Mika Hannula

Mika Hannula is a research professor at the School of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He worked as a professor of art in public spaces at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, and was director of the Academy in the period from 2000 until 2005. He was a chairman of the Nordic network of art Academies (KUNO). The books he published include: Rock the Boat: Localized Ethics, the Situated Self, and particularism in Contemporary Art (Salon Verlag, 2003); Artistic Research: Theories, Methods and Practices (Kuvataideakatemia  and Göteborg University, 2005), Politics of Small Gestures: Chances and  Challenges for Contemporary Art (Art-ist Publishing, 2006) and Politics, Identity and Public Space - Critical Reflections in and through the practices of contemporary art. He also edited the book Self-Organization: Counter-Economic Strategies (Sternberg Press, 2006). He has curated several exhibitions including Songs of Freedom and Love (Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul) and the  Estonian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2007a. Hannula was born in Turku (Finland), defended his Ph.D. in Political Science and lives in Berlin.


Branislav Dimitrijevic

Branislav Dimitrijevic is a professor of History and Theory of Art at the School of Fine and Applied Arts and the New Academy in Belgrade. He is active as a writer and curator and is a permanent contributor of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, where he was leading a course on “Art and Culture in the Socialist Yugoslavia.” He is publishing essays on contemporary art, film and visual art theory, and edited several publications and catalogues including On Normality: Art in Serbia 1989-2001. Selected curatorial projects: Ubistvo 1 (Centre for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade 1997), Conversations (Museum of Contemporary Arts, 2001), Situated Self: Confused Compassionate, Conflictual (Helsinki City Museum; Museum of Contemporary Arts, 2005), Breaking Step – Displacement, Compassion and humor in contemporary art in the UK (Museum of Contemporary Arts, 2007), FAQ Serbia (ACF, New York 2010), No Network (Time Machine, Atomic bunkerin Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina). He was twice the curator of the Yugoslav/Serbian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and in 2009. Master’s thesis in the field of art history and theory he got at the University of Kent in England in 1995, and the PhD entitled the “consumer culture in socialist Yugoslavia” he got at the University of Arts in Belgrade in 2012.