Biographies

Anarche Kollektiv Berlin

The Anarche was founded six years ago and is a swimming open-space based in Berlin. After two years of fundraising and building process it was put out to sea in spring 2013. From that moment on, it hosted many political, cultural and artistic events in cooperation with different groups and activists. Since the beginning the 'Anarche' found itself confronted with the challenging task to support itself financially and at the same time offer its space for events regardless of their potential for fundraising.

Marco Baravalle

Marco Baravalle is a central figure at S.a.L.E. Docks, an independent space for visual arts, activism, and experimental theatre located in what had been an abandoned salt-storage facility in Dorsoduro, Venice. Founded in 2007, its programming includes activist- group meetings, formal exhibitions, and screenings. In addition to managing the diverse programming at S.a.L.E. Docks, Baravalle is a member of Comitato No Grandi Navi (No Big Ships Committee), which leads protests against large cruise ships in Venice. He is also involved with the NO MOSE (No MOdulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico, Experimental Electromechanical Module) front, which opposes an impractical Venetian flood-protection project that was at the centre of a recently discovered national corruption case. Baravalle also researches creative labor and how art is positioned within neoliberal economics.

Keller Easterling

Keller Easterling is an architect and writer. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity. Another recent book, Subtraction (Sternberg Press, 2014), considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. An ebook essay, The Action is the Form (Strelka Press, 2012) previews some of the arguments in Extrastatecraft. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005), which researched familiar spatial products in difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world, and Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999), which applied network theory to a discussion of American infrastructure. Ms. Easterling is also the co-author (with Richard Prelinger) of Call it Home: The House that Private Enterprise Built, a laserdisc/DVD history of US suburbia from 1934-1960. She has published web installations including: ‘Extrastatecraft’, ‘Wildcards: a Game of Orgman’, and ‘Highline: Plotting NYC’. Keller Easterling's research and writing was included in the 2014 Venice Biennale, and she has been exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Rotterdam Biennale, and the Architectural League in New York. Keller Easterling has lectured and published widely in the United States and abroad. Keller Easterling taught at Columbia prior to coming to Yale.

Constance Hockaday

Constance Hockaday is a Chilean American who grew up on the Gulf of Mexico. She began creating “outsider” maritime arts projects at age 19 when she joined the Floating Neutrinos, a family of wanderers who sailed around the world in handmade vessels.  In 2006, she joined Swimming Cities in collaboration with street artist Swoon and sailed floating sculptures along the Hudson and Mississippi Rivers and the Adriatic Sea.  In 2011, she created the Boatel, a floating hotel and arts space in NYC’s Far Rockaways made of refurbished salvaged vessels.  An effort to reconnect New Yorkers to their waterfront, the project attracted 5000+ visitors, international press and critical acclaim. 

 

The New York Times described her most recent performance installation All These Darlings and Now Us as a powerful “commentary on the forces of technification and gentrification roiling San Francisco.” The project highlighted the displacement of San Francisco’s queer community: more than 1000 people watched peepshow performances on a raft of retrofitted sailboats featuring artists from two recently shuttered iconic queer businesses The Lusty Lady and Esta Noche. 

Ranjit Kandalgaonkar

Ranjit Kandalgaonkar lives and works in Mumbai and his art practice primarily comprises a lens directed at the urban context of cities. His project ‘cityinflux’ is one such ongoing project and a central theme to his urban practice. He is the recipient of The Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award (2012) for an interactive game on market places called 'build/ browse’, a Majlis Visual Arts Fellowship (2007) for the project ‘Gentricity’ on living conditions in high density areas of Mumbai, a U.D.R.I Architectural Fellowship (2009) on the 19th century philanthropic activities of Mumbai's communities and most recently a Wellcome Trust funded Seed Award (2016) to conduct field and archival research on charitable trusts dealing with health and hygiene in colonial Bombay. Other projects include '7 Isles Unclaimed' (2014) which speculated science fiction scenarios for Mumbai if the original 7 islands didn't get reclaimed; 'Isles Amidst Reclamation' (2015) curated by the Mohile Parikh Centre which documented the original flora and fauna of the city lost due to land reclamation. ‘Modelled Recycled Systems’ (2008- ) is a long term project recording ship breaking practices. Some of this work was recently showcased at the Bergen Assembly, Art & Research Triennial 2016.

Marcus Rediker

Marcus Rediker comes from a working-class family, with roots in the mines and factories of Kentucky. He graduated with a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and went to University of Pennsylvania for graduate study, earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in history. Marcus taught at Georgetown University from 1982 to 1994, and is currently Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has, over the years, been active in a variety of social justice and peace movements, most recently in the worldwide campaign to abolish the death penalty.

Among others, he has written, co-written, or edited The Many-Headed Hydra (2000, with Peter Linebaugh); Villains of All Nations (2004); The Slave Ship (2007); Mutiny and Maritime Radicalism in the Age of Revolution (2013); and Outlaws of the Atlantic (2014).

Marcus worked with film-maker Tony Buba to produce a documentary entitled ‘Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels’, a trip to Sierra Leone in which he searched for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory from which the Amistad Africans were loaded aboard slave ships and sent to the New World.