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Dr. Karin Harrasser, Scholar in Literature and Cultural Studies, studied German Literature and History at the University Vienna, 2001-2002 Juniorfellow at the IFK and Research Scholar at Duke University, 2005 Phd University of Vienna, thesis on the narratives of digital cultures of the 1980ies, 2005-2007 post-doc position at the Graduate Seminar „Codes of Violence in Changing Media“ at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin. Recent research: a history of prosthetic knowledge (habil-project, Vienna, Berlin), research project on the production of gender and knowledge in museums. Projects in the fields of art and knowledge-transfer: Exhibition Raumstation Skylab 5, ZOOM- Childrens’ museum (Vienna, 2005), Exhibit Stained Perception. Is there Life on Mars?, Art-Science exhibition ‚true/false inc.’ (Vienna 2006), myResearch. Forschen an der Volkshochschule (Vienna, since 2008), TRAFIK – Arbeitsgespräche zur Kulturwissenschaft (with T. Brandstetter, B. Steininger, C. Wessely, Vienna, since 2007), Education/mediation program Secret Service for the 5th berlin biennial 2008, Recent publications (all 2007): with Thomas Macho, Burkhardt Wolf (Ed.): Folter. Politik und Technik des Schmerzes, with Roland Innerhofer (Ed.): Bauformen der Imagination. Ausschnitte einer Kulturgeschichte der architektonischen Phantasie, with Alan Scott, Sylvia Riedmann (Ed.): Cultural Studies der Politik / Politik der Cultural Studies. (Night lesson No.1)
Matthias von Hartz, Hamburg, studied economics at the London School of Economics and directing in Hamburg. Among his recent projects for theater are A. ist ein Andere (A. is Another) with the Hamburg Band KANTE at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Mobile Home - at home in the New Economy? for Theater der Welt 2002 and the production Alles muss man selber machen (You have to do everything yourself) at the Sophiensaelen in Berlin. Along with productions at city theaters and international co-production locations, he has work as freelance author for the jetzt-Magazin of the SZ, Theater der Zeit, aspekte and the taz. Since the autumn of 2002 he has curated the series go create resistance at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg about the results of neo-liberal globalization, working with academics, activists, and artists. He is currently developing thematic weekends for various theaters and event organizers. (Networking Europe, Munich 2004)
Barbara Meyer, Berlin, artist and arts commissioner. Education at the Schule für Gestaltung in Lucerne. Freelance art and graphics studies at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich. Post-graduate studies in cultural pedagogy at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Curatorial work of participatory art projects in various exhibition contexts, member of the artists' group significans, Berlin, Stockholm and Berne. Publicity work for the refugee advisory office (Flüchtlingrat) in Berlin. Professor at the Institut für Kunst im Kontext at the Universität der Künste, Berlin and at the Schule für Gestaltung in Bern und Biel, Switzerland. Teacher of cultural and events management for Bildungswerk der Wirtschaft in Berlin and Brandenburg. (Perimetrisches Wörterbuch zur Berliner Raumkontrolle, June 29, 2003)
Dr Heike Roms is Lecturer in Performance Studies at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. She has published widely on contemporary performance practice, in particular on work originating from Wales. Future plans include a history of Welsh performance art and a book on the relationship between performance and ecology in a Welsh context. Heike has collaborated with a number of Welsh artists on a variety of performance works and is involved in several artist-run projects and networks in Wales, including serving on the Board of Directors of trace: installaction artspace and on the editorial board of New Welsh Review, Wales' leading literary journal in English. She also co-chairs the 2nd Wednesday group, a network of artists, writers, students and teachers involved in performance, live art and interdisciplinary practice, which she co-founded in 2001. A consultant editor for Performance Research, she edited 'On Tourism' and 'On Archives and Archiving' for the journal. Until recently, she was a member of the Board of Directors of PSi PERFORMANCE STUDIES international, a worldwide membership association for scholars and artists working in performance. She served as the organisation's administrator between 1998 and 2001, and organised the 5th Performance Studies Conference in Aberystwyth 1999, 'Here be Dragons'. Originally from Germany, Heike studied German literature, philosophy and musicology at the University of Hamburg. Between 1986 and 1994, she was involved in organising the theatre programme for the Kampnagelfabrik Hamburg, including a four years as head of press and publicity for the Internationales Sommertheater Festival Hamburg. She has lived in Wales since 1995.