ANCIENNE BELGIQUE, BRUSSELS
The Ancienne Belgique (AB) is a concert hall for contemporary music. It is one of the leading concert venues in Belgium, introducing interesting new and established artists to a broad range of music enthusiasts.
KUNSTENCENTRUM BUDA, KORTRIJK
Kunstencentrum BUDA in Kortrijk is a platform for contemporary art festivals, an art house cinema, and one of the largest workspaces for performing arts in Belgium. Founded in 2004, BUDA constructs an artistic context in which the artist’s desire to create and learn is central. It offers time and space, customized support (logistic, technical, feedback), a network of artistic and professional contacts, and the possibility of an informal presentation for a test audience.
Agnès Quackels has been artistic director for the Kunstencentrum BUDA since 2011. She organizes residencies for performance artists as well as platforms for presenting performance work, including large-scale thematic platforms, and discursive encounters. She previously co-founded the alternative management bureau Margarita Production.
CCA: CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS, GLASGOW
CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts presents cutting-edge exhibitions, film, music, literature, spoken word, festivals, Gaelic and performance. Aiming to commission new projects from artists and show them to the widest possible audience, CCA has played a key role in Glasgow’s cultural life since 1992. It curates six exhibitions of national and international contemporary artists a year, as well as exhibiting emerging artists and operating an open-source programming policy.
Ainslie Roddick is curator at CCA Glasgow. Ainslie is also editor of 2HB, a journal for artists’ creative writing published by CCA, and co-founder of Publication Studio Glasgow. In 2009 she co-founded project space the duchy with artist Lauren Printy Currie and is currently enrolled in the Curatorial/Knowledge Masters in Research at Goldsmiths University, London.
THE HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
The Hammer Museum opened to the public in Los Angeles in November 1990. One of three public arts institutions of the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, the Hammer champions art and artists who challenge us to see the world in a new light, experience the unexpected, ignite imaginations, and inspire change. It presents thematic contemporary exhibitions, scholarly historical exhibitions, contemporary artists’ projects, and dynamic public programs. Its collection holds over 2000 artworks.
Aram Moshayedi has been a curator at the Hammer Museum since 2013. He was formerly associate curator at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), and has contributed to several exhibition catalogues as well as such publications as Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, Metropolis M, Parkett, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, and Bidoun, for which he is a contributing editor.
KW INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, BERLIN
KW Institute for Contemporary Art aims to approach the central questions of our times through the production, display, and dissemination of contemporary art. Since its inception twenty-five years ago, KW has established itself as a dynamic and lively space for progressive practices within the Berlin art scene and internationally by means of exhibitions and various event formats.
Tirdad Zolghadr is a curator and writer. His most recent publication is Traction (Sternberg Press, 2016). Tirdad is artistic director of the Summer Academy Paul Klee in Bern and associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Curatorial work includes biennial settings as well as long-term research-driven projects. He teaches at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem.
MDT, an organization with one stage and two studios at Skeppsholmen, in the middle of Stockholm, presents and arranges performances, showings, festivals, talks, and conferences in a never-ending stream. Choreography and dance are guiding concepts and are represented in several ways. Founded in 1986, MDT has a central position on the international dance field, supporting the artists it represents and produces, helping them build a steady platform to work from.
Danjel Andersson has been an editor, a critic, a performance scientist, and a festival director. He has been the managing director and artistic director of MDT since 2010.
THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA), TORONTO
The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) has spent twenty years exhibiting, collecting, and nurturing innovative contemporary art and cultural practices. It is currently creating a new home for contemporary art that will reflect and bolster the city and country’s reputations as stimulating places to think, create and shape the future. In spring 2018, MOCA moves into a purpose-designed former industrial space in the Junction Triangle.
November Paynter is director of programs at the MOCA. November was previously a founding associate director of research and programs at SALT, Istanbul and Ankara, curator at Platform Garanti, Istanbul, and assistant curator at the 9th International Istanbul Biennial. She has curated projects for Grazer Kunstverein, Tate Modern, Philadelphia Museum, Artists Space, and the Asia Pacific Triennial.