Cara Baldwin was born on a military base at the end of the Vietnam War and has since returned to the sound of helicopter blades rattling her crib. She received her MFA at CalArts in 2000 and has since organized several projects that deal with public space. She's an independent curator, editor, artist and writer living in Los Angeles.
Mariana Botey was born in Mexico City in 1969, and graduated in 2000 with an MFA from the University of California, Irvine Studio Art Department Program; and in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, England. She is a working artist in the media of experimental cinema, video installation and video documentary. Her work has been shown in the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Bilbao, The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, The San Diego Museum of Art, The Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico City, Red Cat Theater at the Disney Hall in Los Angeles and many other museums, galleries and festivals. She has been a guest speaker for the Nation magazine, CalArts, the Andy Warhol Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. She has worked as a curator of various exhibitions and screenings, as an editor, translator, writer and publisher. Recently she has taught at the University of Southern California. She is currently in the Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies at the University of California Irvine.
Chris Carlsson (www.chriscarlsson.com), executive director of the multimedia history project Shaping San Francisco, is a writer, publisher, editor, and community organizer. For the last twenty-five years his activities have focused on the underlying themes of horizontal communications, organic communities and public space. He was one of the founders, editors and frequent contributors to the ground-breaking San Francisco magazine Processed World. He also helped launch the monthly bike-ins known as Critical Mass that have spread to five continents and over 300 cities. He has edited four books, "Bad Attitude: The Processed World Anthology" (Verso: 1990), "Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture" (City Lights: 1998, co-edited with James Brook and Nancy J. Peters), "Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration" (AK Press: 2002), “The Political Edge” (City Lights Foundation: 2004). He published his first novel, “After The Deluge,” in 2004, a story of post-economic San Francisco in the year 2157. Carlsson makes his living as a book designer, editor, and typesetter. He is a member of Media Workers Union Local 100 in San Francisco. He is also board president of CounterPULSE, a San Francisco-based arts organization. His daughter Francesca Manning lives in Montreal where she attends McGill University.
Stephen Duncombe teaches history and politics of media at the Gallatin School of New York University. He is a life-long political activist and is writing a new book celebrating spectacle in left politics.
Emily Forman was one of 25 Pilot co-plotters and has been deeply involved in collaborations and other organizing efforts ranging from the Department of Space and Land Reclamation campaigns to the Autonomous Territories of Chicago. She is always down to work on projects that sound excessive and impossible! firstname.lastname@example.org
Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in New York City, and currently lives in Brooklyn. She received a BA magna cum laude from Brown University, and an MFA from Columbia University in 2002. Awards and residencies include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, CAA Fellowship, and the Astraea Visual Arts Fund. From 1998-2003, Chitra was a Board Member of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC). In 2003, Chitra was a featured artist in Velvet Park magazine and chosen as one of OUT magazine’s top 100 people of the year. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Brazil, Italy, India, and New York, including the Queens Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Momenta Art, Bose Pacia Modern, Apex Art, and White Columns. Chitra’s work has been reviewed in Time Out New York, Art Asia Pacific Magazine, India Today, and the New York Times. In 2004, she received the Astraea Visual Arts Award, and awarded an LMCC Workspace Residency. Upcoming residencies include the Headlands Center for the Arts and the Center for Book Arts Emerging Artist Workspace Grant. Chitra’s work is currently on view at the Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, and she was recently awarded a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship
Doran George is an artist, dancer, writer, actor and curator. His “live art” work has been staged internationally. He has been funded by The Arts Council of England, the Arts Council of Finland, Stichting Fonds De Trut, he has received numerous venue based commissions and independent research bursaries. His art researches the body in the process of change. He has curated for “The International Transgender Film Video Festival,” (UK and The Netherlands) among other events. His writing and are work are published in dance, film and performance art journals and art publications. He has taught at Universities in Britain the Netherlands and the United States, and runs workshops independently. He has danced for Dance Alliance (Germany), Mark Tompkins Dance Company (France), Oracle Dance (UK), Bock and Vincenzi (UK) and Arlette George (UK). Doran trained in dance and performance art at the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands and completed an MA in Feminist Performance at The University of Bristol in the UK. Doran's next work is a film of a road trip across the United States with London based filmmaker Gill Addison. They will both be wearing titty tassles and performing magic tricks for the rednecks.
Yael Grauer is a recovering activist who traded in her banners, lockboxes and megaphones for a shovel, some cordage, a few field guides and a bunch of jars. She hasn't been happier since. Send love letters and hate mail to waterislife[at]zensearch[dot]com.
Ryan Griffis is an artist, writer and educator who moves more than he would like. His writing has been included in various art publications, including the late New Art Examiner, Art US, and the online publications Rhizome, Furtherfield and Soundtoys. "YOUgenics," a traveling series of exhibitions and events about genetic technologies curated by Ryan since 2001, was recently exhibited at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also works as a part-time travel agent for the Temporary Travel Office.
Combining elements of theater with installation and durational performance, Lauren Hartman makes performance landscapes, repeating vignettes, and non-linear playlets into which viewers can enter. Borrowing from the aesthetics of lowbrow theater, these works often turn upon the construction of identity, utilizing set and costume, extravagant theatrical gestures, exaggerated voice or silence, and the reworking of the concept of stage. Likewise, Hartman’s film and video works use submerged narrative, silence, damaged language, and trance to delve into the experience of self. Co-director of Crazy Space, an exhibition space dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to take major risks with their work, and the organizer of Flophouse, an annual durational performance festival, Hartman's work as a curator and artist has received coverage in the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Artweek, among other publications. Formerly a theater artist, her work with homeless artists was featured in The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Mother Jones among other publications.
Marc Herbst sits in his chair. He has moved from his old house and garden. He has a baby boy named Anselm. The garden around the new house is larger, the vegetable patch more sunny. He is an artist and writer who at the moment is looking for the invisible poetics of oxygen instead of the concrete binds of bound representational aesthetics. Sparkle[at]c-level[dot]cc
Robby Herbst is an itinerant jew, clad in an amazing pair of '70s-era striped jeans. rherbst[at]journalofaestheticsandprotest[dot]org
Darby Hickey is an active member of the D.C. transgender community currently focusing on grassroots media, sex worker rights, and the instability of identity categories. When not hosting Radio Hybrid presents: Gender Fatigue with Selina at Radio CPR, reporting for Free Speech Radio News, or producing other radio pieces with the DC Radio Co-op, Darby can be found dj’ing or dancing with the Apocalypse Crew
Ashley Hunt is an artist and activist based in Los Angeles who works with video, forms of mapping and multi-media installation. Engaging questions of power, language, structures of political possibility and their representation, Hunt's main work of the past five years has been developing the Corrections Documentary Project (correctionsproject.com), which investigates these questions through the framework of the rapid growth and commercialization of the U.S. prison system and its expanding relationship to corporate globalization. mail[at]correctionsproject[dot]com
Sarah Kanouse Born in Los Angeles but moored in Illinois, Sarah Kanouse tries hard, but never successfully, to negotiate political organization and creative action. Adept at raising questions she can't yet answer, she appreciates learning with others. She has worked with a food co-op, an Indymedia Center, an experimental school, a labor union, and in community organizing groups. She will start teaching this fall at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she hopes to finally raise some chickens.
aviv kruglanski Fashion designer, curator, electronic musician, magazine editor and event producer. Aviv was co-director and co-curator of Dogmatic Gallery (with Michael Thomas, Andrew Natale and Paul Chan), Chicago. 1997-1999. www.dogmaticchicago.com . He co-founded Goodlookin Magazine (with Andrew Natale), an unclassifiable lifestyle magazine that mixed fashion with social and political content; it shook the cultural panorama of Chicago by organizing transgressive fashion events such as: slip'n'slide fashion, august 1999; Fashion bootcamp, december 1999; cta rider beautification project, may 2000; Fashion showdown (against 'Chicago Social' magazine), february 200. He is a member of the collective "lasagencias" and one of the coordinators of the PRET A REVOLTER activist fashion project. He participated and designed clothes for initiatives and projects such as NEW KIDS ON THE BLACK BLOCK and YOMANGO, which is a subversive unshopping project.
Gregory Laynor (nor[at]unpopularfront[dot]org) is a politician based in Philadelphia.
David Murphy is a somatic therapist in Brooklyn, NY specializing in resolving Post Traumatic Stress. He has a long history of social change activism as a founding member of the first Independent Media Center, Reclaim the Streets in New York, and several other really cool organizations. It's been rumored that he's hung from banners for actions in several North American cities and has a long history of training activists in non-violent civil disobedience. He is currently working on a viral model for healing posttraumatic stress at the community level. His favorite food is the Avocado, but he also likes pomegranates.
Selina Musuta is a barely legal DC Radio Co-op member, freelance journalist, Free Speech Radio News correspondant, Queer Shaker, Hybrid Kenyan, Roller Skating Gang Member and Dance Floor Imperialist. Musuta believes that the revolution has always been now despite her cynical demeanor and that building media democracy is a way of life not a hobby.
Josh On, is an activist and web designer in San Francisco. He is part of the Justice and Palestine Coalition that helped to bring the Made in Palestine show to San Francisco. You can view some of the projects he has worked on at www.antiwargame.org and www.theyrule.net
Sarah Payton is a filmmaker and sometime political activist. She lives in Amsterdam.
Laurie Pike is editor at www.LA.com and contributes to the blogs www.LACOMfidential.com and www.ClothesHoarse.com. She has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Angeleno and Bust. The Baby Haters was made into a film, starring Mink Stole and Jackie Beat (among others),which premiered at the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
Allison Smith was born in Manassas, Virginia in 1972. She received an MFA from Yale University School of Art (1999), and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (1999-2000). Recent projects include The Muster, sponsored by the Public Art Fund and held on Governors Island on May 14th. Smith is represented by Bellwether gallery, where her next solo show opens May 26th. Other recent exhibitions include her performative installation Armory at The Armory Show, and P.S.1∂s Greater New York 2005. She has upcoming artist residencies at Grizedale Arts in the Lakes District, England, and ArtPace, in San Antonio, Texas.
Nato Thompson is a writer, activist, and curator. He works as Associate Curator at MASS MoCA and is a member of the Department of Space and Land Reclamation.
Daniel Tucker is an artist and activist living in Chicago who is generally interested in art that happens in streets. He was one of over 100 participants in the Pilot TV project in October 2004. Tucker is also initiating an independent research project about "self organized" group process and organizational structures. In addition to working on JA+P and contributing to Clamor magazine regularly, he is currently involved in editing the new bi-annual publication project - "AREA: Chicago Arts.Education.Activisms." daniel[at]counterproductiveindustries[dot]com
Christina Ulke is an artist based in Los Angeles and Berlin. She just gave birth to baby Anselm. Her practice is located at the intersection of public, new media and conceptual art and breastfeeding. She and the little one would like to be invited to a residency. xtina[at]c-level[dot]cc
Founded in 1994 by AIDS activists, Ultra-red have for over ten years pursued an exchange between art and political organizing. Collectively, the Los Angeles-based group has produced radio broadcasts, performances, recordings, installations and pubic space occupations (ps/o). Besides their numerous project internationally and in the US, Ultra-red also manage the online fair use archive Public Record.
Dan S. Wang is an writer, artist, and activist who lives and works in Chicago. He is the author of Downtime at the Experimental Station, contributes as a "keyholder" to the cultural space Mess Hall, and prints letterpress posters for people and groups he likes.
Craig Willse lives in New York City, where he is a member of a queer/trans affinity group that collaborates with political prisoners on a yearly calendar project (twelvemonths.org). He is also a student in sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and writes often at makezine.org. Contact Craig at cruddy7[at]yahoo[dot]com.
Matt Wolf makes queer experimental films in Brooklyn, New York. His most recent film I FEEL LOVE is about the 1997 gay serial killer Andrew Cunanan. Matt's writing appears in Flash Art, LTTR, GLQ, and the new journal Encyclopedia. email@example.com