Gavin Grindon | Nikolaus HirschAnne Pasternak | Sampson Wong

Gavin Grindon 
Director, Centre for Curatorial Studies, University of Essex 

Gavin Grindon is lecturer in curating at the University of Essex. He curated the exhibition Disobedient Objects at the V&A in 2014–15 on activist art and design; and The Museum of Cruel Designs at Banksy's Dismaland in 2015 on design for social control. He has written widely on the history of activist art in journals such as Art History, Oxford Art Journal, and Third Text. He is currently preparing a book on this subject. You can download his writing for free at

Nikolaus Hirsch
Architect and Curator 

Nikolaus Hirsch is a Frankfurt-based architect and curator. He was the director of Städelschule and Portikus in Frankfurt (2010–2013). His architectural work includes the award-winning Dresden Synagogue (2001), Hinzert Document Center (2006), the Cybermohalla Hub in Delhi (2008–12), and numerous exhibition structures such as Bruno Latour’s Making Things Public (ZKM, 2005) and Indian Highway (Serpentine Gallery, 2008). Current projects include a studio building at Rirkrit Tiravanija’s ‘The Land’ and the installation Do We Dream Under the Same Sky at Art Basel. Hirsch has curated ErsatzStadt: Representations of the Urban, Cultural Agencies, the Folly project for the Gwangju Biennale in Korea, the Real DMZ Project in Cheorwon, and Wohnungsfrage / Housing Question at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. He is the author of the books On Boundaries (2007), Track 17 (2009), Cybermohalla Hub (2012), Folly (2013), and editor of the Critical Spatial Practice series for Sternberg Press.

Anne Pasternak
Director, Brooklyn Museum

Head shot by Timothy Greenfield Sanders

Anne Pasternak recently joined the Brooklyn Museum, where she envisions new ways to connect its historical collections with leading-edge practices. Previously, she served as President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, a New York City-based non-profit arts organisation that commissions and presents adventurous public art projects. Renowned projects include performances in the historic Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, sculptural installations in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall, sign paintings in Coney Island, skywriting over Manhattan, and among the most remarkable, the Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated the sky above the former World Trade Center site six months after 9/11, and which continue to be presented on the anniversaries of that date.

Anne has been committed to initiating projects that give artists opportunities to engage the urgent issues of our times while also expanding their practice, including such now-celebrated artists as Doug Aitken, Laurie Anderson, Cai Guo-Qiang, Nick Cave, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Vik Muniz, Shirin Neshat, Tom Sachs, Kara Walker, and many more. She is known as a field innovator, having launched international programs such as the Creative Time Summit, the largest art and social-justice conference in the world, and Creative Time Reports, which provides artists with a space to voice analysis and commentary on issues too often overlooked by mainstream media. 

Sampson Wong
Convener of the Umbrella Movement Visual Archives & Research Collectives

Sampson Wong (b.1985) is the co-founder of EmptySCape, Hong Kong Urban Laboratory, and the Umbrella Movement Visual Archive. As an urbanist based in Hong Kong who explores the overlapping terrain of urbanism, contemporary art, and social intervention, he achieves this task through a diverse practice of writing, research, curation, and art-making. Since obtaining a PhD from the University of Manchester, he has been a lecturer at the Department of Liberal Arts of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Exhibitions curated by Wong include the first and second EmptySCape Art Festival, Affordable Art Basel!, Hereafter: Objects from the Umbrella Movement and To Voice: Introducing Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement.