People and institutions

Monika Bakke

philosopher and curator, the principal investigator of the Polish project Biodiversity of Livable City. Extinction and Survival of Species as Cultural Heritage implemented within the international EXTINCT consortium. Her research interests include art and aesthetics in posthumanist, transgeneric, and gender perspective. She analyzes the reciprocal relations between art, science, and philosophy, with particular emphasis on the environmental humanities, the impact of biotechnology on human and non-human life, and the relationship between minerals and organisms. She is Professor at the Institute of Philosophy at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She is the author of Bio-transfiguracje: Sztuka i estetyka posthumanizmu [Bio-transfigurations: Posthumanist art and aesthetics] (2010), Ciało otwarte  [Open body] (2000), the co-author of Pleroma: Art in search of fullness (1998), the editor of Estetyka australijskich Aborygenów [Aesthetics of the Australian Aboriginal peoples] (2004), Going Aerial: Air, Art, Architecture (2006) and The Life of Air: Dwelling, Communicating, Manipulating (2011). She was the editor of Czas Kultury from 2001 to 2017.

Marek Wasilewski

artist, curator, art critic and scholar. His research interests include broadly defined media art and its relations with social life.
Professor of Art at the Faculty of Media Arts at the University of Arts in Poznań. From 1994 to 2013, he was the editor-in-chief of Zeszty Artystyczne. From 2001 to 2017, he was the editor-in-chief of Czas Kultury. He is the director of the Arsenał municipal gallery in Poznań (2017-present). He has published in Czas Kultury, pictogram, Res Publica Nowa, Art Monthly, International Journal of Education through Art, Springerin, Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education. He is the author of Sztuka Nieobecna [Absent Art] (1999), Seks, pieniądze i religia-rozmowy o sztuce brytyjskiej [Sex, Money and Religion: Discussions on British Art] (2001) and Czy sztuka jest wściekłym psem? [Is Art an Angry Dog?] (2009).

Arsenał Municipal Gallery in Poznań

A cultural institution financed by the city of Poznań whose goal is to promote contemporary art. Through art, it creates a platform for debates on important social, political, and ecological issues. It organizes exhibitions and artistic events, publishes books and offers educational programs and workshops for the general public. An important element of the Gallery’s activities is developing its art collection.

Dolly Jørgensen

Professor of History at University of Stavanger, Norway. She is the leader of the international EXTINCT consortium. She is a historian who studies the environment, with particular emphasis on human-animal-technology relations. She analyzes historical human-animal relations as shaped by such actions as reintroduction, environmental reconstruction, and saving endangered species in the context of the history of technology, environmental history, science and technology studies, and animal history.

Stefan Skrimshire

Assistant Professor at the School of Theology, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). As part of the EXTINCT consortium, he is the leader of the British project Thinking Through Extinction: Cultural heritage as stimulus for exploring philosophies of extinction. He is currently studying the theological and philosophical contexts of images, narratives, resistance, disagreement, mourning and celebration of death at the planetary level in the context of the extinction crisis (including the extinction of the human species) and the Anthropocene epoch. The project “Imagining and Representing Species Extinction” White Rose Studentship network is led by him.

Manchester Museum

is the largest university museum in the United Kingdom. Its collection includes works of cultural history and natural history. Environmental sustainability is a major element of all aspects of the Museum’s work. The person who works in the project is Henry McGhie.