Mobius

  • Boshko Boskovic is the Program Director of Residency Unlimited, an international residency program for artists and curators located in Brooklyn, New York. He is interested in interpreting curatorial trajectories and analyzing the role and function of other cultures, their hierarchy and implications in the art world system. Boskovic's curatorial practice is concerned with rethinking the common perception of the art world as a coherent, univocal system centered in New York. He is dedicated to exploring emerging artists who are often perceived as Other, whether distant (ex-Yugoslavia, Mongolia) or nearby (Canada). His practice contributes to promoting unexpected multicultural relations and realities. Boskovic has worked at the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation managing the European retrospective Specific Objects Without Specific Form which traveled to the Wiels Contemporary Art Center in Brussels, The Beyeler Foundation in Basel and the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt. During his tenure as Associate Director at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York he worked closely with artists such as Los Carpinteros, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Johan Grimonprez.

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  • Mike Egan is an artist, writer, and the managing member of Ramiken Crucible, a limited liability company registered in the state of New York (USA) in 2009. The company produces exhibitions in two leased gallery spaces, 389 Grand Street and 465 Grand Street, NY, NY 10002. The gallery provides services to artists, private collectors, and museums, as well as providing content for many publications, both online and in print. A complete archive of the gallery's program is available at www.ramikencrucible.com

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  • Johanna Hyrkäs is a Finnish artist, architect and adventurer whose current passion is exploring different aspects of communities. For the past 12 years she's been mainly working within the framework of community based arts, yet her art is not fixated on specific medium. Since 2009 she's been running her own architectural practice concentrated on temporary uses, participatory processes and public art. She is preparing her PhD studies on off-grid living. As part of her Mobius project in Nov-Dec 2015 Hyrkäs will be visiting various intentional communities in Upstate New York. She wants to learn more about people who have chosen to live differently and introduce that option to whoever might be interested. She'll spend time in the communities, a week each, and interview their members on video.

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  • Paavo Järvensivu is a writer and a researcher of economic culture, based in Helsinki, Finland, and working at Mustarinda and BIOS Research Unit. Since finishing his PhD on organizational cultures at the Aalto University School of Economics in 2010, he has engaged in transdisciplinary projects with artists, philosophers and natural and social scientists in order to construct cultural, economic and political solutions to the ever-deepening global environmental crisis.

    One of the driving questions for him has been: how is it that the material world, with all its diverse beings and relations, seems so disconnected from our everyday lives, even though our culture is said to be "materialistic"? This disconnection is most obvious in the political and economic spheres, which are driven almost solely by economic abstractions.

    Järvensivu is the editor-in-chief of the Mustarinda magazine and has co-curated exhibitions, planned and taught university courses and organized various events and workshops. His book ‘Abundant Money in a World of Scarce Resources’ will be published (in Finnish) in early 2016.

    Mustarinda is an artist/researcher collective that organizes exhibitions and workshops, publishes an annual magazine and hosts an artist/researcher residency in the midst of an old-growth forest in mid-Finland. BIOS is a new research unit that investigates global socio-material flows and dependencies in the Finnish context and develops effective means to engage the public audience in collaboration with the national broadcasting company Yle.

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  • Martti Kalliala is an architect whose work focuses on the identification and conceptualization of emerging spatial conditions. Current themes in his work are the relationship between shifting modes of sovereignty and jurisdiction and built form and notions of progress, liquidity and technological disruption as drivers of the production of space – most notably the home, the workplace and the city itself. Amongst a variety of projects, he recently curated the symposia series A Thousand Islands, an extended discussion on boundaries, limits, islands, enclaves/exclaves and states of exception as spatial protocols and produced in collaboration with artist/writer Jenna Sutela and PWR Studio Disruption Begins at Home – a speculative investigation into the ethos of homeownership under a financialized economy of debt. He is also the editor and co-author of Solution 239-246, Finland: The Welfare Game (Sternberg Press, 2011) and a contributor to the Airbnb Pavilion at 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Additionally, alongside his work as an architect he has sustained under several aliases a longstanding international career in electronic music. Martti Kalliala will spend two months working at the independent architectural organization Van Alen Institute in New York during fall 2014.

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  • Stefan Kalmár is the Executive Director and Curator of Artists Space. Kalmár has held positions as Director of Kunstverein München (2005-2009), Director of Institute of Visual Culture, Cambridge UK (2000-2005), and Curator of Cubitt Gallery, London (1996-1999). He has curated numerous exhibitions, including “The Secret Public, The last days of the British Underground 1978-1988” co-curated with Michael Bracewell and “Oh Girl It is a Boy,” co-curated with Henrik Oleson and The Archive of Stephan Willats co-curated with Emily Pethick. He has also worked with numerous artists on a range of projects including: a survey exhibition of the work of Allora & Calzadilla, the exhibition project “Beugung” with Wolfgang Tillmans, and the first European survey exhibitions of Hilary Lloyd and Duncan Campbell. Stefan Kalmár is the editor, together with Daniel Pies, of the publication “Be Nice Share Everything Have Fun” (400 p; 4c Walther Koenig), which discusses the curatorial approach during his directorship in Munich.

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  • Taina Laaksonen is an independent fashion designer, producer and educator, active in several fields of digital culture. She has worked for large cultural institutions including the both design universities in Helsinki and at the same time in micro-projects elsewhere in Finland and abroad. Taina Laaksonen has degrees in design, digital culture and entrepreneurship. During her fellowship at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology she'll research fashion blogging and bloggers around the globe. The outcome of the process will be an online publication that enriches the layered exhibition experience of the Global Fashion Capitals, currently on view at the MFIT. The publication is a collaboration within the disciplines of research, fashion, visual art and digital media. The bloggers participate in the project as ambassadors of their local visual culture.

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  • Andrea Lipps is an Assistant Curator focused on contemporary international design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. She is currently organizing the exhibition, Beauty: Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, opening in late 2015, as well as an exhibition on design and food. She has contributed to numerous books and exhibitions, including Design with the Other 90%; CITIES, Why Design Now?; National Design Triennial, and Design for the Other 90%. Before joining the Museum, Lipps worked in the Architecture and Design department at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, assisting on Design and the Elastic Mind and Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling. She wrote her master’s thesis in design history on twentieth-century post-disaster design, integrating her interest in design with earlier work in international human rights. Lipps has published articles in leading design magazines, served on a number of international juries, and has taught in the MA program at Parsons/Cooper Hewitt and the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts. She holds a Master’s degree in History of Decorative Arts and Design from Parsons/Cooper Hewitt, and a Bachelor degree in French, Sociology, and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.

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  • Meri Louekari is an architect, specialized in urban design and urban research. She is currently working at the Helsinki City Planning Department, focusing on the waterfront development. Her work includes maintaining an overall view on the maritime development and emphasizing the multitude of activities and services located by the waterfront. She also works with various interdisciplinary assignments in the field of urban development, including writing and editing publications and curating exhibitions and temporary use at the waterfront locations.

    Meri is preparing her PhD thesis at Aalto University. Her academic interests focus on reconciling top-down and bottom-up dynamics of urban development. She has published widely on architecture and urban design. During the Mobius Fellowship, Meri will spend two months as a visiting scholar at the Columbia University, GSAPP. Meri’s main aim with the Mobius project is to research waterfront development in New York through case studies, with focus on urban transformation. Urban development is viewed as a condensation of activities, programs and networks. The aim is to map activities and functions and to research processes behind the development of the waterfront locations. Meri is looking for insight on new tools for urban development. She will also build new networks for future collaborations and projects.

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    Shannon Mattern is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media, all published by University of Minnesota Press. She contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places, a journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape, and she collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. You can find her at wordsinspace.net

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  • Anna Mikkola is an artist and curator. Her work focuses on the tensions between human, nature and technology. She often maps out and builds structures and platforms through which gestures are performed. In 2013 she established curatorial platform V4ULT in collaboration with Hanna Nilsson. It explores spatial boundaries by looking at confined space as a node in a network. In 2014 V4ULT edited and designed ‘a gesture waves us on, answering our own wave’, a publication consisting of a collection of commissioned texts that present methods for mobilising the space of the interface. In 2014 she also started a performance series ‘Human Interference Task Force’ with Matilda Tjäder. The first episode of the project enacted the material, embodied grounds of intuition. In 2012 she curated a moving image screening series ‘Screenshot’ which took place at Forum Box in Helsinki, at the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard in NY, USA and at Import Projects in Berlin. In 2012 she co-curated ‘Museum of the Near Future’ at the Architecture Museum in Helsinki with art/design collective OK Do. Anna Mikkola spent 2,5 months between April and June 2015 working at the Artists Space in New York. 

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    Caitlin Murray is the Director of Marfa Programs and Archivist at Judd Foundation where she has worked since 2008. She is the co-editor of Donald Judd Writings (2016) and The Present Order: Writings on the Work of Ian Hamilton Finlay (2011) and the author of Flaubert’s Breath (2018), an artist’s book. She received her MSIS and MA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Murray is also the co-owner of the Marfa Book Company; an Advisory Member of Yale Union (YU), a center for contemporary art in Portland, Oregon; and a committee member of in front of us, a film series that features films by women directors, producers, and screenwriters. Through the Marfa Book Co. Murray has hosted exhibitions of work by Roni Horn, Ed Ruscha, Luis Camnitzer, Aaron Flint Jamison, Rosa Barba, James Benning, Robert Grenier, and Jean Baptiste-Bernadet. With her collaborator, Tim Johnson, Murray has recently opened 300 S Kelly St, an artist-run gallery in Marfa, Texas. She is currently working on a forthcoming publication of Donald Judd interviews.

    During her trip to Helsinki and Jyväskylä in August 2018, Caitlin Murray, with support from Judd Foundation and her MOBIUS fellowship partner organization, Architecture Information Centre Finland will research the formal and theoretical connections between Alvar Aalto and Donald Judd. Results of this research will serve as the foundation for talks to be given in both New York and Marfa.

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    Aily Nash is a curator based in New York. She is co-curator of Projections, the New York Film Festival’s artists' film and video section, and a Biennial advisor and co-curator of the film program for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. She is program advisor to the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Short Film section. She has curated programs and exhibitions for MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Anthology Film Archives, FACT (Liverpool), Image Forum (Tokyo) and others. She curated five seasons of the Basilica Screenings series at Basilica Hudson (2012-2016). She is currently curating What can an image do? a public film seminar at Tabakalera (San Sebastiàn) which includes the participation of Eric Baudelaire, Naeem Mohaiemen, María Palacios Cruz, belit sag, Susana de Sousa Dias, and Akram Zaatari. Her writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Artforum.com, Film Comment, and elsewhere. She has taught at Parsons and Bruce High Quality Foundation University in New York. In 2015, she was awarded a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation. Aily Nash's MOBIUS partner in Helsinki is Kiasma Museum of Contmporary Art.

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  • Jenni Nurmenniemi is the curator of HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme. She has completed CuMMA – Curating, Mediating, and Managing Art Master’s Programme at the Aalto University of Arts and Design and has obtained a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Tampere. Since 2012, after establishing and running a non-profit art space Tilanne-galleria (2010–2011), being part of the XL Art Space curatorial collective (2011–2012) and organizing a number of independent projects, she has worked at HIAP, investigating the yet uncharted possibilities residency programs can provide for artistic research and practices of contemporary art. Currently, Nurmenniemi is curating a five-year collaboration project Frontiers in Retreat (2013–2018) that fosters multidisciplinary dialogue on ecological questions within a European network formed around artist residencies. The project sets out to examine processes of change in particular ecological contexts within Europe, to reflect them in relation to each other and to develop new approaches to the urgencies posed by them through methods of contemporary art. Nurmenniemi’s fellowship will take place at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn in spring 2015.

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    Dr. Jussi Parikka is Professor at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and Docent of Digital Culture Theory at the University of Turku. His various books have addressed a wide range of topics relevant to a critical understanding of network culture, aesthetics and media archaeology of contemporary society. The books include the media ecology-trilogy Digital Contagions (2007, 2nd. ed 2016), the award-winning Insect Media (2010) and most recently, A Geology of Media (2015), which addresses the environmental contexts of technical media culture.

    In addition, Parikka has published such books as What is Media Archaeology (2012) and edited various books, recently Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History (2015, with Joasia Krysa) on the Finnish media art pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi. He is also the co-editor of Across and Beyond: – A transmediale Reader on Post-digital Practices, Concepts, and Institutions (Sternberg Press, 2016, co-edited with Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing and Elvia Wilk). Parikka’s website/blog is at jussiparikka.net and you can find him on Twitter as @juspar.

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  • Suvi Saloniemi is a curator active in the fields of design and contemporary art. She has been exhibitions curator at Design Museum Helsinki since the spring of 2012, being responsible for the museum's exhibitions programme and the curating and production of exhibitions. Her latest tasks include a large solo show by Danish fashion wonder child Henrik Vibskov and Don't Shoot the Messenger, an exhibition exploring the expanding field of graphic design. Suvi has a background in studies in art history and curating. She has worked for many of Helsinki's largest cultural institutions and at the same time in micro-projects, as a DJ, radio journalist, and the creative director of the Töölö Fashion Institute, an imaginary fashion school based on workshop interventions. Suvi is particularly interested in graphic design, fashion, critical design and the encounters that take place between design and other arts.

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    Amanda Schmitt is an independent curator focusing on video, sound, performance and new media and has curated over 40 exhibitions, video screenings and performance series since 2006, when she started her career as the Director of the Porter Butts Gallery in Madison, WI, helping to found Gallery 1308 before moving to New York City in 2007. Since then, Schmitt has held director positions at New York galleries including Marlborough Chelsea, SIGNAL, The Hole, and Horton Gallery.

    In recent years, Schmitt has held the role of the Director of Programming and Development for the Untitled art fair in Miami Beach and San Francisco, overseeing Special Projects and Programming, as well as launching the innovative annual program, Untitled, Radio, a platform which takes the place of the customary program of fair panels and replacing it with live and pre-recorded audio and musical performances, talks and interviews, curated playlists, readings, and experimental recordings. In January 2018, Schmitt debuted the fair's newest platform, Untitled, Cinema, partnering with the Bay Area’s most respected film and video archives and organizations.

    In recent years, Schmitt has been curating independently with exhibitions at The Club, Tokyo; GRIN, Providence, RI; Daata-Editions.com; SIGNAL, Brooklyn, NY; The Suburban, Chicago, IL; Guest Projects, London; The Convent of Saint Cecilia, Brooklyn, NY; Esopus Space, New York, NY; among others. Schmitt also founded the experimental exhibition and events space, A Thin Place, in Berlin, which ran for a brief time in 2013.

  • Markus Åström is the curator of non-commercial art space Sinne in Helsinki. Through his curatorial practice, Åström investigates the boundaries of contemporary art. Åström conceives artists as storytellers and prefers to work in close collaboration with both emerging and established artists and curators. Åström focuses on asking the right questions, and instead of trying to point out truth, aims to explore unknown territories through collaboration. This kind of approach, in combination with his interest in both social and spatial ambience and vibration, creates a fertile soil for the unexpected to emerge. Markus Åström has a background and special interest in coordinating commissioned public artwork projects. He will develop this interest further through Mobius fellowship and collaboration with New York-based art organization No Longer Empty.

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