Daniel Gallegos is inspired by collaborative creativity and urban environments. He started as a member of the graffiti art movement in San Francisco and since 2007 has used ethnography in his creative work. In Kazakhstan, he worked with artists on a multi-media installation about urban transformations resulting from the global consumer credit bubble and collaborated with local youth on a project sponsored by the US Embassy. In 2009, he participated in CEC ArtsLink’s Global Art Lab to create a café in a bazaar as an interactive art installation in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. His latest project was a site-specific collaborative installation between artists and car mechanics in Oakland, California. Daniel is a co-founder of the Artpologist collective.
Abena Koomson is a Brooklyn-based writer, educator and performer. Notable performances include Celebrate Brooklyn’s African Festival, featuring headliner King Sunny Ade; the Four Women Tribute at Lincoln Center; the Roots Family Picnic and the Urban Voices International Festival in South Africa. In 2008, after a 10-year teaching career, she originated the role of Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti to rave reviews in the Off- Broadway production of FELA! a new musical. She joined the award-winning cast on Broadway as one of FELA’s singers, and reprised her role as Funmilayo as an understudy for both Lillias White and Patti LaBelle.
Kristina Leko works in video, photography, text, and installation, with social interaction at the core of her investigation and activity. She has initiated and realized several extensive community art projects in different countries, mainly in collaboration with deprived social groups. Her solo exhibitions include Secession, Vienna; NGBK Berlin; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Institute for Art in Public Space Styria; Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb. Her works are included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig; TBA-21, Vienna; Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, among others.
Arin Rungjang works with household objects, incorporating them into the artistic process. His artistic trajectories often interrogate and interpret the spatial condition of places in everyday life. Focusing mainly on video and site-specific installations, he triggers the dissolution of conventional barriers between private and public space. His interests lie in the exploration of everyday life issues and experiences, such as memory, living space, history of family and individuals, and migration. He is a member of As Yet Unnamed, an artist collective group formed in 1999.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Hatuey Ramos Fermin is a Puerto Rican educator and multimedia artist currently based in the South Bronx. He uses a vaiety of media, and social and curatorial practices to creatively investigate issues related to urban space. Immigration, globalization, the history of buildings and public spaces are among the themes that inform his work. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. As an educator he has worked with community-based programs including the Communications Project of the Puerto Rico Public Broadcast Corporation, the Teen Council Program at the Bronx Museum of Arts, the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and Hostos Community College Digital Design Program.
Mikhail Zheleznikov has directed films for the ARTE and YLE television channels and the Saint-Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. He is also the author of several independent shorts. His films have been screened at film festivals on five continents, including Antarctica. In his own words, “during my so-called film career, I have received a few awards and four gratitude letters from the viewers.” A retrospective of his work was featured at the Tampere Film Festival in 2010. He has also participated in several film festivals as a jury member and has served on the selection committe of the Message To Man international film festival in Saint-Petersburg.since 2010.
Since its inception in 1979, BRIC Arts has enriched the cultural landscape of Brooklyn by presenting, producing and enabling a wide array of quality contemporary art, performing arts and community media programs. As a non-profit arts organization, BRIC Arts has been a leader in innovation in the arts and media, a proud participant in the revitalization of Prospect Park and a champion of arts education through its programs.
The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country for more than three decades. Founded as an artist collective in 1971 by Woody and Steina Vasulka and incorporated as a non-profit two years later, in its infancy The Kitchen was a space where video artists and experimental composers and performers could share their ideas with like-minded colleagues. The Kitchen is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization that provides innovative artists working in the media, literary, and performing arts with exhibition and performance opportunities to create and present new work.
Since its opening in 1988, Museum of the Moving Image has been recognized as a major, internationally-reputed institution and the only museum in the United States dedicated to exploring the art, history, and technology of the moving image. Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts, screening significant films and other moving-image works, presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences, and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public.
THE POINT Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. THE POINT opened its doors in 1994, a time when Hunts Point was facing declining investment and tarnished morale. Responding to a community in crisis, the organization began working with local residents to strengthen this South Bronx neighborhood. Since its inception, the organization has bolstered community members' endeavors through arts, environmental and business oriented services and contributed to the area's resurgence in arts and culture.