Ariane Koek is a British, international producer, curator, consultant and writer – and “a recognized world leader in the field of science and art” (Andrea Bandelli Director of Science Gallery International). She specialises in initiating, designing and curating interdisciplinary programmes, residencies, events and workshops. She is also known for nurturing established and young creative talent across disciplines.
In 2009 she initiated, designed and directed Arts At Cern at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory outside Geneva, including the Collide programme, which is known today as one of Europe’s leading artists residencies. Prior to that, Ariane was given the international award called the Clore Fellowship for her work in culture as Director of the Arvon Foundation for Creative Writing in the UK and as an award-winning producer at the BBC in both television and radio. Ariane is a founding Advisory Board member and Expert Arts Advisor to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC.) She is also on the Advisory Boards of HEK (House of Electronic Arts, Basel, Switzerland) the CERN Cultural programme and Science Gallery Venice, Italy. Her book ‘Entangle: Physics and the Artistic Imagination’ is published by Hatje Cantz in 2019.
Photograph: CERN
Maija Tammi is a Finnish artist and Doctor of Arts, whose photographs, videos and installations examine the liminal areas of disgust and fascination, science and aesthetics. She regularly collaborates with scientists and musicians. Tammi has for example visually examined biologically immortal cancer cells, human- looking robots and created images resembling outer space from microscopic matter.
Tammi’s work has been exhibited among others in Paris, Berlin, Rome, London, New York, and Tokyo, and she has three published books Leftover/Removals (Kehrer Verlag, 2014), White Rabbit Fever (Bromide Books, 2017) and Sick Photography (Aalto Arts Books, 2017).
Tammi’s background is in photojournalism. She has a Masters in visual journalism and she worked as a photojournalist for six years before her artistic career. She obtained her practice-based doctorate from Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2017.
Photograph: Miikka Pirinen
Hannu Vanhanen is a curator, educator, photographer and writer based in Tampere, Finland. He is the director of the Backlight Photo Festival (2019-) and an adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Lapland (2010-).
Vanhanen has worked as a professor and a senior lecturer of photojournalism at the University of Tampere (1990–2010), and has lectured and taught photography abroad for example in France (ÉSAD Orleans), Germany (HfG of Schwäbisch Gmünd), United States of America (University of California, Long Beach), Spain (University of Santiago de Compostela), and Latvia (The Nordic Journalists’ Center).
Recent curatorial projects include: Finland in National Geographic at the Päivälehti Museum in Helsinki 2013; Revealing Images at the Media Museum Rupriikki in Tampere 2010; The Actors and Victims of Photojournalism at the Finnish Museum of Photography 2008.
Recent written contributions include: Integrated Media in Change (2014), Höntsy (photo book, 2013), Revealing Images (2010), Odyssey of the Hungarian Photographers (2009), (Finnish) Civil war from the German point of view in Red-black-white 1918 – images (2008).
Vanhanen wrote his Ph.D thesis (R)evolution of photo reportage in 2002 and studied photography at San Francisco Art Institute as a Fulbright grantee (1987–88). His own works have been exhibited among others in Berlin, Paris, Tampere and Santiago de Compostela.
Photograph: Ossi Ahola
Lars Willumeit is an independent curator, author, and art educator based in Switzerland. He is currently a curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. With degrees in Social Anthropology (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Curatorial Studies (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste), his interests are in photography, documentarisms, regimes of representation, and visual cultures.
Willumeit’s recent curatorial projects include: Yann Mingard – Everything is up in the air, thus our vertigo, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (2019); Salvatore Vitale –How to Secure a Country, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur (2019); CO-OP, Unseen, Amsterdam (2017 + 2018).
Recent written contributions include: Why not…gather together?!— Imagineering the (Un-)becomings of Photography as Arenas and Communities of Collective Meaning-Making and Collaborative Agency, in book Why Exhibit?, A.K. Rastenberger/I. Sikking eds. (FW-books, 2018); Wonderful to Watch — Some Notes on Ruin Lust and Creative Destruction in/of Photographic Realism, Andrea Botto, KABOOM (Editions Pierre Bessard, 2017). Willumeit is also editor of The (Un)becomings of Photography—On Reaggregating and Reassembling the Photographic and its Institutions (Foundation for Visual Arts, 2016).
Photograph: Selina Willemse