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River Symposium on Art, Ecopower and the Liberation of Energy


Axel Braun (Born 1983 in Düsseldorf) studied photography at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Fine Arts at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris as well as at Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. For his artistic works, Axel Braun has received numerous awards, most recently an artist residency at the Gyeonggi Creation Center in South Korea and a project grant by the BRIDGES Emscher Zukunft Photo Award. He already realized various single and group exhibitions, amongst others in Essen, Paris, and Amsterdam.

Professor Peter Coates is an historian at the University of Bristol, UK, who studies human relations with and impacts on the rest of the natural world from the perspective of the past. He grew up on Merseyside and lived in Cambridge, California and Alaska before settling in Bristol. He has a particular interest in watery environments and their creatures, human and other-than-human. His most recent books are Salmon (2006) (a bio-biography of the ‘king of fish’), Strangers on the Land: American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species(2007) and A Story of Six Rivers: History, Culture and Ecology (2013).He has worked with external partners on various place-based projects around England and is currently involved in two projects funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (‘The Power and the Water’ and ‘Towards Hydrocitizenship’) that include studies of the rivers Severn and Tyne as well as his local rivers in Bristol.

Dr Ian Fairlie is an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment from London, UK. He has degrees in chemistry and radiation biology; his doctoral studies at the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London and at Princeton University, US examined nuclear waste technologies. His main area of expertise is the dosimetric impacts of nuclear reactor emissions. He has written extensively on epidemiology studies of child leukemias near nuclear facilities, and the hazards of radionuclides. He was Secretariat of the UK Government’s Committee Examining the Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters (CERRIE) between 2000 and 2004. He continues to act as consultant to UK Government Departments, the European Parliament, WHO, environment NGOs, and UK local authorities.

József R. Juhász (1963, Slovakia) is a performance artist, poet and organizer based in Budapest. He realized hundreds of performances and published six books of experimental poetry. Between 1987–2007 he was the leader of Studio erté (International Multimedia Art Organizing Company) that he co-founded in Nové Zámky with purpose to support performance and multimedia art. Till today he hasorganized 22 international performance art festivals Transart Communication. In 2000 he co-founded the Kassák Centre for Intermedia Creativity K2IC. From 2009 he realized several performance art workshops.


Cecylia Malik (Born 1975 Kraków )Painter, performer, activist and curator. Her artistic revolve around environmental and socio – political issues, "right to the city" initiative and "social sculpture". She develops her public projects in close cooperation with scientists and local communities. She is the author of numerous exhibitions and art projects. The most important ones include: Ikonostas City, Concert at Mr Thug’s (Zderzak Gallery Krakow), 365 Treesand 6 RiversProjects carried out with Justyna Koeke: 22/8 Smoleńsk Street and Alcon Blue Collective. She participated in the Photography Biennale in Poznań and in Dialogues at the 11th Biennale of Contemporary Art in St Petersburg. In 2013 her activities were presented in the retrospective City Reservation at Bunkier Sztuki. In 2012 she received a grant from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Ilona Németh was born in 1963, in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia. She lives and works in Bratislava and Dunajská Streda, Slovakia. While in the nineties her work concentrated mostly on body politics, installation art and visual pregnancy, starting with the early 2000’s she has turned to public art and socially engaged work. The question of identity, the relationship between private history, politics and ideology, issues of the public space and a contextual approach are main characteristics of her art up to the present. In 2001 Ilona Németh exhibited Invitation for a Visit in the Pavilion of the Czech and Slovak Republic at the Venice Biennial (with Jiří Surůvka) and she participated in editions of Prague Biennale (2005, 2007, 2011). Recent exhibitions include: Private Nationalism SK, Kunsthalle, Košice (2014); Good Girls. Memory, Desire, Power, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (2013); The Harpoon Project. Site specific for New Bedford, The University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford (2013); Ilona Németh, HIT Gallery, Bratislava (2013); Out of the Museum and into the Street. Hungarian Contemporary Art after 2010, Steirischer Herbst & Pavelhaus, Laafeld (2013); Blood, Slovac National Gallery, Bratislava (2012); The Hero, the Heroine and the Author, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2012); Identity of the Space, The Brno Haus of Arts, Brno (2012); Dilemma, Ernst Museum, Budapest (2011).

Márton Pacsika (Budapest) is a curator. He was a co-founder and curator the Demo Gallry, Budapest (2010-12), a board member of the Labor Gallery committe (2012-2014). Recently he was a co-curator of Private Nationalism Project and a board member of the Studio of Young Artist's Association.


Artist, writer, naturalist, and Yale graduate James Prosek made his authorial debut at nineteen years of age with Trout: an Illustrated History (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996), which featured seventy of his watercolor paintings of the trout of North America. Prosek's work has been shown at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NY, Gerald Peters Gallery, NY and Santa Fe; the Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, with solo exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, The Addison Gallery of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC among others. Prosek has written for The New York Times and National Geographic Magazine and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about traveling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Compleat Angler. He is currently working on a book, as well as an article for National Geographic, about how we name and order the natural world.

Martin Schmid is associate professor for environmental history at the Institute of Social Ecology and for interdisciplinary communications at the Institute for Science Communication and Higher Education Research, both at Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt in Vienna, Austria. In 2004 he co-founded the Center for Environmental History (ZUG). An archaeologist by training, a historian by profession, Martin is fascinated with environmental history as an interdisciplinary field, crossing the "great divide" between humanities and natural sciences. He has published on the history of agro-eco-systems in the early modern period, Austria's environmental history after WW II, and on theoretical concepts for interdisciplinary environmental history. His current research focuses on European environmental history before 1800, and focuses in particular on rivers. Find more here:

Nick Thorpe has lived in Budapest since 1986 as correspondent for, at different times, the BBC, the Observer, the Guardian and the Independent. He's the author of 2 books: 'The Danube - A Journey Upriver from the Black Sea to the Black Forest' (Yale University Press, 2013), and '89-The Unfinished Revolution - Power and Powerlessness in eastern Europe' (Reportage Press 2009). He is also a filmmaker, and is currently working on a documentary series of 6 films on the Roma communities of Europe.




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