Tony Whitfield, director, photographer, producer, writer.
Tony is an artist, designer, producer and curator whose work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums including the New York’s Museum of Art and Design, Leslie Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art, The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano in Lima, Peru and published in the US and abroad. Whitfield has also written about art, new media, film, performance and design. Recently, Tony has produced short video works including the Silver Rainbow Project, a collaboration with videographer Joe Lumbroso and composer Andrew Alden. He has also held leadership positions in New York’s arts community including Director of Printed Matter, Inc., Associate Director of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council where he produced over 100 performing arts events annually and Senior Policy Analyst for Cultural Affairs in the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, as well as Program Director at Just Above Midtown, Inc. Whitfield’s writing about art, design, performance, film and video as a medium for cultural criticism has been included in numerous publications over the last three decades. As an educator, he is an Associate Professor of Art and Design Studies at Parsons The New School for Design, where he has served in various leadership roles including Associate Dean for Civic Engagement, Chair of the Product Design Department and Director of the Furniture Program. In 2015, Tony also produced “Double Jack,” Thierry Micouin’s duet with five digitally programmed guitars, at Tishman Auditorium at the New School in collaboration LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club and the French Embassy.
Thierry Micouin, choreographer (Love’s Frontier: 1918).
After studying medicine, Thierry trained in theater and dance with the team of Tanztheater Wuppertal . He has performed with many french choregraphers, most notably with Catherine Diverres, Boris Charlatz, Xavier Leroy and Olivier Dubois. In 2006, he created his first project as a choregrapher, which was the first part of a triptych about gender issues and male identity. In 2009, he was a beneficiary of the the Institut Français – Hors les murs program (Villa Médicis) and was artist-in-residence in New York for three months supporting his research around about gay escorting, which leaded to the creation of “Men at Work Go Slow!.” In addition to his career as a choreographer, he continues to perform with Olivier Dubois and Boris Charmatz. “Double Jack,” his duet with five digitally programmed guitars, has been performed since 2014 in France, Canada and the US where his New York debut was produced by Tony Whitfield at Tishman Auditorium at the New School in collaboration LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club and the French Embassy.
Andrew Alden, composer.
Andrew is an American composer from New England where he received his BFA in Film Scoring and Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is the director and composer of the Andrew Alden Ensemble, which is dedicated to exploring new music in the tradition of Bang on a Can All-Stars, Alloy Orchestra, Kronos Quartet and Alarm Will Sound. Andrew has performed with Evan Ziporyn and Terry Riley as a member of Gamelan Galak Tika, has scored 20 different films, including spots on NBC, and has toured nationally. Andrew currently lives in Rochester where he is freelance composer and visual artist.
Klaus Fruchtnis, technical and media consultant.
Klaus is a photographer, digital artist and lecturer. He has a degree in visual arts from Rennes and a master in Arts and Digital Media from the Sorbonne. His research is based on the areas of photography, multimedia, digital drawing and media experimentation and is related to the word “space”, and it has been characterized by its itinerary and its way of evolution over the last years. He questions the image, its origin and its incidence in the current art world, through new technologies and different ways of perceiving art, as well as how they influence our daily life. In November, 2014, he was named Photography Chair of the Paris College of Art. Klaus Fruchtnis was born in Colombia in 1978.
Vladan Nikolic, transmedia strategy consultant.
Mr. Nikolic is an award-winning director, producer ,editor, and writer of feature films, documentaries, shorts, commercials, and music videos. He was formerly the Director for NTV Studio B, the first independent television network in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His feature film, Love, premiered at the 2005 Tribeca, Venice, and other Film Festivals, where he won the Best Director Award and critical acclaim. His most recent work includes producing the feature Here and There, which won the 2009 Best NY Narrative Award at Tribeca Film Festival, and writing, directing and producing the feature film ZENITH. Mr. Nikolic is also an Associate Professor of Media Studies and The New School in NYC focused on digital filmmaking, alternative modes of media production and distribution, non-traditional storytelling techniques and new media production technologies.
Christina Lafontaine, production and research assistant.
Christina is a multimedia installation artist, prop designer, and fabricator. She is currently completing her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design focusing on immersive interactive installations.
Marcos Scheidt, production and research assistant.
Marcos is a graphic designer, artist and videographer whose work focuses on gender, performance and representation. He is currently an MFA candidate in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design.
Kristin Slater, research assistant and app designer.
Kristin is completing herMFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design.