Brett Bloom is an artist, writer, organizer and publisher. His primary work is with the group Temporary Services. The group started in Chicago in 1998, and is currently based in Chicago, Copenhagen, and Philadelphia. The group makes exhibitions, writes critical essays, works in public, organizes exhibitions of others’ work, supports social justice movements, and more. The distinction between art practice and other creative human endeavors is irrelevant to them. Temporary Services has published over 90 booklets, newspapers, posterbooklets, and books. They have operated Half Letter Press, a publishing imprint and online store, to further their publishing goals and to build independent infrastructure for experimental and radical art, since 2008. Temporary Services published the book Group Work (Printed Matter, NY, 2007) which investigates the culture or collaborative practice in groups be they artistic, musical, or activist in nature. The group made the book because of the severe lack of published material on the nuances and complexities of working in groups, both the positive and negative aspects of this work. In 2009, they published a newspaper, Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor & Economics, that was distributed in over 90 American cities as well as outside the US. The goal of a the paper was to foster conversations and the challenge the dominance of market discourse over the production of art and our daily lives. In addition to working with Temporary Services, Bloom works in other collaborative configurations, like the Mythological Quarter, that fuses art, ecology, local urban issues, and more in their work. In 2005, he co-edited a double-book Belltown Paradise / Making Their Own Plans (WhiteWalls, Chicago, 2005), about 5 groups (Park Fiction, Resource Center/City Farm, Belltown P-Pacth/Growing Vine Street/Cottage Park, City Repair, Can Masdeu) in 5 cities (Hamburg, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Barcelona) working to alter their neighborhoods to make public space, green space, and to change city infrastructure to more healthy, sustainable ends with art and creative activism.
Ruth Höflich lives and works in Munich and London. Between 2002-9 she worked as one part of the artist duo and collaborative platform Guestroom, most recently on a commission by Grizedale Arts, UK for developing a permanent library. Her work has been shown amongst others at ICA, FormContent, Space Studio and Whitechapel Gallery, London; Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles and Limerick City Art Gallery, Ireland and will be presented at Kunstraum München this autumn. She recently took part in the residency programme at The Banff Centre in Canada and will be undertaking a studio residency at Artspace Sydney in 2013. Her work also been featured in numerous publications such as Mock and other superstitions edited by Francesco Pedraglio and The Responsive Subject published by Mu.Zee, Ostend in 2011. In 2010 she set up the occasional small press 8fold which will present a new project at Electra Productions in London this year.
Andrea Liu is a NYC-based visual art and dance critic, and dancer. She has been awarded artist residencies at Museum of Fine Arts at Houston CORE Program, Atlantic Center, Ox-Bow, Jacob’s Pillow, Millay Colony, Byrdcliffe Guild, and has given talks at the Sculpture Center, Black Mountain College Museum, Banff Centre, and Triangle Arts Workshop. She has written for ArtUS, galeria perdida, Postmodern Culture, Movement Research Journal, Social Text, Goldrausch Artist Residency catalogue and has book chapter contributions to Infinite Instances and The Swedish Dance History. She runs the temporary gallery the Naxal Belt in Bushwick, NY.
Nicoletta Dalfino Spinelli born in Bari in 1987. She received a BA in Visual Arts and she is currently attending a MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. She showed in some group exhibitions and she has recently presented her works at Otto Zoo Gallery in Milan.
Piero Passacantando is a painter and social practitioner. Recently, he was a Fellow at the Laundromat Project in NYC. In 2010, Piero received a Fulbright grant to research Thangka in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has an MFA from the California College of the Arts and a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. He lives and works in Harlem, New York.
Born in Padova in 1988, Francesca Crudo lives and works in Milan. She holds a BA from the IUAV in Venice and an MA from NABA in Milan. Since 2010 she has been collaborating with artist Olga Kisseleva. Her activities mainly deal with research, in which she is specilaizing in art and public space and social practices.
Born in Ponte dell’Olio (Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy) in 1985, Clarie Bosi achieved a bachelor degree in Visual and Show Arts at the Arts and Design faculty of Venice. She after specialized in Design and Production of Visual Arts in the same institute. Her musical education at the Music Conservatory of Piacenza is nodal in her curriculum: there she studied composition, cello, choir, and she graduated in Theory of Music. She has been selected for several exchange programs and research grants in France (University Paris 8 + Movin’Up) and USA (New York University).
William Hsu is an artist who was born in Taipei (1979) and currently lives and works in Auckland. He is a co-director of Auckland artist-run-space RM Gallery and Projects and a lecturer in contemporary art at the School of Visual Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology.