Julia Stern is a graphic designer, illustrator, artist, teacher and costume designer. Born there and still living in Vienna she studied Theatre Science and Journalism & Communication Studies at University of Vienna – focussing on Stage and Costume Design as well as on Media Design. She was educated as an Applied Fashion Designer at Wiener Kunstschule, working as a costume designer at theatre. After 15 years working as a graphic designer and illustrator in magazine design, in 2015 she acceded University of Applied Arts in Vienna at the Institute of Art Science and Art Education, for Design, Architecture and Environment (DAE) and Textile – Free, Applied and Experimental Artistic Design (TEX). Her permanent occupation with topics of social and educational significance and economic correlations as well as her interest in material culture and modes of production find their expression in mostly textile and material combined artworks, still there is also an intensive occupation with language within her works. In 2018 she participated at the Viennese educational experimentation laboratory SCIENCE CENTER NETwork with “The Camera Lucida Project”, an experimental drawing-object-in-use. Her work “Notes of an Imbalance” was exhibited at Angewandte Festival 2019 for the exhibition “In&Out” curated by Basak Senova. In her current work “Böse Miene – Gutes Spiel” (Evil Face to a Good Game) she keeps a strong relation to previous works as in occupying with appearance and reality, different layers of a personality, masking and disguise connected to traditional customs and rites – content-based as well as material based. is an active member at “designaustria”, the network and stakeholder of design-based creatives and works as a study assistant at the department of Art Science and Art Education.
Marwa Manai is a, playwright, stage director, actress and professor based in Tunisia. She graduated from the Ecole Normale Superieure majoring in English Language, Literature and Civilization. She is a tenured assistant professor at the University of Tunis. She then graduated from the National School of Acting under the direction of the pioneer stage director Fadhel Jaibi. She got selected for the Tunisian National Theatre company to participate as assistant stage director and actress in Violences (2015) then as an actress and co-writer in Fentres Sur (2016)… by Raja Ben Ammar and again as an actress in Fears (2018) by Fadhel Jaibi and Jalila Baccar. She partook in different performances and writing collectives across Tunisia in addition to organizing several drama workshops. Her first play A.S.H. was selected for a residency grant at the International Cultural Center of Hammamet. She is the playwright and director of the Tunisian National Theatre’s production The Name of the Father (2019). She is also a co-organizer of Lectures, a series of readings of dramatic texts from the international repertoire held twice a month as an attempt to join her passion for literature to that of drama. Having worked on The Aesthetics of Violence in Macbeth for her graduation, she continues on the same vein by focusing on the bridges between Elizabethan and Contemporary drama for her doctoral thesis. Her work focuses on the fundamentally distinctive feature of the literary genre of drama as both text and performance.
Sophia Widmann is an artist who started her career in the educational field. She had a short intermezzo with the studies of Social Work in Munich, Germany. Then, she moved to Vienna from Munich in 2015. Widmann currently combines these two fields and studies Art Education, Philosophy and Psychology for teaching at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the University of Vienna. She also has a theatre background. She sees workshops that merge these fields as a form of democratic deliberation. In this sense, she wishes for a future in which sciences, art and emancipatory pedagogy engage in an obligatory community. In the past two years, she has gained experience at several exhibitions, most recently in December 2019 at the WUK Vienna with her collective “Transit”; “In&Out”, Angewandte Festival 2019; and another group exhibition at MUMOK Vienna in January 2019 on the subject of “post-apocalyptic gesture”. Her interest is currently focused on how we determine value in the face of the challenges and rapidity of the 21st century.
Younes Ben Slimane is an architect and artist. He studied at the National School of Architecture and Urban Planning in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia. The Tunis based Jaou Festival hosted his first exhibition «Ready-to-Burn» in 2018. In 2019, he participated in collective exhibitions as «Conscious Landscapes» at the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje; «Climbing through the tide» at B7L9; «El kasma» during Gabes cinema Fen, and « Homogeneus » at the french Institut Français of Tunis. He was an artist-in-residence at Dar Eyquem and «Les ateliers coteaux». His documentary short film, «All Come From Dust», won the Golden Tanit in Carthage Film Festival, and was officially selected in Locarno Film Festival, Pardi di domani competiton, «Passaggi : intrecci mediterranei » in , and Pravo Ljudski Film Festival in Sarajevo and it will be screening in Clermont Ferrand film festival.