The jury members are all renowned experts from the field of photography, film or design. They are divided into three category juries, one each for photo, film and design.
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Demian Horst is since 2009 Programme Director for Transportation Design at Umeå Institute of Design (UID), Umeå University, Sweden. UID provides one of the world’s most highly ranked design educations and Demian started in his current position as the youngest director for a masters programme in the history of the school. Prior to this he has worked several years at General Motors in Germany, had a strong cooperation with Saab Automobile during his master studies, developed applied research together with Volvo Truck Corporation and also dedicated a few years in his early career to designing busses and coaches. Demian holds an MA from UID in Sweden and a BA acquired in his native Brazil. Currently he is a member of the school’s leadership and his main focus is to develop not only the curricula but also the network of external collaborating partners, all in order to prepare highly skilled, responsible and creative designers for the industry of the future.
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Ulrica Grubbström is head of the Västerbotten Museum since ten years, a role she combines with management team assignments and other roles. She is for example a member of the board of Attje Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum and Statens Musikverk (Sweden´s National Music Authority), has just completed a six-year mission for ICOM - International Organization of Museums and is the chairman of the Swedish County Museum Directors´Association. Before she started at the the Västerbotten Museum Ulrika was head of Skellefteå Museum. At the Västerbotten Museum a center for documentary photography is currently being established, the first of its kind in Sweden. The center will include and offer research, exhibitions, a photographer´s residence, a photo library, seminars and courses. The center has been named after the recognized photographer Sune Jonsson and is scheduled to open up during Umeå´s year as the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Visit the website for Västerbotten´s Museum www.vbm.se.
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Åsa Simma was born into a nomadic reindeer herding family, migrating between north Sweden and Norway depending on the season. She was taught the traditional Sami singing called "yoik" , during that time yoiks was forbidden. She was part of the movement to diminish the yoiking ban. She left for Denmark where she took an actors’ education. Åsa Simma has been very active in the global indigenous peoples movement. She has toured among Australian Aboriginals, lived with Inuits from Greeenland and North American Indians. Today she works as a film dramaturgist and script developer at the International Sami Film Centre. www.isf.as. Photo: Håkan Gidlöw
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Sofie works with animated films in the Umeå based animation studio called Soja film, founded 2010 by herself and her colleague Jakob Nyström. More specifically she works as an illustrator and art director. Sofie has always loved animation and its fantastic ability to capture the things that can be hard to grasp. She is also one of the founders of the music video project Hammocksessions.com. Hammock Sessions promotes the fantastic local music life. One artist, one camera, one take in a hammock somewhere in Umeå, Sweden. See more at:www.sojafilm.se and www.hammocksessions.com
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Annakarin has worked as a photographer since year 2000 and currently works with webb content at vk.se (Västerbottenkuriren´s web edition). Annakarin is a trained press photographer and has as such previously worked for local news papers in northern Sweden such as Västerbottens Folkblad, NorrbottensKuriren and VästerbottensKuriren, but also at the photo studio Sandro in Umeå. She has also freelanced for Spira, SVT, Aftonbladet and samer.se. Annakarin primarily works in Umeå and it´s surrounding regions in northern Sweden. www.annakarindrugge.se
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My name is Marc Strömberg. I make skateboard designs, t-shirts, record covers, logotypes, origami horses, talking cardboard robots and tattooed magazines. I also make scones and colorful paintings on grey walls. I make silly faces, and I make others laugh. I studied at Berghs SOC in Stockholm for two years, worked at Vardag (Umeå/Stockholm), Stockholm Design (Los Angeles, USA) and SMFB (Oslo, Norway) before going freelance full-time. www.marcpma.com
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Mari-Ann Nutti works as director of the Sámi Handicraft Foundation Sámi Duodji in Jokkmokk. She is well-trained within Sámi handicraft at The Sámi Education Centre, the most prestigious educations within Duodji (Sami handidraft). Mari-Ann was raised in a family with reindeer-herding, fisheries and duodji as active industries. She is a member in Sirges sámi district with grazing areas for the reindeers within Laponia World Heritage Area in Jokkmokk. The Sámi Handicraft Foundation Sámi Duodji was established in 1993 by two Sámi national organizations, Svenska Samernas Riksförbund and Same Ätnam. The Sámi Handicraft Foundation is the head of the Swedish three Sámi handicraft consultants. Activities take place in three areas: Handicrafts and cultural Heritage, Commercial Development and Marketing & Communication. Research and Development are part of all the areas of activity.
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Hans-Olof Utsi is a Sami photographer with roots in the village Mertajärvi, not far from the northernmost point Treriksröset. Hans-Olof has worked as a professional photographer for 20 years. His was educated in photography at Oytun Folk High School in Alta, Norway. Hans-Olof’s interest in photography started early with nature and birds as the primary objects. Today he is working with a variety of clients, both editorially and commercially. Among the clients are Scanpix, Beaivváš Sámi Nášunálateáhter, Fjällräven, Giron Sámi teáhter, various commercial agencies, the Sami parliament, Swedish National Space Board and many more. Right now he works with a photo show about Laponian (on the World Heritage List) together with Carl-Johan Utsi and Pontus Wikström on behalf of the County Administrative Board of region Norrbotten.
Jens graduated from the Advanced Product Design Master Program at Umeå Institute of Design in 2005. Since then he has worked at several different design firms both in Sweden, Denmark and the US. Right now he is working at Philips Consumer Lifestyle in Amsterdam. Jens is interested in the design of meaningful and beautiful products and experiences.
Wouter Biegelaar studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven (Holland), where he graduated at the mobility department in 2004. Since then he works as an independent, multi-disciplined designer on a variety of products, from furniture to trains, and from medical equipment to rollercoasters. In 2012, Wouter designed and created the art suite ‘Iceberg’ for the world renowned ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland. For him, it was a perfect way to combine design and nature – two main things that make Wouter visit Sweden a few times a year. Sometimes for business, but always for pleasure. www.wouterbiegelaar.com
Hanneke de Boer
Hanneke de Boer is owner of the Amsterdam based sales and PR agency Are you Swedish?. Are you Swedish? is the PR and sales agency that brings to the Benelux the hottest brands from cool Sweden: Dagmar, FINSK, Erik & Emilia glasses, The Swedish Model bags, Void watches and the Are you Swedish? Sophisticated Luxury Collection (AYS?SLC), including the Cool Sports Collection. The agency was founded in 2008 and represents high end fashion brands from Sweden in the Benelux. Over the years Are you Swedish? also became a knowledge platform for Swedish fashion and is well known in both the Swedish and Dutch fashion industry. Before starting her own company, Hanneke de Boer was a lawyer for 8 years. www.areyouswedish.com
Tundra Tree: Stijn & Daniel
Tundra Tree is a video production company founded by the Dutch guys Stijn te Hennepe and Daniel Kuipers. Their main focus lies with creating films and content related to adventure, outdoor, nature and travel. Stijn has a long history of travel photography and cinematography. He created several documentaries about controversial cultural subjects and the beauty of natural phenomena. In 2012 he received an award for his entire work. From November 2008 to August 2009 Stijn lived in Sweden to work for the European Volunteer Service program. He educated local youth, guiding them to create striking media projects. Ever since, Stijn lost his heart to Sweden and can be found regularly in the Swedish outdoors to do a film or photo shoot. Daniel studied the art of storytelling and its psychological aspects. He applies this knowledge as a scriptwriter and director. He also travelled the world while creating several documentaries and travel films. He takes his inspiration from the insights he gets from other cultures and the adventures along the way. In 2010 Daniel shot a short film “The Last Sun” in Scandinavia. He fell in love with the beautiful scenery, the culture and the light, and reflected these Scandinavian qualities in his story. The film has received a warm welcome by the audience and has been nominated on several international film festivals. Although Stijn and Daniel share the same love for cinematography and being in the outdoors, their combined differences in which they complement one another, is where the real strength of Tundra Tree lies. www.tundratree.com, www.facebook.com/tundratree
Jeroen Toirkens (Netherlands, b. 1971) studied Photographic Design at the Royal Academy for the Visual Arts in The Hague, and since 1995 has been working as a freelance photographer. He focuses particularly on social documentary photography and has published photo essays in Air France Magazine, Monocle, Le Monde Magazine, LensCulture, Trouw, De Morgen and several other Dutch and International newspapers and magazines. In 1999 Toirkens initiated a project called Nomadslife, in which he plans to document the life of the last nomadic peoples on the Northern Hemisphere. Toirkens became fascinated by the nomad families high in Turkey's Bolkar Mountains. He encountered the way of life of the Yörük, who were struggling with the pressures of a modernising Turkey. What were originally their nomadic pastures were being bought up by real estate developers, and many of the young people were departing for life in the cities. After that he visited other originally nomadic peoples who were encountering comparable problems. For instance, in 2005 and 2006 he and the journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius spent time with the Sámi and the Nenets in Russia. Before the Soviet era family units from these tribes were constantly on the move with their herds. Under the Soviet regime they were forced to become workers on collective farms, the kolchoses, a policy from which they are still suffering the consequences. Most recently Toirkens visited Barrow in Alaska, the centre for traditional whaling. There the nomadic life has already made way for a settled lifestyle. In 2011 his book Nomad was published by Belgian publisher Lannoo. The book shows the pervasive photos Toirkens took during his eleven trips to nomadic peoples. With this book Toirkens creates a diverse and often poignant picture of nomadism in the 21st century. Jelle Brandt Corstius journalist and presenter, who accompanied Toirkens on a number of trips, wrote an extended essay for the book. Working closely with photo editor Marc Prüst, Toirkens selected the images that told his story of contemporary nomads. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious CANON prize (2011) for the best innovative photostory for his project NomadsLife. According to the jury: “A project that, in these hectic times, stresses that a long focus on one issue leads to new insights, knowledge and images that transcend clichés in a superior way.”
Reinier van der Aart
Born (1975) in Sassenheim and raised in Lisse, Reinier wanted to be a doctor when he was younger. But instead of finishing his medical studies he used his observational skills for his ambitions at portraiture. After years of photographing in the Amsterdam party scene he developed his own, clear signature. The work of Reinier van der Aart (RVDA) shows a profound love for the strength of black and white photography. At the same time his works of art in colour reveal his roots, continuing in the tradition and magic of the painters of the Dutch Golden Age by carefully playing with light, colour and setting, trying to capture the perfect moment.
Godfried de Vries
In 2007, after a career as a writing reporter, Godfried (The Hague, 1970) replaced his pencil for a video camera. Moving images had always been his first love. Now he was finally able to mix his interviewing qualities with his passion for video. A sincere and genuine interest in people is what inspires Godfried in his work as a camera-reporter. In order to eliminate as much barriers in a conversation as possible, he does the interviewing and filming all by himself. His style of interviewing is known for its awkwardness and absurdity, but he always does it with respect and integrity. He works for many Dutch online media and in 2012 he finished his documentary about the legendary designer of the Saab 900. www.godfrieddevries.com
Germán León is the director and founder of Exipple, a studio, which creates design products and services. The company delivers through unorthodox approaches (e.g. design for equity) and a network of talented people. These are the assets offering start-ups and companies a formula to build breakthrough ideas and generate great outcomes. Prior to Exipple Germán was the director at Oblong Europe, the company widely known for the interface of the movie "Minority Report". At Oblong Barcelona he was in charge of the mobile design development. Before joining Oblong, Germán worked at Vodafone Group for 5 years, where he led and supported product design and the development for a number of successful products. German's experience ranges from consumer product service strategy to Interaction Design and User Experience. He holds a Master in Interaction Design from Umea University in Sweden.
Francesca Moscheni began her career taking portraits and reportage. Whenever somebody asks her why she began, she quotes the great photographer Eduard Boubat: "for the light", but also because she loves beauty and intimately longs for order. Photographer throughout her life, a son, two dogs and an associate with whom she has been sharing the passion for photography for over 25 years, she balances her tendency to nomadism and travel with nonmigratory journeys within the walls of her studio in Milan. Since 1990, her own very personal style and vision of travel reporting has been the subject of several exhibitions, which she has organized and participated in, both on her own and with other artists. In 2011 she won the FOODFEATURE Award for the best food reportage of the year at the 2nd FoodPhoto Festival in Tarragona, curated by Günter Beer. She portrays styles, places, objects, food and people. Her work is the result of a sideways glance that manages to cross all photographic genres.
ALESSANDRO UCCELLI, born in Busto Arsizio, Italy, 1976. He graduated cum Laude from Università degli Studi, Milano conducting a research on the documentaries of art historian Roberto Longhi and film critic Umberto Barbaro, expanding this research for his PhD at Università degli Studi, Torino, on the relations between visual arts and film practice, in Italy, in the aftermaths of WWII, focusing on the production of short movies (Attraverso Musei di Celluloide, i.e. Through Celluloid Museums). He has been working both as an art historian (Renaissance Age) and a film critic for more than a decade. He has contributed to fine arts exhibitions in Italy (Vincenzo Foppa, un protagonista del Rinascimento, Brescia, 2003) and abroad (Mantegna: 1431 - 1506, Paris, 2008) with both historical essays and documentary videos. He has written essays on the connections between mainstream cinema and contemporary art (Contaminazioni. Cinema, in Arte contemporanea, Electa, Milano, 2008) and made research and entries on the cultural and cinematographic policies of Olivetti, Ivrea, for the exhibition Olivetti. Una bella società, Allemandi, Torino, re-issued the same year for Filmmaker festival, Milano (Il cinema alla Olivetti. Un percorso storico). He has published an essay on his dissertation on the art journal «Prospettiva»: Due film, la filologia e un cane. Sui documentari di Roberto Longhi e Umberto Barbaro 2008. He has written articles essays and reviews for the magazines «millimetri», «Solchi», «Carte di Cinema», «Cineforum». He has given lectures and conferences upon the iconographical and historical sources used by italian directors such as Ermanno Olmi (L’albero degli zoccoli, Il mestiere delle armi). In 2006 he has been member of the jury for the «Premio Casa Rossa», Festival di Bellaria, which awards the best italian documentary of the year.
In the last 25 years, Alfons has been travelling across more than 90 countries, reporting from Iraq, North Korea, Jaffna, the Potosi Mines, San Pedro Penitenciary and Choquequirao Citadel. His latest effort is a documentary project, The Third Rider, a deep insight on starvation and undernutrition around the world. His topics are mainly based in documentary reporting, anthropology and expeditions. Alfons sees his job as the way to live and a spiritual exercise. Photography is the tool to express in a tangible way his gaze and his perception of life. Alfons’ pictures have been published in several media around the world, including for example the National Geographic Magazine in Spain, Italy and Portugal, Der Spiegel, La Repubblica, Geo, Traveler, Altaïr, The Courrier, Slobodna, La Vie, The Moments Count Journal, Storica National Geographic, El Mundo, La Vanguardia Magazine, El País, El Periódico, Lens NYT and Yo Dona. "Walata and Tichitt, heart and soul of the Mauritanian desert", "Figuig, Memories of an oasis", "Between Gazes" and "The Third Rider" are among his books. His work has been exhibited in Spain, United States, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mauritania and Italy. Alfons teaches photojournalism in private schools and Universities worldwide. He cofounded and runs several projects, such as GEA PHOTOWORDS and Caja Azul Photography, is a member of Reporters sans Frontières, and is part of the international network of voluntary photographers Shoot4Change. He collaborated with the United Nations, Médecins sans frontières, Action contre la faim, Mon-3, OXFAM and other international organizations and NGOs. The awards he received include the REVELA award, the Spain National Social Reportage Award 2010, a mention in the XIV International Award of Medicus Mundi Luís Valtueña and the Prix Pont in Ars to his career. In 2011 he received one of the most important Spanish awards: the Godó Award of Photojournalism. In 2012 his work The Third Rider has been honored by His Majesty the Prince of Asturias in the XVI CODESPA Awards. The Culture department of Catalonia considers him as one of the most prominent photojournalists at present. More info: www.armphoto.com - Blogs - FB - TW - G+
GILDA BOJARDI, design Journalist, is the Chief editor of the monthly magazine INTERNI since 1994 and of GCASA since 2009. INTERNI is a major means of communication in the field of contemporary, Italian and international design and an essential work-tool for design lovers and operators. GCASA is the supplement of the fashion magazine GRAZIA and deals with topics that are common to both the fashion and interior design sectors, focusing on people from each of those spheres. She is also responsible for a system of parallel publications added to Interni: Interni/Panorama, a magazine with timely reports and the latest trends in design, coming with the weekly magazine Panorama; the monographs Interni Annuals on the Kitchen, Bath and Contract sectors; in addition, a series of yearly Itineraries-Guides dedicated to the Design System cities: Milan (FuoriSalone at its 24 edition in 2013 and ZeeMilano at its 9th edition); and the foreign guides: Paris, New York and Moscow; Interni International KingSize, a yearly preview of the new products presented in Milan, during the Design Week in April. Gilda Bojardi is the founder of FuoriSalone, which started experimentally in 1990 and is held every year in Milan in April, during the Furniture Fair, il Salone del Mobile. Honours: Officier des Arts et des Lettres, The French Ministry of Culture (2006); Ambrogino d’Oro, City of Milan (2007) for the design and development of FuoriSalone. The Interni activity is expressed, with Gilda Bojardi as chief editor, even in the conceiving and coordination of Events and Exhibitions in different countries. The last one, about 2000 square meters dedicated to International Design (International Creative Junctions, Beijing 28/9-17/11/2011 c/o National Museum of China) EXPO MILANO 2015: Assignment related to the “Palinsesto Italia/Firma per il design” of the General Commissioner EXPO Milano 2015
Andreu Colomer Valls was born in1970. He has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). He has worked in several advertising agencies such as S,C,P,F... or Herraiz Soto & Co. Today, he is one of the founding partners of minnim, where he is the Creative Director. He has won several prestigeous awards such as a Silver Lion at the Cannes Lions Festival, a silver at FIAP, a bronze at One Show Festival, several awards at "El Sol" Advertising Festival and a Gran Laus which is the most prestigeous award at the Laus Awards.
Yvan Rodic also known as Face Hunter was born in Vevey, a French-speaking part of Switzerland. Rodic (1977-) studied Communication at Polycom Lausanne before taking on copy writing stints for Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi in Geneva, Brussels and Paris. A born trend-spotter with a natural eye for photography, it was not long before he combined writing for magazines with snapping pictures of people at art events in his then home, Paris. In February 2006, almost casually, he began posting the results online: and just like that, Face Hunter was born. Widely considered one of the most influential movers and shakers in fashion, his original blog and more recent Visual Diary receive approximately 1 million hits per month. Over this short period, Yvan has been at the vanguard of one of the decade’s most remarkable trends. More recently, in early 2010, he was commissioned by Vogue Italy to cover Milan and Paris fashion weeks for the new website vogue.it.More recently stepping outside the fashion world bubble and into the cinematic world, Yvan was asked to cover festivities and happenings at the world famous Sundance Film Festival for their eponymous Sundance Film Channel's Full Frontal Fashion magazine. www.yvanrodic.com, www.facehunter.org
Ulrik has felt lovingly attached to Umeå from the day he started his Masters Degree in Advanced Product Design at the Institute of Design at Umeå University. After his Umeå years Ulrik has returnered to his hometown Copenhagen, where he has started a career designing consumer electronics. Currently Ulrik works as a design consultant and teaches in the Design studio at Denmark´s Technical University. "I challenge myself exploring the endless posibilities of new 3D media, utilising and combining 3Dscanning, 3Dmodeling and rapid prototyping. Right now I am planning to make my next batch of students build their own 3D printers."
Christian Als is one of the most acclaimed and award-winning Danish photographers. At home, he has been employed at Berlingske but his emotional and evocative image series has also been among others in information. In his work, Christian travels much to document the world. It has also brought him international recognition, and his images have graced some of the world's biggest magazines and newspapers, among others, TIME, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel and The Wall Street Journal. http://christianals.com/
Mads was born 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has a BA in comparative literature and rhetoric from Copenhagen University 2005. He graduated as director from the Danish “Super16” film community in 2008. Mads’ debut feature “Teddy Bear” won the “World Cinema Directing Award” at the Sundance Film Festival 2012 and was nominated for the “European Discovery Award” at the EFA Awards 2012. His short films has participated and won prices at festivals such as Venice Int. Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin Int. Film Festival, Melbourne Int. Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and London Film Festival.
Anke is a product designer with heart and soul. Quite early she fell in love with the Scandinavian design with it pureness, fidelity, beauty and often its understatement. The nature far up north with its low sky, long summer days and cold winters made a strong impression on Anke. After her studies in Advanced Product Design in Umeå she moved back to Germany and worked for premium brands as Bulthaup, Siemens, Bette, Hansgrohe, Keuco and Gira at renowned design offices and created lots of award winning products. At the beginning of this year she founded her own product design company in Potsdam, but she still spends some days back in Sweden every summer. www.ankesalomon.com
Ute Mahler was born in Thuringia, Germany in 1949. In 1974 Mahler graduated from Leipzig’s Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst and began her career as a freelance photographer. Mahler worked primarily as a fashion reporter and portrait photographer, most notably for the renowned fashion and culture magazine Sibylle, in the former GDR. Concurrently, Mahler pursued her personal projects, capturing poignant portraits in moments of ordinary life—of ‘Living Together’ (1974-1984). After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mahler and six other prominent East German photographers founded the photography agency, Ostkreuz. Since 2000, Mahler works as a professor of photography at Hamburg’s HAW and as a teacher at the Ostkreuz School of Photography in Berlin. More recently, Mahler has moved away from a journalistic approach to photography and concentrates predominately on book and exhibition projects with her husband, Werner Mahler, in series such as ‘Mona Lisas of the Suburbs’ (2011). www.ostkreuzschule.de/index.php?page=ute-mahler, www.ostkreuz.de/photographer/8
Lina Paulsen was born in Hanover in 1982. After studying media culture, visual communication and European ethnography at Hamburg University and Art Academy she started working for the Hamburg International Shortfilmfestival (since 2005) and for the Documentary week Hamburg (since 2010). In addition to curating the International Competition at the Hamburg International Shortfilmfestival, she arranged the focus on Swedish short film in 2011. She is coordinating the short film school, a project of the ShortfilmAgency and the Ministry of Culture in Hamburg. The idea is to promote film education in schools in so far as filmmakers from Hamburg offer students the chance to gain hands-on experience in the art of filmmaking. She is also the director of the Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival and curator for the Hamburg documentary week. http://schule.shortfilm.com/, http://moundfriese.shortfilm.com/
Amarpreet started his education in 2002 studying Transport Design at University of Huddersfield. Upon graduating he was accepted to the MA Transportation Design programme at Umeå Institute of Design. Whilst living in Umeå, Amarpreet met amazing people and realised there is something special with Umeå, from the spirit shown during playing "Brännboll" (ball game) to the unnerving glow of the Aurora Borealis. Currently Amarpreet works as a Visual Instructor at DeMontfort University, working with young industrial and interior designers, helping them to realise their visions, whilst inspiring them to innovate and question the traditions.
Leila is a designer, engineer, and experimental cake baker. She currently works as a Researcher at a top UK University and spends her days exploring how to embed sustainability into product design. Whilst studying her craft at the Umeå Institute of Design, she quickly fell in love with the Swedish countryside, and the Swedish people. When the time came to return to the UK, she set up her own agency and spent a number of years designing everything from motorcycle parts to light fixtures. Wanderlust however got the better of her, and she soon found herself in Zambia engineering and coordinating a motorcycle ambulance service. Her current role allows her to indulge her passions for improving design, exploring new ideas, and meeting interesting people. She has published work and delivered lectures on sustainable design and the future of manufacturing, and in her spare time she can usually be found on her bike, or enjoying fika and people watching.
Rodrigo received his architectural degree with in Madrid. He complete his education has architect, designer and inventor in Canada, India, Chile, and recently in Umeå Institute of Design, Royal College of Art and Imperial College of London. His works had been shown in different artistic centres such as the Cite de l'Architecture of Paris, the Guggenheim in New York and the Venice Biennale of Architecture. He had run design workshops in Turkey, India, Poland, Italy, France and Spain. Rodrigo enjoys collaborating with the curation and organization of different cultural events as the VII Iberoamerican Biennal of Architecture and Urbanism celebrated in Medellin, Colombia. He also worked for more than ten years as an improvisation actor, and won the gold medal in the II Improvisation World Championship in Santiago de Chile. Rodrigo current work is focus in sport innovation through design for Australian Paralympics athletes. He is based in London. www.ideactionary.eu
Mimmi´s background is in advertising where she worked for many years as an Art Director at Stockholm's then trendiest advertising agency. Her clients were mainly in the fashion industry. In 1991 she started her own media company Kortguiden in Sweden and then moved to London in 1992 to set up the same business here. The business idea was to offer free postcards in stylish and upmarket bars and restaurants. Mimmi I ran the London Cardguide for 10 years and in 2006 she started Skogsberg & Smart together with Magnus Skogsberg. It is a young luxury goods company that design and manufacture Hurricane lamps and Hurricane Drops. www.skogsbergsmart.com
David Thompson grew up around photography, having a keen photographer as a father, a darkroom in the garage – absorbing the basics at an early stage. Thompson initially became known for intense portraiture and specialist printing. He won major photographic prizes, and commissions followed from editorial clients such as The New York Time Magazine, and advertising client such as Adidas. His work then soon appeared in the permanent collection of London’s National Portrait Gallery, and also the pages of Vogue Magazine Working closely with stylists and celebrities – a transition to shooting fashion was a natural step. He went on to create fashion stories for titles such as: German Vogue, French Marie-Claire, Italian Amica, and Swedish Elle. Now with 25 years’ experience in the industry – he is still in love with photography, and busy shooting editorials for Condé Nast, and advertising for such clients as Swarovski. http://www.davidthompson.eu/
Frida currently works as a Design Specialist in Nokia‘s London studio where she leads product design and strategic innovation projects for mobile devices. This involves collaborating with team members globally and other parts of the business including UX design, CMF, design research, R&D, branding and marketing, as well as working in partnership with external suppliers. From 2003 - 2007 Frida worked as a Senior Designer at IED Centro Ricerche (CRIED), a design studio affiliated to the Instituto Europeo di Design (IED) university in Milan. During her time at CRIED, Frida worked for a diverse range of multinational clients including Samsung, Hyundai, Jacuzzi, iGuzzini, Pago and Byblos. Project scope ranged from initial research all the way through to final implementation. Frida graduated from the Umeå Institute of Design in 1997 with a Degree in Industrial Design. After working for several small design firms, Frida joined the LEGO's Copenhagen studio in 1998, where she developed play material for children. In 1999 she transferred to the company's Milan office focusing instead on advanced play concepts.
Magnus Englund was born in 1966 and grew up in the archipelago outside Stockholm. After university studies he set up the fashion store Nitty Gritty in 1991, showcasing the best of British menswear. The store continues trading to this day but Magnus left it for London in 1995 to study industrial clothing manufacturing, taking up a wholesale position at fashion designer Paul Smith and later at shoe designer Patrick Cox. This fashion background formed part of the thinking behind Skandium, the store concept he dreamt up with Chrystina Schmidt; interior design stores should be fun and lively places to visit, not just a set display of lifeless objects. After securing the support of Christopher Seidenfaden whose family had owned and operated the Danish lighting company Louis Poulsen since 1919, the first Skandium store opened in 1999. This was followed by a Skandium concession in the London department store Selfridges, a standalone Marimekko store, move to bigger premises in 2004, and a new flagship store in 2007. In 2011, Skandium opened yet another store with the Danish furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen. Growing Skandium into the biggest retailer of modern Scandinavian design in Britain, Magnus also wrote the books Scandinavian Modern and Scandinavian Country together with Chrystina Schmidt. The first title will be published again in 2013 as a 10th anniversary edition.
Corto Fajal began as a movie assistant director 20 years ago. He directed many shorts fictions, which were successful on various TV and international festivals. The last one, “Chut(e)” got a price at the European festival of regional TV. He also directed many documentaries from all over the world by following sports and adventures Expeditions. His last documentary about the Sami in Sweden, “Jon facing the winds” was screened in France during 2012... it got many prices all over the world and has been broadcasted on many channels around the world: Sweden (SVT), France and Germany ( Arte) but also in Poland, Lithuania, the USA, Canada, Thailand, Korea, Austria, Switzerland... To him, indigenous people represent scouting people who can inspire modern society. When not shooting films, he spends time in his hometown in Brittany, gardening and taking care of his holiday cottages. www.arwestudfilms.com, www.jonfaceauxvents-lefilm.com, www.facebook.com/Jonfaceauxvents.fr, www.tykern.com
Linda Jarvin, Ph.D., is the Dean of Paris College of Art (Paris, France) and an Associate Professor at Tufts University (MA, USA). She received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Paris V (France) and her postdoctoral training at Yale University (USA). Her research and publications focus on education and talent development, including in the performing and visual arts. She has extensive experience with curriculum design, professional development training for teachers and higher education faculty, student assessment and evaluation development, and educational programmatic evaluation. She regularly serves on design juries in Paris. In addition Linda has extensive experience designing, implementing, and managing large-scale health and education programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Paris College of Art: www.paris.edu/pages/detail/702/Academic-Leadership Linda on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/linda-jarvin/6/127/284
Frédéric Reglain showed his talent both as a photographer and a reporter in the GAMMA agency during 18 years. He covered various topics, such as news, magazines, literature, music... In 2000, he spent a fortnight in North Korea, a country where distrust of foreigners is the rule. His exclusive and unauthorized work was published in the most famous French and international magazines. Working as a freelancer since 2006, he has crafted « city portraits » for the « Grands Reportages » magazine. He worked in Yemen, following the steps of Joseph Kessel and his « Fortune Carrée » novel. His passion for the mountains and deserts lead him to scour the world, using his panoramic camera to emphasize the beauty of the sites. His portraits of Ray Charles and Oscar Niemeyer were sold at Drouot, a famous French auction house, in 2007 and 2008. www.divergence-images.com
Karolina is active in the field of cultural animation and artistic events, mainly focused on photography. She has an MA in Journalism and Social Communication at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Art Management and Contemporary Art Curatorial Postgraduate Studies and Publishing Politics Postgraduate Studies at Warsaw University alumnus. The main tools in Karolina’s work are words and time. She co-operates with artists, institutions and organisations consulting and co-ordinating the realisation processes and promotion of them. Since 2010 she leads an author’s academic curse and workshops on marketing in artistic practice. She co-operates with Goethe-Institut Krakau since 2011 as Goethe-Guerilla project co-ordinator, and since the jubilee of the 10th edition of Krakow Photomonth, she co-ordinates PR and promotion of the festival. Photo by: Dominik Papaj
Film critic for ‘Gazeta Wyborcza”, the biggest daily magazine in Poland. Among other magazines, he published in ‘Tygodnik Powszechny’, ‘Kino’, ‘Przekroj’ and ‘Film’. Former editor of the ‘Gazeta Filmowa’ website. Former program director of the Lubuskie Film Summer in Lagow. Graduate of the Polish Studies at University of Warsaw. Winner of the 8th edition of the Krzysztof Mętrak film critic’s contest in 2003. FIPRESCI member, working as well on promoting film culture.
Ever since she switched from writing about design in “Elle Decoration” – the magazine she had introduced to the Polish market and been chief-edited for seven years (2000-2007) – to creating and organizing design exhibitions, Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka became one of the most prominent promoters of young designers from Poland and abroad. In 2008 she became the artistic director of Lodz Design Festival (www.lodzdesign.com) and since then has been curating several of the main festival events (Play&Joke 2008, Design Tales 2009, Crumple Zone 2010, Who Are You? 2012). Her most renowned curatorial projects are Polska Folk, Materia Prima, Dziecinada: Polish Design for Children, and Unpolished (together with Pawel Grobelny – www.unpolished.pl) – presented at several festivals and design museums worldwide.