Rebecca Conroy is an interdisciplinary creature working across site, community engagement, and performative interventions through artist led activity. Her work is bound up in mimetic strategies and the playful occupation of non-art fields such as urban planning, economics, and housing, particularly where it concerns the behaviour of cities and the rise of the creative entrepreneur within finance capitalism. She has previously worked in the role of Festival Director (Gang Festival), Associate Director (Performance Space); Provocateur (Splendid Arts Lab & Artist Wants a Life) and has been the co-founder and co-director of two artist run spaces in Sydney, The Wedding Circle and Bill+George. From 2011 – 2014 she was conductor of The Yurt Empire, a rogue housing project and encounter in the inner city of Sydney. Right now she is developing a project involving radical archiving with a network of artist run libraries, and recently built a bike-book-machine, and is currently devising plans for an alternative economy in the shape of A Very Beautiful Laundromat for 2018. She is also the conductor of The Drip Feed an online curated platform of critical nutrition for the small to medium arts sector, and in 2015 spent 3 months going on a series of dates with economists in Europe and North America, for an audio piece called Dating an Economist commissioned by Radio National (2016). In November 2017 she will premiere her new work Iron Lady, a performance intervention—part espionage, part invisible labour, set in the finance district.
Kaitlin Debicki is Kanien’keha:ka, Wolf Clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River. She is a new mother, a Kanien’keha language learner, a PhD student, and a tree-hugger. Her research is interested in how readings of both land and literature may increase awareness and understanding of Tewakatonhwentsyó:ni, Mother Earth as our shared matter.
Dr. Bonnie Freeman is Algonquin/Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River and is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University. Her PhD dissertation research examined the transformation of identity and well-being of Haudenosaunee youth as they traveled on foot through their ancestral lands promoting peace and unity through culture-based activism.
Walis Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist/filmmaker whose work documents the experience and poetics of the urban landscape through oral history, ethnographic film, and artist walking practices. She is particularly interested in the intersection of documentary film, performance and socially engaged art. Walis explores hidden fissures of culture and history that upend our understanding of the political, economic and cultural structures we use to define the American condition and ourselves. Discussions that emerge are expansive, open-ended and grow richer over time. The Red Line Archive Project - activates conversations about the personal and political affects of redlining using her own family story growing up in Brooklyn.
Walis holds an MFA from Hunter College in Interactive Media and Advanced Documentary film and has taught at Parsons School of Design. She is a 2017 Culture Push Fellow for Utopian Practice and has presented or exhibited work at the Animart Conference, in Delphi, Greece, Wagner College, Staten Island, the Mid-Atlantic Oral History Conference at Columbia University, and the Oral History Summer School in Hudson, New York.
Randy Kay is a local sustainable transportation activist, writer, and someone who loves exploring our fractured ecosystems, with an interest in how different people associate with these valuable, vulnerable spaces.
Dylan AT Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar. He is currently Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He holds a PhD from The University of New Mexico and has published extensively. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship through the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). Miner has been featured in more than twenty solo exhibitions and has been artist-in-residence or visiting artist at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Rabbit Island, Santa Fe Art Institute, and numerous universities, art schools, and MFA programs. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press.
Born in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territory in 1981, Carmen Papalia is a Social Practice artist and non-visual learner who makes experiences about his access to public space, the art institution, and visual culture. His work has been featured as part of exhibitions and engagements at: The Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Artt, New York; the CUE Art Foundation, New York; the Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana; the 8th Floor, New York; and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, among others. Papalia is the recipient of the 2014 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary and the 2013 Wynn Newhouse Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a Master of Fine Arts with a focus in Art & Social Practice from Portland State University. His current work includes a movement building campaign for Open Access (2015) and Let’s Keep in Touch (2016), a collaboration with curator Whitney Mashburn that aims to set a precedent for critical haptic engagement to become a viable practice within contemporary art and criticism.
TH&B is the creative partnership of Simon Frank, Dave Hind, Ivan Jurakic and Tor Lukasik-Foss - a group of multidisciplinary visual artists working out of the Hamilton area, who elected to appropriate and resuscitate the moniker of the defunct railway that once serviced the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo rail corridor. TH&B collaborates on all aspects of authorship and production to develop projects that are responsive to site, context and history. The collective has produced projects that examine the intersection of rural, urban and industrial environments in Hamilton, Kingston, Toronto, Windsor, Banff, Buffalo and New York.
Mary Tremonte is an artist, educator, and DJ based in Toronto via Pittsburgh, PA. A member of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, she works with "printmaking in the expanded field," including printstallation, interactive silkscreen printing in public space, and wearable artist multiples. Through her work she aims to create temporary utopias and sustainable commons through pedagogy, collaboration, visual pleasure and serious fun. www.justseeds.org
Dr. Kathy Wallace is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with over 20 years of experience as an environmental geoscience consultant. A passion for teaching led her to leave the consulting business to complete a PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Toronto specializing in paleoseismology (the geology of historical earthquakes). Her research included field work along the Niagara Escarpment, northern Ontario and internationally in places such as the Dead Sea rift, Iceland and Alaska. Dr. Wallace is currently a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is an avid hiker found most weekends somewhere along the Bruce Trail.