Johanna Hedva is a Korean-American who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches. Hedva is the author of the novel On Hell (Sator Press, 2018), and their writing has appeared in Triple Canopy, The White Review, and Black Warrior Review. Their performance work has been shown at Performance Space New York, Wysing Arts Centre, Machine Project, HRLA, the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, and the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon. Their album, The Sun and the Moon, was released in March 2019.
Emily Joyce is a Claremont, CA-based artist whose paintings investigate the resonance of mathematics in the natural world and art history through pattern-based and rhythmic abstraction. Three years ago, with a sense of urgency Joyce began a new secret practice of making diaristic visual poems combining archival images of ancient theatre masks and collaged text. In April of 2019 Hesse Press (Los Angeles) published a heartbreaking and humorous collection of these poems entitled “A Cigar Caught In The Lilies”. Joyce annually performs stand-up comedy as Piera Nucca da Montefeltro, a world-weary 15th century Italian comedian.
DeeDee Halleck is a media activist, the founder of Paper Tiger Television and co-founder of the Deep Dish Satellite Network. She is Professor Emerita at the University of California, San Diego and the author of Hand Held Visions: The Impossible Possibilities of Community Media. Her films have been featured at the Venice Film Festival, Cannes, the London Film Festival and many other international venues. Since the 1960s she has advocated for alternative media and democratic control of communications infrastructure.
John Kim is a professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. A theorist and practitioner of new media, he has published widely, including a book (Rupture of the Virtual in 2016), journal articles, and other print publications. John has also exhibited interactive art, sculpture, video games, and software in galleries and festivals around the world, including MassMOCA, DiaCenter for the Arts, ISEA, the Walker Art Center, and Northern Spark.
Charles Gaines is highly regarded as a leading practitioner of conceptualism and an influential educator at CalArts, Los Angeles-based artist Charles Gaines (American, b. 1944) is celebrated for his works on paper and acrylic glass, photographs, drawings, musical compositions, and installations that investigate how rule-based procedures influence representation and construct meaning. Gaines’ work is collected internationally, including at the MoMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His compositions created by translating revolutionary texts into musical notation have been widely performed, notably at the 2017 Melbourne Festival, at the Brooklyn Museum in 2016, and the 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice. In 1977, Gaines received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2007 a United States Artists Fellowship Award, in 2013 the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, in 2015 the CAA Artist Award, and the REDCAT award in 2018. Gaines was the 2019 recipient of the Edward MacDowell Medal. He is represented by Hauser & Wirth.
Nate Young is a Chicago-based conceptual artist. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2009. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. His work is in notable collections, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Mott Warsh Collection, Flint, MI; and the Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at The Driehaus Museum, Chicago (2020) and The De Pree Gallery, Hope College, Holland, MI (2020). Young is cofounder and director of the artist-run exhibition space The Bindery Projects, in Minneapolis. He is Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Samuel Lasso was born in Pasto, Colombia in 1991. He has had solo exhibitions at venues including Hilo, Buenos Aires; Galería Sketch, Bogotá; and Pinacoteca Casa de la Cultura, Pasto, Colombia. His work has been included in group exhibitions including Retratos de un paisaje, Museo Eduardo Sívori, Buenos Aires (2018) and HAWAPI Pondores, Espacio El Dorado, Bogotá (2019). In 2019 Lasso was awarded a residency at Escuela Flora, Bogotá, Colombia. Lasso currently lives and works in Pasto, Colombia.
Christina Wiles is an independent curator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her focus includes Latin American contemporary art and global contemporary photography. From 2017–18 she served as co-director of Royal NoneSuch, an experimental contemporary art space in Oakland, California, and previous to that she was a Curatorial Assistant for Special Exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Julio CÉsar Morales employing a range of media and visual strategies, artist, educator, and curator Julio César Morales explores issues of migration, underground economies, and labor, on personal and global scales.
Morales’ artwork has been shown at Lyon Biennale (Lyon, France); Istanbul Biennale (Turkey); Los Angeles County Art Museum (Los Angeles); Singapore Biennale (Singapore); Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt, Germany); Rooseum Museum of Art (Malmo, Sweden); Fototeca de Havana (Cuba); Perez Art Museum Miami (Miami); Museo Tamayo (Mexico City, Mexico); SFMOMA (San Francisco); The Nordic Watercolour Museum (Skärhamn, Sweden); UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); and Prospect 3 Biennale (New Orleans).
His work as an artist and curator has been written about in Flash Art, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Frieze, Art Nexus, and Art in America. His work is in private and public collections including The Los Angeles County Art Museum, The Kadist Foundation, Hoston Fine Arts Museum, The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art and Deutsche Bank amongst others.
Nick Herman is an artist and writer in Los Angeles.
Eldritch Priest is a writer on sonic culture, experimental aesthetics and the philosophy of experience from a ’pataphysical perspective. He is Assistant Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. Eldritch is also a composer and improviser, as well as a member the experimental theory group “The Occulture.”
Will Fraser is a Minneapolis-based musician, writer, and critical thinker inspired towards unearthing revelatory modes of relating and refraining in the world. Earning BAs in Art History and Saxophone Performance from Lawrence University, he continues to probe critical theory and philosophy while performing around town and making music as Wild Firth.
Curtis Roth is an Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University. His research consists of images, objects and texts that examine the relationship between computation, subjectivity and distance as they pertain to authorship and labor. His work has been published in e-flux, Thresholds, and Volume, and has been exhibited at the ZKM Karlsruhe, the 2014 Venice Biennale, and elsewhere.
Godfre Leung is a critic and curator working in the territory currently known as Vancouver. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines, including Art in America, C Magazine, The Third Rail, and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and has been commissioned for publications by Artspeak Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, Rochester Art Center, and Walker Art Center, among others. His curatorial work includes projects by Barbara Held and Benton C Bainbridge, Michael Masura Flora, Tiffany Ng, Samson Young, and the Walker Art Center exhibition International Pop, which traveled to the Dallas Art Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Jerome Foundation for his art writing practice, and from the Canada Council for the Arts for several forthcoming curatorial projects.
Yasmeen Siddiqui is the founding director of Minerva Projects, editor at Hyperallergic, and core-faculty at the Chautauqua School of Art. Minerva Projects is an incubator space launched in Denver, Colorado, and based in Pine Plains, New York. It is a site where curatorial ideas are tested in service to publishing books. Collaborating on multiple fronts with art historian, Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Siddiqui is co-editing the forthcoming volume on art history in the Intellect Books Series, “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.” Siddiqui’s past subjects in writing and curating have included Do Ho Suh, Consuelo Castañeda, Hassan Khan, Linda Ganjian, Pia Lindman, Lara Baladi, Mary Carothers, Matt Lynch and Chris Vorhees, and Mel Charney.
Matthew Howland graduated from Macalester College, and is interested in the intersections between queer theory, new media, performance, and avant-garde literature. He currently lives in Chicago.