GRADUATE RESEARCH UNIT
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a British/Lebanese artist based in London. his projects include Aural Contract Homeworks 5 Beirut (2010) and WYSPA IS Gdansk (2011), Model Court CCA Glasgow (2008) and Chisenhale Gallery London (2011). His hybridized practice means that he has written for Cabinet Magazine and the 10th Sharjah Biennial and is now developing a radio documentary trilogy produced by The Showroom London, Casco Utrecht and as part of a Phd at the Centre for Research Architecture Goldsmiths College. Abu Hamdan is part of the group running the arts spaces Batroun Projects, Lebanon and 113 Dalston Lane in London.
Nabil Ahmed is a contemporary visual artist, writer and musician. His work and various collaborative projects have been presented internationally including at The Centre for Possible Studies Serpentine Gallery, Barbican, Resonance FM, CCA Glasgow, Tate Modern, Nottingham Contemporary, no.w.here, South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) in Toronto and the Royal Geographic Society. He is co-founder of Call & Response, a sound art collective and curatorial project based in London. He is a member of Chicago Boys While We Were Dreaming They Were Singing, a 1970s music revival band and neo-liberalism study group. He is currently a PhD candidate in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths. He lives and works in London.
Mayaan Amir is an artist and an independent curator. She is teaching curatorial studies at Sapir Academic College and Technion and in other academic institute. Throughout 2011, she has been a guest resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. She edited a book about Israeli documentary cinema which was published on 2008. She had curated many exhibitions in different venues. Her works are shown internationally in exhibitions such as the Sidney Biennale (2006) Istanbul Biennale (2009), Berlin Biennale (2010) and venues such as Centre Pompidou (Paris), Art in General (NY), Tate Modern, Jeu de Paume, among many others places. In 2009 she initiated together with Ruti Sela “The Exterritory Project” on which they have won an award (2011) for young artist from the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Charles Heller originally from Geneva, completed a Masters in International Studies at Goldsmiths University, London, and graduated in Fine Arts from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Geneva. Over the last few years his work has mainly focused on the politics of migration and the politicity of art and media. In 2005, he released the 40′ video “NEM – NEE” on the social consequences of the new developments in asylum laws in Switzerland, screened at the U.N. in Geneva and human rights festivals. In 2006 he released “Crossroads at the Edge of Worlds”, a 37’ video on Sub-Saharan transit migrants in Morocco produced within the Maghreb Connection project. In 2009 he released the historical inquiry into the Swiss migration regime “Home Sweet Home”. Between 2009 and 2010 he explored the reapropriation of human rights within the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) “information campaigns” in Africa. He is currently producing video and spatial evidence of non-assistance to migrants at sea during NATO’s intervention in Libya. He is working towards a PhD in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths.
Godofredo Pereira is an architect based in Porto and London. He holds a MArch from the Bartlett and is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. His research Territorial Fetishism investigates the role of techno-science in contemporary political and epistemological conflicts over territory in Latin America. He teaches History and Theory at the MArch Urban Design program at the Bartlett, is co-editor of ‘Detritos’ a journal of art and critical theory (www.revistadetritos.com) and editor of the book Savage Objects, INCM, 2012 (www.savageobjects.com).
Lorenzo Pezzani is a researcher and a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. His work focuses on spatial politics, human rights and media.
Paulo Tavares is an architect and urbanist graduated in Brazil. He has taught at the London Metropolitan University, at the Visual Cultures Lab/MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, and since 2008, he teaches in the MA program at the Centre for Research Architecture, also at Goldsmiths. Parallel to his activities as a researcher/architect, Tavares has been involved with many autonomous media practices since late 1990s, and as a result of it, his practice explores architecture, media-based narratives, and writing as interconnected modalities of reading urban, territorial, and ecological conditions. Articles had appeared in many publications worldwide including Nada (PT), Alfabeta2 and Abitare (IT), Cabinet (US), and Piseagrama (BR), and his work has been shown in venues such as Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and Portikus, Frankfurt. He is a research associated to the Minister of Education (CAPES), Brazil and currently lives between London and São Paulo.
Füsun Türetken is a visual artist, architect and writer. In 2008, she setup Studio ft. The same year she was commissioned as director of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale Venice in 2008. She worked with Philipp Oswalt at Project Office Shrinking Cities and Cet-0. She is founder and member of Atelier 5Freunde und Creative Collective. Her work includes among others Istanbul: City of Intersections, Shrinking Cities, Updating Germany, Faith in the City and forthcoming Failure (2013). She is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Department Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, London.