Ayreen Anastas Bethlehem

is an artist born in Bethlehem, Palestine. She relocated to Germany in 1989 for a DAAD scholarship, and studied architecture at the Technical University in Berlin. She currently lives in Brooklyn. She has taught architecture at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn since 1999 and is one of the primary organizers of the 16 Beaver Group and Un Groupe Comme Les Autres. With Rene Gabri she recently produced the Camp Campaign and What Everybody Knows.

Aristide Antonas *1963, Athens

is a Greek architect and writer educated in Athens (NTUA) and Paris (Sorbonne – Nanterre). He is an associate professor at the University of Thessaly, Greece. The author of six literary works, he has also published on architecture, and two theatrical scripts in French about the contemporary transformations of architecture were recently performed in Madrid for Hoy Sistemas de Trabajo.

Timothy Garton Ash *1955, London

is a historian, political writer, and columnist for The Guardian. He is the author of nine books of political writing, or "history of the present," which have charted the transformation of Europe over the past 30 years. He is Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books, and he writes a weekly column in The Guardian, which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Babi Badalov *1959, Lerik

is an Azerbaijani artist and poet living in Paris. He has exhibited in Thessaloniki, Tallinn, Athens, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Istanbul, St Petersburg, Dresden, Cardiff, and Milan. His works have been collected in museums and private collections such as the Russian Museum, St Petersburg; Azerbaijan State Museum of Art, Baku; Museum of Art, Emden, Germany; and Martigny Art Museum, Switzerland, and Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp, previously MuHKA.

Zbyněk Baladrán *1973, Prague

is a visual artist, author, and curator living and working in Prague. He has exhibited in many international collective exhibitions in Europe and the USA. The founder and a  co-curator of a space for contemporary art display (tranzitdisplay) in Prague, he is also a member of the curatorial team (for tranzit.org) of Manifesta 8, which will take place in Murcia and Cartagena, Spain, in 2010.

Leszek Balcerowicz *1947, Lipno

is a leading economist in Poland and a former chairman of the National Bank of Poland. He is best known for playing a leading role in Poland's economic transformation in the aftermath of the fall of communism.

Joaquín Barriendos Rodríguez *1973, Mexico City

is a visiting professor at the University of Barcelona. In 2007 he founded the Culturas Visuales Globales platform, an open forum for theoretical and interdisciplinary-led research in visual studies, cultural globalization, interculturality, and contemporary art.

Pavel Barša *1960, Brno

is a Czech political theorist. He is a professor at Charles University's Faculty of Philosophy and a researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague. He specializes in political theory and the theory of international relations.

Ricardo Basbaum *1961, São Paulo

is an artist and writer living and working in Rio de Janeiro. His work deals with relational and participatory issues. He is a professor at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and at Faculdade Santa Marcelina (São Paulo).

Hrach Bayadyan *1957, Yerevan

is a cultural critic living in Yerevan, Armenia. He is a lecturer at the Yerevan State University. He recently led a series of seminars on Russian-Soviet Orientalism and on post-Soviet urban changes (The 1st International Forum on Contemporary Art, www.acsl.am).

Václav Bělohradský *1944, Prague

is a contemporary Czech philosopher and sociologist living in Italy. Since 1991 he has been a professor of political sociology at the University of Trieste. He regularly writes for the literary supplement Salon of the daily Pravo. His most recent book is a collection of essays: A Discomforting Society, Slon Publishing, Prague 2009 (second edition).

Erick Beltrán *1974, Mexico City

is a Mexican artist. He studied at UNAM Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Mexico City, and has been artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, and Couvent des Recollets (France). His work has been shown at FormContent, London (2010); Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona (2009); Malmö Konsthall Malmö (2008); Galería OMR, Mexico City (2005); SMAK, Ghent, (2005); and the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2005). His group exhibitions include Philagraphika, Philadelphia (2010); MACBA, Barcelona (2010); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2009); 28th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2008); the 2nd Athens Biennale 2009; and the 9th Biennale de Lyon 2007.

Hakim Bey *1945, New York

born Peter Lamborn Wilson, is an American political writer, essayist and poet. He is known for first proposing the concept of the Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ), based on a historical review of pirate utopias. After studying at Columbia University, he traveled through the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. He was a consultant for the World Islam Festival, London and Tehran. He worked at the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy in Tehran, leaving the country during the Islamic Revolution.

Homi K. Bhabha *1949, Bombay

is an Indian theorist of postcolonialism. Interested mainly in colonial and postcolonial theory, cosmopolitanism, 19th- and 20th-century British and other English-language literatures, he is a professor at the University of Bombay. He currently teaches at Harvard University, where he serves as Director of the Humanities Center.

Fedor Blaščák *1975, Lipany

is a Slovak philosopher and an independent cultural activist. In 2007 he  founded Memory Kontrol, an initiative which in an interdisciplinary way operates in the field of historical reflection of contemporary Czech and Slovak history (memorykontrol.org). He was the coeditor of Tranzit 68/69, which was published in 2009 by Metropol Verlag in Berlin. He lives in Bratislava.

Egon Bondy *1930, Prague; †2007, Bratislava

was a Czech poet, prose writer, and philosopher who was born Zbyněk Fišer. He studied philosophy and psychology at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University. He was primarily interested in Marxism, Chinese and East Indian philosophy, Trotskyism, Maoism, and anarchism. Critical of the developments after 1989, he moved to Bratislava in the 1990s, where he taught philosophy at Comenius University. He was a recipient of the Egon Hostovský award.

Svetlana Boym *1966, Leningrad/St Petersburg

is a professor of Comparative Literatures at Harvard University and an associate of the Graduate School of Design. She is also a writer and a media artist. Her books include The Future of Nostalgia (2001), Architecture of the Off-Modern (2008), and Another Freedom: The Alternative History of an Idea (2010), as well as the art project Nostalgic Technologies svetlanaboym.com. She was born in Leningrad/St Petersburg and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Boris Buden *1958, Zagreb

is a writer and cultural critic who lives in Berlin. He studied philosophy in Zagreb and received his PhD in cultural theory from HU Berlin. In the 1990s he was an editor of the magazine Arkzin in Zagreb. He currently serves at the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies in Vienna.

Cabello/Carceller (Helena Cabello, Ana Carceller) *1963, Paris; *1964, Madrid

currently live and work in Madrid. They have been working together as a team on a regular basis since 1993. Primarily concerned with issues of collaboration gender (de)construction and its intersection with space and cinema, they combine artistic practice with writing and teaching. Their work has recently been included in the Bucharest Biennale (2010); Nuevas Historias, A New View of Spanish Photography, at Kulturhuset (Stockholm); and Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

Nerea Calvillo *1973, Madrid

is an architect educated at the universities of Madrid, Venice, and Columbia. She is a professor at the Universidad Europea of Madrid and her work ranges from architectural projects to research related to digital tools and visualization.

Keti Chukhrov *1970, Sukhumi

is a philosopher and art theoretician based in Moscow. He has a PhD in  comparative literature. He regularly contributes to Moscow Art Magazine, is a coeditor of the Logos Publishing House, and a researcher at the Philosophy Institute of the Academy of Sciences.

Ana Paula Cohen *1975, São Paulo

is an independent curator, editor, and writer. She was the adjunct curator of the 28th Biennale de São Paulo (2008), and has cocurated the project Encuentro Internacional de Medellín (2007), in which she created, in collaboration with other artists and curators, a new center for contemporary art, La Casa del Encuentro. Ana Paula is the cofounder and has been the curator of the project Istmo—Flexible Archive in São Paulo since 2004. This has been built in collaboration with artists such as Erick Beltrán, Mabe Bethônico, Angela Detânico, and Rafael Lain.

László Csaba *1954, Budapest

is Senior Economist at Kopint-Datorg Ltd, Professor of International Economics at the College of Foreign Trade, both in Budapest, and Vice President of the European Association of Comparative Economics. His books include Eastern Europe in the World Economy (Cambridge UP, 1990) and The Capitalist Revolution in Eastern Europe (E. Elgar, Ashgate Academic Publishers, Aldershot, UK & Brookfield, USA 1995).

Juliane Debeusscher *1982, Castres 

is an art historian and researcher based in Barcelona. Her interests focus on cultural practices in socialist and postsocialist Eastern Europe. She has contributed to exhibitions and publications in Austria, France, Germany, Romania, and Spain.

Gilles Deleuze *1925, Paris; †1995, Paris

was a French philosopher. A professor at the Sorbonne and the University of Lyon, he wrote many influential works on philosophy, literature, film, and fine art. He also worked at the Centre National de Recherche Sceientifique.

Angela Detanico, Rafael Lain *1974, *1973, Caxias do Sul

are Brazilian artists living and working in Paris. They represented Brazil at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia in 2007.

Joanna Erbel *1984, Warsaw

is a sociologist and a photographer. She is a PhD student at the Institute of Sociology (University of Warsaw), a member of the board of Political Critique, and cofounder of the Duopolis Association. Her main research fields include urban issues and feminist theory.

René Gabri Tehran

A philologist might speculate that this name means or signifies the rebirth of nonbelieving. A historian would look to Tehran, where this name was assembled, attempting to find out how a French name René could attach itself to the name of a Zoroastrian tribe. An anthropologist would object to the very designation of Gabri as nonbeliever, arguing that not believing in Allah or God does not necessarily mean not believing in anything. An ethnographer would patch together a chronicle of the unforeseeable rituals, events, and passions which would assign this Parska-hay child this name. A schizoanalyst would reject all of these attempts to delimit this life under the circumscription and signification of this name. Instead, she would emphasize the collective which took up this name: a multiplicity of lines. First she would identify the abstract and segmentarized lines which proceeded at various points to cross over the body assigned this name. The earthquakes, revolutions, genocides, wars, emigrations, racisms, explosions, implosions, collisions, events, which, from time to time, shifted the named's center of gravity and presented a matrix of forces. At the same instant, she would trace all the flight paths, the becomings, the attempts to collectively assemble a plane of consistency, to confound and deterritorialize perceived limits, including those of any biography. An artist would attempt to find a precise gesture or act befitting each specific time and place this name would be called.

Mariano García *1971, Buenos Aires

is Doctor of Literature and Professor of Argentine Literature at the Universidad Católica in Argentina. In 1999 he received a doctoral fellowship from CONICET, where he now works as a researcher in the same field. He has published Degeneraciones textuales ("Textual Degenerations: Genres in the Work of César Aira," 2006) as well as varoius articles for academic reviews. He has also translated books by such authors as Arthur Conan Doyle, W.H. Auden, John McGahern, and Michael Löwy, among others.

Ernest Gellner *1925, Paris; †1995, Prague

was a world-renowned philosopher, sociologist, and anthropologist. After leaving Czechoslovakia in 1946, he studied at Oxford and the London School of Economics, where he later lectured. From 1984 he was the head of the Social Anthropology Department in Cambridge. He maintained contact with Czech dissidents, and after 1989 he returned to Czechoslovakia and lectured at Central European University and at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University.

Alexander Gerner *1970, Lindau

is a Lisbon-based writer, art critic, theater director and researcher in philosophy, attention, art, and aesthetics at the Center of Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon. Link

Adéla Gjuričová *1971, Prague

is a Czech political theorist. She works at the Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Science of the Czech Republic and specializes in Central European political and social thought. She is a co-author of Chapters from the History of Czech Democracy after 1989 (2007).

Cristián Gómez Moya *1972, Santiago of Chile.

is a visual artist, researcher, and professor of visual culture at the University of Chile and ARCIS University. His studies include a postgraduate degree in visual culture and PhD in history and art theory at the University of Barcelona. He is currently chief editor of the Visual Research publishing project (FAU–University of Chile); a curator and publisher of the HumanRights-CopyRights project (Museum of Contemporary Art-MAC, Chile); coeditor of Tristestópicos, a cultural association of the imaginaries of the Latin America in Barcelona; a member of the Red Conceptualismos el Sur; and coinvestigator for the Archivos/Museos/Modernidades project with support of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and SEASEX (España).

Boris Groys *1947, East Berlin

is a philosopher, essayist, art critic, media theorist, and an internationally acclaimed expert on late-Soviet postmodern art and literature and the Russian avant-garde. He studied philosophy and mathematics at Leningrad State University, worked at the Moscow State University, and in 1981 emigrated to West Germany, where he earned his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Münster. He is Professor of Aesthetics, Art History, and Media Theory at the Center for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe.

Marina Gržnić * 1958, Lublaň

is a doctor of philosophy and works as a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana. She is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Gržnić also works as a freelance media theorist and curator, and has been involved in video art since 1982.

Pierre-Félix Guattari *1930, Villeneuve-les-Sablons;
†1992, Cour-Cheverny

was a French militant, institutional psychotherapist, philosopher, and founder of both schizoanalysis and ecosophy. He founded the F.G.E.R.I.—Federation of Groups for Institutional Study & Research. Guattari is best known for his intellectual collaborations with Gilles Deleuze.

Joao maria Gusmao,
Pedro Paiva *1977, *1979, Lisbon

are artists who started working together in 2001, on artistic and editorial projects (Magnetic Effluvium magazine and Abissology, books 1 and 2). Their most notable projects have been: the series Magnetic Effluvium and Abissology–For a Transitory Science of the Indiscernible and solo exhibitions held at Kunstverein Hannover; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; and in the Matadero Madrid (PHotoEspaña 08). The duo has also participated in various international exhibitions such as the 27th São Paolo Biennial, and the 6th Mercosul Biennial and Manifesta 7. They also prepared the official representation of Portugal at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009.

Jiří Havel *1957, Prague

is a politician representing the Czech Social Democratic Party. He is also a lecturer of economics at Charles University in Prague. He formerly served as the government's vice chairman for the economy, as well as the vice president of the Czech Economic Society.

Vít Havránek *1971, Prague

is a curator, organizer, and author of many texts and exhibitions. Since 2002 he has been the director of the Initiative for Contemporary Art in the Czech Republic, Tranzit. He is associate editor at the JRP|Ringier publishing house. A lecturer at Prague's Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design, he has been a visiting lecturer at a number of international universities and symposiums (such as CAVS MIT Boston, Documenta 12, Stedelijk Museum, University of Amsterdam). He is a member of the tranzit.org collective, which is one of three curatorial teams for Manifesta 8 Murcia and Cartagena, Spain (2010).

Beatriz Herraez *1974, Vitoria-Gasteiz

is an art historian and curator at the Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea (Spain), an art center defined as a space for the production and exhibition of contemporary art that focuses on the implementation of a gender equality policy.

Karl Holmqvist *1964, Västerås

is an artist and writer living in Stockholm and Berlin. His recent solo exhibitions include The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik (2008) and GaGa Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2009). A collection of his poetry, What's My Name?, was published by BookWorks (London 2009).

Fang Hu *1970, Zhenjiang

lives and works in Guangzhou and Beijing. He graduated from the Chinese Literature Department at Wuhan University in 1992. He is a fiction writer (hufangwrites.com) and one of the founders of Vitamin Creative Space (vitamincreativespace.com) as well as the eponymous shop in Beijing (vitamincreativespace.blogbus.com). He is also one of the advisors of RMB City, which is a Second Life project developed by the artist Cao Fei and Vitamin Creative Space. As a novelist and essayist, Hu Fang's recent publications include the novel Garden of Mirrored Flowers and an anthology of fictional essays, Pavilion to the Heart's Insight.

Jaime Iregui *1956, Bogotá

is an artist living in Bogotá, Colombia. He recently worked at Documenta 12 Magazines as editor of Esfera Pública (Public Sphere), an on-line forum for discussion and debate about contemporary art in the context of Colombia and the Spanish-speaking world. His artistic work has dealt with a wide conception of space and the spatial as found in practices related to information dissemination and mediating processes in the public arena. He is currently the coordinator of the Cultural Projects Section of the Department of Art at the University of the Andes.

Fredric Jameson *1934, Cleveland

is an American literary critic and Marxist political theorist. He is best known for his analysis of contemporary cultural trends and his description of postmodernism as the spatialization of culture under the pressure of organized capitalism. He studied at Aix-en-Provence, Munich, Berlin, and Yale University, and is currently a professor at Duke University, North Carolina.

Ana Janevski *1976, Belgrade

is a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. She has curated: As Soon As I Open My Eyes I See a Film: Experiments in Yugoslav Art in the 1960s and 1970s and Unhoming, a solo show by Ahlam Shibli. She has also cocurated, among other exhibitions, the Warsaw Under Construction project, a trailer for a new festival focused on design, the exhibition Early Years at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, and the exhibition Can You Speak of This? Yes I Can, for Spa Port 2009 in Banja Luka. Recently she has collaborated with Pierre Bal-Blanc on the Warsaw edition of the exhibition The Living Currency. Janevski received a masters of philosophy from the EHESS in Paris; her thesis was titled "The Articulation of Balkanism in Contemporary Art."

Jeong Hwan Joe *1956, South Korea

is a representative of Galmuri Editing Inc and Professor of Sociology at the Sungkonghoe University. His publications include Spartacus in the 21st Century (Korean, Galmuri 2002); Global Empire (Korean, Galmuri 2002); Logic of the Literature of Labor Liberation (Korean, Nodongmunhaksa 1990). He has aslo translated into Korean the following: Labor of Dionysos, by Antonio Negri & Michael Hardt (Galmuri 1996); Change the World Without Taking Power, by John Holloway (Galmuri 2002); Zapatista, by Harry Cleaver (Galmuri 1998).

Ilya Kabakov *1933, Dnipropetrovsk

is an conceptual artists who established himself on the international art scene with his melancholic-ironic installations. In 1988 he emigrated from the Soviet Union to New York, where he has lived since with his wife Emilie. Over the past years they have created installations and exhibited jointly. In 1992 Kabakov was invited to participate in Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and in 2005 his work was shown at the Venice Biennale.

Franz Kafka *1883, Prague; †1924, Kierling

was a Jewish writer from Prague and one of the most important and influential writers of the 20th century. His most important work includes the novels The Trial and The Castle, and the novella The Metamorphosis. His work is considered particularly influential for its narrative innovations and its personal motifs—such as inner conflict, isolation, the feeling of being an outcast, and the individual's confrontation with the menace of power and its whims. In addition, all this handled with humor and idiosyncratic irony.

Jens Kastner *1970, Essen

is a sociologist and art historian serving as a senior lecturer at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He has recently published a book on Pierre Bourdieu's Art Theory, Die ästhetische Disposition. Eine Einführung in die Kunsttheorie Pierre Bourdieus (Turia + Kant, Vienna 2009).

Alexander Kiossev *1953, Sofia

is a contemporary Bulgarian scholar in cultural studies. He was educated at the University of Sofia and has held fellowships at universities in Cardiff, Paris, and Budapest. Since 2000 he has organized several international research projects (among them, NEXUS: How to Think about the Balkans, Roles, Identities and Hybrids and the visual seminar, Facing the Challenge of Nationalisms). He has published three books including one in English: Post-Theory, Games and Discursive Resistance (Albany 1995).

Karel Kosík *1926, Prague; †2003, Prague

was a Czech philosopher, historian, and sociologist. In 1953 he started to work as a scientist at the Institute of Philosophy of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. In 1968 he became a professor at Charles University's Faculty of Philosophy. Unemployed from 1970 to 1989, his work was only published abroad. He is a recipient of the Tom Stoppard Prize and the Artis Bohemiae amicis medal for the propagation of Czech culture.

Zdeněk Košek *1949, Duchcov

is a self-taught painter whose original profession was as a typographer. His meteorological and cosmic diagrams from the 1980s and from 1990 to 1992 were included in the Art Brut exhibition, and they are being exhibited practically all over the world. He currently lives on a disability pension.

Primož Krašovec *1979, Ljubljana

is a postgraduate student of Sociology and Studies of Everyday Life at the University of Ljubljana. He is currently working as a researcher at the Institute for Education, Ljubljana, and writing his doctorate on certain aspects of materialist epistemology.

Věra Krejčová *1981, Prague

is a coordinator of the tranzit.org curatorial team for Manifesta 8. Since 2007 she has been working on the Monument to Transformation project and is a coeditor of Atlas of Transformation. She lives and works in Prague.

David Kulhánek *1974, Prague

is a freelance historian, art theorist, critic, and curator. From 2001 to 2006 he cofounded and managed Display Gallery, and he is a member of the Display civic association.

Andrei Lankov *1963, Leningrad/St Petersburg

is a Russian Orientalist, a specialist on Korea, and a columnist for the Korea Times. He studied at Leningrad State University and Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung University, and taught Korean history and language at Leningrad State University. In 1992 he moved to South Korea, then to Australia, and later to Seoul, taking up a teaching position at Kookmin University in 2004. He is also a senior lecturer at Australian National University.

Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez *1968, Manila

is a curator, editor, and art critic living and working in the Philippines. She teaches courses on visual literacy and art criticism at the University of the Philippines. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Forum on Contemporary Art and Society, n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, RealTime+Onscreen, ArtIT in Japan and Asia-Pacific, Metropolis M,
, and Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art.

Mikołaj Lewicki *1976, Warsaw

is a sociologist working at the Institute of Sociology, Warsaw University. He analyzes the relations between (social) time and modernization processes in Poland.

Tomislav Z. Longinović *1955, Belgrade

is a writer and Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He specializes in translation theory, psychoanalysis and culture, comparative Slavic studies, and the vampire in literature and cinema. He is the author of many books, articles, and translations.

Karl Lydén *1979, Barnbördshuset

is an editor of Site Magazine. He writes about contemporary art for Mousse Magazine, Dossier Journal, Shifter Magazine, and DOX – European Documentary Magazine. His translation of Michel Foucault's Society Must Be Defended appeared in Swedish in 2008, and he is currently working on Focault's The Government of Self and Others.

Artem Magun *1974, Leningrad/St Petersburg

is a philosopher and a political theorist living in St Petersburg, Russia. He teaches at the European University in St Petersburg and at the Smolny Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is also a coeditor of the newspaper Chto Delat and the author of the book, La révolution négative (L' Harmattan, Paris 2009).

Radim Marada *1961, Vyškov

is the head of the sociology department at Masaryk University in Brno. He studied economics at the Economic University in Prague, and sociology at the UJEP in Brno and at the New School for Social Research in New York. He worked at the Institution for Philosophy and Sociology of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science, and since 1993 he has been working at Masaryk University in Brno. He specializes primarily in social theory, cultural sociology, generational conflicts, and the history of social thinking.

Françoise Mayer *1957, Paris

is a French sociologist. She worked at the University of Delaware and was director of the French Center for Research in Social Sciences (CEFRES) in Prague. She currently works at the University of Paul Valéry in Montpellier and at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris.

Adam Mazur *1977, Warsaw

is an art critic and art historian, curator at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, and editor-in-chief of Obieg magazine (www.obieg.pl). He works as a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, the art history department of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the Warsaw-based SWPS.

Viktor Misiano *1957, Moscow

is a curator and critic living in Moscow. He is the founder and chief editor of Moscow Art Magazine and of Manifesta Journal, a journal of contemporary curatorship.

Rastko Močnik *1944, Ljubljana

is a Slovenian sociologist, literary theorist, translator, and political activist. Together with Slavoj Žižek and Mladen Dolar, he is considered to be one of the cofounders of the Ljubljana school of psychoanalysis. He is the author of several books covering a number of topics (literature, art, contemporary fascisms, and globalization) and he employs a wide range of theoretical perspectives (Lacanian psychoanalysis, historical materialism, Maussian anthropology, Braudelian historiography, and Althusserian theory of ideology).

Ji Yoo Moon *1978, Seoul

is an assistant curator at the Nam June Paik Art Center in South Korea. Recently she organized the performance program for the inaugural festival of the
Nam June Paik Art Center.

David Chioni Moore *1962, Paterson

is Associate Professor of International Studies and English, chair of International Studies, and past director of African Studies at Macalester College. Educated at Brown, Paris, Dakar, and Duke Universities, Moore's primary interests are in literary and cultural interactions in the 20th- and 21st-century Black Atlantic world, most notably in African/African-American connections—all seen in what he terms an "Afro-planetary" framework. Significant allied interests include postcolonial studies, the post-Soviet sphere, the social history of texts, and globalization writ large.

Vlad Morariu *1983, Iaşi

is an art theorist and a freelance curator educated in philosophy at Cuza University in Iaşi and Humboldt Universität in Berlin. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Loughborough University's School of Arts. He is a permanent contributor to IDEA arts+society magazine and a member of the Vector Association team, which organized the Periferic Biennial for Contemporary Art.

Julia Moritz *1981, Leipzig

is an art historian and critic. As a Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Studies Program in New York, she started her dissertation, Institutional Critique in Spaces of Conflict, which was awarded a research grant by the Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Spain. Prior to this she copublished Question of the Day (with Nicolaus Schafhausen) as part of the founding team of European Kunsthalle Cologne. She co-organized the German Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale and was the assistant curator for Manifesta 7 (Fortezza) in 2008. Her exhibition project Critical Complicity (with Lisa Mazza) opens at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, in 2010.

Chantal Mouffe *1943, Charleroi

is a Belgian political theorist educated at the universities of Louvain, Paris, and Essex. She is a professor at the University of Westminster and she co-authored Hegemony and Socialist Strategy with Ernesto Laclau.

Boris Ondreička *1969, Zlaté Moravce

is an artist and curator, the director of tranzit.sk, a member of the tranzit.org team—which is one of the three curatorial teams for Manifesta 8 Murcia and Cartagena, Spain, (2010)—and a founding member of the Julius Koller Association. His work has been exhibited at Manifesta 2; the Venice Biennale; the Gyumri Biennale; MoMA PS1, New York; Kiasma, Helsinki; AK, Utrecht; De Appel and W139, Amsterdam; the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; TBA21, Secession and MUMOK, Vienna; the Frankfurter Kunstverien; the Kölnischer Kunstverein; and other venues. His work is represented in many national and international collections. He lives and works in Bratislava.

Anatoly Osmolovsky *1969, Moscow

is a Russian artist who prior to 1989 was a writer for and a member of the Vertep literary group. He led the artist movement known as Art Territory Expropriation (ETI) and participated in numerous performances and provocations. He has exhibited in Documenta 12 in Kassel; the Venice Biennale; the 1st Valencia Biennale; the International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Prague; the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; and the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam. He lives and works in Moscow.

Milan Otáhal *1928, Vsetín

is a Czech historian. He obtained a doctorate in history from Charles University in 1953 and a CSc title in 1956. He previously worked at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and now specializes in contemporary Czech history, particularly the period after 1968. He has published several books, including Opposition, Power, Society: 1969–1989.

Livia Pancu *1980, Iaşi

is a curator living in Iaşi, Romania. She worked for 3 years as part of Vector Association in Iaşi. Recently she co-curated the show Friends of the Divided Mind at The Royal College of Art, London, where she is studying for an MA in Curating Contemporary Art.

Alexei Penzin *1974, Novgorod

is a research associate in the analytical anthropology at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His major fields of interest are the critical reevaluation of philosophical anthropology, contemporary interpretations of Marxist thought, operaist theories of post-Fordism, and the interconnections of art and political praxis. He is also a member of the Chto Delat/What is to be done? interdisciplinary group, which focuses on merging the fields of theory, art, and political activism.

Georges Perec *1936 Paris; †1982, Paris

was a highly regarded French-Jewish novelist, filmmaker, and essayist. He was a member of the Oulipo group. While studying history and sociology at the Sorbonne, he wrote reviews and essays for La Nouvelle Revue Française and Les Lettres Nouvelles, prominent literary publications. He won the Prix Médicis for La Vie mode d'emploi. Usually tinged with melancholy, many of his novels and essays abound with experimental wordplay, lists, and attempts at classification.

Lia Perjovschi *1961, Sibiu

is an artist, researcher, and a founder and coordinator of the Contemporary Art Archive/Center for Art Analysis. She lives and works in Bucharest.

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez *1976, Ljubljana

is an independent curator and art critic living in Paris and Ljubljana. She works as an associate curator at the Center Pompidou and co-runs a seminar on artistic and curatorial practices titled Something You Should Know at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (with P. Falguières, E. Lebovici, and H.U. Obrist), where she is a PhD candidate.

Miroslav Petříček *1951, Prague

is a Czech philosopher and a former student of Jan Patočka. A professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University, he specializes in philosophy of art, blending philosophy, film, literature, art, and contemporary (postmodernist) French philosophy. He is the author of a number of articles and professional publications, and his translations into Czech include The Visible and the Invisible by Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

François Piron *1972, Saint-Brieuc

is a Paris-based art critic, curator, and teacher of contemporary art history and theory at the Lyon School of Art. Formerly the director of Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, he is a founding member of the independent art space and curatorial collective known as castillo/corrales (castillocorrales.fr) in Paris and its publishing house, Paraguay Press.

Tomáš Pospiszyl *1967, Prague

is an art historian, critic, and curator. He works at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Together with Laura Hoptman he compiled the anthology Primary Documents, a Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s and he is the author of the book Comparing Studies.

Jiří Přibáň *1967, Prague

is a Professor of philosophy and theory of law at Cardiff University in Great Britain. He has also lectured as a guest professor at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, New York University, University of Pretoria, European University Institute, and the University of New South Wales. He is the author of many books in Czech and English, including Below the Line of Art (KANT, 2008), Legal Symbolism (Filosofia, 2007), What Kind of People Can We Be? (SLON, 2004), and Dissidents of the Law (SLON, 2001).

Kārlis Račevskis *1939, Lielstraupe

is Professor Emeritus of French at Ohio State University, specializing in 18th‑century French literature and critical approaches to literature and culture. He is currently exploring the connections between French critical theory and recent advances in neuroscience. His publications include books on Voltaire, Foucault, the Enlightenment, and postmodernism.

Raqs Media Collective New Delhi

is a group of three individuals (Jeebesh Bagchi *1965, Monica Narula *1969, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta *1968) who have been variously described as artists, media practitioners, curators, researchers, editors, and catalysts of cultural processes. They live and work in Delhi, and are based at Sarai, at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, an initiative they cofounded in 2000.

Teresa Riccardi *1972, Buenos Aires

is an art historian and teacher living between Buenos Aires and Seattle. She is writing her doctoral thesis on transformations in the concept of performativity in Argentinean art.

Ninotchka Rosca *1950, Manila

is a Philippine-born writer. She was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship and now lives in the United States. She has received many awards, including the American Book Award, for her novels, essays, and articles.

Sergio Rubira *1975, Madrid

is an art historian, critic, and curator. He is part of RMS La Asociación, a curators' collective and production agency founded in Madrid in 1999. He is an associate professor of contemporary art history at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. He was managing editor of EXIT magazine (2006–2009) and he is now an external editor of EXIT Image & Culture magazine.

Jacques Rupnik *1950, Prague

is a French political theorist and historian who specializes primarily in Central and Eastern Europe. He studied history and political science at the Sorbonne and Harvard. From 1977 to 1982 he was a BBC journalist based in London. During the period 1990–1992 he served as an adviser to President Václav Havel. He is currently a professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and director of Research at the Fondation des Sciences Politiques in Paris.

Marco Scotini *1964, Cortona

is an art critic and curator based in Milan. He is director of the BA and MA departments of Visual Arts and Curatorial studies at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan. His writings have been published in magazines such as Brumaria, Domus, Documenta magazine, Flash Art, Moscow Art, Springerin, Manifesta Journal, and many others. He has curated many internationally acclaimed exhibitions, such as Disobedience: An Ongoing Video Archive.

Keiko Sei Bangkok

is a writer, curator and teacher of independent media, media art, and media activism. While she was based and worked in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, she organized and worked for media projects such as The Media Are With Us, Budapest (1990); Ex Oriente Lux, Bucharest (1994); Orbis Fictus, Prague (1995); and Politik-um/New engagement, Prague (2002). She is now based in Bangkok and continues her research and work in Southeast Asia, including curatorial work for Southeast Asian magazines for the Documenta 12 Magazine Project (2007), and numerous media activism workshops in Burma and Thailand. She is a founder of the Myanmar Moving Image Center in Rangoon, Burma. Her articles are published worldwide.

Milan Šimečka *1930, Nový Bohumín; †1990, Prague

was a Czech philosopher and literary critic. After completing his studies at the University of Brno's Faculty of Philosophy, he became an assistant professor at Comenius University in Bratislava. He also taught at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where he completed his habilitation thesis. In 1970 he was forced to leave the university, and he found work as a manual laborer. After November 1989 he became the President of the Council of Advisors to President Václav Havel. He is the author of Letters from Prison and The Restoration of Order.

Martin Škabraha *1979, Vsetín

is a lecturer in the philosophy department at the University of Ostrava, the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, and the Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Science at Palacký University in Olomouc. He also works at the Center of Global Studies in Prague and specializes primarily in political philosophy.

Kostis Stafylakis *1977, Athens

is an art theorist and artist. He studied fine arts, art theory, and philosophy, and has published articles and essays in art journals, political science journals, and anthologies. He has translated into Greek Slavoj Žižek's Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle (Scripta, 2005), and with Yannis Stavrakakis he coedited the collective volume The Political in Contemporary Art along (Ekkremes, 2008).

Yannis Stavrakakis *1970, Sheffield

is a political theorist educated in Athens and Essex. He is associate professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and author of Lacan and the Political and The Lacanian Left.

Mladen Stilinović *1947, Belgrade

is an artist living in Zagreb. His work includes collages, photographs, artist books, paintings, installations, actions, films, and video. He has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2003) and the Austrian Cultural Forum, Prague (2007), as well as in group shows such as the Venice Biennale (2003), Sydney Biennial (2006), and Documenta 12, Kassel (2007).

Jiří Suk *1966, Prague

is a historian working at the Institute for Contemporary History in Prague. He specializes in Czechoslovak and Czech history of the second half of the 20th century in the context of Central Europe. He is the author of The Labyrinth of the Revolution: Actors, Incidents and Crossroads of One Political Crisis (1989/1990), a detailed interpretation of the Velvet Revolution published in 2003.

Zdislav Šulc *1926, Jablonné nad Orlicí

is an economist and a journalist, and he was a prominent figure among Czech samizdat publishers. In 1990 he co-authored an unimplemented alternative transformation scenario as part of the Czechoslovak government's expert working group. He has published a number of texts in which he analyzes the principles of a Soviet-style economics and the issues involved in transforming one into a functioning financial-market-based economy with a mechanism enabling the democratic choice of noneconomic goals and societal preferences.

Marcel Tomášek *1971, Hořice

is a freelance sociologist. Formerly a lecturer and researcher at Masaryk University in Brno, he has been on extended work and study residencies at the New School for Social Research in New York, the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Central European University, the University of Miami, and Aarhus University. He currently teaches research methods at Metropolitan University in Prague.

Vassilis Vamvakas *1971, Athens

is an assistant lecturer at the Department of Communication and Mass Media of the University of Athens. His work is focused on mass culture and political communication. He is the author of Elections and Communication in the Post-Dictatorship Period: Politics and Spectacle (in Greek, 2006).

Vangelis Vlahos *1971, Athens

is an artist living in Athens. His participation in group shows includes the 27th São Paulo Biennale (2006); Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004); the 3rd Berlin Biennial (2004), and the 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009).

Raluca Voinea *1978, Braşov

is an art critic and curator living in Romania. She is a cofounder of E-cart.ro Association, with which she is currently developing a program for art in public spaces. Since 2008 she has been working as an editor for IDEA arts + society magazine.

Viktor Vorobyev *1959, Pavlodar

is a Kazakh artist. In 1991 he graduated from the Almaty State Institute of Theater and Arts Monumental Sculpture Faculty.

Yelena Vorobyeva *1959, Nebit-Dag

is a Kazakh artist. In 1990 she graduated from the Almaty State Institute of Theater and Art's Monumental Painting Faculty. She and Viktor Vorobyev have been working together on joint projects since the 1990s. Their collective exhibitions include Art From Central Asia: A Contemporary Archive, Central Asia pavilion; the 51st Venice Bienniale (2005); Zones Of Contact, 15th Sydney Biennale (2006); Concept Never Meant Horse, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2006); Progressive Nostalgia: Contemporary Art from the Former USSR, Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (2007); Making the Interstices, Central Asia Pavilion; and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).

Srdjan Jovanović Weiss *1967, Subotica

is a founder of the Normal Architecture Office and School of Missing Studies. He is the author of Almost Architecture, a book on architecture in emerging democracies, and he is preparing a book on the architecture of Balkanization. He is assistant professor at Temple University in Philadelphia and has lectured at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Haegue Yang *1971, Seoul

is an artist living and working in Berlin and Seoul. She has exhibited internationally in numerous collective exhibitions and individual shows at Redcat, Los Angeles; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008); the 2nd Turin Triennial (2008); the 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2008); Cubitt, London (2008); and the Barbara Wien Gallery, Berlin (2007). Her solo exhibition titled Condensation is taking place at the Korean Pavilion in the 53rd Venice Biennale this year.

Igor Zabel *1958, Ljubljana; †2005 Ljubljana

was a Slovenian curator, writer, philosopher, author, essayist, modern and contemporary art curator, literary and art critic, and translator actively involved in many fields of theory and culture. He worked as a freelance writer and from 1986 as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, where he organized numerous exhibitions. From 1998 to 2000 he was the coordinator of Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana.

Milan Zelený *1942, Klucké Chvalovice

is an economist. He lectures on management systems at the Graduate School of Business Administration, Fordham University, New York, and at the Tomas Bata University in Zlín. He is a guest lecturer at Xidian University (Xi´an), IBMEC (Rio de Janeiro), the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), and Fu Jen Catholic University (Taipei). He has written over 450 professional texts. His recent books include: Human Systems Management (World Scientific) and Information Technology in Business (Thomson); and in Czech, Paths to Success, Don't Learn from Your Own Mistakes, and Searching for Our Own Path.

Magdalena Ziółkowska *1981, Zgierz

is an art historian and curator currently living in Łódź, Poland. She is currently working on her PhD on the idea of a museum of modern art in the People's Republic of Poland and serves as a curator at the Museum Sztuki in Łódź and as a guest curator at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Slavoj Žižek *1949, Ljubljana

is a Slovenian sociologist, philosopher, and cultural theorist with a leftist focus influenced by the work of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. He works at the European Graduate School, the Sociological Institute of the University of Ljubljana, and at other academic institutions. He was a presidential candidate in the first post-communist elections in Slovenia.