Biographies of participants and contributors

Elias Arnér (1966) is a Swedish biochemist in redox biology and cancer research. He studied medicine at Karolinska Institutet and became a medical doctor in 1997. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from the Karolinska Institute on the subject of nucleoside analogues in relation to cancer and HIV treatment. He moved to Munich, Germany where he started focusing on selenoproteins which remains the focus of his research. He returned to the Karolinska Institute where he became associate professor in 2000 and appointed professor in 2008. He is now the head of the “Biochemistry division, in the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Iréne Berggren (1945) lives and works in Stockholm. Independent curator and writer. For many years lecturer, and programme director of the history of photography at the University Collage of Arts, Crafts and Design. A founder of the Planket, 1982. Exhibitions for, among others Centrum för Fotografi, Gallerie Index and Mira galleri, which she managed for a time. Curated Lika Med. Samtida svensk fotografi (1991), Stig T Karlsson (2012). Co-curator to Lika Med (återuppförd) (2011), Det Osynliga/Das Unsichtbare Planket (2011), To be defined (2013) and Sidor (2014). Recently published texts included in Contemporary Swedish Photography (2012) and in Between Realities. Photography in Sweden 1970-2000 (2014). You’re The Ones To Blame Aida Chehrehgosha (2014).

Antoine Bertin is an artist who listens his way around the boundaries between documentary and fiction, the poetic and the political, the living and the artificial. His work consists of audio narratives combining elements of broadcast, walk, sculpture and publication. Weaving technology together with storytelling, he is curious about our relationship with the environment, the ‘unreachable’ and the idea of progress. Born in 1985, trained as a sound engineer at ENS Louis Lumière and graduating with an MA in Sound Art from London College of Communication, Antoine currently works in London, Paris and Brussels.

Gabriel Borba (1942) is Brazilian architect and artist, his experimental works has been deeply marked by the ‘Media artists movement’ of the 70’s. Still today his work reflects the political tensions in Brazil and particularly of the academic environment of São Paulo. His work has been seen in historical exhibitions throughout the country and abroad.

Anna Buchenhorst is a full-time professional pianist at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and tours internationally with the Royal Swedish Ballet. Her work in the orchestra has included the great classics as well as lesser known ballet works by Stravinsky, Schnittke and harpsichord parts by Händel and Bach. She has worked together with leading European choreographers and ballet teachers of our time, among them Mats Ek, as well as playing for celebrities such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Neumeier and Dame Beryl Grey. Anna has performed together with Stockholm’s Royal Court Orchestra as a soloist in various piano concertos choreographed for the ballet, for example Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto, Poulenc’s Double Concerto, Martinů’s Concerto for Two Orchestras, Piano and Timpani, and the virtuoso piece Grand Tarantella by American composer L.M. Gottschalk.

Pauline Curnier Jardin (1980) is a multimedia artist in the genres of graphics, performance, music, installation, and video, who lives in Paris and Amsterdam. The common thread running through her artistic productions, which are inspired by her experience in the theatre, is an idiosyncratic sense of storytelling intimately connected to the hidden performative potential of images, found objects, and art pieces.

Joel Englund (1983, Sweden) makes conceptual artworks, sculptures and installations. With a background consisting of a bachelor in Textile Art and a Master in Interior Architecture both from Konstfack College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm). Now currently enrolled at the program Art and Architecture in Royal Institute of Art (Stockholm). He´s works balance between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, by creating situations using a visual vocabulary that addresses time, space and the body – fictional and experiential on the border between reality? And utopia? In an constant journey of bodies from familiar to unknown. A place where perception of space pass through movement and time.

Susanne Ewerlöf (1981) is a Swedish curator based in Stockholm and Norrköping with a special interest in social practices in relation to art. While studying for her BFA at Linköping University she founded the independet art space Verkstad: Rum för konst in Norrköping, Sweden where she is the manager and curator. In Norrköping she is running the Artist-in Residence program Norrköping Air in collaboration with Linköping University and Vision Forum. She has worked as a Curator and Project Manager at Norrköping Art Museum where she produced the exhibition Acting in the City 2013.

Sara Giannini is an independent curator and researcher currently based in Amsterdam. Her interest lies on the shifts of meaning, representation and systems of knowledge in and between different contexts and temporalities. From 2010 to 2013 she worked as researcher and curator for the ZKM project “Global Art and Museum“ where she was assistant curator of the large-scale exhibitions The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989 (ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art), Nothing to Declare? World Maps of Art since ‘89 (Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin) and co-curated the documentation project “Room of Histories“ with Hans Belting. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Leiden University with a research on “The Politics of Inclusion”. Within the artistic and research network Vision Forum, she runs experimental and participative long-term projects such as VOLUME and OuUnPo. She earned a BA in cultural studies from the University of Ferrara (IT) in 2007 and a MA in semiotics from the University of Bologna (IT) in 2010.

Juanma Gonzalez (1977, Madrid) works with many different media but last works are based in site-specific projects to create Sublime enviroment for everyone. He is a co-founder of Clown Project, a performance group that uses the humour as artistic practice. Currently he resides in Stockholm and he studies Master of Art in Kungliga Konsthögskolan. He studied Fine Arts in Complutense University of Madrid. Before that he graduated in Audiovisual Communication at Universidad Europea (Madrid).

László Harmat is Postdoctoral research fellow at the Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience. László Harmat was born in southern Hungary (Mohács) in 1972. He graduated as a music teacher at Esterhazy Károly Teacher`s Training School in Eger, Hungary, and subsequently worked as a music teacher for several  years in Budapest. He also worked as a lecturer in music education at the International  Petö Institute between 2001- 2007. Furthermore, he took his degree in psychology the University of Szeged in 2005, and his Ph.D. in 2010 at the Semmelweis University, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, and became an assistant professor in psychology at the Semmelweis University in 2009. Laszlo’s main interest is to measure the psychophysiological and cognitive effects of music listening and musical training. From 2007 he has repeatedly collaborated with prof. Töres Theorell (Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University) and prof. Dr Ullén (Karolinska Institutet). In 2011 he was invited to Stockholm to participate in the research project `Man making music` as a postdoc.

Helena Hildur W. Born in Stockholm (1956) and educated at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. With a base in painting, I also do workshops and conduct collaborative art processes. Among other appointments, I was coordinator at the Nomadic University for Art, Philosophy and Enterprise in Europe 2010 – 2012 and board member/chairperson at Art Lab Gnesta 2011 – 2014. At the moment, I’m in the master programme of Practical Knowledge at Södertörn University.

”As a painter, I deal with colour, form and materials. Grinding charcoal, cutting the membrane of an egg yolk, handling cinnabar, lapis lazuli and yellow ochre pigments; I like it. My working space is where the visible and the invisible meet and transform into one another. I’m a slow worker, although maybe improving. Facing future, I change the past; measuring death by life.”

Jean-Louis Huhta (1965) is a artist , composer, musician and Dj born in Gothenburg Sweden to Trinidadian and Finnish parents. He studied at the Electronic music studios EMS in Stockholm and Sound art at STDH. Specialising in electronic music, percussion, improv, experimental modular synthesizer performances. He has been a part of the world of Techno and Acid since the early 90’s. He has composed for contemporary dance, film and theatre and performed around the world solo and with various projects. He participated in the The Gothenburg Biennal 2013, The Ghetto Biennal Haiti 2013. Current musical projects are Dungeon Acid, The Skull Defekts, Ocsid, Brommage Dub and High Boys. Record labels include: FitSound Detroit, Huhta Home studios, Ideal Recordings and Zodiac.

Per Hüttner (1967) is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm and Paris. He was trained at Konsthögskolan, Stockholm and at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. He has shown extensively in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia, solo exhibitions include “>unkown” at Zendai Contemporary in Shanghai, “Repetitive Time” at Göteborgs konstmuseum, and “I am a Curator” at Chisenhale Gallery in London. Participation in group shows include Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM); Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Hayward Gallery in London, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, MACBA in Barcelona and he has performed at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Pinacoteca and the Venice Biennial. A dozen monographs on the artists work have been published in the last decade. Hüttner is the founder and director of the Vision Forum, a project-based international experimental research network.

Johan Bergström Hyldahl (1984) is a Swedish emerging artist, holding an MFA from Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.. Bergström Hyldahl works in a variety of techniques, where video has become increasingly important.

Arijana Kajfes as a visual artist working experimentally with borderlines of perception and meaning. She completed studies in sculpture at Kungliga Konsthögskolan (Prof. Bernard Kirschenbaum) in Stockholm. From 93-95 she worked and travelled in Africa and Asia. Between 97-99 involved in the development of CRAC – an artist’s digital medialab in Stockholm. Between 99-04 a member of the research team at Smartstudio, an interdisciplinary lab at the Interactive Institute in Stockholm. Involved in several cross-disciplinary projects. Exhibits, talks and teaches in Sweden and internationally. Currently working with several public art projects in Sweden (Botkyrka, Örebro and Solna), the art installation DÉRIVE for show in Sweden and continued fund-raising for forthcoming research projects with EXP (Experiments in Cross-Cultural Practices), an art exchange platform she has initiated.

Pina Kingman is an animator and filmmaker. Originally from Vancouver Canada, she is now based in Bergen, Norway. Her work focuses on presenting scientific information in an engaging and accessible manner. She uses 3D animation and motion graphics to illustrate subjects ranging from cellular function, pathology, and human anatomy for both the entertainment and health-education industries. Pina is also working to disseminate important science research to the public through art exhibitions and other public events. Through art, film, and animation, Pina hopes to help make science-education a little less daunting and a bit more fun.

Lotta Mossum is a Swedish curator who has worked with public art projects for the last ten years. Since 2008 she is a curator at The Public Art Agency Sweden but is also doing freelance work as an art consultant for municipalities, regions and private commissioners. She was trained at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm (Master in Fine Arts), and has studied Philosophy and Art History at Stockholm University and Södertörn College.

Naïvité: Vilma Luostarinen and Henrik Sputnes. Naïvité is a studio for contemporary art and experiences that was founded in 2012 by Vilma Luostarinen and Henrik Sputnes. Since then, they have carried out a number of multidisciplinary projects such as events, performances, exhibitions, public art installations and workshops. Clients and collaborators have included cultural institutions, businesses, non-profits and over a hundred artists and creatives. Vilma Luostarinen is currently studying MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Henrik Sputnes is currently working on behalf of Region Västra Götaland to develop network and clusters within the self organized cultural sector of the region.

Elena Nemkova lives and works in Milano (I) and St. Petersburg (RU). Her work is a kind of obsession for the evolution of science translates into an attempt to bring it into the sphere of intimacy, humanity and the primordial, measuring differences and possible convergences between seemingly inassimilable dimensions. She works with drawings, sculpture and performances. Her work has been shown at different public spaces and institutions, including: Kunsthalle (Sao Paulo), Manifesta 10, Parallel Program, (St. Petersburg), Wacoal Art Centre, (Tokyo)PERMM Museum, (Perm), Museum of Modern Art (Moscow), MART Museum (Trento), Institute of Contemporary Art (San Francisco), The II Moscow Biennale ( Moscow). She also collaborated with: Teatro Studio (Scandicci) and Eunoia Quintet (Basel)

Gustav Nilsonne is a researcher working in the field of cognitive neuroscience , with a primary focus on emotional regulation and decision making in the brain. In 2010 and 2011 he has been a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Ingvar and Predrag Petrovic and worked primarily with empathy. Main method platforms for his work is psychophysiological methods and functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques ( fMRI) . Currently, Gustav is working with Mats Lekander and Torbjörn Åkerstedt in a project that examines the effects of sleep deprivation on emotional regulation and cognitive functions. Nilsonne has a Medical Degree from Karolinska Institutet.

Joanna Nordin is interested in the overlapping performativity of objects, materials and text. Working in the gaps between fiction and reality, and staging sets through sculptural and everyday objects- events are acted out through objects, and objects in their turn are staged as manuscripts or act as stage directions in seemingly static environments. Recent undertakings include WORMSER MANUSCRIPTE 24, with Anabel Sarabi and WORMS, at Stadtgalerie Bern, Switzerland, Friends You Drank Some Darkness, curated by Bronwyn Bailey Charteris, at Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, residency at ZK/U – Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin, and a ten day intensive seminar at Institute of Investigative Living at Andrea Zittel’s A/Z – West, Joshua Tree, California. Joanna Nordin is one third of the research project Centre for Inefficiency and is currently a Masters student at Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

Jacopo Miliani (1979) lives and works in Milan, Italy. He is active mostly in installation, photography and performance art. His investigation deals with an ongoing questioning of the role of representational systems crossing the borders of visual arts and dance. His work has been shown at galleries and institution; including CCSP (Sao Paulo), David Roberts Art Foundation (London), MARCO (Vigo), MACRO (Rome), Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle (Berlin), Museo Pecci (Milan) and CAC (Vilnius).

Tomas Nordmark is a swedish muscian, DJ and producer based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been involved in numerous music and art projects world wide such as the independent artist collective INGRID. After leaving INGRID he founded the music and art label/platform BLVVD where he curates and promotes collaborative music and art projects such as No Science, Kriget and Supra which are often accompanied with works by video artists. His main interest lies on exploring the depth of the artistic process, something that is present in his collaborative project with dancer and choreographer Carima Neusser. Tomas is educated in media and communication science and contemporary art at the University of Linköping, Sweden.

Carima Neusser lives in Stockholm. She works in a landscape of performance, dance and choreography. Her current practice involves the use of language, music, dance and choreography in relation to communication and the structures of conversation. The research project is a collaboration with Vision Forum since 2014. Carima earned her degree from Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance (2009) and at the ISVP program at Dance New Amsterdam in New York (2010) She has performed work by several choreographers including Katja Wachter, Philip Bergman and Johannes Härtl, Nathan Trice and Isabel Gotskowsky. During the production in New York with Isabel Gotskowsky she also worked as a rehearsal assistant. In other work, Carima appeared in the film ”Frances Ha” directed by Noah Baumbach and choreographed by Max Stone. Her own work has been presented at Kranhalle in Munich, Dance New Amsterdam in New York, Festival Scensommar at Teater Galeasen, Teatermaskinen, Dansforum in Viksjöfors and Berns Salonger. Carima has also choreographed pieces for several fashion shows on commission by the Swedish independent fashion brand, The Local Firm in collaboration Mercedez Benz Fashion Week. She has choreographed and danced with artists such as Jonathan Johansson, Name The Pet, Silvana Imam and Norma.

Beatrice Orlandi is an artist born in Italy and currently based in Sweden. She holds a master degree in Architecture, obtained after studies in Switzerland and in Sweden. During these years she approached architecture as a built stage for performances an as a crystallization of human habits and possible futures. She currently studies at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm. Her work is mainly time and process based. In her work superstition, desire, obsession and devotion are explored as tensions and transfigurations between one body and the other(worldly).

Marco Pasi is associate professor in the History of Hermetic philosophy and related currents. He holds a Laurea degree in Philosophy from the University of Milan, and a DEA and a PhD in Religious studies from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne). His research has focused mainly on the history of magic and on modern western esotericism in relation to politics, art, and sexuality.

Predrag Petrovic

William Stafford is a biochemist focusing on novel drug development for cancer therapy. He is currently working on his PhD at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.  He received his Bachelors in Arts at the University of California Berkelely in Molecular and Cellular Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology.  During his studies at Berkeley, William worked in the laboratory of Randy Schekman, studying familiar alzheimer’s disease mutations’ effects on gamma secretase complex formation and vesicle budding. Between studies, he worked at Olema Pharmaceuticals in San Francisco, focusing on novel breast cancer therapies.

Sanna Söderholm is a based in Stockholm working as choreographer, dancer, researcher and pedagogue within the field of dance. Her current interest concerns dance in relation to multiple forms of resistance, inspired by notions like The Force of the Virtual (Deleuze) and The Posthuman (Braidotti). She is engaged in what the medium of dance can do in terms of de-territorialisation and by exploring ways to engage affirmatively with the present. Recent and current collaborators are the institutions University of Dance and Circus, The Royal Ballet School, City of Skarpnäck and Bagarmossen, and choreographers Sebastian Lingserius,Cristina Caprioli, Ossi Nisskala among others.

Claudia Squitieri (1979) is born in Italy but lives in France. She is a member of OuUnPo since 2010, co organiser with Samon Takahashi of the OuUnPo(RTO) Session (2013) and related publication and later with Raffaella Della Olga of the Gibellina Session, OunPoiesis (2014). Researcher in the field of Art History, Claudia Squitieri also works on sound creation and performances which she also experiments through OuUnPo.

Natasha Rosling makes large-scale sculptural installations, public interventions and audio works that deal with the ambiguous, uncomfortable or inhibiting ways in which we inhabit (or fail to inhabit) our body and its functions. Informed by a long-standing interest in ventriloquism, hypnosis and the carnivalesque, her work re-constructs and explores (dis)embodied subjects as spacial environments to be negotiated. Sensations of an unfamiliar body and its visceral landscapes are often used as a means to re-approach the realities of architectural and social situations, from unexpected and humorous perspectives. Rosling is currently based in the UK and has been part of the European artistic network, OuUnPo since 2011. A selection of her recent exhibitions and interventions have taken place at Pinacoteca Museum, Sao Paulo, Norrkoping Art Museum, Sweden; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Fei Centre of Contemporary Art, Shanghai and Jeu de Paume, Paris.

Samon Takahashi (b.1970, FRA), is a visual artist and musician. He lives and works in Paris. He has previously exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris), Laxart (Los Angeles), ICA (London), De Vleeshal (Middelburg), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Spiral Wacoal Art Center (Tokyo), CNEAI (Chatou). He is a founding member of the mobile laboratory OuUnPo since 2009, a founding member of the improvised music band GOL since 1989 and is hosting the radio show Epsilonia on Radio Libertaire (Paris) since 1993.

Phillip Warnell is an artist, filmmaker and academic based in London producing film, text and art work. As well as producing short and feature length films, he has professional associations with BFI, Wellcome Trust, Kingston University and Cambridge University.

Olav Westphalen (1963) German-American artist whose conceptual works frequently take the form of games, entertainment, cartoons. He plays both sides of the HI-LO divide, producing mass-media comedy and cartoons while showing in museums and galleries such as The Whitney Museum, ICA London, The Swiss Institute NY, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Museum Fridericianum and others. His work is collected by the Dallas Museum, Centre Pompidou, Moderna Museet, MoMA, New York etc. Books include: “Helden und Geschichten,” Carlsen, 2009; “Ü,” with Dan Graham, OCA, 2009; “24 Artworks,” Shelf, 2010. Westphalen lives and works in Stockholm and is a professor at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.

Stephen Whitmarsh obtained his degree in experimental psychology at the University of Amsterdam (NL). He obtained his PhD in neuroscience at the Foundations of Mathematics and Computer Science (Nijmegen University) and at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, for his thesis ‘Nonreactivity and Metacognition in Mindfulness’. Stephen is currently postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish National facility for Magnetoencephalography (NatMEG) at the Karolinska Institute, where he supports neuroscience research while continuing his own experiments on attention and consciousness. He has been part of Ouunpo since its conception in 2009, and together with Elena Nemkova and Susanne Ewerlöf are now organizing the 14nth session in Stockholm, in which art and (neuro)science will find exciting new ways of interacting with each other.

Anders Widoff (1953) is a visual artist working in Stockholm. He works mainly with painting, sculpture and installations. His work has been shown in a vast number of exhibitions, among them in solo-shows at Moderna Museet, Liljevalchs and Wiener Secession. Anders Widoff has also worked as a professor at Konstfack and the Art Academy in Oslo.