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.
Emma Arnold, University of Oslo (NO)
Emma Arnold is a research fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. Her recently submitted doctoral dissertation ‘Aesthetics of zero tolerance’ examines the aesthetic consequences of strict anti-graffiti policy on the urban landscape. She uses aesthetic practices of walking and photography as primary research methods to critically study the aesthetic politics of cities. Using psychogeographic walking – getting lost in the city – and photography as methods, she has walked over 1000 kilometres and taken over 30 000 photographs in Canada and Norway. Graffiti and street art are a main focus of her research. More broadly, her work examines how art can contribute to understandings of public space and the environment.
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 an artist, curator and writer. In 2017 he founded Sæter Jørgensen Contemporary, a project-driven art advisory service, project space and studio practice predominantly active in France and Norway. 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.
International Advisory Board
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.
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).
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 lectures in Screen and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, where he is also a member of the Research Unit in Public Cultures. 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 and his book Instafame: Graffiti and Street Art in the Instagram Era will be published by Intellect Books in 2018.
Laima Nomeikaite, The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU)
Laima Nomeikaite is human geographer and urban planner. She works at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural heritage Research (NIKU) in Oslo where she is researching on street art as heritage. In recent years she has worked on a variety of projects related to culture, heritage research and urban planning. Her research interests center on the interplay between heritage, street art 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)
Minna Valjakka, PhD, is an art historian, researcher and curator focusing on urban creativity in East and Southeast Asian cities. Dr Valjakka holds a Title of Adjunct Professor in Art History and Asian Studies at the University of Helsinki and currently is Research Fellow in the Asian Urbanisms Cluster at the Asia Research Institute (NUS). She received her PhD in Art History (2011) and MA in East Asian Studies (2005) from the University of Helsinki. During her studies, Dr Valjakka specialised in Chinese visual culture and her dissertation, Many Faces of Mao Zedong, focused on Chairman Mao’s image in contemporary Chinese art. In her postdoctoral research projects, she has thematically shifted and geographically expanded her expertise into artistic and creative practices in urban public space in East and Southeast Asian cities. Through an interdisciplinary approach bridging together Art Studies and Urban Studies, she examines urban creativity as a response to the distinctive trajectories of geopolitical circumstances, developments in arts and cultural policies, and translocal mediations. Dr Valjakka has published her research findings in journals and books, such as China Information, Tahiti, and Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art.
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).