Silvy Chakkalakal is Junior Professor at the Department of European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität Berlin. She is the author of a book about experience and evidence in a children’s picture book by Friedrich J. Bertuch (2014) and a monograph about the German fascination for India in the beginning of the nineteenth century, early ethnography, and its images (2018). With a focus on creativity and cooperation, she is currently working on the collaborative interlocking of the educational field and early cultural anthropology in the United States, as well as on a present-day ethnographic project on anticipatory anthropology and futurology. From 2011 to 2014, she was a Postdoc at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology of the University of Basel, where she worked on ethnography as an aesthetic and collaborative practice in the works of Margaret Mead.
Anselm Franke is Head of Visual Arts and Film at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), where he initiated and curated the exhibitions Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (2017/18), 2 or 3 Tigers (2017), Nervous Systems (2016), Ape Culture (2015), Forensis (2014), and The Whole Earth and After Year Zero (both 2013). In 2012, he curated the Taipei Biennial, and in 2014, the Shanghai Biennial. Franke’s exhibition project Animism has been presented in Antwerp, Bern, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Shenzhen, Seoul, and Beirut in various collaborations from 2010 to 2014. He received his PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Tom Holert works as an art historian, writer, curator, and artist in Berlin. In 2015 he co-founded the Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin. During the 1990s he was an editor with Texte zur Kunst and a publisher of Spex magazine in Cologne. Since then, Holert has taught and conducted research at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, ZHdK in Zurich, the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, and Freie Universität Berlin, among others. Recent publications include: Marion von Osten: Once We Were Artists (2017, ed. with Maria Hlavajova), Troubling Research: Performing Knowledge in the Arts (2014, with Johanna Schaffer et al.), and Übergriffe. Zustände und Zuständigkeiten der Gegenwartskunst (2014) (on the conditions of contemporary art).
Susanne Leeb is an art historian and Professor for Contemporary Art with a focus on transcultural art histories at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, from where she is also directing the Kunstraum (in collaboration with Ulf Wuggenig) and the Leuphana Arts Program. She published her PhD The Art of the Others: “World Art” and the Anthropological Configuration of Modernity in 2015. In addition, she is editor of the section “Transcultural Art History” of the online review journal Kunstform, co-editing the book series PolYpeN with b_books, and is part of the advisory board of Texte zur Kunst. In 2017, she co-edited the issues Wir sind Ihr (We are you) and Idiom, both of which include her essays.
Part of the conference Deep Time and Crisis, c. 1930