Giada Dalla Bontà is a researcher, curator and writer working at the intersection of art, sound and politics with a focus on unofficial Soviet and post-Soviet art and music; art and politics; underground cultures and experimental music. She is based in Berlin and Copenhagen, where she holds a PhD fellowship at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the Sound Studies Lab. She recently organized the symposium WHAT SOUNDS DO - New Directions in an Anthropology of Sound in Copenhagen, and SOUNDEAST- Sonic Inquiries Into Cultures from Central and Eastern Europe & Central Asia.
Marsel Ganeyev is a Tatar language queer activist from Kazakhstan, currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden, doing his PhD in Medical Science. He is trying to consolidate both Queer and Kazakh/Tatar aspects of his activism in his projects by exploring queer narratives in the context of language.
Stas Shärifullin, aka HMOT, is a musician, researcher and artist working with sound. Born in Central Siberia, with Bashqort roots, Stas is studying the decolonial potential of various musical and listening practices focusing on the political agency of sound and methods of militant sonic ethnography: action-as-research, research-as-action.
Natalia Papaeva is a performance artist from Buryatia, Western Siberia. Her fascination lies in how people express their emotions through songs, stories, and sound. While her work isn't linear, it follows her curiosity to find out: what happened? Why did it happen? ‘What would happen if I opened my mouth’? Natalia earned her degree from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and has won multiple awards, including the TENT Academy Award. In 2021, she held a solo exhibition called 'ik ben' at VHDG in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Natalia has also participated in many group exhibitions and festivals across the globe. She is currently doing her residency at Rijksakademie.
Victoria Sarangova is a multimedia artist from Kalmykia, Russia, currently based in Berlin. She studied at Central Saint Martins London and Kunst in Context at UdK, Berlin. Through media of sound, documentary film, installation, hand embroidery, radio art and performance - among others - her practice aims to elaborate her personal experience of in-between position through the prism of the present cultural and political context. Memory and affects, identity, and ideas of 'progress' are among the topics she currently engages with.