Barbara Lüneburg

Benjamin Lignel

Falk Hübner

Pascal Gielen


Barbara Lüneburg holds a professorship for Artistic Research at Anton Bruckner Private University, Austria where she is also head of the doctoral programmes. She has given workshops, talks and seminars at major European, Asian and American universities and has been invited for master courses at the European Orchestra Academy, the Chiffren ensemble Schleswig Holstein (Germany) and the International Summer Academy of the Music University Vienna, Austria.

In 1992, Barbara has founded ensemble Intégrales (1992-2012), which has gained an international reputation as one of the foremost ensembles for non-conducted chamber music and awarded the annual prize of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Stiftung, Hamburg (2008). Barbara was awarded a doctoral degree for her research "A holistic view of the creative potential of performance practice in contemporary music", a theoretical and practical work on creativity and collaboration, programming, and concert aura. For this research alone (2008-2010) she commissioned almost 30 new solo and chamber music works for violin, viola and electric violin. Her latest research project TransCoding | what if? (funded by the Austrian Science Fund) explores social media and their potential to interest and engage a young audience for the new arts.

Benjamin Lignel is an educator, writer, curator and artist. He was the editor of Art Jewelry Forum between January 2013 and December 2016, and edited three books under AJF’s imprint, including the first book-length study of jewelry exhibition-making. He co-curated also Known as Jewellery (2008), MirrorMirror 

(2011), Difference and Repetition (2013), Exposé (2017), Medusa, Jewellery and Taboos (2017) at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and most recently collaborated on Tableau Vivant (2018) at the Pinakothek der Moderne/the Design Museum, Munich. Benjamin has lectured extensively on craft, and regularly contributes essays to magazines, artists’ books and museum publications. He teaches at HDK (Göteborg), Alchimia (Florence), the Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam), Warren Wilson College (Swannanoa) and is currently working with co-editor Namita Wiggers towards a publication on jewelry and gender. Ben is on the editorial advisory board of Norwegians Crafts and of the Journal of Jewellery Research. His work is represented in several public collections. He lives in Montreuil (France).

Falk Hübner, PhD, is a composer, music theatre maker and researcher. He creates experimental stage work which falls between concert, installation and performance. Everyday happenings are a major inspiration in his work. Fascinated by (non-) communication phenomena of the individual, isolated human being in our technological age, he uses everyday experiences as inspiration for his artistic work. His PhD research  focuses on the impact of “reduction” (central elements of performance – such as the musical instrument – are taken away from the musician) on the professional identity of the musician. Shifting Identities has been published in December 2014 at International Film & Theatre Books Amsterdam. He is currently conducting a two-year postdoctoral project "Common Ground" as part of the research group Research practice, Philosophy and Ethics at HKU Utrechts Conservatorium to explore the different types of research methodology in existing research at HKU.

Falk is core teacher for research at HKU and is head of the research group music and performativity at the Professorship Performative Processes of Nirav Christophe, also at HKU. Falk is a Creative Director of the Innovative Conservatoire (ICON) and member of the board of Forum+, journal for research and the arts, based in Antwerp.

Pascal Gielen is full professor of sociology of art and politics at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University, Belgium) where he leads the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO). Gielen is editor in-chief of the international book series Arts in Society. In 2016 he became laureate of the Odysseus grant for excellent international scientific research of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders in Belgium. His research focuses on creative labour, the institutional context of the arts and on cultural politics. Gielen has published many books which are translated in English, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

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