Ela Troyano (New York/USA): she is an award winning Cuban-born filmmaker and Producer of a one-hour documentary "La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul", on the legendary Latin singer for broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2007. Her half-hour ITVS short, Carmelita Tropicana won the coveted Teddy Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival as well as the Audience and Critics award at the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Her debut feature film, Latin Boys Go To Hell, distributed by Strand Releasing remains a cult hit on the web and was recently shown on Showtime cable. Both films received theatrical screenings in the US and screened at national and international festivals in Europe, Australia and Japan. She has received major fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation.
Tessa Hughes-Freeland (New York/USA): she is a film-maker and writer. Her films have been screened internationally in museums, alternative spaces and seedy bars. Her articles have appeared in numerous books and magazines such as Paper Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, G.Q., Film Threat and The East Village Eye. As well as being deemed part of the Cinema of Transgression she has also collaborated on numerous live multiple projection performances with Ela Troyano including John Zorn's ELEGY. In early 2005 she curated films for EAST NO VILLAGE U.S.A. at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Recently she contributed to the book NO FOCUS:PUNK FILM and is currently editing a film called THE BUG.
Katrien Jacobs (Hong Kong/China): She is a scholar, curator and artist and works as assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong. She has lectured widely and co-organized several conferences and events on pornography and digital media, such as the Art and Politics of Netporn. She recently finished a book entitled _Libi_doc: Journeys in the Performance of Sex Art_ (2005, Maska Publications) [web site]. Her new book The Sexual Chemistry of Internet Pornography analyzes the boom of indie porn sex on the Internet is forthcoming with Rowman and Littlefield in Fall 2007.
Girlswolikeporno (Barcelona/Spain): Girlswholikeporno is a collective from Barcelona. They make porno subverting the image of sexuality that has been constructed by the industry of porn. They create pornography that subverts the genre's sexism. Sexualities multiply, queer theory as catalyst. Their actions reflect on pornography from a contemporary feminist perspective making porn themselves with a do-it-yourself point of view. [web site]
Betty/Sexyshock (Bologna/Italy): Sexyshock is a communication laboratory that works on political language, using an hacktivist point of view, de-structuring words and languages, mixing and matching situations, concepts and practices. Sexyshock reinvents the political language for being more incisive on a vast level of communication. Sexyshock is the first sexyshop managed by women in Italy (it was born in an independent social centre in Bologna), but it is also a hyper-place scattered with links, a circuit to interact with other circuits. A place where sexuality is the central cause, it is the zero degree of connection's desire. [web site]
Sebastian Lütgert (Berlin/Germany): Lives in Berlin, works as an author, programmer and artist. Co- founder of Bootlab, an independent space for old and new media in Berlin, has developed various projects dealing with Intellectual Property, like Pirate Cinema and Textz.com. Recent projects include magazines (The German Issue, Starship, Auseinander), websites (germany.kz, textz.com, rolux.org), videos (Burn Hollywood Burn, Betacity, The Coils of the Serpent) and others. Group exhibitions (selection): Werkleitz Biennale (Halle), Kuenstlerhaus (Wien), Galerija VN (Zagreb), Transmediale (Berlin), Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Wien), Kunstwerke (Berlin), Cinematexas (Austin), PS1 (New York), ZKM (Karlsruhe). [web site]
Pier Mario Simula (Florence/Italy): Fashion designer and art curator. Born in Sardinia in 1980, in 2002 founds FREeS.CO, an eterogeneous creative group (organization of cultural events, festivals and art exhibitions). All works are marked with an unequivocal "FREe" concept of rebirth, transformation and aggregation of people and things. In 2003-2005 worked as fashion designer (womenswear, accessories, jewels). Founder and President of FREeSHOUT!?, a Cultural Association from the FREeS.CO team which just organized the omonymous contemporary art and culture festival in Prato (Tuscany). Owns a mineral water brand, in which company is in charge as Scientific/Historical/Taste Communication and Image manager.
Loves pink stars.