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New Institutionalities #3

Speaker Biographies

Felicity Allen is an artist and writer who has worked through many areas of education over four decades. As well as Education (Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel/MIT 2011), her article Situating Gallery Education (2008) was the first of five on the subject, for which her guest scholarship at the Getty Research Institute (2011) was catalytic. In 2016 she completed a PhD by Public Works which drew from the wide range of her practice, including gallery education. While running education at Tate Britain (2003–2010) she curated Nahnou-Together Now (2008) from a durational project with artists and young people in Damascus, Amman and London. She is currently completing a video-based work with an artist and former colleague from that partnership who still lives in Damascus. 

Jesús Carrillo is lecturer in the Art History Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid since 1997. Head of the Cultural Programs Department of the Museo Reina Sofía from 2008 to 2015, and General Director of Cultural Programs and Activities of Madrid City Council from 2015 to 2016. Graduate in Art History (Murcia University), M.A. in Historical Studies (The Warburg Institute) and Ph.D. in History (Cambridge University, King’s College). Research fellow at the Huntington Library, Jonathan Brown Library, and the Anthropology Department, CSIC (Madrid). Member of the Project team of L’Internationale network from 2013 to 2015. Combines the history of early modern representations of nature and technology and their relationships with imperial powers, with the critical analysis of contemporary art institutions and narratives.

Valeria Graziano is a cultural theorist, practitioner and educator whose research is mainly concerned with inventing postwork alternatives. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Middlesex University. She holds a PhD in Critical Organization Theory (2014) from Queen Mary University London, which was supported by a scholarship by the same university. Her current research considers the various meanings of the concept of ‘prefigurative practices’ and the role of imaginal procedures within the organizational lives of collectives. Valeria co-directed Summer Drafts - Laboratories of Transversal Vivacity (2008-2012) and has been active within the Micropolitics Research Group and the Radical Education Forum.

Tomislav Medak is co-ordinating theory and publishing activities of the Multimedia Institute/MAMA  in Zagreb. He is a free software advocate and a digital librarian for the Public Library/Memory of the World. Over years he has (co-)organised talks, publications and conferences in contemporary philosophy, political economy of digital culture and the comons. His recent scholarship has focused on structural unevenness of technological development and post-capitalist transition. He's the author of chapbooks The Hard Matter of Abstracion – A Guidebook to Domination by Abstraction (Stuttgart, 2016) and Shit Tech for A Shitty World (Ljubljana, 2015). He has co-edited together with Marcell Mars Public Library (Zagreb, 2015). In parallel, Tomislav is working with the Zagreb-based experimental theatre collective BADco. as a performer, dramaturge and director. 

Maddalena Fragnito is a visual artist and cultural activist. Her research focuses on models of cultural production and on new forms of communication as a vehicle for transformation and political debate. She's a co-founder of Macao (2012), the new center for art and culture in Milan, Soprasotto (2012), an experimental school for kids and Landscape Choreography (2012), an art collective. Since 2014, she's been working with mare culturale urbano, a cultural center based in Milan.

Camilla Pin Montagnana is an independent researcher and cultural activist based in Milan, Italy. Her research focuses on new institutions, forms of cultural work and relationship between art and activism in the field of communication, new media and visual arts. 
She is co-founder of S.a.L.E. Docks (2007), an independent space for arts and politics in the heart of Venice and Macao (2012), New Center for Arts, Culture and Research in Milan. From 2013 she is member of the editorial board of Eterotopia France. Since 2014, she work with mare culturale urbano, a cultural center based in Milan.

Maddalena Fragnito and Camilla Pin are part of Macao (Nuovo Centro per le Arti, la Cultura e la Ricerca) Macao is an independent center for art, culture and research.

Gigi Argyropoulouis a researcher, curator, artist and theorist working in the fields of performance and cultural practice based in Athens and London.  Gigi has initiated and organised festivals, conferences, performances, actions and cultural collaboration projects both inside and outside institutions. She is a founding member of Green Park, Mavili Collective, Institute for Live Arts Research, Kolektiva Omonia and F2 Performance Unit/Mkultra. As a member of Mavili and other collectives Gigi co-initiated/organised occupations, interventions, programmes and cultural critique actions during the crisis. 


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