MARTIN ARVEBRO
Professional video blogger from Sweden with over 500 videos uploaded online. He has collaborated with people from all around the world in various projects.
From working with video since 1999 he has studied video production at Bond University, Australia and storytelling methodology through visual media at Malmö University and Växjö University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Blekinge Institute of Technology with a major in English and a minor in Digital Media where his final thesis project was a rough cut of a full-length documentary. In addition, he holds a Master of Arts from Bergen University, Norway majoring in Digital Culture. He currently resides in Karlskrona where he runs a video production company.
Within Telling the Baltic, Martin Arvebro is a designated story-collector for Blekinge Institute of Technology. He says: “I approach each opportunity of story collecting by asking myself: how can I capture a story without letting technology interfere? How comfortable, for instance, is the interviewee with a camera or a microphone? These are vital questions. Making the interviewee comfortable to the point where they forget the technology will enable them to uninhibited tell their story; which is what I´m aiming for.”
Contact: arvebro.martin@gmail.com

PIRJO ELOVAARA
PhD, is a senior lecturer in Technoscience Studies at Blekinge Institute of Technology. She is also head at the department for Culture and Communication at the same university.
Her main research areas are:
participatory design, design of ICT and digital media by user involvement in design processes
development and use of creative and innovative methods for user involvement
articulation of tacit everyday experiences and knowing, mostly through storytelling
service development with focus on communication, interaction and participation, role of the citizens, development and use of social media
feminist research
Contact: pirjo.elovaara@bth.se

LISSA HOLLOWAY-ATTAWAY
(Ph.D., English) is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Communication and Culture within the School of Planning and Media Design at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. She teaches interdisciplinary humanities courses within the Literature, Culture and Digital Media program and in Digital Culture Studies and she serves as a Project Director in the Cultural Practice and Applied Technology Lab (CP@T-Lab). Her research is within American Literature and Digital Media Studies, with a special emphasis on social and emergent media, materiality, and embodied performance. Her research has been presented in numerous international contexts, and she has received grants and awards in media art and culture and in electronic pedagogy. She has recently published work on social media aesthetics, digital cartography, and performative feminist discourse within social media sites. Currently she is a research partner in a European Union funded grant (Art Line, 2011-2013) developing strategies to promote innovation and inter-cultural cooperation in digital art practice throughout the Southern Baltic region. In fall 2011 and early spring 2012, she will be a visiting researcher/artist at the Posthumanities Hub at Linköping University and at Nida Art Colony in Lithuania working on digital mapping and Mobile AR projects. The projects include a remapping of Melville’s classic American novel Moby-Dick onto the city space of Karlskrona (and beyond), and the sAND project, an exploration of the haptic virtual/physical borders of the Baltic sea through “touchable” narrative forms. She is working on a book manuscript about organic performance, embodiment and emergent media practice.
Contact: lat@bth.se

TALAN MEMMOTT
Talan Memmott teaches digital media and culture in the Digital Culture and Communications program at Blekinge Institute of Technology and an internationally known practitioner of electronic literature and digital art with a practice ranging from experimental video to digital performance applications and literary hypermedia. His work is widely available on the Internet, and has been included in electronic anthologies, featured at festivals and conferences, and been the subject of numerous critical texts. His current research interests include digital poetics, practice-based research methods, and digital media pedagogy in the humanities. Memmott holds an MFA in Literary Arts/Electronic Literature from Brown University and a PhD in Interaction Design from Malmö University.
Contact: talan.memmott@bth.se

MARCIN BORYCZKO
Junior lecturer at the University of Gdansk at the Department of Institute of Pedagogy. His research topics concern quasi-market reforms of educational system, theory of educational codes (B. Bernstein) and functional systemic linguistics applied to language of the classroom which is a kind of Critical Discourse Analysis. Currently working on the PhD Thesis Between Adaptation an Resistance. Schools Towards Globalization Processes. Moreover interested in urban anthropology and community development in the context of social inequalities.
His theoretical background is based on Critical Theory, Critical Ethnography and Systemic Functional Linguistics. His research experience involves ethnographic study of young nationalist movement on the example of Kashubians (Polish ethno linguistic minority); partial study of minority members in context of intercultural dialogue in education; virtual ethnography concerning of hate speech with the use of Computer Mediated Discourse Analysis; and recent work of Critical Ethnography which was carried out in secondary schools.
Contact: wnsmb@univ.gda.pl

AGNIESZKA WOŁODŹKO
In 1980-1986 studied at the Department of Architecture of Interior and Industry Design and the Department of Painting and Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. From the beginning of her career she has worked an the artist, curator and essayist. As an artist, she works with such media as photography, video, installation, sound projects, net projects, painting, community art projects, actions. As an artist and curator she was affiliated with the Wyspa Gallery in the first half of the 1990s. Since 2000 she has worked as the curator at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk (now as the curator and program co-ordinator). As an essayist, she writes about contemporary art, architecture, issues of the contemporary city, socially engaged art.
Now her doctoral research focuses on participatory art in Scandinavian countries in 1990-2010 at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
www.wolodzko.art.pl
www.agnieszka-wolodzko.pl
http://agnieszkawolodzko.blogspot.com/
Contact: a.wolodzko@laznia.pl

MAŁGORZATA ŻERWE
Graduated from the Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts. She has worked for Radio Gdansk since 1996, starting in the Publicity Department. She deals with cultural issues. She made her first feature programme “Ein Tag mit Roland” (“One Day with Roland”) in 1996, for which she received a commendation in the Polish-German Journalist Award contest. She has received several dozen Polish awards for her features. Her programme “Mr Grass’s Toilets” represented Polish National Radio at Premios Ondas in 2001. “Shipyard: An industrial suite” - was chosen for the IFC in Vienna 2006. “Georgia - fragments of memory” represented Polish Radio at Prix Europa in 2007. “Lusia Cytryn - Woman of Valour” represented Polish Radio at Prix Italia in 2009 and “Subhumans and Superbeasts” in 2011.
She has also presented sound installations in Polish galleries of contemporary art.
www.radiogdansk.pl/index.php/blog-malgorzaty-zerwe.html
Contact: mzerwe@radio.gdansk.pl

JURGITA REMEIKYTE
IRMA STANAITYTE
DAINIUS DAPKEVICIUS
LAURA STASIULYTE

KATERINA CHEREVKO
Artist and designer. She graduated from the faculty of Interior Design of the Vyatka art school in 1997 and from the faculty of Graphics and Book Design of the Saint-Petersburg Printing Institute of the Moscow Printing University in 2002. Since 1995 Katerina has been participating in art exhibitions, design, brand and logo competitions, public art projects and artistic plein airs.
Contact: katerina.cherevko@gmail.com

DANIL AKIMOV
Artist, curator. Works in interdisciplinary fields of contemporary art, focusing on audio-visual installations and performances. One of the founders of the Membrana sound-art group (1997). Since 2003 has been one of the founders and permanent participant of the ArtEgo project that includes thematic dance/fashion parties, cinema club, performances of sound artists. Since 2004 – curator of National Centre for Contemporary Arts of Russian Federation (Kaliningrad branch). Involved with concerts, performances and installations in various projects and festivals.
Contact: danilakimov@gmail.com
http://soundcloud.com/danilakimov

OLEG BLYABLYAS
Artist, curator. Active in the fields of video, graphics, painting and public art. The main focus of his works is on the retransmission of his inner world and emotions through the various forms of external reality. Participated in Russian and international projects, including: «In Transition Russia» (Cyprus – Russia); Festival «Laboratory of contemporary art «Art-zavod», Yekaterinburg, Russia (2008); «SoundArtCamp», Kaliningrad, Russia (2009); «Internal Ural», Moscow, Russia (2009); «Voices in the Distance», Chelyabinsk, Russia (2010); «Sympathy for Germany», St.-Petersburg, Russia (2010). Winner of the International competition «Tower Kronprinz: Second Advent», Kaliningrad, Russia (2007).
Contact: blyablyas@gmail.com

KONSTANTIN TRASCHENKOV
Artist, musician, member and founder of a music association “Est nastroyenie” (“It feels like”) (a project that promotes contemporary experimental folk music). Since 2007 has been curator and coordinator of an art festival “Forest”, “City forest”, “Forest. Touch”, “Forest. Paths. Search for a context”, “Forest MUTE”. His work involves video, painting, land and public art. The focus of Konstantin’s curator and artistic activities is on the investigation of an individual’s position between the social and the natural and the search for communicative art strategies that would amplify the links “artist – another person/society, artist – nature”, where each art work is an attempt to establish this connection.
Individual exhibition: “Burbela: postcards from the army” (“Borey” gallery, Saint-Petersburg, 2011). A joint exhibition project with Valentina Pavlyuk “Dialogue” (2011); the “Green Europe” exhibition (“Molbert” gallery, Saint-Petersburg, 2011).
Contact: trash.in.cow@gmail.com

GENTLE WOMEN (ZHENYA LAPTEVA & SASHA ARTAMONOVA)
Graduated from the Immanuel Kant Russian State University and PRO ARTE institute. Occasionally enlist female models for their projects.
The art group “Gentle women” was formed in 2008. The group’s mission: investigation of a contemporary wedding ritual and its transformation by means of contemporary art – as a symbolic gesture based on the local regional material. Genres covered by the group: action, performance, photo, video, poetry.
When the group was first started its participants didn’t attempt to figure out the meaning and causes of things, they were solely interested in the ways of the wedding kitsch. In July 2008 the group organized an action called “Ringing” that resembled a carnival and had an ironic message in it. The ritual of giving a ring to a bride was purposefully transformed. On a weekend four girls in wedding gowns went on a tour around the places which are usually visited by Kaliningrad couples on their wedding day. On their way “Gentle women” stopped every man asking to marry them and perform a traditional rite: put a ring on their ring finger. Near the philosopher I.Kant’s grave who, as well-known, was virgin till his death the “brides” were reading out dating advertisements from the local newspapers.
Soon the transformation and parody of the traditional Russian wedding rite bearing a festive and ludic hue, was replaced by inventing rituals based on the natural and historical heritage of Kaliningrad-Koenigsberg and former East Prussia.
Contact: sashartamonowa@gmail.com

ALEXEY TROTSAK
Philosopher, video-artist, painter. He has two High Educations (Philosophy and Economy), in 2009 he defended a thesis PHD Dissertation (on I. Kant and A. Schopenhauer moral philosophy). The author of 18 short-movies. The curator of the First “Sobor of Videoartist in Kaliningrad” (2004), curator of the documentary Film-Festival “Time in Frame” (2005-2011). He develops in his painting the connection of dreams and objects, which comes from the dreams.
Contact: eximius@mail.ru
http://www.stihi.ru/avtor/eximius http://illustrators.ru/users/Eximius/portfolio

VADIM CHALIY
Vadim Chaliy started off as a classic guitar player. Since 1998 has been conducting computer-assisted sound experiments. Was and still is a participant of several music groups (“Bigoudi”, Zonnup Kroofier, Mood-O-Tronic, Abazaba, etc). Vadim is a sound designer and composer at KranX Productions, one of the most reputable companies in the Russian game market. His current interests include algorithmic composition, random bit generation and free improvisation. Vadim’s focus in sound art is provocation and impact on society. The musician is fond of sea and books, and due to this does windsurfing and sailing. Vadim also studies and teaches philosophy at the university.
Contact: vadim.chaly@gmail.com

ALEXEY CHEBYKIN
Artist, architect, designer. He has been active in many fields of contemporary art, including 3D, Augmented Reality technologies, sculpture, interactive installations, focuses on the link between art and innovative technologies. He has taken part in various international exhibitions and festivals such as competition “Impossible in 3D” (the winner, 2005); Net Festival / Computer Graphics Competition “Golden Web”, 1-2 prize in the “3D Visualization” category; the “D.i.a” international project (2006); “The Heart of Venice”, Italy (2007); “PRAGUEBIENNALE 3″, Czech Republic (2007); Venice Biennale 52, Italy (2007); “Artissima”, Turin, Italy (2007); “BazelWorld 2008″, Switzerland (2008); “Russian Utopias”, Moscow, Russia (2010); “Life.Version of Science”, Moscow, Russia (2011).
Contact: alex3d77@yandex.ru

VASSILY KOLESNIK
Journalist, editor-in-chief of the “Baltiyksy brodwey” (Baltic Broadway) magazine (Kaliningrad)
I was born in Kaliningrad where I have resided up to now. Graduated from the local school and later – from the economic faculty of the Kaliningrad university. I started working for the radio, not knowing why I had studied economics then. I didn’t make a good radio presenter after all, but I learnt how to make interviews and went to work in an entertainment magazine – as I only wanted to write about music. Soon afterwards I met with Robin Guthrie from my favorite band Cocteau Twins and I thought that my career in the music field was going on successfully. I have recently finished a program in the School of Cultural Journalism from the “PRO ARTE” Foundation for culture and arts (Saint-Petersburg).
For the first time I visited the capital of the country I was born in 2 years ago. But instead, as long as I remember myself, I remember the sea. When I was a kid, my parents used to lose me on the beach very often. Or, better, I thought that I got lost. Once I got lost for real – the coast guards were announcing it in the loudspeakers when they found me. I have always treated the sea as a product, and it was only recently that I understood what it feels like – to see the sea for the first time – when I saw it frozen at night. Now I think of it as of a living and conscious organism, like in “Solaris”, – which we usually don’t think because we got used to thinking the other way, and it’s easier.
Contact: spaceweeds@gmail.com

EVGENY UMANSKY
Artist, curator. Range of artistic interests – investigation and critique of contemporary society and dealing with various social contexts. In his creative work the artist uses the existing aesthetic developments and artistic reflections of anonymous authors (graffiti and street art, as well as mass media and advertising technologies) and then interprets the source material in his own way. A participant in Russian and international art exhibitions and projects, including: “Davaj! Davaj!”, Berlin, Germany – Vienna, Austria (2002); “The Russian Roulette”, Wiesbaden, Germany (2008); “Monsters – People, Murders, Power Machines”, Dresden, Germany (2008); 1-st Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia (2010).
Contact: umansky@ncca.koenig.ru