A graduate of the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Lisbon Theatre and Film School), Cíntia Gil also holds a degree in Philosophy from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Porto). Since November 2019, Cíntia Gil has been Festival Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK, and from 2012 to 2019 she was co-director of Doclisboa, Portugal’s most important documentary film festival. She has curated a variety of contemporary and historical film series, retrospectives and exhibitions. In addition, she has been a member of the executive board of Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário, the Portuguese documentary film association – since 2015. Her texts have appeared in numerous publications on philosophy and art and she is a regular guest on panel discussions and at conferences, as well as on international festival juries.
Academic Thomas Keenan is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Human Rights Program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA. After receiving a Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. from Yale University, he began researching media and conflict, literary and political theory, humanitarianism and human rights, violence and politics. In 1997 he published Fables of Responsibility: Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics, exploring the relationship between literature and politics by focusing on the question of reading.
Among many books he has edited is the collection of essays edited with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun titled New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (2005), exploring the relationship between old and new in the age of digital culture. Keenan is also an editorial and advisory board member of the Journal of Human Rights, Grey Room, Humanity, and Scholars at Risk Network.
Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum Karen Archey is a curator and art critic formerly based in Berlin and New York. Since joining the Stedelijk in 2017, she has organized exhibitions by artists including Rineke Dijkstra and Metahaven, as well as the latest edition of the Stedelijk’s biannual Municipal Art Acquisitions, titled Freedom of Movement. She heads the Stedelijk’s research initiative on conservation, acquisition and display of time-based media and coordinates the museum’s performance program.
She has worked as an independent curator and editor for New York-based organization e-flux and, with Robin Peckham, organized the Art Post-Internet exhibition at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. She lectures on topics ranging from feminism, art and technology to collecting time-based media.