Adam Arvidsson teaches sociology at the University of Milano. He is the author of Brands: Meaning and Value in Media Culture (Routledge: London, 2006), and has published on social production, 'creativity' and creative industries, and the political economy of cognitive capitalism in general. His new book The Ethical Economy: A Theory of Value for the Information Society is forthcoming with Colombia University Press in 2012.
Boris Groys is Professor of Aesthetics, Art History, and Media Theory at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University. He is the author of many books, including The Total Art of Stalinism (Princeton University Press, 1992); Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment (Afterall Books, 2006); Art Power (MIT, 2008); The Communist Postscript (Verso, 2010), and, most recently, Going Public (E-flux journal/Sternberg Press, 2011).
Project Projects is a design studio that produces commissioned work and independent curatorial, editorial, and publishing projects. The studio was founded in 2004 by Prem Krishnamurthy and Adam Michaels; Rob Giampietro joined as a principal in 2010. Project Projects was honored in 2009 and 2011 as a Finalist in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's National Design Awards. Combining a conceptual focus, a critical approach to visual form, and an expanded sense of the possibilities of contemporary design practice, Project Projects works across a wide range of media and scales from printed ephemera, books, and websites, to exhibitions, institutional identity programs, and public signage systems.
Marina Vishmidt is a writer based in London, is currently conducting PhD research at Queen Mary, University of London, on Speculation as a Mode of Production in Art and Capital. She co-edited Uncorporate Identity (2010) with Metahaven, and Media Mutandis: Art, Technologies and Politics (2006) with Mary Anne Francis and Jo Walsh. Her writing has appeared in many artists' publications, catalogues, and journals such as Mute, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, and Reartikulacija.