WHY Bios


Kevin T. Allen is intrigued by the territory that straddles ethnography and the avant-garde, disciplines that are both deeply immersed in “the other” and a thick approach to representation. His recent work locates culture not only in human forms, but also in physical landscapes and material objects. His current project, “Real West,” is funded by the Jerome Foundation and uses handmade contact microphones to interrogate the material artifacts of roadside ghost towns in South Dakota. Samples of his work can be found at www.phonoscopy.com

Caroline Bergvall is a writer and artist of Norwegian and French origins based in London and Geneva. She works across artforms, media and languages. Projects alternate between books and printed matter, audio pieces, collaborative performances, installations. Her work explores a strong exponent of writing and reading methods adapted to contemporary audiovisual and contextual situations, as well as multilingual identities. Drift (Nightboat Books, 2014) has also been developed as a collaborative performance and tours throughout 2014-2015. www.carolinebergvall.com

Ed Bowes is a video maker. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in the MFA Photography and Video department and BFA Film and Video. He is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. He has received grants and fellowships from NEA, NYFA, NYSCA and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is currently shooting Hermitage, the final part of a trilogy. www.edbowes.org

Alexandra Eldridge is an artist with an inborn appetite for the numinous. Her work is mined from the richness of her inner worlds. Reason is abandoned and paradox thrives. She spent years living in an art community inspired by the ideas of William Blake. Today she lives and travels frequently from her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Alexandra’s work is exhibited widely around the globe. She is most recently collaborating with the poet Tony Barnstone on a Creativity Tarot Deck and preparing for a solo show in San Francisco for fall 2014. www.alexandraeldridge.com

Joan Schuman’s audio interviews fragment into documentary art-narratives braiding voices, sounds and silence designed for radioesque spaces. Her curating includes Acoustic Mining and Right Ear Dominant (KUSP-FM Santa Cruz); The Sound Lounge (Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson); Lo-fi: Radio (NEXUS/Foundation for Art, Philadelphia); Listening as a Form of Activism and The WHY: Conversations (Trickhouse); and the forthcoming Earlid.org. She teaches sound studies online to graduate students at New School for Public Engagement and undergraduates exploring mediated responses to environmental disaster. She lives in Northern California. Visit her work at HyperAcousia.

Noah Saterstrom is a visual artist, writer, and publisher. In addition to painting and drawing, he has make videos, essays and animations. His work has been shown most recently at UA Poetry Center (Tucson), Central School Project (Bisbee), Carol Robinson Gallery (New Orleans), Yardmeter Editions (Brooklyn, NY). He is founder and Head Curator of Trickhouse and maintains Noah’s Work-a-Day Page where he posts drawings and paintings on a (kind of) daily basis. Other projects and paintings can be found at www.noahsaterstrom.com

Helen White lives in Ghent, Belgium. She makes visual poetry and visual/audio performances. Her work has been included in the anthologies Zieteratuur (Groningen, 2010), Last Vispo (Fantagraphics, 2012), A Global Visage (edition ch, 2012) and Local Colour: ghosts, variations (In Edit Mode, 2012) and can be seen online at www.krikri.be/helen/ . Her chapbook fist house will be published by Dancing Girl Press later this year.