Martina Cavalot 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).
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.
Anna-Luise Lorenz is a designer, artist and researcher based in Berlin. Through a wide range of media such as installation, animation and fictional short stories her work engages with the corrupting forces of reality which find expression in the anomalies of empiricism and rationalism: the weird, the absurd, or the enigmatic processes within technological systems. Anna completed her postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Art, London and was a fellow at Strelka Institute, Moscow.
Katharine Tyndall is a researcher, artist, and writer working in Berlin. Her research activities are centered around social-ecological systems and conservation. She has published work in major research journals and presented at conferences internationally. Her creative work is often inspired by (or a response to) her professional efforts, and often deal with climate change, science-fiction, scales of ecology, and soil. Her artistic practice involves memes, story-writing, scenarios, physical installations and interactive formats.
Gediminas Žygus’ (LT) practice involves interdisciplinary projects, including music albums, installations, performances and film. Gediminas works within the intersection of politics and art and explores themes, such as collective worldmaking, scientific and communicative failures. Their broad and encompassing practice morphs and evolves with every interaction, location and collaboration. Their work has been featured at institutions such as Barbican Centre (UK), Berghain (DE), La Biennale di Venezia (IT), Centre Pompidou (FR), Haus der Kunst (DE), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (DE), Palais De Tokyo (FR), The Kitchen (USA) and others.
ASID (Aphotic Signals Intelligence Division)
Understanding itself as an independent intelligence division with the benefit of semi-anonymity, ASID is a site for philosophical and artistic R&D. Following the principle of DAO and giving testament to the pro-gnosis that instituted structures (including both collectives and the ‘individual’ person) will rapidly obsolesce, ASID bonds only through mutable protocols with variably nested virtual shells. ASID facilitates an investment of its assets into perverse marriages between esoteric and exoteric, disintegration and spontaneous order. ASID is thus engaged with paradox as a logical translation of what is mechanically instantiated by circuitry and exemplified in such cultural syndromes as anti-egoic individualism, neotradition, esoteric pop-culture and algomysticism. At present, this is expressed in probing the coincidence of visionary writing, cryptography, alchemy, game development and computational poetics.
Anna Mikkola is a Finnish artist living between London, Berlin and Helsinki. Her practice examines, usually through moving image and audiovisual installations, how technologies shape subjectivities, people's relationships with the environment, collectivity, and future imaginaries. Her works often engage with porosity, for example, investigating how narratives and materials transform through distribution when they travel through networks, ecologies and infrastructures. Her recent projects have researched taxonomy and botany as scientific practices that organise nature in particular ways as well as navigated uncertainty and subjectivity within scientific practise particularly in the context of climate modelling. Anna’s work has been exhibited internationally, among others, at Somerset House, ICA, SPACE (all London), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Rewire festival (The Hague), HIAP (Helsinki), Trust (Berlin), L’Inconnue (NYC) and FUTURA (Prague). An upcoming performance will take place at Gray Area (SF).
Klara Kofen is an opera maker, writer and researcher, based in London. She is the co-artistic director of Waste Paper Opera, a collective of artists, performers, musicians and writers who create and produce performances and films, curate performance series and run workshops around collaborative making. Recent works by Waste Paper Opera include: Free to Choose, an operatic financial sci-fi for the metaverse, created in collaboration with Bahar Noorizadeh and Rudá Babau (Open Systems 1_Open Worlds, Singapore Art Museum, May ’23), Dead Cat Bounce, created in collaboration with Gary Zhexi Zhang (sound installation at Medialab Matadero, May 23, premiere at Somerset House, July ’23). She has worked extensively with the Baroque ensemble Ensemble Molière and the historical gesture specialist Dionysios Kyropoulos. Klara’s writing recently appeared in Catastrophe Time! (Gary Zhexi Zhang, Strange Attractor/MIT Press, 2023), Hederafelix’s Mycelia, and Writers & Makers: Women & Technology in New Music, and contributed research to Other Internet’s Positive Sum Worlds: Remaking Public Goods. She occasionally investigates international B2B trade shows, and works at the Bookartbookshop in London. Klara studied history at Glasgow and Oxford. She was born into a Greek/Polish family and grew up in Düsseldorf.
Christopher Dake-Outhet is an artist and researcher based in Berlin. His work is rooted in the exploration of novel technologies and networks that enable esoteric economies, ecologies, and infrastructure that facilitate acts of reclamation while promoting new formulations of exchange. Most recently, he worked with the collective terra0, researching and creating hybrid ecosystems that aim to pioneer a new class of legal actors in which an algorithmic entity acts as the institutional representation for an ecosystem. He holds degrees from Concordia University in Intermedia Cyberarts and Design & New Environments from the Iceland University of the Arts.
Wassim Z. Alsindi, Ph.D.
Wassim is the founder and creative director of the 0x Salon, which conducts experiments in post-disciplinary collective knowledge practices. A veteran of the timechain, Wassim specialises in conceptual design and philosophy of peer-to-peer systems, on which he writes, speaks, teaches, and consults. He has an editorial column at the MIT Computational Law Report, and he co-founded MIT’s Cryptoeconomic Systems journal and conference series. Wassim has curated arts festivals, led a sculptural engineering laboratory and published experimental music, satirical theatre, poetry, and speculative scripture. Wassim holds a Ph.D. in ultrafast supramolecular photophysics from the University of Nottingham.
Anna Engelhardt - Residency ‘21
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 Langford - Residency ‘21
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 - Residency ‘21
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.
Daniel Shinbaum - Documentation ‘20-21
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.
Claire S. Tolan - Fellowship ‘22
Claire Tolan has worked primarily with ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) since 2013. Her work is concerned with the phenomenology and poetics of whispered speech, with a particular focus on rumour, secrets, and enthralldom. Tolan hosted an ASMR radio show, “You’re Worth It”, on Berlin Community Radio from 2013-2019. She has exhibited, performed, and presented her work at venues such as Martin Gropius Bau, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berghain, Volksbuehne, CTM Festival (all Berlin), Mira Festival (Barcelona), Rokolectiv Festival (Bucharest), Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich), Goethe-Institut London, ArkDes (Stockholm), and Sonar+D (Barcelona). She is currently developing a whispering AI voice companion, undertaking several large-scale writing projects, and working as a strategist and technology researcher.
Steven Warwick - Fellowship ‘22
Steven Warwick is an artist, writer, and musician living and working in Berlin. His practice is paradigmatic of an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses theatre-making, sculptural installation, social dramaturgy and composition. His work is disseminated on a multitude of platforms including records, galleries, nightclubs, publications and the Internet. Across these contexts, Warwick creates assemblages of performance, image, sound and language that speak to the ways in which ideologies construct and inhabit spaces, online and offline – from co-working spaces to clubs, television shows and online chat rooms. In its pluralistic live forms, Warwick’s work redefines the expectations and conventions that accompany events such as performance and public exhibitions.
Warwick’s visual work has been exhibited at KW Berlin; Schinkel Pavillon, Volksbühne Berlin, Klosterruine Berlin, Reading International, Zürich Moves! Festival, Art Night London, SMK, Copenhagen; The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Cleopatra's, New York; Beach Office, Berlin; and Balice Hertling, New York. As a musician working under his own name and, previously, as ‘Heatsick’, he produces and performs a hybrid live/ DJ set, releasing recordings with the club/experimental label PAN and has played at Berghain, Berlin; London Contemporary Music Festival; Trouw, Amsterdam; Bergen Konsthall; LAMPO/ Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago; Issue Project Room, New York; and the Mutek and Unsound Festivals. His writing has appeared in Artforum,Texte zur Kunst, BOMB, Frieze, and Urbanomic. He co-authored ‘Fear Indexing the X- Files’, an audiovisual performance-lecture series issued as a book by Primary Information and has a book “Notes on Evil” forthcoming this spring on Floating Opera Press.
Alice Yuan Zhang 张元 - Residency ‘21
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.