Speakers’ Bios

Jean-Philippe Antoine is a visual and sound artist, critic and philosopher who teaches Aesthetics at Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis. His publications include a comprehensive monograph on Joseph Beuys, La traversée du XXe siècle. Joseph Beuys, l’image et le souvenir (2011) and a book on Marcel Broodthaers, Moule, Muse, Méduse (2006). He has given lectures and concerts in collaboration with Leif Elggren, and has recently published Nouvelles Musiques Anciennes / Ancient New Music on Firework Edition Records (2011). His sound performance, Public Transports, took place at Simone Subal Gallery in New York last winter. His soundworks proceed mostly from the electronic modulation of found sounds, organized music and voices not excluded.

Charles Aubin holds a Master’s degree in Humanities from Sciences Po Paris. He is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the Royal College of Art in London. He was assistant curator for the 2005 ‘Nuit Blanche’ in Paris and then at the Centre Pompidou from 2006 to 2010.

Pierre Bal-Blanc is director of CAC Brétigny (Contemporary Art Center of Brétigny, Greater Paris) in France, where he has been carrying out since 2003 the ‘Phalanstère Project’, a series of site-specific artists’ works parallel to the exhibition program of the art center. In his sequence of international exhibitions like ‘La Monnaie Vivante-Living Currency’, he negotiated the current and historical analysis of the body and strategies related to performance in visual arts. He commissioned the exhibition ‘Reversibility’ for The Fair Gallery at the Frieze Art Fair in 2008, ‘Peep-Hole’ in Milan in 2012 and ‘The Death of the Audience’ at the Secession (Vienna) in 2009. He co-curated the exhibition series ‘Cornelius Cardew and the Freedom of Listening’ and ‘Anarchism without Adjectives: On the Work of Christopher D’Arcangelo, 1975-1979’.

Kiff Bamford is an artist and lecturer, currently Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Graphic Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. His monograph Lyotard and the ‘figural’ in Performance, Art and Writing was recently published by Continuum. Writings on exhibitions include reference to Les Immatériaux (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1985) in the article ‘Acconci’s Pied-à-terre’ (Performance Research, 17:2).

Olivier Bosson is a French artist, filmmaker and performer. A graduate of Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, he produces in turn performances and participatory films involving large numbers of untrained actors (200%, Le Forum Possession, Le Stop le soir). This shuttling between performance and film informs both his practice and theoretical reflection, a summary of which was published under the title L’échelle 1 :1, pour les performances conférences et autre live (Van Dieren, 2011).

Lucas Bouissou is a student and instigator of the platform clft.net to facilitate the dissemination of podcasts and writing as well as the organisation of events. clft.net also acts as a label for the distribution of techno, experimental and electronic music.

Ludovic Burel is an artist and publisher, having co-founded Page sucker magazine and it editions (www.readit.fr). He was, for many years, artistic director of the political cultures magazine Multitudes.

Leif Elggren, born of two idiots, enjoys the title of King. He is based in Stockholm, and is running a small record label and a publishing company called Firework. He is also a son of God. www.leifelggren.org.

Typographer Will Holder once read that oral tradition would lead us out of the post-modern condition, and has since become preoccupied with “publishing”. Said publications may not always take the form of ink and paper, and a large part of the preoccupation is spent in finding suitable ‘forms’ which scrutinise our linguistic means of production. He is editor of F.R.DAVID, a journal concerned with reading and writing in the arts, (published by de Appel, Amsterdam). In 2009, he curated ‘Talk Show’ at the ICA, an exhibition and season of events concerning speech and accountability. Holder is serially rewriting William Morris’ ‘News from Nowhere (An epoch of rest)’ (1876) into a guide for design education and practise set in 2135; and is (with Alex Waterman) currently editing and typesetting a biography of American composer Robert Ashley, for four or more voices (forthcoming, 2013).

Antony Hudek is UCL Mellon Fellow at University College London. His work focuses on the histories of exhibitions from the 1950s to today.

Ju Hyun Lee is an artist and performer. Prevsiously she was an economic and political consultant in her native South Korea.

Christian Leigh is a writer and filmmaker. In the late eighties and early nineties, he worked as an art critic and curator mounting exhibitions in the USA, Asia and Europe most notably The Silent Baroque in Austria and a series of exhibitions inspired by the oeuvre of Alfred Hitchcock and later Raymond Bellour. In 1994, after an exhibition at the Venice Biennale, he walked away from the art world. Since 2000, he has been writing on culture for respected magazines and directing films signing his work CS Leigh. He has collaborated with Suede, Marianne Faithfull, John Cale, and Cat Power among other artists. His films have been featured in the Official Selection at international films festivals including Berlin and Edinburgh and have been released internationally.

Émilie Parendeau is an artist currently making replicas of art games and objects and interpreting other artists’ works within the A LOUER project.

Fabien Pinaroli is an independent curator, writer and artist based in Lyon. He is the instigator of the ‘CoB2’ project and curator of two recent exhibitions in Lyon based on the 1976 exhibition ‘Celebration of the Body’ by N.E. Thing Co.

Alex Sainsbury developed Raven Row, the acclaimed exhibition centre for visual art in Spitalfields, London, which he has continued to direct (curate) and programme since it opened in February 2009. He also established the grant-making charity Glass-House Trust in 1993, initiating various projects related to child development, social housing (Glass-House Community Led Design) and most recently, MayDay Rooms, a safe house for vulnerable archives and historical material linked to social movements and experimental culture.

Adrien Sina is an artist and theoretician. He has curated cross-disciplinary exhibitions involving architecture, performance, video and philosophy: Fugitive Fluctuations, Tragédies Charnelles, Immanences Spatiales, Feminine Futures: Performance, Dance, War, Politics and Eroticism for Performa 09, New York (and published by Les Presses du réel, 2011). He was ‘Thinker in residence’ at London’s Live Art Development Agency, advisor for PSi #12, Performing Rights Festival; Art, Lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance, Tate Liverpool; Futurism, Tate Modern; Traces du Sacré and Danser sa Vie, Centre Pompidou, Paris. http://www.adrien-sina.net.

Lucy Steeds is involved in research, publishing and pedagogy in the field of exhibition histories at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She is Editor of Afterall’s Exhibition Histories series of books and co-leader of the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies course.

Catherine Wood has been Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern since 2002. She co-curated the opening programme of the Tanks at Tate Modern with Stuart Comer and Kathy Noble, initiated the live online series ‘Performance Room’, and is currently preparing an exhibition titled A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance opening in November 2012. She writes regularly for Afterall, Artforum, Frieze, Kaleidoscope and Mousse magazines, and is on the board for Studio Voltaire London.