Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture, and Design and Director of Research & Development at The Museum of Modern Art. She is also the curator of Broken Nature.
Adam Bly recently led data at Spotify. He previously founded the data analytics company Seed Scientific, which was acquired by Spotify in 2015. He was a Visiting Senior Fellow in Science, Technology & Society at Harvard Kennedy School and has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Peking University, NASA, MoMA, and the World Economic Forum. He founded the popular science magazine, Seed (2001-2010), and is the editor of Science is Culture: Conversations at the New Intersection of Science & Society (HarperCollins). Adam was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. Based in New York City, he is currently building a new purpose-driven AI startup.
Stefano Boeri, architect and urban planner, is Full Professor at Politecnico in Milan and has been guest professor at several international universities including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Strelka Institute in Moscow, the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. As Director of the post-doctoral research program at Tongji University in Shanghai, Boeri is developing the international research platform Future City Lab, which explores the future of the cities under the perspective of biodiversity and urban forestry.
Stefano Boeri Architetti’s work ranges from the production of urban visions and architecture to interior design, with a constant focus on the geopolitical and environmental implications of urban phenomena.
Stefano Boeri was director of the reviews Domus (2004-2007) and Abitare (2007-2011) and author of several publications. Councillor for Culture in Milan from 2011 to 2013, since February 2018 he has been appointed Chairman of Fondazione La Triennale di Milano.
Formafantasma is a designer duo based in Amsterdam, consisting of Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. Since their graduation from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009, their works have been characterised by experimental material investigations and critical approaches to sustainability, as well as the significance of objects as cultural conduits. Works by Studio Formafantasma have been commissioned by Fendi, Max Mara – Sportmax, Hermès, Droog, Nodus rug, J&L Lobmeyr, Gallery Giustini – Stagetti/Galleria O. Roma, Gallery Libby Sellers, Lexus, Krizia International, and Flos. Their work is part of the permanent collections of museums such as MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, the Stedelijk Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, MUDAC Lausanne, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina and MAK Museum in Vienna. They lecture at the Design Academy Eindhoven and, since October 2016, they have headed the Design BA course of the MADE Program in Siracusa, Italy.
Rania Ghosn is founding partner of DESIGN EARTH and Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at MIT. Her design research investigates aesthetic forms of environmental engagement bringing together spatial history, geographic visualization, projective design, and material public assemblies to speculate on ways of living with legacy technologies on a damaged planet. Her collaborative practice has contributed to La Biennale di Venezia (2018, 2016), Oslo Triennale (2017), Seoul Biennale (2017), Sharjah Biennale (2016) amongst others, and has recently been collected by the Museum of Modern Art. Rania is winner of the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects, Boghossian Foundation Lebanon, ACSA Faculty Design Awards, and Architect's Newspaper Best of Design Awards. She is author with El Hadi Jazairy of Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment and Geographies of Trash. She has published widely on infrastructure, energy, and regionalism. Rania studied at the American University of Beirut, and University College London, and holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University.
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg's experimental practice explores the values that shape design, science, and emerging technology, through the design of objects and fictions, and through writing and curatorial projects. Daisy has spent ten years researching synthetic biology and the design of living matter, and is lead author of Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature (MIT Press, 2014). In 2017, she completed Better, her PhD by practice in Design Interactions at London's Royal College of Art, interrogating powerful dreams of “better” futures and how they manifest in material things. She received the London Design Medal for Emerging Talent in 2012, and the World Technology Award for design in 2011. Daisy publishes, lectures, teaches, and exhibits internationally, including at MoMA New York, the Moscow Art Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and the National Museum of China, and her work is in museum and private collections.
Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab is a place to reflect and explore alternative social scripts and urban futures for the city, working across diverse areas, such as urban creativity, mobility, governance, civic tech, public space, etc. The Lab also searches to create links between civil society and government, and to accommodate multidisciplinary collaborations, highlighting the importance of political and public imagination. Gabriella is also a journalist, visual artist, a director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies. She has been awarded several international recognitions for her work in different fields, including the first prize in both the Audi Urban Future Award and the Best Art Practice Award given by the Italian government. She has also held roles as a Yale World Fellow and an MIT Director´s Fellow among others.
Michael John Gorman
Michael John Gorman is Founding Director of BIOTOPIA, a major new museum linking life sciences, art and design currently in development at Schloss Nymphenburg in Munich. He is also Professor of Life Sciences in Society at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Previously, he was Founding Director of Science Gallery Dublin, dedicated to igniting creativity and discovery where science and art collide. In 2012, he became founder and CEO of Science Gallery International, with Science Gallery spaces now being established in London, Bangalore, Melbourne and Venice. Prior to that, Michael John was Lecturer in Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard and MIT. He has written books on topics ranging from the designs of Buckminster Fuller to a book currently under contract with MIT Press on the future of science museums. He is currently curatorial advisor for the 2019 Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial “Nature”.
Jamer Hunt is the Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Initiatives at The New School, where he was founding director (2009-2015) of the graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design. He collaboratively designs open and flexible programs for participation that respond to emergent cultural conditions. At the MoMA he was co-creator of the award-winning, curatorial experiment and book Design and Violence (2013-2015), and has collaborated on the HeadSpace: On Scent as Design and the Design and the Elastic Mind symposia. In 2006, he co-founded DesignPhiladelphia, the country’s largest design week, and in Philadelphia he collaboratively led a community driven park design process that resulted in Hawthorne Park, a sustainably designed green space adjacent to Center City. He has published widely, including for Fast Company and the Huffington Post, and he is co-author, with Meredith Davis, of Visual Communication Design. He is currently completing a book manuscript on scale, complex systems, and the unruliness of everyday experiences.
Sarah Ichioka leads Desire Lines, a strategic consultancy for environmental, cultural and social-impact organisations and initiatives. She has held leadership, planning, editorial and curatorial roles for multiple reputable institutions of culture, urban policy and research, including the LSE Cities Programme, La Biennale di Venezia, Tate Modern, and the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism among others. Sarah was Director of The Architecture Foundation (UK), and a Co-Director of the London Festival of Architecture. She has served as advisor or judge for a wide range of cultural and spatial initiatives, including the European Prize for Urban Public Space, Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge. Born in California, and educated at Yale and the LSE, Sarah has been honoured as one of the Global Public Interest Design 100, by Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the British Council / Clore Foundation's Cultural Leadership International Fellowship.
Koyo Kouoh is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company. For Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, she is contributing Dig Where You Stand, as part of an exhibition based on the Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection. With Rasha Salti, she recently co-curated Saving Bruce Lee: African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Koyo was the curator of 1:54 FORUM, the educational program at the Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York, and served in the curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012) among others. Her publications include Word!Word?Word! Issa Samb and the undecipherable form (2013), the first monograph dedicated to the work of seminal Senegalese artist Issa Samb. She regularly takes part in juries and selection committees internationally. She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.
Khaled Malas is an architect and art historian from Damascus. He is also a co-founder of Sigil, an Arab collective based in Beirut and New York City. Sigil seeks to explore the marvelous and terrifying metamorphoses of the Arab landscape that is the stake and site of historical and contemporary struggles. Since 2014, they have been engaged in building architectures of resistance in Syria. Their work has been published and exhibited internationally.
Professor of Business Economics and Management at Ca 'Foscari University of Venice. He devoted much of his research activity to the transformation of the Italian economic system with particular attention to the evolution of manufacturing sectors facing the of the so-called fourth industrial revolution. Over the last five years he has focused his attention on the generative potential of the encounter between craftsman's know-how, design and digital culture. He is president of the Advisory Board “Manifattura Milano”, member of the Unicredit Advisory Board, consultant of the Italian Ministry of University and Research for the Higher Technical training and member of the Scientific Committee of Symbola. He is the author of several articles and volumes including Futuro Artigiano (ed. by Marsilio in 2011) which discusses technology, know-how and design and has won the Compasso d'Oro award; Fare è innovare. Il nuovo lavoro artigiano (edited by Il Mulino in 2016). In 2016 he curated the New Craft exhibition in the XXI Triennale.
Marina Otero Verzier
Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and curator of “WORK, BODY, LEISURE,” the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. With the After Belonging Agency, Marina was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016. Previously, she was based in New York, where she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, Columbia University. Her work, recently awarded by The Graham Foundation, Design Trust, and the FAD Thought and Criticism Award, has been published in different books and journals. She has co-edited Promiscuous Encounters (2014), Unmanned: Architecture and Security Series (2016), After Belonging (2016), and is editor of Work, Body, Leisure (2018). She studied architecture at TU Delft and ETSA Madrid. In 2013, as a Fulbright Scholar, Marina graduated from the M.S. in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP. She completed her PhD at ETSAM in 2016. She currently teaches at RCA in London.
Elisa Pasqual is a designer based in Milan. She has recently finished her PhD in Design Sciences at IUAV University of Venice, with a research that maps the evolution of State visual communication at the intersection of design, politics, and identity. In 2011, she co-founded Folder, a Milan based design and research studio, which focuses on the visualisation of ideas and concepts through a diverse range of work from editorial design, art direction, exhibition design, and brand identities, to data visualisation, web platforms and curatorial projects. The studio worked with The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The Serpentine Galleries, La Biennale di Venezia, La Triennale di Milano, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Onassis Cultural Centre. She was Assistant Professor and Professor of Visual Design at IUAV from 2008 to 2015.
Mariana Pestana is a London based, Portuguese architect and curator. She co-founded the collective The Decorators, with whom she developed spatial interventions and performative situations in the public realm, with the aim to test alternative futures for specific places and people. She lectured spatial design at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Arts, and Design Interactions at the Royal College of Arts. Mariana curated the exhibition The Real and Other Fictions for Close, Closer, Lisbon Architecture Triennale and This Time Tomorrow for the Victoria and Albert Museum at the World Economic Forum. She currently works as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she has most recently co-curated The Future Starts Here exhibit. She is also developing a PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, about the ways in which spatial design can enact alternative possible worlds and induce social change.
Lorenzo Pezzani is a Lecturer in Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2011, he has been working on Forensic Oceanography, a project that critically investigates the militarized border regime in the Mediterranean Sea, and has co-founded the WatchTheMed platform. Together with several NGOs, scientists, journalists, and activist groups, he has produced maps, videos, installations and human right reports that attempt to document and challenge the ongoing death of migrants at sea. His work has been used as evidence in courts of law, published across different media and academic outlets, as well as exhibited and screened internationally.
Maholo Uchida is the curator of Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, in Tokyo. She started her career as a new media art curator and was appointed to Miraikan in 2002. Upon completing a year of professional internship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, supported by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, she moved back to Miraikan in her new role as its chief curator. Maholo has organized several exhibitions that bridge art and science, including the symbol exhibit Geo-Cosmos, for which she collaborated with local and international artists such as Jeff Mills and Bjork. She also produces several projects on Japanese manufacturing culture and innovative technology. She is currently guest co-curator for the Barbican Centre's exhibition on AI, opening in summer 2019.