Manuel Beltrán

Manuel Beltrán is an artist and activist. He researches and lectures on art, activism, social movements, post-digital culture and new media. As an activist, he was involved in the Indignados movement in Spain, the Gezi Park protests in Turkey and several forms of independent activism and cyber-activism in Europe and beyond. In 2015 he founded the Institute of Human Obsolescence, through which he explores the future of labor, the social and political implications regarding our relationship with technology and the economic and governance systems surrounding the production of data. He is also the co-founder of the Persuasion Lab, a project exploring new forms of political propaganda in social media

Lynn Harles

Lynn Harles is a design researcher at the Center for Responsible Research and Innovation at Fraunhofer IAO (Fraunhofer CeRRI) and a current PHD candidate at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Her research is focusing on new ways of science communication, especially with regard to public debates on environmental and social challenges. In her work, she is focusing on the intersection of microbiology, technological innovations and cultural practices and explores the boundaries of critical and speculative design practices as novel ways of science-based knowledge-transfer. Furthermore, she questions the ethical responsibility of designers within the process of creating public debates.

Rachel Joy Victor

Rachel is a strategist + worldbuilder + designer of narrative product. She has a degree in computational neuroscience + a background in media strategy, and designs for the breadth of the content life cycle: from identity, tools, and networks to experiences, beings, and space.

Nicolay Boyadjiev

Nicolay Boyadjiev is an architect, strategic designer and educator working between Montreal and Moscow. He is currently a Faculty and the Program Design & Education tutor at Strelka Institute, where he co-runs The Terraforming: a postgraduate interdisciplinary design-research think-tank developing work at the intersection of ecological governance, planetary urbanisation, and design theory. He is also a co-editor of the forthcoming book The New Normal (2020): a comprehensive record of the projects, processes and insights developed during the 2017-19 design-research cycle at Strelka which set to explore and prototype new models for urban design practice combining software, cinema, strategy, and planning. He lectures regularly at various institutions across Europe and North America, and is a visiting academic faculty at IAAC in Barcelona (Masters of City and Technology), KADK in Copenhagen (Masters in Urbanism and Societal Change), and McGill University in Montreal (Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture). Nicolay holds a Masters of Architecture from McGill University.