Tommaso Gorla is an Italian artist and researcher, as well as the founder and chief editor of the visual culture journal Anima Loci (2019). He holds a PhD in Anthropology from EHESS, Paris, and has taught at Accademia Santa Giulia, Brescia, and London Metropolitan University. He also works as a Visual Arts tutor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Verona. His interests revolve around the agency of images and their affective role within processes of memory and recollection.
Francesco Della Puppa is a researcher in social sciences at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He holds a PhD from the University of Padua. He was Post-Doctoral fellow between 2012 and 2017, both at the University of Padua and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His core research interests concern the social transformations prompted by migration phenomena. He is a member of the Master’s Programme on ‘Migration Phenomena and Social Transformations’ and the ‘Laboratory for Social Research’ as well as the ‘International Centre for Humanities and Social Change’ at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. He is author of two monographs and several articles for international scientific journals.
Alex Wilk’s practice spans art, design and research. She has worked as a researcher for the curator Hans Ulrich Obrist at Serpentine Galleries in London and for the architectural designer and engineer, Cecil Balmond OBE. She played a key role in the establishment of Balmond Studio’s e-journal Thinking in Practice and later worked with Cecil Balmond on both the editing and design of his book Crossover (Prestel, 2013). Alex maintains her own interdisciplinary practice which includes artwork and writing. Alex holds a bachelor’s in Art and Visual Culture from Bristol UWE, and a master’s in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Jean-Benoît Vétillard is a French architect, living and working in Paris. He currently teaches Representation and Visual Culture at the École de la Ville et des Territoires de Paris-Est and has previously taught at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris (Atelier des Extrapolations Métropolitaines). In 2019 Jean-Benoît Vétillard was the recipient of the prestigious EUROPE 40 UNDER 40 architecture and design award, from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In 2018, he also received the Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes award, which is a biennial competition organised by the French Ministry of Culture. After working for several French and Italian architectural studios, including Block Architecture, Salottobuono, Projectiles, Atelier Ciguë and Berger&Berger, he founded his own practice in 2014. His work bridges art, design, and architecture, developing installations as well as private and public projects.
Amedeo Policante is a critical theorist and historian of political thought. He holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. He is the author of two recent monographs: I Nuovi Mercenari: Mercato Mondiale e Privatizzazione della Guerra (Ombre Corte, 2014) investigating the on-going commodification of security and the resulting fragmentation of social space both at the global and at the urban level; and The Pirate Myth: Genealogies of an Imperial Concept (Routledge, 2016) focusing on shifting representations of piracy in legal, literary and popular culture, and the role they have played in international politics since the eighteenth century. He has also published several articles and book chapters on the political thought of Karl Marx, Carl Schmitt and Michel Foucault; as well as an ethnography of political protests and their visual representation. These works have been disseminating via traditional means such as academic journals, magazines and newspapers; and alternative means such as ‘The Pirate Camp’, a collaborative artistic project featured at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
In the depth of the Trentino mountains, there is a high-security prison. Amongst the captives is M49, a brown bear classified as dangerous for his reoccurring attacks on livestock and human property. The animal has been the subject of much media attention, both in his homeland and abroad. What are… Read more »
Thames Town, a British-themed village on the outskirts of Shanghai, attracts residents and tourists with its gothic-like church, red phone boxes, and statues of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana. What is “real” in a quintessentially “fake” place like Thames Town? Does thinking through these categories even make sense? Who gets… Read more »
In comics, when do landscapes change from setting to subject? Usually thought of as the backdrop to the unfolding of events, the landscape often plays a deeper role. In this article, semiologist Daniele Barbieri recounts some moments found within the history of comics in which the landscape becomes an important… Read more »