Simone C Niquille is a designer and researcher based in Amsterdam. Her practice Technoflesh investigates the representation of identity and the digitisation of biomass in the networked space of appearance. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Visual Strategies from the Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam. She teaches Design Research at ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem and is Chief Information Officer at Design Academy Eindhoven. She is a 2016 Fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam and is recipient of the talent development grant by The Creative Industries Netherlands 2016/2017. Niquille was a commissioned contributor to the Dutch Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Dr Marina Otero Verzier is an architect and the Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. She leads research initiatives such as Automated Landscapes, and Architecture of Appropriation. Recently, she curated the exhibitions Spirits in the Material World by Heman Chong (2019), Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective by Jonas Staal (2018), and co-curated Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection (2019), and I See That I See What You Don’t See at La Triennale Di Milano (2019). She is part of the curatorial team of the upcoming Shanghai Biennial.
In 2018 Marina was the curator of Work, Body, Leisure, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale (2018). Previously, she was Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale together with the After Belonging Agency, and the director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X- Columbia University GSAPP (New York). Marina is a co-editor of Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (2016), After Belonging: The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay In Transit (2016), Work, Body, Leisure (2018), Architecture of Appropriation (2019), and More-than-Human (forthcoming, 2020). She studied at TU Delft, Columbia GSAPP, and ETSA Madrid, where she completed her PhD. Her thesis Evanescent Institutions examined the emergence of a new paradigms for cultural institutions. Marina teaches architecture at RCA in London. Since September 2020, she has headed the Social Design Masters at Design Academy Eindhoven.
Felicity D Scott is professor of architecture, director of the PhD program in Architecture (History and Theory), and co-director of the programme in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. Her work as a historian and theorist of architecture, art, and media seeks to articulate genealogies of techno-scientific and geopolitical transformations, as well as environmental, social, and political movements impacting discourses and institutions affiliated with these disciplines. She is currently focused on architecture’s relation to mechanisms of global environmental governance and population management in the 1960s and 1970s, and the developmental and media-technical regimes that informed the shifting topology of the so-called Global North and Global South. This work traces colonial and neocolonial violence in its many forms as well as the spatial, cultural, aesthetic, and subjective legacies and forms of refusal arising in its wake. Her books include: Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics After Modernism (MIT Press, 2007), Living Archive 7: Ant Farm (ACTAR, 2008), Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counter-Insurgency (Zone Books, 2016), and Disorientations: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of Signs (Sternberg Press, 2016).
Squirrel Nation (Caroline Ward & Dr Erinma Ochu) are a duo whose intersectional research-based practice considers co-existence as an ethic. Creating experiments for living in a warming world, their work spans installation, performance and moving image, in a range of public settings. This includes FarmLab, an urban farm reimagining the future of food, responding to the climate emergency and Nature’s Switch, exploring human-plant relations. Currently as visiting fellows of the Ada Lovelace Institute, they are revisiting the 1956 Dartmouth AI study to unsettle the coloniality of ‘man’ through the lens of Sylvia Wynter’s A Ceremony Found. Squirrel Nation were artists-in-residence at the Stuart Hall Library and INIVA (2018) and Jerwood Fellows at Manchester International Festival in 2017 and 2019. Trained as a neuroscientist and filmmaker, Erinma is Senior Lecturer at the iSchool at MMU. Photo credit: Hanna Buker.
Moscow-based curator Katerina Chuchalina has been the chief curator at the V-A-C Foundation since 2011. She is curating an ongoing series of exhibitions investigating spatial phenomena by means of contemporary art, which so far have included the international group shows IK-00, The Spaces of Confinement (Venice, 2014), and The Way of Enthusiasts, part of the collateral programme of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2013. Her recent exhibition projects include the Space. Force. Construction exhibition, co-curated with the Art Institute of Chicago, Electric Comma (together with KADIST foundation), and solo shows by emerging Russian artists (Urban Fauna Lab collective, Mikhail Tolmachev, Kirill Gluschenko, Kirill Savchenkov and others) within the long-term programme of artistic interventions in non-art institutions (Museum of Armed Forces, the Museum of Modern History, Institute for African Studies, VDNKH expo etc). She is the co-founder of the Centre for Experimental Museology, which, drawing on the innovations of Soviet avant-garde museology and the history of experimental exhibition design, produces exhibitions, publications, and grant programmes related to the museum as medium, institution and agent. She also initiated and curated Expanding Space: Artistic Practice in the Urban Environment, a public art programme aimed at developing the debate of the artistic practice within the urban environment of Moscow. In 2020 Chuchalina co-curated the Manifesta 13 biennial in Marseille.