Our Citizen Artists – 2017

Ana Čorić

Ana Čorić is a music educator working as an assistant at the Music Education Department, Academy of Music, University of Zagreb. She is a PhD student of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. Through research, pedagogical and artistic work, she explores artistic citizenship, community music, interdisciplinarity, professional identity, media and group music activities. Born in Rijeka (Croatia), at the age of 18 she went to study Music Education in Pula and Zagreb, combining her studies with educational work in schools and kindergartens. In the same time she performed with several choirs as a singer and a conductor. In 2011, as a member of choir Josip Kaplan Rijeka, she won the competition Last Choir Standing. Her biggest passion today is performing with her female vocal group Čipkice with whom she tries to link traditional music to the society, as well as promote intercultural dialogue and inclusion among different audiences. She believes that combining her scientific research with artistic and educational work can make an interesting bond and have an impact to the society. As a participant of CAI, she hopes to gain additional knowledge, skills, experience and network that can place her work in a position to make concrete changes in the community.

Anna Schauberger

Born in 1985, Anna Schauberger (alias The Unused Word) is a music producer, singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, radio show host and sometimes DJ from Austria. She was trained as a classical pianist, who then somehow, after being a self-proclaimed „hook bitch“ for rap songs, started producing her own music in 2005. During her highschool year in Seattle, she gathered one year of experience in Drama, as well as broadcasting. Her favorite instruments are basically any instruments with keys, as well as voice. Anna has experience in vocal coaching and is an experienced choir leader. Until she dropped out due to issues with depression and anxiety, she used to study composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Only a few days after making this decision, she got signed to the viennese Independent Label Duzz Down San, which has since been her musical home base. In 2013, she moved from Vienna to the Upper Austrian countryside, where she now regularly organizes private music production camps at her place. In 2015, she was awarded the SKE year’s stipend.

Her current work interests are of a rather wide variety, ranging from mental health conflicts and the stigmatization thereof to inequality issues, feminism, to gender studies-related topics, to exploring what the term post-porn means and entails, to hyper-eroticization, to hierarchy and authority, to general political developments and environmental issues, to discussing and exploring socio-economic factors and developing practical approaches to existing problems, to enjoying creating a kind of surreal vibe similar to the vibe experienced when one watches a work by David Lynch. Her most recent artform-related interest is Light Art / light installations. At CAI, she would like to work interdisciplinary.

Bojana Janković

Bojana Janković is a London-based artist and writer and co-founder the of performance company There There. Her work is focused on topics of contemporary immigration, immigrant and national identity and heritage, especially in relation to intra-European immigration and Eastern European identity. Her performances, installations and interventions often subvert political and media representations of immigrants and use participation to encourage inclusive, alternative debates on immigration.

Audience development focused on engagement with immigrant communities, is an essential part of There There’s work; the company’s pieces are increasingly situated in public and freely accessible spaces, striving to gather audiences whose diversity reflects that of the world outside cultural institutions.

Originally from Serbia, where she studied theatre directing, Bojana has been living in the UK since 2009. With There There, she has created pieces for institutions such as the Museum of London and Tate Modern, initiated collaborations with academic, advocacy and research organisations and presented work in live art, performance, visual art and theatre settings around the UK.

Karmen Tockmaji

Karmen Tockmaji (Carmen) is a young vocalist from Syria. A senior year Opera student at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus Syria. Being highly ambitious and has been in love with art since she was very young but this did not stop her from pursuing her studies in Pharmacy until she got the BA degree in Pharmacy.
She is a member in many choirs and projects. She participated as a solo vocalist with many Syrian orchestras and bands.

Participated in many ceremonies such as “The Happiest People” in UAE with the Italian Puccini Orchestra, the opening ceremony of TV channel “Talaqie”, the opening of “the International conference for youth” and “the world Humanitarian day” ceremony.

Participated as a volunteer in many projects such as Massar and Basma Association, that supports children with cancer.

Won the first prize for a humanitarian song during the “Kitharat AL Rouh Festival” while singing with Saint Afram Syriac Choir.

Recorded many theme songs for Syrian drama works and series and many children songs for children TV channels: MBC3, Disney and Nickelodeon.

Carmen is also a professional swimmer and speaks fluent Arabic, English and good knowledge of French and Italian.

As a member of the CAI project, she hopes to have the opportunity to share her experience with people from around the world, to learn their concerns and interests, to design performances that inspire peace and fight racism and injustice.

Eleanor Bishop

Eleanor Bishop is a writer and director who makes socially engaged performances that seek to untangle complex systems of oppression through active participation by audiences. Her pieces often blend classic plays, text from media coverage, documentary interviews, live camera and sustained personal engagement with an ensemble of actors and designers.

She has worked as an assistant director for The Builders Association, Big Art Group and as a directing intern at The Wooster Group. From Aotearoa-New Zealand, she received her BA in Theater (Honors) at Victoria University of Wellington and in 2016 she graduated with an MFA in Directing at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama in Pittsburgh, PA, USA where she studied as a John Wells Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Before her graduate study in the US, she worked in New Zealand as a freelance director, and co-director of acclaimed New Zealand theater company The PlayGround Collective (with Eli Kent & Robin Kerr) whose work across site-specific, new writing and participatory forms toured to arts festivals and venues nationally.

She currently divides her time between her native Aotearoa-New Zealand and New York. Her piece on rape culture, Jane Doe, a three year project that has evolved through 65 interviews with young people and participation from multiple college campuses in the United States, is still touring in America and also being presented in New Zealand.

Fauve Alice

Fauve Alice is a performance maker working in London. She studied at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Paris and used the skills that she learnt there to create work which is provocative and holds a mirror up to society. She has worked as a performer with various politically led theatre companies across Europe and Asia exploring different issues that face our society. Over the last few years she has begun to lead in the creation of work and projects, exploring the strangeness of normative identities and how they can be challenged. Specifically this has led to creating performances, both as a director and performer, with different communities who live on the outskirts of society.

Her most recent work, Nights at the Circus, is a collaboration with artists with learning disabilities looking at sexuality and imposed identities. Her work is silly and provocative in equal measure, and devised for audiences of the near future.

CIA is a great opportunity for her to learn about other people’s practices and find ways to collaborate across Europe.

Joanna Wyrwa

I work for over 7 years with local communities in Wrocław, Poland, on field of art and culture in public space. I am artist, cultural anthropologist and urban activist. I coordinated and realized a lot of activities based on use of public space through street working and communities animation. The art is for me a tool for building communities and social engagement of inhabitants. Public space is my main place of work, all of activities take place with interaction of local people.

My aim is to regain public space for local communities and restore public platform for exchange of ideas and ideals. Using public space and art is for me a chance for launching an interpersonal dialogue in which big amount of citizens are involved. I am creator and coordinator of a lot of projects, as “Czuj Pracownia” within the framework of the activity of the Association of Socially Active “Trampolina”. Experimenting with culture, art, urban life, collaboration between artists and the inhabitants are the steps we have set up to create a more joyful, fun, labyrinth-like place for learning the senses and art. Through the implementation of the project we wanted to increase the importance of art realised in the public interest, with and in the interest of various groups living in the city.

In 2015 I was awarded scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the field of Cultural Education. Within the framework of the scholarship, I made a series of documentary films about social and urban revitalization based on art. I am one of the authors and graphic designer of the engaged magazine “71 zgłoś się”. I experiment with public space and interactive installations. Since 2016 I am studying at Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław.

Portfolio: ciszamani.wordpress.com

Karolina Beimcik

Karolina Beimcik is a New York City based artist originally from Poznań, Poland. She is trained as a classical violinist and jazz singer, drawing from many other influences, including Polish and Ukrainian traditional music and poetry.She is also an intense researcher of archives and historical narratives. She seeks to incorporate and recast her research in her work, informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression. Her current research and projects are focused on questions of migration, identity, and cultural affiliation as experienced by ethnic minorities.In addition to her Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance, which she obtained at Queens College in New York City, Karolina Beimcik also earned her MA in Cultural Studies at the Cultural Studies Institute – Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy in Poznań, Poland. For her work she was awarded at the New Tradition Festival and received a Polish Society of Authors and Composers scholarship, Marshall of Pomerania Prize, and Polish Television Special Prize.

Maja Maletković

Maja Maletković is a Stage Director from Belgrade, Serbia.

She graduated Theater and Radio Directing ot the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade Serbia, where she stages ”Rabbits are fast food” as her graduation piece (by Sara Radojković, Belgrade dramatic theater, 2013.) and earned her Master degree on the same University when staging the piece ”Volvo trucks” based on the book by Erlend Loe (Atelje 212, 2014.)

The repertoire of Yugoslav Dramatic Theater has two of her pieces on repertoire – ”What the fuck are we doing here?” (independent production – Mikser House, 2015.), as well as the play ”Accidental death of an anarchist” (by Dario Fo, 2016.).

Her choreo-dramatic piece ”Water – paper – me” was performed in Athens (Kinitiras studio, 2013.) with the collaboration of dancers from Greece, Brazil and from Germany.

She is one of the founders of the NGO ,,Play up Culture”, with the aim of promoting the right of every child to take part the cultural life and the arts.

Marc Mahfoud

Marc Mahfoud is a vocalist, lyricist, instrumentalist, composer and producer. In 1992, Marc’s parents migrated from Syria to Germany where he spent most of his childhood and youth. Whilst visiting high school, Marc deepened his interest and education in classical guitar. After graduating from Aloisiuskolleg in Bonn in 2009, Marc moved to the Netherlands to study European Studies at Maastricht University. This enabled Marc to couple his continually intensifying passion for art and music with multidimensional perspectives. In his latest development, Marc attempts to liaise (social) science and sound into an honest fusion of traditional instruments and electronically driven compositions. Even though his idea of sound is perpetually changing, Marc safeguards the impulse of constant reinvention and critical thinking. Currently, the topics of migration and global warming inform Marc’s projects and distinguish his work in an unconventional way.

Marc Vilanova

I am a saxophonist, performer and composer working at the intersection of art and technology. My artistic production has always been led by a spirit of innovation fueled by my interest in new media. My work is an exploration of the interaction between human beings and machines, often with a focus on the relationship between sound and visual elements.

I’m currently creating audiovisual performances/installations while also working with electroacoustic compositions, improvisation and interdisciplinary collaborations with dance, theatre and moving images. My performances and workshops have been presented in festivals around the world in Japan, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Taiwan, Russia and many countries in Europe.

Social justice-oriented activism has functioned for me as a kind of inspiring visual text that has generated artwork. I performed in refugee camps in south Germany and teach/share music with a group of refugees in Basel. We even recorded a song written by a friend from Gambia, creating percussion instruments from kitchenware. The priority wasn’t the quality of the music produced, but rather, the empowering social impact of the process. Music has an almost magical potential to bring people together in a deeper sharing of their democratic intentions. This focus on collective strength becomes a habit of mind that influences my musical decision-making.

www.marcvilanova.com

Margo van de Linde

Margo van de Linde (1982) is an American-raised Dutch theatre maker, director, performer and singer. She has worked in the entertainment industry as an improvisor and MC for over 10 years. Having this background means she often fuses elements of conversation, role-play and comedy to question existing performance setups and how they could be re-thought to create welcoming, pro-active and non-strict environments.

Her awareness of power dynamics and the thin line between authenticity and performativity have led her to explore these themes further in recent works.
The female experience is often a starting point.

Margo holds a BA Performing Arts from Middlesex University, a BA Performance Studies from theUniversity of Amsterdam and a Masters of Theatre from DasArts, Amsterdam. Her work has been performed at, amongst others, BEFestival Birmingham, Cement Festival Den Bosch, De Parade Festival, Frascati Theater Amsterdam, and Veem House for Performance Amsterdam.

Matteo Uguzzoni

Matteo Uguzzoni is an architect and a game designer. He co-founded a street game company called Urban Games Factory and since 2009 he is exploring real-life game as a media to create social change. Among games that he designed and produced there are CriticalCity Upload (2010>2015), an urban transformation game that involved more then 13.000 player around Italy, or Codice Indaco an immersive and interactive experience in an abandoned lab. He co-founded also Livello7 a communications consulting firm focusing on teaching presentation skills. He is also the host of “the Playcast” – a podcast about Immersive Theater, Real Life games and everything in between. His projects were awarded nationally and internationally and Urban Games Factory formats were showcased in European and International festivals like Playpublik (Krakow, Poland), 72 Hours Interactions (Witten, Germany) and Come Out and Play (New York). For him, CAI is a unique opportunity to enlarge his perspective, meet talented artists and professionals from different fields with the awareness that is not by working alone that we will find the answers to the complex questions that contemporary designers, artists, and our society as a whole are faced with.

Melanie Thewlis

Melanie Thewlis (Australia/Germany) is a cross disciplinary artist working in painting, video, installation and computer and hardware programming. She’s passionate about understanding how broad societal change, from tech to gentrification, affects our everyday lives, and about defending the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and indigenous peoples.

In her artwork, Melanie attempts to fuse the scientific and the irrational, and to bring people together in shared experiences of play, meditation and creativity. She encourages people to act in unusual ways in a public setting, and thereby build feelings of empathy with one another. More recently she has become interested in the concept of algorithmic control and hopes to develop interactive art that examines the influence of algorithms in our work, leisure and private lives.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Creative Computing. Melanie is also a tech educator, the co-founder of a digital agency, and an advocate for women and refugees in tech. Her work on mapping gentrification has been funded by the German federal government and supported by the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Michaël Bloos

Michaël Bloos is an Amsterdam based actor. Graduated from Theater school (ArtEZ Arnhem) in 2012, he developed himself, apart from an actor, into a ‘creator’. As a creator he likes to dive deep into a subject, to try and grasp our time and generation, to use momentum and share his insides in different forms, like film, theater, podcast and performances in public space. Recent projects include: ‘Reconsider your image of me’ made in Teheran, together with an international group of actors and the Iranian director Arvand Dashtaray, a performance about image building, what sort of images do we have of ‘the east’ from a western perspective, and visa versa. ‘How to Manage’ a performance created with director Mirjam Koen at OT Theatre about managing structures in big companies. ‘Een dag in t Jaar’, a poetic and conceptual international price winning feature film. Performances in public space in the ‘dangerous’ suburbs of Amsterdam, De Kolenkitbuurt, in collaboration with Cascoland. And the coordination of 40 professional artists and 600 workshop participants at Stichting Buitenkunst, a place where artist and art-lovers meet. Michaël is currently doing research deep inside the bank world with his podcast ‘Poetic Banking’ as part of the New Heroes’ Artist in Residency for the Rabobank. This experience will later be turned into a solo performance. At CIA he hopes to share the urge to ‘translate’ the world around us in a more poetic way, to look at it from new angles, to stand right in the middle of society and be part of it together.

Nikki Kane

Nikki Kane is an artist and curator whose practice examines experiences of space, place, societal structures, and the everyday. Her work often involves performance or action in public settings, as well as writing, sculptural or print-based mediums. Much of her work centres on a ‘choreographic’ perspective, using this as a way to highlight, disrupt or amplify the rhythms, patterns and shapes of our environments.

Nikki studied History of Art at the University of Glasgow and completed the Masters of Research in Creative Practices at Glasgow School of Art in 2015. She has presented projects and undertaken residencies in the UK and internationally, and most recently has been working as part of CuratorLab at Konstfack, Stockholm.

Alongside her independent practice, Nikki has worked within public art organisations to develop and deliver large-scale participative projects, notably at NVA where she was part of the key project team presenting Speed of Light, Ghost Peloton, and Hinterland. She is also co-founder and director of Common Ground, a platform through which she has curated and delivered artist residencies in the Scottish Highlands and her Glasgow studio, exhibition and networking events, and a temporary-build workshop project.

www.nikkikane.co.uk

Lito Skopeliti

Lito Skopeliti is a freelance Performance Maker and Theater Educator. She completed her academic studies on Theater Studies at the University of Athens, with dissortation on History of Contemporary Performance and Performance Making. The element of doubt, strongly present on contemporary performance, is what made this special artistic genre appealing for her. Her projects are targeting societal issues, such as migration and civil activity, and aim to go one step beyond and reveal the philosophical premises that constitute the synchronic reality. She was herself commited with activities for youngsters at a refuge camp of Athens. The materialization of her intership at the educational programs of ActionAid Hellas where she worked as instructor, enriched her with experience on applied theater and with variant theatrical tools.

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