Kelli Rae Adams
Kelli Rae Adams utilizes clay in various states of permanency—sometimes employing additional materials—to create both functional objects and installation-based works that examine prevailing economic systems and probe our relationship to labor, currency, and value. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues such as the David Winton Bell Gallery, the Wassaic Project, the Museum of International Ceramic Art and the Contemporary Urban Centre.
Kristin Adair is a Washington, DC-based documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. She is deeply committed to collaborative storytelling that amplifies the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system. She brings her legal background into her work as a storyteller by advocating directly for the interests of men and women incarcerated as juveniles and young adults in DC and beyond. Kristin is partnering with current and formerly incarcerated people to launch a new collaborative multimedia production company called Unchained Media Collective.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of several internationally acclaimed novels, and her works have been translated into over thirty languages. Her 2013 novel Americanah won the US National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named one of The New York Times’ “Top Ten Best Books of 2013.” She has delivered two landmark TED talks: her 2009 TED Talk The Danger of A Single Story and her 2012 TEDx Euston talk We Should All Be Feminists, which started a worldwide conversation about feminism, and was published as a book in 2014. Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017. She was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015. In 2017, Fortune Magazine named her one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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Anastasia Colosimo is a professor of political theology at Sciences Po Paris. She holds a degree in law and criminology and was a visiting scholar at the University of Columbia in 2014. Her essay on religion, blasphemy and freedom of expression, Les bûchers de la liberté, won the Elina and Louis Pauwels Award in 2016.
Franklin Foer is a staff writer at the Atlantic. For seven years, he edited the New Republic magazine. He is the author of World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, which was named one of the best non-fiction books of 2018 by the New York Times, Los Angeles, and NPR. He also wrote How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.
Manon Garcia is a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows and an assistant professor in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago. Her primary research is in political, moral, economic, and feminist philosophies. Her first book, On ne naît pas soumise, on le devient, was published in October 2018.
Layne Garrett is an improvising musician and instrument builder based in Washington DC. He works with prepared guitars, found objects, and self -built instruments. He plays in the improvising duo Weed Tree with drummer Amanda Huron, as well as in regular and irregular collaborations with a spectrum of players from across the DC and Baltimore sound universe.
Eric Gaussier worked at IBM France Scientific Center and Paris Diderot University on machine translation. He then joined Xerox Research Centre Europe to work on machine learning for document analysis, which he left in 2006 to join Université Grenoble Alpes as a Professor of Computer Science. He is currently Director of the Grenoble Computer Science Laboratory. He has spent 30 years working on different aspects of Artificial Intelligence, as machine learning and computational linguistics, a domain in which he has published more than 150 scientific papers and patents. He is also co-founder of Skopai (created in 2017), a start-up specialized in providing information on start-ups worldwide.
Dipayan Ghosh is the Pozen Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he works on digital privacy, artificial intelligence, and civil rights. Ghosh previously worked on global privacy and public policy issues at Facebook, where he led strategic efforts to address privacy and security. Prior, Ghosh was a technology and economic policy advisor in the Obama White House. He served across the Office of Science & Technology Policy and the National Economic Council, where he worked on issues concerning big data’s impact on consumer privacy and the digital economy. Ghosh has served as a Public Interest Technology fellow at New America, the Washington-based public policy think tank. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering & computer science at Cornell University and completed postdoctoral study in the same field at the University of California, Berkeley.
Grégoire Lechat is a strategy consultant helping social entrepreneurs and organizations to combine economic performance, social innovation and general interest. He helps them building and implementing their brand, development or transformation’s strategies. He was previously the Communication Director of France Active, a major non-profit group based in Paris, which supports more than 8,000 social entrepreneurs a year with over 300 million euros a year.
David Levaï leads activities on international cooperation and governance of climate change at IDDRI, the leading French think-tank on sustainable development. In this context, Levaï follows, analyses and informs the climate negotiations under the aegis of the United Nations and the low-carbon transition at the national level. Before, he was part of the French climate negotiations team for COP21, in charge of mitigation issues in the preparation of the Paris Agreement.
Les Souffleurs commandos poétiques
Always dressed in black, the members of the French performing art company Les Souffleurs (“The Whisperers” or “The Blowers” in French) silently appear out of nowhere and use long hollow canes to whisper poetic secrets in the ears of passers-by. In their “endeavor to slow down the world”, Les Souffleurs have performed in every kind of places, both outdoors and indoors, from classrooms to offices, even buses, boats, or on a mountain’s slope covered with snow... Each of their intervention is a re-creation, as they never whisper twice the same texts. This enables them to adapt to each situation, and to keep exploring the world poetical repertoire. The texts are whispered in their original languages, with or without their translation into another language. They have already whispered in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, Portuguese, Turkish, Japanese, and keep learning new languages on request every time they travel to a new destination.
Adrian Loving is a noted contemporary art and music historian, visual artist and DJ/ Entrepreneur. Over the course of his 20-year career, Loving has curated art exhibitions and public programming at various museums and cultural institutions. Loving’s active participation at music festivals, art fairs and conferences has further developed his unique perspective on contemporary pop-culture and issues of historical importance.
Raphaël Liogier is a philosopher and sociologist currently pursuing research on belief systems, the impact of technology on values, and the mutations of human identity in a globalized world. He is the author of La guerre des civilisations n'aura pas lieu : coexistence et violence au XXIe siècle (The War of Civilizations will not take place), Sans emploi : condition de l’homme postindustriel (No Employment), and Descente au coeur du mâle about the MeToo movement.
Bernard Marcadé is an art critic, independent curator and former professor of art history and aesthetics at École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy. He is the author of Marcel Duchamp, une vie à crédit ; Fabrice Hyber ; Les 53 œuvres qui M’ébranlèrent le monde ; Wim Delvoye ; Marcel Broodthaers, Livre d’images ; Yan Pei-Ming, Histoires de peinture, peintures d’Histoire & autres faits divers ; Magritte. He is currently writing a biography of Francis Picabia. He curated dozens of art exhibits, including Luxe, Calme et Volupté, Aspects of French Art 1966-1986 (Vancouver Art Gallery, 1986); Affinités sélectives; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussel, 1990; Féminin-Masculin, Le sexe de l'art, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1995; Je ne crois pas aux fantômes, mais j’en ai peur, « La Force de l’art », Grand Palais, Paris, 2006; Antoine D'Agata, 1991 - 2011 // Anticorps, The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague, 2012… Photo © Roberto Martinez
Marching Band Baltimore Project
Marching Band Baltimore Project is the American Chapter of Marching Band Paris Project, a transatlantic traveling brass band, founded in Saint-Denis in the urban outskirts of Paris, by visual artist Frédéric Nauczyciel and legendary American vogue performer Marquis Revlon. MBBP is an intangible, wandering endeavor that aims to escape from existing schema. It unites identities outside of the heterogeneous norm, forming an ephemeral trans-community. It evades identities of gender, race, and class, as it reframes around the identities of its members, not on the representation of existing, defined groups. This performative project joins the Hirshhorn Museum as it did before in the streets of Baltimore and the Paris “banlieues”, in order to create an urban outburst in the artistic space. Between opening and closing parades, the members of MBBP will leave behind instruments, pompoms and banners and broadcast the live sound recording of the parade, thus continuing to allude to the circulation of this community of marchers.
Poet, novelist, and member of the Cherokee Nation , Jessica Mehta is working with incarcerated Native American women on a book of poetry which will illuminate the disparities of Native Americans within the justice system. She’s been awarded the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Prize in Poetry, the Potlatch Award for Native Artists, and numerous poet-in-residencies posts around the world including Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, and Paris Lit Up in France.
Frédéric Nauczyciel is a French visual artist who works between Paris and the United States. He works with a variety of media, photography, video, and performance and is inspired by dance and cinema. Nauczyciel’s work reflects dynamic tensions of sexuality, power, and hybridization, in particular through performative urban languages such as voguing and marching bands. He has exhibited his work internationally, including Centre Pompidou Paris, MAC/VAL Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Rencontres Internationales de Photographie of Arles, Musée de la Chasse in Paris, Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona, Honfleur Gallery in Washington DC, Julie Meneret Contemporary in New York or Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne. He is an associate artist to Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and Ateliers Médicis Clichy-Montfermeil.
Tariq Darrell O'Meally
Tariq Darrell O’Meally is an artist searching for the power within introspection and vulnerability in the African American body, as a means to synthesize kinesthetic stories that will resonate in a way that is socially relevant, empathetic, and impactful.
O’Meally has been chosen as a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow and currently the first performance artist in dance and choreography to participate in the nine-month residency program based in Washington, DC.
Ada Pinkston is a multimedia artist, educator, and cultural organizer living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Born in New York, her art explores the intersection of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies using monoprint, performance, experimental video, and collage techniques. Inter-subjective exchanges are the primary substrate of her work. Her most recent collaborative project includes founding the LabBodies Performance Art Laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mengxi Althea Rao
Mengxi “Althea” Rao was born and raised in Beijing, and has lived and worked in Shanghai, Tokyo and Philadelphia. A journalist before self-identifying as an artist, she explores storytelling through different mediums: embodied interactive design; fiction or conceptual essayistic video; immersive narrative experiences. Her works decontextualize themes from popular political discourse, and engage viewers’ personal experience.. Althea is a 2016 Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow. Her experimental documentary White Mushrooms, Black Earth has screened at festivals and theaters both in Europe and US.
Natalie Rouland is a scholar of Russian literature, culture, and performing arts, currently completing her first book Power on Pointe: Imperial Ballet and Russian Literature from Petersburg to Paris. She has taught Russian literature, language, and film courses at Wellesley College, Miami University, and Stanford University. Rouland holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Felwine Sarr is a Senegalese scholar and writer. He is a professor and Dean of Economics at the University Gaston Berger of Saint-Louis. His lectures and academic research focus on economic policies, development, econometrics, epistemology, and the history of religion. His latest work, Afrotopia, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in the spring 2019.
Fabien Truong is a French sociologist whose work focuses on the “radicalization” of young Muslim men and underprivileged areas of Western cities. Among other works, he has written Radicalized Loyalties: Becoming Muslim in the West (Polity Press, June 2018).
Naoko Wowsugi, an artist of Korean-Japanese descent, lives and teaches in DC. Through a multidisciplinary practice including visual art, local lore, horticulture, and community participation, she celebrates human connections by toying with interpersonal and sociopolitical norms. Using art as a form of communication, her work depicts the individual in cultural economies and challenge habits of self-perception.