Olesya Turkina, Ph. D., critic and curator,  Senior Research Fellow at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Head of MA Program in Curatorial Studies and Associate Professor on the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University. She has worked on numerous exhibitions, including MIR: Made in the XXth Century at the Russian Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale, 1999; Evolution of the Image: Light. Sound. Material, State Russian Museum, 1996; Kabinet, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1997 (co-curated); Necrorealism, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2011, The Life of the Remarkable Monroe, Novy Museum, St. Petersburg, 2014 (co-curated with Viktor Mazin), Apartment Art, Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, Beyond Zero, Calvert 22, London, 2014. She has contributed to numerous publications. Her recent books Louise Bourgeois: Pandora’s Box. Ad Marginem, Garage, M, 2015; The Life of the Remarkable Monroe (with Viktor Mazin), St. Petersburg, 2014; Soviet Space Dogs. Fuel Publishing House, London, 2014. Since 1999 she is a member of Russian Federation of Cosmonautics. She has worked on a series of films The Chain of Flowers (Levsha, 2000, The Common Task, 2004, The Great Soviet Eclipse, 2008) with the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles.

Friedrich Tietjen is teaching as a Visiting Professor for the History of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Vienna, Austria. Before, he has been Assistant Professor for History and Theory of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany. Co-organizer of After Post-Photography conference in 2015 and 2016. His current research interests are Bad Art, the theory and history of photo-mechanic reproduction.

Olga Annanurova is culture historian, curator, teacher at Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow). Sphere of interests: history and theory of photography, media studies, visual studies, contemporary art and curatorial practices, contemporary performance practices. Her current PhD research focuses on the problem of visual effects of stereoscopic photography.

Maria Mogilevich in 2005 graduated from the Philosophy Department of the St. Petersburg State University, Russian Philosophy Chair, with A. I. Brodsky as her academic adviser. In 2009 she passed her PhD thesis on Apocalyptic Representations in European Culture of the XX century. She works at the Chair of Cultural Studies, Philosophy of Culture and Esthetics. Areas of expertise: philosophy of culture, modern culture, apocalypse and post-apocalypse, game in culture. Apart from her academic activities she is also keen on game design and game practice.

Olga Davydova — researcher in photography, film and philosophy. Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of St.Petersburg State University with a degree in culture studies; got a Master’s degree in visual studies at Smolny Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St.Petersburg State University. Junior lecturer at Smolny Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St.Petersburg State University; lecturer on philosophy of photography at «FotoDepartament» foundation, invited lecturer at “PhotoParade in Uglich” photofestival.

Anna Yakovets is a second year undergraduate student at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (Department for Discourse and Communication Studies, Faculty of Philology). Currently, she is writing her Master Thesis (title: The poetic as a direct communication strategy in polymedial texts (Wim Wenders and Peter Handke working on ‘Wings of Desire’, 1987). She is interested in media studies, visual studies, film theory, German cinema of the 1960s-1980s. She earned a bachelor’s degree in German Language and Literature (Thesis: German Expressionist Code in film adaptation of Shinel’ by N. Gogol). In 2014, she came to Berlin on a DAAD Scholarship (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, media studies). In March, 2017 she organized a research seminar ‘Reflective expression in Wim Wenders’ work: perceptible education) (in collaboration with RSUH). In April, 2016 she organized a research seminar ‘Film adaptation and literary canon’ (in collaboration with RANEPA).