program | participantstext pool 

Ashley Hunt

A World Map 2004 ­ongoing, soft pastel and chalk on chalkboard

Ashley Hunt is an artist, activist and writer who engages the ideas of social movements, public discourse and intersections between politics and subjectivity. His primary work of the past eight years has been the development of The Corrections Documentary Project, which deals with the contemporary growth of prisons and their centrality to today’s economic restructuring and politics of race. His most recent work is 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, made in collaboration with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Katya Sander and David Thorne for Documenta 12. Hunt currently lives in Los Angeles.

Sharon Hayes

In the Near Future is a staged set of anachronistic and speculative protest actions in an investigation into the figure of the protester, the speech act of the protest sign and the contemporary political construction of public space and public speech.

Sharon Hayes¹ work moves between multiple mediums­video, performance, installation­in an ongoing investigation into the interrelation between history, politics and speech. She employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from practices such as performance, theater, dance, anthropology and journalism. Her work has been shown at museums and galleries internationally. Hayes is on faculty at Vermont College and is a visiting instructor at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science.

Kristina Ask

Kristina Ask (1971) is visual artist based in Copenhagen. Ask is pridominantly working in collaborative and project based situations, adressing issues of publics and the role of art in contemporary society. Her work includes graphic design, writing, activism and installations, usually including a feminist perspective. Her work is often immaterial taking shape as workshops and participatory projects. Kristina Ask is co-editor of the art magazine Ôjeblikket (part of Documenta12Magazines) and part of the group running the local TV-station tv-tv in Nörrebro, Copenhagen.

Kenneth A. Balfelt

Mændenes Hjem (Men's Home) – Radical Horizontality. Interior design and restructuring of café, common rooms, TV-room, canteen and reception at a shelter for the homeless in Central Copenhagen, collaboration with FOS

I work in the field of 'Socio-Political Context Related Functional Art'. I am concerned with how art can produce value and knowledge to society as well as research in alternatives structures that can work parallel to capitalism. I think of a form of resistance that work from within, in a constructive manner that produces rather than criticise knowledge. I engage in a discourse of the politics of the social. You could say that I make ‘social glue’.

Annika Lundgren

The Power & Illumionation Project: light box run by fitness-energy, facade of Göteborgs Konsthall

The focus of my artwork is located within a field of work that comprise participatory practices, community art, relational estethics, context- and site-specificity etcetera. My projects discuss the political and societal backgrounds for different kinds of power
structures through the use of elements of visionary and/or fictitious caracter. The main themes currently dominating my practice are history-writing (for example in the continuous project Public Educational Tours), and the global energy-balance and it's political consequences, (The Power & Illumination Project). I am currently based in Berlin, upholding a part time position as university lecturer at the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Kirsten Forkert

From the project "The Knowledge Economy". 2006 by Kirsten Forkert

Kirsten Forkert is an artist, writer and organizer. For the past few years, she has been looking at role of culture in neoliberalism, in order to both understand how heavily it is implicated but also the role it can play in resistance. Projects and texts have dealt with issues such as the commercialization of education, working conditions in the arts and the history of artists in political organizing.

Daniel Tucker

AREA Chicago, Notes for a Peoples Atlas of Chicago workshop at Mess Hall 2005-Ongoing

Daniel Tucker works as an artist and organizer in Chicago with a focus on the politics of public space, geography and social history. Tucker  is currently the editor of AREA: Chicago Art/Research/Education/Activism. In the works are several large scale projects, including this summer's exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center."Pedagogical Factory: Strategies for an Educated City" co-curated with the Stockyard Institute and the research work "1968/2008: The Inheritance of Politics and the Politics of Inheritance".

Learning Site

Proposal for [Escuela Expandible]

Learning Site pays attention to the local conditions it finds in the place where it chooses to work. In the past years Learning Site has mainly worked with resource materials and economies related to the specific situations where work has been carried out. Economic, environmental, labor, property rights, and many other issues are investigated in tandem to produce a variety of perspectives.
Learning Site takes part of a discussion of how knowledge is distributed and produced.

Åsa Sonjasdotter

Arariwa Collective member Don Luis Illa with children

Sonjasdotter's practice focuses on ecology, social gathering, identity and relations. Taking her starting point in a given site or situation, she creates a framework or a set of conditions for an initiation of thought processes within the parties involved. Sonjasdotter's projects function as social forums linked to a specific site, in which the artist herself often acts and interacts with the subjects involved. Collaborating with other artists or selected groups, she works towards the realization of projects that address societal issues while being meaningful to the everyday life of the individuals involved.

Ayreen Anastas & Renée Gabri

Corner of the street

Ayreen Anastas writes in fragments and makes films and videos. Pasolini Pa* Palestine(2005), m* of Bethlehem (2003), the Library of Useful Knowledge (2002) have been shown internationally in festivals, museums and cinemas but not yet broadcast on television. She  often collaborates with Rene Gabri: most recently they were commissioned to produce the work Camp Campaign see {}. She is one of the organizers of 16 Beaver Group {}. The new shorter Oxford English Dictionary was published in Rethinking Marxism, Volume 16, Number 3, July 2004. She has no affection for the proclamation of victory. Troubled by any image of herself, suffers when she is named.

Rene Gabri is interested in the complex mechanisms which constitute the world. He is often working alone or with others within the folds of cultural practice, social thought, and politics.. Organizing public readings, discussions, and social activities has happened largely through his involvement with 16 Beaver ( His projects with Ayreen Anastas have evolved a great deal through their work there. Their recent web, audio, and video works have focused on the evolving legal and discursive shifts around different notions of security and the subsequent effects on everyday life. Together with Erin McGonigle and Heimo Lattner, he also works with the name e-Xplo ( Their collaboration has resulted in a variety of public art projects and commissions exploring cities and the social, economic, and political forces which shape the organization of space.

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)
Gregory Sholette
Nato Thompson
The Change You Want To See

Katarina Stenbeck, curator working free lance and at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen.

Nis Rømer is a visual artist working with public art in the city, on the web and in the news media. With a playful and interactive approach, he makes situations for change and reflection. He has a special interest in the social and political organization of space and in how processes of globalization affects the city and our natural environment. He is a co-founder of Free Soil and Publik. Recent projects include co-organizing: Social Mental Environmental (2007), Public Air Quality Indicator (2007) and the curation of Hot Summer of Urban Farming (2006)

Gregory Sholette is a NYC based artist, writer, and founding member of two artists’ collectives, Political Art Documentation and Distribution (1980-1986) and REPOhistory (1989-2000). Together with Nato Thompson he is co-editor of The Interventionists: A User's Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life (MIT Press 2004), and his book Collectivism After Modernism that is co-edited with UC Davis Art Historian Blake Stimson (The University of Minnesota Press 2006). Sholette's critical writings have appeared in Third Text, CAA Art Journal, Afterimage, MUTE, CIRCA, and The Oxford Art Journal.