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AIDD Collective

We are a research collective formed at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in January 2014, dedicated to the collection and investigation of everyday protest practices and their visual representation. Our encounter with protest practices is an ongoing conversation which will be documented on this website, and will hopefully result in a series of think tanks, publications, and other means. The website consists of an accessible online archive, a playful encyclopedia and a growing collection of writing. AIDD Collective was founded by Wei-Hsin Chen (Taipei), Wiebke Hahn (Berlin, London), Aline Khoury (Jerusalem), Vivi Kallinikou (London, Berlin), and Karina Hanney Marrero (Reykjavík, Iceland).

Current Members and Editors

Wiebke Hahn has a background in Art History and Cultural Management. In 2014, she completed her Masters in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, London. She is currently freelancing for an international artist and the Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin. Her research interests focus on the political, cultural and social influences on artistic production and its transformations as well as on participatory and collaborative forms of art making. Wiebke is based in Berlin.

Vivi Kallinikou is an art theorist and practitioner based in London and Berlin. She completed her Masters in Global Arts/Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has contributed writing to art-in, art-in-berlin, and Prestel/Random House. Vivi is a founding member and editor of MATHILDA GOLD, a not-for-profit platform for exhibitions, art writing and practice. Her recent research interests has been focused on social art practices, particularly non-object based art interventions with socio-political urgency, knowledge production and circulation.

Karina Hanney Marrero is creative project manager. She completed her Masters in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College in London (2014). In recent years she contributed different projects and publications in Reykjavík, London and Winnipeg. Karina’s current research focuses on marginal histories, material culture as intervention, and the polarisation of social and political power dynamics in the art world and educational system. Karina is based in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Contributors

Everyone who has submitted work to the AIDD archive or encyclopedia unless requested otherwise is listed alphabetically below.

Alireza Abbasy is a visual artist born in Tehran, Iran, and based in Berlin, Germany. Also, he is a co-founder of Sarmad, a blog to feature the work of young and talented photographers. Please view his website  for further information.

Mike Ainsworth is currently studying the BA Fine Art (International Hons) at the University of Leeds. As an artist he works with all manner of content across a range of mediums. Besides, he runs a small gallery space within the University of Leeds called “The Debut Series”. Please view his blog for further information at www.mdainsworth.blogspot.com.

Suske Antigoon is from Antwerp, BE.

AZ.Namusn.Art is an art collective founded by Riccardo Fadda (1976), arose in Porto Torres (SS), May 2007, after an artistic action in the public central square of the town. AZ.Namusn.Art collective is a fluid group of people that come together to create projects designed to shake the conscience, in order to delineate an artistic journey in everyday life of a society manipulated by the mass-mediatic flood, which lies inside the damage of a narcotized information . In fact, it’s a floating collective, because we find inside it different professionals that operate in specific areas, whom, depending on the project, alternate between them.

Alexandra Baybutt is a movement artist and educator, making performances, intervention structures and collaborations.

Alex Berry is a writer and conceptual artist in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She fused experimental journalistic practices and performance art as a M.F.A. graduate from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Her writing has been published in the Red and Black Newspaper, Infusion Magazine, Examiner.com, Atlanta INtown Paper, and in Quilt Stories—a collaborative project with the NAMES Project Foundation and AIDS Memorial Quilt. She has had a reading at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and has shown her work at galleries in Atlanta including whitespace gallery, Sycamore Place Gallery, Cherrylion Studios, and Mason Murer Fine Art. She has also shown internationally in Berlin, Germany and done performances at the Raghurajpur International Art and Culture Exchange in Orissa, India, and in Liberia, West Africa.

Felipe Castelblanco is a multidisciplinary artist, working at the intersection of socially engaged and new media art. Through urban interventions, video, performance, sculpture and networked installations, his work creates participatory experiences of publicness and enables coexistent encounters between unlikely audiences and across vast distances. Felipe holds and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and in 2012 attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been shown internationally, including the San Diego Museum of Art festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; FIVAC festival in Camaguey Cuba; the Miller Gallery in Pittsburgh; PRACTICE Gallery in Philadelphia; the Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá Colombia, and in storefronts and street corners throughout United States. Felipe has been recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the 2013 John Fergus Post MFA Fellowship at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio; the 2014 Starr Fellowship at the Royal Academy in London, UK; and most recently a commission by the U.S. Department of Education and Zero1 to develop a participatory project in the Philippines during the Spring of 2015 through the American Arts Incubator exchange program. Felipe’s work can be seen at: www.felipecastelblanco.com

Pablo Cousinou did his degree in Communication at the University of Seville and his Master of Photography at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Freelance photographer and assistant professor of Photography at the Faculty of Communication of EUSA (University of Seville). He coordinated the Master in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the same university. He has taught courses at the University of Aguascalientes (Mexico) and at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. Courses and workshops with Lewis Baltz, Bleda y Rosa, Xavier Ribas, Joan Foncuberta, Fernando Herráez, Cristina García Rodero and Alberto García-Alix, amongst others. Awarded by Intercampus Exchange Program Grant (2002), Injuve National Photography Contest (2006) and the Contemporarte Contest (2010). Has published on different national newspapers and journals: El País, ABC, 20 Minutos, Correo de Andalucía, Cuadernos de Pedagogía,etc. Has exhibit his work in several national and international galleries and institutions.

Joseph DeLappe is a Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance, sculpture and electromechanical installation have been shown in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. In 2006 he began the project dead‐in‐iraq , to type consecutively, all names of America’s military casualties from the war in Iraq into the America’s Army first person shooter online recruiting game. He also directs the iraqimemorial.org project, an ongoing web based exhibition and open call for proposed memorials to the many thousand of civilian casualties from the war in Iraq. More recently, in 2013, he rode a specially equipped bicycle to draw a 460 mile long chalk line around the Nellis Air Force Range to surround an area that would be large enough to create a solar farm that could power the entire United States.

Jane Frances Dunlop is an artist and writer, creating language performances and collaborations.

Douglas Gast is an exhibiting artist and educator. He received an MA in Communication Studies from Baylor University and an MFA in Electronic Art from the University of Cincinnati. Doug is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University and the Director of the Digital Technology and Culture program.

Rodrigo Guima is a social artist based in São Paulo. Enthusiast of urban centers, he has two precious and characteristic elements guiding his work: the Love and the Street. His projects are under a web entitled ‘The Heart Society / A Sociedade Coração’, the result of research and experiences as a flaneur. The result of his work is always extracted from the observation of the urban environment as a social transformation and the synapse of emotions through what he calls ‘The Tenderness Provocation’, proposing to break the mechanical routine of people that lives in huge cities. One of his most famous projects is called “Aqui Bate Um Coração/Here Beats A Heart” – one of the biggest ever made collaborative urban interventions,
spread across 50 cities in 2 years.

Núria Güell work addresses to reformulate the limits of legality with a positioning oriented to create mechanisms for dissent. Abuse of power by institutions is detected by her through a study of the established legality. Her projects develop as disruptive tactics in specific contexts which engage and collaborate with agents and institutions, creating multidisciplinary networks.

In parallel she analyzes how mechanisms of power create control strategies, which dominate the collective subjectivity and affect our patterns of behavior, thinking and our sense. This analysis places these strategies into evidence and generates new ones, with the result of transgression and crisis of the established ones. Her proposal provokes interferences in the everyday environment through certain actions, “drilling” the reality and the obviousness that accompanies it, creating other possible realities, and altering the established power relationships.

Graduated in Arts from the University of Barcelona (Spain), continuing her studies at the Behavior Art School in Havana (Cuba) under the direction of Tania Bruguera. currently she has just finished a residency in the SOMA of Mexico D.F. Her work has been exhibited at the biennial of Havana, Pontevedra, Ljubljana, Liverpool, Goteborg as well as in the Triennial of Tallinn, and in museums of Barcelona, The Hague, London, Paris, New York, Eindhoven, Chicago, Miami, Formigine, Stockholm, Madrid, Hertogenbosch, Istanbul, Leipzig, Bucharest, Zagreb, Cali, Lima, Graz and in self-managed social centers.

Elaine W. Ho (HK/USA) works between the realms of time-based art, urban practice and design, using multiple vocabularies to explore the micropolitics, subjectivities and the alter-possibilities of an intimate, networked production. The act of describing takes on a number of forms – a kind of grammar, a documentation, a gesture, a biography – or a project in Beijing known as HomeShop. She is the initiator of the artist-run space, active from 2008-2013, and currently a fellow at the Institut für Raumexperimente in Berlin. She likes to drink coffee and tea mixed together and is a frequent contributor at www.iwishicoulddescribeittoyoubetter.net.

Paul Harrison, b. 1989, observes, animates, reads, and writes. Co-Founder with Sarah Smizz of the organism F/O/R/C/E, a creature made of many parts. Yet fashioned and born with the absolute unwavering need to promote ‘understanding’ rather than the apparition of knowledge.

Jo Kernon lives in East London and is a member of the cupboardcollective  She works in a range of media and her work often has participatory or performative elements which work with the poetic, with questions, altered perceptions and space. Her focus is on unexplored potential and loss, connectivity and relatedness. She currently also teaches art at a Steiner school.

Kypros Kyprianou

Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga works between the realms of art, architecture and urban research to explore the possibilities inherent in the intersections between social and physical spaces. Such context specificity finds working manifestation in curation, artistic production and collaborative organization, all of which point to an interest in systems and structures as modes of being and working together. She was one of the co-organisers of HomeShop in Beijing, active from 2018-2013, is co-founder of PROGRAM initiative for art + architecture in Berlin and also serves on the committee for the Berlin chapter of the Public School.

Jan Lemitz is a visual artist working with photographic, still images.

Mira Loew is a photographer and visual artist, hosting performance events and collaborations.

Lisa Ma socialises activism. Combining fringe communities, ethnographic research and speculative design, her unusual ‘platforms of engagement’ creates social events that are perceived as activism but function as services. She lectures widely and writes about futures, activism and speculative design in molecular cuisine books and invasive science magazines. She is a London Global Shaper for World Economic Forum and shares her adventures at fringejoyride.com.

Benoît Maubrey 1952 born in Washington, D.C. of French parents. 1975 Bachelor of Arts Diploma from Georgetown University. Has lived in Berlin since 1979. Lives and works in Baitz (Brandenburg) and Berlin. Co-founded the non-profit arts organisation Kunstpflug e.V in 1992.

Matthew Mazzotta is a conceptual artist and lecturer at MIT – Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT). He creates permanent and temporary public interventions that range from opening up new social spaces inside the built environment, to addressing more pressing environmental issues, but always with a focus on community and public participation.

Ana Mendes is a Portuguese performer, writer and visual artist living in London and Berlin. She studied Performance at Goldsmiths College, London, Animation Film at La Poudrière – École du film Animation, France, and Photography at Bauhaus University, in Germany. Her work revolves around the idea of movement and rhythm. Ana develops projects in which she combines video, sound, photography and text in order to speak on subjects such as identity, language, memory and otherness. Her works have been shown extensively in Europe, USA and Canada and she was the recipient of several awards and fellowships.

Mnemoscape is an online research platform dedicated to contemporary art practices exploring issues of memory, history and the archival impulse. It is born out of a collaboration between Elisa Adami and Alessandra Ferrini.

Jade Montserrat is a visual artist based in Scarborough. Her work assumes a vernacular that tears up and cuts out, magnifying symbols, repeated text and imagery that determine, question or potentially threaten aspects of her identity. They offer a proliferation of meaning, shift existing perceptions of reality and question the nature of artwork itself.

Tara Tate is currently a final-year student on the MFA Fine Art Media course at the Slade School of Fine Art. She works with performance and intervention a lot in relation to her research, which stems from an interest in the socio-political aspects of quotidian experiences: consumption, food, objects/function, value, etc.

Oliver Palmer has recently finished his MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Alessandro Rolandi (*1971 in Pavia) is a multimedia and performance artist, researcher, curator and writer based in Beijing since 2003. He holds degrees in Chemistry, Fine Arts, Experimental Theatre, and History of Art. His work focuses on social intervention and relational dynamics to expand the notion of art practice beyond existing structures, spaces and hierarchies and engage directly with reality in multiple ways. He is the founder and director of the Social Sensibility Research & Development Department at Bernard Controls Asia, a currently ongoing program.

Richard Rosch lives in East London and is a member of the cupboardcollective  He mainly works with small interventions and perceptual shifts. He is interested in the poetic potential in human interactions and in different levels of its representation. He does research at the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck, University of London and works as a neuroscientist and medical doctor.

Natalia Skobeeva is currently completing her Masters in Printmaking at Royal College of Art, London. Working with different media she deals with her transnational background being born in Russia and based in the UK and Belgium. Shooting her projects she usually combines modern technology and common everyday devices.

Tacit Tactics are a speculative architecture and interventionist research group. TT are competitive and sportsman-like in their public and private approach. TT are on track and behind the finishing line. TT are based here, there and nowhere.

Anna Tea is originally from the Ukraine and is currently finishing her degree in tourism in Poland. Apart from that she works as a Photographer. Her pictures are usually taken during her journeys to various countries and derive from her interests in psychology, geography, environmental problems and inter-cultural aspects.

Dr Jennifer Walden is an Associate Dean and lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She teaches art history and theory and has a strong interest in contemporary continental philosophy and its contribution to the politics of history and memory in art. Jennifer has written on related topics such as that of history and memory in the film Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais 1959), published as a chapter entitled “It’s extraordinary how beautiful your skin is” in The Future of Beauty in Theatre, Literature and the Arts edited by Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe Cambridge, UK, Cambridge Scholars Press 2005 and had edited a book Art and Destruction Cambridge, UK, Cambridge Scholars Press 2013.

Alex White-Mazzarella is a multi disciplinary artist, urban planner, facilitator and founder of Artefacting, which is a socio-cultural practice that creates public art and initiatives from within communities to build capacity, cooperation and knowledge. Worldwide participants and collaborators are brought together to construct a dialogue of progress and identify commonalities through a creative process that aims to build social capital and social cohesion; conditions that revitalize and regenerate.

Amina Zoubir is a visual artist and curator who lives and works between Paris and Algiers. She is currently pursuing her Phd research at the AIAC laboratory (art of images, contemporary art) at Université Paris 8. Her videos and photographs question the notions of the language of the female body and its projection in urban spaces in the Arab world.