SOPHIE KRIER (LU / BE), relational artist and researcher, develops tools for collective narration and reflection. She is particularly interested in the oscillating movement between dream and reality, and form and non-form. Initially trained in textile design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, today she interweaves stories at the intersection of art & ecology that connect beings and places. In her editorial practice she combines education, artistic research and interventions in public space. She curated and moderated exhibitions and symposia on questions related to craft and industry, the future of education, the ethics of materials, visual culture, artistic tactics for urban ecology, the question of inhabiting frontiers and the art of seeing. Between 2004 and 2009 she directed the undergraduate course designLAB (Rietveld Academie, NL). In 2008, Krier initiated Field Essays, an ongoing research on how to restitute creation processes, which takes among others the form of a series of books published by Onomatopee. On invitation of University College Roosevelt (NL), Krier recently developed Art & Design Practice: a new program in the spirit of Liberal Arts & Sciences, which she currently teaches each fall semester.
The Geneva-based artist Aurélien Gamboni develops a practice of critical investigation leading to multiple forms of installations, texts and lectures-performances. After having developed a long-term inquiry on The Conjurer by Hieronymus Bosch and the “ecology of attention”, he started with Sandrine Teixido an investigation on Edgar Allan Poe’s “maelström” and the cosmopolitics of nature. Aurélien Gamboni is a former co-curator of Forde independent art space (2006-2008), he took part in the artists and researchers collective Save as draft, working on the representations of climate change, and he currently contributes to the research project The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva at Geneva School of Art and Design.
Sandrine Teixido is an author, researcher and artist living in Rio de Janeiro and Paris. She created the association Le Monde en Critique in 2009 and the publishing project ISSUE in 2015. She is Music curator at the ‘New Patrons’ initiative supported by Fondation de France, and holds a PHD in ethnology and social anthropology from Centre Georges Simmel at EHESS, in Paris. In collaboration with Geneva-based artist Aurélien Gamboni, she has had various artistic interventions at the 9th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre (2013), the Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva (2014-2015), the MAC Contemporary art museum in Niterói (2016) and the Centre de la Photographie in Geneva (2017).
Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro is an independent curator, writer and climate activist based in Paris. His curatorial practice explores artistic strategies of alliance with natural agents. With Parti Poétique collective in Paris, he is developing ZONE SENSIBLE, a new permaculture farm and cultural venue. Collaborating with Inland–Campo Adentro he has curated various gatherings, performances and programs in Europe addressing cultural issues of rurality. He recently co-published Même si on pense que c’est foutu (L’Harmattan, Paris, 2017), a book on grassroots alternatives and resistances. He is a lecturer at Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and Ecole Centrale Paris, and regularly curates projects with NA! Fund, a French endowment fund for contemporary art and sustainability.