Taipei Contributors

Ali Akay - War and Multitude
Ali Akay is a professor at the University of Fine Arts Mimar Sinan, chief of the departement of Sociology, an independent curator currently at Akbank Sanat and at Istanbulmodern Museum, professor at Humbolt University in Berlin; Paris VIII University; and, National Institut of History of Art(I.N.H.A) in Paris. He has founded (since 1992) Toplumbilim review and co-founded (since 2005 ) Plato magazine in Istanbul.

Shaina Anand - Zoom
Shaina Anand (b. 1975) is a filmmaker and artist. She has been working independently in film and video since 1997. In 2001, she founded ChitraKarKhana, (, a fully independent unit for experimental media. Her projects consider the shifting agencies at work within contemporary media and its terrains of operation, for example working with micro-radio and television, cable networks, and CCTV. She is co-initiator of CAMP, (, and of the PAD.MA ( online video archive.

Tilman Baumgärtel - Piracy
Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel teaches at the College of Mass Communication at the University of the Philippines, Manila. As an art and media critic and curator, he contributes to German and international reviews, newspapers and magazines. He has curated a number of exhibitions focusing on media art, including “Games”, a presentation of computer games by artists, at Hartware (Dortmund 2003), "Install.exe", the first solo exhibition of Jodi (Basel, Berlin, New York 2002) and a section of the Seoul Media City Biennale in 2004.

York W. Chen - Conflict within Peace, Peace within Conflict
Dr York W. Chen graduated from the judicial studies division of the College of Law and Business at National Chung Hsing University, the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University, and received his doctorate in political science from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Lancaster in England. He is the author of the well known books The Role of the United States in Future Cross-Strait Conflicts and Imperfect Battleground: Concepts of War in the Information Age, as well as more than ten Chinese and English treatises on Taiwan's national defense and military affairs. Dr York W. Chen served as policy assistant in the Legislative Yuan, a deputy research fellow in the National Security Council, a secretary to the vice minister in the Ministry of National Defense R.O.C. and a senior adviser in the National Security Council. He is currently an assistant professor at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University, the president of the Institute for Taiwan Defense and Strategic Studies, and also the editor in chief of Strategy: Taiwan National Security Policy Review.

Wong Hoy Cheong - Four Notions on War
Wong Hoy Cheong was born in Georgetown, Penang. He studied literature, education and fine arts at Brandeis University, Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in the USA. His work is inter-disciplinary, involving areas such as drawing, installation, video/photography and theatre/performance. Working in a wide range of media, Hoy Cheong addresses concerns and ideas about identity, location, globalization, and colonialism, using popular genre conventions, as well as the allure of unusual materials. He has always sought to disturb our sense of security, reminding us of the slippery surface that lies between fact and fiction, past and present, and the perpetual reinvention of our own histories. He is currently Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University Singapore.

Ti-Nan Chi - Vacuity, topo, deception, detour, bunker
Chi Ti-Nan was born in 1957 in Taipei. His parents were immigrants from Manchuria after WWII. He received architectural training from Tunghai University in Taiwan, and completed his graduate study at Yale University in the United States, under architect Frank Gehry and philosopher Karsten Harries. In 1985, his drawing of the Style for the Year 2001 won the 2nd price in the Shinkenchiku international competition. In 1995, Z house project won him Asakura Award of SD Review in Japan. He participated in Ke Da Ke Xiao exhibition, AA gallery, London, 1998, Venice Architecture Biennial 2000, Beijing Architecture Biennial 2006, etc. Currently he is the principal of Chi Ti-Nan Architects in Beijing. His research interest lies in pre-scientific cultural thinking and European phenomenological philosophy. Since 1999, as the founder of Human Environment Group NGO, he has been the curator of a series of Urban Flashes workshops held over Euro-Asia continent, as part of his practice on Micro-Urbanism. Since 2004, he joined the faculty of Bergen School of Architecture in Norway. Recently, he has been invited as visiting professor to schools in Maharashtra area in India.

Manray Hsu - The Informal

Shih-Chieh Ilya Li - Cold, Coldness, the War of Coldness
Shih-Chieh "Ilya" Li (a.k.a. Ilya Eric Lee) Blogger, nocturnal wanderer, activist on exile over the Internet. Participated free & open source software & digital archives, ICT-related projects & program,  interested in technologies and society. Currently enrolled in National Tsing Hua University Sociology PhD program. (

Brett Neilson - Waiting
Brett Neilson is Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at the University of Western Sydney, where he is also a member of the Centre for Cultural Research. His writings have appeared in venues such as Variant, Mute, Posse, DeriveApprodi, Vacarme, Subtropen, Conflitti globali, makeworlds, Carta and Framework. He is a contributor to the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto and author of Free Trade in the Bermuda Triangle ... and Other Tales of Counterglobalization (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).

Nikos Papastergiadis - Ambient Fears
Nikos Papastergiadis is Professor at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Throughout his career, Nikos has provided strategic consultancies for government agencies on issues relating to cultural identity and worked on collaborative projects with artists and theorists of international repute, such as John Berger, Jimmie Durham and Sonya Boyce. His current research focuses on the investigation of the historical transformation of contemporary art and cultural institutions by digital technology. Nikos has recently published Spatial Aesthetics: Art Place and the Everyday (2006), which examines the new processes, contexts and relations through which contemporary art is produced, and co-edited with Scott McQuire, Empires Ruins and Networks, Melbourne University Press, 2005.

Annett Busch & Florian Schneider - Blank Space

Gregory Sholette - Dark Matter
Gregory Sholette is an artist, writer, and an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Queens College, New York. His work has been exhibited at Periferic 8 (Romania), Dia Art Foundation, Anthology Film Archives, and the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), A founding member of the artist's collectives Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D: 1980-1988), and REPOhistory (1989-2000), he is the co-editor of two recent books, Collectivism After Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945, (University of Minnesota, 2007); and The Interventionists: A Users Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life, (MASS MoCA/MIT Press, 2004). He is currently writing a book on the political economy of art for Pluto Press and has co-edited a special issue of Third Text with theorist Gene Ray on the theme "Whither Tactical Media."

Sam de Silva - Loyalty
Sam de Silva is a creative producer and media practitioner. He has a multi-disciplinary background and has an interest in tactical media-arts, surveillance research, and protest and mobilisation strategies. Sam has a background in information and communications technologies, and has been a lecturer at the Media and Communications Department at the University of Melbourne. Recently, he has been spending time in Sri Lanka, trying to make sense of the cycles of violence that ripples through the island.

Ashok Sukumaran - Insulation
Bio: Ashok Sukumaran studied architecture and media art, and now works principally as an artist, on a range of projects and collaborations involving elements such as electricity, spectacle, doubt, and power. His work is shown and has received awards internationally. He is a co-founder of CAMP, a new space for artistic and research activity based in Mumbai.

Ravi Sundaram - Accident
Ravi Sundaram is a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. In 2000 he founded The Sarai programme along with Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, Ravi Vasudevan and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. Sarai is a programme of the CSDS and one of South Asia’s best known spaces that work on media and urbanism. In Sarai, he works with on research projects on media culture which examine the emerging inter-media junctions in Indian and Asian cities. He has co-edited the critically acclaimed series: the Sarai Readers: The Public Domain (2001), The Cities of Everyday Life(2002), Shaping Technologies (2003), and the Crisis Media(2004), and Frontiers (2007). He is the author of After Media: Urbanism and Pirate culture in Delhi, (Routledge) London (2009). His current work is on urban fear.