Dilara Akay is an artist and activist living and working in Istanbul. Her sculptures that consist of forms and/or formats extends her concepts and opinions on women emancipation, imposed gender identities, forms of political dominance on individual and social life, on manipulation of tradition and Modernism. Her works reflect her experience of finding her inner forces for social commitment as well as convey an energy to convince people to associate their experience with her work. She is the founder director of an art platform HAYAKA ARTI since 2005. She supports NGO’s and their missions with her works: Creative Commons with interfacegallery.com (2009-on going); Right to Water Campaign (2013-on going); Beslan Mothers in ALANICA Symposium/North Ossetia (2013); ÇATOM (UNDP) in Mardin Biennial/Turkey (2014-2015); and LGBTI Istanbul with ‘Civil Ceremony’ happening (2014). She is an Ambassador of Terzo Paradiso project of Michelangelo Pistoletto and Cittedellarte since 2014.
Cree Métis Visual Artist Jason Baerg graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts (Drawing and Painting) and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. Formally, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. Recent international solo exhibitions include: The Illuminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the Digital Dome at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Jason Baerg has given formal artist talks at such institutions as the Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Auckland, New Zealand, New York City’s Parsons School of Design and the University of Toronto. In 2008, Jason Baerg won the Emerging Artist Award for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, granted on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Culture. He has sat on numerous art juries and won awards through such facilitators as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council.
>Hideaki Ariizumi, AIA and Glynis Berry, AIA, LEED AP are partners of studio a/b architects. Hideaki, born in Tokyo, was a senior architect with Kazuo Shinohara Atelier, Japan. After moving to the USA, he worked for Steven Holl Architects before starting his own firm. Glynis is director of Peconic Green Growth, a not-for-profit that has recently focused on water quality issues related to onsite wastewater treatment. She has served on the Suffolk County Planning Commission, established art sites, and previously founded NYC’s pedestrian and traffic calming programs. Before becoming an architect, she worked as a museum exhibit designer and director of a children’s museum.
Sean Connelly is a Hawai’i architect, visual artist, and interdisciplinary designer working with spatial systems and societies. His focus on economy and ecology concerns the interactions of material, information, energy, and time as technologic planetary systems humans design, and redesign. Sean is the author of Hawai‘i Futures, with sculptures including A Small Area of Land, and Land Division. His portfolio of work that includes research and contributions to international design publications, and design projects for the Whitney Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. His work has been presented on TEDx, and published on different venues online, like BLDGBLOG. From the sloped and fluted faces of Kona and Ko‘olaupoko of O‘ahu, Sean is most passionate about being an uncle, brother, and friend, and believes the Hawaiian Islands are among the biggest places on Earth.
An anthropologist, David received his PhD in 1984 from the University of Arizona, based on field research on irrigation in India. His career has focused on water, including five years with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka and 13 years in Washington, DC working with consulting firms and the World Bank, on water and natural resources policies in developing countries. More recently, David has focused on environmental and cultural aspects of water policies. His work as director of the Santa Fe Watershed Association (2006 to 2009) highlighted the role of community values in driving water policies. He established the Water-Culture Institute in 2009 to promote the integration of values and ethics into water policies and practices. These concepts are detailed in his 2013 book, Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis (Routledge). David is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.
Le Gear graduated from GMIT (IE) with an honors degree in Sculpture in 2007. Le Gear produces imagery in moving and still image, sound and installation; illustrating her investigation of phenomena such as water memory. Exploring unquantifiable substances and theories, she uses experimental methodologies and intuitive processes, including those of homeopathy. Her work is currently included in a group show, Et Si on S’etait Trompe which is touring Ireland from the Centre Cultural Irelandais in Paris. Previous shows include solo exhibitions at CCA Laznia, Gdansk (2015), Polar Forces: universe of an iceberg at Leitrim Sculpture Centre(IE) and Cork Film Centre in (2013). Water that Sleeps at Galway Arts Centre in (2009). Group shows include Contemporary Art at Tell in the university of St.Gallen, Switzerland (2014) Crystalline at the Millennium Court Arts Centre (2012) and Ev+a (2008).
Annesofie Sandal (b.1977 in Seoul) is a Danish, visual artist based in New York. Past fellowships andresidencies include Skowhegan in Maine, ISCP in New York and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. Her work has been displayed at numerous group exhibitions and this fall she will show new work in Antwerp, Copenhagen, Milwaukee and Seoul. Solo shows count Rooster Gallery in New York, Ace Art Gallery in Winnipeg and later this year Factory Gallery in Seoul. Beside her individual praxis she organizes group exhibitions with a roster of international artists. Most recently at Format Art Space in Copenhagen, Field Projects in New York and The National Art Studio in Seoul. She is founder and member of the art group Island Life formed in 2007. She holds a MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Visual Arts in Copenhagen.
Christine Howard Sandoval is a multi- media artist who uses methods of documentary narrative to convey future realities within a quickly changing social and physical global landscape. Sandoval has exhibited nationally and internationally including Designtransfer, Universität der Künste Berlin (2013), El Museo Del Barrio, NY (2013), and Socrates Sculpture Park, NY (2010) and was nominated for a 140 Foundation Artist Grant (2011). Sandoval has been an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts (2010) and The Vermont Studio Center (2010). She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute (2006), and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons, The New School for Design (2013). She is currently a teacher at Parsons and Program Coordinator for CALL/ City as Living Laboratory, NYC- a non-proﬁt spearheaded by artist Mary Miss to establish a platform for artists, working in collaboration with scientists and the public, to make sustainability tangible through the arts. Sandoval was born in CA and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
The 2016 Taiwan Ministry of Culture Fellow, Yung-shan Tsou is a Berlin-based Taiwanese artist whose work involved handwriting and bookmaking as conceptual artistic expressions. After completing her Meisterschüler study at Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin in 2011, Tsou exhibits her growing folio of works a diverse exhibitions. Her artists books are collected in USA, Canada, UK, Germany and in Taiwan. Tsou is intensively involved in novel writing since 2011. In 2013 she won the first prize of Taoyuan County Creative Writing Awards in the category of short stories in Taiwan.She has two published novels:THE WAITING ROOM. Its French version La Salle d’attente will be published in September 2016; A TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO RIDE-SHARING, which was rendered into the music piece Falling Farewell and was premiered by KNM Berlin in Innovation Series Soundscape—Literature into Music in 2014.
Andrew Williams (b. 1988) is a photographer currently based in Dallas, Texas and on the road. His photography of contemporary America is an interpretation of how the U.S. culture interacts with the natural environment. His work strives to transform the ways in which we view our relation to Nature. Andrew was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He holds a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design as well as the 2012-2013 Vera List Writing Award.