Christina Schmid thinks with art and writes as critical practice. Her essays and reviews have been published both online and in print, in anthologies, journals, artist books, exhibition catalogs, and digital platforms. She works at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Art in Minneapolis as an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art and Social Practice. Her teaching focuses on contemporary art and theory, at the intersection of aesthetics, ecology, and ethics.
Bojana Cvejić is a performance theorist and performance maker from Belgrade, Serbia, based in Brussels. A co-founding member of TkH editorial collective, Cvejić received her PhD in philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, London and MA and BA degrees in musicology and aesthetics from University of Arts, Belgrade. Her latest books are Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in European Contemporary Dance and Performance (Palgrave, Basingstoke 2015), Drumming & Rain: A Choreographer’s Score, (with A.T.De Keersmaeker Mercator, Brussels, 2014), and Public Sphere by Performance (with A. Vujanović b_books, Berlin, 2012). Cvejić is an Associate Professor of Dance Theory at the Oslo National Academy of Arts and Professor of Philosophy of Art at Faculty for Media and Communication, University Singidunum.
Mankwe Ndosi is a Twin Cities based performer and composer who uses an expanded vocabulary of singing to express emotion, story and spirit. She creates new shapes of sound with artists of all genres, and living beings: human, animal and elemental. She is celebrated for a sound and practice that spans genres and disciplines, weaving influences from Jazz and African legacies, Hip Hop and Soul, performance art, theater, public art and improvisation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social and political theory focused on economics and women’s studies from Harvard University. She is a Wild Plant Woman and a Culture Worker using creative practice to nurture human connection to each other, our ancestors, and the earth.
Mónica de la Torre was born and raised in Mexico City. She translates poetry, writes about art, and is a contributing editor to BOMB Magazine. Recent publications include Triple Canopy, Harper’s Poetry, Erizo, and huun: arte / pensamiento desde México. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.
Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist and poet from Detroit, Michigan. She has premiered over forty original solo and collaborative performance art works around the world, including a year-long investigation of practice as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a trilogy of diaspora grief works after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her memoir in performance art, Swallow the Fish (CCM Press, 2017), was named as one of “34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year” (Electric Literature) and one of “20 Must-Read Books for Spring 2017” (Redbook). She is currently Laura C. Harris Scholar-in-Residence at Denison University.
Ann Kim is the Owner and Executive chef of Minneapolis restaurants Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza. A Korean immigrant, she credits her culinary palate to helping her mother and grandmother at an early age make traditional staples such as fermented bean paste and kimchi. Her most recent restaurant Young Joni, which opened in late 2016, features an eclectic menu and has been named a Top Ten New Restaurant in the United States by GQ magazine. Ann is a James Beard Award semifinalist for “Best Chef Midwest 2017.”
Tschabalala Self is a visual artist based in New York who builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting and printmaking to explore ideas about the black female body. The artist constructs exaggerated depictions of female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. Recent exhibitions of her work include: Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2017); Tschabalala Self, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2016); A Constellation, Studio Museum Harlem, curated by Amanda Hunt (2016); The Function, T293, Naples (2016); Tropicana, The Cabin, Los Angeles (2015).
Shawn Reed is a musician, DJ, visual artist, printmaker and obsessed record collector based in Saint Paul, MN. He is the owner and sole operator of the long running underground record label, Night People Records and a mainstay of booking underground shows and curating music events in the Midwest. He has toured the world and released numerous albums as Wet Hair with Ryan Garbes and is also the DJ and co-operator of the Sound System: Feel Free Hi Fi with Derek Maxwell.
Equiknoxx is one of Dancehall Reggae’s most innovative production teams. Their sparse yet intricate tracks often incorporate bird calls, sound effects, and offbeat percussion into their futuristic rhythms. The group’s core members are Gavin Blair (Gavsborg) and Jordan Chung (Time Cow), other contributors include Bobby Blackbird, Kofi Knoxx, and vocalists Kemikal and Shanique Marie.
Adam Milner is an artist who approaches his personal life like an anthropologist might treat another site or culture: observing, interviewing, collecting, and archiving, carefully but somewhat distanced. These resultant archives, driven by a sense of longing and desire to grasp personal moments of intimacy or vibrancy take the form of performances, drawings, texts, and interventions which reveal a personal vulnerability while examining broader politics of relationships and intimacy. He has exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Aspen Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Casa Maauad, Flux Factory, Gildar Gallery, and David B. Smith Gallery. He received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Sara Cluggish is a Writer and Curator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is Associate Curator of Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK and 2018 Guest Curator of FD13, Residency for the Arts in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Patrick Staff is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in London, UK and Los Angeles, USA. Their work has been exhibited internationally. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at MOCA, Los Angeles (2017); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2016); Spike Island, Bristol, UK; and Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2015). Staff’s work was included in the British Art Show 8, and they received the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Art in 2015. In winter 2018 Staff will be in residence with FD13 Residency for the Arts in Minneapolis and St. Paul.