Ali Smith
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(1962, Reino Unido) Ali Smith was born in Inverness, Scotland, to working-class parents. She studied at Aberdeen and then at Cambridge, where she now lives. She is a writer of novels, short stories, plays, and criticism. Her latest novel, How To Be Both, was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the Folio Prize, and won the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award. Her story collection Public Library and Other Stories was released in November 2015, while Penguin Hamish Hamilton will be publishing her new novel, Autumn, this year.

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Assemble
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Anthony Engi Meacock (1987, Reino Unido) Anthony Engi Meacock é um dos fundadores do Assemble. Anthony Engi Meacock (1987, United Kingdom). Anthony Engi Meacock is one of the founding members of Assemble. The collective was founded in London in 2010, to build a temporary cinema in an abandoned petrol station in Clerkenwell. It currently comprises 18 architects and designers and won last year’s Turner Prize, which was awarded to an architectural collective and not a visual artist for the first time in 31-years. The collective won the award for its social housing project in Granby Four Streets, Liverpool. Working alongside local residents, the collective transformed ten abandoned homes into public and residential spaces.

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Carl Edward Schoonover
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(1983, USA). Carl Schoonover is a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University where he studies the neural circuitry of odor-driven behaviors. His doctoral work at Columbia University focused on microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex. He is the author of Portraits of the Mind, has written for The New York Times, Le Figaro and Scientific American, and he co-founded NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between. His radio program on WKCR 89.9FM focuses on opera, postwar classical music, and occasionally their relationship to the brain.

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Chris Llewellyn Smith
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(1942, UK). Director of Energy Research, Oxford University, and President of the Council of SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith is interested in all aspects of energy supply and demand, currently particular in energy systems and their resilience, and the challenge of accommodating large contributions from intermittent sources of electricity. He has chaired the Council of the world fusion energy project ITER, directed the UK’s fusion programme, and served as Provost and President of University College London and Director General of CERN. His scientific contributions and leadership have been recognised by awards and honours world-wide, including most recently the Royal Society’s Medal in 2015.

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Dominique Wolton
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(1947, France). Director of research at the CNRS, in Paris, which he founded in 2007 and ran until 2013, Dominique Wolton has a degree in law, awarded at the Institute of Political Studies, a PhD in Sociology and edits the journal Hermès, which he set up in 1988. The journal serves as a platform for interdisciplinary studies into the way in which communication relates to individuals, techniques, cultures and societies. He also edits the CNRS Communication collection and is currently studying the political and cultural consequences of the globalisation of information and communication, which, together with cultural cohabitation, he believes to be the greatest political challenges of the 21st century.

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Eyal Weizman
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(1970, Israel) Architect, professor of spatial and visual cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, since 2014 Eyal Weizman is also Professor at Princeton University. In 2010 he set up the research agency Forensic Architecture (FA). The work of FA is documented in the exhibition and book Forensis. Weizman is on the editorial board of Third Text, Humanity, Cabinet and Political Concepts and is on the board of directors of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) and on the advisory boards of the ICA in London and B’Tselem in Jerusalem, amongst others.

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Gianfranco Ravasi
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(1942, Italy). President of the Pontifical Council for Culture. In December 2010, he was appointed as the first member of the new Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation and he is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligous Dialogue. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, over the years, has staged high-profile and sometimes controversial events on stem cells and evolution. He took part in last October’s Synod of Bishops and was a member of a drafting committee that produced a interim report signaling greater openness to gays and lesbians, divorced and remarried Catholics, and people living together outside marriage.

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Hans Ulrich Obrist
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(1968, Switzerland) Hans Ulrich Obrist is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show World Soup (or The Kitchen Show), in 1991, he has curated more than 300 shows. In 2011 Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions. His recent publications include Conversations in Mexico, Ways of Curating and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.

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Hasan Kara
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(1969, Turkey) Born in Kilis, Hasan Kara graduated in Law Faculty in Marmara University. After graduating, in 1989, he became a judge in Altınözü district in Hatay. Between 1995 and 1999, he worked as Executive Assistant and Legal Affairs Manager in Ümraniye Municipality in Istanbul. In 2001, he became president of Kilis Province of AK Party. In the general elections of 2002 and 2007, he became 22nd and 23rd term MP of Kilis. Between 2011 and 2014 he worked as a lawyer and is today the mayor of Kilis.

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Hassan Akkad
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(1988, Siria) Hassan Akkad is a Syrian refugee. He left his home town of Damascus in 2012. There, taught English at high school level, and also worked as a photographer; he fled after being imprisoned and tortured by the Assad regime. Hassan's story of his long and harrowing journey from war-torn Syria to the UK, how he went from nearly drowning in the sea crossing from Turkey is featured in the acclaimed BBC documentary Exodus. He is now living with a family in Brixton. Having found the safety and stability he sought, he has become a campaigner, travelling to tell his story.

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Jem Finer
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(1955, United Kingdom) Founder of The Pogues, multi-instrumentalist, composer of pop music and experimental music, visual artist, photographer, film-maker and columnist. It can be difficult to relate everything Jem Finer has done with all the work he has produced. Just a few years ago, he was working on reconfiguring old technologies like the Spiegelei, a spherical camera obscura to which he added a 360-degree projection system or Supercomputer, a mechanical sculpture capable of producing minimal compositions. There were also the sculpture-observatories Landscope and The Centre of the Universe, created while he was resident artist at the University of Oxford’s Department of Astrophysics, and then Longplayer. One of his crowning achievements was the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Prize, which he won in 2005.

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John Akomfrah
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(1957, Gana) One of Britain’s most politically committed and aesthetically ambitious artist, John Akomfrah is a writer, film director, screenwriter, theorist and curator, founder of the Black Audio Film Collective, in 1982. He made his début with Handsworth Songs, which examined the fallout from the 1985 Handsworth riots, and win the Grierson Award for Best Documentary. His most recent work, Vertigo Sea, is a three-screen film installation, shown at the Venice Biennale last year, that explores what Ralph Waldo Emerson calls “the sublime seas”. Fusing archival material, readings from classical sources and newly shot footage, it focuses on the disorder and cruelty of the whaling industry.

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Joshua Oppenheimer
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(1974, USA) Two-time Oscar nominee, Joshua Oppenheimer’s debut feature film, The Act of Killing (2012), won 72 international awards, including a European Film Award, a BAFTA, an Asia Pacific Screen Award, a Berlinale Audience Award, and The Guardian Film Award for Best Film. His second film, The Look of Silence (2014), premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won five awards, including the Grand Jury Prize. Since then, The Look of Silence has received 73 international awards, including an Independent Spirit Award, an International Documentary Association Award, and Gotham Award, all for best documentary.

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Laraaji
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(1943, USA) Born Edward Larry Gordon in Philadelphia, he studied violin, piano, trombone and voice in his early years in New Jersey. He attended Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, D.C. on a scholarship to study composition and piano. In the early seventies he began to study Eastern mysticism and believed he'd found a new path for his music and his life. By 1978, he developed enough skill to begin busking in the parks and on the sidewalks of New York. The following year he was “discovered” by Brian Eno while playing in Washington Square Park. The result was his most widely-recognized release, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance.

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Lonnie Holley
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(1950, USA) Lonnie Bradley Holley is an African-American artist, musician and art educator. He was born the 7th of 27 children. Shortly after he celebrated his 29th birthday, Holley began making art and his work was soon acquired by curators at the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. But in 2012, at age 62, Holley made his debut as a recording artist with Just Before Music. That album and its follow-up, Keeping a Record of It, released a year later, introduced Holley to a new audience, including members of bands like Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective, who have all played with him.

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Luca Francesconi
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(1956, Italy) Luca Francesconi studied piano at the Milan Conservatory and composition with Azio Corghi and Karlheinz Stockhausen and with Luciano Berio, to whom he served as assistant between 1981 and 1984. Six years later, in Milan, he founded the Agon Acustica Informatica Musica, a music research and production centre that makes much use of new technologies. In 2013, he was composer in residence at the Casa da Música for its Italy Year. Seven of his works were performed over the season by the Remix Ensemble and the Casa da Música Porto Symphony Orchestra. These included the concert for the piano, a world première order, and the Portuguese premières of Quartett, Inquieta Limina and Cobalt and Scarlet.

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Manolis Vournous
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(1972, Greece) In May 2014, he was elected independent Mayor of Chios in Greece. Early in his tenure, Manolis Vournous threatened to sue his own government as a way of ensuring that the reception centre in his city did not find itself turned into a detention camp. As an architect, trained in Athens and at the University of York, Vournous worked in conservation. In 2015, he won the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Prémio Europa Nostra for his Antouaniko Mansion project in Kampos, Chios. He has published essays on ecclesiastical construction and medieval fortifications, as a result of his research into the historical architecture of Chios from the 14th century onwards.

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Paulo Tunhas
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(1960, Portugal) Paulo Tunhas has a degree in philosophy from Porto and a doctorate from Cambridge and Paris. He currently teaches modern philosophy and runs the PhD seminar Thought and its objects at University of Porto, where he is an assistant professor and a member of the Institute of Philosophy (Aesthetics, Politics and Knowledge Group). His publications include Questions that Repeat Themselves. A Short History of Philosophy (in collaboration with Alexandra Abranches), Thought and its Objects. Ways of Thinking and Philosophical Systems and The Essential Fernando Gil. He has been a weekly columnist for the online Observador newspaper since it was first published in may 2014.

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Ron Arad
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(1951, Israel) Born in Tel Aviv, educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad was awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his “sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry” in 2002, and also in 2011 with the London Design Medal. Ron Arad has designed a number of public art pieces, including Vortext, in Seoul, Korea, and Curtain Call for Roundhouse, in London. Two new sculptures are currently installed in London: Spyre, at the Royal Academy of Arts, and Thought of Train of Thought, at St Pancras International station. He is one of the most influential designers of our time.

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Samuel Fosso
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(1962, Cameroon) Born in Cameroon, Samuel Fosso lived in Nigeria as a small child but was forced to leave at the end of the Biafran war, in 1972, moving to Bangui, in the Central African Republic where he lives and works. He started to take photographs at the age of 13, opening his own studio for passport, portrait and wedding photographs. In 1994 he won the Afrique en Créations prize. Since then he has exhibited in major global venues such as the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, the Photographers' Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery and Tate Modern, in London, or the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York.

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Tahar Ben Jelloun
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(1944, Morocco) French-Moroccan writer and, in 1987, the first writer from Maghreb to win the Goncourt Prize, for The Sacred Night. Tahar Ben Jelloun was born in Fez and spent his youth in Tangiers. His study of philosophy in Rabat was interrupted by compulsory military service. In 1971, he moved to Paris to take a course in sociology. One year later he published an anthology of poems and, in 1973, his first novel, Harrouda. Since then he has operated as a full-blown intellectual, intervening in such issues as the state of the suburbs and racism in France, but also the war in Chechnya, the massacres in Algeria and, of course, Islamic terrorism.

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Teddy Goitom
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(1973, Israel) Born in Jerusalem, raised up in Sweden with roots in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Teddy Goitom is a producer, director, and social entrepreneur. In 1998, he founded Stocktown, a cultural platform to broadcast creative voices outside the mainstream arena. His latest production, Afripedia, is a five-part documentary series about the generation of rising African creative talents that are challenging preconceptions and stereotypes. He is currently based in New York to be part of the New Museum´s incubator program, New Inc, to evolve Afripedia – overseeing the product development and the strategic partnerships of high end content collaborations for the platform – into a recognized online talent database for African creative agents worldwide.

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