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Richard Doyle  [Penn State]

Richard Doyle is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor at Penn State University, where he has taught since 1994. Author of scores of scholarly articles and many books, Doyle has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Mellon Foundation while winning acclaim and awards as a classroom teacher. In 2002, Doyle was healed of life long severe asthma in an ayahuasca ceremony, and he has since devoted his life to synthesizing the world’s spiritual practices into a practical, open source and empirically verifiable pathway available to all. With blogger and author Gary Weber, Doyle appears in over a hundred videos on meditation and nonduality on YouTube.


Tarek Elhaik  [UC Davis]

Tarek Elhaik is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the founder of AIL: Anthropology of the Image Lab at the University of California, Davis.  He is the author of The Incurable Image: Curating Post-Mexican Film & Media Arts (Edinburgh University Press, February 2016), a book based on intensive fieldwork in contemporary art and curatorial worlds in Mexico City. He is also part of a collaborative team of researchers, hosted by the Los Angeles Film Forum and funded by the Getty Foundation currently editing an anthology and curating several platforms on experimental cinema and media in Latin America.


Abou Farman  [NSSR]

Abou Farman is interested in secularization processes, especially in relation to technology and aesthetics. His ethnographic research has focused on technoscientific projects in the US attempting to achieve physical immortality. He is working on a book, Secular Immortal, examining three such ‘immortalist’ strategies: cryonics, biogerontology and artificial intelligence. His first book was Clerks of the Passage, an extended essay on movement and immigration. He has taught Anthropology at Bard College, SUNY Purchase, Hunter College and Princeton. As part of the artist duo caraballo-farman he has exhibited internationally, including at the Tate Modern, London, and PS1, NY, and received several grants and awards, including Guggenheim and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships.


Yulan Grant

Yulan Grant is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist from Kingston, Jamaica. As a creative positioned between Caribbean and American culture, her work interrogates ideas of identity, notions of power, perceived histories and the entanglements that happens within these topics. Grant is interested in the role that new media plays in artistic practices and the dialogue they hope to create. Grant’s recent exhibitions include Paradise Garage in Los Angeles, CA; MoMA PS1 in Queens, NY, Edel Assanti in London, England and GAMeC in Bergamo, Italy among others. She is an alumnus of the Design and Technology program at Parsons School of Design. 


Ute Holl  [University of Basel]

Ute Holl studied in Freiburg (Germany) and  worked as filmmaker and commissioning editor in Hamburg before writing her dissertation on cinematic perception, anthropological filmmaking and cybernetics as critical epistemology,  published as „Kino, Trance und Kybernetik“ in 2002, in English at Amsterdam University Press 2017. She has then written on music, electro-acoustics and politics. Her latest book on Schönebger, Freud, Straub /Huillet was published as „ The Moses Complex” diaphanes/University of Chicago press 2017.  After many teaching assignments Holl is professor for Media Aesthetics at the University of Basel Since 2009, with research focus on the history of perception in the 19th and 20th century; science and technology studies of audiovisual media; media history of acoustics and electro-acoustics as well as radio theory; experimental and ethnographic cinema and Iranian cinema.


Chrissie Iles  [Whitney Museum]

Chrissie Iles is a senior curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her exhibitions include co-curating the 2004 and 2006 Whitney Biennials, the retrospective exhibition ‘Dan Graham: Beyond’, and ‘Into the Light: The Projected Image in American Art 1964-1977’ (2001), which won the International Association of  Art Critics’ award for best thematic exhibition in New York City. She recently curated ‘Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905-2016’, a large thematic exhibition addressing issues of the cinematic, the body, and technology.

She has published, lectured and juried widely, including at artist-run initiatives Grand Century, Interstate, and David Tasman’s DVLPR RR PRJCT. She teaches in the Fine Art Department at Columbia University, is a member of the Graduate Committee at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and is involved in the Whitney’s Independent Study Program. She was External Examiner for the curatorial course at Goldsmith’s College, London, and has supervised PhD candidates in the Art History departments at Columbia University and Oxford University. In July 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa) by the Department of Art History at her alma mater, Bristol University, England.


Nicolas Langlitz  [NSSR]

Nicolas Langlitz is an anthropologist and historian of science studying epistemic cultures of mind and life sciences. He is the author of Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain (2012) and Die Zeit der Psychoanalyse: Lacan und das Problem der Sitzungsdauer (2005). As an afterthought to the psychedelic project he recently published the essay “Is There a Place for Psychedelics in Philosophy?” (Common Knowledge). Otherwise, he is working a new project on the chimpanzee culture controversy. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research in New York.


Angelica Ortiz de Gortari  [University of Liège] 

Dr. Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari is a Marie Curie COFUND postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Liège in Belgium at the Psychology and Neuroscience of Cognition Research Unit. Her area of expertise is Game Transfer Phenomena (GTP), which examines the transfer of experiences from the virtual to the real world manifesting as altered sensorial perceptions, spontaneous thoughts and involuntary behaviours. She has been awarded for her research on GTP and she has published academically and presented at several conferences. Also, her research has been featured in large variety of media worldwide including the New Scientist, Discovery News, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Independent, the BBC World Service, BBC TV news, and an episode of the TV series CSI: Cyber has been inspired on GTP. She is interested in maximizing the psychological and social benefits of interactive technologies while reducing the risks it can present to some individuals.


Anand Pandian  [Johns Hopkins]

Anand Pandian teaches anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. His books include Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation, an examination of creative process in Indian cinema published by Duke University Press in 2015.


Jenny Perlin  [Lang]

Jenny Perlin is an artist working in Brooklyn. Her practice in 16mm film, video and drawing works with and against the documentary tradition, incorporating innovative stylistic techniques to emphasize issues of truth, misunderstanding, and personal history. Her projects look closely at ways in which social machinations are reflected in the smallest fragments of daily life. In her films, Perlin often combines handwritten text and drawn images, embracing the technical quirks of analog technologies.

Perlin received her BA from Brown University in Literature and Society, her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Film, and postgraduate studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. Her films have been shown at numerous venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA, New York; New York Film Festival, New York; the Drawing Center, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Mass MoCA, Massachusetts; Guangzhou Triennial, Canton: IFC Center, New York, Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, among others.

Her work is represented by Simon Preston Gallery New York and Galerie M+R Fricke Berlin.


Genevieve Yue  [Lang]

Genevieve Yue is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College, the New School. She is co-editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, and her writing has been published in October, Grey Room, Social Text, Film Comment, and Film Quarterly. In fall 2016 she was co-programmer for “Wild Sounds,” a series about gender and voice that screened at Flaherty NYC at Anthology Film Archives. She is currently completing a book on feminism, materiality, and film theory.


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