Guest Speakers

arandaJulieta Aranda, (New York City/Berlin) – Artist, writer, and co-editor of e-flux reader on-line and its printed format, including the journal Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art; has created several significant installations and temporary projects, often in collaboration with Anton Vidockle, which examine social interactions and the role that the circulation of objects plays in the cycles of production and consumption, including e-flux Video Rental (2004–07), Pawnshop (2007), and specifically Time/Bank (2007-2013). Based on various models for work-sharing, Time/Bank is a tool by which a group of people can create an alternative economic model where they exchange their time and skills, rather than acquire goods and services through the use of money or any other state-backed value, and has arranged physical storefronts in the Lower East Side of NYC and Documenta 13; recent participant in Artist as Debtor symposium at Cooper Union with Coco Fusco and Noah Fischer.

Lucy ByattLucy Byatt (Arbroath, Scotland) – Director of Hospitalfield Arts in Arbroath; former Head of National Programmes (2008-12) at the Scottish Contemporary Art Network; former director of Spike Island in Bristol (2002-08). Since September 2012, Lucy has established at Hospitalfield a new public programme and artist’s residency programme based on supporting production and research and devised a renewed vision for Hospitalfield’s Future Plan. This capital development, led by architects Caruso St John, will establish a new vision for the 21st century for this long lived and important institution. Forthcoming, Hospitalfield will be curating the Scottish Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. During her time at Spike Island, she led major organisational change which saw the 1960’s tea packing factory transformed, developing a model that has made Spike Island a public facing contemporary art organisation. She established the international residency programme and set in motion the programme of exhibitions working with artists such as Simon Starling, Richard Long, Runa Islam, Hayley Tompkins, Elizabeth Price, Lucy Skaer and Rosalind Nashashibi to make new works. She did her MFA at Glasgow School of Art and Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Screen shot 2015-02-08 at 4.52.27 PMDan Brown (Edinburgh, Scotland) Curator of Research at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, a centre for production, research and learning. He currently manages the organisation’s artistic programme and is developing a new programme structure for the recently completed Creative Laboratories. His research interests include workshops and creative learning environments, communities of practice and alternative models for visual arts education that facilitate learning/knowledge sharing and knowledge production. Previously Dan has been a Visual Arts Advisor to the formerly Scottish Arts Council, and was a Director of Embassy Gallery in 2006-8.

MC Mark Carrigan, PhD (Warwick, England) – Currently works at the Centre for Social Ontology at the University of Warwick and Digital Fellow at the Sociological Review; formerly managing editor of the LSE’s British Politics and Policy blog, and co-editor the Sociological Imagination with Milena Kremakova; co-convenor of the Quantified-Self Research Network with Christopher Till and Tom Brock; founding member of the editorial board of Discover Society; social media associate editor for The International Journal of Social Research Methodology; assistant editor for Big Data & Society and is running an international conference on the acceleration of higher education with Filip Vostal in December 2015.

SarahPetersen_photo1.2Sarah Petersen (Los Angeles, USA) – Multidisciplinary artist and writer, whose practice incorporates sound, performance, installation, and the production of signs and signals that others can use to reconsider and intervene in social space. Her SWAG for Hard Times series are wearable emblems of our precarious economic realities as artists and humans in the age of neo-liberalism. The items in the SWAG for Hard Times collection (lapel pins, bumper stickers, temporary tattoos, charms, and iron-on patches) flash “insured/uninsured” and “employed/unemployed”, as well as pins and charms proclaiming “Debtor”. With an MFA from CalArts (2012), she has recently performed at Honor Fraser Gallery (Los Angeles), Perform Chinatown (Los Angeles), and the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunst, Braunschweig, Germany. She has a forthcoming essay in X-TRA Contemporary Quarterly in Spring 2015, a review of the show Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Walker Art Center.

non-stop-inertiaIvor Southwood (Brighton, England) Author of the book Non-Stop Inertia (2011) and the blog Screened Out , investigating the ideologically constructed environment of precarious work and ‘jobseeking’. Currently working as an office cleaner, writing a book about employability and contributing to the Manual Labours research project.


Stover_smEmily Stover (Minneapolis/St. Paul, USA) – Multidisciplinary designer and public artist whose work focuses on temporary environments, experiential art, and public engagement as ways of investigating how people live together within the landscape. Though her formal training is in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, she has developed her artistic practice through various-length artist residencies, fellowships, and workshop models. She has recent installations at the Bakken Museum (Minneapolis), Katherine E Nash Gallery (Minneapolis), Wormfarm Institute (Wisconsin), Art Shanty Projects (MN), Practice Gallery (Philadelphia), the Soap Factory (Minneapolis), and the Walker Art Center’s Open Field (MN), and upcoming shows at Kitchen Space (Chicago) and the Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis). She is a 2015 Franconia Fellow, a 2013/14 Artists on the Verge fellow, and serves as a City Art Collaboratory Fellow through Public Art Saint Paul. She is a past resident at ACRE (Chicago/Wisconsin) and Ten Chances No Hustle (Minneapolis), and recent work has been supported by a Jerome Planning Grant through Forecast Public Art, the McKnight Next Step Fund, Knight Arts Challenge grant, and a 2014-2015 Minnesota State Arts Board grant. In addition to developing a series of licensed mobile community kitchens and a city-scale temporary lighting project on a cogeneration plant, Emily teaches design thinking and the creative process at the University of Minnesota College of Design.


 Guest Workshop Leaders (Day Two)

neilNeil McGuire (Glasgow, Scotland) – Is co-founder of art and design collective After The News Ltd. He is also a tutor in Communication Design at the Glasgow School of Art, and his interests span illustration, graphic design, network culture, digital technology, and architecture. He recently curated the recent exhibition, ‘It’s Not Very Nice That’, exploring a long standing interest in politics and graphic design, and particularly what this might mean in a contemporary context. He also currently runs the aferalstudio programme at Glasgow School of Art,  and is a contributor to the Parallel School project, which is an open platform created to encourage an environment of self-education within the broader context of art and design.

Updated 07.03.2015