António Guerreiro graduated in Modern Languages and Literatures (Portuguese and French). He was an essayist and literary critic for the weekly magazine Expresso and currently contributes to Público/Ípsilon. He published a volume of essays O Acento Agudo do Presente (2000). He contributes occasionally to art catalogues, journals and collective volumes and edited, with Olga Pombo and António Franco Alexandre, Enciclopédia e Hipertexto (2006). He founded, with José Gil and Silvina Rodrigues, the journal Elipse. He organized two international conferences at Serralves Foundation on society and politics. He has translated Giorgio Agamben, Gilles Deleuze, Gianni Vattimo, Andrea Cavalletti, Fernand Braudel, Umberto Eco and Mario Perniola. In the last years he has worked on Walter Benjamin and Aby Warburg, having published many articles.
João Onofre was born in Lisbon in 1976, where he lives and works. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and concluded his MA in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College in London. He has exhibited widely his work individually in several museums and galleries internationally, namely: João Onofre, I-20, New York (2001); João Onofre, P.S.1. / MoMA Contemporary Art Center, New York (2002); Nothing Will Go Wrong, MNAC, Lisbon, and CGAC, Santiago de Compostela (2003); João Onofre, Kunsthalle Wien. Project Space Karlsplatz. Wien (2003); João Onofre, Magazin 4, Bregenz (2004); João Onofre, Toni Tàpies, Barcelona (2005); Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon (2007); João Onofre, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin (2007); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2011). Onofre took part in numerous international group exhibitions, amongst them, most notably: Plateau of Humankind – The 49th Venice Biennale, Human Interest at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Performing Bodies, Tate Modern, London;Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt; Video, An Art, A History 1965-2005 New Media collection, Centre Pompidou, Sydney- Contemporary Art Museum, Barcelona- Fundació La Caixa, Taipei Fine Art Museum. His work is represented in public and private collections worldwide such as: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou – MNAM/CCI, Paris; The Weltkunst Foundation, Zurich; La Caixa, Barcelona; MACS – Museu de Serralves, Porto; CAM – Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; MNAC – Museu do Chiado, Lisbon; GAM – Galeria D’Arte moderna e contenporanea, Turin; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Ministère de Culture, Paris. Website: http://joaoonofre.com.
Michele Cometa is full professor of Comparative Literature and Visual Culture, coordinator of the doctoral programme in European Cultural Studies and, since 2007, dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Palermo. He is former coordinator of the B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures (1998-2001) and former head of the Department of Arts and Communication at the University of Palermo (2005-7). He studied German Literature and Philosophy at the Universities of Palermo and Cologne. He is author of several books on German and European culture, from the eighteenth to the twentieth-century. His most recently published books are: L’età di Goethe (2008 ); with Alain Montandon: Vedere. Lo sguardo di E. T. A. Hoffmann (2009); L’età classico-romantica(2009); Studi culturali (2010); La scrittura delle immagini (2012) and Mistici senza Dio. Teoria letteraria ed esperienza religiosa nel Novecento (2012). He has edited works by J. J. Winckelmann, F. Schlegel, M. Mendelssohn, G. E. Lessing, J. W. Goethe, K. F. Schinkel, J. I. Hittorff, G. Lukács, O. Weininger, K. Kraus, E. Jünger. He recently co-edited Die Kunst, das Leben zu “bewirtschaften”. Bios zwischen Politik, Ökonomie und Ästhetik(2013). He translated P. Handke’s Das Spiel vom Fragen, J. W. Goethe’s, Urfaust, Z. Kolitz’s Yossl Rakover wendet sich an Gott, P. Turrini’s Josef und Maria. He is the main editor of the Italian website on Cultural Studies, www.studiculturali.it.
Philip Auslander received his Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the Cornell University in 1983 and is full professor of Performance Studies in the School of Literature, Media and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has written on aesthetic and cultural performances as diverse as theatre, performance art, music, stand-up comedy, robotic performance and courtroom procedures. He is the author of five books and editor or co-editor of two collections. His most recently published books are Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006) and the second edition ofLiveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (2008). In addition to his work on performance, Auslander contributes art criticism regularly to ArtForum and other publications. He has written catalogue essays for museums and galleries in Austria, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He is the editor of The Art Section: An Online Journal of Art and Cultural Commentary. His primary research interest is in performance, especially in relation to music, media, and technology.
Rui Catalão is a Portuguese performer and writer. Using autobiography, the recent history of his country and an anthropological insight as tools to create fiction, his work deals with memory, chance, fragility, transparency and the way the perception of a given body is affected through storytelling. In the last three years he has presented the solos Inside words, Av. Dos Bons Amigos and Goya’s Manifesto. He has also directed Untitled, Still Life (with João Galante and Ana Borralho), Domados, ou não (with the students from the Balleteatro School of Oporto), and Melodrama for 2 actors & 1 ghost (with Cláudio da Silva and Sofia Dinger). In Romania, where he lived and worked during 2006-9, he staged the live-movie Atît de frageda and Follow that summer, and presented two series of improvised work: Acum totsi împreuna and Rui (Centrul National al Dansului Bucuresti, 2008-9). He wrote the play Esther, adapted from the Old Testament and commissioned by Culturgest PANOS programme for youth theatre companies (2013). He is the editor and co-writer of the book Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in Lisbon (to be published later this year). Screenwriter of the films To die like a man (dir. J. P. Rodrigues, 2009) and The golden helmet (dir. J. Cramez, 2007), he also made an appearance as an actor in The face you deserve (dir. Miguel Gomes, 2004). As a dramaturge (and sometimes performer) he has worked with the choreographers João Fiadeiro, Miguel Pereira, João Galante-Ana Borralho (Portugal); Eduard Gabia, Mihaela Dancs, Manuel Pelmus, Madalina Dan (Romania), and Brynjar Bandlien (Norway). He has also worked as literary critic, writing occasionally for the Portuguese daily Público and the monthly magazine Nau XXI. His literary criticism and other texts are available on: reinucatalao.blogspot.pt.