Los Angeles Team

Organized by Warren Neidich, Renée Petropoulos, Michael Slenske and Anuradha Vikram

Artistic Coordinator: Sarrita Hunn and Julie McKim
Digital Producer: Jocelyn Anker
Web Designer: Andres Sandoval Alba
Legal Advisor: Gale P. Elston

Warren Neidich is a conceptual artist, writer, and theorist based in Berlin and Los Angeles. He is the founding director of Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art and the English editor of Archive Books, Berlin. He founded the website www.artbrain.org (including the Journal of Neuroaesthetics) in 1997. His neon sculpture, “Pizzagate Neon,” was exhibited with Zuecca Project Space as part of the 2019 Venice Biennale and will travel to Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum (2020). Selected Awards and Fellowships include: The Fulbright Specialist Program, Fine Arts Category, University of Cairo, 2013; The Vilem Flusser Theory Award, Transmediale, Berlin, 2010; and AHRB/ACE Arts and Science Research Fellowship. Bristol, UK 2004. Recently published books include Glossary of Cognitive Capitalism, Archive Books, 2019; Neuromacht, Merve Verlag, Berlin, 2017; and The Colour of Politics, Kunstverein on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, 2017-2018. He has been a guest tutor at Goldsmiths College, London (2004-2007) and the Weissensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin (2016-2018). His work is represented by Priska Pasquer Gallery, Koln and Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. www.warrenneidich.com

Renée Petropoulos is an artist who has created projects and exhibited internationally.  Most recently, Petropoulos is the 2019 recipient of the Santa Monica Artist Fellowship and she was a 2019 Iaspis Stockholm International Grant holder, artist-in-residence at the Palm Springs Museum of Art in May, as well as artist-in-residence at 18th Street Arts Center in October 2019 with Arturo Hernandez of Oaxaca Mexico. In February, she exhibited an installation at Local 1 in Mexico City. In 2020, she will have a solo exhibition at As-Is Gallery in Los Angeles. http://reneepetropoulos.tumblr.com/

Michael Slenske is a Los Angeles-based writer, editor and curator. He is a contributing writer for Los Angeles magazine, a contributing editor for Galerie, and has served as the editor-at-large of CULTURED and LALA and as a contributing editor at the LA Times’s DesignLA, Modern Painters and Art + Auction. His work has been anthologized, included in numerous artist monographs. In 2018, Slenske founded the project space Desert Center | Los Angeles (@desertcenterlosangeles), which has been featured at both LA editions of the Spring Break | Art Show and worked with Chuck Arnoldi, Larry Bell, Scott Benzel, Awol Erizku, Eve Fowler, Genevieve Gaignard, Robert Gunderman, Lauren Halsey, Nir Hod, Salomón Huerta, Anthony James, Kelly Lamb, Robert Lazzarini, Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman, Seffa Klein, Rachel Mason, Jake Kean Mayman, Ben Wolf-Noam, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Jennifer Rochlin, Ry Rocklen,  Bill Saylor, Jeremy Shockley,Una Szeemann, Graham Wilson, and Robert Yarber. Slenske recently curated the group show LA On Fire featuring the work of more than 50 LA-based artists at Wilding Cran Gallery, which published a catalogue of first-person narratives from each of the artists. He also runs the the LA-based pop-up The Street & The Shop (@thestreetandtheshop), which opened its third edition in February 2020 at Frieze LA.

Anuradha Vikram is a Los Angeles-based writer, curator, and educator who has guest-curated exhibitions for the Craft Contemporary (formerly CAFAM), Shulamit Nazarian, Mills College Art Museum, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, ProArts, and the DeYoung Museum Artist Studio, and held curatorial positions at 18th Street Arts Center, UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice, Headlands Center for the Arts, Aicon Gallery, Richmond Art Center, and in the studio of artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Vikram is the author of “Decolonizing Culture,” a collection of seventeen essays that address questions of race and gender parity in contemporary art spaces (Art Practical/Sming Sming Books, 2017). Anuradha Vikram’s writing includes contributions to ARTnews, Leonardo, KCET Artbound, Artillery, Hyperallergic, Daily Serving, Art Practical, The Brooklyn Rail, and OPEN SPACE, the SFMOMA blog; catalogue essays on artists Sandy Rodriguez, Young Joon Kwak, Kal Spelletich, Sonya Rapoport, Chitra Ganesh, and Ana Mendieta; and to the Paper Monument collection “As radical, as mother, as salad, as shelter: what should art institutions do now?” She is faculty in the UCLA Department of Art, USC Roski School of Art and Design, and Otis College of Art and Design, and serves as an Editorial Board member for X-TRA and an editor for X Topics, a subsidiary of X Artists’ Books. Anuradha Vikram’s service to the field of visual arts includes past roles as board member of the College Art Association, chapter chair of ArtTable of Northern California, and Board Chair for Kearny Street Workshop. As a curator, her programs have been awarded major grants by National Endowment for the Arts, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Fundacion Jumex, and California Arts Council. Vikram holds an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts and a BS in Studio Art from NYU.

Sarrita Hunn is an interdisciplinary artist, editor, curator and web developer whose often collaborative practice focuses on the culturally, socially and politically transformative potential of artist-centered activity. She is the co-founder and editor of MARCH, a journal of art & strategy; artistic coordinator for Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, a nomadic, intensive summer academy that stress an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the relationship between art and politics; and managing editor of artbrain.org (Journal of Neuroaesthetics and Chaoid Gallery). Additionally, she is a founding member and co-chair of Liebe Chaos Verein, a Berlin-based non-profit association that supports activities that encourage responsibility, criticality, equality, and solidarity, with a focus on chaos, failure, decentralisation and self-organisation; and founding member of Cypher Sex, an activist collective focused on digital security for sex-positive and queer communities in Berlin and beyond.

Julie McKim is an independent curator who has produced curatorial projects both here and abroad. She has held positions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Performa, New York, The Oakland Museum of California, and The Kitchen, New York. Until February 2020, she was the inaugural curator-in-residence at the Queens Museum, where she worked closely with the museum’s teen initiative to realize the exhibition, We Are Your Future: The Voices of Queens Teens. From 2010-2015, she served as head curator for the Brooklyn-based alternative arts space, Kunsthalle Galagagos. She studied Visual Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Modern Art History at Columbia University, and began her arts career as a volunteer at the Oakland Museum of California, giving tours and sharing the profound importance of the photography of Gordon Parks.

Jocelyn Anker is a Digital Producer. Her expertise is the intersection of technology, design and content, with a priority on user experience and the end-product itself. Particular specialties include the use of technology in real-world scenarios like events and spatial interaction, as well the branding of technology itself. Over the years, Jocelyn has worked for such brands as HBO and The New York Stock Exchange, as well as for a variety of nonprofits. Prior to her digital life, Jocelyn was one of the only women to lead the underground music and club scene in Berlin in the 1990s. Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature and Linguistics from Cornell University.

Andres Sandoval Alba has developed his design projects in relation to visual arts and he has collaborated with many artists around the world. He is interested in video games, animation and publication design. He is part of the collective Helena Producciones, an artist collective that seeks to investigate the relationship between artistic production in Colombia and the social, economic, political conditions of specific contexts. Helena Producciones won in 2011 the first Visible Award of Citadellartte-Fondazione Pistoletto.

Gale P. Elston is an Artists’ Rights advocate who has represented Carolee Schneemann, The Estate of Dennis Oppenheim, John Coplans, Aviva Rahmani and many other artists. Her cases have expanded rights for artists and created new law for artists. She is ABD at The European Graduate School where she is writing a PhD on creativity. She practices Art Law in New York City and represents artists, artist estates and cultural organizations. Her non-profit service includes: founding Board member and Executive Director of WhiteBox; Trustee of the Headlands Center for the Arts – Artist in Residence program; Board Member of The Anyone Can Fly Foundation, founder of ReCreate, and Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.