Costanza Arena - Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo
Costanza Arena was born in Palermo, Italy, the 20th of December 1988. She
studied at the Fine Art School of Palermo, where she followed the Audio/Video
and Multimedia course and she graduated in July 2016 .
During and after the course at the fine art school, Costanza participated in many
projects, workshops and local exhibitions. She is currently working in the video
field in Palermo
Miglė Bareikytė - Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Miglė Bareikytė holds degrees in Communication Sciences (B.A. at Vilnius University, 2010), Social and Political Critical Studies (M.A. at Vytautas Magnus University, 2012) and Media and Political Communication (M.A. at Free University of Berlin, 2015). She is currently a member of the Research Training Group “Cultures of Critique” at the Leuphana university with the PhD project exploring the development of internet as infrastructure in Lithuania after the disintegration of the Soviet Union from an ethnographic perspective. Main fields of interest: media theory and ethnography of infrastructures, STS, histories of Internet(s), relation between theory and empirical studies.
Piyusha Chatterjee - Concordia University, Montreal
Piyusha Chatterjee is a PhD student in an interdisciplinary program at Concordia University in Montreal. Her interests are in the field of oral history, political economy of the city, post-industrial landscapes, sound studies, media publics and media in Global South. She was born and raised in India and has a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Delhi University and a Master's degree from the English and Foreign Languages University in Lucknow. She worked as a news editor for newspapers for eight years. Her two-year stint as a curator at the Center for Public History, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, in Bangalore introduced her to oral history methodology and projects. She is currently rethinking her PhD proposal through an intersection of urbanism, media and oral history.
Giuseppe Fidotta - Concordia University, Montreal
Giuseppe Fidotta is a PhD student in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. His key research areas are Italian media history, visual culture, film geography, and political history. His work has been published in journals such as NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Fata Morgana, and Immagine. He also co-edited At the Borders of (Film) History. Temporality, Archaeology, Theories (Forum, Udine 2015) and Introduzione all'archeologia dei media (Meltemi, Rome 2017).
Rebecca Holt - Concordia University, Montreal
Rebecca Holt is an incoming Phd student in Moving Image Studies at Concordia University. Her research is concerning the sensual and technological structures of free online pornography. Her forthcoming Masters' thesis analyses the PornHub Insights Blog with a specific focus on their use of big data and data visualization.
Ilona Jurkonytė - Concordia University, Montreal
Ilona Jurkonytė is a Vanier Scholar at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she is pursuing a PhD degree in Film and Moving Images studies programme. Ilona’s academic interests are in critically assessing the tensions amongst the transnational, the global and the national in film studies. She is currently researching the possibilities and potentials of including oceanic approaches in film studies.
Ilona combines her academic interests with film curatorial practice. Before starting the PhD studies, she has been working as an artistic director for nine years at Kaunas International Film Festival and as a film programme curator between 2012-2014 at Contemporary Art Centre Cinema in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Sima Kokotović – Concordia University, Montreal
I am a film and media studies grad student living in Montreal at the time. My work focuses on getting some clue about existing and potential relationships between academic research, left politics and radical film and media cultures in these harsh neoliberal times.
Sabrina Melis - Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano
Sabrina Melis is an Italian artist, interested in new media and technology. In her work she uses fiction to combine real things and facts with hypothesis of reality, using different media, especially video. She attended the Architecture and Design Department of Alghero achieving a BA in Industrial Design in 2011 and an MA in Communication Design in 2013. There, she starts in 2014 her research in Multimedia Languages, still ongoing. Now she is attending an MA in Multimedia Arts (Cinema and Video) at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milano).
Laura Nina - Accademia di Belle Arti di Palermo
My name is Laura Nina and I study Audio/Video and Multimedia at Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo. I’m fascinated by the contemporary generation of Italian documentary film directors. I see people’s life and I explore the place where they live to capture traces of their past. My work is focused on telling the truth through the extraordinary nature of ordinary life.
Weixian Pan - Concordia University, Montreal
Weixian Pan is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image studies at Concordia university in Montreal. Her dissertation examines how hegemonic narratives on global connectivity and digital media unfolds across different "Southern" terrains: from urban infrustructures in the Pearl River Delta, to popular media around the South China Sea, to air pollution in the global South. Her other research interests include: urban studies, global video culture, cultural geography and environmental media. She recently published on the journal Asiascape: Digital Asia, and she is currently collaborating with her colleagues at the GEM lab on the 'lifestreaming' working group
Nelly Y. Pinkrah - Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Nelly Y. Pinkrah is a Ph.D. student/research assistant at the RTG »Cultures of Critique« at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. She is following Édouard Glissants poetics and writings on opacity, while thinking about its concrete forms and formations and its possible (decolonial) effects in regard to early cybernetic epistemology and contemporary cybernetic societies. From November 2012 until October 2013 she co-organized the annual conference of the German Society for Media Studies and since November 2013 she has been working at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Lüneburg. She is engaged in political projects and is a Humanity in Action senior fellow. Areas of interest are: Digital media, technology, political thoughts and practices, black feminist theory, decolonialism, intellectual and cultural history.
Matías Ezequiel Reyes - Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara
Born in 1993 in Argentina, I moved to Italy when I was nine. Interest in arts and technology brought me to the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, where skepticism towards originality and the idea of the author made me focus on appropriation and remix. I got my BA degree with a dissertation on sexual representation in non-pornographic cinema, with Prof. Francesco Galluzzi as a tutor. I’m currently attending an MA degree in Net Art and Digital Cultures at the the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara.
Perla Sardella - Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano
Perla Sardella is an italian filmmaker. She graduated from NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano, in Media Design and Multimedia Arts. Her first short film Comfort Zone (2015) has been premiered at the 33th Torino Film Festival, and has been shown at various film festivals in Italy and Europe, as well as in various italian galleries. She’s currently doing an MA in Cinema and Video at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, while working on personal projects and organizing screenings of independent films in her small hometown with Una Rassegna Cinematografica.
Joaquín Serpe - Concordia University, Montreal
Joaquín Serpe is a Film and Moving Image Studies PhD student at Concordia University, Montreal. An Audiovisual Designer from the University of Buenos Aires, Joaquin worked in the Argentine public television industry as a sound engineer before starting his graduate studies in Canada. For his doctoral project, he is exploring the figure of the public intellectual in the media in relation to the ideas of hegemony, the organization of culture, and populism. His research interests include political theory, the economies of media industries, labor practices in cinema and television, and contemporary Latin American and Eastern European cinema.
Egor Shmonin - Concordia University, Montreal
Born and raised in Russia, I hold a BA and MA from Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in St. Petersburg with a major in Contemporary Art and Film Criticism. As a video artist and curator, I constantly navigated the borders between the digital and the analogue, cultural identity and colonial history, personal narratives and collective memory. For several years, I’ve been working as a Film festival curator and manager in Saint Petersburg
Currently, I am a PhD student in Film Studies at Concordia. My research is focused on undergoing processes and changes occurred in the post-socialist societies and cultures before and after 1989. My project is dealing with the post-conflict situation and decontamination of the cultural environment in Balkan region during the collapse of the USSR.
Patrick Brian Smith - Concordia University, Montreal
Patrick Brian Smith is a Film and Moving Image Studies PhD Candidate in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Montreal. His research interests include experimental nonfiction cinema, the politics of space, Marxist geography, late-capitalism's (un)representability, and the essay film. He is currently working on a thesis project entitled "The Politics of Spatiality in Experimental Non-Fiction Cinema," which maps out the presence of a spatio-political tendency within a diverse corpus of contemporary experimental nonfiction films. In addition, he has recently published a video work through the multimedia journal Now! A Journal of Urgent Praxis, entitled Protect Yourselves: NoDAPL.
Giulio Zannol - Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara
He started the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy, in 2007. In 2011, he interned at the Intermedia Arts studio of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. Also in 2011, he successfully obtained the Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, with the diploma work titled “Death to Hollywood - The American independent Cinema”, a research on the out-of-the-mainstream filmmaking, with an exclusive interview with Harmony Korine. During the first half of 2012, he started working for Artyčok TV, an online platform/archive for the Contemporary Art based in Prague, Czech Republic. Nowadays he is on his way to the Master of Art Degree in Net Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy.