The Spectral Encounters course hosts guest lecturers who give lectures, followed by discussions and peer to peer tutorials. For the first semester Bronwyn Lace, Marcus Neustetter, Olfa Feki, Anne Klontz, Nadia Ayari, and Martin Krenn participated to the course.
Bronwyn Lace is an artist from South Africa, whose practice focuses on the relationships between art and other fields, including physics, museum practice and philosophy. Lace is also the director of The Centre for the Less Good Idea, an interdisciplinary incubator space for the arts based in Maboneng, Johannesburg. She lives and works in between Johannesburg and Vienna.
Marcus Neustetter is an artist, cultural activist and producer also from South Africa. Mostly process driven, his production of art at the intersection of art, science and technology has led him to work in a multi-disciplinary approach from conventional drawings to permanent and temporary site specific installations, mobile and virtual interventions and socially engaged projects internationally. Neustetter is the co-director of the contemporary art production collaboration The Trinity Session since 2000 and serves on various media art research advisory boards and is developing an Art-Science Research program as an adjunct professor with the Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth. He also lives and works in between Johannesburg and Vienna.
Anne Klontz is a curator who has a dual master’s degree in International Curating Management and Culture and Media Production. She is the Head of Exhibitions at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden where she manages the production of the annual degree exhibition. During 2019, she was the Assistant Curator of Momentum10 – The Emotional Exhibition in Moss, Norway and was mentioned as one of 19 women defining the Scandinavian art scene. In 2020, she will be curating the exhibition “2084” with Catalysti Transcultural Artists in Finland.
Olfa Feki is an architect and curator based in Tunisia. She is the director of International Festival of Photography, Videography and Digital Arts in Kerkennah. This festival aims to become an exchange platform between North Africa and the international scene, thus addressing not only professionals, but also the general public. She lives and work in Tunis.
Nadia Ayari is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, Her recent projects explore the interaction of her primary forms: the leaf and the branch. Delving into themes of survival through allegorical means, these works present visualizations of growth at a time of widespread political instability. Ayari had solo project at Luce, Turin (2009), Monya Rowe, New York (2011), The Third Line, Dubai (2013), Taymour Grahne, New York (2016), Untitled, Art Miami Beach (2016), London (2019) and participated in the 12th International Cairo Biennale (2010), the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale (2011) and Art Dubai Projects (2014). Her work was also exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, London, and Monica DeCardenas, Zuoz, Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris, Gallery Diet, Miami, DC Moore, New York, America University Museum, Washington DC, Samson Projects, Boston, Abrons Art Center, NY, and Produce Model Gallery, Chicago.