Barbara Formis, Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, University Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne
Marco Mancuso, Critic, Curator, Consultant, and Teacher of Multimedia Technologies; Founder and Director at Digicult and Digimag Journal, Milan, Italy
Mario Minichiello, Chair of Design and Director, Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
ORLAN, Artist and Teacher, Paris/London/New York
Barbara Formis, PhD in philosophy, is a Lecturer in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art in the Department of Fine Arts and Art Sciences at the University Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, and a member of the Institute A.C.T.E. (Arts, Creations, Theories, Aesthetics, UMR 8218, C.N.R.S.). She is the co-founder and co-director with Melanie Perrier, of the Laboratoire du Geste (The Gesture Laboratory), a platform which promotes research, publication and creation in the field of the live arts. Her research concerns the aesthetics and philosophy of the body, with a particular focus on live arts (performance, dance, happenings, events) and their relationship to social phenomena and everyday practices. In 2010 she published Aesthetics of Ordinary Life in the collection ‘Lignes d’Art’ (Art Lines) with Presses Universitaires de France. She has also edited two anthologies: Gestes à l’oeuvre (Gestures at Work) published by L’Incidence éditions at the end of 2008 and Penser en Corps (Thinking through the Bodies) with L'Harmattan at the end of 2009. She directed an external seminar at the International College of Philosophy, and was a researcher in the Theory Department at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. She has published various articles in journals such as Art Press, La Revue d’esthétique, Multitudes, Alter, and La Part de l’œil. She has been a dancer and has also worked as a dramaturge.
Marco Mancuso is a critic, curator, journalist and teacher in the field of Multimedia Technologies applied to Arts, Design and Contemporary Culture. Founder and director at Digicult (http://www.digicult.it) and Digimag Journal, he teaches “Multimedia Arts Theory” at MAIND Interaction Design Master at SUPSI in Lugano, "Multimedia Design for the Arts" at NABA Milan, “Interactive Systems” at IED in Milan, “Multimedia Publishing for the Arts” at Academy of Fine Art in Bergamo, “Art Management & Communication” at IED Masters in Milan and is visiting professor at Transmedia-Postgraduate Program in Arts+Media+Design in Brussels. With the Digicult Agency he curated and co-curated a number of international exhibitions, screenings, lectures, workshops and meetings and partnered with most of the main media art festival and events in Italy and worldwid. He recently developed the “Digicult Editions” online service, while expertising from years on wider subjects like open communication, social networking and digital publishing. Lecturing internationally and writing critical texts for media art publications and catalogues, Marco Mancuso also curated the publication “The Open Future” by "MCD-Musiques et Cultures Digitales" magazine in 2012 and he was included in the publication “Cultural Blogging in Europe” by LabForCulture.org in 2010.
Mario Minichiello was born in Avellino in the province of Campania Italy. His family moved to Britain soon after his birth in 1963. He studied at North Essex School of Art, Hull University School of Art and Design, Leicester Polytechnic leaving with a first Class Honours degree in Graphic Design, and then moved to London to study Advanced Illustration, working with design groups, newspapers, and television.
After marrying the Children’s book Illustrator and internationally acclaimed artist Liz Anelli, with whom he has two children, they returned to develop their studios in Leicestershire. Minichiello began to develop his interest in combining his practice with research and teaching in higher education. He joined DMU in Leicester to develop Design education and research before being head hunted to build a new department with Loughborough University. As academic director at LUSAD, he recruited renowned Animator and writer John Grace, Andrew Selby and Professor Paul Wells to develop the Centre for Animation and develop the department of Visual Communication. Minichiello was appointed as Professor of Visual communication and Head of School at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in 2007. Minichiello is respected as an innovative and disruptive thinker who applies his ideas through practice. He remains a member of the Lunar Society and was appointed its general Secretary in 2010. During 2010 he gave the Lunar address ‘Future world’ in which he proposed that History was really ‘a series of industrial accidents’. He completed his PhD in 2011, and was appointed as Professor of Design and Director of the Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre in Newcastle University Australia in 201, where he works today. He enjoys his role as a visiting professor at DMU and as a fellow at Birmingham children’s hospital, with whom he continues to work.
ORLAN explores different techniques in her work such as photography, video, sculpture (in resin, marble and inflatable), drawing, installation, performance, biotechnology, and more. She was the first artist to use surgery as an artistic medium.
Her work questions the body’s status concerning religious, political, and cultural pressures which leave an imprint in flesh, particularly the female body. Her work uses scientific, technological, and medical discoveries by questioning them. She defends hybridization, tolerance, and human rights through her nomad, mutant, and shifting identities.
ORLAN has received awards, public commissions, grants, and residencies throughout her career. Her work has been featured in many exhibitions and can be found in the permanent collections of several museums. ORLAN is regularly invited by universities and institutions worldwide to give lectures and master-classes, and she has served as professor at the Ecole Nationale Nationale Sup rieure d'Arts of Paris-Cergy.