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Speakers

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Laura Baird

Architect OMA / AMO

As an architect and political scientist, Laura Baird has had a leading role with AMO in the fields of energy policy and renewable energy planning since 2009. She played a significant role in the master plan for the Zeekracht offshore wind farm in the North Sea, was responsible for the “Roadmap 2050”, and produced “The Energy Report”: a project for the WWF proposing sustainable strategies.

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Alison Killing

Urban Designer and Researcher

Alison Killing works for numerous international Design agencies in the field of architecture and urban design, as well as running her own studio Büro Killing Architects in Rotterdam. She received international acclaim with her project “Death in Venice”, where she investigated the role of death and dying in our cities and the spaces dedicated to it.

Her current online project “Migration Watch” tells the story of the refugees’ and migrants’ journeys and takes a closer look at the issues behind events that are still unfolding. This allows human stories, new writing, immersive data visualisation and academic research to be made available to a wide public.

Teresa Sdralevich

Illustrator and poster designer

In her work Sdralevich addresses social, political and cultural topics; her favourite medium is (still) the poster, which she often produces herself and distributes on a large scale. She is the author of various picture books for adults and children. Sdralevich has taken part in many international poster exhibitions and has exhibited her work on several occasions in Italy and abroad.

As an illustrator and designer, in the last few years she has also organised numerous workshops with students and children all over Europe, such as in the renowned Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She focuses on low tech political posters and also stages live print events, such as her recent very popular “Protestencils”.

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Mario Lombardo

Communication designer

With more than 100 national and international awards, Mario Lombardo is one of the most important designers and communication designers of the present age. His works are in the cultural context of music, fashion, photography, design, architecture, contemporary art and TV. Stylistically and disciplinary boundaries, he overcomes playfully and creates new connections between language, space, aesthetics, material and poetry.
(Portrait: © Gregor Hohenberg)

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Maria Reimer

Political scientist and initiator of “Jugend hackt”

Maria Reimer founded “Youth hacking” so that the technological and ethical training of young students would not be left to chance. The non-profit, award-winning support program for young people is now being accessed worldwide. The political scientist has done research on the innovative capacity of the federal education system and works as a volunteer for Transparency International. In 2015, EDITION F listed Maria Reimer among the “25 women for the digital future”.

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FLORIS KAAYK

Animator and Film Director

In his cross media stories, the filmmaker Floris Kaayk shows the ambivalence of technical progress. His unorthodox methods of film production earned him the title of honorary ambassador to the “Creative City” of The Hague in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the Dutch Film Prize for his project “The Modular Body”. The Modular Body is an online science fiction story about OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells.

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Dave Hakkens

Designer and Inventor

With his work, product designer Dave Hakkens wants to focus public awareness on recycling and the environment. With “Precious Plastic”, his specially developed open-source project, he gives members of the public the opportunity to produce something completely new from plastic waste. This recycling machine can be manufactured with conventional tools and materials. The plan is available as a free download on his website. As early as 2013, Dave Hakkens gained broad media attention with the project “Phonebloks”. Here, too, the origin of the concept is the reduction of rubbish – thereby the reduction of electronic waste. The smart phone can be assembled by anybody, using a modular principle.

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Prof. Bazon Brock

Thinker and Art Theorist

Bazon Brock, self-proclaimed professional thinker and artist without works is emeritus Professor of Aesthetics and Cultural Mediation at the Bergische University, Wuppertal. He invented the method of “action teaching” in which the seminar room becomes a stage for acting and for animation. Brock has had numerous other professorships and been awarded various honorary doctorates. He established the documenta-Besucherschulen (Visitors’ Schools), was a proponent of the Fluxus Movement and is the founder of the “Denkerei – Amt für Unlösbare Aufgaben” (Thinkery – Ministry for Unsolvable Problems).