Elina Lehtonen is a geologist who is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Helsinki Term bank for Arts and Sciences. Her PhD thesis concentrated on the age and evolution of the oldest preserved volcanoclastic rocks in the Finnish bedrock. After her PhD she has worked with concrete and other building materials and as a university lecturer at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki. Lehtonen is interested in science communication and she is fascinated about the relationship between art/popular culture and science. In 2016, her blog ‘Vihreäkiven arvoitus’ (Riddle of the greenstone), was listed among the seven most interesting science blogs in Finland by Kaskas media.
Sari Palosaari is a visual artist living and working in Helsinki. She has a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. In her predominantly sculptural practice she engages with bodies, objects and things that co-habit architectural spaces as well as visible and invisible forces that trigger change. Palosaari is interested in the cultural and social affects inherent in materials, objects and architecture, as well as the entanglements of the past and the future in the present, and the planetary and the particle scale in understanding the connections between things. Her work has been shown internationally in Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Korea, France, the United States, and other countries. At the moment her installation Time is out of joint I is on view at the “Co-existence” exhibition at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. A permanent installation for public space by Palosaari will soon be unveiled in Uppsala, Sweden, and another one is under construction in Helsinki.
Dario Gamboni was born in 1954 in Yverdon. Studies at the University of Lausanne and EHESS, Paris. Professor of Art History at Université Lumière Lyon II, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Ohio, USA), Universiteit van Amsterdam, and since 2004 at the University of Geneva. His areas of research are: visual arts from the late 18th century to the present day, relationship between art and literature, iconoclasm and vandalism, visual ambiguity, history and theory of reception, art and psychology, artists’ and collectors’ museums, and others.
Visiting Professor at the Universities of Buenos Aires, Frankfurt / Main, Freiburg im Breisgau, Mexico City (UNAM), New Delhi (JNU), Sao Paulo, Strasbourg, Tokyo and Zurich, as well as at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris. Member of the Institut Universitaire de France (1993-1998), Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (1996), Meret Oppenheim Award 2006 of the Federal Office of Culture, Switzerland, Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, CASVA (2009), Senior Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2010), Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass. (2010-2011), Professorial Fellow at the Swiss Institute for the Study of Art (SIK-ISEA), Zurich (2014), Visiting Scholar at the Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institute (2016).
Fernando Domínguez Rubio is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. Although formally trained as a cultural sociologist, his work draws from disciplines as diverse as science and technology studies, anthropology, art, and architecture. His work focuses on the study of the material ecologies and infrastructure enabling contemporary cultural, aesthetic, and political forms.
His book Still Life: Ecologies of the Modern Imagination at the Art Museum will be published in June 2020 by the University of Chicago Press. His published articles include “The work of art in the age of digital fragility" in Public Culture, “The cultural life of objects” in the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology, and “On the discrepancy between objects and things. An ecological approach” in the Journal of Material Culture.
Mireia c. Saladrigues (Terrassa, 1978). Researcher and visual artist in the Doctoral Programme of the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki.
Through her research Behaving Unconventionally in Gallery Settings, she documents and fosters human and non-human cases of alteration and strangeness in cultural practices by proposing an artistic and theoretical re-reading of nonconformity.
Her work participated in the 2nd Research Pavilion on the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. She has presented papers at the Connoisseurship in Contemporary Art Research conference at Kiasma, Helsinki, the 9th International Conference of SAR, the 104th CAA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, the EARN Symposium at GradCAM@DIT in Dublin, and other conferences.
Represented by àngels barcelona gallery.
Governing board member of Hamaca, Media and Video Art Distribution.
Founding member and current president of cultural association Trama34.