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.
Peter Lešnik is a scholar of cinema and media whose main research and teaching interests include the politics of the moving image, media archaeologies, documentary cinema, adaptation studies, and ecocriticism. After completing his BA and MA at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in 2019 he earned his doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on Michelangelo Antonioni’s screen adaptations of literary texts. He taught for two years courses in film history and film analysis at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is currently teaching at the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Tuymen.
In the fishing village of Afurada de Baixo, Portugal, the architectural façade speaks of everyday affairs and circumstances without needing to utter them. In this article, researcher Antigoni Geronta outlines the results of her five-year field research in the village, where thresholds, windows, curtains and tiles give visual clues about… Read more »
South London is marked by rapid and widespread urban regeneration plans and development. A PhD student and a team of young researchers living in gentrifying neighbourhoods map out the emotional, psychological and social landscapes in this shifting terrain. Here young people are simultaneously obscured and hyper-visible. In focusing on the… Read more »
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 »