PhD Workshop Participants

PhD Workshop Participants

Sudipto Basu is a PhD student in Cinema Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) studying the feedbacks between histories of the (moving) image, techno-scientific inventions, extractivism, labour and political ecology. A film he co-directed on Kolkata’s unfulfilled urban utopias, Tracts of Dust, showed at the Bangkok Biennale 2018, at Ming Contemporary (Shanghai), and 5th Little Cinema Int’l Festival (Kolkata) among others.

Özgün Eylül İşcen is currently a PhD candidate in the Program of Computational Media, Arts and Cultures at Duke University, United States. Her dissertation historicizes computational media and arts within the context of the Middle East, thereby underlining broader flows of aesthetics, violence, and capital. 

Cristina (Thorstenberg) Ribas works as an artist, researcher, and often as a curator. Born in 1980 in Brazil. Now a Pos Doc researcher in PPGAV – Programa de Pós Graduação em Artes/Instituto de Artes, UFRGS, financed by CAPES/ Brazil. She holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths College University of London (2017) and MA from the Instituto de Artes/UERJ (2008), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She develops projects in the interface of politics and aesthetics, militant research and radical pedagogy. In 2011 Cristina created the open platform From 2017 on she engaged in Arquivos Táticos with Giseli Vasconcelos and Tatiana Wells She is part of the network Red Conceptualismos del Sur

Giseli Vasconcellos is an interdisciplinary artist and project manager from Brazil based in US. She works in collaboration with Tatiana Wells and Cristina Ribas to develop a platform for the Tactical Archives. She has been organizing festivals, workshops, exhibitions and publications that discuss media and technology related to the Brazilian scene of art and activism. Most of the projects are collaborative process that highlights practices on tactical media and radical pedagogies related to internet culture. Her work has already been presented in Quito (LabSurLab), Amsterdam (N5M), New Delhi (Sarai), Vienna (MQ21), Berlin (Radical Networks), São Paulo (31st Biennial of São Paulo, Sesc Pompeia), Rio de Janeiro (Capacete, Lastro). 

Rebecca Holt is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. For her dissertation, Rebecca is researching MindGeek—the company responsible for Pornhub and most other popular pornographic platforms. Rebecca locates MindGeek alongside other tech giants to understand the impact of online pornography on digital culture, new economies, and the Internet at large. She is a coordinator and member of the Global Emergent Media Lab at Concordia University.

Tatjana Seitz is a PhD researcher at the graduate school Locating Media at the University of Siegen, Germany. Her project APIs as Social Interfaces. Contextualising APIs Web Architecture Historiography between Platform Aesthetics and Platform Criticism is situated at the intersection of critical economic, aesthetic and data driven concepts within the context of corporate social interfaces. 

Nicola Bozzi is a freelance writer and PhD student in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Salford. His main research interests are digital culture, globalised identities and the role of aesthetics in contemporary society. You can follow him on and @schizocities.

Linda Kronman is a media artist, designer, and currently a PhD candidate at the University of Bergen researching how machine vision is represented in digital art as a part of the Machine Vision in Everyday Life project. As a part of artist duo KairUs, she and has been producing art together with Andreas Zingerle including research topics such as surveillance, smart cities, IoT, cybercrime, online fraud, electronic waste, and machine vision.

Rodrigo Ochigame is a PhD candidate in science, technology, and society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research examines alternative computational models of rationality, such as non-classical logics developed in Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Juan Pablo Pacheco is an artist and researcher with an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His research reflects on the relationships between digital technologies and political, ecological, and social systems. Currently, he is studying for an MA in Media Arts Cultures at an erasmus joint master program based at the Danube University (Austria), Aalborg University (Denmark), and Łódź University (Poland). For more information visit

Iuliia Glushneva is a PhD student in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University (Montreal). Her current research deals with the role of linguistic translation in global media flows, with a particular focus on the histories of translation’s engagement with technology and on translation practices in (post)socialist screen cultures. 

Wenhao Bi is a PhD student in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. His current research focuses on young people’s subjectivity through digital political participation, and more specifically in the Chinese context. 

Naja Grundtmann is a PhD student in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. As a part of the Uncertain Archives research group, her project is an investigation of how a pluralistic reading of Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas might inform a contemporary discourse.

Wing Ki Lee is an artist-researcher based in Hong Kong. He is currently an Assistant Professor in photography and Programme Director of BA (Hons) in Visual Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, as well as a curatorial member of 1a space, an independent art space in Hong Kong.

Maximilian Schlüter is a PhD Student in Information Science at the Graduate School of Arts of Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests revolve around critically investigating everyday and mundane digital and non digital practices that cumulatively construct the complex phenomena we understand as platforms, networks, or memes. His current research project is concerned with memetic disinformation.

Maria Dada pursues research that is placed within the fields of design, continental philosophy and material culture. She investigates the possibilities of digital modelling in reconfiguring socio-political and economic structures. She has degrees in both continental philosophy from the Centre for Research in European Philosophy and Computer Science from the Lebanese American University. Maria has exhibited and lectured widely, most recently at the Royal College of Art and at Birkbeck’s Film, Language and Culture Studies department. 

Adnan Hadzi is currently working as resident researcher at the University of Malta. Adnan has been a regular at Deckspace Media Lab, for the last decade, a period over which he has developed his research at Goldsmiths, University of London, based on his work with Deptford.TV / Deckspace.TV. It is through Free and Open Source Software and technologies this research has a social impact. Currently, Adnan is a participant researcher in the MAZI/CreekNet research collaboration with the boattr project.

Emanuele Andreoli (Mitra Azar) is a young artist with an eclectic formation. After studying philosophy, cinema, and new media between Europe, Middle East and the US, he has continued his research in the direction of video-making, photography, visual art and performance. The relation between art and anthropology and a critical and tactical use of new media are the frames within which he has shaped his own nomadic lifestyle, and artistic practice. As a philosopher, his research spans across cultural studies, critical theory and media philosophy, within a strong political commitment. In 2011, he published Iran vs Iran, book+dvd, about the 2009 Iranian Green Revolution, which is currently being translated for a 2015 US release.

Tatiana Wells, born in Rio de Janeiro, is a journalist, with a masters degree in Hypermedia Studies from University of Westminster, London (2001). Since 2005 she has worked for the fertile crossings between critical technological appropriations, social movements and the arts by the Potyguara perspective at the northeast of Brazil. She has produced dozens of festivals, immersions, works of art, workshops, ludic and cultural, mostly co-fronting mechanisms of domination with collaborative digital production, free technologies, digital inclusion and literacy, free culture, media and technology, multimedia editorial production and tactical media, always experimenting with local narratives by nomad and transversal methodologies. 


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