Speakers

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Erich Berger is an artist, curator and cultural worker based in Helsinki/Finland. He directs the Finnish Society of Bioart where he develops opportunities which create interdisciplinary encounters and work situations between professionals from art, natural science, technology and the humanities. In his work Berger recognizes science and technology as fundamental transformative powers of our life world. His artistic interests lie in processes and feedback structures, which he investigates through installations, situations, performances and interfaces. Throughout his artistic practice he has explored the materiality of information and information and technology as artistic material. His current interest in issues of deep time and hybrid ecology led him to work with geological processes, radiogenic phenomena and their socio-political implications in the here and now. Berger has exhibited widely in various museums, galleries and major media-art events in Europe and worldwide, like Ars Electronica Linz (AT), File Festival Sao Paulo (BR), Sonar Barcelona (ES), or the Venice Biennial (IT). His works received several awards and prices from Prix Ars Electronica (AT), the Bawarian Broadcasting Station and ZKM (DE), Vida Telefonica (ES), LABoral (ES) or Files Prix (BR).

Oron Catts is the Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. He is an artist, designer, researcher and curator who is considered as a pioneer in the field of biological art project. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, at The University of Western Australia. Under Catts’ leadership SymbioticA won the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007),the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. In 2009 Catts was recognised by Thames & Hudson’s “60 Innovators Shaping our Creative Future” book in the category “Beyond Design”, and by Icon Magazine (UK) as one of the top 20 Designers, “making the future and transforming the way we work”. Catts was a Research Fellow in Harvard Medical School, a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University, a Visiting Professor at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, a Visiting Professor of Design Interaction and later a Professor at Large in Contestable Design at The Royal College of Arts, London. His work was exhibited and collected by museums such as MoMA NY, Mori art Museum, NGV, GoMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Ars Electronica, National Art Museum of China and more. His work was covered by The NY Times, Washington Post, Wired, New Scientist, Time, Newsweek and other TV, radio, print and online media.

Taru Elfving is a curator and writer based in Helsinki, working as Head of Programme at Frame Contemporary Art Finland (2013-). Her practice focuses on nurturing transdisciplinary encounters and site‐sensitive artistic investigations with a long‐term commitment to the critical discourses on ecology and feminism. Her curatorial research includes Hours, Years, Aeons (Venice Biennale 2015), Frontiers in Retreat (HIAP 2013‐2018), Contemporary Art Archipelago CAA (Turku 2011, European Capital of Culture), and Towards a Future Present (LIAF, Norway 2008). Elfving has published an extensive body of writing internationally and co‐edited publications such as Altern Ecologies (Frame, 2016). Currently she is co‐editing an anthology on the politics and poetics of international artist residencies (Valiz, 2018). She holds a PhD from Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University of London, and has been teaching theory in practice at Goldsmiths and many Nordic art academies. She continues to supervise artistic research at the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Birte Gehm is the Communications and Operations Manager of Res Artis – the Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies. She is in charge of communication matters and administration at the Res Artis office in Amsterdam. Besides connecting and promoting the organisation’s members, handling the office administration and taking part in meeting committees, she is also involved in developing content and tools in response to the needs of members and the changing realities of the artist residency field.

 

Frederik Hardvendel, who has an artistic, creative educational background as graphic designer, is Director of the Danish Art Workshops. He has worked for many years managing creative enterprises in Denmark and abroad. Frederik has been in the management of consultancy agency Advice A/S, Key Account in Format & Partners, Bangkok as well as Head of Design in DR, Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Frederik works occasionally as a professional advisor to creative companies and has for years been Chairman at the International Ceramic Research Centre. He is also part of the steering committee for interdisciplinary leadership in the Ministry of Culture, Denmark.

Irmeli Kokko is a lecturer (Art and Society) at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts. Her research interest and field of activities include international artists’ residencies. She has published articles on residencies mainly in Finland and has had positions of trust and mandates of expertise nationally and internationally, for example, Res Artis board-member 1999-2001; Nordic Council of Ministers expert-group member Module to support Residencies 2007-2011. In 1998 she initiated the Helsinki International Artist Program – HIAP.

 

Tina Kuckkahn-Miller has served as the founding director of the “House of Welcome” Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA since 1996. The Longhouse’s mission is to promote indigenous arts and cultures through a variety of programs, including: an international indigenous artist-in-residence program, Toi Sgwigwialt, in partnership with the government of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand and Toi Maori Aotearoa); hosting the international Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists of the Pacific Rim in 2001 and 2017; and building the Indigenous Arts Campus, a series of artmaking studios designed upon indigenous architectural and cultural concepts. With degrees in education and law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tina regularly teaches in the Master of Public Administration Program. Tina serves on the Indigenous Program Council at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, as well as the Board of Directors for the Waaswaaganing Living Arts and Culture Center in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. Tina received a “Bridge Builder” award from Women of Color Empowered in 2013, the President’s Leadership Award from The Evergreen State College in 2014, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Warms Springs Tribe of Oregon in 2015. Affiliated with both the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (enrolled) and the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribes, Tina works with a multitude of tribal peoples and artists from throughout the Pacific Rim in her roles at Evergreen.

Lucy Latham joined Julie's Bicycle in September 2013 to work on the strategic integration of environmental sustainability within artistic and cultural venues and activities. She works across a variety of consultancy projects and creative programmes, focusing on policy, operational best practice, engagement and cultural change. She also coordinates Julie's Bicycle's creative campaigns and supports the development of its leadership and professional development programmes. Lucy has a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Social and Political Theory. Julie’s Bicycle is a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.

Veronika Liebl is currently Director of Organization and Finance at the department Festival/Prix/Exhibitions of Ars Electronica. She studied economic and business science at Johannes Kepler University in Linz (graduated in 2010) with study visits at the Harvard University (US) and Université de Fribourg (CH). Since 2013 she is enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program for Innovation Management at LIMAK Linz – Austrian Business School. After finishing her studies she was engaged in various commercial employments, amongst others for the Austrian Economic Chamber. Since 2011 she is in charge of cultural management for the department Festival/Prix/Exhibitions at Ars Electronica Linz GmbH. In this capacity she is responsible for finances, human resources, public funding, internal operations and project management. Recently, she is mainly in control of all European collaboration projects under Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ and executed in this position – together with her team – numerous EU projects both as project coordinator as well as partner.

Lea O’Loughlin manages Acme Studios International Residencies Programme (Acme IRP) and is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Res Artis. Working with international artists and liaising with governments and foundations to maximise their investment in London cultural residencies. A vital part of her role is to build strong and sustainable relationships between residency funders, visiting artists and a wide cross-section of communities both within and beyond the cultural sphere. She has a history of developing residencies, promoting international dialogue and critical exchange, connecting people and networks and providing practical guidance and advice to artists and arts organisations. Holding an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art London and Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia her previous experience includes working with The Royal British Society of Sculptors, The Florence Trust, Tate, Gasworks, Cubitt Artists (United Kingdom), MoMA (United States) and Adelaide Central Gallery & Studios (Australia).

Eliza Roberts is the inaugural Executive Director of Res Artis focused on fundraising, public profile and strategy for the organisation. Eliza served on the Res Artis Board of Directors from 2012 – 2016, including a 2 year term as Vice-President from 2014. For the past 6 years Eliza worked as Arts Residencies Manager at Asialink, Australia’s largest and most long-standing artist residency program in the region. Eliza has diverse experience in the arts industry, having worked at a range of local and international institutions and organisations including Christie’s auction house in London, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and Artbank. Eliza speaks intermediate level Indonesian and holds a MA Art Curatorship and BA Creative Arts, both from the University of Melbourne.

Tiina Sanila-Aikio or Paavvâl Taannâl Tiina (born 1983 in Sevettijärvi, Inari) is the President of the Sámi Parliament of Finland. Sanila-Aikio has been a member of the Sámi Parliament since 2012. Before her presidency, Sanila-Aikio worked as a teacher of Skolt Sámi language and culture at the Sámi Education Institute in Inari. Moreover, she has been active in promoting the language and culture of the Skolt Sámi, for example providing teaching materials. Sanila-Aikio is also known as an artist who has performed in many ways, both in traditional and in modern ways of music. The other main occupation of the Sanila-Aikio family is reindeer herding. She lives in Inari with her husband and daughter.

Leena Vuotovesi is CEO of the development company Micropolis Ltd. located close to the Arctic Circle as well as the President of the Board of Directors at Res Artis. Previously, Leena was the executive director of KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre running a tailored residency program. Leena has been the representative of Res Artis at the board of Culture Action Europe. She participated also in the work of the EU commission’s OMC working group on mobility of artists as an external expert. In Finland she is active at The Finnish Cultural Foundation Association.