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A council practices the art of assembling people in order to decide how to act for themselves and for those they represent. Councils are common to different cultures around the world, and are practiced at different levels of society - the family, trade unions, states, militant groups, businesses, and religious communities. Shared by all, council is an activity from which may emerge new forms of political representation.

Founded in 2013 by Grégory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman, and animated by a network linked to the arts, science and social engagement, Council develops an artistic institution born out of the art of council. Today, Council brings together artistic research laboratory (the inquiries), a program for the production of artworks, and a fellowship.

Introducing the arts in domains that do not fully recognize its legitimacy, composing the arts with sciences and civil society, and staging new forms of council: Council tests the hypothesis that the evolution of political representation implicates aesthetic operations.

Council acts in the long-term and on an international scale, modulating its structure according to the necessities of its activity. In accordance with these conditions, Council seeks to observe situations where human nature is reexamined, and to experiment with radical alterity - "the way I do not understand the other is different from the way he does not understand me".

Index of contributors and authors
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  • Bassem Abdel Ghaffar
  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan
  • Muhammed Abu Zahra
  • Nabil Ahmed
  • Jamika Ajalon
  • Al Amal Students
  • Ingrid Amaro
  • Brook Andrew
  • Marwa Arsanios
  • Tarek Atoui

  • B
  • Xavier Bailly
  • Uriel Barthélémi
  • Mathieu Baudin
  • Hansel Bauman
  • Irène Bellier
  • Caitlin Berrigan
  • Bless
  • Judith Boon
  • Pauline Boudry
  • Seloua Luste Boulbina
  • Jonathan Burrows

  • C
  • John Cage
  • Isabelle Cambourakis
  • Silvia Casalino
  • Ewen Chardronnet
  • Brian Chippendale
  • Michaël Chorost
  • Joanne Clavel
  • Marcel Courthiade

  • D
  • Patrick Degeorges
  • Alain Della Negra
  • Patrick De Wever
  • Vinciane Despret
  • Denis Diderot
  • Keth Doane
  • Pierre Ducret

  • E
  • Rachel Easterman-Ulmann
  • Charles-Michel de L'Épée
  • Cevdet Erek

  • F
  • Matteo Fargion
  • Yona Friedman
  • Michele Friedner

  • G
  • Aurélien Gamboni
  • Joscelyn Gardner
  • Nayla Geagea
  • Nadim Ghodbane
  • Benoît Gilg
  • Fabien Giraud
  • Eric Gitari
  • Sophie Godin-Beekmann
  • Steve Goodman
  • Philippe Grandcolas
  • Sebastian Grevsmühl
  • Anahita Grisoni
  • Jean Paul Guevara

  • H
  • Émilie Hache
  • Florence Hachez-Leroy
  • Desiree Heiss
  • Stefan Helmreich
  • Werner Herzog
  • Évelyne Heyer
  • Sophie Houdart
  • Hasan Hujairi

  • I
  • Susie Ibarra

  • J
  • Wendy Jacob
  • Liza Japelj Carone
  • Krõõt Juurak

  • K
  • Sonia Kéfi
  • Razmig Keucheyan
  • Christine Sun Kim
  • David Kim
  • Kaori Kinoshita
  • Nora Kravis
  • Sabrina Krief

is a special education expert and neurology researcher. His research focuses on mirror neurons. The French Wikipedia article describes mirror neurons as “a neuron that fires both when an individual (human or animal) performs an action and when the individual observes another individual (especially of the same species) perform the same action, or even when they imagine such an action, hence the use of the term mirror.” His research brought him to engage with the deaf community, to learn sign language, and teach at the Al Almal School for Deaf Students in Sharjah.

is an artist with a background in DIY music. His work frequently deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth through the production of documentaries, essays, audio-visual installations, video, sculpture, photography, workshops and performance. In 2015, Abu Hamdan was the Armory Show commissioned artist and was also included in the New Museum Triennial. In 2013, Abu Hamdan’s audio documentary The Freedom of Speech Itself was submitted as evidence at the UK asylum tribunal where the artist himself was called to testify as an expert witness. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are made as part of his research for Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths College London, where he is also a PhD candidate and associate lecturer. His previous solo exhibitions have been at The Showroom, London, at Casco in Utrecht, in Beirut, in Cairo and forthcoming at Kunsthalle St Gallen and MoMa New York.

Teaches theatre at the Al Amal school for Deaf childrens in Sharjah.

— ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a researcher, writer and educator working on conflict ecologies and environmental violence mainly in South and Southeast Asia. He has participated in the 2012 Taipei Biennale in Hong Kong and the 2014 Cuenca Biennale in Ecuador, and has exhibited at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, Shanghai Study Centre and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto amongst others. He is a co-founder and director of Call & Response, a sound art collective based in London. He has written for Third Text, Volume, the edited books Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth and Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence and for many other publications. He carried out his doctoral research at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths as a member of the project ‘Forensic Architecture’.

— ARTICLE: Case #13: Pharmakon

is an inter-disciplinary artist who creates alternative narratives that blur boundaries and challenge dominant thinking, often by using an afro-futuristic lens. Much of her work explores the connection between rememory and the power of the margins.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

(Khaled Hafez, Wiss'am Taher) hail from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman, but rarely from the Emirates. They invent a hybrid sign language inspired by these different cultures.

—ARTICLE: Soundscape
—ARTICLE: Drumming
—ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: La Semeuse

moved to downtown Beirut in 2007, when she founded the 98weeks Research Project with her cousin, the writer and curator Mirene Arsanios. In 2009, they opened the 98weeks Project Space in Mar Mikhael, a district that was quickly absorbing an onslaught of new studios, cafés, design boutiques, bars and restaurants. Aware that they were inevitably contributing to the area’s gentrification, the Arsanioses organized a workshop in 2010, which took the history of Mar Mikhael as its subject. They dug into the many layers that make up the neighbourhood’s curious urban density, including the refugee camps – first Armenian, then Palestinian – that were repeatedly destroyed by illness, fire and war.

develops a structural approach to sound art which goes beyond the performance context. His processual and collaborative projects include composing sound works and making musical instruments. On and from Tarab (begun in 2011) brings together a group of musicians who revisit tarab, which designates both the traditional music form and the effect the music produces on the listener. Within (begun in 2009) is an in situ project on the city of Sharjah, which includes work with the Al Amal School for Deaf Students. Dahlem Session (begun in 2013) involves making new instruments based on music played with traditional instruments of unknown origin.

is a marine biologist at Roscoff Biological Station and the Pierre and Marie Curie University. He works on the life cycles of marine models and the development of associated molecular genetic tools. His main field of research is animal photosymbioses.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

improvises complex and rapid motifs on the drums, which he processes with electronic instruments.

is a historian and prospectivist, and the co-founder and director of the Institut des Futurs Souhaitables in Paris, a Think and Do Tank whose credo is to reflect on long term decisions for the future and to inspire public debate for a public debate.

has been developing an architectural structure for deaf perception since 2005 - an organization of transparency and contrasts, of the resonance of materials and acoustics, of traffic, of proximity and mobility - to facilitate communication through gestures or vibrations. The sign for "deaf space" involves placing the thumb, index and middle finger like the 3 coordinates of the space around us.

is a political anthropologist and research director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

makes with sound a bodily listening experience, researching how frequencies resound in the body. This is inscribed in her major concern, to transform imperceptible forces into embodied experiences. Her MIT Master’s thesis, ‘The Life Cycle of A Common Weed’, explores how encounters with fractured biopolitics and forms of social engagement can be offered.

— ARTICLE: Extended Listening
More information: Personal website

is a fashion and design label whose creations answer personal needs, such as: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer) How can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry) or, How can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Map
More information: Bless website

is a schoolgirl. She enjoys reading books such as Christophe Galfard's novel The Prince of Clouds and may want to become a doctor.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is a French-Algerian philosopher, director of the program "Decolonizing Knowledge" at the Collège international de philosophie and associate researcher at the Laboratory of social and political change at the University Paris-Diderot.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a choreographer that collaborates with composer Matteo Fargion to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.
More information: Motion Bank Website

brought a lasting change to musical practice and culture by introducing silence, chance and everyday sounds into musical composition.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Official website

is a teacher, unionist, and editor. At Cambourakis publishing house, she is responsible for the feminist series Sorcières. In addition, she does research on the historical ties between ecology and feminism in the 1970s and 1980s

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a space engineer and film director. She has been working as project manager at the french space agency CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) in Paris since 2001. At the same time, she wrote and realized No Gravity, a queer-feminist space documentary that premiered in 2011.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is an author, journalist, curator and intermedia artist. Active in the field of space culture for twenty years, he is a permanent member of the pilot committee at the KSEVT, Cultural Center of European Space Technologies, opened in Slovenia in 2012.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

is a drummer. Some deaf persons described his music as “being in a cold place, like shelves of cold […] shivering, which is perfect!,” or as giving them the sensation of touching electric wires, experiences that are condensed in the band’s name, Lightning Bolt.

is a well-known public face of cochlear implantation. His autobiographical 2005 book Rebuilt celebrates what he experiences as the emancipatory capacities of his implant. His 2011 book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet extrapolates into a fully web-worked cybernetic sensory future in which virtual and actual sensory worlds intertwine. Plus d'informations: Site personnel

is a researcher in conservation sciences at the National Museum of Natural History. Having obtained a PhD in Ecology and a master’s degree in Dance, she specializes in the links between art and ecology.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is head of the section Rromani language and culture at the National institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco). He works on reconstituting the European dimension of the Rromani language and culture.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a philosopher working for the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. As co-founder of the "Portail des humanités environnementales", he is directing a project of "enlightened conversations" on environmental humanities and the Anthropocene.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

has been making documentary films for over a decade with Kaori Kinoshita, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a geologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History. Having always been enthusiastic about geosphere-biosphere relations, he is now very involved in the dissemination of science and protection of the geological heritage at national and international levels.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a philosopher and researcher at the University of Liège. For about twenty years, she has been working on animals issues and relationships with the dead.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is considered to be one of the last homines universales. His observations on deaf people inspired his reflexion on theatre. It was published as: Lettre sur les sourds et muets à l'usage de ceux qui entendent & qui parlent (written in 1751).

— ARTICLE: Looking without hearing
More information: wikipedia page

is a sign language translator and coordinated the establishment of the exhibition "History Through Deaf Eyes" at SLCC.

— ARTICLE: Soundscape
More information: Center for Audio Visual Studies

is a special advisor for climate change and COP21 of Caisse des Dépôts Group, chair of I4CE, Institute for Climate Economics. Having been committed for a long time to sustainable development, he works on ways to shift the financial sector and the capital in favor of climate.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a visual artist and writer. Her videos, installations and photographic work focus on human evolution in the world as perceived by the senses. Currently, she is working on a children's book entitled Des histoires de lapins qui racontent des histoires de carottes (Tales of rabbits telling stories of carrots), that deals with plural loves, queer issues and ecofeminism.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is one of the precursors of specialized education for the deaf.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
More information : Page Wikipedia

's work is characterised by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. Erek combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space. The result functions as a hypothesis, probing the viewer’s instinctive logic and thus appealing to the senses. Interestingly, Erek manages to combine rational components such as references to architecture and linear time with instinctive impulses thereby levelling the gap between two supposedly opposing spheres.

is a composer that collaborates with choreographer Jonathan Burrows to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.

— ARTICLE: Musical Movements
More information: Motion Bank Website

is an architect and visionary artist, who has been developing his concept of a “mobile architecture” since the middle of the twentieth century, according to which dwellings and urban planning have to be thought organically, as moving and improvised forms of architectures, modelled on unpredictable future uses.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

studies the myriad ways that deaf young adults living in Bangalore negotiate kinship and belonging across family, caste, gender, religion, and caste. She is especially interested in the constitutive roles that vocational programs and corporate social responsibility initiatives play in this negotiation and her work is attentive to what she calls “global deafness” or the ways that specific discourses around deafness can be hegemonic and uni-directional.

explores the circular structures in the complexity of non-human representations. For example, he worked with Sandrine Teixido on the Edgar Allan Poe novel "A Descent into the Maelstrom" (1841), where a sailor finds himself sucked into a whirlpool, or on the development of institutions of climate policy.

— Article: Preface to Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
More information: Tanya Leighton Gallery; Maelstrom Project Blog

visually reactivates colonial material culture found in Caribbean archives through printmaking and site-specific multimedia installation as a means of exploring her own white Creole identity from a postcolonial feminist perspective, alongside untold histories of the relationship between black and white Caribbean women under colonialism. She lives and works between Canada and the Caribbean, where her family has been resident since the 17th century.

— ARTICLE: Illustrations: Creole Portraits III: “bringing down the flowers...”

is a lawyer and researcher who contributed to the study entitled Homosexuals in the Penal Code, led by Nizar Saghieh in cooperation with Helem. In 2011, she worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, before returning to Lebanon to work on vulnerable groups rights such as forms of discrimination against women in Lebanese Personal Status religious laws and legal protection for Syrians who cannot achieve refugee status in Lebanon.

— ARTICLE: Case #2: Indecencies
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an ecology activist who has taken part in several ecological associations for a long time. He also initiated the first Islamic ecological conference. He is a practicing Muslim in the Sufi tradition.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

tries to be a membrane from head to toe when involved in a listening experience. He discovered sound technology by recording his own compositions. Then moved on to sound editing and sound mixing for film and recorded music, to ultimately focus on mixing live music.

More information : Discogs

is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: The Unmanned

directs the Nairobi-based National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision, an NGO that provides legal aid to the LGBTI community by using “law as a tool to achieve social justice and societal change.” In 2013, he took Kenya’s government to Constitutional Court for its refusal to officially register the organization—in clear contradiction of the Constitution’s stipulation that the State shall not discriminate against sexual orientation. In 2014, he filed a decriminalization petition against Kenya’s sodomy law.

— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an atmospheric physicist at the CNRS. Specialized in the study of the stratosphere and its impact on climate, she is also interested in the link between ultraviolet radiation and health problems.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is also known as Kode9, one of the founding artists of the dubstep genre. He has released the albums Memories of the Future and Black Sun on his own label, Hyperdub. Goodman has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Warwick and has published his thesis as Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Sonic Warfare on MIT website

is a director of research at the CNRS, at the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity. He is an evolutionary systematist, whose research focuses on the biodiversity of the Global South and particularly on the life of insect species.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a researcher in science and environmental history at the university Pierre et Marie Curie, specializing in the study of visual cultures and metaphors in science. He holds that the metaphorical reimagining of our planet as a “Spaceship Earth” was of doubtful utility to the environmental movement.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a sociologist and urban planner associated to the research program "Environment, Ville et Societé" in Lyon. Her work focuses on contemporary social movements and the construction of political ecology.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

has been the ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in France since 2013

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a philosopher and assistant professor at Nanterre University. Her current research focuses on the roles of storytelling and narration in ecological thought, mainly based on the articulation between feminism, ecology and (science) fiction.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a historian of materials and technologies, attached to the Center for Historical Research (EHESS/CNRS, Paris). In her research on contemporary materials, she combines studies on economic history, science and technology with cultural subjects like patrimonialization processes.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is one of the faces of Bless, a fashion and design label, whose creations answer personal needs, for example: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer); how can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry); how can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

's research examines the works and lives of biologists thinking through the limits of "life" as a category of analysis. Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas is a study of marine biologists working in realms usually out of sight and reach: the microscopic world, the deep sea, and oceans outside national sovereignty. This book charts how marine microbes are entangled with debates about the origin of life, climate change, property in the ocean commons, and the possibility of life on other worlds. An earlier book, Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World is an ethnography of computer modeling in the life sciences. Helmreich's newest research concerns the cultural circulation of such abstractions as "water," "sound," and "waves."

has found sublime moments in filming bodybuilders, mountaineers, little people and inmates of death row. Always keeps his promises, which forced him to eat his shoe when he lost a bet.

— ARTICLE: Brutal perception
More information: Personal website

is a professor of anthropological genetics at the National Museum of Natural History. She works on the interaction between culture and biology in the evolution of Humankind. Besides her research, she is now scientific general commissioner for the renovated Musée de l’Homme.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is an anthropologist. She works at the CNRS and is a member of the laboratory of ethnology and comparative sociology (LESC). In 2011, in the course of a collective project on the change of scales in knowledge practices, she led an investigation on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

lives in Bahrain and Seoul and has developed a musical practice inspired by these two locations.

is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education and public service. In most recent years Ibarra has been developing composition and improvisation that blends traditions and crosses rhythms and tunings of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Americas, Europe and Africa. She remains active in her practice of Philippine Indigenous music, Electronic, Experimental, Jazz and Improvisation.

designed a vibrating floor used in Waves & Signs, a conference program on seismic communication held at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. It is no doubt the most accomplished project to date dealing with sound perception among deaf persons. Her other works, Ceiling (1991), Doorway (1991), Column (1990) and Doorknob (1992), offer an exploration of perception through architecture.

is a cultural mediator, mostly for the Embassy of Slovenia in Paris, and an Earth geoculture practitioner. In France, as a member of Hagia Chora, she learned lithoponcture, the cosmograms and the Gaya Touch with Marko Pogačnik during a two-year training conducted by the Slovenian artist.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is an artist and performer for human and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication", a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

is an ecologist at the CNRS at the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier. Her work has focused on designing and testing tools to predict and prevent ecosystems’ degradation.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers such as Liberation or The Guardian.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a sound artist who explores how to unlearn ‘sound etiquette’, the culturally dominant ways to perceive sound. She was born deaf.

— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
More information: Personal website

is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

has been making documentary films for over a decade with Alain Della Negra, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

moved from Long Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life. Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is the first livestock owner in Europe to use predator-friendly strategies.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Chianti Cashmere

was trained as a veterinarian and is also a lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History. For nearly 20 years, she has been studying the behavior and health of chimpanzees in Africa, stressing that their self-medication is a form of resilience endangered by human activities.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

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is a special education expert and neurology researcher. His research focuses on mirror neurons. The French Wikipedia article describes mirror neurons as “a neuron that fires both when an individual (human or animal) performs an action and when the individual observes another individual (especially of the same species) perform the same action, or even when they imagine such an action, hence the use of the term mirror.” His research brought him to engage with the deaf community, to learn sign language, and teach at the Al Almal School for Deaf Students in Sharjah.

is an artist with a background in DIY music. His work frequently deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth through the production of documentaries, essays, audio-visual installations, video, sculpture, photography, workshops and performance. In 2015, Abu Hamdan was the Armory Show commissioned artist and was also included in the New Museum Triennial. In 2013, Abu Hamdan’s audio documentary The Freedom of Speech Itself was submitted as evidence at the UK asylum tribunal where the artist himself was called to testify as an expert witness. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are made as part of his research for Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths College London, where he is also a PhD candidate and associate lecturer. His previous solo exhibitions have been at The Showroom, London, at Casco in Utrecht, in Beirut, in Cairo and forthcoming at Kunsthalle St Gallen and MoMa New York.

Teaches theatre at the Al Amal school for Deaf childrens in Sharjah.

— ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a researcher, writer and educator working on conflict ecologies and environmental violence mainly in South and Southeast Asia. He has participated in the 2012 Taipei Biennale in Hong Kong and the 2014 Cuenca Biennale in Ecuador, and has exhibited at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, Shanghai Study Centre and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto amongst others. He is a co-founder and director of Call & Response, a sound art collective based in London. He has written for Third Text, Volume, the edited books Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth and Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence and for many other publications. He carried out his doctoral research at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths as a member of the project ‘Forensic Architecture’.

— ARTICLE: Case #13: Pharmakon

is an inter-disciplinary artist who creates alternative narratives that blur boundaries and challenge dominant thinking, often by using an afro-futuristic lens. Much of her work explores the connection between rememory and the power of the margins.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

(Khaled Hafez, Wiss'am Taher) hail from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman, but rarely from the Emirates. They invent a hybrid sign language inspired by these different cultures.

—ARTICLE: Soundscape
—ARTICLE: Drumming
—ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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More information: La Semeuse

moved to downtown Beirut in 2007, when she founded the 98weeks Research Project with her cousin, the writer and curator Mirene Arsanios. In 2009, they opened the 98weeks Project Space in Mar Mikhael, a district that was quickly absorbing an onslaught of new studios, cafés, design boutiques, bars and restaurants. Aware that they were inevitably contributing to the area’s gentrification, the Arsanioses organized a workshop in 2010, which took the history of Mar Mikhael as its subject. They dug into the many layers that make up the neighbourhood’s curious urban density, including the refugee camps – first Armenian, then Palestinian – that were repeatedly destroyed by illness, fire and war.

develops a structural approach to sound art which goes beyond the performance context. His processual and collaborative projects include composing sound works and making musical instruments. On and from Tarab (begun in 2011) brings together a group of musicians who revisit tarab, which designates both the traditional music form and the effect the music produces on the listener. Within (begun in 2009) is an in situ project on the city of Sharjah, which includes work with the Al Amal School for Deaf Students. Dahlem Session (begun in 2013) involves making new instruments based on music played with traditional instruments of unknown origin.

is a marine biologist at Roscoff Biological Station and the Pierre and Marie Curie University. He works on the life cycles of marine models and the development of associated molecular genetic tools. His main field of research is animal photosymbioses.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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improvises complex and rapid motifs on the drums, which he processes with electronic instruments.

is a historian and prospectivist, and the co-founder and director of the Institut des Futurs Souhaitables in Paris, a Think and Do Tank whose credo is to reflect on long term decisions for the future and to inspire public debate for a public debate.

has been developing an architectural structure for deaf perception since 2005 - an organization of transparency and contrasts, of the resonance of materials and acoustics, of traffic, of proximity and mobility - to facilitate communication through gestures or vibrations. The sign for "deaf space" involves placing the thumb, index and middle finger like the 3 coordinates of the space around us.

is a political anthropologist and research director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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makes with sound a bodily listening experience, researching how frequencies resound in the body. This is inscribed in her major concern, to transform imperceptible forces into embodied experiences. Her MIT Master’s thesis, ‘The Life Cycle of A Common Weed’, explores how encounters with fractured biopolitics and forms of social engagement can be offered.

— ARTICLE: Extended Listening
More information: Personal website

is a fashion and design label whose creations answer personal needs, such as: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer) How can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry) or, How can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Map
More information: Bless website

is a schoolgirl. She enjoys reading books such as Christophe Galfard's novel The Prince of Clouds and may want to become a doctor.

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is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is a French-Algerian philosopher, director of the program "Decolonizing Knowledge" at the Collège international de philosophie and associate researcher at the Laboratory of social and political change at the University Paris-Diderot.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a choreographer that collaborates with composer Matteo Fargion to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.
More information: Motion Bank Website

brought a lasting change to musical practice and culture by introducing silence, chance and everyday sounds into musical composition.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Official website

is a teacher, unionist, and editor. At Cambourakis publishing house, she is responsible for the feminist series Sorcières. In addition, she does research on the historical ties between ecology and feminism in the 1970s and 1980s

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is a space engineer and film director. She has been working as project manager at the french space agency CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) in Paris since 2001. At the same time, she wrote and realized No Gravity, a queer-feminist space documentary that premiered in 2011.

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is an author, journalist, curator and intermedia artist. Active in the field of space culture for twenty years, he is a permanent member of the pilot committee at the KSEVT, Cultural Center of European Space Technologies, opened in Slovenia in 2012.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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More information: Personal website

is a drummer. Some deaf persons described his music as “being in a cold place, like shelves of cold […] shivering, which is perfect!,” or as giving them the sensation of touching electric wires, experiences that are condensed in the band’s name, Lightning Bolt.

is a well-known public face of cochlear implantation. His autobiographical 2005 book Rebuilt celebrates what he experiences as the emancipatory capacities of his implant. His 2011 book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet extrapolates into a fully web-worked cybernetic sensory future in which virtual and actual sensory worlds intertwine. Plus d'informations: Site personnel

is a researcher in conservation sciences at the National Museum of Natural History. Having obtained a PhD in Ecology and a master’s degree in Dance, she specializes in the links between art and ecology.

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is head of the section Rromani language and culture at the National institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco). He works on reconstituting the European dimension of the Rromani language and culture.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a philosopher working for the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. As co-founder of the "Portail des humanités environnementales", he is directing a project of "enlightened conversations" on environmental humanities and the Anthropocene.

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has been making documentary films for over a decade with Kaori Kinoshita, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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is a geologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History. Having always been enthusiastic about geosphere-biosphere relations, he is now very involved in the dissemination of science and protection of the geological heritage at national and international levels.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a philosopher and researcher at the University of Liège. For about twenty years, she has been working on animals issues and relationships with the dead.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is considered to be one of the last homines universales. His observations on deaf people inspired his reflexion on theatre. It was published as: Lettre sur les sourds et muets à l'usage de ceux qui entendent & qui parlent (written in 1751).

— ARTICLE: Looking without hearing
More information: wikipedia page

is a sign language translator and coordinated the establishment of the exhibition "History Through Deaf Eyes" at SLCC.

— ARTICLE: Soundscape
More information: Center for Audio Visual Studies

is a special advisor for climate change and COP21 of Caisse des Dépôts Group, chair of I4CE, Institute for Climate Economics. Having been committed for a long time to sustainable development, he works on ways to shift the financial sector and the capital in favor of climate.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a visual artist and writer. Her videos, installations and photographic work focus on human evolution in the world as perceived by the senses. Currently, she is working on a children's book entitled Des histoires de lapins qui racontent des histoires de carottes (Tales of rabbits telling stories of carrots), that deals with plural loves, queer issues and ecofeminism.

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is one of the precursors of specialized education for the deaf.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
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's work is characterised by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. Erek combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space. The result functions as a hypothesis, probing the viewer’s instinctive logic and thus appealing to the senses. Interestingly, Erek manages to combine rational components such as references to architecture and linear time with instinctive impulses thereby levelling the gap between two supposedly opposing spheres.

is a composer that collaborates with choreographer Jonathan Burrows to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.

— ARTICLE: Musical Movements
More information: Motion Bank Website

is an architect and visionary artist, who has been developing his concept of a “mobile architecture” since the middle of the twentieth century, according to which dwellings and urban planning have to be thought organically, as moving and improvised forms of architectures, modelled on unpredictable future uses.

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More information: Personal website

studies the myriad ways that deaf young adults living in Bangalore negotiate kinship and belonging across family, caste, gender, religion, and caste. She is especially interested in the constitutive roles that vocational programs and corporate social responsibility initiatives play in this negotiation and her work is attentive to what she calls “global deafness” or the ways that specific discourses around deafness can be hegemonic and uni-directional.

explores the circular structures in the complexity of non-human representations. For example, he worked with Sandrine Teixido on the Edgar Allan Poe novel "A Descent into the Maelstrom" (1841), where a sailor finds himself sucked into a whirlpool, or on the development of institutions of climate policy.

— Article: Preface to Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
More information: Tanya Leighton Gallery; Maelstrom Project Blog

visually reactivates colonial material culture found in Caribbean archives through printmaking and site-specific multimedia installation as a means of exploring her own white Creole identity from a postcolonial feminist perspective, alongside untold histories of the relationship between black and white Caribbean women under colonialism. She lives and works between Canada and the Caribbean, where her family has been resident since the 17th century.

— ARTICLE: Illustrations: Creole Portraits III: “bringing down the flowers...”

is a lawyer and researcher who contributed to the study entitled Homosexuals in the Penal Code, led by Nizar Saghieh in cooperation with Helem. In 2011, she worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, before returning to Lebanon to work on vulnerable groups rights such as forms of discrimination against women in Lebanese Personal Status religious laws and legal protection for Syrians who cannot achieve refugee status in Lebanon.

— ARTICLE: Case #2: Indecencies
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an ecology activist who has taken part in several ecological associations for a long time. He also initiated the first Islamic ecological conference. He is a practicing Muslim in the Sufi tradition.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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tries to be a membrane from head to toe when involved in a listening experience. He discovered sound technology by recording his own compositions. Then moved on to sound editing and sound mixing for film and recorded music, to ultimately focus on mixing live music.

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is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

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More information: The Unmanned

directs the Nairobi-based National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision, an NGO that provides legal aid to the LGBTI community by using “law as a tool to achieve social justice and societal change.” In 2013, he took Kenya’s government to Constitutional Court for its refusal to officially register the organization—in clear contradiction of the Constitution’s stipulation that the State shall not discriminate against sexual orientation. In 2014, he filed a decriminalization petition against Kenya’s sodomy law.

— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an atmospheric physicist at the CNRS. Specialized in the study of the stratosphere and its impact on climate, she is also interested in the link between ultraviolet radiation and health problems.

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is also known as Kode9, one of the founding artists of the dubstep genre. He has released the albums Memories of the Future and Black Sun on his own label, Hyperdub. Goodman has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Warwick and has published his thesis as Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Sonic Warfare on MIT website

is a director of research at the CNRS, at the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity. He is an evolutionary systematist, whose research focuses on the biodiversity of the Global South and particularly on the life of insect species.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a researcher in science and environmental history at the university Pierre et Marie Curie, specializing in the study of visual cultures and metaphors in science. He holds that the metaphorical reimagining of our planet as a “Spaceship Earth” was of doubtful utility to the environmental movement.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a sociologist and urban planner associated to the research program "Environment, Ville et Societé" in Lyon. Her work focuses on contemporary social movements and the construction of political ecology.

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has been the ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in France since 2013

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is a philosopher and assistant professor at Nanterre University. Her current research focuses on the roles of storytelling and narration in ecological thought, mainly based on the articulation between feminism, ecology and (science) fiction.

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is a historian of materials and technologies, attached to the Center for Historical Research (EHESS/CNRS, Paris). In her research on contemporary materials, she combines studies on economic history, science and technology with cultural subjects like patrimonialization processes.

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is one of the faces of Bless, a fashion and design label, whose creations answer personal needs, for example: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer); how can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry); how can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

's research examines the works and lives of biologists thinking through the limits of "life" as a category of analysis. Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas is a study of marine biologists working in realms usually out of sight and reach: the microscopic world, the deep sea, and oceans outside national sovereignty. This book charts how marine microbes are entangled with debates about the origin of life, climate change, property in the ocean commons, and the possibility of life on other worlds. An earlier book, Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World is an ethnography of computer modeling in the life sciences. Helmreich's newest research concerns the cultural circulation of such abstractions as "water," "sound," and "waves."

has found sublime moments in filming bodybuilders, mountaineers, little people and inmates of death row. Always keeps his promises, which forced him to eat his shoe when he lost a bet.

— ARTICLE: Brutal perception
More information: Personal website

is a professor of anthropological genetics at the National Museum of Natural History. She works on the interaction between culture and biology in the evolution of Humankind. Besides her research, she is now scientific general commissioner for the renovated Musée de l’Homme.

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is an anthropologist. She works at the CNRS and is a member of the laboratory of ethnology and comparative sociology (LESC). In 2011, in the course of a collective project on the change of scales in knowledge practices, she led an investigation on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN.

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lives in Bahrain and Seoul and has developed a musical practice inspired by these two locations.

is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education and public service. In most recent years Ibarra has been developing composition and improvisation that blends traditions and crosses rhythms and tunings of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Americas, Europe and Africa. She remains active in her practice of Philippine Indigenous music, Electronic, Experimental, Jazz and Improvisation.

designed a vibrating floor used in Waves & Signs, a conference program on seismic communication held at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. It is no doubt the most accomplished project to date dealing with sound perception among deaf persons. Her other works, Ceiling (1991), Doorway (1991), Column (1990) and Doorknob (1992), offer an exploration of perception through architecture.

is a cultural mediator, mostly for the Embassy of Slovenia in Paris, and an Earth geoculture practitioner. In France, as a member of Hagia Chora, she learned lithoponcture, the cosmograms and the Gaya Touch with Marko Pogačnik during a two-year training conducted by the Slovenian artist.

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is an artist and performer for human and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication", a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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More information: Personal website

is an ecologist at the CNRS at the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier. Her work has focused on designing and testing tools to predict and prevent ecosystems’ degradation.

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is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers such as Liberation or The Guardian.

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is a sound artist who explores how to unlearn ‘sound etiquette’, the culturally dominant ways to perceive sound. She was born deaf.

— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
More information: Personal website

is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

has been making documentary films for over a decade with Alain Della Negra, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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moved from Long Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life. Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is the first livestock owner in Europe to use predator-friendly strategies.

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More information: Chianti Cashmere

was trained as a veterinarian and is also a lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History. For nearly 20 years, she has been studying the behavior and health of chimpanzees in Africa, stressing that their self-medication is a form of resilience endangered by human activities.

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is an architecture theorist based in Paris. She is currently working on a research project about the role of architecture and urban planning in the emergence of territories used for the extraction of natural resources.

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More information: Personal website

extends the field of architecture and develops spatial research on how the “natural environment” is defined and shaped by international humanitarian law. Concerned by the ethics and politics of climate change negotiations, he co-curated the Fifth Geneva Convention, a forum on environmental violence, with Paulo Tavares. His work has been published in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth.

— ARTICLE: Case #3: The Case for Di Aping
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an architect, founder and editor-in-chief of The Funambulist Magazine and its podcast, Archipelago. His work, featured in several books, develops a political perspective on design, architecture and urbanism in relation to the body.

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is a researcher in cognitive and cross-cultural psychology at the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She specializes in psychology and anthropology of climate change. She is part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations environmental project.

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is an emeritus professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, She specializes in moral and political philosophy. She focuses on political and ethical questions in relation with the environmental crisis and new technologies. She is the president of the Foundation for Political Ecology (FEP).

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is a sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist, director of the Science Po medialab and responsible for the program "Expérimentation en Arts Politiques" (SPEAP). His current publication Face à Gaia. Huit conférences sur le nouveau régime climatique has just been published at La Découverte.

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is a demographer, an historian and a research director at EHESS and the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). He is also a fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge). He is a well-known voice in the public debates on demography and migration who has published several books on demographic challenges, and wrote the comments of Earth From Above: 365 Days by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

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is a journalist, researcher in media archeology and bot-anist in the collective academic and artistic research project "Média Mediums".

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is a biologist and systematist, director of the research department "Systematics and Evolution" at the Muséum national dʼHistoire Naturelle. He is especially interested in methodological, epistemological and pedagogical issues of species classifications.

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designs digitally augmented objects with physiological sensing mechanisms that help people communicate via non-verbal ways.

— ARTICLE: Resonances and affects
More information: Personal page on MIT website

is a territorial developer in social economy, a gardener, and a specialist in high density culture techniques in small urban spaces. He brings his expertise to the association Clinamen and the cooperative Les Bergers Urbains.

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is a composer and percussionist. His work incorporates elements of jazz, contemporary, classical and world music. Plus d'informations : Site personnel

is a Blue Merle Scottish Border Collie. He has passed an exam A in basic commands and companion dog training, an advanced obedience exam B-BH, and several exams (RO I, RO II, RO III) in a sport called "Rally Obedience". Lord Byron has been collaborating with Maja Smrekarhave on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is a media theorist, feminist, and professor at the École nationale supèrieure d'art de Bourges. She has translated key texts of Donna Haraway and introduced her thinking in France.

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has worked extensively to protect the rights of transgender and transsexual individuals in Lebanon. As a legal researcher, she gave visibility and public debate to the 2014 ruling of a transwomen judged under Article 534 of Lebanon’s penal code, condemning an “act against Nature.” She is a practicing lawyer and a member of Legal Agenda’s board.

is a designer and architect. Profoundly deaf since birth, his M. Arch Thesis explored the intersection of deafness and architecture.

is Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University's College of Engineering. His research focuses on Structural Acoustics and Ocean Energy Technologies.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: personal page on BU website

is a social scientist working as a cartographer of controversies at Science Po Medialab, and an artist and ecological performer. He is interested in how we live and work in a network-based material culture with multiple layers of reality.

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is an ecologist who works at the laboratory of Biology of Marine Organisms and Ecosystems at the National Museum of Natural History. He is a specialist of trophic organizations in coastal ecosystems. His recent research focuses on the impact of urbanization and aquaculture on mangrove forests.

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Maya Mikdashi is a legal anthropologist and is currently a Mellon Postdoc at Rutgers University. Her upcoming book length manuscript entitled "Sex and Sectarianism: Secularism, Secularity and War in Contemporary Lebanon," is both an archival and ethnographic study of the regulation of sexual and religious difference within secular political systems. Maya works at the intersection of legal anthropology, feminism, queer theory, and theories of sovereignty, secularism and religion. She has worked on a number of documentary film projects, and continues to edit and write for Jadaliyya, an ezine that she co-founded and that is centered on critical approaches to studying the transnational Middle East.

has been developing since 2003 a work of net-art: the NøøMuseum, a virtual museum dedicated to the history and prehistory of cyberculture that spreads out its network of dematerialised galeries into cyberspace and into the noosphere.

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More information: Personal website

Director and Professor at VIT University. Sensory Communication Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. Graduate Program in Speech & Hearing Bioscience and Technology, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: Cyborg

is a director of research at the CNRS in the Institute for Human Paleontology of the National Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on the first human settlements, the occupation of territories and the technical behaviors of the populations.

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is an anthropologist, researcher at the EHESS (school of higher studies in social sciences), at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology. Specialist in the fields of disasters, modes of objectification of knowledge and the study of environments (mesology), he did some field research in the Brazilian Amazon and Japan.

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draws upon political history in his work in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His films Nefandus Trilogy (2013) or Deseos / رغبات from 2015 address the construction, categorization and repression of homoeroticism throughout the conquest and colonial period in the Americas. His recent database documentary Gender Talents (2015) presents video portraits of trans and intersex activists who thoughtfully perform gender as a personal, social, and political opportunity, rather than as a social condemnation.

lives in Cape Town, where she experiences daily the gap between the international recognition of progressive positions in South Africa in terms of rights of the diversity of sexualities, and daily homophobia that is particularly reflected in many "punitive rapes ". Beyond her photographic practice, she developed many actions, on different scales, to enhance the transsexual community. One of the latter is a transgender football team.

is a member of social justice non-governmental organization Legal Agenda. As a legal researcher and litigator, he has worked on several cases and rulings related to social groups marginalized by Lebanese society, including: workers’ rights, syndicates, housing rights (particularly regarding Syrian refugees), Palestinian refugees’ right to access professional orders, drug users’ right to undergo treatment instead of prosecution and LGBTIQ-related rights in Lebanon. In Legal Agenda’s publication, he has published several articles on socio-legal issues including cases related to Article 534 of Lebanon’s Penal Code, used to prosecute homosexuals or what is referred to in the law as “[acts] against the order of nature.”

co-founded the Alternative Law Forum, a pluri-legal organisation based in Bangalore. As a lawyer and legal researcher, his primary concern is the representation and cultural understanding of sexual and gender diversities in India. For the past two years, Arvind Narrain has written on the recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court which recognizes transgender persons as full citizens, yet reaffirms Section 377 in condemning “carnal intercourse against the order of Nature” and the exclusion of LGB(T) persons. He is currently working with ARC International, an organization committed to international advocacy on LGBTI rights.

— ARTICLE: Case #7: A Tale of Two Judgments
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Alternative Law Forum

is an entomologist, systematist and biologist at the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. His research focuses on the origins and structures of biological diversity. He is an expert in the long and short-term diversification of European species of ladybirds.

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is currently writer-in-residence at Violette & Co, a feminist library in Paris. Entitled FictionELLES, Notéris will engage with the medium of the residency through workshops, lectures, staged encounters, and public writing sessions before penning an original work of fiction. She edited TINA # 8 Gender Surprise issue, which reflected on questions of genre and highlighted queer and feminist voices in science fiction and ecology; it included contributions from Vanessa Place and Louise Desbrusses.

— ARTICLE: Case #8: Another Earth
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— EVENT: FictionELLES4
More information: Personal website

believes that "Rhythm is the relationship between what you believe and what you used to believe." He mainly plays percussion, usually within selected forms of experimental music. He works with a sound palette which includes orchestral, electronic, improvised music and rock.

is an American Sign Language and International Sign Interpreter, based in Paris. He directs the language interpreting company Overseas Interpreting.

is an anthropologist and adjunct researcher at the CNRS Laboratory for the Anthropology of Institutions and Social Organizations (SOGIP). He got his PhDs at the EHESS (school for advanced studies in social sciences) and James Cook University. His research focuses on the political and cultural entanglements of colonial relationships in Indigenous Australia.

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is the author most recently of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise. He just completed a biography of Stefan Zweig, "a popular novelist and biographer whose work was more widely translated than any other living author in the 1930s. Yet after Hitler’s rise to power, this celebrated and best selling writer who had dedicated so much energy to promoting international humanism plummeted, in a matter of a few years, into an increasingly isolated exile—from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis— where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he ended his life."

is an artist and communication designer devoting all her works to raising awareness of climate change related issues. With Alicia Escott she founded The Bureau of Linguistical Reality, a public participatory artwork that creates new language to better understand manmade climate change and other Anthropocenic events. She lives and works in San Francisco. She received a B.S. in Science and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

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More information: The Bureau of Linguistical Reality

has been leading his own architecture agency in Paris since 2008. He is currently teaching at Harvard University and at the National School of Architecture in Versailles.

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More information: Philippe Rahm architects

is an engineer in physical chemistry and a biologist in charge of the scientific development of CEEBIOS, a new European center dedicated to the promotion of bio-inspiration, a place with an integrated scientific and innovative approach of this new discipline.

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founded the cultural center “Centro de Artes da Maré”, in the Maré favela, near Rio (Brazil). For over ten years, Rodrigues offers contemporary dance classes, lectures and workshops; training amateurs and professionals alike. As a choreographer she makes no distinction between training and creation, between dance and social context.

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More information: Centro de Artes da Maré

is a microbiologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History and at the universities of Gdansk (Poland) and Viçosa (Brazil). His research mainly focuses on associations between mushrooms and plants.

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Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator, and researcher. His interests trace associations from within the histories of somatics, the sensory, transformation, pedagogy, utopia, queerness, collectivity, ritual, performance, and the self. From 2012-2014, he was a research fellow for "The Anthropocene Project" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His work and writings have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13), Former West, Tanz im August, Sharjah Biennial X, Home Works 5, Jerusalem Show V, Qalandiya International, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin, where he co-organizes the technosexual reading circle.

— ARTICLE: Resonances and affects
— ARTICLE: Case #11: The Intermorphs
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more information: …ment journal and Manifesta journal
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is most well known for playing in the New York City improv and experimental music scenes.

— ARTICLE: The Drummers
More information: Personal Website

Maja Smrekar is an intermedia artist who lives and works between Ljubljana and Berlin. Her main interests are the phenomenology of perception and the concept of life. Maja Smrekar has been collaborating with Lord Byron have on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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More information: Personal website

is a Security and Investigations Professional working in Lebanon. He has contributed to fighting the ill-treatment and torture of vulnerable groups in Lebanese police stations, which was officially reported under the human rights watch in June 2013.

dances and studies philosophy. In lieu of holistic speculations, he prefers to analyze linguistic operations. He is thus interested in the relation between analytic philosophy and choreography. Idéographie (2011) deals with the expression of chains of arguments through dance. Signe Blanc (2012) explores the tension between movement and language in pantomime, and Mouvement sur Mouvement (2013) reveals the choreographic dimension of gestures that comment on William Forsythe’s dancing in his Improvisation Technologies.

is a cultural theorist, historian, and exhibition organizer living in Vienna. His main research fields are the history of acceleration and the history and theory of the raw materials of modernity: building materials, fuels and fossil resources.

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is a lecturer, writing woman, and founder of the association "Pour la Vie Ailleurs & Maintenant" ("For life beyond & in the presence"). Shaman-researcher, artist and art therapist, she is the creator of the "Dance des Arbres - ARBOReusement" ("Dance of the trees").

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takes part &s a member of the Rapa Nui Parliament in the struggle against the Chilian authority to create a collective and autonomous Rapa Nui administration, to protect the archeological and sacred sites and solve other environmental and educational issues.

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is a researcher, curator and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.

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— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

an ethnologist trained in Inuit culture and language at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco) and has led several research missions in the Canadian Arctic. For more than fifteen years, she has been the director of the Association "Inuksuk", the Inuit cultural center of Paris.

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is interested in the political representation of non-Western cultures (namely, Caribbean and Brazilian cultures) through the production and diffusion of “world music”. She also collaborates on several projects which aim to provide new representations of climate policies, including a study (in collaboration with Aurélien Gamboni) of the maelstrom phenomenon in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “A Descent into the Maelström” (1841), in which a sailor finds himself drawn into a whirlpool.

— ARTICLE: Foreword of Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
More Information: Maelstrom Project Blog

resides in New Haven, USA, where she is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. Her work integrates Christian systematic theology, feminist, and queer theory with notions of embodiment. Her forthcoming book is titled God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Finitude. She has contributed to the blog Feminism and Religion (FAR), a forum for feminist scholars of religion investigating “the F-word in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism and community.”

— ARTICLE: Case #9: God, Nature, and the Nature of God
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Web page at Yale Divinity School

is an historian who writes widely about such subjects as the construction of archives, affect, and the spectacularization of public punishment for cases of sodomy and bestiality. In connecting sexuality to religiosity and erotics in colonial Latin America, his myriad references include archival theory, human-animal studies and concepts of viscerality. He is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.

— ARTICLE: Case #10: Unnatural Bodies, Desires, and Devotions
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Webpage at New York University

writes science fiction that describe (most of the time) free societies and free love. He is noteworthy for the frequent prominence of female characters, unusual in science fiction, and especially so among male authors of hard science fiction. This prominence is visible not only in his Eight Worlds history where sex changes are routine, but in his other works as well, where sexual themes color the works without dominating them.

is an author and political scientist, holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. She works with artists and filmmakers on the figure of the postcolonial repressed.

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is an independent environmental engineer, General Secretary of the European Shepherds Network, a movement for the preservation of pastoralism that brings together livestock farmers’ organizations and federations from seventeen European countries.

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is the co-founder of Greenpeace and the founder of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, where he has been captaine on seven different ships. He continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns to protect seals, bluefin tuna and pilot whales and to organize anti-poaching patrols.

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is Graphic design company based in Paris whose creed is the combination of content and form. They create data-visualisation in collaboration with journalist, datascientists, designers and developers. Their work includes several projects on CO2 (The Carbon Atlas, Carbon Story, Greencode Info, the CO2 comparison website) and also a gender-specific salary comparison project.

studies noise at Goldsmiths College (London), drawing from research areas as diverse as biology, chemistry, physics, IT, finance, music or the observation of crowd movements. He apprehends the environment (Umgebung) as a non-linear, random and irreversible chaos yet which nonetheless has a form. Attempting to represent this form could describe one of the main stakes of Glass Bead, the research platform of which he is a member.

is a writer, actor and journalist who become deaf at the age of 18, decided to go for cochlear implantation and now has an Advanced Bionics Naida CI Q70.

— ARTICLE: Cyborg
More information: Sophie Woolley’s blog

Team

BOARD

  • Solène Guillier
  • Sébastien Paule
  • Valérie Pihet (president)

ADVISORS

  • Mathieu Baudin
  • Thomas Boutoux
  • Donna Haraway
  • James Lingwood
  • Rasha Salti

FUNDERS AND DIRECTORS

  • Grégory Castéra
  • Sandra Terdjman

ASSOCIATE

  • [Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey]

COLLABORATORS

  • Aimar Arriola (The Against Nature Journal)
  • Abhijan Gupta (Asssitant)

DESIGN

  • Remco van Bladel

is a special education expert and neurology researcher. His research focuses on mirror neurons. The French Wikipedia article describes mirror neurons as “a neuron that fires both when an individual (human or animal) performs an action and when the individual observes another individual (especially of the same species) perform the same action, or even when they imagine such an action, hence the use of the term mirror.” His research brought him to engage with the deaf community, to learn sign language, and teach at the Al Almal School for Deaf Students in Sharjah.

is an artist with a background in DIY music. His work frequently deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth through the production of documentaries, essays, audio-visual installations, video, sculpture, photography, workshops and performance. In 2015, Abu Hamdan was the Armory Show commissioned artist and was also included in the New Museum Triennial. In 2013, Abu Hamdan’s audio documentary The Freedom of Speech Itself was submitted as evidence at the UK asylum tribunal where the artist himself was called to testify as an expert witness. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are made as part of his research for Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths College London, where he is also a PhD candidate and associate lecturer. His previous solo exhibitions have been at The Showroom, London, at Casco in Utrecht, in Beirut, in Cairo and forthcoming at Kunsthalle St Gallen and MoMa New York.

Teaches theatre at the Al Amal school for Deaf childrens in Sharjah.

— ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a researcher, writer and educator working on conflict ecologies and environmental violence mainly in South and Southeast Asia. He has participated in the 2012 Taipei Biennale in Hong Kong and the 2014 Cuenca Biennale in Ecuador, and has exhibited at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, Shanghai Study Centre and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto amongst others. He is a co-founder and director of Call & Response, a sound art collective based in London. He has written for Third Text, Volume, the edited books Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth and Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence and for many other publications. He carried out his doctoral research at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths as a member of the project ‘Forensic Architecture’.

— ARTICLE: Case #13: Pharmakon

is an inter-disciplinary artist who creates alternative narratives that blur boundaries and challenge dominant thinking, often by using an afro-futuristic lens. Much of her work explores the connection between rememory and the power of the margins.

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More information: Personal website

(Khaled Hafez, Wiss'am Taher) hail from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman, but rarely from the Emirates. They invent a hybrid sign language inspired by these different cultures.

—ARTICLE: Soundscape
—ARTICLE: Drumming
—ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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More information: La Semeuse

moved to downtown Beirut in 2007, when she founded the 98weeks Research Project with her cousin, the writer and curator Mirene Arsanios. In 2009, they opened the 98weeks Project Space in Mar Mikhael, a district that was quickly absorbing an onslaught of new studios, cafés, design boutiques, bars and restaurants. Aware that they were inevitably contributing to the area’s gentrification, the Arsanioses organized a workshop in 2010, which took the history of Mar Mikhael as its subject. They dug into the many layers that make up the neighbourhood’s curious urban density, including the refugee camps – first Armenian, then Palestinian – that were repeatedly destroyed by illness, fire and war.

develops a structural approach to sound art which goes beyond the performance context. His processual and collaborative projects include composing sound works and making musical instruments. On and from Tarab (begun in 2011) brings together a group of musicians who revisit tarab, which designates both the traditional music form and the effect the music produces on the listener. Within (begun in 2009) is an in situ project on the city of Sharjah, which includes work with the Al Amal School for Deaf Students. Dahlem Session (begun in 2013) involves making new instruments based on music played with traditional instruments of unknown origin.

is a marine biologist at Roscoff Biological Station and the Pierre and Marie Curie University. He works on the life cycles of marine models and the development of associated molecular genetic tools. His main field of research is animal photosymbioses.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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improvises complex and rapid motifs on the drums, which he processes with electronic instruments.

is a historian and prospectivist, and the co-founder and director of the Institut des Futurs Souhaitables in Paris, a Think and Do Tank whose credo is to reflect on long term decisions for the future and to inspire public debate for a public debate.

has been developing an architectural structure for deaf perception since 2005 - an organization of transparency and contrasts, of the resonance of materials and acoustics, of traffic, of proximity and mobility - to facilitate communication through gestures or vibrations. The sign for "deaf space" involves placing the thumb, index and middle finger like the 3 coordinates of the space around us.

is a political anthropologist and research director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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makes with sound a bodily listening experience, researching how frequencies resound in the body. This is inscribed in her major concern, to transform imperceptible forces into embodied experiences. Her MIT Master’s thesis, ‘The Life Cycle of A Common Weed’, explores how encounters with fractured biopolitics and forms of social engagement can be offered.

— ARTICLE: Extended Listening
More information: Personal website

is a fashion and design label whose creations answer personal needs, such as: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer) How can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry) or, How can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Map
More information: Bless website

is a schoolgirl. She enjoys reading books such as Christophe Galfard's novel The Prince of Clouds and may want to become a doctor.

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is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is a French-Algerian philosopher, director of the program "Decolonizing Knowledge" at the Collège international de philosophie and associate researcher at the Laboratory of social and political change at the University Paris-Diderot.

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is a choreographer that collaborates with composer Matteo Fargion to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.
More information: Motion Bank Website

brought a lasting change to musical practice and culture by introducing silence, chance and everyday sounds into musical composition.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Official website

is a teacher, unionist, and editor. At Cambourakis publishing house, she is responsible for the feminist series Sorcières. In addition, she does research on the historical ties between ecology and feminism in the 1970s and 1980s

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is a space engineer and film director. She has been working as project manager at the french space agency CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) in Paris since 2001. At the same time, she wrote and realized No Gravity, a queer-feminist space documentary that premiered in 2011.

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is an author, journalist, curator and intermedia artist. Active in the field of space culture for twenty years, he is a permanent member of the pilot committee at the KSEVT, Cultural Center of European Space Technologies, opened in Slovenia in 2012.

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More information: Personal website

is a drummer. Some deaf persons described his music as “being in a cold place, like shelves of cold […] shivering, which is perfect!,” or as giving them the sensation of touching electric wires, experiences that are condensed in the band’s name, Lightning Bolt.

is a well-known public face of cochlear implantation. His autobiographical 2005 book Rebuilt celebrates what he experiences as the emancipatory capacities of his implant. His 2011 book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet extrapolates into a fully web-worked cybernetic sensory future in which virtual and actual sensory worlds intertwine. Plus d'informations: Site personnel

is a researcher in conservation sciences at the National Museum of Natural History. Having obtained a PhD in Ecology and a master’s degree in Dance, she specializes in the links between art and ecology.

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is head of the section Rromani language and culture at the National institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco). He works on reconstituting the European dimension of the Rromani language and culture.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a philosopher working for the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. As co-founder of the "Portail des humanités environnementales", he is directing a project of "enlightened conversations" on environmental humanities and the Anthropocene.

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has been making documentary films for over a decade with Kaori Kinoshita, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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is a geologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History. Having always been enthusiastic about geosphere-biosphere relations, he is now very involved in the dissemination of science and protection of the geological heritage at national and international levels.

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is a philosopher and researcher at the University of Liège. For about twenty years, she has been working on animals issues and relationships with the dead.

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is considered to be one of the last homines universales. His observations on deaf people inspired his reflexion on theatre. It was published as: Lettre sur les sourds et muets à l'usage de ceux qui entendent & qui parlent (written in 1751).

— ARTICLE: Looking without hearing
More information: wikipedia page

is a sign language translator and coordinated the establishment of the exhibition "History Through Deaf Eyes" at SLCC.

— ARTICLE: Soundscape
More information: Center for Audio Visual Studies

is a special advisor for climate change and COP21 of Caisse des Dépôts Group, chair of I4CE, Institute for Climate Economics. Having been committed for a long time to sustainable development, he works on ways to shift the financial sector and the capital in favor of climate.

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is a visual artist and writer. Her videos, installations and photographic work focus on human evolution in the world as perceived by the senses. Currently, she is working on a children's book entitled Des histoires de lapins qui racontent des histoires de carottes (Tales of rabbits telling stories of carrots), that deals with plural loves, queer issues and ecofeminism.

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is one of the precursors of specialized education for the deaf.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
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's work is characterised by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. Erek combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space. The result functions as a hypothesis, probing the viewer’s instinctive logic and thus appealing to the senses. Interestingly, Erek manages to combine rational components such as references to architecture and linear time with instinctive impulses thereby levelling the gap between two supposedly opposing spheres.

is a composer that collaborates with choreographer Jonathan Burrows to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.

— ARTICLE: Musical Movements
More information: Motion Bank Website

is an architect and visionary artist, who has been developing his concept of a “mobile architecture” since the middle of the twentieth century, according to which dwellings and urban planning have to be thought organically, as moving and improvised forms of architectures, modelled on unpredictable future uses.

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studies the myriad ways that deaf young adults living in Bangalore negotiate kinship and belonging across family, caste, gender, religion, and caste. She is especially interested in the constitutive roles that vocational programs and corporate social responsibility initiatives play in this negotiation and her work is attentive to what she calls “global deafness” or the ways that specific discourses around deafness can be hegemonic and uni-directional.

explores the circular structures in the complexity of non-human representations. For example, he worked with Sandrine Teixido on the Edgar Allan Poe novel "A Descent into the Maelstrom" (1841), where a sailor finds himself sucked into a whirlpool, or on the development of institutions of climate policy.

— Article: Preface to Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
More information: Tanya Leighton Gallery; Maelstrom Project Blog

visually reactivates colonial material culture found in Caribbean archives through printmaking and site-specific multimedia installation as a means of exploring her own white Creole identity from a postcolonial feminist perspective, alongside untold histories of the relationship between black and white Caribbean women under colonialism. She lives and works between Canada and the Caribbean, where her family has been resident since the 17th century.

— ARTICLE: Illustrations: Creole Portraits III: “bringing down the flowers...”

is a lawyer and researcher who contributed to the study entitled Homosexuals in the Penal Code, led by Nizar Saghieh in cooperation with Helem. In 2011, she worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, before returning to Lebanon to work on vulnerable groups rights such as forms of discrimination against women in Lebanese Personal Status religious laws and legal protection for Syrians who cannot achieve refugee status in Lebanon.

— ARTICLE: Case #2: Indecencies
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an ecology activist who has taken part in several ecological associations for a long time. He also initiated the first Islamic ecological conference. He is a practicing Muslim in the Sufi tradition.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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tries to be a membrane from head to toe when involved in a listening experience. He discovered sound technology by recording his own compositions. Then moved on to sound editing and sound mixing for film and recorded music, to ultimately focus on mixing live music.

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is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

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directs the Nairobi-based National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision, an NGO that provides legal aid to the LGBTI community by using “law as a tool to achieve social justice and societal change.” In 2013, he took Kenya’s government to Constitutional Court for its refusal to officially register the organization—in clear contradiction of the Constitution’s stipulation that the State shall not discriminate against sexual orientation. In 2014, he filed a decriminalization petition against Kenya’s sodomy law.

— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an atmospheric physicist at the CNRS. Specialized in the study of the stratosphere and its impact on climate, she is also interested in the link between ultraviolet radiation and health problems.

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is also known as Kode9, one of the founding artists of the dubstep genre. He has released the albums Memories of the Future and Black Sun on his own label, Hyperdub. Goodman has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Warwick and has published his thesis as Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Sonic Warfare on MIT website

is a director of research at the CNRS, at the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity. He is an evolutionary systematist, whose research focuses on the biodiversity of the Global South and particularly on the life of insect species.

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is a researcher in science and environmental history at the university Pierre et Marie Curie, specializing in the study of visual cultures and metaphors in science. He holds that the metaphorical reimagining of our planet as a “Spaceship Earth” was of doubtful utility to the environmental movement.

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is a sociologist and urban planner associated to the research program "Environment, Ville et Societé" in Lyon. Her work focuses on contemporary social movements and the construction of political ecology.

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has been the ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in France since 2013

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is a philosopher and assistant professor at Nanterre University. Her current research focuses on the roles of storytelling and narration in ecological thought, mainly based on the articulation between feminism, ecology and (science) fiction.

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is a historian of materials and technologies, attached to the Center for Historical Research (EHESS/CNRS, Paris). In her research on contemporary materials, she combines studies on economic history, science and technology with cultural subjects like patrimonialization processes.

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is one of the faces of Bless, a fashion and design label, whose creations answer personal needs, for example: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer); how can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry); how can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

's research examines the works and lives of biologists thinking through the limits of "life" as a category of analysis. Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas is a study of marine biologists working in realms usually out of sight and reach: the microscopic world, the deep sea, and oceans outside national sovereignty. This book charts how marine microbes are entangled with debates about the origin of life, climate change, property in the ocean commons, and the possibility of life on other worlds. An earlier book, Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World is an ethnography of computer modeling in the life sciences. Helmreich's newest research concerns the cultural circulation of such abstractions as "water," "sound," and "waves."

has found sublime moments in filming bodybuilders, mountaineers, little people and inmates of death row. Always keeps his promises, which forced him to eat his shoe when he lost a bet.

— ARTICLE: Brutal perception
More information: Personal website

is a professor of anthropological genetics at the National Museum of Natural History. She works on the interaction between culture and biology in the evolution of Humankind. Besides her research, she is now scientific general commissioner for the renovated Musée de l’Homme.

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is an anthropologist. She works at the CNRS and is a member of the laboratory of ethnology and comparative sociology (LESC). In 2011, in the course of a collective project on the change of scales in knowledge practices, she led an investigation on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN.

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lives in Bahrain and Seoul and has developed a musical practice inspired by these two locations.

is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education and public service. In most recent years Ibarra has been developing composition and improvisation that blends traditions and crosses rhythms and tunings of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Americas, Europe and Africa. She remains active in her practice of Philippine Indigenous music, Electronic, Experimental, Jazz and Improvisation.

designed a vibrating floor used in Waves & Signs, a conference program on seismic communication held at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. It is no doubt the most accomplished project to date dealing with sound perception among deaf persons. Her other works, Ceiling (1991), Doorway (1991), Column (1990) and Doorknob (1992), offer an exploration of perception through architecture.

is a cultural mediator, mostly for the Embassy of Slovenia in Paris, and an Earth geoculture practitioner. In France, as a member of Hagia Chora, she learned lithoponcture, the cosmograms and the Gaya Touch with Marko Pogačnik during a two-year training conducted by the Slovenian artist.

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is an artist and performer for human and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication", a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.

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is an ecologist at the CNRS at the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier. Her work has focused on designing and testing tools to predict and prevent ecosystems’ degradation.

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is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers such as Liberation or The Guardian.

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is a sound artist who explores how to unlearn ‘sound etiquette’, the culturally dominant ways to perceive sound. She was born deaf.

— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
More information: Personal website

is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

has been making documentary films for over a decade with Alain Della Negra, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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moved from Long Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life. Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is the first livestock owner in Europe to use predator-friendly strategies.

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More information: Chianti Cashmere

was trained as a veterinarian and is also a lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History. For nearly 20 years, she has been studying the behavior and health of chimpanzees in Africa, stressing that their self-medication is a form of resilience endangered by human activities.

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is an architecture theorist based in Paris. She is currently working on a research project about the role of architecture and urban planning in the emergence of territories used for the extraction of natural resources.

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extends the field of architecture and develops spatial research on how the “natural environment” is defined and shaped by international humanitarian law. Concerned by the ethics and politics of climate change negotiations, he co-curated the Fifth Geneva Convention, a forum on environmental violence, with Paulo Tavares. His work has been published in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth.

— ARTICLE: Case #3: The Case for Di Aping
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an architect, founder and editor-in-chief of The Funambulist Magazine and its podcast, Archipelago. His work, featured in several books, develops a political perspective on design, architecture and urbanism in relation to the body.

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is a researcher in cognitive and cross-cultural psychology at the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She specializes in psychology and anthropology of climate change. She is part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations environmental project.

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is an emeritus professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, She specializes in moral and political philosophy. She focuses on political and ethical questions in relation with the environmental crisis and new technologies. She is the president of the Foundation for Political Ecology (FEP).

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is a sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist, director of the Science Po medialab and responsible for the program "Expérimentation en Arts Politiques" (SPEAP). His current publication Face à Gaia. Huit conférences sur le nouveau régime climatique has just been published at La Découverte.

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is a demographer, an historian and a research director at EHESS and the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). He is also a fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge). He is a well-known voice in the public debates on demography and migration who has published several books on demographic challenges, and wrote the comments of Earth From Above: 365 Days by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

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is a journalist, researcher in media archeology and bot-anist in the collective academic and artistic research project "Média Mediums".

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is a biologist and systematist, director of the research department "Systematics and Evolution" at the Muséum national dʼHistoire Naturelle. He is especially interested in methodological, epistemological and pedagogical issues of species classifications.

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designs digitally augmented objects with physiological sensing mechanisms that help people communicate via non-verbal ways.

— ARTICLE: Resonances and affects
More information: Personal page on MIT website

is a territorial developer in social economy, a gardener, and a specialist in high density culture techniques in small urban spaces. He brings his expertise to the association Clinamen and the cooperative Les Bergers Urbains.

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is a composer and percussionist. His work incorporates elements of jazz, contemporary, classical and world music. Plus d'informations : Site personnel

is a Blue Merle Scottish Border Collie. He has passed an exam A in basic commands and companion dog training, an advanced obedience exam B-BH, and several exams (RO I, RO II, RO III) in a sport called "Rally Obedience". Lord Byron has been collaborating with Maja Smrekarhave on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is a media theorist, feminist, and professor at the École nationale supèrieure d'art de Bourges. She has translated key texts of Donna Haraway and introduced her thinking in France.

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has worked extensively to protect the rights of transgender and transsexual individuals in Lebanon. As a legal researcher, she gave visibility and public debate to the 2014 ruling of a transwomen judged under Article 534 of Lebanon’s penal code, condemning an “act against Nature.” She is a practicing lawyer and a member of Legal Agenda’s board.

is a designer and architect. Profoundly deaf since birth, his M. Arch Thesis explored the intersection of deafness and architecture.

is Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University's College of Engineering. His research focuses on Structural Acoustics and Ocean Energy Technologies.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: personal page on BU website

is a social scientist working as a cartographer of controversies at Science Po Medialab, and an artist and ecological performer. He is interested in how we live and work in a network-based material culture with multiple layers of reality.

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is an ecologist who works at the laboratory of Biology of Marine Organisms and Ecosystems at the National Museum of Natural History. He is a specialist of trophic organizations in coastal ecosystems. His recent research focuses on the impact of urbanization and aquaculture on mangrove forests.

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Maya Mikdashi is a legal anthropologist and is currently a Mellon Postdoc at Rutgers University. Her upcoming book length manuscript entitled "Sex and Sectarianism: Secularism, Secularity and War in Contemporary Lebanon," is both an archival and ethnographic study of the regulation of sexual and religious difference within secular political systems. Maya works at the intersection of legal anthropology, feminism, queer theory, and theories of sovereignty, secularism and religion. She has worked on a number of documentary film projects, and continues to edit and write for Jadaliyya, an ezine that she co-founded and that is centered on critical approaches to studying the transnational Middle East.

has been developing since 2003 a work of net-art: the NøøMuseum, a virtual museum dedicated to the history and prehistory of cyberculture that spreads out its network of dematerialised galeries into cyberspace and into the noosphere.

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Director and Professor at VIT University. Sensory Communication Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. Graduate Program in Speech & Hearing Bioscience and Technology, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: Cyborg

is a director of research at the CNRS in the Institute for Human Paleontology of the National Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on the first human settlements, the occupation of territories and the technical behaviors of the populations.

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is an anthropologist, researcher at the EHESS (school of higher studies in social sciences), at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology. Specialist in the fields of disasters, modes of objectification of knowledge and the study of environments (mesology), he did some field research in the Brazilian Amazon and Japan.

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draws upon political history in his work in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His films Nefandus Trilogy (2013) or Deseos / رغبات from 2015 address the construction, categorization and repression of homoeroticism throughout the conquest and colonial period in the Americas. His recent database documentary Gender Talents (2015) presents video portraits of trans and intersex activists who thoughtfully perform gender as a personal, social, and political opportunity, rather than as a social condemnation.

lives in Cape Town, where she experiences daily the gap between the international recognition of progressive positions in South Africa in terms of rights of the diversity of sexualities, and daily homophobia that is particularly reflected in many "punitive rapes ". Beyond her photographic practice, she developed many actions, on different scales, to enhance the transsexual community. One of the latter is a transgender football team.

is a member of social justice non-governmental organization Legal Agenda. As a legal researcher and litigator, he has worked on several cases and rulings related to social groups marginalized by Lebanese society, including: workers’ rights, syndicates, housing rights (particularly regarding Syrian refugees), Palestinian refugees’ right to access professional orders, drug users’ right to undergo treatment instead of prosecution and LGBTIQ-related rights in Lebanon. In Legal Agenda’s publication, he has published several articles on socio-legal issues including cases related to Article 534 of Lebanon’s Penal Code, used to prosecute homosexuals or what is referred to in the law as “[acts] against the order of nature.”

co-founded the Alternative Law Forum, a pluri-legal organisation based in Bangalore. As a lawyer and legal researcher, his primary concern is the representation and cultural understanding of sexual and gender diversities in India. For the past two years, Arvind Narrain has written on the recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court which recognizes transgender persons as full citizens, yet reaffirms Section 377 in condemning “carnal intercourse against the order of Nature” and the exclusion of LGB(T) persons. He is currently working with ARC International, an organization committed to international advocacy on LGBTI rights.

— ARTICLE: Case #7: A Tale of Two Judgments
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Alternative Law Forum

is an entomologist, systematist and biologist at the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. His research focuses on the origins and structures of biological diversity. He is an expert in the long and short-term diversification of European species of ladybirds.

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is currently writer-in-residence at Violette & Co, a feminist library in Paris. Entitled FictionELLES, Notéris will engage with the medium of the residency through workshops, lectures, staged encounters, and public writing sessions before penning an original work of fiction. She edited TINA # 8 Gender Surprise issue, which reflected on questions of genre and highlighted queer and feminist voices in science fiction and ecology; it included contributions from Vanessa Place and Louise Desbrusses.

— ARTICLE: Case #8: Another Earth
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believes that "Rhythm is the relationship between what you believe and what you used to believe." He mainly plays percussion, usually within selected forms of experimental music. He works with a sound palette which includes orchestral, electronic, improvised music and rock.

is an American Sign Language and International Sign Interpreter, based in Paris. He directs the language interpreting company Overseas Interpreting.

is an anthropologist and adjunct researcher at the CNRS Laboratory for the Anthropology of Institutions and Social Organizations (SOGIP). He got his PhDs at the EHESS (school for advanced studies in social sciences) and James Cook University. His research focuses on the political and cultural entanglements of colonial relationships in Indigenous Australia.

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is the author most recently of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise. He just completed a biography of Stefan Zweig, "a popular novelist and biographer whose work was more widely translated than any other living author in the 1930s. Yet after Hitler’s rise to power, this celebrated and best selling writer who had dedicated so much energy to promoting international humanism plummeted, in a matter of a few years, into an increasingly isolated exile—from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis— where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he ended his life."

is an artist and communication designer devoting all her works to raising awareness of climate change related issues. With Alicia Escott she founded The Bureau of Linguistical Reality, a public participatory artwork that creates new language to better understand manmade climate change and other Anthropocenic events. She lives and works in San Francisco. She received a B.S. in Science and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

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has been leading his own architecture agency in Paris since 2008. He is currently teaching at Harvard University and at the National School of Architecture in Versailles.

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is an engineer in physical chemistry and a biologist in charge of the scientific development of CEEBIOS, a new European center dedicated to the promotion of bio-inspiration, a place with an integrated scientific and innovative approach of this new discipline.

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founded the cultural center “Centro de Artes da Maré”, in the Maré favela, near Rio (Brazil). For over ten years, Rodrigues offers contemporary dance classes, lectures and workshops; training amateurs and professionals alike. As a choreographer she makes no distinction between training and creation, between dance and social context.

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is a microbiologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History and at the universities of Gdansk (Poland) and Viçosa (Brazil). His research mainly focuses on associations between mushrooms and plants.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator, and researcher. His interests trace associations from within the histories of somatics, the sensory, transformation, pedagogy, utopia, queerness, collectivity, ritual, performance, and the self. From 2012-2014, he was a research fellow for "The Anthropocene Project" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His work and writings have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13), Former West, Tanz im August, Sharjah Biennial X, Home Works 5, Jerusalem Show V, Qalandiya International, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin, where he co-organizes the technosexual reading circle.

— ARTICLE: Resonances and affects
— ARTICLE: Case #11: The Intermorphs
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human — EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
more information: …ment journal and Manifesta journal
) — INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings

is most well known for playing in the New York City improv and experimental music scenes.

— ARTICLE: The Drummers
More information: Personal Website

Maja Smrekar is an intermedia artist who lives and works between Ljubljana and Berlin. Her main interests are the phenomenology of perception and the concept of life. Maja Smrekar has been collaborating with Lord Byron have on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

is a Security and Investigations Professional working in Lebanon. He has contributed to fighting the ill-treatment and torture of vulnerable groups in Lebanese police stations, which was officially reported under the human rights watch in June 2013.

dances and studies philosophy. In lieu of holistic speculations, he prefers to analyze linguistic operations. He is thus interested in the relation between analytic philosophy and choreography. Idéographie (2011) deals with the expression of chains of arguments through dance. Signe Blanc (2012) explores the tension between movement and language in pantomime, and Mouvement sur Mouvement (2013) reveals the choreographic dimension of gestures that comment on William Forsythe’s dancing in his Improvisation Technologies.

is a cultural theorist, historian, and exhibition organizer living in Vienna. His main research fields are the history of acceleration and the history and theory of the raw materials of modernity: building materials, fuels and fossil resources.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a lecturer, writing woman, and founder of the association "Pour la Vie Ailleurs & Maintenant" ("For life beyond & in the presence"). Shaman-researcher, artist and art therapist, she is the creator of the "Dance des Arbres - ARBOReusement" ("Dance of the trees").

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

takes part &s a member of the Rapa Nui Parliament in the struggle against the Chilian authority to create a collective and autonomous Rapa Nui administration, to protect the archeological and sacred sites and solve other environmental and educational issues.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a researcher, curator and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

an ethnologist trained in Inuit culture and language at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco) and has led several research missions in the Canadian Arctic. For more than fifteen years, she has been the director of the Association "Inuksuk", the Inuit cultural center of Paris.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

is interested in the political representation of non-Western cultures (namely, Caribbean and Brazilian cultures) through the production and diffusion of “world music”. She also collaborates on several projects which aim to provide new representations of climate policies, including a study (in collaboration with Aurélien Gamboni) of the maelstrom phenomenon in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “A Descent into the Maelström” (1841), in which a sailor finds himself drawn into a whirlpool.

— ARTICLE: Foreword of Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
More Information: Maelstrom Project Blog

resides in New Haven, USA, where she is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. Her work integrates Christian systematic theology, feminist, and queer theory with notions of embodiment. Her forthcoming book is titled God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Finitude. She has contributed to the blog Feminism and Religion (FAR), a forum for feminist scholars of religion investigating “the F-word in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism and community.”

— ARTICLE: Case #9: God, Nature, and the Nature of God
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Web page at Yale Divinity School

is an historian who writes widely about such subjects as the construction of archives, affect, and the spectacularization of public punishment for cases of sodomy and bestiality. In connecting sexuality to religiosity and erotics in colonial Latin America, his myriad references include archival theory, human-animal studies and concepts of viscerality. He is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.

— ARTICLE: Case #10: Unnatural Bodies, Desires, and Devotions
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Webpage at New York University

writes science fiction that describe (most of the time) free societies and free love. He is noteworthy for the frequent prominence of female characters, unusual in science fiction, and especially so among male authors of hard science fiction. This prominence is visible not only in his Eight Worlds history where sex changes are routine, but in his other works as well, where sexual themes color the works without dominating them.

is an author and political scientist, holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. She works with artists and filmmakers on the figure of the postcolonial repressed.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is an independent environmental engineer, General Secretary of the European Shepherds Network, a movement for the preservation of pastoralism that brings together livestock farmers’ organizations and federations from seventeen European countries.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is the co-founder of Greenpeace and the founder of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, where he has been captaine on seven different ships. He continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns to protect seals, bluefin tuna and pilot whales and to organize anti-poaching patrols.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is Graphic design company based in Paris whose creed is the combination of content and form. They create data-visualisation in collaboration with journalist, datascientists, designers and developers. Their work includes several projects on CO2 (The Carbon Atlas, Carbon Story, Greencode Info, the CO2 comparison website) and also a gender-specific salary comparison project.

studies noise at Goldsmiths College (London), drawing from research areas as diverse as biology, chemistry, physics, IT, finance, music or the observation of crowd movements. He apprehends the environment (Umgebung) as a non-linear, random and irreversible chaos yet which nonetheless has a form. Attempting to represent this form could describe one of the main stakes of Glass Bead, the research platform of which he is a member.

is a writer, actor and journalist who become deaf at the age of 18, decided to go for cochlear implantation and now has an Advanced Bionics Naida CI Q70.

— ARTICLE: Cyborg
More information: Sophie Woolley’s blog

is co-director of gb agency, a gallery that represents artists such as Jiri Kovanda, Roman Ondak, Robert Breer, Pratchaya Phinthong, Deimantas Narkevicius and Ryan Gander. She is also affiliated with Level One, an intimate and experimental project space that opts for an alternative temporality and ‘non-event’ format.

co-founded Dingdingdong, an Institute for the production of knowledge on Huntington's disease, in 2012 together with with Emilie Hermant. It brings together a collective of researchers and artists concerned with the disease. She has directed and has co-founded the School of Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP) at Sciences Politiques in Paris with Bruno Latour. She has also coordinated the exhibitions “Iconoclash. Beyond the image wars in science, religion and art” in 2002 and "Making Things Public" in 2005 in the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

is the co-director and co-founder of Council. From 2010-12 he served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, where he conducted various research projects on knowledge production within artistic practices, giving rise to publishing projects, events, and exhibitions. Since 2007, he has co-authored L’Encyclopédie de la parole (Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word), a collaborative inquiry into the formal properties of speech. In 2010, he initiated Ecologies, a program focused on the creation of tools for the representation of art as an ecology (awarded the Hors les Murs grant by the Institut Français in 2013). Grégory is regularly invited to write, give talks and workshop on curating research, to advise institutions and to curate shows (Betonsalon, Wiels, T2G, Centre Pompidou).
He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (University of Tours) and a Masters in Design and Implementation of Cultural Projects (Sorbonne, Paris 1).

is co-founder of Kadist Art Foundation - a private foundation based in Paris and San Francisco, dedicated to supporting contemporary art. From 2006 to 2012, as artistic programme director at Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), she developed a residency programme for international artists and curators, overseeing the production of a series of works, films, performances and exhibitions. Presently, she serves as advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation on collection acquisition, production and dissemination.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Art History (Sorbonne, Paris), a Masters in Creative Curating (Goldsmiths College, London) and has participated in the experimentation in art and politics programme run by Bruno Latour (Science Po – Institute of Political Studies, Paris).

is a curator, editor and researcher based in London and the Basque Country. He is a 2012 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee. He has been research fellow at Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2012-2013; Visual AIDS, New York, 2014; and the Central American Biennial, San José, 2016. He has organized exhibitions and events in Tabakalera, San Sebastián; UNIA, Seville; CA2M, Madrid, among others. As a writer, he has contributed to L'Internationale, We Who Feel Differently, and Afterall. He runs his own on-and-off publishing house ALBUM and is the editor of various artist books and web projects. As a co-founder of the collective 'Equipo re', he develops the long-term HIV/AIDS-related curatorial project 'AIDS Anarchive'. A graduate from MACBA's Independent Studies Program, he is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths.

works on the Dhaka Art Summit, organized by the Samdani Art Foundation. He has previously worked with the Asia Art Archive and the Majlis Cultural Centre, Mumbai. He studied art history and curation at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda.

is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. His studio work focusses on book design, curatorial projects, institutional identities, interactive applications and websites. He has designed projects such as the Ideological Guide to the Venice Biennale and the WdW Review.

More information : Personal website

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is a special education expert and neurology researcher. His research focuses on mirror neurons. The French Wikipedia article describes mirror neurons as “a neuron that fires both when an individual (human or animal) performs an action and when the individual observes another individual (especially of the same species) perform the same action, or even when they imagine such an action, hence the use of the term mirror.” His research brought him to engage with the deaf community, to learn sign language, and teach at the Al Almal School for Deaf Students in Sharjah.

is an artist with a background in DIY music. His work frequently deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth through the production of documentaries, essays, audio-visual installations, video, sculpture, photography, workshops and performance. In 2015, Abu Hamdan was the Armory Show commissioned artist and was also included in the New Museum Triennial. In 2013, Abu Hamdan’s audio documentary The Freedom of Speech Itself was submitted as evidence at the UK asylum tribunal where the artist himself was called to testify as an expert witness. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are made as part of his research for Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths College London, where he is also a PhD candidate and associate lecturer. His previous solo exhibitions have been at The Showroom, London, at Casco in Utrecht, in Beirut, in Cairo and forthcoming at Kunsthalle St Gallen and MoMa New York.

Teaches theatre at the Al Amal school for Deaf childrens in Sharjah.

— ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a researcher, writer and educator working on conflict ecologies and environmental violence mainly in South and Southeast Asia. He has participated in the 2012 Taipei Biennale in Hong Kong and the 2014 Cuenca Biennale in Ecuador, and has exhibited at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, Shanghai Study Centre and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto amongst others. He is a co-founder and director of Call & Response, a sound art collective based in London. He has written for Third Text, Volume, the edited books Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth and Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence and for many other publications. He carried out his doctoral research at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths as a member of the project ‘Forensic Architecture’.

— ARTICLE: Case #13: Pharmakon

is an inter-disciplinary artist who creates alternative narratives that blur boundaries and challenge dominant thinking, often by using an afro-futuristic lens. Much of her work explores the connection between rememory and the power of the margins.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

(Khaled Hafez, Wiss'am Taher) hail from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman, but rarely from the Emirates. They invent a hybrid sign language inspired by these different cultures.

—ARTICLE: Soundscape
—ARTICLE: Drumming
—ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: La Semeuse

moved to downtown Beirut in 2007, when she founded the 98weeks Research Project with her cousin, the writer and curator Mirene Arsanios. In 2009, they opened the 98weeks Project Space in Mar Mikhael, a district that was quickly absorbing an onslaught of new studios, cafés, design boutiques, bars and restaurants. Aware that they were inevitably contributing to the area’s gentrification, the Arsanioses organized a workshop in 2010, which took the history of Mar Mikhael as its subject. They dug into the many layers that make up the neighbourhood’s curious urban density, including the refugee camps – first Armenian, then Palestinian – that were repeatedly destroyed by illness, fire and war.

develops a structural approach to sound art which goes beyond the performance context. His processual and collaborative projects include composing sound works and making musical instruments. On and from Tarab (begun in 2011) brings together a group of musicians who revisit tarab, which designates both the traditional music form and the effect the music produces on the listener. Within (begun in 2009) is an in situ project on the city of Sharjah, which includes work with the Al Amal School for Deaf Students. Dahlem Session (begun in 2013) involves making new instruments based on music played with traditional instruments of unknown origin.

is a marine biologist at Roscoff Biological Station and the Pierre and Marie Curie University. He works on the life cycles of marine models and the development of associated molecular genetic tools. His main field of research is animal photosymbioses.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

improvises complex and rapid motifs on the drums, which he processes with electronic instruments.

is a historian and prospectivist, and the co-founder and director of the Institut des Futurs Souhaitables in Paris, a Think and Do Tank whose credo is to reflect on long term decisions for the future and to inspire public debate for a public debate.

has been developing an architectural structure for deaf perception since 2005 - an organization of transparency and contrasts, of the resonance of materials and acoustics, of traffic, of proximity and mobility - to facilitate communication through gestures or vibrations. The sign for "deaf space" involves placing the thumb, index and middle finger like the 3 coordinates of the space around us.

is a political anthropologist and research director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

makes with sound a bodily listening experience, researching how frequencies resound in the body. This is inscribed in her major concern, to transform imperceptible forces into embodied experiences. Her MIT Master’s thesis, ‘The Life Cycle of A Common Weed’, explores how encounters with fractured biopolitics and forms of social engagement can be offered.

— ARTICLE: Extended Listening
More information: Personal website

is a fashion and design label whose creations answer personal needs, such as: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer) How can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry) or, How can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Map
More information: Bless website

is a schoolgirl. She enjoys reading books such as Christophe Galfard's novel The Prince of Clouds and may want to become a doctor.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is a French-Algerian philosopher, director of the program "Decolonizing Knowledge" at the Collège international de philosophie and associate researcher at the Laboratory of social and political change at the University Paris-Diderot.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a choreographer that collaborates with composer Matteo Fargion to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.
More information: Motion Bank Website

brought a lasting change to musical practice and culture by introducing silence, chance and everyday sounds into musical composition.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Official website

is a teacher, unionist, and editor. At Cambourakis publishing house, she is responsible for the feminist series Sorcières. In addition, she does research on the historical ties between ecology and feminism in the 1970s and 1980s

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a space engineer and film director. She has been working as project manager at the french space agency CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) in Paris since 2001. At the same time, she wrote and realized No Gravity, a queer-feminist space documentary that premiered in 2011.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is an author, journalist, curator and intermedia artist. Active in the field of space culture for twenty years, he is a permanent member of the pilot committee at the KSEVT, Cultural Center of European Space Technologies, opened in Slovenia in 2012.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

is a drummer. Some deaf persons described his music as “being in a cold place, like shelves of cold […] shivering, which is perfect!,” or as giving them the sensation of touching electric wires, experiences that are condensed in the band’s name, Lightning Bolt.

is a well-known public face of cochlear implantation. His autobiographical 2005 book Rebuilt celebrates what he experiences as the emancipatory capacities of his implant. His 2011 book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet extrapolates into a fully web-worked cybernetic sensory future in which virtual and actual sensory worlds intertwine. Plus d'informations: Site personnel

is a researcher in conservation sciences at the National Museum of Natural History. Having obtained a PhD in Ecology and a master’s degree in Dance, she specializes in the links between art and ecology.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is head of the section Rromani language and culture at the National institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco). He works on reconstituting the European dimension of the Rromani language and culture.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a philosopher working for the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. As co-founder of the "Portail des humanités environnementales", he is directing a project of "enlightened conversations" on environmental humanities and the Anthropocene.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

has been making documentary films for over a decade with Kaori Kinoshita, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a geologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History. Having always been enthusiastic about geosphere-biosphere relations, he is now very involved in the dissemination of science and protection of the geological heritage at national and international levels.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a philosopher and researcher at the University of Liège. For about twenty years, she has been working on animals issues and relationships with the dead.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is considered to be one of the last homines universales. His observations on deaf people inspired his reflexion on theatre. It was published as: Lettre sur les sourds et muets à l'usage de ceux qui entendent & qui parlent (written in 1751).

— ARTICLE: Looking without hearing
More information: wikipedia page

is a sign language translator and coordinated the establishment of the exhibition "History Through Deaf Eyes" at SLCC.

— ARTICLE: Soundscape
More information: Center for Audio Visual Studies

is a special advisor for climate change and COP21 of Caisse des Dépôts Group, chair of I4CE, Institute for Climate Economics. Having been committed for a long time to sustainable development, he works on ways to shift the financial sector and the capital in favor of climate.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a visual artist and writer. Her videos, installations and photographic work focus on human evolution in the world as perceived by the senses. Currently, she is working on a children's book entitled Des histoires de lapins qui racontent des histoires de carottes (Tales of rabbits telling stories of carrots), that deals with plural loves, queer issues and ecofeminism.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is one of the precursors of specialized education for the deaf.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
More information : Page Wikipedia

's work is characterised by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. Erek combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space. The result functions as a hypothesis, probing the viewer’s instinctive logic and thus appealing to the senses. Interestingly, Erek manages to combine rational components such as references to architecture and linear time with instinctive impulses thereby levelling the gap between two supposedly opposing spheres.

is a composer that collaborates with choreographer Jonathan Burrows to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.

— ARTICLE: Musical Movements
More information: Motion Bank Website

is an architect and visionary artist, who has been developing his concept of a “mobile architecture” since the middle of the twentieth century, according to which dwellings and urban planning have to be thought organically, as moving and improvised forms of architectures, modelled on unpredictable future uses.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

studies the myriad ways that deaf young adults living in Bangalore negotiate kinship and belonging across family, caste, gender, religion, and caste. She is especially interested in the constitutive roles that vocational programs and corporate social responsibility initiatives play in this negotiation and her work is attentive to what she calls “global deafness” or the ways that specific discourses around deafness can be hegemonic and uni-directional.

explores the circular structures in the complexity of non-human representations. For example, he worked with Sandrine Teixido on the Edgar Allan Poe novel "A Descent into the Maelstrom" (1841), where a sailor finds himself sucked into a whirlpool, or on the development of institutions of climate policy.

— Article: Preface to Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
More information: Tanya Leighton Gallery; Maelstrom Project Blog

visually reactivates colonial material culture found in Caribbean archives through printmaking and site-specific multimedia installation as a means of exploring her own white Creole identity from a postcolonial feminist perspective, alongside untold histories of the relationship between black and white Caribbean women under colonialism. She lives and works between Canada and the Caribbean, where her family has been resident since the 17th century.

— ARTICLE: Illustrations: Creole Portraits III: “bringing down the flowers...”

is a lawyer and researcher who contributed to the study entitled Homosexuals in the Penal Code, led by Nizar Saghieh in cooperation with Helem. In 2011, she worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, before returning to Lebanon to work on vulnerable groups rights such as forms of discrimination against women in Lebanese Personal Status religious laws and legal protection for Syrians who cannot achieve refugee status in Lebanon.

— ARTICLE: Case #2: Indecencies
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an ecology activist who has taken part in several ecological associations for a long time. He also initiated the first Islamic ecological conference. He is a practicing Muslim in the Sufi tradition.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

tries to be a membrane from head to toe when involved in a listening experience. He discovered sound technology by recording his own compositions. Then moved on to sound editing and sound mixing for film and recorded music, to ultimately focus on mixing live music.

More information : Discogs

is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: The Unmanned

directs the Nairobi-based National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision, an NGO that provides legal aid to the LGBTI community by using “law as a tool to achieve social justice and societal change.” In 2013, he took Kenya’s government to Constitutional Court for its refusal to officially register the organization—in clear contradiction of the Constitution’s stipulation that the State shall not discriminate against sexual orientation. In 2014, he filed a decriminalization petition against Kenya’s sodomy law.

— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an atmospheric physicist at the CNRS. Specialized in the study of the stratosphere and its impact on climate, she is also interested in the link between ultraviolet radiation and health problems.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is also known as Kode9, one of the founding artists of the dubstep genre. He has released the albums Memories of the Future and Black Sun on his own label, Hyperdub. Goodman has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Warwick and has published his thesis as Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Sonic Warfare on MIT website

is a director of research at the CNRS, at the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity. He is an evolutionary systematist, whose research focuses on the biodiversity of the Global South and particularly on the life of insect species.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a researcher in science and environmental history at the university Pierre et Marie Curie, specializing in the study of visual cultures and metaphors in science. He holds that the metaphorical reimagining of our planet as a “Spaceship Earth” was of doubtful utility to the environmental movement.

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is a sociologist and urban planner associated to the research program "Environment, Ville et Societé" in Lyon. Her work focuses on contemporary social movements and the construction of political ecology.

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has been the ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in France since 2013

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is a philosopher and assistant professor at Nanterre University. Her current research focuses on the roles of storytelling and narration in ecological thought, mainly based on the articulation between feminism, ecology and (science) fiction.

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is a historian of materials and technologies, attached to the Center for Historical Research (EHESS/CNRS, Paris). In her research on contemporary materials, she combines studies on economic history, science and technology with cultural subjects like patrimonialization processes.

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is one of the faces of Bless, a fashion and design label, whose creations answer personal needs, for example: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer); how can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry); how can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

's research examines the works and lives of biologists thinking through the limits of "life" as a category of analysis. Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas is a study of marine biologists working in realms usually out of sight and reach: the microscopic world, the deep sea, and oceans outside national sovereignty. This book charts how marine microbes are entangled with debates about the origin of life, climate change, property in the ocean commons, and the possibility of life on other worlds. An earlier book, Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World is an ethnography of computer modeling in the life sciences. Helmreich's newest research concerns the cultural circulation of such abstractions as "water," "sound," and "waves."

has found sublime moments in filming bodybuilders, mountaineers, little people and inmates of death row. Always keeps his promises, which forced him to eat his shoe when he lost a bet.

— ARTICLE: Brutal perception
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is a professor of anthropological genetics at the National Museum of Natural History. She works on the interaction between culture and biology in the evolution of Humankind. Besides her research, she is now scientific general commissioner for the renovated Musée de l’Homme.

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is an anthropologist. She works at the CNRS and is a member of the laboratory of ethnology and comparative sociology (LESC). In 2011, in the course of a collective project on the change of scales in knowledge practices, she led an investigation on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN.

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lives in Bahrain and Seoul and has developed a musical practice inspired by these two locations.

is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education and public service. In most recent years Ibarra has been developing composition and improvisation that blends traditions and crosses rhythms and tunings of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Americas, Europe and Africa. She remains active in her practice of Philippine Indigenous music, Electronic, Experimental, Jazz and Improvisation.

designed a vibrating floor used in Waves & Signs, a conference program on seismic communication held at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. It is no doubt the most accomplished project to date dealing with sound perception among deaf persons. Her other works, Ceiling (1991), Doorway (1991), Column (1990) and Doorknob (1992), offer an exploration of perception through architecture.

is a cultural mediator, mostly for the Embassy of Slovenia in Paris, and an Earth geoculture practitioner. In France, as a member of Hagia Chora, she learned lithoponcture, the cosmograms and the Gaya Touch with Marko Pogačnik during a two-year training conducted by the Slovenian artist.

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is an artist and performer for human and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication", a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.

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is an ecologist at the CNRS at the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier. Her work has focused on designing and testing tools to predict and prevent ecosystems’ degradation.

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is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers such as Liberation or The Guardian.

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is a sound artist who explores how to unlearn ‘sound etiquette’, the culturally dominant ways to perceive sound. She was born deaf.

— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
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is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

has been making documentary films for over a decade with Alain Della Negra, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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moved from Long Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life. Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is the first livestock owner in Europe to use predator-friendly strategies.

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was trained as a veterinarian and is also a lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History. For nearly 20 years, she has been studying the behavior and health of chimpanzees in Africa, stressing that their self-medication is a form of resilience endangered by human activities.

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is an architecture theorist based in Paris. She is currently working on a research project about the role of architecture and urban planning in the emergence of territories used for the extraction of natural resources.

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extends the field of architecture and develops spatial research on how the “natural environment” is defined and shaped by international humanitarian law. Concerned by the ethics and politics of climate change negotiations, he co-curated the Fifth Geneva Convention, a forum on environmental violence, with Paulo Tavares. His work has been published in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth.

— ARTICLE: Case #3: The Case for Di Aping
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an architect, founder and editor-in-chief of The Funambulist Magazine and its podcast, Archipelago. His work, featured in several books, develops a political perspective on design, architecture and urbanism in relation to the body.

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is a researcher in cognitive and cross-cultural psychology at the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She specializes in psychology and anthropology of climate change. She is part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations environmental project.

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is an emeritus professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, She specializes in moral and political philosophy. She focuses on political and ethical questions in relation with the environmental crisis and new technologies. She is the president of the Foundation for Political Ecology (FEP).

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is a sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist, director of the Science Po medialab and responsible for the program "Expérimentation en Arts Politiques" (SPEAP). His current publication Face à Gaia. Huit conférences sur le nouveau régime climatique has just been published at La Découverte.

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is a demographer, an historian and a research director at EHESS and the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). He is also a fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge). He is a well-known voice in the public debates on demography and migration who has published several books on demographic challenges, and wrote the comments of Earth From Above: 365 Days by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

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is a journalist, researcher in media archeology and bot-anist in the collective academic and artistic research project "Média Mediums".

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is a biologist and systematist, director of the research department "Systematics and Evolution" at the Muséum national dʼHistoire Naturelle. He is especially interested in methodological, epistemological and pedagogical issues of species classifications.

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designs digitally augmented objects with physiological sensing mechanisms that help people communicate via non-verbal ways.

— ARTICLE: Resonances and affects
More information: Personal page on MIT website

is a territorial developer in social economy, a gardener, and a specialist in high density culture techniques in small urban spaces. He brings his expertise to the association Clinamen and the cooperative Les Bergers Urbains.

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is a composer and percussionist. His work incorporates elements of jazz, contemporary, classical and world music. Plus d'informations : Site personnel

is a Blue Merle Scottish Border Collie. He has passed an exam A in basic commands and companion dog training, an advanced obedience exam B-BH, and several exams (RO I, RO II, RO III) in a sport called "Rally Obedience". Lord Byron has been collaborating with Maja Smrekarhave on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
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is a media theorist, feminist, and professor at the École nationale supèrieure d'art de Bourges. She has translated key texts of Donna Haraway and introduced her thinking in France.

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has worked extensively to protect the rights of transgender and transsexual individuals in Lebanon. As a legal researcher, she gave visibility and public debate to the 2014 ruling of a transwomen judged under Article 534 of Lebanon’s penal code, condemning an “act against Nature.” She is a practicing lawyer and a member of Legal Agenda’s board.

is a designer and architect. Profoundly deaf since birth, his M. Arch Thesis explored the intersection of deafness and architecture.

is Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University's College of Engineering. His research focuses on Structural Acoustics and Ocean Energy Technologies.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
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is a social scientist working as a cartographer of controversies at Science Po Medialab, and an artist and ecological performer. He is interested in how we live and work in a network-based material culture with multiple layers of reality.

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is an ecologist who works at the laboratory of Biology of Marine Organisms and Ecosystems at the National Museum of Natural History. He is a specialist of trophic organizations in coastal ecosystems. His recent research focuses on the impact of urbanization and aquaculture on mangrove forests.

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Maya Mikdashi is a legal anthropologist and is currently a Mellon Postdoc at Rutgers University. Her upcoming book length manuscript entitled "Sex and Sectarianism: Secularism, Secularity and War in Contemporary Lebanon," is both an archival and ethnographic study of the regulation of sexual and religious difference within secular political systems. Maya works at the intersection of legal anthropology, feminism, queer theory, and theories of sovereignty, secularism and religion. She has worked on a number of documentary film projects, and continues to edit and write for Jadaliyya, an ezine that she co-founded and that is centered on critical approaches to studying the transnational Middle East.

has been developing since 2003 a work of net-art: the NøøMuseum, a virtual museum dedicated to the history and prehistory of cyberculture that spreads out its network of dematerialised galeries into cyberspace and into the noosphere.

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Director and Professor at VIT University. Sensory Communication Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. Graduate Program in Speech & Hearing Bioscience and Technology, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: Cyborg

is a director of research at the CNRS in the Institute for Human Paleontology of the National Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on the first human settlements, the occupation of territories and the technical behaviors of the populations.

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is an anthropologist, researcher at the EHESS (school of higher studies in social sciences), at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology. Specialist in the fields of disasters, modes of objectification of knowledge and the study of environments (mesology), he did some field research in the Brazilian Amazon and Japan.

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draws upon political history in his work in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His films Nefandus Trilogy (2013) or Deseos / رغبات from 2015 address the construction, categorization and repression of homoeroticism throughout the conquest and colonial period in the Americas. His recent database documentary Gender Talents (2015) presents video portraits of trans and intersex activists who thoughtfully perform gender as a personal, social, and political opportunity, rather than as a social condemnation.

lives in Cape Town, where she experiences daily the gap between the international recognition of progressive positions in South Africa in terms of rights of the diversity of sexualities, and daily homophobia that is particularly reflected in many "punitive rapes ". Beyond her photographic practice, she developed many actions, on different scales, to enhance the transsexual community. One of the latter is a transgender football team.

is a member of social justice non-governmental organization Legal Agenda. As a legal researcher and litigator, he has worked on several cases and rulings related to social groups marginalized by Lebanese society, including: workers’ rights, syndicates, housing rights (particularly regarding Syrian refugees), Palestinian refugees’ right to access professional orders, drug users’ right to undergo treatment instead of prosecution and LGBTIQ-related rights in Lebanon. In Legal Agenda’s publication, he has published several articles on socio-legal issues including cases related to Article 534 of Lebanon’s Penal Code, used to prosecute homosexuals or what is referred to in the law as “[acts] against the order of nature.”

co-founded the Alternative Law Forum, a pluri-legal organisation based in Bangalore. As a lawyer and legal researcher, his primary concern is the representation and cultural understanding of sexual and gender diversities in India. For the past two years, Arvind Narrain has written on the recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court which recognizes transgender persons as full citizens, yet reaffirms Section 377 in condemning “carnal intercourse against the order of Nature” and the exclusion of LGB(T) persons. He is currently working with ARC International, an organization committed to international advocacy on LGBTI rights.

— ARTICLE: Case #7: A Tale of Two Judgments
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
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is an entomologist, systematist and biologist at the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. His research focuses on the origins and structures of biological diversity. He is an expert in the long and short-term diversification of European species of ladybirds.

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is currently writer-in-residence at Violette & Co, a feminist library in Paris. Entitled FictionELLES, Notéris will engage with the medium of the residency through workshops, lectures, staged encounters, and public writing sessions before penning an original work of fiction. She edited TINA # 8 Gender Surprise issue, which reflected on questions of genre and highlighted queer and feminist voices in science fiction and ecology; it included contributions from Vanessa Place and Louise Desbrusses.

— ARTICLE: Case #8: Another Earth
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believes that "Rhythm is the relationship between what you believe and what you used to believe." He mainly plays percussion, usually within selected forms of experimental music. He works with a sound palette which includes orchestral, electronic, improvised music and rock.

is an American Sign Language and International Sign Interpreter, based in Paris. He directs the language interpreting company Overseas Interpreting.

is an anthropologist and adjunct researcher at the CNRS Laboratory for the Anthropology of Institutions and Social Organizations (SOGIP). He got his PhDs at the EHESS (school for advanced studies in social sciences) and James Cook University. His research focuses on the political and cultural entanglements of colonial relationships in Indigenous Australia.

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is the author most recently of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise. He just completed a biography of Stefan Zweig, "a popular novelist and biographer whose work was more widely translated than any other living author in the 1930s. Yet after Hitler’s rise to power, this celebrated and best selling writer who had dedicated so much energy to promoting international humanism plummeted, in a matter of a few years, into an increasingly isolated exile—from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis— where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he ended his life."

is an artist and communication designer devoting all her works to raising awareness of climate change related issues. With Alicia Escott she founded The Bureau of Linguistical Reality, a public participatory artwork that creates new language to better understand manmade climate change and other Anthropocenic events. She lives and works in San Francisco. She received a B.S. in Science and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

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has been leading his own architecture agency in Paris since 2008. He is currently teaching at Harvard University and at the National School of Architecture in Versailles.

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More information: Philippe Rahm architects

is an engineer in physical chemistry and a biologist in charge of the scientific development of CEEBIOS, a new European center dedicated to the promotion of bio-inspiration, a place with an integrated scientific and innovative approach of this new discipline.

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founded the cultural center “Centro de Artes da Maré”, in the Maré favela, near Rio (Brazil). For over ten years, Rodrigues offers contemporary dance classes, lectures and workshops; training amateurs and professionals alike. As a choreographer she makes no distinction between training and creation, between dance and social context.

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is a microbiologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History and at the universities of Gdansk (Poland) and Viçosa (Brazil). His research mainly focuses on associations between mushrooms and plants.

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Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator, and researcher. His interests trace associations from within the histories of somatics, the sensory, transformation, pedagogy, utopia, queerness, collectivity, ritual, performance, and the self. From 2012-2014, he was a research fellow for "The Anthropocene Project" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His work and writings have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13), Former West, Tanz im August, Sharjah Biennial X, Home Works 5, Jerusalem Show V, Qalandiya International, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin, where he co-organizes the technosexual reading circle.

— ARTICLE: Resonances and affects
— ARTICLE: Case #11: The Intermorphs
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is most well known for playing in the New York City improv and experimental music scenes.

— ARTICLE: The Drummers
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Maja Smrekar is an intermedia artist who lives and works between Ljubljana and Berlin. Her main interests are the phenomenology of perception and the concept of life. Maja Smrekar has been collaborating with Lord Byron have on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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is a Security and Investigations Professional working in Lebanon. He has contributed to fighting the ill-treatment and torture of vulnerable groups in Lebanese police stations, which was officially reported under the human rights watch in June 2013.

dances and studies philosophy. In lieu of holistic speculations, he prefers to analyze linguistic operations. He is thus interested in the relation between analytic philosophy and choreography. Idéographie (2011) deals with the expression of chains of arguments through dance. Signe Blanc (2012) explores the tension between movement and language in pantomime, and Mouvement sur Mouvement (2013) reveals the choreographic dimension of gestures that comment on William Forsythe’s dancing in his Improvisation Technologies.

is a cultural theorist, historian, and exhibition organizer living in Vienna. His main research fields are the history of acceleration and the history and theory of the raw materials of modernity: building materials, fuels and fossil resources.

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is a lecturer, writing woman, and founder of the association "Pour la Vie Ailleurs & Maintenant" ("For life beyond & in the presence"). Shaman-researcher, artist and art therapist, she is the creator of the "Dance des Arbres - ARBOReusement" ("Dance of the trees").

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takes part &s a member of the Rapa Nui Parliament in the struggle against the Chilian authority to create a collective and autonomous Rapa Nui administration, to protect the archeological and sacred sites and solve other environmental and educational issues.

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is a researcher, curator and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.

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an ethnologist trained in Inuit culture and language at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco) and has led several research missions in the Canadian Arctic. For more than fifteen years, she has been the director of the Association "Inuksuk", the Inuit cultural center of Paris.

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is interested in the political representation of non-Western cultures (namely, Caribbean and Brazilian cultures) through the production and diffusion of “world music”. She also collaborates on several projects which aim to provide new representations of climate policies, including a study (in collaboration with Aurélien Gamboni) of the maelstrom phenomenon in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “A Descent into the Maelström” (1841), in which a sailor finds himself drawn into a whirlpool.

— ARTICLE: Foreword of Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
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resides in New Haven, USA, where she is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. Her work integrates Christian systematic theology, feminist, and queer theory with notions of embodiment. Her forthcoming book is titled God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Finitude. She has contributed to the blog Feminism and Religion (FAR), a forum for feminist scholars of religion investigating “the F-word in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism and community.”

— ARTICLE: Case #9: God, Nature, and the Nature of God
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Web page at Yale Divinity School

is an historian who writes widely about such subjects as the construction of archives, affect, and the spectacularization of public punishment for cases of sodomy and bestiality. In connecting sexuality to religiosity and erotics in colonial Latin America, his myriad references include archival theory, human-animal studies and concepts of viscerality. He is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.

— ARTICLE: Case #10: Unnatural Bodies, Desires, and Devotions
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Webpage at New York University

writes science fiction that describe (most of the time) free societies and free love. He is noteworthy for the frequent prominence of female characters, unusual in science fiction, and especially so among male authors of hard science fiction. This prominence is visible not only in his Eight Worlds history where sex changes are routine, but in his other works as well, where sexual themes color the works without dominating them.

is an author and political scientist, holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. She works with artists and filmmakers on the figure of the postcolonial repressed.

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is an independent environmental engineer, General Secretary of the European Shepherds Network, a movement for the preservation of pastoralism that brings together livestock farmers’ organizations and federations from seventeen European countries.

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is the co-founder of Greenpeace and the founder of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, where he has been captaine on seven different ships. He continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns to protect seals, bluefin tuna and pilot whales and to organize anti-poaching patrols.

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is Graphic design company based in Paris whose creed is the combination of content and form. They create data-visualisation in collaboration with journalist, datascientists, designers and developers. Their work includes several projects on CO2 (The Carbon Atlas, Carbon Story, Greencode Info, the CO2 comparison website) and also a gender-specific salary comparison project.

studies noise at Goldsmiths College (London), drawing from research areas as diverse as biology, chemistry, physics, IT, finance, music or the observation of crowd movements. He apprehends the environment (Umgebung) as a non-linear, random and irreversible chaos yet which nonetheless has a form. Attempting to represent this form could describe one of the main stakes of Glass Bead, the research platform of which he is a member.

is a writer, actor and journalist who become deaf at the age of 18, decided to go for cochlear implantation and now has an Advanced Bionics Naida CI Q70.

— ARTICLE: Cyborg
More information: Sophie Woolley’s blog

is co-director of gb agency, a gallery that represents artists such as Jiri Kovanda, Roman Ondak, Robert Breer, Pratchaya Phinthong, Deimantas Narkevicius and Ryan Gander. She is also affiliated with Level One, an intimate and experimental project space that opts for an alternative temporality and ‘non-event’ format.

co-founded Dingdingdong, an Institute for the production of knowledge on Huntington's disease, in 2012 together with with Emilie Hermant. It brings together a collective of researchers and artists concerned with the disease. She has directed and has co-founded the School of Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP) at Sciences Politiques in Paris with Bruno Latour. She has also coordinated the exhibitions “Iconoclash. Beyond the image wars in science, religion and art” in 2002 and "Making Things Public" in 2005 in the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

is the co-director and co-founder of Council. From 2010-12 he served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, where he conducted various research projects on knowledge production within artistic practices, giving rise to publishing projects, events, and exhibitions. Since 2007, he has co-authored L’Encyclopédie de la parole (Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word), a collaborative inquiry into the formal properties of speech. In 2010, he initiated Ecologies, a program focused on the creation of tools for the representation of art as an ecology (awarded the Hors les Murs grant by the Institut Français in 2013). Grégory is regularly invited to write, give talks and workshop on curating research, to advise institutions and to curate shows (Betonsalon, Wiels, T2G, Centre Pompidou).
He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (University of Tours) and a Masters in Design and Implementation of Cultural Projects (Sorbonne, Paris 1).

is co-founder of Kadist Art Foundation - a private foundation based in Paris and San Francisco, dedicated to supporting contemporary art. From 2006 to 2012, as artistic programme director at Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), she developed a residency programme for international artists and curators, overseeing the production of a series of works, films, performances and exhibitions. Presently, she serves as advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation on collection acquisition, production and dissemination.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Art History (Sorbonne, Paris), a Masters in Creative Curating (Goldsmiths College, London) and has participated in the experimentation in art and politics programme run by Bruno Latour (Science Po – Institute of Political Studies, Paris).

is a curator, editor and researcher based in London and the Basque Country. He is a 2012 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee. He has been research fellow at Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2012-2013; Visual AIDS, New York, 2014; and the Central American Biennial, San José, 2016. He has organized exhibitions and events in Tabakalera, San Sebastián; UNIA, Seville; CA2M, Madrid, among others. As a writer, he has contributed to L'Internationale, We Who Feel Differently, and Afterall. He runs his own on-and-off publishing house ALBUM and is the editor of various artist books and web projects. As a co-founder of the collective 'Equipo re', he develops the long-term HIV/AIDS-related curatorial project 'AIDS Anarchive'. A graduate from MACBA's Independent Studies Program, he is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths.

works on the Dhaka Art Summit, organized by the Samdani Art Foundation. He has previously worked with the Asia Art Archive and the Majlis Cultural Centre, Mumbai. He studied art history and curation at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda.

is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. His studio work focusses on book design, curatorial projects, institutional identities, interactive applications and websites. He has designed projects such as the Ideological Guide to the Venice Biennale and the WdW Review.

More information : Personal website

is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

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More information: The Unmanned

is a researcher, curator and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

graduated in modern French literature, Ethnology and Cultural Project Management. She has worked for 10 years as a project manager for ARTER, an artistic production company. In 2015 she founded Cuesta with Agathe Ottavi. Cuesta is a company for social and cultural innovation that operates at the intersection of art, territories and society.

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writes poems and displays that depict the activities of epistolary correspondence, trans- and para-textual constructions, the experience of reading supports; his last heroes are Seymour (JD Salinger) and Rose (Gertrude Stein) Plus d’informations : blog de 220 jours

is an artist whose practice questions iconic representations of women and the body in visual culture, specifically in the mediums of performance and painting.

is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

is a curator and cultural theorist focussing on materials and materialities. His book The Container Principle - How a Box Changes the Way We Think has recently been published by the MIT press. Before working for the 18th Blackmarket in Paris, he spent five years as a researcher, developer and administrator in the program department of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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is an artist whose work engages with the notion of the voice and its enunciation through radio broadcast, lecture-performance, and voiceover.

worked with the artist Renzo Martens for the Institute for Human Activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014 he received the price for young art criticism in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

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is an independent curator and art critic. She curated projects at the Moderna galerija/Museum of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana), transmediale and HKW (Berlin), Sursock Museum (Beirut, forthcoming), and in France at the Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Le Plateau/FRAC Ile-de-France. Between 2010 and 2012, she was Co-Director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. She is a co-organiser of the seminar "Something you should know" at EHESS, Paris, and a member of the research group Travelling Féministe, at Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir. She is the editor of the online platform of L’Internationale Online of the museums' confederation L’Internationale.

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Supporters
  • Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation
  • Al Amal School for the Deaf
  • Ashkal Alwan
  • DICRéAM
  • Fond de dotation Famille Moulin
  • Foundation for Arts Initiatives
  • French Embassy of New York
  • French Institute of Beirut

is a special education expert and neurology researcher. His research focuses on mirror neurons. The French Wikipedia article describes mirror neurons as “a neuron that fires both when an individual (human or animal) performs an action and when the individual observes another individual (especially of the same species) perform the same action, or even when they imagine such an action, hence the use of the term mirror.” His research brought him to engage with the deaf community, to learn sign language, and teach at the Al Almal School for Deaf Students in Sharjah.

is an artist with a background in DIY music. His work frequently deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth through the production of documentaries, essays, audio-visual installations, video, sculpture, photography, workshops and performance. In 2015, Abu Hamdan was the Armory Show commissioned artist and was also included in the New Museum Triennial. In 2013, Abu Hamdan’s audio documentary The Freedom of Speech Itself was submitted as evidence at the UK asylum tribunal where the artist himself was called to testify as an expert witness. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are made as part of his research for Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths College London, where he is also a PhD candidate and associate lecturer. His previous solo exhibitions have been at The Showroom, London, at Casco in Utrecht, in Beirut, in Cairo and forthcoming at Kunsthalle St Gallen and MoMa New York.

Teaches theatre at the Al Amal school for Deaf childrens in Sharjah.

— ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a researcher, writer and educator working on conflict ecologies and environmental violence mainly in South and Southeast Asia. He has participated in the 2012 Taipei Biennale in Hong Kong and the 2014 Cuenca Biennale in Ecuador, and has exhibited at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, Shanghai Study Centre and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto amongst others. He is a co-founder and director of Call & Response, a sound art collective based in London. He has written for Third Text, Volume, the edited books Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth and Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence and for many other publications. He carried out his doctoral research at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths as a member of the project ‘Forensic Architecture’.

— ARTICLE: Case #13: Pharmakon

is an inter-disciplinary artist who creates alternative narratives that blur boundaries and challenge dominant thinking, often by using an afro-futuristic lens. Much of her work explores the connection between rememory and the power of the margins.

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More information: Personal website

(Khaled Hafez, Wiss'am Taher) hail from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman, but rarely from the Emirates. They invent a hybrid sign language inspired by these different cultures.

—ARTICLE: Soundscape
—ARTICLE: Drumming
—ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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More information: La Semeuse

moved to downtown Beirut in 2007, when she founded the 98weeks Research Project with her cousin, the writer and curator Mirene Arsanios. In 2009, they opened the 98weeks Project Space in Mar Mikhael, a district that was quickly absorbing an onslaught of new studios, cafés, design boutiques, bars and restaurants. Aware that they were inevitably contributing to the area’s gentrification, the Arsanioses organized a workshop in 2010, which took the history of Mar Mikhael as its subject. They dug into the many layers that make up the neighbourhood’s curious urban density, including the refugee camps – first Armenian, then Palestinian – that were repeatedly destroyed by illness, fire and war.

develops a structural approach to sound art which goes beyond the performance context. His processual and collaborative projects include composing sound works and making musical instruments. On and from Tarab (begun in 2011) brings together a group of musicians who revisit tarab, which designates both the traditional music form and the effect the music produces on the listener. Within (begun in 2009) is an in situ project on the city of Sharjah, which includes work with the Al Amal School for Deaf Students. Dahlem Session (begun in 2013) involves making new instruments based on music played with traditional instruments of unknown origin.

is a marine biologist at Roscoff Biological Station and the Pierre and Marie Curie University. He works on the life cycles of marine models and the development of associated molecular genetic tools. His main field of research is animal photosymbioses.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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improvises complex and rapid motifs on the drums, which he processes with electronic instruments.

is a historian and prospectivist, and the co-founder and director of the Institut des Futurs Souhaitables in Paris, a Think and Do Tank whose credo is to reflect on long term decisions for the future and to inspire public debate for a public debate.

has been developing an architectural structure for deaf perception since 2005 - an organization of transparency and contrasts, of the resonance of materials and acoustics, of traffic, of proximity and mobility - to facilitate communication through gestures or vibrations. The sign for "deaf space" involves placing the thumb, index and middle finger like the 3 coordinates of the space around us.

is a political anthropologist and research director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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makes with sound a bodily listening experience, researching how frequencies resound in the body. This is inscribed in her major concern, to transform imperceptible forces into embodied experiences. Her MIT Master’s thesis, ‘The Life Cycle of A Common Weed’, explores how encounters with fractured biopolitics and forms of social engagement can be offered.

— ARTICLE: Extended Listening
More information: Personal website

is a fashion and design label whose creations answer personal needs, such as: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer) How can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry) or, How can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Map
More information: Bless website

is a schoolgirl. She enjoys reading books such as Christophe Galfard's novel The Prince of Clouds and may want to become a doctor.

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is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is a French-Algerian philosopher, director of the program "Decolonizing Knowledge" at the Collège international de philosophie and associate researcher at the Laboratory of social and political change at the University Paris-Diderot.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a choreographer that collaborates with composer Matteo Fargion to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.
More information: Motion Bank Website

brought a lasting change to musical practice and culture by introducing silence, chance and everyday sounds into musical composition.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Official website

is a teacher, unionist, and editor. At Cambourakis publishing house, she is responsible for the feminist series Sorcières. In addition, she does research on the historical ties between ecology and feminism in the 1970s and 1980s

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is a space engineer and film director. She has been working as project manager at the french space agency CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) in Paris since 2001. At the same time, she wrote and realized No Gravity, a queer-feminist space documentary that premiered in 2011.

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is an author, journalist, curator and intermedia artist. Active in the field of space culture for twenty years, he is a permanent member of the pilot committee at the KSEVT, Cultural Center of European Space Technologies, opened in Slovenia in 2012.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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More information: Personal website

is a drummer. Some deaf persons described his music as “being in a cold place, like shelves of cold […] shivering, which is perfect!,” or as giving them the sensation of touching electric wires, experiences that are condensed in the band’s name, Lightning Bolt.

is a well-known public face of cochlear implantation. His autobiographical 2005 book Rebuilt celebrates what he experiences as the emancipatory capacities of his implant. His 2011 book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet extrapolates into a fully web-worked cybernetic sensory future in which virtual and actual sensory worlds intertwine. Plus d'informations: Site personnel

is a researcher in conservation sciences at the National Museum of Natural History. Having obtained a PhD in Ecology and a master’s degree in Dance, she specializes in the links between art and ecology.

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is head of the section Rromani language and culture at the National institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco). He works on reconstituting the European dimension of the Rromani language and culture.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a philosopher working for the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. As co-founder of the "Portail des humanités environnementales", he is directing a project of "enlightened conversations" on environmental humanities and the Anthropocene.

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has been making documentary films for over a decade with Kaori Kinoshita, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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is a geologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History. Having always been enthusiastic about geosphere-biosphere relations, he is now very involved in the dissemination of science and protection of the geological heritage at national and international levels.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a philosopher and researcher at the University of Liège. For about twenty years, she has been working on animals issues and relationships with the dead.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is considered to be one of the last homines universales. His observations on deaf people inspired his reflexion on theatre. It was published as: Lettre sur les sourds et muets à l'usage de ceux qui entendent & qui parlent (written in 1751).

— ARTICLE: Looking without hearing
More information: wikipedia page

is a sign language translator and coordinated the establishment of the exhibition "History Through Deaf Eyes" at SLCC.

— ARTICLE: Soundscape
More information: Center for Audio Visual Studies

is a special advisor for climate change and COP21 of Caisse des Dépôts Group, chair of I4CE, Institute for Climate Economics. Having been committed for a long time to sustainable development, he works on ways to shift the financial sector and the capital in favor of climate.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a visual artist and writer. Her videos, installations and photographic work focus on human evolution in the world as perceived by the senses. Currently, she is working on a children's book entitled Des histoires de lapins qui racontent des histoires de carottes (Tales of rabbits telling stories of carrots), that deals with plural loves, queer issues and ecofeminism.

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is one of the precursors of specialized education for the deaf.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
More information : Page Wikipedia

's work is characterised by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. Erek combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space. The result functions as a hypothesis, probing the viewer’s instinctive logic and thus appealing to the senses. Interestingly, Erek manages to combine rational components such as references to architecture and linear time with instinctive impulses thereby levelling the gap between two supposedly opposing spheres.

is a composer that collaborates with choreographer Jonathan Burrows to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.

— ARTICLE: Musical Movements
More information: Motion Bank Website

is an architect and visionary artist, who has been developing his concept of a “mobile architecture” since the middle of the twentieth century, according to which dwellings and urban planning have to be thought organically, as moving and improvised forms of architectures, modelled on unpredictable future uses.

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More information: Personal website

studies the myriad ways that deaf young adults living in Bangalore negotiate kinship and belonging across family, caste, gender, religion, and caste. She is especially interested in the constitutive roles that vocational programs and corporate social responsibility initiatives play in this negotiation and her work is attentive to what she calls “global deafness” or the ways that specific discourses around deafness can be hegemonic and uni-directional.

explores the circular structures in the complexity of non-human representations. For example, he worked with Sandrine Teixido on the Edgar Allan Poe novel "A Descent into the Maelstrom" (1841), where a sailor finds himself sucked into a whirlpool, or on the development of institutions of climate policy.

— Article: Preface to Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
More information: Tanya Leighton Gallery; Maelstrom Project Blog

visually reactivates colonial material culture found in Caribbean archives through printmaking and site-specific multimedia installation as a means of exploring her own white Creole identity from a postcolonial feminist perspective, alongside untold histories of the relationship between black and white Caribbean women under colonialism. She lives and works between Canada and the Caribbean, where her family has been resident since the 17th century.

— ARTICLE: Illustrations: Creole Portraits III: “bringing down the flowers...”

is a lawyer and researcher who contributed to the study entitled Homosexuals in the Penal Code, led by Nizar Saghieh in cooperation with Helem. In 2011, she worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, before returning to Lebanon to work on vulnerable groups rights such as forms of discrimination against women in Lebanese Personal Status religious laws and legal protection for Syrians who cannot achieve refugee status in Lebanon.

— ARTICLE: Case #2: Indecencies
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an ecology activist who has taken part in several ecological associations for a long time. He also initiated the first Islamic ecological conference. He is a practicing Muslim in the Sufi tradition.

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tries to be a membrane from head to toe when involved in a listening experience. He discovered sound technology by recording his own compositions. Then moved on to sound editing and sound mixing for film and recorded music, to ultimately focus on mixing live music.

More information : Discogs

is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

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More information: The Unmanned

directs the Nairobi-based National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision, an NGO that provides legal aid to the LGBTI community by using “law as a tool to achieve social justice and societal change.” In 2013, he took Kenya’s government to Constitutional Court for its refusal to officially register the organization—in clear contradiction of the Constitution’s stipulation that the State shall not discriminate against sexual orientation. In 2014, he filed a decriminalization petition against Kenya’s sodomy law.

— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an atmospheric physicist at the CNRS. Specialized in the study of the stratosphere and its impact on climate, she is also interested in the link between ultraviolet radiation and health problems.

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is also known as Kode9, one of the founding artists of the dubstep genre. He has released the albums Memories of the Future and Black Sun on his own label, Hyperdub. Goodman has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Warwick and has published his thesis as Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Sonic Warfare on MIT website

is a director of research at the CNRS, at the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity. He is an evolutionary systematist, whose research focuses on the biodiversity of the Global South and particularly on the life of insect species.

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is a researcher in science and environmental history at the university Pierre et Marie Curie, specializing in the study of visual cultures and metaphors in science. He holds that the metaphorical reimagining of our planet as a “Spaceship Earth” was of doubtful utility to the environmental movement.

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is a sociologist and urban planner associated to the research program "Environment, Ville et Societé" in Lyon. Her work focuses on contemporary social movements and the construction of political ecology.

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has been the ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in France since 2013

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is a philosopher and assistant professor at Nanterre University. Her current research focuses on the roles of storytelling and narration in ecological thought, mainly based on the articulation between feminism, ecology and (science) fiction.

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is a historian of materials and technologies, attached to the Center for Historical Research (EHESS/CNRS, Paris). In her research on contemporary materials, she combines studies on economic history, science and technology with cultural subjects like patrimonialization processes.

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is one of the faces of Bless, a fashion and design label, whose creations answer personal needs, for example: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer); how can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry); how can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

's research examines the works and lives of biologists thinking through the limits of "life" as a category of analysis. Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas is a study of marine biologists working in realms usually out of sight and reach: the microscopic world, the deep sea, and oceans outside national sovereignty. This book charts how marine microbes are entangled with debates about the origin of life, climate change, property in the ocean commons, and the possibility of life on other worlds. An earlier book, Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World is an ethnography of computer modeling in the life sciences. Helmreich's newest research concerns the cultural circulation of such abstractions as "water," "sound," and "waves."

has found sublime moments in filming bodybuilders, mountaineers, little people and inmates of death row. Always keeps his promises, which forced him to eat his shoe when he lost a bet.

— ARTICLE: Brutal perception
More information: Personal website

is a professor of anthropological genetics at the National Museum of Natural History. She works on the interaction between culture and biology in the evolution of Humankind. Besides her research, she is now scientific general commissioner for the renovated Musée de l’Homme.

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is an anthropologist. She works at the CNRS and is a member of the laboratory of ethnology and comparative sociology (LESC). In 2011, in the course of a collective project on the change of scales in knowledge practices, she led an investigation on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN.

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lives in Bahrain and Seoul and has developed a musical practice inspired by these two locations.

is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education and public service. In most recent years Ibarra has been developing composition and improvisation that blends traditions and crosses rhythms and tunings of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Americas, Europe and Africa. She remains active in her practice of Philippine Indigenous music, Electronic, Experimental, Jazz and Improvisation.

designed a vibrating floor used in Waves & Signs, a conference program on seismic communication held at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. It is no doubt the most accomplished project to date dealing with sound perception among deaf persons. Her other works, Ceiling (1991), Doorway (1991), Column (1990) and Doorknob (1992), offer an exploration of perception through architecture.

is a cultural mediator, mostly for the Embassy of Slovenia in Paris, and an Earth geoculture practitioner. In France, as a member of Hagia Chora, she learned lithoponcture, the cosmograms and the Gaya Touch with Marko Pogačnik during a two-year training conducted by the Slovenian artist.

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is an artist and performer for human and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication", a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.

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More information: Personal website

is an ecologist at the CNRS at the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier. Her work has focused on designing and testing tools to predict and prevent ecosystems’ degradation.

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is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers such as Liberation or The Guardian.

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is a sound artist who explores how to unlearn ‘sound etiquette’, the culturally dominant ways to perceive sound. She was born deaf.

— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
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is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

has been making documentary films for over a decade with Alain Della Negra, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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moved from Long Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life. Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is the first livestock owner in Europe to use predator-friendly strategies.

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More information: Chianti Cashmere

was trained as a veterinarian and is also a lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History. For nearly 20 years, she has been studying the behavior and health of chimpanzees in Africa, stressing that their self-medication is a form of resilience endangered by human activities.

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is an architecture theorist based in Paris. She is currently working on a research project about the role of architecture and urban planning in the emergence of territories used for the extraction of natural resources.

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extends the field of architecture and develops spatial research on how the “natural environment” is defined and shaped by international humanitarian law. Concerned by the ethics and politics of climate change negotiations, he co-curated the Fifth Geneva Convention, a forum on environmental violence, with Paulo Tavares. His work has been published in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth.

— ARTICLE: Case #3: The Case for Di Aping
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an architect, founder and editor-in-chief of The Funambulist Magazine and its podcast, Archipelago. His work, featured in several books, develops a political perspective on design, architecture and urbanism in relation to the body.

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is a researcher in cognitive and cross-cultural psychology at the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She specializes in psychology and anthropology of climate change. She is part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations environmental project.

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is an emeritus professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, She specializes in moral and political philosophy. She focuses on political and ethical questions in relation with the environmental crisis and new technologies. She is the president of the Foundation for Political Ecology (FEP).

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is a sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist, director of the Science Po medialab and responsible for the program "Expérimentation en Arts Politiques" (SPEAP). His current publication Face à Gaia. Huit conférences sur le nouveau régime climatique has just been published at La Découverte.

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is a demographer, an historian and a research director at EHESS and the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). He is also a fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge). He is a well-known voice in the public debates on demography and migration who has published several books on demographic challenges, and wrote the comments of Earth From Above: 365 Days by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

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is a journalist, researcher in media archeology and bot-anist in the collective academic and artistic research project "Média Mediums".

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is a biologist and systematist, director of the research department "Systematics and Evolution" at the Muséum national dʼHistoire Naturelle. He is especially interested in methodological, epistemological and pedagogical issues of species classifications.

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designs digitally augmented objects with physiological sensing mechanisms that help people communicate via non-verbal ways.

— ARTICLE: Resonances and affects
More information: Personal page on MIT website

is a territorial developer in social economy, a gardener, and a specialist in high density culture techniques in small urban spaces. He brings his expertise to the association Clinamen and the cooperative Les Bergers Urbains.

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is a composer and percussionist. His work incorporates elements of jazz, contemporary, classical and world music. Plus d'informations : Site personnel

is a Blue Merle Scottish Border Collie. He has passed an exam A in basic commands and companion dog training, an advanced obedience exam B-BH, and several exams (RO I, RO II, RO III) in a sport called "Rally Obedience". Lord Byron has been collaborating with Maja Smrekarhave on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is a media theorist, feminist, and professor at the École nationale supèrieure d'art de Bourges. She has translated key texts of Donna Haraway and introduced her thinking in France.

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has worked extensively to protect the rights of transgender and transsexual individuals in Lebanon. As a legal researcher, she gave visibility and public debate to the 2014 ruling of a transwomen judged under Article 534 of Lebanon’s penal code, condemning an “act against Nature.” She is a practicing lawyer and a member of Legal Agenda’s board.

is a designer and architect. Profoundly deaf since birth, his M. Arch Thesis explored the intersection of deafness and architecture.

is Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University's College of Engineering. His research focuses on Structural Acoustics and Ocean Energy Technologies.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: personal page on BU website

is a social scientist working as a cartographer of controversies at Science Po Medialab, and an artist and ecological performer. He is interested in how we live and work in a network-based material culture with multiple layers of reality.

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is an ecologist who works at the laboratory of Biology of Marine Organisms and Ecosystems at the National Museum of Natural History. He is a specialist of trophic organizations in coastal ecosystems. His recent research focuses on the impact of urbanization and aquaculture on mangrove forests.

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Maya Mikdashi is a legal anthropologist and is currently a Mellon Postdoc at Rutgers University. Her upcoming book length manuscript entitled "Sex and Sectarianism: Secularism, Secularity and War in Contemporary Lebanon," is both an archival and ethnographic study of the regulation of sexual and religious difference within secular political systems. Maya works at the intersection of legal anthropology, feminism, queer theory, and theories of sovereignty, secularism and religion. She has worked on a number of documentary film projects, and continues to edit and write for Jadaliyya, an ezine that she co-founded and that is centered on critical approaches to studying the transnational Middle East.

has been developing since 2003 a work of net-art: the NøøMuseum, a virtual museum dedicated to the history and prehistory of cyberculture that spreads out its network of dematerialised galeries into cyberspace and into the noosphere.

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Director and Professor at VIT University. Sensory Communication Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. Graduate Program in Speech & Hearing Bioscience and Technology, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: Cyborg

is a director of research at the CNRS in the Institute for Human Paleontology of the National Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on the first human settlements, the occupation of territories and the technical behaviors of the populations.

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is an anthropologist, researcher at the EHESS (school of higher studies in social sciences), at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology. Specialist in the fields of disasters, modes of objectification of knowledge and the study of environments (mesology), he did some field research in the Brazilian Amazon and Japan.

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draws upon political history in his work in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His films Nefandus Trilogy (2013) or Deseos / رغبات from 2015 address the construction, categorization and repression of homoeroticism throughout the conquest and colonial period in the Americas. His recent database documentary Gender Talents (2015) presents video portraits of trans and intersex activists who thoughtfully perform gender as a personal, social, and political opportunity, rather than as a social condemnation.

lives in Cape Town, where she experiences daily the gap between the international recognition of progressive positions in South Africa in terms of rights of the diversity of sexualities, and daily homophobia that is particularly reflected in many "punitive rapes ". Beyond her photographic practice, she developed many actions, on different scales, to enhance the transsexual community. One of the latter is a transgender football team.

is a member of social justice non-governmental organization Legal Agenda. As a legal researcher and litigator, he has worked on several cases and rulings related to social groups marginalized by Lebanese society, including: workers’ rights, syndicates, housing rights (particularly regarding Syrian refugees), Palestinian refugees’ right to access professional orders, drug users’ right to undergo treatment instead of prosecution and LGBTIQ-related rights in Lebanon. In Legal Agenda’s publication, he has published several articles on socio-legal issues including cases related to Article 534 of Lebanon’s Penal Code, used to prosecute homosexuals or what is referred to in the law as “[acts] against the order of nature.”

co-founded the Alternative Law Forum, a pluri-legal organisation based in Bangalore. As a lawyer and legal researcher, his primary concern is the representation and cultural understanding of sexual and gender diversities in India. For the past two years, Arvind Narrain has written on the recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court which recognizes transgender persons as full citizens, yet reaffirms Section 377 in condemning “carnal intercourse against the order of Nature” and the exclusion of LGB(T) persons. He is currently working with ARC International, an organization committed to international advocacy on LGBTI rights.

— ARTICLE: Case #7: A Tale of Two Judgments
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Alternative Law Forum

is an entomologist, systematist and biologist at the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. His research focuses on the origins and structures of biological diversity. He is an expert in the long and short-term diversification of European species of ladybirds.

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is currently writer-in-residence at Violette & Co, a feminist library in Paris. Entitled FictionELLES, Notéris will engage with the medium of the residency through workshops, lectures, staged encounters, and public writing sessions before penning an original work of fiction. She edited TINA # 8 Gender Surprise issue, which reflected on questions of genre and highlighted queer and feminist voices in science fiction and ecology; it included contributions from Vanessa Place and Louise Desbrusses.

— ARTICLE: Case #8: Another Earth
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More information: Personal website

believes that "Rhythm is the relationship between what you believe and what you used to believe." He mainly plays percussion, usually within selected forms of experimental music. He works with a sound palette which includes orchestral, electronic, improvised music and rock.

is an American Sign Language and International Sign Interpreter, based in Paris. He directs the language interpreting company Overseas Interpreting.

is an anthropologist and adjunct researcher at the CNRS Laboratory for the Anthropology of Institutions and Social Organizations (SOGIP). He got his PhDs at the EHESS (school for advanced studies in social sciences) and James Cook University. His research focuses on the political and cultural entanglements of colonial relationships in Indigenous Australia.

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is the author most recently of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise. He just completed a biography of Stefan Zweig, "a popular novelist and biographer whose work was more widely translated than any other living author in the 1930s. Yet after Hitler’s rise to power, this celebrated and best selling writer who had dedicated so much energy to promoting international humanism plummeted, in a matter of a few years, into an increasingly isolated exile—from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis— where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he ended his life."

is an artist and communication designer devoting all her works to raising awareness of climate change related issues. With Alicia Escott she founded The Bureau of Linguistical Reality, a public participatory artwork that creates new language to better understand manmade climate change and other Anthropocenic events. She lives and works in San Francisco. She received a B.S. in Science and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

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More information: The Bureau of Linguistical Reality

has been leading his own architecture agency in Paris since 2008. He is currently teaching at Harvard University and at the National School of Architecture in Versailles.

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More information: Philippe Rahm architects

is an engineer in physical chemistry and a biologist in charge of the scientific development of CEEBIOS, a new European center dedicated to the promotion of bio-inspiration, a place with an integrated scientific and innovative approach of this new discipline.

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founded the cultural center “Centro de Artes da Maré”, in the Maré favela, near Rio (Brazil). For over ten years, Rodrigues offers contemporary dance classes, lectures and workshops; training amateurs and professionals alike. As a choreographer she makes no distinction between training and creation, between dance and social context.

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is a microbiologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History and at the universities of Gdansk (Poland) and Viçosa (Brazil). His research mainly focuses on associations between mushrooms and plants.

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Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator, and researcher. His interests trace associations from within the histories of somatics, the sensory, transformation, pedagogy, utopia, queerness, collectivity, ritual, performance, and the self. From 2012-2014, he was a research fellow for "The Anthropocene Project" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His work and writings have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13), Former West, Tanz im August, Sharjah Biennial X, Home Works 5, Jerusalem Show V, Qalandiya International, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin, where he co-organizes the technosexual reading circle.

— ARTICLE: Resonances and affects
— ARTICLE: Case #11: The Intermorphs
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is most well known for playing in the New York City improv and experimental music scenes.

— ARTICLE: The Drummers
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Maja Smrekar is an intermedia artist who lives and works between Ljubljana and Berlin. Her main interests are the phenomenology of perception and the concept of life. Maja Smrekar has been collaborating with Lord Byron have on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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is a Security and Investigations Professional working in Lebanon. He has contributed to fighting the ill-treatment and torture of vulnerable groups in Lebanese police stations, which was officially reported under the human rights watch in June 2013.

dances and studies philosophy. In lieu of holistic speculations, he prefers to analyze linguistic operations. He is thus interested in the relation between analytic philosophy and choreography. Idéographie (2011) deals with the expression of chains of arguments through dance. Signe Blanc (2012) explores the tension between movement and language in pantomime, and Mouvement sur Mouvement (2013) reveals the choreographic dimension of gestures that comment on William Forsythe’s dancing in his Improvisation Technologies.

is a cultural theorist, historian, and exhibition organizer living in Vienna. His main research fields are the history of acceleration and the history and theory of the raw materials of modernity: building materials, fuels and fossil resources.

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is a lecturer, writing woman, and founder of the association "Pour la Vie Ailleurs & Maintenant" ("For life beyond & in the presence"). Shaman-researcher, artist and art therapist, she is the creator of the "Dance des Arbres - ARBOReusement" ("Dance of the trees").

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takes part &s a member of the Rapa Nui Parliament in the struggle against the Chilian authority to create a collective and autonomous Rapa Nui administration, to protect the archeological and sacred sites and solve other environmental and educational issues.

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is a researcher, curator and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.

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— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

an ethnologist trained in Inuit culture and language at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco) and has led several research missions in the Canadian Arctic. For more than fifteen years, she has been the director of the Association "Inuksuk", the Inuit cultural center of Paris.

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is interested in the political representation of non-Western cultures (namely, Caribbean and Brazilian cultures) through the production and diffusion of “world music”. She also collaborates on several projects which aim to provide new representations of climate policies, including a study (in collaboration with Aurélien Gamboni) of the maelstrom phenomenon in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “A Descent into the Maelström” (1841), in which a sailor finds himself drawn into a whirlpool.

— ARTICLE: Foreword of Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
More Information: Maelstrom Project Blog

resides in New Haven, USA, where she is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. Her work integrates Christian systematic theology, feminist, and queer theory with notions of embodiment. Her forthcoming book is titled God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Finitude. She has contributed to the blog Feminism and Religion (FAR), a forum for feminist scholars of religion investigating “the F-word in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism and community.”

— ARTICLE: Case #9: God, Nature, and the Nature of God
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Web page at Yale Divinity School

is an historian who writes widely about such subjects as the construction of archives, affect, and the spectacularization of public punishment for cases of sodomy and bestiality. In connecting sexuality to religiosity and erotics in colonial Latin America, his myriad references include archival theory, human-animal studies and concepts of viscerality. He is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.

— ARTICLE: Case #10: Unnatural Bodies, Desires, and Devotions
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Webpage at New York University

writes science fiction that describe (most of the time) free societies and free love. He is noteworthy for the frequent prominence of female characters, unusual in science fiction, and especially so among male authors of hard science fiction. This prominence is visible not only in his Eight Worlds history where sex changes are routine, but in his other works as well, where sexual themes color the works without dominating them.

is an author and political scientist, holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. She works with artists and filmmakers on the figure of the postcolonial repressed.

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is an independent environmental engineer, General Secretary of the European Shepherds Network, a movement for the preservation of pastoralism that brings together livestock farmers’ organizations and federations from seventeen European countries.

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is the co-founder of Greenpeace and the founder of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, where he has been captaine on seven different ships. He continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns to protect seals, bluefin tuna and pilot whales and to organize anti-poaching patrols.

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is Graphic design company based in Paris whose creed is the combination of content and form. They create data-visualisation in collaboration with journalist, datascientists, designers and developers. Their work includes several projects on CO2 (The Carbon Atlas, Carbon Story, Greencode Info, the CO2 comparison website) and also a gender-specific salary comparison project.

studies noise at Goldsmiths College (London), drawing from research areas as diverse as biology, chemistry, physics, IT, finance, music or the observation of crowd movements. He apprehends the environment (Umgebung) as a non-linear, random and irreversible chaos yet which nonetheless has a form. Attempting to represent this form could describe one of the main stakes of Glass Bead, the research platform of which he is a member.

is a writer, actor and journalist who become deaf at the age of 18, decided to go for cochlear implantation and now has an Advanced Bionics Naida CI Q70.

— ARTICLE: Cyborg
More information: Sophie Woolley’s blog

is co-director of gb agency, a gallery that represents artists such as Jiri Kovanda, Roman Ondak, Robert Breer, Pratchaya Phinthong, Deimantas Narkevicius and Ryan Gander. She is also affiliated with Level One, an intimate and experimental project space that opts for an alternative temporality and ‘non-event’ format.

co-founded Dingdingdong, an Institute for the production of knowledge on Huntington's disease, in 2012 together with with Emilie Hermant. It brings together a collective of researchers and artists concerned with the disease. She has directed and has co-founded the School of Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP) at Sciences Politiques in Paris with Bruno Latour. She has also coordinated the exhibitions “Iconoclash. Beyond the image wars in science, religion and art” in 2002 and "Making Things Public" in 2005 in the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

is the co-director and co-founder of Council. From 2010-12 he served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, where he conducted various research projects on knowledge production within artistic practices, giving rise to publishing projects, events, and exhibitions. Since 2007, he has co-authored L’Encyclopédie de la parole (Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word), a collaborative inquiry into the formal properties of speech. In 2010, he initiated Ecologies, a program focused on the creation of tools for the representation of art as an ecology (awarded the Hors les Murs grant by the Institut Français in 2013). Grégory is regularly invited to write, give talks and workshop on curating research, to advise institutions and to curate shows (Betonsalon, Wiels, T2G, Centre Pompidou).
He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (University of Tours) and a Masters in Design and Implementation of Cultural Projects (Sorbonne, Paris 1).

is co-founder of Kadist Art Foundation - a private foundation based in Paris and San Francisco, dedicated to supporting contemporary art. From 2006 to 2012, as artistic programme director at Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), she developed a residency programme for international artists and curators, overseeing the production of a series of works, films, performances and exhibitions. Presently, she serves as advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation on collection acquisition, production and dissemination.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Art History (Sorbonne, Paris), a Masters in Creative Curating (Goldsmiths College, London) and has participated in the experimentation in art and politics programme run by Bruno Latour (Science Po – Institute of Political Studies, Paris).

is a curator, editor and researcher based in London and the Basque Country. He is a 2012 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee. He has been research fellow at Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2012-2013; Visual AIDS, New York, 2014; and the Central American Biennial, San José, 2016. He has organized exhibitions and events in Tabakalera, San Sebastián; UNIA, Seville; CA2M, Madrid, among others. As a writer, he has contributed to L'Internationale, We Who Feel Differently, and Afterall. He runs his own on-and-off publishing house ALBUM and is the editor of various artist books and web projects. As a co-founder of the collective 'Equipo re', he develops the long-term HIV/AIDS-related curatorial project 'AIDS Anarchive'. A graduate from MACBA's Independent Studies Program, he is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths.

works on the Dhaka Art Summit, organized by the Samdani Art Foundation. He has previously worked with the Asia Art Archive and the Majlis Cultural Centre, Mumbai. He studied art history and curation at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda.

is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. His studio work focusses on book design, curatorial projects, institutional identities, interactive applications and websites. He has designed projects such as the Ideological Guide to the Venice Biennale and the WdW Review.

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is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

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More information: The Unmanned

is a researcher, curator and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.

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— ÉVÉNEMENT : Devenir terriens : dialogues et exercices pour rétrécir et étendre l’humain

graduated in modern French literature, Ethnology and Cultural Project Management. She has worked for 10 years as a project manager for ARTER, an artistic production company. In 2015 she founded Cuesta with Agathe Ottavi. Cuesta is a company for social and cultural innovation that operates at the intersection of art, territories and society.

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writes poems and displays that depict the activities of epistolary correspondence, trans- and para-textual constructions, the experience of reading supports; his last heroes are Seymour (JD Salinger) and Rose (Gertrude Stein) Plus d’informations : blog de 220 jours

is an artist whose practice questions iconic representations of women and the body in visual culture, specifically in the mediums of performance and painting.

is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

is a curator and cultural theorist focussing on materials and materialities. His book The Container Principle - How a Box Changes the Way We Think has recently been published by the MIT press. Before working for the 18th Blackmarket in Paris, he spent five years as a researcher, developer and administrator in the program department of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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is an artist whose work engages with the notion of the voice and its enunciation through radio broadcast, lecture-performance, and voiceover.

worked with the artist Renzo Martens for the Institute for Human Activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014 he received the price for young art criticism in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

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is an independent curator and art critic. She curated projects at the Moderna galerija/Museum of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana), transmediale and HKW (Berlin), Sursock Museum (Beirut, forthcoming), and in France at the Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Le Plateau/FRAC Ile-de-France. Between 2010 and 2012, she was Co-Director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. She is a co-organiser of the seminar "Something you should know" at EHESS, Paris, and a member of the research group Travelling Féministe, at Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir. She is the editor of the online platform of L’Internationale Online of the museums' confederation L’Internationale.

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  • Gallery Filomena Soares
  • Gallery Mor Charpentier
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • Legal Agenda
  • MoMA PS1
  • Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires
  • Röda Sten Konsthall
  • Sharjah Art Foundation
  • Tsadik Foundation

is a special education expert and neurology researcher. His research focuses on mirror neurons. The French Wikipedia article describes mirror neurons as “a neuron that fires both when an individual (human or animal) performs an action and when the individual observes another individual (especially of the same species) perform the same action, or even when they imagine such an action, hence the use of the term mirror.” His research brought him to engage with the deaf community, to learn sign language, and teach at the Al Almal School for Deaf Students in Sharjah.

is an artist with a background in DIY music. His work frequently deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth through the production of documentaries, essays, audio-visual installations, video, sculpture, photography, workshops and performance. In 2015, Abu Hamdan was the Armory Show commissioned artist and was also included in the New Museum Triennial. In 2013, Abu Hamdan’s audio documentary The Freedom of Speech Itself was submitted as evidence at the UK asylum tribunal where the artist himself was called to testify as an expert witness. The artist’s forensic audio investigations are made as part of his research for Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths College London, where he is also a PhD candidate and associate lecturer. His previous solo exhibitions have been at The Showroom, London, at Casco in Utrecht, in Beirut, in Cairo and forthcoming at Kunsthalle St Gallen and MoMa New York.

Teaches theatre at the Al Amal school for Deaf childrens in Sharjah.

— ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a researcher, writer and educator working on conflict ecologies and environmental violence mainly in South and Southeast Asia. He has participated in the 2012 Taipei Biennale in Hong Kong and the 2014 Cuenca Biennale in Ecuador, and has exhibited at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, Shanghai Study Centre and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto amongst others. He is a co-founder and director of Call & Response, a sound art collective based in London. He has written for Third Text, Volume, the edited books Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth and Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence and for many other publications. He carried out his doctoral research at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths as a member of the project ‘Forensic Architecture’.

— ARTICLE: Case #13: Pharmakon

is an inter-disciplinary artist who creates alternative narratives that blur boundaries and challenge dominant thinking, often by using an afro-futuristic lens. Much of her work explores the connection between rememory and the power of the margins.

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More information: Personal website

(Khaled Hafez, Wiss'am Taher) hail from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman, but rarely from the Emirates. They invent a hybrid sign language inspired by these different cultures.

—ARTICLE: Soundscape
—ARTICLE: Drumming
—ARTICLE: Signs and sounds

is a multidisciplinary artist and landscape architect who engages in the age-old, or even magical techniques of urban gardeners. She has recently created the "Floral Prevention Office", and is the coordinator of "La Semeuse, a platform for urban biodiversity" at the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

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moved to downtown Beirut in 2007, when she founded the 98weeks Research Project with her cousin, the writer and curator Mirene Arsanios. In 2009, they opened the 98weeks Project Space in Mar Mikhael, a district that was quickly absorbing an onslaught of new studios, cafés, design boutiques, bars and restaurants. Aware that they were inevitably contributing to the area’s gentrification, the Arsanioses organized a workshop in 2010, which took the history of Mar Mikhael as its subject. They dug into the many layers that make up the neighbourhood’s curious urban density, including the refugee camps – first Armenian, then Palestinian – that were repeatedly destroyed by illness, fire and war.

develops a structural approach to sound art which goes beyond the performance context. His processual and collaborative projects include composing sound works and making musical instruments. On and from Tarab (begun in 2011) brings together a group of musicians who revisit tarab, which designates both the traditional music form and the effect the music produces on the listener. Within (begun in 2009) is an in situ project on the city of Sharjah, which includes work with the Al Amal School for Deaf Students. Dahlem Session (begun in 2013) involves making new instruments based on music played with traditional instruments of unknown origin.

is a marine biologist at Roscoff Biological Station and the Pierre and Marie Curie University. He works on the life cycles of marine models and the development of associated molecular genetic tools. His main field of research is animal photosymbioses.

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improvises complex and rapid motifs on the drums, which he processes with electronic instruments.

is a historian and prospectivist, and the co-founder and director of the Institut des Futurs Souhaitables in Paris, a Think and Do Tank whose credo is to reflect on long term decisions for the future and to inspire public debate for a public debate.

has been developing an architectural structure for deaf perception since 2005 - an organization of transparency and contrasts, of the resonance of materials and acoustics, of traffic, of proximity and mobility - to facilitate communication through gestures or vibrations. The sign for "deaf space" involves placing the thumb, index and middle finger like the 3 coordinates of the space around us.

is a political anthropologist and research director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.

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makes with sound a bodily listening experience, researching how frequencies resound in the body. This is inscribed in her major concern, to transform imperceptible forces into embodied experiences. Her MIT Master’s thesis, ‘The Life Cycle of A Common Weed’, explores how encounters with fractured biopolitics and forms of social engagement can be offered.

— ARTICLE: Extended Listening
More information: Personal website

is a fashion and design label whose creations answer personal needs, such as: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer) How can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry) or, How can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Map
More information: Bless website

is a schoolgirl. She enjoys reading books such as Christophe Galfard's novel The Prince of Clouds and may want to become a doctor.

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is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is a French-Algerian philosopher, director of the program "Decolonizing Knowledge" at the Collège international de philosophie and associate researcher at the Laboratory of social and political change at the University Paris-Diderot.

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is a choreographer that collaborates with composer Matteo Fargion to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.
More information: Motion Bank Website

brought a lasting change to musical practice and culture by introducing silence, chance and everyday sounds into musical composition.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Official website

is a teacher, unionist, and editor. At Cambourakis publishing house, she is responsible for the feminist series Sorcières. In addition, she does research on the historical ties between ecology and feminism in the 1970s and 1980s

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is a space engineer and film director. She has been working as project manager at the french space agency CNES (Centre National d'Études Spatiales) in Paris since 2001. At the same time, she wrote and realized No Gravity, a queer-feminist space documentary that premiered in 2011.

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is an author, journalist, curator and intermedia artist. Active in the field of space culture for twenty years, he is a permanent member of the pilot committee at the KSEVT, Cultural Center of European Space Technologies, opened in Slovenia in 2012.

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is a drummer. Some deaf persons described his music as “being in a cold place, like shelves of cold […] shivering, which is perfect!,” or as giving them the sensation of touching electric wires, experiences that are condensed in the band’s name, Lightning Bolt.

is a well-known public face of cochlear implantation. His autobiographical 2005 book Rebuilt celebrates what he experiences as the emancipatory capacities of his implant. His 2011 book, World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet extrapolates into a fully web-worked cybernetic sensory future in which virtual and actual sensory worlds intertwine. Plus d'informations: Site personnel

is a researcher in conservation sciences at the National Museum of Natural History. Having obtained a PhD in Ecology and a master’s degree in Dance, she specializes in the links between art and ecology.

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is head of the section Rromani language and culture at the National institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco). He works on reconstituting the European dimension of the Rromani language and culture.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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is a philosopher working for the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. As co-founder of the "Portail des humanités environnementales", he is directing a project of "enlightened conversations" on environmental humanities and the Anthropocene.

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has been making documentary films for over a decade with Kaori Kinoshita, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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is a geologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History. Having always been enthusiastic about geosphere-biosphere relations, he is now very involved in the dissemination of science and protection of the geological heritage at national and international levels.

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is a philosopher and researcher at the University of Liège. For about twenty years, she has been working on animals issues and relationships with the dead.

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is considered to be one of the last homines universales. His observations on deaf people inspired his reflexion on theatre. It was published as: Lettre sur les sourds et muets à l'usage de ceux qui entendent & qui parlent (written in 1751).

— ARTICLE: Looking without hearing
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is a sign language translator and coordinated the establishment of the exhibition "History Through Deaf Eyes" at SLCC.

— ARTICLE: Soundscape
More information: Center for Audio Visual Studies

is a special advisor for climate change and COP21 of Caisse des Dépôts Group, chair of I4CE, Institute for Climate Economics. Having been committed for a long time to sustainable development, he works on ways to shift the financial sector and the capital in favor of climate.

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is a visual artist and writer. Her videos, installations and photographic work focus on human evolution in the world as perceived by the senses. Currently, she is working on a children's book entitled Des histoires de lapins qui racontent des histoires de carottes (Tales of rabbits telling stories of carrots), that deals with plural loves, queer issues and ecofeminism.

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is one of the precursors of specialized education for the deaf.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
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's work is characterised by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. Erek combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space. The result functions as a hypothesis, probing the viewer’s instinctive logic and thus appealing to the senses. Interestingly, Erek manages to combine rational components such as references to architecture and linear time with instinctive impulses thereby levelling the gap between two supposedly opposing spheres.

is a composer that collaborates with choreographer Jonathan Burrows to perform pieces that construct and deconstruct ideas of composition and score. They use articulations of body language that still give a 'visibility' to unheard music.

— ARTICLE: Musical Movements
More information: Motion Bank Website

is an architect and visionary artist, who has been developing his concept of a “mobile architecture” since the middle of the twentieth century, according to which dwellings and urban planning have to be thought organically, as moving and improvised forms of architectures, modelled on unpredictable future uses.

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More information: Personal website

studies the myriad ways that deaf young adults living in Bangalore negotiate kinship and belonging across family, caste, gender, religion, and caste. She is especially interested in the constitutive roles that vocational programs and corporate social responsibility initiatives play in this negotiation and her work is attentive to what she calls “global deafness” or the ways that specific discourses around deafness can be hegemonic and uni-directional.

explores the circular structures in the complexity of non-human representations. For example, he worked with Sandrine Teixido on the Edgar Allan Poe novel "A Descent into the Maelstrom" (1841), where a sailor finds himself sucked into a whirlpool, or on the development of institutions of climate policy.

— Article: Preface to Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
More information: Tanya Leighton Gallery; Maelstrom Project Blog

visually reactivates colonial material culture found in Caribbean archives through printmaking and site-specific multimedia installation as a means of exploring her own white Creole identity from a postcolonial feminist perspective, alongside untold histories of the relationship between black and white Caribbean women under colonialism. She lives and works between Canada and the Caribbean, where her family has been resident since the 17th century.

— ARTICLE: Illustrations: Creole Portraits III: “bringing down the flowers...”

is a lawyer and researcher who contributed to the study entitled Homosexuals in the Penal Code, led by Nizar Saghieh in cooperation with Helem. In 2011, she worked at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, before returning to Lebanon to work on vulnerable groups rights such as forms of discrimination against women in Lebanese Personal Status religious laws and legal protection for Syrians who cannot achieve refugee status in Lebanon.

— ARTICLE: Case #2: Indecencies
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an ecology activist who has taken part in several ecological associations for a long time. He also initiated the first Islamic ecological conference. He is a practicing Muslim in the Sufi tradition.

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tries to be a membrane from head to toe when involved in a listening experience. He discovered sound technology by recording his own compositions. Then moved on to sound editing and sound mixing for film and recorded music, to ultimately focus on mixing live music.

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is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

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More information: The Unmanned

directs the Nairobi-based National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commision, an NGO that provides legal aid to the LGBTI community by using “law as a tool to achieve social justice and societal change.” In 2013, he took Kenya’s government to Constitutional Court for its refusal to officially register the organization—in clear contradiction of the Constitution’s stipulation that the State shall not discriminate against sexual orientation. In 2014, he filed a decriminalization petition against Kenya’s sodomy law.

— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights

is an atmospheric physicist at the CNRS. Specialized in the study of the stratosphere and its impact on climate, she is also interested in the link between ultraviolet radiation and health problems.

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is also known as Kode9, one of the founding artists of the dubstep genre. He has released the albums Memories of the Future and Black Sun on his own label, Hyperdub. Goodman has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Warwick and has published his thesis as Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: Sonic Warfare on MIT website

is a director of research at the CNRS, at the Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity. He is an evolutionary systematist, whose research focuses on the biodiversity of the Global South and particularly on the life of insect species.

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is a researcher in science and environmental history at the university Pierre et Marie Curie, specializing in the study of visual cultures and metaphors in science. He holds that the metaphorical reimagining of our planet as a “Spaceship Earth” was of doubtful utility to the environmental movement.

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is a sociologist and urban planner associated to the research program "Environment, Ville et Societé" in Lyon. Her work focuses on contemporary social movements and the construction of political ecology.

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has been the ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in France since 2013

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is a philosopher and assistant professor at Nanterre University. Her current research focuses on the roles of storytelling and narration in ecological thought, mainly based on the articulation between feminism, ecology and (science) fiction.

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is a historian of materials and technologies, attached to the Center for Historical Research (EHESS/CNRS, Paris). In her research on contemporary materials, she combines studies on economic history, science and technology with cultural subjects like patrimonialization processes.

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is one of the faces of Bless, a fashion and design label, whose creations answer personal needs, for example: Which object could train our body at work? (Bless N.41, a workout computer); how can we turn our cables into something worth to look at? (Bless N.26, a cable jewelry); how can I cultivate a garden in my flat ? (Bless N.38, Windowgarden).

's research examines the works and lives of biologists thinking through the limits of "life" as a category of analysis. Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas is a study of marine biologists working in realms usually out of sight and reach: the microscopic world, the deep sea, and oceans outside national sovereignty. This book charts how marine microbes are entangled with debates about the origin of life, climate change, property in the ocean commons, and the possibility of life on other worlds. An earlier book, Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World is an ethnography of computer modeling in the life sciences. Helmreich's newest research concerns the cultural circulation of such abstractions as "water," "sound," and "waves."

has found sublime moments in filming bodybuilders, mountaineers, little people and inmates of death row. Always keeps his promises, which forced him to eat his shoe when he lost a bet.

— ARTICLE: Brutal perception
More information: Personal website

is a professor of anthropological genetics at the National Museum of Natural History. She works on the interaction between culture and biology in the evolution of Humankind. Besides her research, she is now scientific general commissioner for the renovated Musée de l’Homme.

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is an anthropologist. She works at the CNRS and is a member of the laboratory of ethnology and comparative sociology (LESC). In 2011, in the course of a collective project on the change of scales in knowledge practices, she led an investigation on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN.

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lives in Bahrain and Seoul and has developed a musical practice inspired by these two locations.

is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education and public service. In most recent years Ibarra has been developing composition and improvisation that blends traditions and crosses rhythms and tunings of Asia Pacific, Middle East, Americas, Europe and Africa. She remains active in her practice of Philippine Indigenous music, Electronic, Experimental, Jazz and Improvisation.

designed a vibrating floor used in Waves & Signs, a conference program on seismic communication held at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. It is no doubt the most accomplished project to date dealing with sound perception among deaf persons. Her other works, Ceiling (1991), Doorway (1991), Column (1990) and Doorknob (1992), offer an exploration of perception through architecture.

is a cultural mediator, mostly for the Embassy of Slovenia in Paris, and an Earth geoculture practitioner. In France, as a member of Hagia Chora, she learned lithoponcture, the cosmograms and the Gaya Touch with Marko Pogačnik during a two-year training conducted by the Slovenian artist.

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is an artist and performer for human and animal audiences. In 2008, she launched "Autodomestication", a project which investigates immaterial labor across species and working conditions of household pets and other immaterial workers.

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is an ecologist at the CNRS at the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier. Her work has focused on designing and testing tools to predict and prevent ecosystems’ degradation.

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is a sociologist, political activist and a lecturer at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He works on the links between ecological crisis, inequalities, and political conflicts. He regularly publishes radical think-pieces in French and English newspapers such as Liberation or The Guardian.

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is a sound artist who explores how to unlearn ‘sound etiquette’, the culturally dominant ways to perceive sound. She was born deaf.

— ARTICLE: The Movements of Air
More information: Personal website

is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

has been making documentary films for over a decade with Alain Della Negra, exploring the relationships between personal identity and avatars, virtual characters, masks and disguises, looking to find possible scenarios that inevitably arise from theses encounters.

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moved from Long Island to Tuscany more than 40 years ago to start a rural life. Today, she owns 300 goats, produces sustainable cashmere and is the first livestock owner in Europe to use predator-friendly strategies.

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More information: Chianti Cashmere

was trained as a veterinarian and is also a lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History. For nearly 20 years, she has been studying the behavior and health of chimpanzees in Africa, stressing that their self-medication is a form of resilience endangered by human activities.

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is an architecture theorist based in Paris. She is currently working on a research project about the role of architecture and urban planning in the emergence of territories used for the extraction of natural resources.

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extends the field of architecture and develops spatial research on how the “natural environment” is defined and shaped by international humanitarian law. Concerned by the ethics and politics of climate change negotiations, he co-curated the Fifth Geneva Convention, a forum on environmental violence, with Paulo Tavares. His work has been published in Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth.

— ARTICLE: Case #3: The Case for Di Aping
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is an architect, founder and editor-in-chief of The Funambulist Magazine and its podcast, Archipelago. His work, featured in several books, develops a political perspective on design, architecture and urbanism in relation to the body.

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is a researcher in cognitive and cross-cultural psychology at the University of Vincennes-Saint-Denis. She specializes in psychology and anthropology of climate change. She is part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations environmental project.

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is an emeritus professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, She specializes in moral and political philosophy. She focuses on political and ethical questions in relation with the environmental crisis and new technologies. She is the president of the Foundation for Political Ecology (FEP).

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is a sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist, director of the Science Po medialab and responsible for the program "Expérimentation en Arts Politiques" (SPEAP). His current publication Face à Gaia. Huit conférences sur le nouveau régime climatique has just been published at La Découverte.

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is a demographer, an historian and a research director at EHESS and the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). He is also a fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge). He is a well-known voice in the public debates on demography and migration who has published several books on demographic challenges, and wrote the comments of Earth From Above: 365 Days by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

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is a journalist, researcher in media archeology and bot-anist in the collective academic and artistic research project "Média Mediums".

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is a biologist and systematist, director of the research department "Systematics and Evolution" at the Muséum national dʼHistoire Naturelle. He is especially interested in methodological, epistemological and pedagogical issues of species classifications.

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designs digitally augmented objects with physiological sensing mechanisms that help people communicate via non-verbal ways.

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More information: Personal page on MIT website

is a territorial developer in social economy, a gardener, and a specialist in high density culture techniques in small urban spaces. He brings his expertise to the association Clinamen and the cooperative Les Bergers Urbains.

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is a composer and percussionist. His work incorporates elements of jazz, contemporary, classical and world music. Plus d'informations : Site personnel

is a Blue Merle Scottish Border Collie. He has passed an exam A in basic commands and companion dog training, an advanced obedience exam B-BH, and several exams (RO I, RO II, RO III) in a sport called "Rally Obedience". Lord Byron has been collaborating with Maja Smrekarhave on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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is part of Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, an artist duo based in Berlin who have worked together since 2004.
Their work revisits photographs or films from the past, referring to and excavating unrepresented or unlegible moments of queerness in history.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
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is a media theorist, feminist, and professor at the École nationale supèrieure d'art de Bourges. She has translated key texts of Donna Haraway and introduced her thinking in France.

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has worked extensively to protect the rights of transgender and transsexual individuals in Lebanon. As a legal researcher, she gave visibility and public debate to the 2014 ruling of a transwomen judged under Article 534 of Lebanon’s penal code, condemning an “act against Nature.” She is a practicing lawyer and a member of Legal Agenda’s board.

is a designer and architect. Profoundly deaf since birth, his M. Arch Thesis explored the intersection of deafness and architecture.

is Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University's College of Engineering. His research focuses on Structural Acoustics and Ocean Energy Technologies.

— ARTICLE: The Inquiry's Story
More information: personal page on BU website

is a social scientist working as a cartographer of controversies at Science Po Medialab, and an artist and ecological performer. He is interested in how we live and work in a network-based material culture with multiple layers of reality.

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is an ecologist who works at the laboratory of Biology of Marine Organisms and Ecosystems at the National Museum of Natural History. He is a specialist of trophic organizations in coastal ecosystems. His recent research focuses on the impact of urbanization and aquaculture on mangrove forests.

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Maya Mikdashi is a legal anthropologist and is currently a Mellon Postdoc at Rutgers University. Her upcoming book length manuscript entitled "Sex and Sectarianism: Secularism, Secularity and War in Contemporary Lebanon," is both an archival and ethnographic study of the regulation of sexual and religious difference within secular political systems. Maya works at the intersection of legal anthropology, feminism, queer theory, and theories of sovereignty, secularism and religion. She has worked on a number of documentary film projects, and continues to edit and write for Jadaliyya, an ezine that she co-founded and that is centered on critical approaches to studying the transnational Middle East.

has been developing since 2003 a work of net-art: the NøøMuseum, a virtual museum dedicated to the history and prehistory of cyberculture that spreads out its network of dematerialised galeries into cyberspace and into the noosphere.

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Director and Professor at VIT University. Sensory Communication Group, Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. Graduate Program in Speech & Hearing Bioscience and Technology, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

— INQUIRY: Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
— ARTICLE: Cyborg

is a director of research at the CNRS in the Institute for Human Paleontology of the National Museum of Natural History. Her work focuses on the first human settlements, the occupation of territories and the technical behaviors of the populations.

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is an anthropologist, researcher at the EHESS (school of higher studies in social sciences), at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology. Specialist in the fields of disasters, modes of objectification of knowledge and the study of environments (mesology), he did some field research in the Brazilian Amazon and Japan.

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draws upon political history in his work in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His films Nefandus Trilogy (2013) or Deseos / رغبات from 2015 address the construction, categorization and repression of homoeroticism throughout the conquest and colonial period in the Americas. His recent database documentary Gender Talents (2015) presents video portraits of trans and intersex activists who thoughtfully perform gender as a personal, social, and political opportunity, rather than as a social condemnation.

lives in Cape Town, where she experiences daily the gap between the international recognition of progressive positions in South Africa in terms of rights of the diversity of sexualities, and daily homophobia that is particularly reflected in many "punitive rapes ". Beyond her photographic practice, she developed many actions, on different scales, to enhance the transsexual community. One of the latter is a transgender football team.

is a member of social justice non-governmental organization Legal Agenda. As a legal researcher and litigator, he has worked on several cases and rulings related to social groups marginalized by Lebanese society, including: workers’ rights, syndicates, housing rights (particularly regarding Syrian refugees), Palestinian refugees’ right to access professional orders, drug users’ right to undergo treatment instead of prosecution and LGBTIQ-related rights in Lebanon. In Legal Agenda’s publication, he has published several articles on socio-legal issues including cases related to Article 534 of Lebanon’s Penal Code, used to prosecute homosexuals or what is referred to in the law as “[acts] against the order of nature.”

co-founded the Alternative Law Forum, a pluri-legal organisation based in Bangalore. As a lawyer and legal researcher, his primary concern is the representation and cultural understanding of sexual and gender diversities in India. For the past two years, Arvind Narrain has written on the recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court which recognizes transgender persons as full citizens, yet reaffirms Section 377 in condemning “carnal intercourse against the order of Nature” and the exclusion of LGB(T) persons. He is currently working with ARC International, an organization committed to international advocacy on LGBTI rights.

— ARTICLE: Case #7: A Tale of Two Judgments
— EVENT: The Manufacturing of Rights
More information: Alternative Law Forum

is an entomologist, systematist and biologist at the Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle. His research focuses on the origins and structures of biological diversity. He is an expert in the long and short-term diversification of European species of ladybirds.

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is currently writer-in-residence at Violette & Co, a feminist library in Paris. Entitled FictionELLES, Notéris will engage with the medium of the residency through workshops, lectures, staged encounters, and public writing sessions before penning an original work of fiction. She edited TINA # 8 Gender Surprise issue, which reflected on questions of genre and highlighted queer and feminist voices in science fiction and ecology; it included contributions from Vanessa Place and Louise Desbrusses.

— ARTICLE: Case #8: Another Earth
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believes that "Rhythm is the relationship between what you believe and what you used to believe." He mainly plays percussion, usually within selected forms of experimental music. He works with a sound palette which includes orchestral, electronic, improvised music and rock.

is an American Sign Language and International Sign Interpreter, based in Paris. He directs the language interpreting company Overseas Interpreting.

is an anthropologist and adjunct researcher at the CNRS Laboratory for the Anthropology of Institutions and Social Organizations (SOGIP). He got his PhDs at the EHESS (school for advanced studies in social sciences) and James Cook University. His research focuses on the political and cultural entanglements of colonial relationships in Indigenous Australia.

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is the author most recently of In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise. He just completed a biography of Stefan Zweig, "a popular novelist and biographer whose work was more widely translated than any other living author in the 1930s. Yet after Hitler’s rise to power, this celebrated and best selling writer who had dedicated so much energy to promoting international humanism plummeted, in a matter of a few years, into an increasingly isolated exile—from London to Bath to New York City, then Ossining, Rio, and finally Petrópolis— where, in 1942, in a cramped bungalow, he ended his life."

is an artist and communication designer devoting all her works to raising awareness of climate change related issues. With Alicia Escott she founded The Bureau of Linguistical Reality, a public participatory artwork that creates new language to better understand manmade climate change and other Anthropocenic events. She lives and works in San Francisco. She received a B.S. in Science and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley.

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has been leading his own architecture agency in Paris since 2008. He is currently teaching at Harvard University and at the National School of Architecture in Versailles.

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More information: Philippe Rahm architects

is an engineer in physical chemistry and a biologist in charge of the scientific development of CEEBIOS, a new European center dedicated to the promotion of bio-inspiration, a place with an integrated scientific and innovative approach of this new discipline.

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founded the cultural center “Centro de Artes da Maré”, in the Maré favela, near Rio (Brazil). For over ten years, Rodrigues offers contemporary dance classes, lectures and workshops; training amateurs and professionals alike. As a choreographer she makes no distinction between training and creation, between dance and social context.

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is a microbiologist and a professor at the National Museum of Natural History and at the universities of Gdansk (Poland) and Viçosa (Brazil). His research mainly focuses on associations between mushrooms and plants.

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Ashkan Sepahvand is a writer, translator, and researcher. His interests trace associations from within the histories of somatics, the sensory, transformation, pedagogy, utopia, queerness, collectivity, ritual, performance, and the self. From 2012-2014, he was a research fellow for "The Anthropocene Project" at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His work and writings have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13), Former West, Tanz im August, Sharjah Biennial X, Home Works 5, Jerusalem Show V, Qalandiya International, and Kunsthaus Bregenz. He lives and works in Berlin, where he co-organizes the technosexual reading circle.

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is most well known for playing in the New York City improv and experimental music scenes.

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Maja Smrekar is an intermedia artist who lives and works between Ljubljana and Berlin. Her main interests are the phenomenology of perception and the concept of life. Maja Smrekar has been collaborating with Lord Byron have on a series of artistic projects entitled K-9-Topology since 2013.

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is a Security and Investigations Professional working in Lebanon. He has contributed to fighting the ill-treatment and torture of vulnerable groups in Lebanese police stations, which was officially reported under the human rights watch in June 2013.

dances and studies philosophy. In lieu of holistic speculations, he prefers to analyze linguistic operations. He is thus interested in the relation between analytic philosophy and choreography. Idéographie (2011) deals with the expression of chains of arguments through dance. Signe Blanc (2012) explores the tension between movement and language in pantomime, and Mouvement sur Mouvement (2013) reveals the choreographic dimension of gestures that comment on William Forsythe’s dancing in his Improvisation Technologies.

is a cultural theorist, historian, and exhibition organizer living in Vienna. His main research fields are the history of acceleration and the history and theory of the raw materials of modernity: building materials, fuels and fossil resources.

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is a lecturer, writing woman, and founder of the association "Pour la Vie Ailleurs & Maintenant" ("For life beyond & in the presence"). Shaman-researcher, artist and art therapist, she is the creator of the "Dance des Arbres - ARBOReusement" ("Dance of the trees").

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takes part &s a member of the Rapa Nui Parliament in the struggle against the Chilian authority to create a collective and autonomous Rapa Nui administration, to protect the archeological and sacred sites and solve other environmental and educational issues.

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is a researcher, curator and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.

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an ethnologist trained in Inuit culture and language at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (l'Inalco) and has led several research missions in the Canadian Arctic. For more than fifteen years, she has been the director of the Association "Inuksuk", the Inuit cultural center of Paris.

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is interested in the political representation of non-Western cultures (namely, Caribbean and Brazilian cultures) through the production and diffusion of “world music”. She also collaborates on several projects which aim to provide new representations of climate policies, including a study (in collaboration with Aurélien Gamboni) of the maelstrom phenomenon in Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “A Descent into the Maelström” (1841), in which a sailor finds himself drawn into a whirlpool.

— ARTICLE: Foreword of Tacet, or the Cochlear Vertigo
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resides in New Haven, USA, where she is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. Her work integrates Christian systematic theology, feminist, and queer theory with notions of embodiment. Her forthcoming book is titled God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Finitude. She has contributed to the blog Feminism and Religion (FAR), a forum for feminist scholars of religion investigating “the F-word in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism and community.”

— ARTICLE: Case #9: God, Nature, and the Nature of God
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More information: Web page at Yale Divinity School

is an historian who writes widely about such subjects as the construction of archives, affect, and the spectacularization of public punishment for cases of sodomy and bestiality. In connecting sexuality to religiosity and erotics in colonial Latin America, his myriad references include archival theory, human-animal studies and concepts of viscerality. He is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.

— ARTICLE: Case #10: Unnatural Bodies, Desires, and Devotions
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More information: Webpage at New York University

writes science fiction that describe (most of the time) free societies and free love. He is noteworthy for the frequent prominence of female characters, unusual in science fiction, and especially so among male authors of hard science fiction. This prominence is visible not only in his Eight Worlds history where sex changes are routine, but in his other works as well, where sexual themes color the works without dominating them.

is an author and political scientist, holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. She works with artists and filmmakers on the figure of the postcolonial repressed.

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is an independent environmental engineer, General Secretary of the European Shepherds Network, a movement for the preservation of pastoralism that brings together livestock farmers’ organizations and federations from seventeen European countries.

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is the co-founder of Greenpeace and the founder of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, where he has been captaine on seven different ships. He continues to lead Sea Shepherd campaigns to protect seals, bluefin tuna and pilot whales and to organize anti-poaching patrols.

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is Graphic design company based in Paris whose creed is the combination of content and form. They create data-visualisation in collaboration with journalist, datascientists, designers and developers. Their work includes several projects on CO2 (The Carbon Atlas, Carbon Story, Greencode Info, the CO2 comparison website) and also a gender-specific salary comparison project.

studies noise at Goldsmiths College (London), drawing from research areas as diverse as biology, chemistry, physics, IT, finance, music or the observation of crowd movements. He apprehends the environment (Umgebung) as a non-linear, random and irreversible chaos yet which nonetheless has a form. Attempting to represent this form could describe one of the main stakes of Glass Bead, the research platform of which he is a member.

is a writer, actor and journalist who become deaf at the age of 18, decided to go for cochlear implantation and now has an Advanced Bionics Naida CI Q70.

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More information: Sophie Woolley’s blog

is co-director of gb agency, a gallery that represents artists such as Jiri Kovanda, Roman Ondak, Robert Breer, Pratchaya Phinthong, Deimantas Narkevicius and Ryan Gander. She is also affiliated with Level One, an intimate and experimental project space that opts for an alternative temporality and ‘non-event’ format.

co-founded Dingdingdong, an Institute for the production of knowledge on Huntington's disease, in 2012 together with with Emilie Hermant. It brings together a collective of researchers and artists concerned with the disease. She has directed and has co-founded the School of Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP) at Sciences Politiques in Paris with Bruno Latour. She has also coordinated the exhibitions “Iconoclash. Beyond the image wars in science, religion and art” in 2002 and "Making Things Public" in 2005 in the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

is the co-director and co-founder of Council. From 2010-12 he served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, where he conducted various research projects on knowledge production within artistic practices, giving rise to publishing projects, events, and exhibitions. Since 2007, he has co-authored L’Encyclopédie de la parole (Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word), a collaborative inquiry into the formal properties of speech. In 2010, he initiated Ecologies, a program focused on the creation of tools for the representation of art as an ecology (awarded the Hors les Murs grant by the Institut Français in 2013). Grégory is regularly invited to write, give talks and workshop on curating research, to advise institutions and to curate shows (Betonsalon, Wiels, T2G, Centre Pompidou).
He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (University of Tours) and a Masters in Design and Implementation of Cultural Projects (Sorbonne, Paris 1).

is co-founder of Kadist Art Foundation - a private foundation based in Paris and San Francisco, dedicated to supporting contemporary art. From 2006 to 2012, as artistic programme director at Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), she developed a residency programme for international artists and curators, overseeing the production of a series of works, films, performances and exhibitions. Presently, she serves as advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation on collection acquisition, production and dissemination.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Art History (Sorbonne, Paris), a Masters in Creative Curating (Goldsmiths College, London) and has participated in the experimentation in art and politics programme run by Bruno Latour (Science Po – Institute of Political Studies, Paris).

is a curator, editor and researcher based in London and the Basque Country. He is a 2012 ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award Nominee. He has been research fellow at Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2012-2013; Visual AIDS, New York, 2014; and the Central American Biennial, San José, 2016. He has organized exhibitions and events in Tabakalera, San Sebastián; UNIA, Seville; CA2M, Madrid, among others. As a writer, he has contributed to L'Internationale, We Who Feel Differently, and Afterall. He runs his own on-and-off publishing house ALBUM and is the editor of various artist books and web projects. As a co-founder of the collective 'Equipo re', he develops the long-term HIV/AIDS-related curatorial project 'AIDS Anarchive'. A graduate from MACBA's Independent Studies Program, he is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths.

works on the Dhaka Art Summit, organized by the Samdani Art Foundation. He has previously worked with the Asia Art Archive and the Majlis Cultural Centre, Mumbai. He studied art history and curation at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda.

is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. His studio work focusses on book design, curatorial projects, institutional identities, interactive applications and websites. He has designed projects such as the Ideological Guide to the Venice Biennale and the WdW Review.

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is an artist. He is presently co-directing a series of works entitled The Unmanned which tells in reverse a non-human history of technology. He is also the co-director of "Glass Bead", a research platform and journal dedicated to the synthesis of knowledge.

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is a researcher, curator and performer based in Paris. She is known for her research on cheese, mud, and terra-sigillata – their transitioning towards materiality and entity and their ability to become something else when put in an exhibition or an essay.

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graduated in modern French literature, Ethnology and Cultural Project Management. She has worked for 10 years as a project manager for ARTER, an artistic production company. In 2015 she founded Cuesta with Agathe Ottavi. Cuesta is a company for social and cultural innovation that operates at the intersection of art, territories and society.

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writes poems and displays that depict the activities of epistolary correspondence, trans- and para-textual constructions, the experience of reading supports; his last heroes are Seymour (JD Salinger) and Rose (Gertrude Stein) Plus d’informations : blog de 220 jours

is an artist whose practice questions iconic representations of women and the body in visual culture, specifically in the mediums of performance and painting.

is the curator of a new, university-wide initiative in art and human rights, led by Yale Law School, set to commence in Fall 2015. Currently a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, he also works as a graduate curatorial researcher at Yale University Art Gallery. He holds an M.A. in English (2010) from Harvard University and a B.A. in American Studies (2006) from Columbia University. Prior to law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he became interested in the aesthetic possibilities of finance.

— INQUIRY: The Manufacturing of Rights
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— PLATFORM: Notes for a future online platform

is a curator and cultural theorist focussing on materials and materialities. His book The Container Principle - How a Box Changes the Way We Think has recently been published by the MIT press. Before working for the 18th Blackmarket in Paris, he spent five years as a researcher, developer and administrator in the program department of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

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is an artist whose work engages with the notion of the voice and its enunciation through radio broadcast, lecture-performance, and voiceover.

worked with the artist Renzo Martens for the Institute for Human Activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2014 he received the price for young art criticism in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

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is an independent curator and art critic. She curated projects at the Moderna galerija/Museum of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana), transmediale and HKW (Berlin), Sursock Museum (Beirut, forthcoming), and in France at the Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Le Plateau/FRAC Ile-de-France. Between 2010 and 2012, she was Co-Director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. She is a co-organiser of the seminar "Something you should know" at EHESS, Paris, and a member of the research group Travelling Féministe, at Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir. She is the editor of the online platform of L’Internationale Online of the museums' confederation L’Internationale.

— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

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