TETI is currently animated by:
Jose Cáceres is a Zurich-based historian and independent curator engaged in decolonial practice and critical pedagogy. His curatorial practice is based on collective praxis and a necessary transformative urgency, which he explores at the intersection between nature, history and decoloniality. He graduated in History at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso and crossed the Atlantic to do his PhD at the University of Zurich. He researched sexual practices with animals in Early Modern Zurich and how they influenced subjectivities in relation to body, gender, nature and sexuality. He holds a senior teaching and research position at the University of Zurich where he investigates indigeneous thinking about nature and history, leading towards a transcultural and post-anthropocentric idea of history. He teaches postcolonial studies and Latin American history, and is a curatorial board member of OnCurating Project Space in Zurich.
Anne-Laure Franchette is an artist, who investigates the role of cultural fantasies and the role of the unfamiliar in the ways cultures are shaped and consumed. Materials, their intended use and the stereotypes they carry are also a constant source of her interest and she is especially interested in categorisations, cycles of production and misappropriation. Her current artistic research looks at the systems of meaning that have been impressed upon nature, flora, and seeds throughout eras of imperialism, colonialism, and globalization, the common perceptions and representations of nature as being « neutral », « passive » and « decorative ». Particularly interested in sociocultural anthropology, urban research, underground artistic networks and the micro-economy of art, she has also been collecting a rich documentation about alternative art scenes, off spaces and self publishing. Following this compilation of data, she designs tools and events that enable the general public to be more aware of these practices. Since arriving in Zürich in 2013, she has initiated the ZURICH ART SPACE GUIDE and VOLUMES, Independent Art Publishing Fair
Gabriel N. Gee: is Associate Professor in Art History at Franklin University, Switzerland. He holds a PhD in contemporary art history from the University Paris X Nanterre (2008). His doctoral research focussed on aesthetics and artistic scenes in the North of England from the 1980s onwards. His study on "Art in the North of England. 1979-2008" was published by Routledge - an Ashgate book in 2017. His current research interests include 20th and 21st century British and Irish art, the changing representations and imaginaries of port cities in the second half of the 20th century and the early 21st century, as well as interconnected global and trans-industrial histories. Rooted in contemporary aesthetics, his present research pursues a reflection on historical maritime and global entanglements, with particular case studies in Europe and Southeast Asia, paying attention to the potential of artistic research to open new spaces for cultural dialogue and innovation. Recent publications include a co-edited volume (with Alison Vogelaar) on the “Changing representations of Nature and cities: the 1960s -1970s and their legacies”, published by Routledge in 2018. He is currently finalizing a study on the John Moores Liverpool Painting Exhibition, while a co-edited volume (with Caroline Wiedmer) on “Maritime Poetics: from coast to hinterland” based on a TETI exhibition and workshop organized at Corner College in 2018 is to be released by Transcript in April 2021. Gabriel co-founded TETI Group in 2011, and guides the group's activities to this day.
Lori M. Gibbs is an architectural designer and PhD candidate in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught design studio and history & theory courses. Her dissertation examines methods of survey documentation and drawings that craft architectural histories in a cross-cultural context between 1920-1940. Previously she taught research seminars and lecture courses in the Faculty of Architecture and Division of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She earned an MA in Histories and Theories of Architecture at the Architectural Association in London, and a B.Arch from Pratt Institute. She is a LEED AP and maintains a small architectural practice in New York with architect Luis Silva da Costa.
Monica Ursina Jäger is a Swiss artist living in London and Zurich. Working with drawing, sculpture and installation, her practice unfolds through a multidisciplinary reflection on concepts of space, landscape, and architecture that investigate the relationship between the natural and the constructed environment. Fluctuating between the intuitive, narrative and factual Jäger scrutinizes processes of transformation, re-arrangement and mediation by unfixing the boundaries between artistic and scientific knowledge production.Recent works address the ambiguities connected to post-natural landscapes and the uncertainties related to geopolitics, natural resources and the Anthropocene. Monica studied in Singapore and London and gained her MA at Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, e.g., Singapore Biennale 2019, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum Thun, Galeria Pilar Sao Paulo, Kunstmuseum Chur, Sammlung Essl Klosterneuburg/Wien, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Kunstverein Pforzheim. Recipient of the Swiss Art Award 2007. She is a research associate and lecturer at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences IUNR, Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW. Since 2016 the transdisciplinary team develops new forms of dialogue between artistic practices and scientific research to tackle issues related to sustainability, ecology, climate change and the Anthropocene. Projects include urban interventions, green infrastructures, exhibitions and public gardens. She organises interdisciplinary symposia and workshops both in London and Switzerland www.muj.ch.
Maria João de Matos: Maria is an architect and at LABART, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, were she teaches. She holds a PhD in Architecture and Landscape from both Universidade da Beira Interior and Université Paris 8, a DSA postgraduate diploma in “Architecture and Urban Planning” from ENS d’Architecture de Paris - La Villette and a Master’s degree in “City, Territory and Renewal” from ISCTE, Lisbon. Maria’s main fields of interest and expertise include landscape related issues and transformation in trans-industrial cities.
Cora Piantoni is an artist, photographer and filmmaker, working with oral history and re-enactment. She is interested in political situations and their effect on people’s everyday life, on survival strategies and resistance movements. Recent bodies of work have explored collective cooperative working in Gdansk and pirate radio in Genova in the 1970s. She pursues an ongoing interest in the past and present imaginaries of European port cities through a focus on industrial memories and experiences. Cora graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich and the University of Art and Design, Zurich where she lives and works. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows internationally, in Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany, Holland and Switzerland. In 2004 she was awarded the Bavarian State Sponsorship Award for Photography and in 2010 the HWP-Grant by the Bavarian Ministry for Research and Art and was as artist in residence in Klenova/CZ, Dresden and at WYSPA, Gdansk. Check her website here.
Caroline Wiedmer is an author and editor of a number of books, including The Claims of Memory: Representations of the Holocaust in Contemporary Germany and France (Cornell University Press, 1999), Inventing the Past: Memory Work in Culture and History (Schwabe Verlag Basel, 2005, together with Otto Heim), Motherhood and Space: Configurations of the Maternal in Politics, Art and the Everyday (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, with Sarah Hardy) and The Intersections of Law and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012, with Priska Gisler and Sara Steinert Borella). She has received research fellowships from the University of London, the Center for Gender Studies of the University of Basel, Princeton University, Stanford University, the Collegium Helveticum at the ETH in Zürich and the Center for Advanced German and European Studies of the Freie Universität of Berlin. In the Department of Literature and Culture she teaches classes on memory, poverty, law and culture, catastrophe, and urban studies. Her classes in German Studies focus on Swiss-German Film and Migration. Her research interests include memory studies, gender, film, law and culture, spatiality, and the workings of narrative in multiple domains of cultural and intellectual life. She is currently at work on a study of street newspapers and the construction of public space.
Vincent Fradet: Vincent is an artist and typographer based in Paris. As the animator of Urbatypo, Vincent creates site-specific textual interventions that aim to enhance our experience of urban space. Through letters and colours, his urban interventions unveil spaces to the eye of the passing beholder, who becomes an active agent of an ever evolving urban environment. Check out Vincent's website here.
Michelle L. Stefano is a Folklife Specialist (Research and Programs) at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (Washington, DC). She earned her BA in art history (Brown University, 2000), MA in international museum studies (Gothenburg University, Sweden, 2004) and PhD in heritage studies at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University (UK) in 2010. From 2011-2016, Stefano worked for Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the state of Maryland, and led the partnership between Maryland Traditions and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she was Visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies. She co-edited the 2017 Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage and Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (Boydell & Brewer, 2012).
Alison Vogelaar: is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies and Associate Member of the Center for Sustainability Initiatives (CSIF) at Franklin College Switzerland. Vogelaar received a Ph.D. in Communication from the CU-Boulder where she also completed a certification program in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. Vogelaar’s research interests include social movements, media activism, environmentalism and sustainability in higher education.