Speakers Biographies

Here you can find the biographies of the speakers for Networked: Dialogue and Exchange in the Global Art Ecology, and also the conference schedule.

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Ade Darmawan
Director and co-founder of Ruangrupa artists’ initiative in Jakarta, founded in 2000. Darmawan was Artistic Director of the Jakarta Biennale-Arena 2009 and Festival Director/Artistic Director of OK Video Jakarta, International Video Festival from 2003 to 2009. With Ruangrupa, he participated in the Gwangju, Istanbul, and Singapore Biennales. Darmawan was also co-curator of Fixer, an exhibition of alternative spaces and artists’ collectives in Indonesia, in 2010, and a member of Jakarta Arts Council from 2006 to 2009.

Alessio Antoniolli
Alessio Antoniolli is the Director of Triangle Network, a global network of artists and grass-roots organisations. He is involved in running, fundraising and strategic planning for the Network, as well as working with new partners on developing projects such as residencies and workshops. He has recently initiated a programme of professional development and training opportunities for artists and arts coordinators within the Network. Alessio is also the Director of Gasworks, London, where he leads a programme of residencies, exhibitions and participation projects focusing on emerging UK and international artists and practices.

Ana Maria Millan
Artist and Co-founder of Helena Producciones, Colombia, a partner of Triangle Network. The artist collective Helena Producciones investigates relationships between artistic production in Colombia and specific social, economic and political conditions. Helena develops programmes such as the Festival de Performance de Cali, and the educational platform Escuela Mòvil De Saberes y Pràtica Social. Millan’s art work explores the relationships between cultural, historical and social struggles, expressed though the narrative forms of mass culture.

Ana Tomé
Director of the Cultural Center of Spain (CCE) in Mexico City. Tomé joined the Spanish Development Agency for International Cooperation (AECID) in 1995 as director of the CCE in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and has since been posted as director at CCE Havana, Cuba, and most recently CCE São Paulo, Brazil, from 2005 until September 2011. During this time she led the development of Residencia En Red, an Ibero-American network of artists and curators’ residencies, linking organisations in Latin America and Spain. Tomé has been working in cultural management since 1989, following her early professional experience in journalism, teaching, international trade and tourism.

Anna Somers Cocks
Editorial Group Director and Founding Editor in Chief of The Art Newspaper. Currently Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, which restores monuments and works of art in Venice. Somers Cocks is also a Governor of the Courtauld Institute; Trustee of the Gilbert Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Trustee of the Cass Sculpture Foundation and Member of the Advisory Board of the Sotheby’s Institute.

Sir Anthony Caro OM, CBE
Celebrated British abstract sculptor. Caro has influenced generations of sculptors through his innovative work and his extensive teaching. Caro has been exhibiting in major institutions worldwide since the 1950s. He was knighted in 1987 and received the Order of Merit for his contribution to the arts in May 2000. He co-founded the Triangle Network, with Robert Loder, in 1982.

Boris Ondreička
Artist and curator based in Bratislava. Ondreička has worked since 2002 as a director of tranzit.sk of tranzit.org, a contemporary art network working independently in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Amongst others, Ondreička has co-curated biennale Manifesta 8 in Murcia and Cartagena 2010 and more recently Symposion for The Event 2011 in Birmingham, UK.

Carole Karamera
Deputy Secretary General of Arterial Network and its Country Representative in Rwanda. Arterial Network is a pan-African advocacy network and cultural policies for the African creative sector. Carole is an actress, a theatre practitioner and was the Director of the Festival of Panafrican Dance (FESPAD) in Kigali. She now runs the Ishyo Arts Centre and is very active in the cultural sector in and outside of Rwanda.

Charles Esche
Charles Esche is a curator and writer. He is Director of the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven and co-director of Afterall Journal and Afterall Books. He is a visiting lecturer at a number of European art academies and a board member of Manifesta. He has curated several biennales and triennales including the 5th U3 triennial in Ljubljana in 2010; he additionally co-curated the 2nd and 3rd Riwaq Biennale in Palestine in 2007 and 2009, the 9th Istanbul Biennial in 2005, the Gwangju Biennale in 2002 and the Tate Triennale in 2000. A book of his selected writings, Modest Proposals, was published by Baglam Press, Istanbul in 2005. He writes for numerous international catalogues and magazines.

Christa Meindersma
Director of the Prince Claus Fund, Netherlands, which works with individuals and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to support and initiate activities that contribute to a positive interaction between culture and development. Most recently, Meindersma held the position of Deputy Director at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) having had extensive experience with international collaboration and diplomacy and acted as Negotiator and Senior Political Adviser at the United Nations and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Claire Hsu
Co-founder and Executive Director of Asia Art Archive, widely recognised as the world’s most comprehensive public collection of material about contemporary art in Asia. She has overseen all aspects of AAA’s evolution into a space that pioneers the use of the ‘archive’ to generate new projects and thinking. Hsu sits on a number of boards regionally and internationally and has participated in numerous international forums as a voice of the region’s cultural trajectory and an advocate of its responsible development.

Danda Jaroljmek
Director of Kuona Trust Centre for Visual Arts, a contemporary art space in Nairobi, Kenya. Kuona houses artists’ studios and two galleries, and programmes international residencies and artists’ workshops. Kuona is part of the Triangle Network and has held eleven international artists’ workshops since 1997. Jaroljmek worked as co-ordinator for the African Network of Triangle for 10 years and set up the digital network across 16 art spaces and workshops in Africa.

David Elliott
Chair of the Board of Trustees of Triangle Network, curator and writer. Elliott is currently working as Artistic Director for the first Kiev Biennale of Art 2012 and Artistic Advisor for a new contemporary arts hub based in Hong Kong’s Central Police Station Heritage site. Elliott has worked previously as the founding Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Director of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney, additionally teaching Museum Studies at the Chinese University in Hong Kong and has recently published articles on Ai Weiwei, Nandipha Mntambo, Fiona Pardington and Xu Bing.

Davide Quadrio
Founder of BizArt, Shanghai, a not for profit independent creative lab, and Co-director of ArtHub Asia, a collaborative production lab and curatorial research platform working across China and the rest of Asia. Quadrio lectures at Fudan University Academy of Fine Arts, and leads seminars and workshops at universities in Europe and Asia. He has written for various magazines, newspapers and catalogues worldwide, including Yishu Journal, Flash Art and Artforum alongside several academic publications. Quadrio is currently developing Post Delusion: Exploring A Non-Aligned Cultural Movement.

Diala Khasawnih
Visual artist and core team member of Makan, an independent not-for-profit space for contemporary art established in 2003 in Amman, Jordan, encouraging experimentation and conversation over lavish meals. Khasawnih collaborated with Ola Khalidi (Makan founder), and visual artists Oraib Toukan and Samah Hijawi to initiate Shatana International Artist Workshop, held annually in the village of Shatana, Jordan from 2007 until 2009, next edition planned 2012. Trained in architecture, Khasawnih’s art practice includes translation and writing, and is currently focussed on food and the people around it.

Diana Campbell
Diana Campbell is the Director and Chief Curator of the Creative India Foundation, a private foundation founded in 2010 committed to advancing Indian Contemporary Sculpture and building an International Sculpture Park in Hyderabad. She has spent the past year researching sculptors in India, helping them further their practice through residencies, production grants, shipping grants, and facilitating new commissions. Creative India aims to place Indian public sculptures in 100 cities around the world. They are currently supporting Indian sculpture in the US, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and Sweden. Campbell is a Princeton graduate and has worked at Sotheby’s and the Neue Galerie in New York alongside independent curatorial projects. Campbell is an art contributor to Conde Nast India and is also curating sculpture projects for the upcoming India Art Fair in Delhi.

Gertrude Flentge
Programme manager of the international culture programme at DOEN foundation since 2008. From 2005 till 2007, Flentge worked as programme officer for Central-Asia and Latin-America at Hivos and initiated Arts Collaboratory, a cooperation between different Dutch funds directed to artists initiatives throughout the world. From 2000 till 2004 Flentge developed and coordinated the RAIN network for visual artists initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin-America at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 2005 she was coordinator of the website www.thepowerofculture.org. Flentge studied arts management at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and has been actively involved in developing, facilitating and financing international cultural projects and exchange ever since.

Hege Aasgaard
Head of Information and Network at Mimeta – Centre for Culture and Development. The organisation focuses on supporting the service providers to the arts and creative sectors in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Mimeta aims to strengthen structures through organisation, information and advocacy, through platforms and mobility and through the development of creative economies. In 2006, she co-founded a culture and arts magazine in Norway (http://www.absoluttkrs.no) where she is still editor. Aasgaard previously worked as a feature journalist, and has a BA in Media and Culture.

Helge Mooshammer
Director of the Austrian Science Fund research projects Other Markets and Relational Architecture at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Vienna University of Technology, alongside teaching at Goldsmiths, University of London. Mooshammer’s research is concerned with new forms of urban sociality arising from processes of transnationalisation, transient and informal land use, and newly emerging regimes of government. Helge Mooshammer and Peter Mörtenböck’s have co-authored the recent publications Networked Cultures: Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space (2008) and Space (Re)Solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture (2011)

Jason E. Bowman
Co-director of New Work Network, a national artist-oriented framework for transgressive practice established in 1996. He recently curated the first European career survey in Film and Dance of Yvonne Rainer for Tramway, and holds a Guest Professorship at the Valand School of Fine Art, Gothenburg. For six years, Bowman co-directed Midwest, a catalyst for the development of an artist-led infrastructure emitting from the West Midlands in the UK, whilst also pursuing curatorial projects such as the Official Presentation of Contemporary Art from Scotland at the Venice Biennale.

Jonathan Robinson
Anthropologist, writer and entrepreneur, Robinson is the founder of The Hub, a social enterprise network with the ambition to inspire and support imaginative and enterprising initiatives located in 30 cities around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, San Francisco, Sao Paulo and Mumbai. Robinson has written the book Careers Un-ltd, joined an aid mission to Bosnia during the war and interviewed the Dalai Lama for Amnesty International. Robinson has also launched and supported ventures with the UK Cabinet Office, The Guardian Media Group, the NHS and The Prince of Afghanistan.

Kate Fowle
Executive Director of Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. From 2007-08 Fowle was the inaugural International Curator for the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China, and from 2002-07 she was the Chair of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, which she founded with Ralph Rugoff in 2002. From 1996-2002 she was co-director of smith + fowle, a curatorial partnership based in East London.

Lucy Hannah
Recently joined The Commonwealth Foundation as Programme Manager for Culture, where she has just launched www.commonwealthwriters.org. She has worked previously for various international media for development organisations specialising in radio drama in areas of conflict and post-conflict. She is founder and director of the community interest company www.sun-rain.co.uk which produced the online audio drama www.outofthegate.co.uk. Hannah collaborates closely with www.radioforpeacebuilding.co.uk.

Manick Govinda
Head of Artists’ Advisory Services and Artists’ Producer at Artsadmin, working with artists Zarina Bhimji and Zineb Sedira. Govinda also works as a freelance writer, and is currently co-curating artworks for Town Hall Hotel and Apartments. He is also an active member of civil liberties campaign group the Manifesto Club, currently leading the campaign against the UK Home Office’s restrictions on invited non-EU artists and academics.

Marc ter Brugge
Programme Officer for Arts & Culture at Hivos, for Arts Collaboratory, focussing on Asia and the Middle East. Arts Collaboratory is a joint programme of Hivos, DOEN and the Mondriaan Foundation for the support of visual artist-led initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and for exchange between these and visual arts organisations based in the Netherlands, providing financial support, facilitating knowledge sharing, and working to promote networking and artistic exchange.

Maria Daïf
Member of the selection panel of Art Moves Africa and the Young Arab Theater Fund. Daïf’s previous experience in journalism includes writing for Femmes du Maroc, the first Moroccan women’s magazine, and working as editor of the cultural events section at the independent news weekly Telquel from 2001 to 2009. She is also a cultural producer and has been an advisor on many projects in Morocco. Daïf has an MBA in French Literature and Psychoanalysis of Literature.

Mark Vennegoor
Head of office at Res Artis, the worldwide network for artist residencies in Amsterdam. Vennegoor’s professional focus is on personal and organisational development and life-long learning. Vennegoor holds a Master of Science in international business administration, and is a part-time student at the Gerrit Rietveld Arts Academy in Amsterdam.

Mary Ann DeVlieg
Secretary General for IETM (International Network of Contemporary Performing Arts). DeVlieg’s previous appointments include Chair of the EU Working Group on Creativity and Creation, on the steering committee of Culture and Creation as Vectors of Development in the ACP Countries and member of the EU’s High Level Reflection Group on Mobility. Co-founder of the Roberto Cimetta Fund and ICARJ (International Coalition for Arts, Human Rights and Social Justice) www.artsrightsjustice.net, DeVlieg also founded www.on-the-move.org, a mobility portal for the arts and received the Individual Award for life-long services to artists’ mobility by the EU’s DG Employment and Social Affairs.

Mike Troughton
Founder of the wefund fundraising platform. Prior to starting wefund.com in November 2010, Mike was a corporate lawyer. Having seen how arts funding worked first hand (as a trustee of an opera company) he started wefund in order to make the process more transparent and democratic and to bring the audience into the commissioning process. In its first year, it has raised nearly £300,000 for various arts projects across theatre, music, film, painting, and writing and has become the largest crowd-funding platform for creative projects in the UK. Mike now splits his time between running wefund and advising arts organisations on development and marketing.

Moira Sinclair
London Executive Director at Arts Council England. Sinclair contributes to national policy development on the Board and is responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout the capital, overseeing a portfolio of over 250 regularly funded organisations. Sinclair leads on London 2012, on relationships with London’s Mayor and local government and on cultural planning for major urban regeneration projects. Previously the Director of Vital Arts as well as working within local government, theatre and production management.

Paul Goodwin
Independent curator and urban theorist based in London. From January 2008 until August 2011 Goodwin was Curator, Cross Cultural Programmes and then Curator, Contemporary Art at Tate Britain. His recent curatorial projects include Thin Black Line(s), at Tate Britain, London; Go Tell It On The Mountain: Towards A New Monumentalism, for the 3-D Foundation Sculpture Park in Verbier, Switzerland; Coming Ashore, at the Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. He is an associate research fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College, a Trustee of Third Text journal and a Member of the Franco-British Council. He is one of the curators for the forthcoming major Tate Britain exhibition – Migrations, about migration in the history of British art from 1500 to the present day, opening in February 2012.

Peter Mörtenböck
Professor of Visual Culture at the Vienna University of Technology and Research Fellow in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where Mörtenböck has initiated the Networked Cultures project, a global research platform focusing on translocally connected spatial practices. Mörtenböck’s current work explores the potential of networked ecologies and collaborative forms of knowledge production vis-à-vis the dynamics of geopolitical and urban transformation. Mörtenböck and Mooshammer’s recent publications include Networked Cultures: Parallel Architectures and the Politics of Space (2008) and Space (Re)Solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture (2011)

Pooja Sood
Director of KHOJ International Artists Association and Regional Coordinator developing the South Asian Network for the Arts. Previously Artistic Director and curator of 48°C Public.Art.Ecology. and curator of the Apeejay Media Gallery, Founding Director and Project Director of ArThinkSouthAsia. Editor of The Khoj Book: 1997-2007 Contemporary Art Practice in India, Video Art in India, and currently working on a book documenting the project 48°C Public.Art.Ecology. Currently a Chevening scholar on the Clore Leadership Programme in the UK.

Robert Loder CBE
Collector and co-founder of the Triangle Network in 1982. Was Treasurer and then Chair of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the 1970s. From 1968 he was a Trustee and for 10 years Chairman of the Mental Health Foundation, for which service he was awarded the CBE in 1989.

Rose Fenton
Director of Free Word, the UK’s first house of literacy, literature and free expression. Co-founder and long-standing co-director of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Fenton previously worked as an international arts producer and advisor, developing projects across Europe, the Middle East and Far East between 2005 – 2011. She is the Chair of Without Walls and is on the boards of Dance Umbrella, Aerowaves and Tipping Point.

Shelagh Wright
Director of Mission Models Money and an associate of the think tank Demos. Wright is engaged with a diverse range of people and projects around the world on cultural and creative economy policy and sustainable practice. She has worked extensively with government and the public, private and third sectors on creativity, culture, social enterprise, investment and innovation agendas, and has led programmes with the British Council, Creative and Cultural Sector Skills Council, Arts Council England and Creative Partnerships.

Sonia Boyce
Sonia Boyce came to prominence in the early 1980s as a key figure in the burgeoning black British art-scene of that time, with drawings that spoke about racial identity and gender in Britain. Her current practice is based on working with other people in improvised and performative situations. The outcomes of many of the works are often concerned with sound, social space and incorporating the spectator. Since 1983, Boyce has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and internationally, she has just completed an AHRC Research Fellowship at the University of the Arts London, and holds a Visiting Professorship at Middlesex University, in the Department of Fine Art.

Sonya Dyer
Artist and writer, currently undertaking the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Dyer is interested in the intersections between art and politics, cultural diplomacy and the political role of artists. Recently exhibited with Site Gallery, Sheffield and currently runs the Chelsea Programme curatorial platform at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Written contributions include pieces for a-n, Art Review, the Guardian blog and Time Out, having previously organised and Curated projects such as Artists and Curators Talking (a-n / 10Axis), Borderline (Chelsea Programme), Temporary Agency (Chelsea Space) and Current Thinking (Tate Modern). Forthcoming publications include a contribution to the book Black British Perspectives (Sable litmag) and a text in DOXA.

Sophie Leferink
Director of The One Minutes foundation (www.theoneminutes.org), a worldwide network of 60-second video art based in Amsterdam at the Sandberg Institute/Rietveld Academy. It has an archive of 12,000 videos from 150 countries and an active network of makers, established and unknown artists. Since March 2011, The One Minutes produces series monthly video art for museums, festivals, TV and contemporary arts spaces. Since 1992 Leferink has been actively promoting international cultural cooperation in the field of literature and media, performing- and visual arts. As coordinator and advisor, Leferink has worked for various initiatives ad institutions such as the Fund for Central and East European Book Projects, Press Now and the European Cultural Foundation.

Stephen Escritt
Director of Counterculture Partners, an arts and charity consultancy specialising in strategy, finance, funding and governance. He was previously Director of Strategic Development at the Whitechapel Gallery from 2005-9 where he was responsible for, among other things, the funding of the Gallery’s programme and its recent expansion project. He has recently worked with Art on the Underground and during 2011 he acted as Interim Director at Free Word in London.

Tay Tong
Managing Director of TheatreWorks (Singapore) and Director of The Arts Network Asia (ANA), founded by TheatreWorks’ artistic director, ONG Keng Sen. ANA creates intra-Asia dialogues and exchanges by networking individuals and groups through residencies in the region. Since its inception in 1996, Tay Tong has also been producing and running the Flying Circus Project, a long-term multi-disciplinary and trans-cultural research and developmental programme. Since 2002, he has managed the Continuum Asia Project in Luang Prabang, reviving the Laotian traditional dance-drama form Pharak Phalam with masters and young artists. He also develops people-to-people exchanges, especially among the Laotian youth.

Tayeba Begum Lipi
Artist and cultural organiser from Bangladesh. Lipi is one of the founder-trustees of Britto Arts Trust, where she played a major role as coordinator until 2007. She has curated several large-scale projects, and most recently worked as the commissioner for the Bangladesh Pavilion at the 54th La Biennale di Venezia, 2011.

Todd Lester
Founder of freeDimensional and the Creative Resistance Fund, Lester is currently engaged at the intersection of art for social change; horizontal network as institutional form; culture funding; cultural exchange and diplomacy; artist mobility and residency programs; and the role of the artist in policy-making. Advisor to residencies, artist-led projects and networks; planning committee member for the Rockwood Leadership Institute, Arts and Culture Fellowship; and a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute. Lester holds a Masters of Public Administration and diplomas in forced migration and film production.

Vít Havránek
Theoretician and organiser based in Prague, Czech Republic. From 2002 he has worked as a project leader of the tranzit.cz, a contemporary art network working independently in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. He was a member of tranzit.org, one of the three curatorial teams of Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010), and is an Associated Editor of jrp|ringier art publisher. Previously curator for the Municipal Gallery, Prague and also the National Gallery in Prague. Havránek lectures in contemporary art at the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, and frequently writes for arts magazines including Springerin, Artist, and Flash Art.

Zenzele Chulu
Artist and co-founder of Insaka International Artists’ Trust, with Vincentio Phiri, Chulu has organised five successful Triangle model international artists workshops, is well experienced in cultural management skills and art administration, and launched one of Zambia’s first arts newspapers ARTpages.