Organisers

Dr. Susan Schuppli, Reader & Director, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London s.schuppli@gold.ac.uk

Daniel Mann, PhD Candidate, Media & Communications & Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London

Dr. Joel McKim, Director of the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology, Co-director of the BA Media and Culture and MA Digital Media Programmes, Birkbeck University of London j.mckim@bbk.ac.uk

Professor Esther Leslie, Professor in Political Aesthetics & Co-Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London e.leslie@bbk.ac.uk

Assistants Lou Miller & Henry Bradley

Alison Blunt has been creating and performing new work utilising or consisting of improvisation since her classical violin training. She has performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, US, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand with a wide array of artists and many ‘ad hoc’ and established ensembles including BARREL, Barcode Quartet, Berlin Improvisers Orchestra, Ensemble Progresivo, HANAM Quintet, Lode, London Improvisers Orchestra, Reciprocal Uncles & Aunt, Sestetto Internazionale and occasionally as a soloist. Blunt was a member of interdisciplinary performance collective ASITIS and companies Experiments in Spontaneous Performance and Apocryphal Theatre, and amongst broader performance and research activities, has collaborated with composer/producer Verity Lane, writer/playwright/director Julia Barclay-Morton, solar power installation artist Allan Giddy, Butoh dancer Florencia Guerberof, visual artist Birthe Jorgensen, visual artist/film maker Kate McMillan and voice & movement artist/actor/director Guy Dartnell.

Joshua Bonnetta is an artist working with film, video and sound in various modes of theatrical exhibition, performance and installation. His work has shown at the Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Images Festival, Mutek International Festival of Electronic Music, Rotterdam International Film Festival and at various other festivals and venues through out Europe, U.K., Russia, North & South America. He is the two time winner of the Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award for excellence and visual innovation (2010, 2012) and the 2009 winner of the National Film Board of Canada Award to the Best Emerging or Mid-career Canadian Film or Video Maker from the Images Festival. Bonnetta received a BFA with Honors in Film & Video Production from York University and an MFA in Studio Arts (Film Production) from Concordia University.

Philippe Ciompi is active as sound designer and dubbing mixer for films, expands his practice to sound art, field recording, picture editing, teaching, and more.
Grounded in listening and translation, his work puts particular emphasis on the ways sound constructs and articulates space/s and time, on the organisation of networks and layers of elements which create complex interplays of meanings, divergences and concordances, lending multiple and alternative readings to sets of images. Always questioning the medium and the discourse, he works with a wide array of directors and artists who explore limits of their idioms, such as Andrew Kotting, Ben Rivers, Rosalind Nashashibi or Jessica Rinland in the UK, or internationally Jumana Manna,  Ben Russell, Sarah Vanagt, Pia Borg and many more. Trained in Switzerland, Berlin & London in music studies, film sound design and mixing,  he is a visiting lecturer for sound design at the Royal College of Art London and HEAD Geneva. 

Mariam Ghani is an artist whose work looks at places and moments where social, political, and cultural structures take on visible forms. Solo exhibitions include the Queens Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Rogaland Kunstsenter, and the Gatchina Museum. Notable group exhibitions and screenings include the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Liverpool Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial, the Dhaka Art Summit, dOCUMENTA 13, the National Gallery in DC, the Secession in Vienna, the CCCB in Barcelona, and the Met Breuer, MoMA and the Guggenheim in New York. Ghani has collaborated with artist Chitra Ganesh since 2004 on Index of the Disappeared, an experimental archive of post-9/11 detentions, deportations, renditions and redactions; with choreographer Erin Kelly and composer Qasim Naqvi since 2006 on the video series Performed Places; and with media archive collective Pad.ma since 2012 on the digitization and dissemination of the Afghan Films archive.

Philip Scheffner & Merle Kröger founded pong in 2013. Both had gathered film production experience during 9 years of participation in the video group dogfilm. pong stands for the production of creative documentaries on the border to the arts – films in which the filmmakers’ aesthetic and/or political positions are formed and expressed. Merle Kröger is a producer, scriptwriter and novelist. She is producer and co-author of the award-winning documentary films by Philip Scheffner and Dorothee Wenner. Kröger has written numerous screenplays and has published four novels. She works for the Berlinale Talent Campus (DOK and Script Station), and is co-director, mentor and lecturer for script development at the Professional Media Master Class for Documentary Film in Halle (Saale), Germany, which is funded by MDM and ESF. Philip Scheffner has been working as a visual artist since 1985. His feature-length creative documentaries The Halfmoon Files, Day of the Sparrow and Revision won numerous awards and were positively perceived and acknowledged by international critics. Furthermore, he composes and produces electronic music. As part of pong he also produces films, his focus being, among other things, the editing.