Design Competition Jury Member Biographies, Iceland, Sep 2009

Inke Arns
Artistic Director, Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund, Germany
PhD (Dr. phil.) in Slavic Studies, since 2005 artistic director of HMKV. She has worked as an independent curator and writer specializing in media art, Net cultures, and eastern Europe. Since 1993 she has curated exhibitions in Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Switzerland. She lived in Paris (1982-86), studied Slavic Studies, Eastern European studies, political science, and art history in Berlin and Amsterdam (1988-96) and has held teaching positions at universities and art academies in Berlin, Leipzig, Rotterdam, and Zurich. She has lectured and published internationally.  http://www.inkearns.de/
 
Johan Berte
Antarctic Station Project Manager, International Polar Foundation, Brussels, Belgium, et al.
Freelance industrial designer responsible for the design and engineering of the new Belgian Antarctic research station “Princess Elisabeth”. Before this assignment by the International Polar Foundation (IPF) he worked as a conceptual designer, system engineer and project manager in innovation projects ranging from industrial automation, research projects in new technologies, aerospace instrumentation, automotive design and advanced architecture. The Princess Elisabeth Station located in the extreme environment of continental East-Antarctica foresees in its own energy supply and recycles waste water. The design methodology applied breaks away from usual preconceptions making for instance best use of local conditions considering the hostile environment as an ally rather than the “enemy”. Johan’s participation in five Antarctic expeditions and most of all his experience in designing and building the Princess Elisabeth Station has made him one of the few Polar building experts around.  http://www.polarfoundation.org/,  http://www.sciencepoles.org/index.php?
 
Matthew Biederman
Artist, Director, C-TASC, Montréal, Canada
Matthew Biederman (a.k.a. DelRay), has been performing, installing and exhibiting artworks which explore themes of perception, media saturation, and data systems since the mid-nineties. Biederman was the recipient of the Bay Area Artist Award in Video by New Langton Arts in 1999, First Place in the Visual Arts category of Slovenia’s Break21 festival. His work has been exhibited in the US, South America, and Europe in a variety of festivals and venues.  http://www.mbiederman.com/ 
 
Michael Bravo
Convenor of the Circumpolar History and Public Policy Research Group, Scott Polar Research Institute, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Great Britain
Michael Bravo is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge.  As Head of the Circumpolar History and Public Policy Research Group at the Scott Polar Research Institute, he draws on a multidisciplinary background in engineering, history, and philosophy. He played a key role in writing the humanities theme for the recent International Polar Year (2007-2009), the first such 'big science' polar event to include explicitly the importance of citizenship as well as the participation of northern peoples and social scientists. Bravo is co-editor of Narrating the Arctic (2002) and the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles about the Arctic.  http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/bravo/
 
Francesca Ferguson
Independet curator, Basel, Switzerland
Francesca Ferguson is an independent curator and the initiator of urban drift, an international network for contemporary issues in architecture and urbanism. She has been director of the Swiss Architecture Museum from 2006 to 2009. urban drift has organised exhibitions, conferences, symposia and workshops that reflect upon architectural themes in the light of economic and social developments. Commissioned by the German Ministry of Transport & Housing Francesca Ferguson curated „Deutschlandscape“ (9th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2004); „Talking Cities“ (ENTRY2006, International Forum for Architecture and Design, Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany, 2006). http://www.sam-basel.org/,  http://urbandrift.org/
 
Andreas Müller
An Architektur, Berlin, Germany
Andreas Müller is an architect, living in Berlin. He is a co-founder and publisher of the architecture magazine ‘An Architektur,’ and part of the ‘Cooperative for Display Politics.’ His work as an exhibition designer explores the possibilities of public mediation, spatial narrations and educational approaches in the medium of an exhibition. Currently he is conducting a research project on participation in architecture at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht. Recent exhibition designs (selection): “Utopie und Monument 1”, Steirischer Herbst, Graz 2009; “An Atlas of Radical Geography”, Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht 2009; “In the Desert of Modernity. Colonial Planning and After”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2008, and Abattoirs Casablanca 2009 (with Jesko Fezer and Anna Voswinkel). http://www.anarchitektur.com
 
Marko Peljhan
Artist, Director, Projekt Atol, Ljubljana, Slovenia, co-director University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Santa Barbara, USA
A native of Slovenia, conceptual artist and a theatre and radio director by profession, Marko Peljhan founded the arts and technology organization Projekt Atol in 1992. He has been working on the Makrolab project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems research at the intersection of art and science from 1997-2007, the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation during the International Polar Year 2006-2009 and is currently coordinating the Arctic Perspective Initiative art/science/tactical media project. He is the recipient of many prizes for his work, including the 2001 Golden Nica at Ars Electronica (with Carsten Nicolai) in 2000 and the UNESCO Digital Media Prize in 2004. During 2008, Peljhan was appointed as one of the European Union Ambassadors of Intercultural dialogue. Peljhan holds joint appointments with the Department of Art and the Media Arts & Technology graduate program at the University of California Santa Barbara and was recently appointed as Co-Director of the UC Institute for Research in the Arts. http://makrolab.ljudmila.org
 
Nicola Triscott
Director of The Arts Catalyst, London, Great Britain
Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer, working in the performing, interdisciplinary and visual arts. She founded The Arts Catalyst in 1993. As Director of Arts Catalyst, she has built alliances internationally between disciplines and commissioned more than 60 art projects. Nicola writes and speaks regularly at international conferences on the interrelationships between art, science, technology and society. She is currently the NESTA Arts & Environment Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. After studying physics at Imperial College and geography at University College London, Nicola worked in theatre production, arts policy and management, and as a freelance arts consultant. Prior to setting up Arts Catalyst, she was working and researching in southern, central and east Africa.  http://www.artscatalyst.org/general/GENERAL_people.html