J. G. Biberkopf (b.1991, Lithuania) works in the space between the fields of music, documentary, conceptual art and performance. Biberkopf's practice, with the aim of becoming ever more media-agnostic, involves assembling collages that encompass influences from ecosophy, sound studies, and post-colonial, architecture and media theory.
His work, being anti-architectural and concerned with the interplay of design and power, encourages audiences to “unthink” and to create alternative genealogies of principal metaphysical and physical architectures, in order to reflect on their interplay, narrativisation, and their influence on and within sociality.
Biberkopf is interested in creating autonomous ecologies that become independent of himself. He has previously worked intensively with aural signifiers, signs and memes, exploring the semiotics of sound. Biberkopf has developed a practice which has been variously called sculptural, theatrical and cinematic.
Biberkopf has presented works and collaborations at Barbican Centre (UK), Berghain (DE), CAC (LT), Haus Der Kunst (DE), HEAD Geneva (CH), Pompidou (FR), Rupert (LT), Sonic Acts (NL), Studium Generale Rietveld (NL), The Kitchen (US), Unsound (PL), Venice Biennale (IT), etc. He was a member of the curatorial teams of the Newman Festival (2015), and of the Unthinkable Nomos research project and events series (2016).
Holly Childs is a writer and artist studying emerging communicative phenomena. She is the author of two novels,Danklands(Arcadia Missa) and No Limit(Hologram). She was a postgraduate researcher in The New Normal (Speculative Media, Design and Architecture) program at the Strelka Institute, Moscow, in 2017. Recent presentations of her work include: Patternist, a collaboratively developed urban exploration AR demo in 2017; Have The Dusk Deepen for Rogue Agents curated by Auto Italia, at Firstdraft, Sydney in 2017; art writer in Adam Linder’s choreographic service Some Proximity at Biennale of Sydney in 2016; and Danklands [Swamped] for Liquid Architecture, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 2015.
Andrius Arutiunian is an Armenian-Lithuanian composer and sound artist based in the Netherlands. His music explores the socio-cultural aspects of specific histories through their sonic artefacts, often dealing with identity, sonic appropriation and thresholds of noise and sound. Ideas of sonic re-creation and re-composition form an important part of Arutiunian’s practice. His work consists of electroacoustic pieces for various ensembles, sound installations and multimedia pieces, as well as solo electronic and audio-visual sets. Arutiunian’s pieces have been commissioned or performed by Slagwerk Den Haag, Nadar, MAZE, Ensemble Modelo62, Synaesthesis and other contemporary music groups. His work has been recently shown at documenta 14 (DE), Contemporary Art Centre (LT), Melos-Ethos (SL) and MAZE Festival (NL) among others.Andrius Arutiunian’s works are published by Donemus (NL).
Juan-Pablo Villegas (b. 1986, Mexico) sees filmmaking as a way to bring together his interests in image and in sound. His practice takes as a starting point the body’s perception of external stimuli and considers how that influences our personal and collective experience. The tools he uses derive from audiovisual principles, and the unconventional way he uses them encourages reflection. In recent years, he has researched issues related to translation and the expansion of the sensory spectrum, the animist condition of objects, and the formation of the psychosomatic.
Ieva Kotryna Skirmantaitė
Ieva Kotryna Skirmantaitė (b. 1993) is a video artist interested in alternative documentary forms in theory and in practice. By capturing and connecting real events, other people’s practices, discussions, sounds and bits from everyday life, she has found a way to create an imaginary path and to reveal invisible excitements and anxieties. She explores how different technical qualities of the digital image act as separate memory systems and represent different contemporary political and economical values.
Monika Lipšic is a curator, researcher and artist currently based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her primary interest is the role of art in the way history is constantly being written and rewritten. She often uses metaphorical thinking and representations of absurdity, among other tools, in her curation. From 2012 to 2016, on and off, Monika worked as a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius. For the past few years she curated and produced performance art in European organizations (Nomas Foundation, Rome; Kunstverein, Amsterdam; STUK, Leuven and others). Together with architecture researcher and curator Jurga Daubaraitė she is a founder of the traveling artists’ residency JOY & MIRROR. In 2017 she curated a solo show by Slavs and Tatars (CAC, Vilnius) and a group show ‘The Future Is Certain; It’s the Past Which Is Unpredictable’ (2018) ат Blaffer Art Museum Houston. Recently she was nominated for the CEC Artslink award and completed a residency at CCA Wattis, San Francisco.
Marianna Maruyama uses the body and voice as primary agents in her performance-based practice. One of her primary interests is translation as an artistic method. Following an extensive working period in Japan, Maruyama moved to the Netherlands in 2012, and has been based in The Hague since 2016. She guest tutors at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI Art Praxis MA) and is an artist-researcher at the invitation of the Sedje Hémon Foundation. She performs in both contemporary art and music contexts; recent exhibitions and performances include documenta 14 Parliament of Bodies (DE), SMBA (NL), Manifesta 11 (CH), and others.
Jokūbas Čižikas’ practice consists of installations, video and sound art, performance and sculpture. In his work he explores trans-sensory phenomena, the relationship between nature and technology, and linguistic structures. He places an emphasis on socio-political and economical processes that intermingle with non-human and alien phenomena.
His most recent works and exhibitions have been presented project space Editorial, Vilnius; MAXXXI National Museum, Rome; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Antanas Mončys Museum, Palanga; National Martynas Mažvydas Library, Vilnius; Documenta 14, Kassel; project space A-DASH, Athens.
He also works as a producer of experimental electronic and electro-acoustic music, with an interest in the dynamic synthesis of contemporary and ritualistic sonic expression. As a performer and DJ he has played in numerous institutions and clubs in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Austria and Lithuania. As a sound designer he has worked extensively in film, video art and spatial installations, often combining sound with tangible materials.