Alexandra Alisauskas is an art historian and critic based in Minneapolis. She has written for many publications, including Afterimage, Critique d’art, and Journal of Curatorial Studies. As a freelance researcher, she has contributed to exhibitions and projects at the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte and Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw. She most recently contributed an essay to the catalogue for the exhibition Joseph Beuys: Thinking Differently (2017), co-organized by the Espoo Museum of Modern Art and Muzeum Sztuki, Lódz.
Anne Boyer’s most recent book is Garments Against Women. She lives in Kansas City.
Mati Diop (born 1982) lives and works between Paris and Dakar as a director and an actress. Her films A Thousand Suns (2014), Snow Canon (2012), Big in Vietnam (2011), and Atlantiques (2009) have been screened and awarded at festivals including the New York FF, Venice FF, Toronto FF, Rotterdam FF, FID Marseille, IndieLisboa, the Vienale, and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art. As a performer, she has acted in Hermia y Helena by Matias Pineiro (2015), Fort Buchanan by Benjamin Crotty (2014), Simon Killer by Antonio Campos (2012), and 35 Rhums by Claire Denis (2008). Mati Diop’s films just received the 2016 “Martin E-Segal Emerging Artist Award” from the Lincoln Center.
John Fleischer is a Minneapolis-based artist whose creative focus tends to oscillate between drawing, sculpture, and reluctant performance. John is a two-time recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and has recently presented projects at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI), Kunstverein Graftschaft Bentheim (Neuenhaus, Germany), and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery (Minneapolis, MN).
Michelle Gayer is a pastry chef and owner of Salty Tart, a bakery in Minneapolis where she offers sweet to savory selections like creamy coconut macaroons, golden rosemary corn cakes, pastry cream filled brioche, and savory puff pastry. In 2002 and 2010 she received James Beard “Outstanding Pastry Chef” nominations, in 2012 she was named “Best Pastry Chef” by Bon Appétit Magazine, in 2013 she was nominated for the James Beard Award for “Best Restaurant Midwest,” and she is currently a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Baker.”
Barbara Held is a flutist and composer who lives in Barcelona. Known for her subtle exploration of the minutae of sonic material, she creates sensitive, focused sound work that exposes the detail of the physical space of listening in equal part to a keen attention to how we listen as bodies moving through the world. Her work has been featured in venues including LOOP Festival of Videoart, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Gulbenkian Foundation, Walker Art Center, Eyebeam, and has been published by Leonardo Music Journal, FO A RM magazine, and on the Lovely Music Ltd. CD Upper Air Observation. She performs with media artist Benton C Bainbridge using a custom software and hardware A/V synthesis system. Their generative audiovisual installation Observatory / Lisa Joy is currently on view as part of “Escuchar con los ojos. Arte sonoro en España, 1961-2016,” a group exhibition of Spanish Sound Art from the past half century at the Juan March Foundation in Madrid.
Sky Hopinka is a Ho-Chunk Nation national and descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. He was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, and Portland, Oregon and is currently based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His work centers around personal positions of homeland and landscape, designs of language and the facets of culture contained within. He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil (Ojibway) are filmmakers and artists from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Their work subverts traditional forms of ethnography through humor, transgression, and innovative documentary practice. Their films and installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Maysles Cinema, UnionDocs, e-flux, Microscope Gallery (New York), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), and Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay).They both graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College and are UnionDocs Collaborative Fellows and Gates Millennium Scholars.
Alexander Kluge is a writer, theorist, filmmaker, and television pioneer with a prolific career spanning six decades. Trained as a lawyer, Kluge provided legal counsel for the Institute for Social Research in the 1950s, where he befriended Theodor Adorno, and in 1958 he worked as an assistant to Fritz Lang. In 1962 Kluge published his first collection of short stories, and also organized the legendary Oberhausen Manifesto calling for the development of a new German cinema. Sometimes called the “German Godard,” Kluge is celebrated for his formally groundbreaking cinema of the 1960s and 70s, and for bringing cinema des auteurs into television starting with the founding of his production company, dctp, in 1987. Winner of many literary awards, Kluge’s most recent book is The Great Hour of Kong (Kongs große Stunde, Suhrkamp, 2015).
Jules Langlade (born 2005) lives in Montreuil, France. He appears and plays in photography and video projects by Fabrice Langlade, Dune Varela, Mati Diop and Manon Lutanie. In 2016, he played in Le lion est mort ce soir by Nobuhiro Suwa, now being edited.
Godfre Leung is a Minneapolis-based critic and assistant professor of art history at St. Cloud State University. His writing has recently appeared in Art in America, Art Journal, C Magazine, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and publications by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Walker Art Center. He has an essay forthcoming in the catalogue Jeremy Shaw: Variation FQ, due out later in 2017 on Walther König Verlag; and is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Playback: Medium, Media, and Digital Audio in Marclay, Tone, and Eno, which analyzes critical uses of reproductive audio in three 1985 works of art and articulates an alternative account of the digital shift through the perceptual matrix of the compact disc.
Cristina Álvarez Lopez (Barcelona, 1980), film critic. Co-founder of the Spanish online film journal Transit. Her articles and audiovisual essays have been published on sites including MUBI, Trafic, Caimán, LOLA, Screening the Past, and Sight and Sound. She has appeared in the anthologies Schrader: El cineasta frente a los tiempos (2013), Max Ophüls: Carné de baile (2013), Philippe Garrel (2013), Bong Joon Ho: La reinvención de los géneros (2014), and Chantal Akerman (2014).
Manon Lutanie (born 1987) is an independent publisher. In 2009, she founded Éditions Lutanie, through which she has published several books and carried out numerous projects, most recently Michael Heizer’s Sculpture in Reverse and Arcana 1 by Virgil Vernier. As an editor and art director she has worked with Yvon Lambert, Le Confort Moderne, Photographers, Les Films Velvet and galerie Perrotin. She lives and works in Paris.
Adrian Martin (Melbourne, 1959), film critic. Co-editor of online film journal LOLA. His articles and audiovisual essays have appeared in Sight and Sound, Film Comment, Trafic, Caimán, De Filmkrant, Fandor and MUBI. Author of 7 books, including Phantasms (1994), What is Modern Cinema? (2008) and Mise en scène and Film Style (2014). Frequent contributor of DVD audio commentaries for Criterion, Masters of Cinema, Arrow and the British Film Institute.
Sara Greenberger Rafferty is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. Her work has been shown internationally since 2001. A catalogue of her work is forthcoming from SUNY Press this year.
Jonathan Thomas is Editor in Chief of The Third Rail.
Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York. She teaches at Eugene Lang College at The New School. She has written for Apology, Artforum, Cabinet, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Playboy, and The New York Times. She is currently working on a new book, Conversion Disorder (Columbia, 2017), and dedicating her time to Dear Ivanka.
WRDS 5, WRDS 6
Send in the Clowns
Mati Diop & Manon Lutanie + Jules Langlade
Interviewed by Jonathan Thomas
Isabelle Huppert: The Absent One
Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
Interviewed by Alexandra Alisauskas & Godfre Leung
Interviewed by Adam Khalil & Zack Khalil
A Tool for Fighting Fascism
Chef Michelle Gayer
Sara Greenberger Rafferty