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.
Alison Killing became an architect because she likes making things. She went to work for a number of international design offices on architecture and public space. Killing Architects is a studio for design and research in architecture and urbanism.
Her 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. Bringing together real human stories, new writing, immersive data visualisations, and academic research.
Illustrator and poster designer
In her work Sdralevich addresses social, political and cultural topics; her favourite medium is (still) the poster, be it printed on her own or produced and distributed on a large scale. She is author of various picture books for adults and children, published mainly in Italy. Sdralevich has taken part to many international poster events and has exhibited her work on several occasions, in Italy and abroad.
In the last few years she has taken to leading workshops with students and children all over Europe; she focuses on low-fi political posters, or on any other medium that may help creativity spring within the frame of a designer’s experience. Sdralevich stages also live print events, the most popular lately being “Protestencil”.
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)
Maria Reimer has founded “Youth hacking” in order not to leave the technological and ethical training of young students to chance. The non-profit, award-winning support program for young people is now being used worldwide. The political scientist has researched the innovative capacity of the federal education system and works on behalf of Transparency International. In 2015 EDITION F chose Maria Reimer as one of the “25 women for the digital future”.
Animator and Film Director
The filmmaker Floris Kaayk shows with his crossmedial stories the technical progress in his works in an ambivalent way. His unorthodox kind of filmproduction gave him the award of the city of The Hague as a so called honorary ambassador of the “Creative City”. 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 that has been built from human cells.
Designer and Inventor
The product-designer Dave Hakkens intends to raise awareness of recycling and environmental awareness in the focus of the community. With “Precious Plastic”, his specially developed open-source project, he offers private people 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 garbage – or less electronic waste. The smartphone can be assembled by oneself using a modular concept.
Prof. Bazon Brock
Thinker and Art Theorist
Bazon Brock is emeritus Professor of Aesthetics and Cultural Education at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, Germany. He was owner of several additional professorships and he was awarded an honorary doctorate. He developed the method of “Action Teaching”, in which the seminar hall becomes a place for staging oneself and others. From 1968 until 1992 he launched the documenta-schools for visitors; approximately 2500 events and numerous collaborations with Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Wolf Vostell. Brock is founder of „Denkerei / Amt für Arbeit an unlösbaren Problemen“.