Mari Spirito: The Curator of Beijing Art Summit
Mari Spirito is the Curator of Beijing Art Summit. She has developed curatorial projects and taken part in art management internationally. She is the founding director of Protocinema, a non-profit art organization based in Istanbul and New York, realizing site-conscious exhibitions around the world since 2011. She has programmed Conversations for both Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach since 2014 and was a juror for the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative. She is an Associate Curator of Visual Arts, at the Onassis Cultural Center in both Athens and New York. She served as Curator and Director of Alt Art Space / Bomonti, Istanbul from 2015 to 2017, an Advisor to the 2nd Mardin Biennial, Turkey, 2012, and Director of 303 Gallery New York from 2000 to 2012. She is President of the Board of at Participant, Inc, in New York.
Karen Archey: Curator of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Karen Archey is Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She is an American curator and art critic formerly based in Berlin and New York, and a 2015 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant recipient for short-form writing. Since joining the Stedelijk Museum in April 2017, Archey has organized solo exhibitions by artists Rineke Dijkstra, Stefan Tcherepnin, Catherine Christer Hennix, and Metahaven, as well as the latest edition of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’s biannual Municipal Art Acquisitions: Freedom of Movement. She heads the Stedelijk’s research initiative on the conservation, acquisition and display of time-based media and also coordinates the museum’s performance program, recently commissioning new works by Alicia Frankovich and artist collective CFGNY. Archey previously worked as an independent curator and editor for the New York-based organization e-flux. In 2014, she organized with Robin Peckham the exhibition Art Post-Internet at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.
Cao Fei, born in 1978 in Guangzhou and now based in Beijing, is one of the most innovative young Chinese artists to have emerged on the international scene. She mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and chaotic changes that are occurring in Chinese society today. Cao Fei works have been showcased at a number of international biennales and triennales, including the Shanghai Biennale, the Taipei Biennale, Biennale of Sydney, theVenice Biennale, etc. She has also exhibited her works and projects at the Serpentine Gallery and the Tate Modern in London, New Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Centre Pompidou in Paris and so on. She was a nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 and the finalist of Hugo Boss Prize 2010. She received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA), Best Young Artist Award in 2006 and Best Artist Award in 2016. She was also the recipient of Piedra de Sal Award at Cuenca Biennale in 2016.
Prodromos Tsiavos: Head of Digital Development, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens
Prodromos is the Head of Digital Development at the Onassis Cultural Centre and a Senior Research Fellow at The Media Institute at University College London (UCL) / BBC. Prodromos has worked for the National Hellenic Research Foundation, the European Commission, Oxford and Oslo Universities, the Athens University of Economics and Business and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He read law and Information Systems in Athens and London and holds a PhD in Law and Information Systems from the LSE. Prodromos has worked as an adviser for the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, the Special Secretary for Digital Convergence and a number of public sector bodies as well as companies in the cultural and creative industries. He has over 120 publications and talks on legal and business aspects of open data, Free / Open Source Software, open hardware and open innovation / fabrication. Prodromos is currently chairing the administrative council of the Greek Industrial Property Organisation.
HG Masters: Editor-at-Large of ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong
HG Masters is a writer and editor with a focus on artists from across Asia. He is editor-at-large for ArtAsiaPacific (AAP ) magazine. He worked previously as the managing editor of AAP, as well as editor of the 2010 ArtAsiaPacific: Almanac, a compendium of sixty country-by-country reports reviewing the year 2009 in Asian art. As a writer for AAP, he regularly contributes news stories and reviews covering events across Asia, and has written feature-length articles on artists including Lee Bul, Yoko Ono, Mona Hatoum, An-My Lê, Haegue Yang, Raqs Media Collective, Walid Raad, Guy Ben-Ner, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, and Sigalit Landau. He has also written catalogue essays for Tradition Transformed, a 2010 exhibition of Tibetan contemporary art at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art, and for Palden Weinreb’s solo exhibition at Rossi & Rossi gallery, London.
John Gerrard (b. North Tipperary. Ireland 1974) is widely regarded as a key figure in the development of simulation within contemporary art. Deceptively looking like film or video, his works are virtual worlds, made using real-time computer graphics, a technology developed by the military and now used extensively in the gaming industry. His recent exhibitions include a newly commissioned work at Manifesta, Palermo, Italy. Power. Play, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, etc. John Gerrard’s work is in the collection of Tate, London; MoMA, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; LACMA, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; M+, Hong Kong and many private collections internationally. He received a BFA from Oxford University in 1997 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. He lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and Vienna, Austria. He is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Simon Preston Gallery, New York.
Rebecca Taylor: Executive Vice President of FITZ & CO, London
Rebecca Taylor is Executive Vice President of FITZ & CO’s London office. She oversees the Media (with Meg Blackburn, EVP) and Digital Marketing teams, spearheading strategic planning and overseeing marketing, including Almine Rech Gallery, Art Basel, ART021 Shanghai, BMW,among others. In addition, Rebecca lectures extensively on the art world ecosystem at Christie’s, and has been a featured speaker at international conferences in Barcelona, Berlin, Bristol, New York, and beyond. Prior to joining FITZ & CO, Rebecca spearheaded communications for MoMA PS1, The Getty and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). She also taught contemporary art history at UCLA Extension, and wrote for the Huffington Post and Khan Academy’s Smarthistory. Rebecca graduated with a Master’s degree in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s, as well holds as a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a triple emphasis in finance, marketing and international business from Chapman University.
As an explorer and proponent of the ecosystem of art and technology in China, Dillion Zhang’s practice ranges from artistic research and creation, public art, art in daily life, art, and commerce, as well as cultural and creative industries. He founded the Chronus Art Center (CAC) in 2013, which is China’s pioneer nonprofit art organization dedicated to the academic presentation and research of media art. In March of 2016, Dillion founded MANA. Over the last 5 years, Dillion has launched several projects such as: Helu Culture, an exhibiting company focused on the application of media art; What’s Media Lab, a Art and public space design consulting firm; UP gallery, a platform devoted to practices and research of public art; as well as MTA the research center of public art. In May of 2016, he created EXTRA TIME, a multi-functional space based on consumer experience that combines art, film, and design. For the past 7 years, Dillion has constructed an ecosystem which integrates art and technology in the context of industry, culture, and innovation.