2013 CONTRIBUTOR BIOGRAPHIES

 

Alessandra Saviotti works as a curator and editor for Digicult.it, lives in Eindhoven. Her research focuses on the collaboration between artists and curators. By interacting constantly with the artist she participates actively in the artistic process from the beginning to the end. Her work aims to realize site specific projects where the public is actively involved and ordinary space gains new value thanks to the temporary incursion of art.  DISCUSSION Common Space of the Future 

 

Amrit Wilson is a writer and activist on issues of race and gender in Britain, US imperialism,  and South Asian politics. Her books include Finding a Voice (Virago 1978) which won the Martin Luther King Award and explored South Asian women’s struggles in Britain for the first time, US Foreign Policy and Revolution, the creation of Tanzania (Pluto Press 1989) and Dreams Questions Struggles: South Asian Women in Britain (Pluto Press 2006). Amrit is active in Foil Vedanta  http://www.foilvedanta.org/ and also South Asia Solidarity Group http://www.southasiasolidarity.org/  DISCUSSION Prison Writing and Fighting Extradition & Idle No More: Indigenous Rights Revolution


Anastasia Kavada is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Westminster. Anastasia’s research interests focus on the links between online tools and decentralized organizing practices, democratic decision-making, and the development of solidarity among participants in collective action. DISCUSSION Spatialities of revolt and democratic governance: the Indignant movement in Syntagma Square

 

Archive for Change was instigated by Julie Ballands, Taryn Edmonds and Laura Maragoudaki; artists & filmmakers whose work is rooted in an appreciation of the local as an arena of universal themes & stories. Archive for Change came about as a result of their ongoing research (as artists and residents) into the effects of regeneration processes within the West End of Newcastle on the built landscape, the resident population and community relations. Specifically, the displacement of long-standing communities by mass demolition meant that important stories of protest, action and history were in danger of becoming lost. Founded on the basis that film is a powerful platform where voices and ideas can be heard and discussed, Archive for Change set out to collect archive and new films related to the changes in the area and return them to the public realm. EXHIBITION Archive for Change

 

Arts Against Extraditions is a campaign group of arts professionals creating artistic projects that call for an end to the unfair UK-US extradition treaty. Recent projects include a partnership with Secret Cinema and an event at Rich Mix, London. @ArtsCampaigners EXHIBITION:  Extradite Me, I'm British

 

Atakan Guven is a researcher with over ten years of experience working in the urban policy field in the UK and the USA. Until recently he worked at LSE Cities, London School of Economics where he managed a research project comparing the South East of England to the Ranstad region of the Netherlands. A native Londoner, being half Turkish, he has lived in Istanbul and Bursa. Currently he is an Honorary Research Associate at UCL. DISCUSSION 'What the eye doesn't see': How urban design has impacted identity, community and nationalism in Istanbul

 

Brenna Bhandar is a Lecturer in Property Law at Queen Mary School of Law, University of London. She has published in the areas of indigenous rights, multiculturalism, critical race theory and critical property studies, and sits on the Editorial Board of Feminist Legal Studies. Prior to life as an academic she was called to the Bar of British Columbia, and has long been active in various social justice movements. DISCUSSION Strategies of Legal Rupture & Idle No More: a decolonizing movement & Idle No More: Indigenous Rights Revolution



Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) was formed in March 2001 in response to the banning of 21 organisations under powers of the Terrorism Act 2000.  Since then CAMPACC has opposed all ‘anti-terror’ powers. The Campaign has brought together individuals and groups from communities which find themselves targeted by so-called ‘anti-terrorism’ legislation, lawyers and other human rights activists.  
www.campacc.org.uk . DISCUSSION Opposing Securitisation, Linking Our Resistances

 

Cairo Cannon is an independent film producer currently developing several feature projects. She co-runs Cannon and Morley Productions (CAMP), London with writer/director Carol Morley. Their films include DREAMS OF A LIFE, EDGE and The ALCOHOL YEARS. FILM & DISCUSSION Dreams of a Life  

 

Carol Morley came to prominence with her documentary The Alcohol Years, a BAFTA nominated, Grierson Awarded. An artist filmmaker she has made films that challenge, in different ways, how stories are told and which often cross the boundaries between fact and fiction. Her work has been shown at major international festivals, at galleries, cinemas, on Channel 4, Film4 and has received many international broadcasts, including The Sundance Channel. FILM & DISCUSSION Dreams of a Life  


Clara Rivas Alonso moved to Addis Ababa after an MA at Goldsmiths that allowed her to explore postcolonial theory and urban sociology. She wrote her dissertation in Istanbul whilst working for a conflict resolution organization and travelling to places like Northern Cyprus and Iraq. She has written articles on street protests and popular uprisings in Europe and Middle East, published in Turkey and in London. DISCUSSION Re-imagining urban Addis Ababa

 

David Rosenberg is a teacher, writer and tour guide who leads walks on London’s radical history. He is the author of Battle for the East End (Five Leaves, 2011) and is currently researching a book on grassroots political campaigning in London between the 1830s and 1930s. www.eastendwalks.com   DISCUSSION How the East was Won: Strategies and tactics for 21st century resistance

 

Ellen O’Hara holds a degree in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Birmingham and a postgraduate diploma in administrative management.  She joined creative business incubator Cockpit Arts in 2006 where she is responsible for the design of the business development strand of the incubation offer.  She leads Cockpit Arts' research projects which have a focus on craft business models and the impact of incubation on growth.  Ellen previously worked for The Princes Trust, Arts Council England and Andersen management consultancy.  She sits on the Board of Directors for CreativePeop!e, a national network of professional development providers, and You Make It a social enterprise supporting young people into employment.  Ellen is also company secretary at This is Not a Gateway. DISCUSSION Erase, Stretch, Relinqish

 

Games Monitor is a network of people raising awareness about issues within the London Olympic development process. They highlight the local, London and international implications of the Olympic industry. They seek to deconstruct the hype of Olympic boosterism and the eager complicity of ‘urban elites’ in politics, business, the media, sport, academia, and local institutional community ‘stakeholders’. Their network operates with an open dynamic principle and functions as a discussion forum, research
body, press and political lobby. Our website and online group provide hubs for publication, information exchange and solidarity networking. We are also a contact point for local, minority and
specialist interviewees for press and broadcast media. DISCUSSION: States of Exception in Olympic Cities

 

Gary Mulgrew is one of the infamous 2001 Enron "Natwest Three" - a high profile extradition case in Britain. He spent years in several US prisons including the notorious Big Spring in Texas. He has been short-listed for the 2013 Political Book Awards for his personal memoir 'Gang of One' (Hodder), which is being made into a feature film starring Dougray Scott. Gary Mulgrew was born in 1962, he spent his formative years in an orphanage before being brought up on the Pollok Estate in Glasgow. He continues to search for his missing daughter Cara Katrina, a tragic consequence of his Extradition years earlier. DISCUSSION Prison Writing and Fighting Extradition

 

Georg Hubmann is studying the dual degree master program "Urban Design" at TU Berlin and Tongji University Shanghai. He graduated as a Bachelor in political science at FU Berlin. His main focus lies on environmental politics, sustainable urban design and the right to the city. He is currently working for a Berlin based planning office and at the Environmental Policy Research Centre of FU Berlin. DISCUSSION Controlling chaos: formal informality in Berlin

 

Gloria Dawson is a writer, researcher and activist from London, currently living in Leeds. She has recently finished an MA in Social and Cultural Geography (University of Leeds) and her interests include housing, public space and gentrification (particularly in terms of class and social stratification).  DISCUSSION Property Guardianship - A Critical Overview

 

Graeme Hayes is a senior lecturer at Aston University, currently working on the trials of social movement activists. He is the author of two books and two edited collections (on civil disobedience, environmental protest, political film-making and Olympics and civil societies) and is Editor in chief of the journal Social Movement Studies. DISCUSSION Activists on Trial: Tactics, Opportunities and Costs in Criminal Prosecutions

 

Hamja Ahsan is an artist, cultural producer, curator and civil liberties & human rights campaigner. He is the brother of Talha Ahsan who was recently extradited to a USA Supermax prison - after over 6 years of detention without trial. Hamja leads his national and International campaign with the issues of Extradition law, post-9/11 erosion of civil rights, solitary confinement and internment. He is currently a full-time campaigner, touring the UK with film, literary & speakers tours. Hamja was nominated for a Shell Our Heroes Awards 2012 for his civil liberties campaign work and an Alhamra award for excellence in the Arts 2013 this year. www.freetalha.org DISCUSSION Prison Writing and Fighting Extradition

 

Helen Arfvidsson is a postgraduate research student in Politics and International Studies at the Open University since October 2010. Her previous academic background is in Politics, Development Studies and Global Studies.  Her research interests span the fields of critical security, migration, citizenship, urban restructuring and transformative politics. Her current research centres around acts of citizenship, youth and the burning of cars in urban peripheries across Europe, the primary focus being on recent events in Sweden. DISCUSSION Rethinking Acts of Citizenship through Burning Cars and Concrete

 

Henrietta Williams is based in London. Using still photography and multimedia her practice explores man-made and built environments, both within and outside of the city. Particular interests include; fortress urbanism, surveillance, borders and liminal spaces. In 2005 she completed a BA in Fine Art Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and in 2008 graduated with a distinction from MA in Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. EXHIBITION TheSecret Security Guard

 

Jana Perkovic is completing the Master of Urban Design at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is currently a visiting student at TU Berlin. She has worked in urban research since 2008. Her main interest is in the urban conditions that support creative communities, and urban resistance movements. DISCUSSION: Controlling chaos: formal informality in Berlin

 

Jason Larkin is engaged and interested in the Middle East. He moved to Cairo where he forged a career working as a photographer, having his personal work published in many international periodicals. He now dedicates his time to developing larger bodies of work that engage and reflect on current affairs which play out more in the periphery, seeking another more comprehensive viewpoint of an often misunderstood and ignored reality. EXHIBITIONS Tailings from the City of Gold and Cairo Divided

 

Jody Boehnert is an environmental communicator, designer and educator living in London. She is founding director of EcoLabs (http://www.eco-labs.org) – a studio for environmental communication design, and an associate lecturer at UAL. She recently finished an AHRC funded PhD titled: ‘The Visual Communication of Ecological Literacy: Design, Learning and Emergent Ecological Perception’ at the University of Brighton. Meanwhile, she is also an activist involved with a variety of issues of social and environmental justice and most recently has been involved with establishing Occupy Design UK. She is currently working on her first book: 'Design/Ecology/Politics'.  WORKSHOP Crisis Capitalism Visualisation Workshop: Update the Famous IWW Pyramid of the Capitalism 

 

Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA) is a campaign organisation that works to change the application of the joint enterprise law in which innocent people are wrongly convicted of crimes through the use of inadequate and misleading evidence to go to trial. They work with family members and hundreds of prisoners who are serving lengthy sentences for crimes they did not commit, could not have foreseen, did not have the intention to carry out, and indeed in many cases, tried to prevent from happening. DISCUSSION  Inside for being Beside?


Joris Luyendijk is a writer and journalist. A former Middle East correspondent, he writes the experimental Banking Blog on The Guardian, which looks at the world of finance from an anthropological perspective. He is the author of 'People like us: Misrepresenting the Middle East' (2009), a critical perspective on the media. DISCUSSION Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Bankers But Were Too Angry To Ask 

 

Jude Rosen is an urban researcher, translator and poet. Her publications include Planning for the Intercultural City (Comedia, 2004) and “Informality and social creativity in four European port cities” in Guidi ed. Urban Makers: Parallel Narratives of Grassroots Practices and Tensions, (Berlin: b_books, 2008) Her pamphlet A Small Gateway was published in 2009 (Hearing Eye). PERFORMANCE Reclamations

 

Kate Donington received a Bachelor’s in English Literature and History Joint Honours from the University of Leeds where she also completed a Master’s in Art Gallery and Museum Studies. She worked for two years for the Imperial War Museum before leaving to undertake PhD research with the ESRC funded Legacies of British Slave-Ownership project at University College London. Her PhD focuses on the slave-owner, politician, collector and merchant George Hibbert M.P.. On completing her PhD she will be joining the next phase of the Legacies project - the Structures and Significance of British Slave-Ownership as a Post-Doctoral Researcher. DISCUSSION Slavery and the City: An Urban Exploration

 

Lee Salter is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at UWE Bristol. His interest in the Corporation of London began in 2002 when the Corporation introduced an electoral reform bill into the House of Lords. He worked as a legal and political researcher with Lord Glasman, Rev William Taylor and John McDonnell MP to petition the bill. He has maintained a research interest in the City Corporation, its history and constitution ever since, most recently working with the Reclaim the City movement, which aims to consider reform of the Corporation. FILM & DISCUSSION Secret City - 'The City, Politics and Inequality'

 

Mark McGowan aka The Artist Taxi Driver Lives and works London 'I decided to take part in the spectacle and entered it at the shallow end'. Is a politically motivated performance artist and London art school lecturer. Since 2010 he has made over 1400 eight minute video pieces for his youtube channel Artist Taxi Driver. His art pieces tackle head on elitism, corruption of British and multi-national institutions/corporations and post-critical artists and galleries. FILM Artist Taxi Driver Films

 

Marianna Liosi works as a curator, lives in Berlin. Her aim is to investigate the curator's role as a mediator between artist and society: this implies a focus on the observation of audience involvement and participation in art events and discourses. She is interested in how art is inspired by, and reinterprets, social dynamics. Since 2009 they have been developing a critical discourse and a long term research concerned with how art intends to change the way we see, act and make sense of our world. DISCUSSION Common Space of the Future 

 

Mike Schwartz is a solicitor and partner at Bindmans. He acts for political activists and campaigners on issues such as the environment, animal rights, peace/disarmament, race and social justice. He has a particular interest in citizens’ freedom of expression and freedom of assembly under articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights. He advises and trains campaign groups, trade unions and non-governmental organisations on criminal and public order law. DISCUSSION Activists on Trial: Tactics, Opportunities and Costs in Criminal Prosecutions

 

Michael Chanan is a seasoned documentarist (BBC2, C4 and numerous independent productions) and Professor of Film and Video at the University of Roehampton. In 2011 he became the New Statesman's first video blogger. His full-length documentary, Chronicle of Protest, compiled from these blogs, was described by Sight & Sound as 'Intelligent and highly watchable', while the film critic Ryan Gilbey wrote that 'Through some nifty editing and lucid rhetoric, the connections between the actions of the coalition and the hardships imposed on communities become transparent.' FILM & DISCUSSION Secret City - 'The City, Politics and Inequality'

 

Nick Draper is a Research Associate on the ESRC funded Legacies of British Slave-Ownership Project at UCL.  Prior to joining UCL as a doctoral candidate and then a Teaching Fellow, he worked in the City for 25 years.  In 2008-9, Nick acted as historical consultant to the Slavers of Harley Street exhibit at the Museum in Docklands in 2008-9. His foundational analysis of the Slave Compensation records was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009 as The Price of Emancipation: Slave-Ownership, Compensation and British Society at the End of Slavery. The book was awarded the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize 2009. DISCUSSION Slavery and the City: An Urban Exploration

 

Noëmi Lakmaier's work explores notions of the ‘Other’ ranging from the physical to the philosophical, the personal to the political whilst exploring the psychological implications of power, control and insecurity, the drive to belong and succeed as well as feelings of otherness. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internation. FILM One Day In May

 

Occupy London Tours offers alternative walking tours of London's financial districts. Our first tour was in 2011 during the Occupy London protests. The tour is completely free and run entirely by
volunteers. See www.occupytours.org for more information. WALK Occupy London Tours: The City

 

Omer Cavusoglu is a researcher and a project coordinator at LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science. Native of Istanbul, he has been living in London for the past 5 years, working on research and publication projects, whilst focusing his personal interest on issues of identity, integration, belonging, urban survival. DISCUSSION 'What the eye doesn't see': How urban design has impacted identity, community and nationalism in Istanbul

 

Orsalia Dimitriou is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Central Saint Martins and a Doctoral Candidate in the department of Visual Cultures in Goldsmiths College. Orsalia’s research interests include politics and design, urban theories and visual practices as a spatial research method. DISCUSSION Spatialities of revolt and democratic governance: the Indignant movement in Syntagma Square

 

Paula Roush is a Lisbon-born artist based in London. She works with photography and publishing, investigating archives and notions of authorship, history and memory. Her research is intersectional and it includes experimental ethnography, feminist theory and practice, spatial aesthetics, art writing and the visual essay. Paula is a fellow researcher with the Centre for Media and Culture Research at the London South Bank University. DISCUSSION The past persists in the present in the form of a dream (participatory architectures, archive and revolution)

 

Persis Taraporevala currently resides in New Delhi, where she works on issues of conservation and the rights of indigenous peoples and forest dwellers. She has completed an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford and is deeply interested in issues of governance and rights. DISCUSSION Creating Subjects: A study of a private city

 

Randa Mirza is born in Lebanon in 1978, lives in Beirut. She is a visual artist who uses realtime video performances, photography and film to reflect and communicate social issues. Mirza’s photographic work has received the first price at the 5th francophone games and the “NO LIMIT” award at les Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles (2006). Her work has been exhibited widely. EXHIBITION Beirutopia

 

Rene Boer completed a BSc in Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam and MSc in Urban Studies at UCL's Urban Laboratory. He has been involved with various projects including KRAX/citymined in Barcelona and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions in Jerusalem/Ramallah. FILM & DISCUSSION: Bulaq - Among the Ruins of an Unfinished Revolution

 

Roberto Bottazzi is an architect, researcher, and educator based in London. He studied in Italy and Canada before moving to the UK in 2004. His research analyses the impact of globalisation and digital technology on architecture and urbanism. He has lectured and exhibited internationally including: UK, USA, China, Austria, Portugal and Italy. He is research co-ordinator and Master tutor at the Royal College of Art. DISCUSSION Glimpses of an urbanism to come: The g8 summits as a spatial paradigm between 1999-2010

 

Rosario Montero is a photo-based artist with a BA in Visual Arts at the Catholic University of Chile and a MFA from the University of Chile (graduated in 2007). She has participated in several collective exhibitions including: "Cohort" at the Museum of Contemporary Art 2009, "Portraits: North, Central and South" in the Military History Museum in 2006, "None" in 2005 and "Modular" in 2004 (MHM). In 2010 she won FONDART  to develop "Ciudad Ideal". During 2009 she began her own production company Puro Delirio. She is the director and editor of Contrahilo, a visual portfolio of fashion creators. She currently lives in London, UK where she is working on several projects related to photography. EXHIBITION No Way Out

 

Sarah Scarsbrook is an artist and academic.  She studied Fine Art at Kingston in 2004.  Subsequently she worked in the gallery sector, followed by 4 years at The Barbican.  In 2008, Sarah began working as a freelance marketing manager, supporting London’s arts organisations on a variety of campaigns.  In 2011 Sarah completed an MA in Arts Policy & Management, her research culminated in her dissertation: The Importance of the Artist Community in Contemporary Urban Planning.  DISCUSSION Artists behind The Wall: Regeneration Games in Olympic East London

 

Simon Ball and Zai Tang studied Digital Arts at Camberwell college where they both focused on questions relating to urban development in a digital era. Since leaving Camberwell, Zai has divided his time between sound design, composition and installation work in Singapore and London, whilst Simon has continued to develop his film and animation practice alongside commercial design and graphics projects. Although they have long shared an interest in urban based ideas, Olympic Dreams represents their first full collaboration. FILM: Olympic Dreams

 

Simon Cole ran the Innerdeutsche Grenze (GDR border) in 2009. It has informed an art project juxtaposing this and Olympic fence imagery. He was going to move to East Berlin until he discovered a fast-gentrifying part of London with a similar feel, called Hackney. Finding a rich social history and rebellious political narrative on his doorstep, he started his own walking tours, mapping change on the Olympic perimeter. DISCUSSION Artists behind The Wall: Regeneration Games in Olympic East London


Stephen Martin is a journalist, critic and teacher. He has published work in the Irish press and The Big Issue, and his writing is included in artist Brian Whelan's anthology The Myth of Return. In Autumn 2009, with photographer Louise Jefferson, he mounted the exhibition Gates and Barriers at the Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, where he currently runs the film studies group. Stephen will be presenting a film directed by David McWilliams. FILM & DISCUSSION The Pipe

 

Suzanne Dhaliwal is the co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands. Previously, she has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders Canada raising awareness about the impacts of mining on the mental health of indigenous communities impacted by mining in Colombia. Suzanne relocated to the UK to work with Survival International, raising awareness about the violations of indigenous rights globally. DISCUSSION Idle No More: Indigenous Rights Revolution Revolution

 

Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum (Idle No More) is one of four original women behind the global Idle No More movement in defence of indigenous rights, lands and waters. She completed a degree in human justice from the University of Regina and a bachelor of laws from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a consultant and author of 'Cultural Teachings: First Nations Protocols and Methodologies' which brings together her research and knowledge on First Nations culture, laws and traditions. DISCUSSION Idle No More: Indigenous Rights Revolution