Adélia Borges, design critic, historian, and curator (Brasil)

Adélia Borges is a design critic, historian, and curator. She has written over ten books, including Design + Craft: The Brazilian Path (2011); Sergio Rodrigues (2005), and Designer não é Personal Trainer (A Designer Is Not a Personal Trainer, 2002). From 2003 to 2007, she directed Museu da Casa Brasileira, the Brazilian design museum, in São Paulo. From 1998 to 2014 she taught History of Design at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP). With a degree in Journalism (University of São Paulo, 1973) she has contributed to various local and international publications in seven different languages. She often offers talks, having spoken in nineteen different countries. Since 1988, she has been organizing and/or curating over forty exhibition in Brazil, as well as in Argentina, the US, France, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy, and Japan. She is a member of the London Design Biennale’s Advisory Comittee and the London Design Museum’s Awards Committee. In 2013, Financial Times dubbed her “the iconic design critic.”

Anna Bernagozzi, ENSAD – École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (France)

Anna Bernagozzi has been professor of design theory and history at ENSAD (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) in Paris since 2004; she also heads the Object Design MA program at the same school.

Dating back to 1766, the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs is an academy under the umbrella of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

ENSAD’s mission and goal is the artistic, scientific, and technical training of designers capable of undertaking any project in many disciplines of the decorative arts.

She is also a consultant for various design editors and brands in semiotics, trends, marketing, and focus groups, and prepares case studies for international agencies and companies. She has worked as an editor and journalist for design magazines and as a curator.

Bruce Brown, Royal College of Art in London (Great Britain)

Bruce Brown is Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art in London. Previously he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Brighton, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Design. He was selected by the Funding Councils for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to chair the Main Panel responsible for Arts and Humanities in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014. He recently has worked for organizations in Austria, Portugal, Hong Kong, and Israel and lectured widely on research in the arts. He is an editor of Design Issues Research Journal and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Edwin Bendyk, Journalist, Reporter, and Writer (Poland)

He works for POLITYKA weekly, where he runs the science department. He has published four books: Zatruta studnia. Rzecz o władzy i wolności [The Poisoned Well: On Power and Freedom] (W.A.B., 2002), Antymatrix. Człowiek w labiryncie sieci [The Anti-matrix: Man in the Labyrinth of the Web] (W.A.B, 2004), Miłość, wojna, rewolucja. Szkice na czas kryzysu [Love, War, Revolution: Sketches for a Time of Crisis] (W.A.B, 2009) and Bunt Sieci [The Revolt of the Web] (POLITYKA, 2012). In 2014 he joined Jacek Santorski and Witold Orłowski in publishing Jak żyć w świecie, który oszalał [How to Live in a World That Has Gone Mad].

He lectures on digital culture at the Sociology Department of the University of Warsaw. He also lectures at Collegium Civitas, where he runs the Center for Research on the Future. At the Polish Academy of Sciences Graduate School for Social Research he runs a seminar on new media. He is also vice-editor-in-chief of Kultura i rozwój science magazine, and a member of the Polish PEN Club and the European Council on Foreign Research.

Elżbieta Mączyńska, SGH Warsaw School of Economics (Poland)

Elżbieta Mączyńska is a graduate of the University of Warsaw, a professor of economics, an employee at the Bankruptcy Research Institute at the Business Studies College of the SGH Warsaw School of Economics, and a member of the Academic Council of the Economics Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences; since December 2005 she has been chair of the Polish Economics Association. She is a member of the “Poland 2000 Plus” Prognoses Presidium Committee, a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences Economics Committee, a member of the National Development Council. In 1994–2005 she was academic secretary of the Socio-Economic Strategy Council to the Ministers’ Council. She co-wrote the report Cultural Reform: 2020, 2030, 2040, and created models for predicting company bankruptcies. She is the author or co-author of over 200 publications on how economies and businesses function.

James Wallman, futurist, writer and consultant (Great Britain)

James Wallman is a futurist. He runs strategy + innovation + futures consultancy The Future Is Here. He wrote the best-selling book, Stuffocation (Penguin, 2015). Wallman has advised companies from Absolut to Zurich Financial. He has given talks from Amsterdam to Las Vegas; at venues including the Googleplex and 10 Downing Street. He has forecast the future since 2004. His opinions have appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, and Wired. He has appeared on TV and radio from Australia to Brazil and the US. He has an MA in Classics from the University of Oxford.

James Woudhuysen, journalist, author of books (Great Britain)

Journalist by profession (he writes for The Economist and The Guardian, among others), is the author of books on innovation in science, industry, and economics. He has recently published Energise! A Future for Energy Innovation (co-author: Joe Kaplinsky). He lectures at De Montfort University, Leicester and serves as professor at London South Bank University. He has recently taken part in the Plan it Earth: Is there enough resource for all? conference organized in Vienna by the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in April 2016.

Katarzyna Kasia, Faculty of Visual Culture Management, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Poland)

She is a philosopher and a graduate of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, a scholarship recipient from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her works include Rzemiosło formowania. Luigiego Pareysona estetyka formatywności [The Craft of Formation: Luigi Pareyson’s Aesthetic of Formativity] and translations of Italian philosophers (Pareyson, Vattimo etc.). She has published in Intertekst, Kultura Liberalna, and Sztuka i Filozofia. She is a member of the editorial board of Przegląd Filozoficzno – Literacki. She works with Radio Poland, and is head of the Chair of Art History and Cultural Theory.

Marcin Wicha, graphic designer, writer (Poland)

Marcin Wicha is a graphic designer and partner in the Frycz i Wicha design company. He has designed covers, posters, and logos. His articles have appeared in Autoportret, Literatura na Świecie, and Tygodnik Powszechny. For several years he published weekly commentary illustrations in Tygodnik Powszechny. He contributes to Gazeta Wyborcza. He has published several books for children.

In 2015 he published Jak przestałem kochać design [How I Stopped Loving Design], and in 2017, Rzeczy, których nie wyrzuciłem [Things I Haven’t Thrown Away]. He was born and lives in Warsaw.

Paula Quinon, Lund University (Sweden)

Philosopher, working with concepts of natural number, quantifier and computability, from both theoretical and experimental perspective. She studies formal aspects of axiomatic arithmetic and problems with definitions of concepts such as „number” or „computation”. In collaboration with specialists in early math education, she designs mathematical models of numerical cognition.

Her other projects include analysis of Big Data in social media, e.g., in online-dating services. She is an artist-in-residence in Lund University Cognitive Robotics Lab, where she designs interface for Epi #Epitherobot. She works on artistic projects involving the use of logical and mathematical concepts in artistic thinking.


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