Laszlo Beke is an art historian and curator who has played a leading role in Hungarian art since the late 1960s. He was an active figure in the development of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde of the warly 1970s, and continued to play a key role in the Hungarian art scene into the 1980s and beyond. He was director of the Budapest Kunsthalle from 1995-2000, and currently heads the Institute of Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Paolo Cirio is researching into media, communication, politics and cultural anthropology. Radically and ironically, he controversially plays with semiotic vectors in order to involve the audience in thinking about the meaning of representations of reality. He has worked as media artist in various fields: net-art, street-art, video-art, public-art, marketing-art, software-art and interaction-design. He recently exhibited in 'Anna Kournikova Deleted By Memeright Trusted System' at HMKV, Dortmund and ' Revolutions – Forms That Turn' at the Sydney Biennale. http://www.paolocirio.net/
Anthony Downey is the Programme Director of the M.A. course in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. An editorial board member of Third Text, he has published essays, criticism and interviews in numerous international journals. Recent and forthcoming publications include “Zones of Indistinction: Giorgio Agamben’s Bare Life and the Ethics of Aesthetics,” Third Text (Summer 2008); Thresholds of a Coming Community: Photography and Human Rights, Aperture (spring 2009) and “At the Limits of the Image: Representations of Torture in Popular Culture”, Brumaria, 10 (Spring 2009). He has recently given talks at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, CENDEAC (Murcia), Cornell University, New York University, Manchester University, ICA (London), Leuven University, and the NFT (London). Downey is currently researching a book on Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics (forthcoming, 2010).
Catherine Fraixe teaches art history at the Ecole nationale supérieure d'art de Bourges (France). Her thesis is focused on the question of the impact of American modernism in Europe in the 50s, and how it interfered rather violently with a 'post modern' model constructed in France, Italy, etc. in the 30s. The new model, described by French critics as 'American', was in fact based on the concept of a supranational 'European art' conceived as a European equivalent of American 'modernist art'.
Kata Krasznahorkai, M.A. is a Berlin-based art historian and art critic completing a PhD-research on the University of Hamburg on "The energy of images - land art and science in the `70s". 1996-1999 she worked in the Ludwig Museum Budapest as a curatorial assistant and 2000-2003 as a curator, organizing major shows for e.g. L.A. Raeven, Mona Vatamanu / Florin Tudor and Balazs Kicsiny. Recently she curated the "Pseudo in BErlin - Gyula PAuer"-show at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin. She is the editor for "Fair-Zeitung für Kunst und Ästhetik" and works as a Berlin-correspondent for the magazines "Balkon", "Müertö" and "tranzit" and publishes widely on East-European and international contemporary art.
Lukasz Ronduda, PhD, is an art historian, art critic and curator of the Archive of Polish Experimental Film at Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (www.csw.art.pl/archfilm). He works at Warsaw School of Social Psychology. He curated the exhibitions: Marysia Lewandowska/Neil Cummings:Enthusiasts from the amateur film clubs (CCA Warsaw 2004, Whitechapell Art Gallery, London 2005), The Workshop of the Film Form (Electronic Arts Intermix, NY, 2004), Paulina Olowska, Rainbow Brite; Wilhelm Sasnal, USA (CCA Warsaw 2006), Down with the pimps of art, relations between art and punk (Warsaw Stock Exchange 2006), Polish socialist Conceptualism from the 70s (Orchard, NY, 2006), 1,2,3...Avant-gardes. Film/Art between Experiment and the Archive (CCA Warsaw 2006; Kunstlerhaus, Stuttgart 2007; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao 2007/2008) and several screenings: Polish Women artists films from the 70s and 80s (Tate Modern, London, 2004), Robakowski / Sharits (Anthology Film Archives, NY, 2005), Analogue: Polish video art from the 70s and 80s (Tate Modern, London, 2006), Polish New Wave Cinema, the history of the phenomenon that never existed (Anthology Film Archives, NY, 2008). He is the author of the book Subversive strategies in media art (Krakow, Rabid 2006) and editor of several books and catalogues. He is a co-editor of Piktogram Magazine
Raluca Voinea is a curator and art critic, she studied Art History and Theory at the Arts University in Bucharest and the MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London. She is founding editor of e-cart contemporary art magazine (published online between 2003-2007) and since 2006 she is a founding member and president of E-cart.ro Association in Romania. She has published in different journals, such as IDEA. Arts + Society (Cluj, Romania), Praesens (Budapest), Observator Cultural (Bucharest), Third Text (UK), and in catalogues such as: Anetta Mona Chisa/ Lucia Tkáčová, nbk, Berlin, Space Invaders, Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana, Rijksakademie Open Ateliers 2006, Dan Perjovschi: Walls, Floors and Museums. Since 2008 she works as an editor for IDEA. Arts + Society. Recent presentations and round table discussions for the public programmes of: U-Turn Quadriennale for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (2008), 5th berlin biennale (2008), Swiss Cultural Centre in Paris (2007).
Franciska Zólyom, art historian, curator, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Dunaújváros / Hungary. 1997-1999 curator at the Museum Ludwig Budapest: Cindy Sherman: The Complete Untitled Film Stills, (1998); Rondo. Works by Middle- and East-European Artists (1999); Orshi Drozdik Retrospective (together with Dóra Hegyi 2001/2002). Projects in the public space include: Right: Here: Now. Temporary Monuments in the City Space (since 2004); Cinemascope. Sitespecific Works in the Atrium Cinema (2004). 2001 and 2003/ 2004 project manager at the Hamburger Bahnhhof, Museum of the Present - Berlin: Stan Douglas: Le Détroit (2001); Berlin North. Contemporary Artists in the Nordic Countries in Berlin. (2003 /2004). Recent curatorial work: 1/4 Hungarian. Critical Art Practices (together with Beáta Hock 2007), City Without a Center (2007), Stalking Utopia, Congress of the Futurologues (together with Thomas Neumann 2008). Since 1999 lecturer at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. Board member of tranzit.hu (since 2005) and of the Hungarian section of AICA (since 2006).