicon production, technical physics and renewable energy. He has started seven companies, including Icelandic New Energy. In 2003 he co-chaired the new International Partnership for Hydrogen Energy established in Washington D.C. His book on the hydrogen economy Planet Hydrogen – The Taming of the Proton is published this spring. In 2007 Sigfusson became the Laureate of the prestigious Global Energy Prize. Soon afterwards he was given the task of leading the newly created Innovation Centre in Iceland.
Katrín Sigurdardóttir was born in Reykjavik in 1967. In her work she merges ARCHITECTURE, URBANISM AND CARTOGRAPHY, inspired by her native Iceland as well as New York, her home for the last FIFTEEN years. From conventional woodshop materials such as plywood, polystyrene and foam core, she creates miniature versions of imaginary and real environments that are often presented in crates, suitcases or room-sized installations. These complex architectural structures encourage direct participation and evoke references to SCALE MODELS, CHILDS PLAY and places of the imagination. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO, TURIN, PS1, NEW YORK, SALA SIQUIEROS, MEXICO CITY, INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, PHILADELPHIA, SMAK MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, GHENT, AND MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, SAN DIEGO.
Rirkrit Tiravanija is a Buenos Aires-born contemporary artist of Thai descent, who divides his time between New York, Berlin and Chiang Mai. Since the early 1990s he has explored the social role of the artist and has fostered interactivity with his audience. He has cooked and served food to gallery-goers, set up a recording studio in a museum, reconstructed his apartment inside an exhibition space, corresponded via the internet while on an American road trip with Thai students, and provided opportunities for numerous other everyday activities to occur within art spaces. In 2004 he was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize by the Guggenheim Museum, and received the Silpathorn Award in 2007 from the Ministry of Culture of Thailand. Recent exhibitions include Serpentine Gallery, London, 2005; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2005; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, 2006; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, 2007; Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates, 2007; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2007 and solo exhibitions at David Zwirner Gallery, New York, 2007 and Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, 2008. Forthcoming in New York, 2008 are solo exhibitions at the Drawing Center, Gavin Brown's enterprise, and the Guggenheim Museum.
Luc Steels is professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Brussels and director of the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. His work has spanned many areas of robotics and Artificial Intelligence, from problem-solving and sensori-motor intelligence to language. In the past decade he has achieved with his team several breakthroughs in the areas of convention spreading, self-organisation of speech, the co-evolution of language and meaning, and the emergence of grammar. His publications include hundreds of articles in IEEE Intelligent Systems, Journal of Behavioural and Brain Sciences, Trends in Cognitive Science, AI journal and Transactions of the Royal Society, as well as a dozen books. His work has also been shown in the context of art exhibitions including Laboratorium, Antwerpen Open and Roomade, Antwerp, 1999; Olafur Eliasson’s Look into the book, Musee d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, 1999, as well as theatre plays with Jean-Francois Peyret at the Avignon Theatre Festival.
Wardill's work takes text and image material from the history of ideas – such as the motives of medieval church windows or the use of metphor within contemporary poltiical rhetoric – and develops a many layered and intense meshwork of autonomous statements and concepts. Her work is concerned with strategies of communication and the implicit connection between the structure of a language and the way that it connects to and influences messages. Based on metaphor and motif, Wardill plays with the sensuous possibilities of filmic narrative. The expectation of a complex overall meaning is diverted with the opacity of props - stages towards understanding become fictitious stages.
Recent exhibitions and screenings include 'Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck' (2007) ICA, London, 'Born Winged Animals and Honey Gatherers of the Soul' (2006) Tate Britain, London and 'An Ambiguous Case' (2008) MUMOK, Vienna. Wardill was earlier this month announced as first laureate of the Follow Fluxus–After Fluxus grant, which will conclude with an exhibition at the NKV Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden.
Popularly known as Dr Ruth, Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who helped pioneer the field of media psychology. Her New York radio programme ‘Sexually Speaking’ began in1980 and was heard across the country disseminating her advice on “sexual literacy” for over ten years. She soon added television shows, a newspaper column, games, videos, computer software, a website and 32 books, and counting. Born in Germany in 1928, Westheimer was sent to a school in Switzerland to escape the Holocaust, went to Palestine where she was a freedom-fighter on behalf of Israel, moved to Paris where she taught kindergarten, immigrated to the US in 1956, where she obtained her Masters degree in Sociology from the New School and her Ed.D in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She studied human sexuality at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. She has twice been named College Lecturer of the Year. She is currently teaching at both Yale and Princeton Universities.
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