Habib William Kherbek, Ph.D.
Habib William Kherbek is an author, art critic, and musician. His writing engages with technology through satire, poetry and prose. During his ‘22 0x Salon Fellowship year he will be researching salon topics, authoring reportage and analysis from event conversations, and engaging in creative projects including a satirical play about Bitcoin.
Kherbek is the writer of the novels Ecology of Secrets (Arcadia Missa, 2013) and ULTRALIFE (Arcadia Missa, 2016), New Adventures (left gallery, 2020), and Best Practices (Moist Books, 2021). His video-poem playlist/collection/reading, retrodiction (2016), was released by left gallery. Other poetry collections include Everyday Luxuries (Arcadia Missa, 2018), and 26 Ideologies for Aspiring Ideologists (If a Leaf Falls Press, 2018). Twenty Terrifying Tales from Our Technofeudal Tomorrow, a short story collection, was published by Arcadia Missa in 2021, and Still Dancing, an art book Kherbek curated and contributed images to, was published by TLTR Press in the same year. Abstract Supply (London) will release Kherbek’s collected art writings, entitled Entropia, in 2022. He was the recipient of a research fellowship from the Sandberg Institute in 2020 during which time he wrote Technofeudalism Rising (left gallery, 2021). His writing has appeared in the award-winning Block Magazine, Tank Magazine, Rhizome.org, Berlin Art Link, MAP, Flash Art, Spike Magazine, Sleek, Samizdat, AQNB, and a number of other publications. His Ph.D. is from the University of London, Birkbeck. Kherbek produces music under the name dirtagnan, and oversees a subscription-only fashion project entitled HabibWear.
Martina is a researcher and writer currently based in London. She’s a researcher at The New Centre for Research & Practice and a co-organiser of design collective Evening Class. Her practice is concerned with the materialism of computation and traverses issues of abstraction, vision, and extraction by focussing on the concept of the site as a critical point of entry. She recently contributed to “Riptides of the Mind” as part of a collaboration with NSPDOS, which was presented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2021).
Anna Engelhardt is a Russian media artist and writer whose research-based practice explores post-Soviet infrastructures as a form of politics. Comprising texts, videos, websites, and digital platforms, her investigations take on multiple forms of media and distribution as they develop over time. Her project Circuits of Truth (2021) explores cyberwar from the perspective of user verification, and was commissioned by GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. Produced using deepfake technology, her video essay Adversarial Infrastructure (2020) investigates the colonial violence of the Russian Crimean Bridge, and was shown at Ars Electronica, 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Vancouver International Film Festival and Kyiv Biennial. Anna's writings have been published in Mute Magazine, Strelka Magazine, Journal of Visual Culture, and the European Review.
Chloê is an artist and programmer who makes video games, performances and digital art. She co-runs the collective and game label ‘Fantasia Malware’ and works at the Brain Simulation Section at the Charité Berlin. Her recent works include Sylph Web, Orchid Collector and The Life of Saint Fiona Bianco Xena.
Catherine Leigh Schmidt
Catherine is an artist, designer, and cleric. Her work is grounded in Christian mystical traditions, particularly Quakerism, that see individual spiritual practice as synonymous with anti-capitalist political action and community care. Her current research investigates Western esotericism and land-based religions of the European deep past through rave culture. Catherine works as a consulting astrologer.
Alice Yuan Zhang 张元
Alice is a migrating artist, educator, and community weaver. She hosts socioecological entanglement in layered realities across digital browsers and AR as well as embodied exercises and in-person exchanges. Her research-based participatory practice traverses interconnections of ancestral remembering, speculative pedagogy, and networked solidarity. Alice is the co-founder of virtual care lab, an open assemblage of people learning to trust each other in remote connection.
Wassim Z. Alsindi, Ph.D.
Wassim is the founder and host of the 0x Salon, conducting experiments in post-disciplinary collective knowledge practices. The 0x Salon provides an informal space for unstructured discussions of unusual topics and collectively authors artistic and pedagogical outputs based on those conversations. A veteran of the timechain, Wassim specialises in conceptual design and philosophy of peer-to-peer systems, on which he writes, speaks, and consults. He has contributed to numerous publications, holds an editorial column at the MIT Computational Law Report and co-founded MIT’s interdisciplinary Cryptoeconomic Systems (CES) journal and conference series.
Prior to MIT, he was an independent researcher formulating novel approaches to the characterisation of cryptographic assets and networks such as the regulatory epistemology project TokenSpace. Wassim has curated arts festivals, led a sculptural engineering laboratory and published experimental music, improvisatory theatre, poetry, and speculative scripture. Building upon research specialisations in the natural sciences, Wassim holds a PhD in ultrafast supramolecular photophysics from the University of Nottingham alongside degrees in chemistry, astrophysics and finance.
Daniel Shinbaum is an independent researcher and cultural critic. Prior to moving to Berlin, Daniel studied media and cultural studies at Macalester College and worked at the Goethe Institute’s pop-up art gallery. They have conducted research into the cultural impact of cryptocurrency since 2018, applying various Marxian theories of value (digital labor, affect theory, communicative capitalism, Autonomism) to investigate the potential roles cryptocurrency could play a post-capitalist future. Daniel worked on documentation and outputs at the 0x Salon between mid-’20 and late-’21.