Tristan Garcia is a French writer and philosopher. His novels include La Meilleure Part des hommes (2008), Mémoires de la jungle (2010), En l’absence de classement final (2012), Les Cordelettes de Browser (2012), Faber. Le Destructeur (2013) and 7 (2015). His philosophical works include L’Image (2007), Nous, Animaux et Humains. Actualité de Jeremy Bentham (2011), Forme et objet. Un Traité des choses (2011), Six Feet Under. Nos vies sans destin (2012) and Nous (2016). Forme et objet was translated into English by Jon Cogburn and Mark Allan Ohm under the title Form and Object: A Treatise on Things (2014) and is available from Edinburgh University Press. Since 2015, he’s an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Lyon-3.
Pierre Huyghe is a French artist born in 1962. He lives and works in Santiago, Chile. His most recent solo exhibitions have taken place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), LACMA Los Angeles County Museum (Los Angeles), Ludwig Museum (Cologne), The Artist’s Institute (New York), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), and Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City).
Vincent Normand is an art historian, writer, and occasional curator. He teaches at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. He is also co-director and co-editor of the research platform and journal Glass Bead, a research platform and a journal concerned with transfers of knowledge across art, science and philosophy, as well as with their practical and political dimensions.
Lucile Dupraz is an artist and writer born in France. She currently lives in Zurich where she has been writing, translating, and performing. She studied photography in London, and has taught art history at a women’s university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Previously at ECAL she co-edited the book Vertiginous Parallels (2013) with Julien Fronsacq.
Dorothea von Hantelmann
Dorothea von Hantelmann is documenta Professor at the Art Academy/University of Kassel where she lectures on the history and meaning of documenta and is involved in the constitution of a documenta research institute. Her main fields of research are contemporary art and theory as well as the history and theory of exhibitions. She is currently working on a book that explores art exhibitions as ritual spaces in which fundamental values and categories of modern, liberal and market based societies historically have been, and continue to be practised and reflected. She is author of How to Do Things with Art, a book on performativity within contemporary art.
Celeste Olalquiaga is a cultural historian interested in the contradictions of modernity and the residual aspects of modern culture. Her books include Megalopolis: Contemporary Cultural Sensibilities (1992) and The Artificial Kingdom: A Treasury of the Kitsch Experience (1998). An independent scholar, Celeste publishes, lectures and does artistic collaborations worldwide. She is the founder and director of PROYECTO HELICOIDE, a non-profit cultural association dedicated to rescuing the memory of El Helicoide, a modern ruin in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Virginia Ariu is an artist born in Turin in 1992. Graduated with a Bachelor in Visual Arts from Albertina Fine Arts Academy in Turin, she is now attending the Master of Visual Arts at ECAL. Her work ranges over different media.
Catarina Bota Leal
Catarina Bota Leal was born in Faro, Portugal, in 1983. She graduated in Architecture at the University of Coimbra, and in the last few years has been working in several architecture studios in Portugal and Switzerland, as well as doing freelance work in both architecture and the visual arts. She is currently pursuing a Master degree in Visual Arts at ECAL.
Born in Iran, in 1986, Shirin obtained a Bachelor in Mise en Scène from Tehran University. She collaborated for several projects between Tehran and Paris in the fields of theater and cinema. Implicated in both cultural and politic matters, she left Iran in 2012 to continue her studies at ECAL where she obtained her Bachelor in Fine Art in 2015 and is attending the Master Program.
Jeanne Wéry is an architect and an artist living and working in Lausanne. During her studies started practicing taxidermy in the Natural History Museum. Her work is based on natural phenomena and wildlife.
Ilaria Vinci is an artist born in Brindisi, Italy, in 1991. She holds a BFA from Brera Fine Art Academy in Milan and currently she is enrolled in the Master in Visual Arts program at ECAL. She is co-founder of the artist-run space Armada, in Milan. She lives and works between Lausanne and Milan.
Kostis Sotiriou is a visual artist and an architect. Having studied at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne after receiving a Bachelor in Fine Arts and a Master in Architecture, his work comprises installations investingating notions of topography, memory and trajectory.
Tomaso Semenzato, born in 1992 in Italy, is a video and performance artist living between Italy, Switzerland and the US. Graduated with a Bachelor in Visual arts and Theatre from the University IUAV of Venice, he is now attending the Master of Fine Arts at ECAL.
Matteo Pomati is an artist born in Milan in 1989. He lives and works between Lausanne, where he is currently studying Visual Arts at ECAL, and Milan, where he got a BFA at Brera Fine Arts Academy. He is co-founder of Armada, in Milan.
Francesco Nazardo divides his time between Lausanne, where he is completing his Master’s in Visual Arts at ECAL, and traveling for commissioned projects.
Abigail Janjic is a Swiss artist living and working in Geneva. She is graduated from HEAD (Geneva) with a BA in visual art, and from Konstfack (Stockholm) with a MA in textile. She is currently completing her MA in Fine Arts at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne.
Antoine Goudard is a French artist living and working both in Lausanne and Rouen. He is graduated from ESADHAR (Rouen) with a BA in Visual Arts. He is currently completing his MA in Fine Arts at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. His artistic practice questions microscopic and macroscopic scales through games of proportions and images.
Gabriele Garavaglia studied architecture and visual art. He is interested in the existing relationship between individuals, spaces and the on-going phenomenon of collective relevance in contemporary society as well as in the way of making these links tangible.
Jean Etchevers-Bourgois was born in Paris in 1990 where he studied interior architecture before switching to Fine Arts at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, where he received his Bachelor degree in Visual Art, and continued with the Master program. His practice sways between curating and art production through collaborations in multifarious activities.
Sophie Dloussky is a french video artist born in 1989 and currently studying at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne.
Loucia Carlier is a french artist, working both in Lausanne and Paris (where she recently started a collaborative art project with other french artists). She studied for at ENSAD / Superior school of art of Paris, before moving to Switzerland to graduate at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne.
Francesco Cagnin is an Italian artist born in 1988. He graduated in Visual Arts at IUAV Venice. He’s now enrolled in the Master Fine Arts program at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne.
Lena Brudieux is a french artist living in Lausanne. She graduated at the Fine Art School of Bordeaux in France, and she is now completing her Master at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne.
Giulio Scalisi was born in Sicily in 1992, moved to the US in New Jersey and then Milan where he studied Visual Arts. He then move to ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne to finish his studies in the Visual Arts Master program. His artistic practice revolves around images and their potentiality using medias like 3D Modeling, videos and installation.
Charles T. Wolfe
Charles T. Wolfe is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences and Sarton Centre for History of Science, Ghent University, and an associate member of the IHPST (CNRS-UMR 8590, Paris). He works primarily in history and philosophy of the early modern life sciences, with a particular interest in materialism and vitalism. He is the author of Materialism: A Historico-Philosophical Introduction (Springer, 2016), and has edited volumes including Monsters and Philosophy (2005), The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge (2010, with O. Gal), Vitalism and the scientific image in post-Enlightenment life-science (2013, with S. Normandin), Brain Theory. Essays in Critical Neurophilosophy (2014), Philosophy of Biology before Biology (w. C. Bognon-Kuss, in progress) along with articles in journals including Early Science and Medicine, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Journal of the History of Biology, Multitudes, Perspectives on Science, Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Recherches sur Diderot et l’Encyclopédie, Science in Context, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and others. His current project is a monograph on the conceptual foundations of Enlightenment vitalism. He is also the Co-Editor of the Springer series in History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences. Papers and other works available here.
Yuk Hui is currently postdoctoral researcher at the Leuphana University in Germany, he is author of On the Existence of Digital Objects (Minnesota University Press, 2016) and co-editor of the anthology 30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (Meson Press, 2015).
Haydée Marin Lopez
Born in 1985 in South Africa, she’s completing her Master at Head-Genève. In her work as well as in her research, she questions the relation between experimentation, time, and space.
Anna-Sophie Springer is an editor, curator, and the co-director of K. Verlag, a Berlin-based independent press exploring the book as a site for exhibition making. Her practice stimulates fluid relations among images, artifacts, and texts in order to produce new geographical, physical, and cognitive proximities, often in relation to historical archives. As a member of the SYNAPSE International Curators’ Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, she is the co-founder and co-editor of the intercalations: paginated exhibition series published as part of Das Anthropozän-Projekt. Sophie has written widely on exhibition histories and curatorial practices. Her most recent exhibition, 125,660 Specimens of Natural History (2015), was co-curated with Etienne Turpin at Komunitas Salihara in Jakarta, Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesian Institute of Science. Sophie received her M.A. in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and her M.A. in Curatorial Studies from the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig. She is currently conducting research for her Ph.D., which examines the financialization of tropical nature, at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Etienne Turpin is a philosopher studying, designing, curating, and writing about complex urban systems, political economies of data and infrastructure, visual culture, art, and aesthetics, and Southeast Asian colonial-scientific history. Etienne is the founding director of anexact office, his design research practice based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The office is committed to interventive urbanism, curatorial and artistic experimentation, and applied socio-spatial research with a focus on mediation; the office operates as both a vehicle for inquiry and a platform for assembly with the objective of providing tools and methods for practices of mutual aid in the Anthropocene. As a researcher with the MIT Urban Risk Lab, Etienne organizes collaborative studies of Asian megacities and their various data polities. As a member of the SYNAPSE International Curators’ Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Etienne is the is co-founder and co-editor of the intercalations: paginated exhibition series as a part of Das Anthropozän-Projekt. He is the editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2013) and co-editor of Art in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2015) and Jakarta: Architecture + Adaptation (Universitas Indonesia Press, 2013).
Olivier Surel is a doctoral researcher at Université Paris Ouest. He focuses on the articulation of rationalism, naturalism and ontology between the Early Modern period and contemporary philosophy.
Anselm Franke is a curator and writer based in Berlin, Germany. He is head of the Department of Visual Arts and Film at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In 2012, he curated the Taipei Biennial, Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction. His project Animism was presented in Antwerp, Bern, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Shenzhen, Seoul, and Beirut in various collaborations from 2010 to 2014. At the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, he has co-curated The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside (with Diedrich Diederichsen, 2013), After Year Zero: Geographies of Collaboration (2013), and Ape Culture (with Hila Peleg, 2015).
Jeremy Lecomte is a researcher and theoretician working across the fields of political philosophy, cultural theory, art, architecture and urban studies. Graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2013 (Mphil Cultural studies), and from l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, EHESS, Paris, in 2009 (MA Political philosophy), he is currently teaching at l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles, France, and a PhD candidate in Architecture at the Manchester Architecture Research Centre, in Manchester. His thesis is provisionary titled “The Transmodern City. Lagos, Urban Projects, and the Politics of Space (1880-2008)”, and focuses, through several case studies, on the interaction between urban projects, modernization, and informal dynamics of urbanization. He has recently published articles in Mute magazine (Speculative Architectures, 2013), and in Social Anthropology (Beyond Indefinite Extension: About Bruno Latour and Urban Space, 2013), available here. Jeremy Lecomte collaborates with artists and architects (recent collaborations include one with Yves Mettler in Standard Deluxe in Lausanne in 2012; and with Holzweg on a proposal for the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2015). He is co-founder and co-director of Glass Bead, a research platform and a journal concerned with transfers of knowledge across art, science and philosophy, as well as with their practical and political dimensions.
- Pierre Huyghe
- Dorothea von Hantelmann
- Celeste Olalquiaga
- Charles T. Wolfe
- Yuk Hui
- Anna-Sophie Springer
- Etienne Turpin
- Olivier Surel
- Peter Osborne
- Stéphane Lojkine
- Anselm Franke
- Elie During
- Ludger Schwarte
- Jeremy Lecomte
- Tristan Garcia
- Vincent Normand
- Lucile Dupraz
- Virginia Ariu
- Catarina Bota Leal
- Shirin Yousefi
- Jeanne Wéry
- Ilaria Vinci
- Konstantinos Sotiriou
- Tomaso Semenzato
- Matteo Pomati
- Alexandra Nurock
- Francesco Nazardo
- Abigail Janjic
- Antoine Goudard
- Gabriele Garavaglia
- Jean Etchevers-Bourgois
- Sophie Dloussky
- Loucia Carlier
- Francesco Cagnin
- Lena Brudieux
- Giulio Scalisi
- Haydée Marin Lopez
- Stéphanie Desalis
- Katharina Tauer
- Wolfgang Hückel