Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, educator and occasional curator. She was the recipient of the leading global thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Morehshin was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects, and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective life struggles in the 21st century. Morehshin is co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke. Her modelled, 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of ancient artefacts destroyed by ISIS, titled Material Speculation: ISIS, have received widespread curatorial and press attention and have been exhibited worldwide. Morehshin is currently an artist in residence at Eyebeam’s one-year Research Residency (2016-2017) in NYC where she is developing a new body of work on Digital Colonialism and ‘re-Figuring’ as a Feminism and de-colonialism practice, using 3D scanners and 3D printers as her tools of investigation. Researching dark goddesses, monstrous, and Djinn female figures of Middle-Eastern origin, Allahyari devises a narrative through practices of magic and poetic-speculative storytelling, re-appropriation of traditional mythologies, collaging, meshing, scanning and archiving.
Guus Beumer, who studied social sciences, has been director of Het Nieuwe Instituut since January 2013. In the 1980s Beumer was a journalist for publications including Avenue, Marie-Claire and HP/De Tijd and in the 1990s was art director of the fashion labels orson + bodil and SO. From 2005 he was director of Marres, House for Contemporary Culture and Bureau Europa/NAiM, both in Maastricht.
Quinsy Gario was born in Curaçao and raised in St. Maarten and the Netherlands. He studied Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Utrecht University with a focus on Gender and Postcolonial Studies. He won the Hollandse Nieuwe 12 Theatermakers Prize 2011, the Issue Award 2014, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award 2015, and was a finalist in the 2011 Dutch National Poetry Slam Championship. His best known work 'Zwarte Piet Is Racisme' critiqued the general knowledge surrounding the racist Dutch figure of Black Pete, which he followed up by bringing out into the open the governmental support that keeps the figure alive in the Netherlands. His latest focus is on state protection of the marginalized and political resistance as performance. He is a board member of De Appel Arts Center, member of the pan-African artist collective State of L3 and a recurring participant of the Black Europe Body Politics biannual conference series. His work has been shown in Galleri Image (Denmark), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (Belgium), SMART Project Space and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (Netherlands). He has performed among other places in Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Contact Theater (Manchester) and Ballhaus Naunynstraße (Berlin). Currently he is enrolled in the Master Artistic Research programme at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
Selva Gürdoğan (1979) is an architect based in Istanbul. She started her architecture education at Istanbul Technical University and graduated with honours from Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles. Between 2003 and 2006 she worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam and in New York. In 2006 she initiated the architectural firm Superpool together with Gregers Tang Thomsen. Superpool has contributed research on Istanbul to several publications and many international exhibitions, and continues to be inspired by the energy of its urban context. Recent participations include Mapping Istanbul, Urban Age Istanbul, Audi Urban Future Initiative 2012, and Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities. Since 2013 Selva has been director of Studio-X Istanbul, an urban laboratory of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Marina Otero Verzier
Marina Otero Verzier is a Rotterdam-based architect. She is the Head of Research & Development at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Previously, she was Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale together with the After Belonging Agency, and director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X (New York). Otero Verzier studied architecture at TU Delft and the ETSA Madrid, where she completed her PhD in 2016. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, she graduated from the M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University. Otero is a co-editor of Promiscuous Encounters (2014), Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (2016) and After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay In Transit (2016). She also co-curated exhibitions at the 2013 Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale and the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial.
Susan Schuppli is an artist and researcher based in London. Her creative projects have been exhibited throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. Recent projects include the film trilogy Trace Evidence as well as a Vertical Cinema 35mm-film Atmospheric Feedback Loops, commissioned by Sonic Acts. She has published widely within the context of media and politics and is author of the forthcoming book Material Witness (MIT Press), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary. She is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths and was previously Senior Research Fellow on the ERC project Forensic Architecture. Schuppli received her PhD from Goldsmiths and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program after completing her MFA at the University of California San Diego. She was a 2016 recipient of the ICP Infinity Award.