Speculative Strategies Contributors' Biogs

Brave New Alps
Bianca Elzenbaumer and Fabio Franz have collaborated under the collective name Brave New Alps since 2005. Whilst studying an MA in Communication Design at the Royal College of Art they initiated the development of Department 21. Having studied together at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy, their projects focus on an embedded response to the surrounding environment, discourse and structures of engagement they find themselves working within. In 2007, Bianca gained a Postgraduate Certificate in International Peacekeeping and Conflict Mediation from the Faculty of Educational Science of the University of Bologna employing this knowledge in the development of their interdisciplinary practice. Brave New Alps are currently working on the research project Designing Economic Cultures, which is related to Bianca’s Ph.D. at the Design Department of Goldsmiths, University of London.

Dr Carol Brown 
Carol Brown’s dance practice takes place at the intersections between movement, architecture, new media and music; it includes solos, group works for theatre, performance installations and site responsive works. As Artist in Residence at the Place Theatre London she founded Carol Brown Dances together with sound artist Russell Scoones. The company has been a vehicle for their continued collaboration presenting work at numerous festivals including Roma Europa, Dance Umbrella, 4+4 Days in Motion, Sobre Saltos, Dies de Danca, Prague Quadrenniale, British Dance Edition and the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts. Brown is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland where she has developed Choreographic Research Aotearoa a locus for experimental performance and connecting conversations. Through MAP Movement Architecture Performance, Brown and Scoones have created numerous site responsive works with performance designer Dorita Hannah including Mnemosyne (Prague Quadrenniale 2011), Tongues of Stone  (Perth 2011) and 1000 Lovers (Auckland Arts Festival White Night 2013).  Brown is the recipient of a number of awards including the Jerwood Award, NESTA Dream Time and in 2003 the Ludwig Forum International Prize for Innovation.  She is a Visiting Reader in Choreography at Roehampton University, London.

Dr Jane Calow 
Jane Calow is an artist and writer who has exhibited widely. Performed nationally and internationally, her artwork Traject explored the idea of a ‘moveable site’, highlighting themes of physical and psychic spatialisation informed by the psychoanalytical structure of trauma. Her artist’s book produced as part of Traject is held in Tate Britain library archive. Jane directed the international interdisciplinary conference Public Representation and Private Mourning: Commemoration and Memorial (UWE, 2002). She is currently working on an artwork developed from Traject entitled Mantle, working with mourning and grief.  She published as Guest Editor on the 12th edition of the Routledge journal Mortality, entitled Memoria, Memory, and Commemoration and has lectured at the University of Bath on the MSc in Death and Society. She co-directed the international symposium Present: trauma/art/representation at ICIA (2006). Jane has also worked as a curatorial consultant to ICIA on the 2009 programme theme entitled Arts, Spatialisation and Memory for which she co-directed an international symposium. She was Head of Fine Art as Social Practice at the University of Wolverhampton. She was also Research Fellow at the Centre for Contextual, Public and Commemorative Art at the University of the West of England. 

Dr Daniel Hinchcliffe
Daniel Hinchcliffe is a curator, artist and writer. He was previously Programme Leader on the MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices course at Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University where he also taught on the BA (Hons) Art and Design. As Head of Visual Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) University of Bath he curated exhibitions, interdisciplinary residencies and projects with artists including Terry Atkinson, David Bainbridge, Bobby Baker, Ingrid Pollard, Stephen Gill, Wendy McMurdo, Chila Kumari Burman, Ruth Maclennan, Uriel Orlow, Anne Tallentire and Janek Schaefer.  During this time he curated and expanded the University of Bath art collection. Daniel has also worked in numerous situations as an artist in public and community contexts. He has devised, organised and chaired many international symposia, conferences and talks.  Daniel co-edited, Advances in Art and Urban Futures Volume 2: Recoveries and Reclamations  (Bristol, Intellect Books, 2002).  He has also written for the journal Mortality (Routledge). He taught for six years on the BA (Hons) Fine Art as Social Practice course at the University of Wolverhampton. His PhD was concerned with public art commissioning as part of urban regeneration.

Laura Mansfield 
Laura Mansfield is an independent curator and writer. She works closely with other artists in the development of both publication and exhibition based projects. Recent projects include the publication series FEAST and the group exhibition Cacotopia at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester. Laura is currently curating a two year programme of artist’s film and video works as part of her online project Pala//here is always somewhere else//. She is a Phd candidate at MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art.

Professor Mike Pearson
Mike Pearson studied archaeology in University College, Cardiff (1968–71). He was a member of R.A.T. Theatre (1972–3) and an artistic director of Cardiff Laboratory Theatre (1973–80) and Brith Gof (1981–97). He continues to make performance as a solo artist, in collaboration with artist/designer Mike Brookes as Pearson/Brookes (1997–present) and for National Theatre Wales. He is co-author with Michael Shanks of Theatre/Archaeology (2001) and author of In Comes I: Performance, Memory and Landscape (2006), Site-specific Performance (2010), Mickery Theater. An Imperfect Archaeology (2011) and Marking Time: performance, archaeology and the city. He is currently Leverhulme Research Fellow and Professor of Performance Studies, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University. 

Professor Jane Rendell 
Jane Rendell is a writer, art critic and architectural historian/theorist/designer, whose work explores inter- and trans-disciplinary crossings between architecture, art, feminism and psychoanalysis. She has put forward concepts of ‘critical spatial practice’ (2002/6) and ‘site-writing’ (2007/10) through such authored books as Site-Writing (2010), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002). She is currently working on a new book on transitional spaces in architecture and psychoanalysis. She is co-editor of Pattern (2007), Critical Architecture (2007), Spatial Imagination (2005), The Unknown City (2001), Intersections (2000), Gender, Space, Architecture (1999) and Strangely Familiar (1995). Recent texts have been commissioned by artists such as Jasmina Cibic, Apollonia Susteric and transparadiso, and institutions such as FRAC Centre, OrlĂ©ans, and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. She is on the Editorial Board for ARQ (Architectural Research Quarterly), Architectural Theory Review, The Happy Hypocrite, The Issues and the Journal of Visual Culture in Britain, and Ultime Thule: Journal of Architectural Imagination. She is Professor of Architecture and Art at the Bartlett, UCL. www.janerendell.co.uk

Professor Victor Jeleniewski Seidler 
Victor Jeleniewski Seidler is Professor of Social Theory in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is well known for his writings on gender, particularly in relation to men and masculinities in texts such as Rediscovering Masculinity: Reason, Language and Sexuality; Unreasonable Men: Masculinity and Social Theory; Man Enough: Embodying Masculinities, Transforming Masculinities and Young Men and Masculinities: Global Cultures and Intimate Lives. He has written widely in areas of social and cultural theory and philosophy including the publications Urban Fears and Global Terrors: Citizenship, Multicultures and Belongings After 7/7, and the publication Embodying Identities: Culture, Differences and Social Theory (Policy Press, 2010). His most recent work is Remembering Diana: Cultural Memory and the Reinvention of Authority (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Remembering 9/11: Terror, Trauma and Social Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Dr Becky Shaw
Becky Shaw is a visual artist and academic, making work that explores the relationship between objects and people. Since 1995 she has worked mainly to public commission, devising live, photographic, sculptural, written and print responses to large organisations including schools, universities, workplaces, public housing centres, hospitals and galleries. Examples include Transfer where the entire art collection of a hospital (400+ works) was moved to a small contemporary art gallery in Manchester and Local Colour a work that involved taking a photographic sample of every women's garment in every shop window in Preston, for three consecutive months. Current works focus on objects that move through space via production. This includes examining an 'inlaid' table at Lady Lever Art Gallery, Portsunlight, and printing a book with 70 kilo's of Texas Holey Rock, removed from terrariums at Cork Airport.  A 2013/14 Cocheme Fellowship at AIR, Central St Martins is providing the time to explore concrete production at Lafarge Tarmac, Kings Cross.
Previous commissioners have included Grizedale Art, Cumbria, New Art Gallery Walsall, ICIA University of Bath, and Hayward Gallery, London. In 2002 she won the Amstelveen Art Incentive Prize. In 1998 she received a doctorate, following a lengthy collaboration with Liverpool Marie Curie Centre. Between 2000 and 2006 Shaw was co-director of Static Gallery, Liverpool. She is currently Postgraduate Research Tutor for the Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University.

Jane Trowell
Jane Trowell is an educationalist and artist who has worked with Platform since 1991. Jane concentrates on pedagogical and social process aspects of Platform's work. In her own right, she has worked in contemporary galleries and community theatre, worked in teacher education in art and design, as well as teaching Critical Studies and Art History at Secondary, Further and Higher Education levels investigating methods of radical education for social justice.