The Museum of Conflict - Art as Political Strategy in Post-Communist Europe
Research conference - Tuesday 12 September 2006




Calin Dan is a Romanian artist based in Amsterdam and Bucharest. He works independently and within subREAL (with Josif Király).
Recent projects include Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, Bucharest (2006) and his film Trip. SampleCity. Three takes on Emotional Architecture, Stroom, The Hague. (2006)
Calin Dan recently took part in the exhibitions Europart, Vienna (2006), Biennale Cuvée, Linz (2006), Zones of Contact at 15 Sydney Biennale, Sydney Australia (2006) and Normalisation, Istanbul (2006). http://www.mnac.ro/emotional.htm

BAVO (Gideon Boie and Matthias Pauwels) researches the political dimension of art, architecture and planning. In 2003 they published the book The undivided city and its willing executioners (Stroom hcbk). In 2005 they organized the conference Psychoanalysis, urban theory and the city of late-capitalism (at the Jan van Eyck Academy). In 2006 BAVO guest edited Andere Sinema 176 as part of their ongoing research project The spectre of the avant-garde, as well as organized the symposium Cultural activism today: Stategies of over-identification (at the Stedelijk Museum CS). They're now finalizing their second book Too active to act. Cultural activism after the end of history (expected date of publishing: spring 2007).  http://www.bavo.biz

Wouter Davidts is engineer-architect and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning of Ghent University (Belgium). He teaches Architecture Theory at the Department of Architecture of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In the Fall of 2006 he will work as a British Academy Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In recent years he has published on the museum, contemporary art and architecture in magazines such as Architecture d'Aujourd hui, Archis, De Witte Raaf, Kritische Berichten and Parachute, and in several books and exhibition catalogues. He is the author of Bouwen voor de kunst? (AS/books, 2006). In 2000 he edited the publication B-sites, and recently he edited the textual part of Denkmal ISBN 9080842427, the new volume by the belgian artist Jan De Cock (Atelier Jan De Cock, 2006). His recent scholarly work focuses on post-war artistic attitudes towards architecture and on the architectural nature and identity of the contemporary artists studio.

Meta Haven: Design Research consists of (among others) Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden and is based in Amsterdam. Initiated as a research project at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Meta Haven began working on a corporate identity proposal for the Principality of Sealand. This man-made structure in the North Sea gained international fame as the world's smallest sovereign nation state and data haven, an internet storage facility. Among the project's initial aims was not only to visually grasp the facts and fictions of an ill-fated experimental nation state, but also to engage with a visual communication of - in principle - unlimited references and associations. From working on the Principality of Sealand and its potential as a 'stealth country', outside globalized capitalism, Meta Haven has since developed a discursive research and design practice, merging imagination and politics. Based on these interests Meta Haven seeks to activate new potentials in design from the perspective of the public proposal an un-commissioned visual model that addresses and integrates relevant issues, whether they pertain to the politics and history of the place or institution that is identified visually. By strategies of pro-active representation, the collective engages with political issues where specific references are sought and ramifications are encouraged to expand. Forthcoming projects include Quaero (2006) and Uncorporate Identity http://www.metahaven.net

Maria Hlavajova is curator and director of BAK - basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Maria Hlavajova will curate the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2007 http://www.bak.nl

Mihnea Mircan is a curator based in Bucharest, working at the National Museum of Contemporary Art http://www.mnac.ro and freelance. Recently curated Under Destruction #2 and Jaan Toomik: Videos at MNAC and No Significant Incidents To Report at Galeria Noua, Bucharest. Curator of Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005-2006). Co-editor of the 4th issue of the magazine Omagiu, on the theme Problems, the. Upcoming projects include Under Destruction #3 and The History Simulator, an exhibition of Romanian videos at Videobrasil Gallery, Sao Paolo.

Edi Muka (Tirana/Stockholm) is an international freelance curator and co-founder and co-Director of Tirana Biennale. He is former guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana and former curator of the International Program of the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana.

Florian Waldvogel studied at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule Frankfurt/Main under Prof. Kasper König. 2001-2003 artistic director of Kokerei Zollverein | Zeitgenössische Kunst und Kritik, Essen. Curator NIZZA TRANSFER, Frankfurt (2004). Co-curator Just Do It!, Linz (2005) and Manifesta 6 in Nicosia, Cyprus (2006). Since 2006 Curator at Witte de With, Rotterdam. Editor of Frankfurter Positionen 01 (2001), co-editor of Arbeit Essen Angst (2001), Campus (2002) and Handbuch Antirassismus (2002), Die Offene Stadt: Anwendungsmodelle (2003) and Critical Condition von Julie Ault und Martin Beck (2003), Bank 1-3(2004), Just do it! (2005). Author of Who let the dogs out (2001).
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