Martyn Reed, Nuart, Stavanger (NO)
Martyn Reed is a British artist, writer, independent researcher, curator & exhibition organizer based in Stavanger, Norway. He is the founder and artistic director of the Nuart Festivals and network. Much of Reed’s work and the platforms he devises are international collaborative events that revolve around promoting art as part of everyday life using counter cultural strategies, values and thinking. He is a regular contributor to Juxtapoz magazine and has written extensively on street art and its related practices for numerous books and periodicals.
Susan Hansen, Middlesex University, London (UK)
Susan Hansen is Convenor of the Visual and Creative Methods Group and Chair of the Forensic Psychology Research Group in the Department of Psychology at Middlesex University, London. She has research interests in viewers’ material engagements with, and affective responses to, street art and graffiti; in the analysis of street art and graffiti as a form of visual dialogue; and in the promise of an archaeological approach to understanding uncommissioned independent public art. Susan convenes Art on the Streets, an annual symposium held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, featuring the latest work and current thinking of artists, curators, and researchers working on street art, graffiti and urban contemporary art.
Erik Sæter Jørgensen, Sæter Jørgensen Contemporary (NO/FR)
Erik Sæter Jørgensen is the founder of Sæter Jørgensen Contemporary, a non-profit gallery for emerging and underrepresented art, a nomadic curatorial platform and studio practice. Sæter Jørgensen Contemporary was established in 2018 to provide a platform for artists to realise untraditional projects while receiving the comprehensive, long-term support associated with a traditional gallery model. Before founding his own company, Sæter Jørgensen was gallery manager at Galleri Opdahl, a leading contemporary art gallery in Scandinavia. He has also been co-curator at the project space Prosjektrom Normanns in Stavanger, Norway and an editor at NATT&DAG, a monthly free urban magazine based in Norway covering music, movies, fashion and visual arts.
Daniël de Jongh (NL)
Daniël de Jongh is an investigative journalist, editor and translator based in the Netherlands.
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Alison Young, University of Melbourne (AU)
Alison Young is the Francine V. McNiff Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Alison is the author of Street Art World (2016), Street Art, Public City (2014), Street/Studio (2010), Judging the Image (2005) and Imagining Crime (1996), as well as numerous articles on the intersections of law, crime, and the image. She is the founder of the Urban Environments Research Network, an interdisciplinary group of academics, artists, activists and architects. She’s also a Research Convenor within the Future Cities Cluster in the Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute, and is a member of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, an interdisciplinary group of academics, artists, policymakers and urban designers interested in communicative cities, mobility, networked cultures, and public space. She is currently researching the relationships between art, culture, crime and urban atmospheres.
Bahia Shehab, American University in Cairo (EG)
Bahia Shehab is an artist, designer and art historian. She is associate professor of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo. Her artwork has been on display in exhibitions, galleries and streets internationally and was featured in the 2015 documentary Nefertiti’s Daughters. Her work has received a number of international recognitions and awards; TED fellowship (2012) and TED Senior fellowship (2016), BBC 100 Women list (2013), The American University in Beirut distinguished alumna (2015), Shortlist for V&A’s Jameel Prize 4 (2016), and a Prince Claus Award (2016). Her publications include A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif. She is the first Arab woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.
David Pinder, Roskilde University (DK)
David Pinder is Professor of Urban Studies at Roskilde University, in Denmark. His research focuses on urbanism and critical urban theory, on utopia and possible urban worlds, and on art practice, performance and the politics of space. His writings have ranged from the ideas and practices of avant-garde movements, particularly the situationists, to more contemporary forms of psychogeography, radical cartography, and artistic urban exploration and intervention. Among his publications is the book Visions of the City: Utopianism, Power and Politics in Twentieth-Century Urbanism (2005), and a co-edited forthcoming issue of Performance Research On drifting (2018). Before moving to Roskilde, he taught at Queen Mary University of London for sixteen years and also held visiting positions at Princeton University and at City University of New York Graduate Center.
Enrico Bonadio, City University of London (UK)
Enrico Bonadio is Reader in Intellectual Property law at City, University of London. He teaches, lectures and advises in the field of intellectual property (IP) law. His research interests focus on legal protection of non-conventional forms of creativity including street and graffiti art (amongst other topics). He has published extensively, including the books Copyright in the Street – An Oral History of Creative Processes in the Street Art and Graffiti Subcultures (Cambridge University Press 2023) and Protecting Art in the Street – A Photographic Guide to Copyright in Street Art and Graffiti’ (Dokument Press 2020). He also edited several books including The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright in Street Art and Graffiti (Cambridge University Press 2019) and Non-Conventional Copyright – Do New and Atypical Works Deserve Protection? (Elgar 2018). Enrico works with various international organisations and governments on IP issues and regularly joins training and technical assistance missions organised by World Intellectual Property Organisation. He frequently appears in the media as IP expert.
Erik Hannerz, Lund University (SE)
Erik Hannerz is a researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden. He received his Ph.D. at Uppsala University in 2014 and his main research interest is subcultural groups, and particularly the cultural sociological refinement of the concepts of subculture and mainstream. His publications also include urban sociology and ethnography. Hannerz is a faculty fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University.
Jacob Kimvall, Stockholm University (SE)
Jacob Kimvall is lecturer on visual culture and art history, and art critic. His PhD-thesis THE G-WORD: virtuosity and violation, negotiating and transforming graffiti (Dokument Press, 2014) looks at historical and contemporary discursive transformations of graffiti as art and and crime. He has a background as graffiti writer, and already in 1992 he co-founded the international graffiti magazine Underground Productions (UP), and worked as one of the magazine’s editors throughout the 1990-ties. He is currently working at Department of Culture and and Aesthetics, Stockholm University and Berghs School of Communication. He is a member of the board of Swedish Art Critics Association, the Swedish section of AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art).
Javier Abarca (ES)
Javier Abarca is an artist, researcher and educator in the fields of graffiti and street art. A leading figure from the first generation of Spanish graffiti, he taught a class on graffiti and street art at the Complutense University of Madrid between 2006 and 2015. He is founder and director of the Unlock Book Fair and the Tag Conference. He founded the website Urbanario in 2008. He works in teaching, curating and writing across Europe.
Jeff Ferrell, Texas Christian University (USA)
Jeff Ferrell is Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA, and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is author of the books Crimes of Style, Tearing Down the Streets, Empire of Scrounge, and, with Keith Hayward and Jock Young, the first and second editions of Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, winner of the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology. He is co-editor of the books Cultural Criminology, Ethnography at the Edge, Making Trouble, Cultural Criminology Unleashed, and Cultural Criminology: Theories of Crime. Jeff Ferrell is founding and current editor of the New York University Press book series Alternative Criminology, and one of the founding editors of Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, winner of the ALPSP 2006 Charlesworth Award for Best New Journal. In 1998 Ferrell received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the Critical Criminology Division of the American Society of Criminology. His latest book, Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge, is published with University of California Press.
Julia Tulke, University of Rochester (US)
Julia Tulke is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, NY. Her work focuses on material landscapes of urban crisis as sites of cultural production and political intervention. In this context she has conducted extensive research on street art and graffiti as mediums of expression and dissent in Athens, Greece. Materials from this ongoing ethnographic fieldwork project are available at aestheticsofcrisis.org. Julia is affiliated with the Graffiti Archive in Berlin, and has been supporting WALL\THERAPY, a Rochester-based public art festival, as an academic coordinator since 2017.
Lachlan MacDowall, University of Melbourne (AU)
Dr. Lachlan MacDowall is a writer, photographer and curator based in Melbourne, where he is the Director of the MIECAT Institute. He has presented and published widely on the history and aesthetics of graffiti, street art and urban informality. His current projects examine new methods of graffiti research using photography, writing and data. He is the author of Instafame: Graffiti and Street Art in the Instagram Era (2019) and with Kylie Budge, Art after Instagram: Art Spaces, Audience, Aesthetics (2022). Together with Miles Brown, MacDowall curates Flash Forward, a programme of art and music commissions.
Laima Nomeikaite, Roskilde University (DK) & University of South-Eastern Norway (NO)
Laima Nomeikaite is a researcher, human geographer and physical improviser. In recent years she has worked on a variety of projects related to culture, heritage research and urban planning. She has led the research project Street art, heritage and urban space as part of the broader urban heritage research project – BY-SIS at the Norwegian Institute for cultural heritage research (NIKU). The project has investigated the relationship between street art, heritage and space/place. She is particularly interested in the interlink between heritage, arts, city and space/place.
Lu Pan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (CN)
Pan Lu is Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Pan is author of two monographs: In-Visible Palimpsest: Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and Shanghai (Bern: Peter Lang, 2016) andAestheticizing Public Space: Street Visual Politics in East Asian Cities (Bristol and Chicago: Intellect, 2015). She is co-editor of the book Politics and Aesthetics of Creativity: City, Culture and Space in East Asia (Los Angeles and Hong Kong: Bridge 21, 2015). Her articles on various topics also appear in leading academic journals in cultural and visual studies such as Continuum, Public Art Dialogue, Journal of Cultural Research, European Journal of East Asia Studies, etc.
Mike Watson, John Cabot University (IT)
Mike Watson is a theorist, critic and curator based in Italy who is principally focused on the relation between art, new media and politics. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Goldsmiths College and has curated at both the 55th and 56th Venice Biennale. In May 2016 he published a book entitled Towards a Conceptual Militancy for ZerO books. Mike has written regularly for Artforum, Frieze, Art Review, Radical Philosophy and Hyperallergic. He lectures at John Cabot University and The American University of Rome.
Minna Valjakka, National University of Singapore (SG)
Prof. dr. Minna Valjakka, is an art historian focusing on urban creativity and environmental art in East and Southeast Asian cities with an interdisciplinary approach. In January 2022, she joined Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) as Professor of Art History, specifically contemporary art history and theory in a global perspective. Her main research interests focus on artistic and creative practices in urban public space in East and Southeast Asia, and in relation to civil society formation. Through a locally-embedded long-term engagements at the interface of Art Studies, Urban Studies and Environmental Humanities, she examines urban creativity as a response to the distinctive trajectories of environmental issues, geopolitical circumstances, and translocal mediations. Prof. Valjakka has published extensively, including journal articles in Cultural Studies, City, Culture and Society, Urban Design International, and China Information, among others. She has also written book chapters, exhibition essays, and co-edited volumes, such as Visual Arts, Representations, and Interventions in Contemporary China. Urbanized Interface (AUP, 2018). Besides her academic work, she also collaborates with museums in terms of research exhibitions, talks and publications.
Myrto Tsilimpounidi, Institute for Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SK)
Myrto Tsilimpounidi is a social researcher and photographer. Her research focuses on the interface between urbanism, culture, and innovative methodologies. She is the author of Sociology of Crisis: Visualising Urban Austerity (Routledge, 2016) and the co-editor of Remapping Crisis: A Guide to Athens (Zero Books, 2014) and Street Art & Graffiti: Reading, Writing & Representing the City (Routledge, 2017). Myrto is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute for Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences & the co-founder of the Autonomous Feminist Research Centre in Athens.
Pedro Soares Neves, University of Lisbon (PT)
Pedro Soares Neves, 1976, is a multidisciplinary and post graduate academic training in Design and Urbanism (Lisbon, Barcelona and Rome). Urban designer and consultant of several municipality and national wide institutions in their approaches to informal visual signs production (Graffiti, Street Art, Urban Creativity). Experienced practitioner and academic, co-organizer of the Lisbon Street Art; Urban Creativity Conference and ongoing Scientific Journal and International Research Topic (Urbancreativity.org).
Peter Bengtsen, Lund University (SE)
Peter Bengtsen is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University. Since 2006 his research primarily focuses on street art as an artistic and social phenomenon. In 2014, he published his first book entitled The Street Art World. His most recent book, Street Art and the Environment (2018), discusses how art may influence the relationship between humans and nature. Since October 2018, Peter coordinates the interdisciplinary research network Urban Creativity Lund.