Jason E. Bowman is an artist with a curatorial practice and researcher. MFA: Fine Art Programme Leader at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, he is a member of the working group for PARSE (Platform for Artistic Research Sweden) and of the board of Paradox (European Forum for Fine Art in H.E.) In 2015 the Swedish Research Council funded Stretched, a three-year enquiry to contribute new knowledge on how artistic practice is assembled, expanded and stretched within the cultures of ‘artist-organisation’ and how this may inform exhibitionary and curatorial praxis (co-researched with Mick Wilson and Julie Crawshaw). Recent exhibitions, as an artist, include Watched! Art, Photography and Surveillance in Europe post 9/11, which tours throughout 2016-17. Previous curatorial and co-curated work includes: Midwest, Scotland at the Venice Biennale and the first major survey in Europe of the practices of Yvonne Rainer. In June 2017, Accidentally on Purpose - The Theatre of Mistakes opens at London's Raven Row.
Dr. Julie Crawshaw’s research explores the relationships of development in support of future plans. As an experimental ethnographer, she works in tandem with artists, planners and community members. Her research is shaped by visual arts practice, working in visual arts management, and an anthropological PhD in Planning. Before academic research she produced and evaluated projects in community and regeneration contexts and contributed to the development of artist-led projects in the Northern and Midlands regions of England. As Co Investigator of Stretched: Expanding Notions of Artistic Practice through Artist-led Cultures(Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg), she is exploring the nature of artist-led practice in collaboration with artists across Sweden. Her work is published in the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, Landscape Research, the Journal of Rural Studies, the Journal of Arts and Communities and forthcoming chapters in Routledge and Ashgate volumes. She is Lecturer in Art and Design History at Northumbria University.
Dr. Mick Wilson (BA, MA, MSc, PhD) is an artist, educator and researcher based in Sweden and Ireland. He is currently the first Head of the Valand Academy of Art, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (since 2012). Edited volumes include: The Curatorial Conundrum, MIT (2016) with Paul O’Neill and Lucy Steeds; Curating Research, Open Editions /de Appel (2014); Curating and the Educational Turn, Open Editions /de Appel (2010) both with Paul O’Neill; and SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education, ELIA (2013) with Schelte van Ruiten. Recent publications include: “Institutional Graft”, Implants, National Sculpture Factory, Ireland (2016); "Preface" to Sarah Tuck’s After the Agreement: Contemporary Photography in Northern Ireland, (2015); “Opening to a Discussion on Judgement” PARSE 1, Judgement (2015); “Dead Public: An unfinished enquiry” in Vector: Artistic research in context (2014); “Anachronistic Aesthesis” in Experimental Aesthetics (2014); “Between Apparatus and Ethos: On Building a Research Pedagogy in the Arts” in Artists with PhDs: On the New Doctoral Degree in Studio Art (2014); ‘We are the Board, but what is an Assemblage?’ in Art as a Thinking Process (2013); He was co-convener with Paul O’Neill and Janna Graham of the 4th Moscow Curatorial Summer School (2015). Forthcoming publications include: Public Enquiries: ’Park Lek’ and the Scandinavian Social Turn (2017); and Necropolitics and its Discontents: Art, Mortality and the Political Imagination (2017).
Kjell Caminha is an artist with growing interest in curatorial strategies as means for furthering decolonial encounters and dialogues within his artistic research and practice. He is the coordinator for Stretched. He holds a MFA from Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg (SE), where he lectures in the BFA and MFA: Fine Art Fine Art programmes. He has co-developed the Anatomising the Museum (2015-16) seminar programme at Valand Academy interrogating artists’ interventions in museological contexts. Caminha is also the convener of a series of seminars on decolonialism fostering discussion of hospitality practices, diversity and migration and politics, and knowledge production: Practices and Notions of the Migrant Image (2015); On Afrophobia: Towards Decolonial Curatorial Approaches(2016); and upcoming Decolonially Anthropophagic (2017).