Amanda Boetzkes is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Guelph, Canada. Her research focuses on the intersection of artistic practices with the life sciences and global systems of energy use. She is the author of Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste (MIT Press, 2019) and The Ethics of Earth Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and co-editor of Heidegger and the Work of Art History (Ashgate, 2014). She has published in the journals Postmodern Culture; Art Journal; Art History; Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture; Antennae: The Journal of Nature and Visual Culture; and Eflux among others. Recent book chapters appear in Materialism and the Critique of Energy (MCM’, 2018); Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture (McGill-Queen’s Press, 2017); Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (Fordham University Press, 2016); The Edinburgh Companion for Animal Studies (Edinburgh University Press, 2017); and Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Politics, Aesthetics, Environments and Epistemologies (Open Humanities Press, 2015). Her current project, Ecologicity, Vision and Art for a World to Come considers modes of visualizing environments with a special focus on the circumpolar North.
Jeff Diamanti is Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. His research, including his forthcoming book, Terminal Landscapes: Climate, Energy Culture and the Infrastructures of Postindustrial Capital, tracks the political and media ecology of fossil fuels. His essays have appeared in the journals Radical Philosophy, Postmodern Culture, Mediations, Western American Literature, Krisis, and Reviews in Cultural Theory, as well as the books Fueling Culture (Fordham UP) and A Companion to Critical and Cultural Studies (Wiley-Blackwell). Diamanti has edited a number of book and journal collections including Contemporary Marxist Theory (Bloomsbury 2014), Materialism and the Critique of Energy (MCM’ Press 2018), the Bloomsbury Companion to Marx (2018), Energy Culture (West Virginia University Press 2019), as well as a special issue of Reviews in Cultural Theory on “Energy Humanities” and a double issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities on “Climate Realism.”
Marija Cetinic is a Lecturer in Contemporary Literature at the University of Amsterdam. She is co-editor, with Lynn Badia and Jeff Diamanti of the forthcoming book Climate Realism (Fordham University Press, 2019). Her current project, Signs of Autumn: The Aesthetics of Saturation examines the concept of saturation in its relationship to contemporary art, aesthetics and political economy. Her essays have appeared in Mediations, Discourse, and the European Journal of English Studies and the books Neoliberalism, Value, and Jouissance and A Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory (Wiley 2017).
Chelsea Reid is an artist, author and curator, and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek near Sudbury, Ontario. Currently attending the University of Guelph for a Masters of Art History and Visual Culture, her thesis “Living Trees and Networks: An Exploration of Fractal Ontology” focuses on the preservation of arts and culture through digital networking and Indigenous arts organizations. She has a BFA Honours and a background in digital filmmaking. Her interest in digital networking stems from an investment in the preservation of Indigenous arts and culture and a research interest in creating and using databases as a tool of decolonization and self-empowerment. She participated in the Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI) Conference at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in June of 2018, where she filmed several of the events and talks for the Foundation’s archives.
Tyler Lesvesque is Vice Chair of Near North Mobile Media Lab, an organization that creates opportunities for artists and audiences to engage with media arts in northern Ontario regardless of class, age, gender, race, ability, or sexual orientation. N2M2L facilitates educational workshops, presents exhibitions, screenings and festivals, and provides support to our membership through equipment rentals, project assistance, and mentorships.