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Louis Abelman is a French-American writer and videographer working on nonfiction approaches to documenting global affairs. He co-directed and produced Lumo (2007) and is a web producer at the New York Times. Abelman lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Beth Capper is an arts administrator, freelance journalist and independent film curator from Brighton, England. She is a regular contributor to Plan B Magazine (U.K) and CINE-FILE: Chicago Guide to Alternative Cinema. Beth has programmed film screenings for the Maysles Cinematheque in NYC and Roots and Culture Gallery in Chicago and the Stop Smiling Magazine storefront in Chicago. Alongside her partner Kelly Shindler, Beth is co-curator of Refracted Lens, a new Chicago-based film series committed to exhibiting cutting-edge film, video, and new media work.

Bryce Dwyer is a Floridian Belgophile with an interest in counterfeit institutions. He co-organizes the Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and the Everyday (InCUBATE), an experimental research institute and residency program based in Chicago. For more, visit:

As a freelance archeologist, Josh Feola excavated Maya sites in Mesoamerica, most recently San Bartolo, Guatemala. He currently works on user interface design and idea translation service at Seravia, a startup software company in Beijing.

Paige K. Johnston is the founding editor and publisher of Motherwell.

Zachary James Johnston is a poet and freelance photographer who resides in Chicago, IL. He received his BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and is in the process of consolidating his personal work into a website which should be online late this summer.

Corinna Kirsch needs a curatorial project!

Karthik Pandian is an artist and writer producing and theorizing confrontations between film and architecture. He is represented by Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

Sierra Pettengill is a freelance documentary film producer and archivist based in Brooklyn. She is also the founder and director of The Library at the Gowanus Studio Space.

Ariel Pittman is a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Boston University and was the manager of Boston’s Judi Rotenberg Gallery from 2006 to 2008.

A curator and writer, Kelly Shindler is currently pursuing a double Master’s in Art History and Arts Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2003, she has worked for the contemporary art organization Art21. Elsewhere, Shindler has curated film and video programs for Australia Cinematheque, the Sequences Festival in Reykjavik, Scandinavia House, and others. She is also the co-founder/curator of the Package Deals film series, whose programs have been seen in museums, cinemas, and film festivals in over thirty cities around the world. In late 2008, she co-founded a second film series, Refracted Lens, with Beth Capper.

Sarah Stephenson lives and works in Berlin, where she enjoys sunny days, vegan delectables, bargain sniffing and cycling. She is contributing editor for Artkrush, and has written for ArtAsiaPacific, NY Arts Magazine as well as translated an armful of articles for 032c Magazine. She can be found most mornings swimming 40 laps in the Spree.

Ania Szremski is a dual M.A. candidate in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Comparative Literature from the American University of Paris. Presently, Ania is a Cultural Planning intern for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, a Graduate Lecturing Intern at the Art Institute of Chicago and co-editor of a new scholarly publication in Arts Administration. She is currently researching contemporary art in the emerging market places of the Middle East sur place at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt.

Brendan Threadgill is an artist and writer currently living in Los Angeles. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Threadgill was also a Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2004-2005. Recent exhibitions have included projects at The Suburban in Chicago and LAXART in Los Angeles, California.