The New York-based film artist Bill Morrison, born in 1965, studied at the renowned Reed College until 1985 and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art. He is often called a “film archaeologist” because many of his works are based on analogue archive material that he assembles in collages set to contemporary music, often in collaboration with notable composers. His collage film “Decasia” (2002) is considered to be a masterpiece and was selected for the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art, which honoured Morrison with a retrospective in 2014/15. He is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and received an Alpert Award in the Arts in the category Film/Video in 2006.
Myriam Ryndová graduated in Aesthetics and Slovak Language and Literature, supplemented by Artes Liberales courses in Film Studies, in Bratislava and Prague in 2002. From 1999 to 2005 she worked as editor, literature and film critic for the Slovak arts magazine “Vlna” and organised film events at the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Bratislava. She moved to Prague in 2005, where she curated the music video and animation film sections of Datatransfer, a festival of contemporary visual culture. She is a long-standing member of the Prague Institute of Documentary Film, for which she organises transmedia projects and industry events.
Media and conceptual artist Jani Leinonen’s subjects are global trademarks and well-known public figures as well as the media strategies used to form,
advertise and sell them. His installations, performances, films, exhibition architectures and objects adapt the iconography of popular advertising and image campaigns and enhance it to the point of acute ridicule, exposing the power commercial interests have over our values. Leinonen graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. His works were exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and other places. In 2015/16 Kiasma dedicated an extensive retrospective to him which included his educational performance project “School of Disobedience”.