Writer, Mexico City, Mexico
Born in Mexico City in 1960 and raised in Peru, writer Mario Bellatin studied screenplay writing in Cuba before returning to Mexico in 1995. His novels, noted for their experimental and fragmented narratives, include Mujeres de sal (Salt Women; Lluvia, 1986), Efecto invernadero (Effective Greenhouse; Jaime Campodónico, 1992), Canon perpetuo (Perpetual Cannon; Jaime Campodónico, 1993), Poeta ciego (Blind Poet; Tusquets, 1998), Salón de belleza (Beauty Salon; Tusquets, 1999), El jardín de la Señora Murakami (Mrs. Murakami’s Garden; Tusquets, 2000), Shiki Nagaoka: Una nariz de ficción (Shiki Nagaoka: A Fictional Nose; Editorial Sudamericana, 2001), La escuela del dolor humano de Sechuán (Sechuan’ s House of Human Pain; Tusquets, 2001), Jacobo el mutante (Jacob the Mutant; Alfaguara, 2002), Perros héroes (Hero Dogs; Alfaguara, 2003), Lecciones para una liebre muerta (Lessons for a Dead Hare; Anagrama, 2005), and Damas chinas (Chinese Dames; Anagrama, 2006). Bellatin won the 2001 Xavier Villaurrutia Award for Flores (Flowers; Anagrama, 2004), and in 2002 was awarded the Guggenheim Scholarship. In 2008, he received the Mexican National Award for El gran vidrio (The Great Glasswork; Anagrama, 2007). His works have been translated into various languages.
Director, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Iwona Blazwick is director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London, leading its expansion and reopening in 2009. As head of exhibitions and displays at Tate Modern, London, director of exhibitions at London’ s ICA, and an independent curator in Europe and Japan, she has organized and commissioned numerous exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. She also developed the Contemporary Artists Monographs and Themes and Movements series at Phaidon Press and is the series editor of the Documents of Contemporary Art series published by Whitechapel/MIT Press.
A critic and lecturer, Blazwick has published extensively on the art and institutions of our time. She has served on many juries, including the Turner Prize and the Venice Biennale Golden Lion. She was awarded an OBE in 2008 and has honorary degrees from Goldsmiths College, London Metropolitan University,Plymouth University and the Royal College of Art.
Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Vertebrate Embryology at Rockefeller University, New York, USA
Ali Brivanlou, a developmental biologist, heads the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology at Rockefeller University in New York. Much of his research focuses on the molecular events and cellular interactions that regulate the emergence of key structures in the early embryo. In the course of this research, he has made several influential discoveries, including the unanticipated finding that all embryonic cells will develop into nerve cells unless they receive signals directing them toward another fate.
Dr. Brivanlou earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1990. The following year, he moved to Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Douglas Melton. He joined the Rockefeller faculty as an assistant professor and head of laboratory in 1994 and was promoted to professor in 2000. In 1996, Dr. Brivanlou received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists, the U.S. government’ s most prestigious honor for young investigators. His other honors include an Irma T. Hirschl Trust Career Scientist Award, a Searle Scholar Award, a Klingenstein Fellowship, a McKnight Scholar Award, a Wilson S. Stone Memorial Award, and a John Merck Scholar Award.
Professor, History of Consciousnes s Department, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA
Donna Haraway is a professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches feminist theory, science studies, and animal studies. Her books include Crystals, Fabrics, and Fields: Metaphors That Shape Embryos (Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2004; originally Yale University Press, 1976); The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003); Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan©Meets OncoMouseTM (New York: Routledge, 1997); Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York: Routledge, 1991); and Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science (New York: Routledge, 1989).
Haraway’s latest book, When Species Meet (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008), examines philosophical, historical, cultural, personal, technoscientific, and biological aspects of animal-human inter- and intra-actions. Dogs lead the way; but strong supporting roles are reserved for dugongs, tigers, mushrooms, chickens, cats, squid, animal people, microorganisms, and whales with videocams.
Salah M. Hassan
Director, The Institute for Comparative Modernities, Goldwin Smith Professor, Africana Studies and Research Center and History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Salah M. Hassan is Goldwin Smith Professor and director of the Africana Studies and Research Center and professor of African and African diaspora art history at Cornell University. He is also the director of Cornell’ s Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM). Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Hassan taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Pennsylvania, and the College of Fine and Applied Art in Khartoum, Sudan. He is an editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art and a consulting editor for African Arts and Atlantica.
Professor Hassan has written, edited, and co-edited several books, including Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2009) and Diaspora, Memory, Place (Munich: Prestel, 2008). He has curated several international exhibitions, including at the 49th Venice Biennale, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the Dakar Biennale. He is currently writing a book titled The Khartoum School: The Making of the Modern Art Movement in Sudan, and is curating a major retrospective of the Sudanese modernist Ibrahim El Salahi for the Museum for African Art in New York scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.
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Artist, New York, USA and Paris, France
Pierre Huyghe, born in Paris, was educated at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. He has had numerous international solo exhibitions at such venues as the Tate Modern, London (2006), the Castello de Rivoli, Turin (2004), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2003), the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2001), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2000), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2000), and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2006, 1998). His most recent solo exhibition, La saison des fêtes, was presented at the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010). His current project, The Host and the Cloud (2009–10), is an experiment which occurred within the entirety of the now-closed Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires in Paris. A small group of actors, the employees of the museum, were exposed to certain influences played live by interpreters. This real situation was witnessed on Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and May Day.
Huyghe’ s work has appeared in many group exhibitions and several international venues, such as the Biennale of Sydney (2008), the Whitney Biennial (2006), the Venice Biennale (2003, 1999), documenta 11 (2002), and Manifesta 2 (1998). He was a recipient of a DAAD Artist in Residence grant in Berlin (1999– 2000) and received a Special Award from the jury of the Venice Biennale in 2001, where he represented France, as well as the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum in 2002. He lives and works in New York and Paris.
Conservationist, historian of architecture and archeologist; President, German National Committee of ICOMOS, Munich, Germany
Prof. Dr. Michael Petzet, born 1933, has been President of the German National Committee of ICOMOS since 1989 and previously was President of ICOMOS International between 1999 and 2008. He studied art history and archaeology in Munich and Paris. After many years with the Bavarian State Conservation Office and the Bavarian Administration of Historic Palaces, he became Vice Director of the Central Institute for the History of Art and organized the exhibition of the Bavarian State and the City of Munich on the occasion of the 1972 Olympic Summer Games.
From 1972 to 1974 he was director of the Lenbachhaus, the Art Museum of the City of Munich. For 25 years (1974–1999), in his position as Conservator General, Professor Petzet directed the Bavarian State Conservation Office, the central authority for the protection and conservation of monuments and sites in Bavaria. He is the author of numerous books and articles on French architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries, on monuments and sites in Bavaria, and on general problems of monument conservation. He is the editor of several series of publications on conservation (Heritage at Risk, Monuments and Sites).
Professor of Immunology, Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signaling at The Rockefeller University, New York, USA
Alexander (Sasha) Tarakhovsky was born in 1955 in the city of Chernivtsi, formerly part of the USSR. His father, a university professor, and his mother, a teacher, had left their native Kiev for Chernivtsi in order to escape the rabid antisemitic campaign that engulfed the political centers of the country in the early 1950s. In the mid-60s the family returned to Kiev, where Tarakhovsky finished his schooling. He went on to graduate from medical school and started a professional career as a scientist at the Institute for Cancer Research, an affiliate of the Ukrainian Academy of Science.
In 1990, Tarakhovsky received the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and left for Germany, where he became a junior group leader and later a professor at the Institute for Genetics, at the University of Cologne. He left Cologne in 2000 to assume a faculty position at The Rockefeller University in New York, where he currently works as a professor and laboratory head. Tarakhovsky’ s main interest is in epigenetics, a branch of biological science that studies the mechanism of induction and propagation of newly acquired features. His work, as well as epigenetics in general, provides a better understanding of our identity by showing that nurture in its various forms imprints itself on our genetic nature and affects the fate of individual cells and organisms.
Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, USA
Michael Taussig is a medical doctor from Sydney who has been teaching cultural anthropology at Columbia University in New York since 1993 and been writing about writing, violence, terror, the abolition of slavery, shamanism, mimesis and alterity, color, iconoclasm, Bataille, and Walter Benjamin’ s grave.
His books include What Color Is the Sacred? (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009); Law in a Lawless Land (New York: New Press, 2003); Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999); The Magic of the State (New York: Routledge, 1997); Mimesis and Alterity (New York: Routledge, 1993); The Nervous System (New York: Routledge, 1992); Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987); and The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1980). He has just finished a book on drawings in anthropological fieldwork notebooks.
Scholar, curator, cultural theorist and writer; Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Lecturer, University of Chicago, USA
Jane Taylor is a South African scholar, curator, cultural theorist, and writer. She designed and curated "Fault Lines," commissioning a series of cultural responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. She also wrote the playtext Ubu and the Truth Commission (1997), working with Handspring Puppet Company and artist/director William Kentridge. Again working with Handspring and Kentridge, as well as composer Kevin Volans, she wrote the libretto of The Confessions of Zeno (2001), a piece commissioned for documenta 11 by Okwui Enwezor. Most recently, she published The Transplant Men (Auckland Park: Jacana Media, 2009), a novel grounded in the history of the first human heart transplant in South Africa in the 1960s.
Taylor co-edited with David Bunn From South Africa (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988), an anthology of graphics and writing archiving the Years of Emergency in South Africa in the 1980s. She has been the recipient of Mellon and Rockefeller fellowships, as well as visiting fellowships at Oxford and Cambridge. From 2000 to 2009, she held the Skye Chair of Dramatic Art at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Johannesburg and just been appointed as Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. Her first novel, Of Wild Dogs (Cape Town: Double Storey, 2005), won the prestigious Olive Schreiner Award. Taylor has just completed editing a book on the Handspring Puppet Company that considers the distinctive modes of possession and representation at work in puppetry. She has been commissioned by Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt to write a version of Cardenio, the much-discussed "lost" Shakespeare play, and is writing a book on William Kentridge.
Professor of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria.
Designated one of the "10 people who could change the world" by the New Statesman in 2005, Anton Zeilinger is a pioneer in the new field of quantum information. His research aims at testing and applying the counterintuitive features of quantum physics. He is renowned for his realization of quantum teleportation with photons. Born in Austria in 1945, he is currently professor of physics at the University of Vienna and the director of the Vienna branch of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Zeilinger has held positions at the Technical University of Vienna, the Technical University of Munich, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Innsbruck as well as distinguished visiting positions at Humboldt University in Berlin, Merton College of Oxford University, and the Collège de France in Paris. Among his many awards are the King Faisal Prize of Saudi Arabia (2005), the first Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics (UK) (2007), and, most recently, the Wolf Prize in Physics of Israel (2010). He is a fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, even naming his sailboat 42. Zeilinger’s achievements have been most succinctly described in his citation for the Isaac Newton Medal: "For his pioneering conceptual and experimental contributions to the foundations of quantum physics, which have become the cornerstone for the rapidly-evolving field of quantum information."
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