Agnė Bagdžiūnaitė holds some degrees in Fine Arts but the main interest however lays in other fields than art. She is a member of Žemat (Žeimiai Technical College of Esthetic Thought and Anonymity) collective that runs activities in small town Žeimiai and sometimes other cities. She might be a member of other non-artistic collectives as well. She is not used to writing on art issues of any kind.
Aksel Haagensen is an Estonian-Australian artist. He is currently studying at the Estonian Academy of Arts. He is also the press representative of the world famous Hungarian war-photographer Adre G. Friedmann and part-time editor of the discontinued newspaper Jerusalem Toast.
Alberta Vengrytė is an art critic.
Alise Tifentale is an art & photography historian, writer, editor, curator, and a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. www.alisetifentale.net
Alise Upitis holds an A.B., summa cum laude, from Smith College and a PhD from the MIT Department of Architecture. In 2009-10 she was Visiting Scholar in the Archive of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and is currently Assistant Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Her research concerns postwar treatments of abnormality and computational technologies in architecture, art and design, and the place of research and knowledge production in contemporary art.
Aneta Rostkowska is a curator at Bunkier Sztuki Gallery for Contemporary Art.
Anna Veilande Kustikova is independent curator, an expert at Video Art Archive of Latvia as well as lecturer at Estonian Academy of Arts, Critical analysis of animated film and contemporary moving image. She studies Art History and Theory at Latvian Academy of Arts.
Anneli Porri is an art historian, curator and writer.
Annie Godfrey Larmon is a writer, editor, and curator based in New York. She is a regular contributor to Artforum, and her writing has also appeared in Bookforum, Frieze, and MAY. The recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for short-form writing, she is the editor of publications for the inaugural Okayama Art Summit and a former international reviews editor of Artforum.
Antra Priede is an art historian and curator. She works in Art Academy of Latvia as a Vice-Dean. She has graduated from History and Theory of Visual Arts and Culture MA at Art Academy of Latvia.
Aušra Trakšelytė is an art historian, critic and curator. She holds a PhD in art theory from the Vilnius Academy of Arts. She is interested in site-specific art and theory, exploring it in the formats of contemporary art exhibitions, public discussions and publications.
Ayatgali Tuleubek is an artist and curator based in Oslo. He has participated in group exhibitions including the Moscow Biennial for Young Art (2012), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012) and was in the curatorial team behind the Central Asian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, 2013.
Beth Rose Caird is a Melbourne-based artist and writer. She writes regularly for Australian and international art journals with an interest in cultural criticism. Her writing has been published regularly by Mega Mute, Un Projects Inc. and Dissect Journal.
Borbála Soós is a London-based curator. She graduated from the MA Curating Contemporary Art course at the Royal College of Art, London in 2012, and holds an MA in Film Studies and an MA in Art History from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest since 2009. Since 2013 she has been the director and curator of Tenderpixel, an independent contemporary art gallery in central London. She is Visiting Lecturer at the MA Fine Art course at the Royal College of Art, London, and also works as an independent curator, often collaborating with artists with socially engaged practices. In April 2017 she undertook a curatorial residency at Rupert, Vilnius.
Brigita Reinert is a second year master student in the Institute of Art History at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has a background in philosophy, art education, art history and theory, and practical experience in fine arts, curating and text-based arts projects. Currently she works as a freelance arts manager and critic.
Christophe Leclercq is a researcher, curator, lecturer at École du Louvre.
Claudia Dorfmüller has worked as artist, magazine editor and curator. She holds a degree from University of Arts Berlin and is based in Berlin.
Constantinos Taliotis is a visual artist and writer. His research focuses on manifestations of evil in cinema, especially through architecture, automobiles and firearms. Most recently he co-represented The Republic of Cyprus in the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013 with oO, The Lithuania / Cyprus Pavilion.
Echo Gone Wrong – online magazine for culture and contemporary art in Baltics.
Edvardas Šumila engages in a variety of fields and his research interests are relatively broad. He is currently involved in studies of music, philosophy and critical theory as well as interdisciplinary studies of sound and other media, especially visual arts and literature. He engages in various public activities and is an organizer of electronic music festival 'Ahead' as well as an artistic director of another contemporary music festival 'Druskomanija'.
Eglė Juocevičiūtė is an art critic.
Eglė Mikalajūnė is curator at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, teacher at Vilnius Academy of Arts and independent art critic.
Emma Duester is an ESRC-funded PhD researcher in her second year of study in the Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. In her research, Emma explores the Baltic art worlds of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In particular, she is interested in the mobility of artists and the effects of this on the Baltic cities of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. The main theoretical idea is about mobility and how it can reframe the current understanding of migration. Emma has been interviewing artists as well as other art workers over the past year and has carried out participant observation at Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius and has spent time with an Estonian artist in Vienna.
Ernest Truely is an artist from America working in an Estonian context. Since 2008 Mr. Truely has coordinated international artist residency at Culture Factory Polymer in Tallinn Estonia. He is one of the founding members of Error, a collective that creates social installations from available resources in disused spaces. Mr. Truely is a lecturer at Baltic Film and Media school and offers alternative art educational lectures and workshops throughout Europe.
Eva-Erle Lilleaed is an art writer.
Fiona Flynn – a generalist, teacher, researcher, writer and editor based in London. As part of a residency project in Nida, Lithuania two years ago, she used Stellarium software to explore how geographical co-ordinates might be reflected in celestial co-ordinates to imagine new locations and passages. Creative projects in recent years have taken her through Europe and to South Africa where she has explored contemporary trade routes, made studies of common ground in hostile territories and devised mushroom cloud explosions in sites of memory.
Geir Haraldseth is the director of Rogaland Kunstsenter and based in Stavanger, Norway. Haraldseth holds a BA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College. Previous positions include curator at the National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo, and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Haraldseth has contributed to several journals and magazines including the Exhibitionist, Kunstkritikk, Acne Paper, and Landings Journal. He recently published «Great! I’ve written something stupid» featuring a selection of his curated projects and writings, published by Torpedo Press.
Giedrė Legotaitė is an art critic.
Gintarė Matulaitytė is an art critic. She was an editor of an art criticism magazine for the Baltics – Echo Gone Wrong until December 2015.
Gregor Taul is a farmer and family man in the wonderful town of Viljandi where he leads his activity as a curator and author.
Helen Merila is an art writer currently studying Art and Visual Culture (MA) at Estonian Academy of Arts.
Ian Damerell is an artist and an art professor who lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He graduated from the Royal College of Art (Masters) in 1973 and The West Surrey College of Art and Design, Bachelor Honours, in 1971. He has been a professor in Fine Art at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science since the start of the 1980s, a lecturer at Goldsmith’s College of Art and the Royal College of Art. He has written an art theory book ‘Unfolding the Cards’, published in 2013. Full CV and works can be found at http://www.iandamerell.berta.me.
Ieva Lejasmeijere is graduate of Art history Department at the Art Academy of Latvia and acquired writing skills from the editors of "Rīgas Laiks" magazine. Represents essay type criticism style which stems from the tradition of new journalism. The task of each articles is to answer the question of what it actually is that one can see at the exhibition or anywhere else.
Indrek Grigor is an art theorist graduated from semiotics in Tartu. Indrek is a gallery manager at Tartu Art House and lectures at Tartu Art College and Estonian Academy of Arts. He is part of the board of art criticism blog Artishok and cultural newspaper Müürileht as well as the editor in chief of the podcast Tartu möliseb. He is convinced modernist and structuralist.
Indrek Grigor and Šelda Puķīte are the curators of the IV Artishok Biennale.
Inesa Brašiškė co-runs a project space The Gardens in Vilnius, works as a curator at Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius and occasionally writes and translates texts on contemporary art issues. She has organised the lecture series on the issues of contemporary art theory and history with participation of David Joselit, Dieter Roelstraete, Alexander Alberro and others. The topic of her interest is a historical and social phenomenon of contemporary art and contemporaneity as such.
Inga Lāce is a project manager and curator at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Latvia and a Master’s degree in the Culture Management from the The Latvian Academy of Culture. She is running projects within Middle East and elsewhere. The topic of her interest is applicability of the post-Soviet experience to the Middle East and visa versa. She is currently participating in de Appel Arts Centre Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam (2014-2015).
Jacquelyn Davis is an American-Swedish writer, curator and art critic. Davis holds a MA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Critical Writing & Curatorial Practice, a MFA in Creative Writing from the School of Critical Studies from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Politics & Cinema Studies from Oberlin College. She is founder of the curatorial node and small publishing press valeveil. Functional versus ineffective collaboration techniques are a concern of hers.
Jana Kukaine is an art critic from Latvia. Her starting point is – if the artists can do whatever they want and call it art, I can do what I want and call it criticism. (A slightly inaccurate quote from Lucy Lippard).
Jānis Taurens is father of four children. Reads books (for example, Pindar's odes, Pynchon's novels and The Pickwick Papers). Does not hunt or fish; does not play football. Writes about philosophy, contemporary art and architecture. Has worked in urban planning and translated the works of Ludwig Wittgenstein: “Work on philosophy is - as work in architecture frequently is - actually more of a work on oneself. On one's own conception. On the way one sees things. (And what one demands of them.)” Studied architecture at the Riga Polytechnical Institute (now Riga Technical University) and philosophy at the University of Latvia, where he earned a PhD in philosophy in 2005. Has been an associate professor at the Latvian Academy of Art since 2006.
Jogintė Bučinskaitė is an art critic.
Julija Navarskaitė is a student of Art History, Theory and Criticism at Vilnius Academy of Arts.
Julijonas Urbonas (Vilnius/London) is a designer, artist, writer, engineer and PhD student in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Since childhood, he has been working within the field of amusement park development. Having worked in such field – as an architect, ride designer, head of fairground – he became fascinated by what he’s calling ‘gravitational aesthetics’. Since then the topic has been at the core of his creative practice, from artistic work to scholarly articles. His work has been exhibited internationally and received many awards, including the Award of Distinction in Interactive Art, Prix Ars Electronica 2010. One of his projects can be found in the permanent collection of the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM).
Jurij Dobriakov is an independent researcher of contemporary culture and art phenomena, critic, teacher and translator. He contributes texts to various Lithuanian and international cultural publications and catalogues of art projects, and takes part in publishing initiatives, conferences and seminars. He teaches photography theory and culturology of everyday life. Among his interests are psychoanalysis, media theory, urbanism and psychogeography, nostalgia, memory and the phenomenon of cultural generations.
Justė Jonutytė is a Vilnius-based contemporary art and photography curator. She holds an M.A. degree in Art History from the University of St Andrews. Formerly a part of curatorial teams at Tate Modern (London), Jonas Mekas Foundation (New York) and oO (Lithuanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale), she currently works as a curator at Rupert (Vilnius).
Justė Kostikovaitė studies curating contemporary art at Royal College of Art, London. In 2011 she organised artist residency project CAN and the workshop Spheres of Power.Tension&Excange in Berlin. In 2012 together with Žilvinas Landsbergas she organised the artist residency project in Vilnius MaloniojiAIR.
Justin Tyler Tate was born in Canada, grew up in the United States and now lives in Estonia. Receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University his work combines elements of sculpture, installation, media and performance. Tate’s work is concerned with ideas of space, function and interactivity; he uses traditional methods of construction/fabrication in unconventional ways, altering the purpose of a space and thereby, changing how viewers experience it.
Kaia Otstak is an Estonian artist, a learner of philosophy, and a freelance art- and dance critic. She holds a BA in philosophy from Estonian Institute of Humanities and is currently Master student of philosophy at the same institution.
Keiu Krikmann is an artwriter, curator, gallerist.
Kęstutis Šapoka is an art critic, artist and curator. Lives and works in Vilnius.
Laine Kristberga is an art historian and academic. She graduated from the University of Latvia with a MPhil Degree in English Literature and Culture and from Birkbeck, University of London with a MA Degree in the History of Film and Visual Media. Currently she is reading lectures and writing her doctoral dissertation on mediated self-portrait forms in contemporary art at the Art Academy of Latvia. Laine is an author of numerous publications in Latvia and abroad.
Laura Brokāne is an art writer.
Laura Prikule is an art critic.
Lauren Monsein Rhodes is Associate Director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, IL USA. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Cultural and Social Anthropology Program at University of Latvia and a Visiting Lecturer at RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design. She holds a PhD and MA in Anthropology from University of Washington (Seattle, WA USA), a MSEd in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education (New York, NY USA), and a BA in Anthropology from Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH USA).
Līga Marcinkeviča is an artist and art critic from Latvia.
Linda Vebere is an art critic.
Linda Veinberga is an art project manager and culture journalist living in Riga. She has studied history and theory of visual arts and culture at the Art Academy of Latvia and documentary filmmaking at the International Film School Wales (University of Wales) and Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). She has worked as an editor, culture journalist and video reporter for the Latvian Television, Artyčok TV and Arterritory.com and holds a position in Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Maija Rudovska is an independent curator and researcher based in Riga, Latvia. She has completed Curatorlab postgraduate studies at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and has obtained an MA in art history from the Art Academy of Latvia. Rudovska also runs a curatorial network Blind Carbon Copy (with Juste Kostikovaite).
Mari Kartau also known as Siram (b 1968) is Estonian art critic, artist and independent curator. Graduated from Estonian Academiy of Art 1996 (MA), Räpina School of Horticulture (2013, environmental protection), currently studying in Luua Forestry School. She is currently working at the Estonian Public Broadcasting cultural portal as an art editor.
Maria Arusoo is an artist-curator currently working as the Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia and the Commissioner of the Estonian Pavilion at Venice Biennial.
Marie Vellevoog holds BA in art history from Tartu University and is currently pursuing MA from Estonian Academy of Arts in the same subject. In her research she is concentrating on installation art from the 1990s.
Markus Toompere is a culinary critic.
Martin Rünk is an art scholar and critic. In 2010, he defended his master's thesis on "Self-reflective situations in dialogical aesthetics with the example of Polümeer factory workers' reunion" at the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts. He was also a board member of the Polymer Culture Factory.
Matas Šiupšinskas is an architect . He researches the history of town planning, mass housing, housing typologies, urban morphology and Soviet architecture. He occasionally writes for popular and scientific magazines (Volume, Monu, Archifroma, Journal of Architecture and Urbanism etc.).
Maya Mikelsone is a Latvian curator based in Paris. She has studied Philosophy of Art at University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne followed by curatorial training program at École du Magasin.
Maya Tounta is Curator at Rupert Centre for Art and Education. She has a Master of Arts in History of Art and Philosophy.
Merle Luhaäär holds Bachelor degree from University of Tartu in semiotics and linguistics and BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from Kingston University London. She is a master student in the Institute of Art History at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Mētra Saberova acquired her BA in Painting from the Art Academy of Latvia and currently is studying for her MA degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in London. She has a great love for philosophy and gender theories in particular.
Mindaugas Gapševičius is an artist, facilitator, and curator living and working between Berlin, London and Vilnius. He is one of the initiators of the project space POT in Kassel and an active participant in various conferences, projects and workshops related to networks and digital culture.
Monika Kalinauskaitė is an independent writer, critic and occasional badminton player from Vilnius, Lithuania. Her writing focuses mainly on contemporary visual art, architectural theory and critical essays. She is currently studying Art History and Theory in Vilnius Academy of Art.
Monika Lipšic is a curator, art writer.
Naomi Hennig lives in Berlin, where she works as curator, project coordinator and visual artist. She has been involved in alternative education and artist-run initiatives and collaborated in a number of curatorial projects and events, such as the exhibition project 'Spaceship Yugoslavia' at nGbK Berlin (2010). She is currently running the exhibitions programme at Galerie im Turm in Berlin.
Neringa Bumblienė is a curator, researcher and writer. She has a Master Degree in Curatorial Studies and is an alumnus of the Ecole du Magasin, France. Since 2014 she works as a curator and a project coordinator at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius.
Neringa Černiauskaitė is an art critic, curator and editor in chief of Lithuanian contemporary art daily Artnews.lt. She is graduate from Bard's Centre for Curatorial Studies, NY.
Neringa Krikščiūnaitė is an art critic.
Oliver Laas is an Estonian cultural theorist and an aspiring philosopher. He holds a BA in fine art from the Estonian Academy of Arts, an MA in cultural theory from the Estonian Institute of Humanities, and is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy at the same institution.
Paulius Andriuškevičius is an art critic.
Povilas Dumbliauskas is a philosophy student from Alytus. An enemy to bourgeois intellectualism and cultural idolatry. His interests extend from German idealism, materialist dialectics and proletarian politics to darwinian biology and experimental music. Currently he works on the problem of subjectivity in German idealism and aleatory materialism in music.
Raivo Kelomees PhD (art history), artist, critic and new media researcher. Studied psychology, art history, and design in Tartu University and the Academy of Arts in Tallinn. Has published in main cultural and art magazines and newspapers of Estonia since 1985. Book author, “Surrealism” (Kunst Publishers, 1993) and an article collections “Screen as a Membrane” (Tartu Art College proceedings, 2007), "Social Games in Art Space" (Estonian Academy of Arts, 2013). Doctoral thesis „Postmateriality in Art. Indeterministic Art Practices and Non-Material Art“ (Dissertationes Academiae Artium Estoniae 3, 2009). Participated in festivals and exhibitions: French-Baltic Video Art Festivals (Grand Prix in 1994); WRO 95, Wroclaw; Second International Video and Electronic Art Manifestation in Montreal 1995; 20th Tokyo Video Festival, 1998 (Silver Award); MuuMediaFestival in Helsinki (1998); Ars Electronica Mediathek, Linz (1999); 4th International Festival of New Film, Split (1999); ISEA 2000 (Paris); ISEA 2002 (Nagoya); FILE 2005 (Sao Paolo); Media Forum at the Moscow International Film Festival, 2006 (Moscow); Fluxus East. Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe, Kumu Art Museum, 2008 (Tallinn) and many others.
Rebeka Põldsam has studied contemporary art theory at Goldsmiths, London. She works as curator and project manager at Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia. She has been a co-curator of the exhibition Untold Stories (2011) and occasionally writes art criticism. Her research interests lie in queer theory, Eastern European contemporary art and contemporary ethics. Her current biggest influences are Renate Lorenz, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Emmanuel Lévinas.
Redas Diržys lives and works in Alytus (Lithuania) and is known for his social interventions, performances and socially engaged practices (teaching, lecturing, writing, and exhibiting). He can be considered a member of the Left discourse. In his social and artistic practices (which usually are inseparable) he criticizes the existing social rituals, the rules of art market, he deconstructs the power mechanisms and capitalist „power centers“. However, this critique has a subversive value – with a degree of irony and sarcasm, the artist often borrows the means of expression and organization from his objects of critique thus creating an artistic intervention or social action that provokes reaction, tension and dialogue. Since 1993 he is running unofficial initiatives of various locally based international art events which eventually got a shape of Alytus Biennial. Currently he elaborates art strike technologies to be applied directly onto the local structures of the „serious culture“and is associated with transnational structure of DAta Miners & Travailleurs Psychique - DAMTP. Since 1995 he is a head of Alytus Art School. Up to 2009 he successfully developed his artistic career internationally. In 2009 he officially refused to be recognised as an artist and associates himself with psychic workers.
Rihards Bražinskis is an art critic.
Santa Mičule is an everyday-art critic. She holds MA in Art History and is fascinated by marginalized forms of culture.
Santa Remere specializes in all kinds of mixed media and visual communication - from children's books, to movies, installations and operas. She has studied culture, cinema and new media in several universities in Riga, Paris and Tokyo, has a MA degree in engineering, but mainly uses written word as her means of self-expression. As a research student at the lab of Japanese visual anthropologist Chihiro Minato she has set her focus on the subject of collective memory and perception. Currently, translates theater plays and regularly writes critics and analytical articles for the internet magazine satori.lv
Saulius Leonavičius lives and works in Dublin. He has graduated from Photography and Media Arts at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts (MA). As an artist he is interested in plasticity of definitions and rules in art field as well borders and edges of postmodern culture in general. He performs interventions, appropriations and rituals with an aim to compromise art as institution for its own sake.
Šelda Puķīte is Latvian art historian, critic and curator based in Riga. She has graduated from History and Theory of Visual Arts and Culture MA at Art Academy of Latvia and is writing her PhD about pop art discourse in Latvian art. She holds a position at Latvian National Museum of Art as Head of the Arsenāls exhibition hall Creative Studio.
Simon Barker is a Tallinn based philosopher, writer, poet, visual text thingy and occasional breakdancing performance artist. He has graduated from Classical Studies at University of London, continued in Philosophy at Kings College and gained Ph.D. at University of London in 2008. He lectures on Epistemology and Hellenictic Philosophy in Tallinn University since 2012. He writes on culture and art at simonbarker.is.
Skaidra Trilupaitytė is art and culture critic. She holds a PhD in Humanities, is a researcher at Lithuanian Culture Research Institute. She writes on topics of urban-cultural regeneration, international intellectual exchange, issues of post-soviet period Lithuanian culture institutions for Lithuanian and foreign academic publications.
Sophie Lapalu is an art writer.
Stella Pelše is an art historian working at the Institute of Art History in Riga since 1993. She received PhD in art history from the Latvian Academy of Art for the study “History of Latvian Art Theory: Definitions of Art in the Context of the Prevailing Ideas of the Time (1900–1940)” (2004, published in 2007). Research interests include art theory, art history, art criticism, aesthetics, contemporary art. Since the late 1990s she writes art criticism and has received several awards for best exhibition reviews, contribution to the history and theory of art and the publication of her PhD work.
Steve Yates – museum curator, Fulbright Scholar to USSR and Eastern Europe (1991) and Russia (1995, 2007), photographic artist, writer and lecturer. Founding curator of photography at the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe (1980-2007) assembling collection of up to ten thousand of works (Google: idea photographic).
Tanel Rander is an Estonian artist, writer, researcher mainly interested in applying decolonial theories in East European context.
Tautvydas Bajarkevičius is a curator, writer and sound artist.
The Deep Splash is a website documenting the diverging ideas and motivations of Lithuanian émigrés working in the Arts.
Tomas Čiučelis is a philosopher, translator, and interdisciplinary researcher. Finished Media Art studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, currently a PhD candidate in Continental Philosophy at the University of Dundee. Books translated and published in Lithuania: Lev Manovich, “Language of New Media”, and Noam Chomsky, “Hegemony or Survival.” Research fields: mediation, philosophy of technology, alterity and language. Actively following the developments in speculative philosophy.
Tomas Čiučelis, Gintarė Matulaitytė Gintarė Matulaitytė is an art critic. She was an editor of an art criticism magazine Echo Gone Wrong representing Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia until December 2015. Tomas Čiučelis is a philosopher, translator, and interdisciplinary researcher. Finished Media Art studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, currently a PhD candidate in Continental Philosophy at the University of Dundee.
Tomas Marcinkevičius is a student, a layman and a latent hater of all art. He got his MA in Social and Political Critique while dreaming of a non-institutionalised academia. He maintains it is impossible to proceed with the social life without PhDs becoming more like punks and punks becoming more like PhDs.
Tomas Pabedinskas is art theoretician and critic, the member of Lithuanian Photographers Association since 2007, granted with official status of the artist in 2008. He has given lectures in various institutions of higher education in Lithuania and other European countries. Works as a lecturer in the Art Faculty of Vytautas Magnus University and as an associate proffesor in Justinas Vienožinskis Art Faculty of Kaunas College. Works as a freelance writer and has published more than 100 articles on contemporary art and photography in various publications since 2001.
Ulrike Gerhardt lives and works as a curator in Berlin. She holds an MA in cultural studies and runs the project space "Note On" since 2011. Currently she is working on her dissertation in the field of visual studies, researching on contemporary artists from the Baltic countries. Her main interests lie in experimental exhibition making, institutional critique and contemporary art from a post-socialist context.
Valts Mikelsons is a Latvian artocholic. Having acquired an interest in the field outside of academic or professional context, he has visited at least 350 exhibitions a year since 2009. He now works at the Mūkusala Art Salon, Riga, where he also publishes his Voltmeter blog. He is committed to devising engaging ways to think and write about art.
Valts Miķelsons and Indrek Grigor Indrek Grigor is an art theorist graduated from semiotics in Tartu. Valts Miķelsons works at the Mūkusala Art Salon, Riga, where he also publishes his Voltmeter blog.
Varvara Guljajeva and Lina Rukevičiūtė Lina Rukevičiūtė is an artist, facilitator, researcher and curator living and working in Vilnius, Lithuania. She has graduated from Central Saint Martin's College of Art&Design, London, and Vilnius University, Vilnius, and is currently involved in local and international contemporary art and educational art projects, as well as organisations, such as Project Space „Sodų 4“ of Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists' Association, Institutio media. Varvara is an artist and researcher. Member of an artist duo Varvara & Mar. She gained bachelor degree in IT from Estonian IT College, master degree in digital media from ISNM in Germany and currently is a PhD candidate at the Estonian Art Academy in the department of Art and Design.
Veronika Valk studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EE) and Rhode Island School of Design (US), she is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT University School of Architecture in Melbourne (AU). She lives in Tallinn (EE) and works as an architect in her practice Zizi&Yoyo. She has constructed both public and private buildings, designed interiors and landscapes, won some 30 prizes at various competitions as well as published a number of critical essays on architecture and urbanism. Veronika Valk has recently received the national Young Architect Award 2012.
Victoria Ivanova is a curator and writer living in London. Having previously worked in the human rights field, in 2010, she co-founded a multidisciplinary cultural platform in Donetsk, Ukraine, which critically explored the intersection between activism, education and artistic research. Ivanova's recent publications include ‘Art’s Values: A Détente, a Grand Plié' in Parse 2: The Value of Contemporary Art (2015), ‘Novelty Intermediation and the Future of Accelerationist Politics’ in Reinventing Horizons (2016), ‘Fractured Mediations’ in Der Zeitkomplex. Postcontemporary (2016), and ‘Contemporary Art and Collateral Financialisation’ in Finance and Society (II(i), 2016).
Viktoria Draganova is a curator and writer living in Frankfurt/Main and Sofia. She is the founder and director of Swimming Pool Projects, Sofia (www.swimmingpoolprojects.org).
Viktorija Kasperoviča is an art researcher and freelance journalist interested in contemporary art and creative industries. For the past six years she was living in Scotland (UK) obtaining her MSc degree in Modern Art from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently working on her own project focused on the issues of cultural interactivity.
Viltė Bražiūnaitė was born in 1991 in Vilnius, Lithuania and has been studying at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts from 2010.
Vivian Sky Rehberg is an art historian and critic and Course Director of the Master of Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute. She obtained her PhD in art history in 2000 from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.). Based in Paris since the late 1990s, Rehberg worked as a curator, writer, translator and educator in France before moving to Rotterdam in February 2012. Rehberg is a contributing editor of frieze magazine and publishes widely on contemporary art and artists.
Vytautas Michelkevičius (LT, Vilnius/Nida) is a theorist, activist, and curator, working with art and media projects and interested in socializing through art, interdisciplinarity between art and research, experimental teaching, and participatory curatorial practices. He holds PhD in Communication & Media studies, lectures in Vilnius Academy of Arts and works as artistic director of Nida Art Colony since 2010.
Zanda Jankovska is an art historian. She holds BA and MA in History and Theory of Visual Arts and Culture from the Art Academy of Latvia. Currently, she is researching on “The Use of Science at the Visual Art as a Material and Media (1990 – 2010)” as a PhD student at the same institution.