AdO/Aptive foments critical thinking, potential action, communication and Otherness by adopting techniques to situate adaptive processes. It was first initiated as a reading group in 2019 and evolved into a fluid identity with its core_members now being Janina Weißengruber and Daniel Hüttler. Besides a regular reading group conducted at school in Vienna (https://www.weloveschool.org/ ) or online, they organize the rA/Upture conference (October 2020 at nadaLokal in Vienna & May 2021 at OFF-Biennial Budapest), work on collective publications and other artistic projects at the intersection of experimentation, speculation and critique.
ajCarruthers (also A.J. Carruthers) is an Australian-born experimental poet, critic, and an Associate Professor at Nanjing University. Books include AXIS Book 1: Areal, AXIS Book 2 (Vagabond 2014; 2019), and Stave Sightings: Notational Experiments in North American Long Poems (Palgrave 2017). He is currently working on a second and perhaps longer version of the Consonata, a sound poem which was first recorded in its entirety in 2019 for Cordite Poetry Review and is accessible here:
Audrey Szasz (aka Zutka) is a London-based writer, performer and sound designer with roots in Central Europe. Her experimental narratives combine vivid prose with exotic imagery and macabre satire. She has been described alternately as ‘the postmodern heir to the disarranged novels of Anna Kavan and, more closely, Ann Quin,’ and ‘a deviant genius of surreal and perverse image-play.’
Autopoetik is a project of Martin Lauer concerned with the creation of artificial or utopian soundscapes which are formed in a maelstrom of improvisatory responses to prerecorded samples, loops and field recordings. Instead of treating the field recordings merely as an ambient background, they are approached as an active ingredient of the emerging soundscape as their texture coincides with the dynamics and energy which gushes forth from the randomly formed connections between sounds. Autopoetik often performs in tandem with VJ Eli Anders and his second album EZY6266 inspired by the sounds produced by airplanes and air travel was released in 2019 on Meteorismo.
Candice Wuehle lives in Lawrence, Kansas. She is the author of the novel MONARCH (Soft Skull, 2022) as well as three collections of poetry. She earned a doctorate in Creative Writing at The University of Kansas, where she was the recipient of a Chancellor's Fellowship. Her studies focus on the relationship between trauma, memory, and the occult.
Carrie Lorig is the author of The Pulp vs. The Throne (Artifice Books) as well as several chapbooks, including The Book of Repulsive Women, which was selected by Lily Hoang for the Essay Press Chapbook Contest.
She is a doctoral student in School Psychology at Georgia State University with a focus on trauma and trauma-informed care.
Ella O’Keefe is a poet and researcher who lives in Melbourne on the unceded lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nations. Her debut collection Slowlier was published by Cordite Books in January 2021. Her work has been published in Australian and international journals and anthologies. She was the joint winner of the 2018 Harold Tribe Poetry Award. She is the former audio producer of Cordite Poetry Journal and completed her PhD at Deakin University in 2019.
Gaia Ginevra Georgi
Gaia Ginevra Giorgi (1992, Italy) is a poet and performer. In 2016, she published her first poetry collection Sisifo (“Sisyphus”), and a year later, her second collection Manovre segrete (“Secret Manoeuvres”). In 2019, Giorgi created a performance Proprio come per le formule magiche (“Just Like the Magic Formulas”), which exceeds mere poetry lyrics by connecting the body, word, and machine. Also in 2019, she published Sylvia Plath. L’altare scuro del sole (“The Dark Altar of the Sun”), which is not only the poet’s biography, but also an insight into the time of Sylvia Plath's life and work. Giorgi's poetry has been translated into Spanish, Romanian, and Turkish.
Jake Goetz, a poet and the editor of the online magazine Marrickville Pause, grew up on Dharawal Country (Southern Sydney), but has also spent much time in Europe, Asia and the Americas, as well as living in Meanjin (Brisbane). His first poetry collection, meditations with passing water (Rabbit Poets Series, 2018), was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Award. He currently lives by a drowned valley estuary on Gadigal land (Sydney's Inner West), where he is a PhD candidate in Writing/Literature at The Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University.
James Knight is an experimental poet and artist. His visual poetry has been published in journals and anthologies, and has been exhibited at the Poetry Café in London and in online exhibition spaces such as Poem Atlas and Mellom Press. Latest publications include Machine (Trickhouse Press), (dis/re)membered (Steel Incisors), Rites & Passages (Salò Press) and Bloods Dream (Beir Bua Press).
Jan Škrob was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1988. He is the author of three books of poetry, Pod dlažbou (2016), Reál (2018), and Země slunce (2021). His debut collection was nominated for the 2017 Magnesia Litera Czech literary award in the "Discovery of the Year" category. In 2018, Škrob won the Czech-German Dresden Poetry Prize and in 2019, he was shortlisted for Jiří Orten Award given to the best Czech book written by an author of 30 years of age or younger. His poetry teeters at the intersections of the personal and the political, the fictitious and the real.
Jo Blin is an angry immigrant and a multimedia artist currently based in Prague, where she co-founded the Obejvák project space.
Often lost in light pre-apocalyptic thoughts, her experiments, images and words go from bold statements to vain protests, unheard prayers, and powerlessness-infused self-portraits. But don’t worry, she’s okay.
Johannes Göransson is the author of eight books - most recently POETRY AGAINST ALL and Transgressive Circulation: Essays on Translation - and the translator of several more, including books by Aase Berg, Ann Jäderlund and Eva Kristina Olsson. He also edits Action Books and teaches at the University of Notre Dame.
KAJET (Petre Mogoș and Laura Naum)
Petre Mogoș and Laura Naum are the editors of Kajet, a Bucharest-based journal that proposes an internationalist understanding of Eastern Europe. In an attempt to decolonise the imagination and thought of the region, their work tackles the complicated relationships between East and West, periphery and centre, as well as the legacy of the past and the possibilities of the future. Kajet seeks to challenge stereotypes, shift perspectives, and document lived experiences, by emphasising the role of parallel worlds and practices that are lived simultaneously yet at different speeds and contradictory rhythms.
Karolina Zapal is an itinerant poet, essayist, translator, and author of two books: Notes for Mid-Birth (Inside the Castle, 2019) and Polalka (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018). As an immigrant and activist writer, she writes frequently about her native Poland, languages, borders, and women’s rights. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals. She served as the Anselm Hollo Fellow at Naropa University from 2015-2017. She now works at Westfield State University.
Louis Armand is a Prague writer, theorist & visual artist. His novels include, among others, Vampyr (2020), GlassHouse (2018), The Combinations (Equus, 2016), Abacus (2015). His theoretical works include Videology (2015), Solicitations (2013), Event States (2007), and others. In addition, he is the author of eleven collections of poetry — most recently Monument (with John Kinsella, 2020), East Broadway Rundown (2015), and others. He is formerly an editor of VLAK magazine & Directs the Centre for Critical & Cultural Theory at Charles University, Prague.
Martin Zet is a Czech artist, performer, and sculptor. His artistic activity also covers drawing, photography, happening and author books. In 1979–1985 he studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He lives and works in Libušín, where in 1998 he founded the Centre for Contemporary Arts, under whose auspices he organised various artistic and publishing projects. Apart from many solo and group exhibitions, Martin Zet has authored a number of publications, e.g. Video (1998), FMZ! (2001), and O (2016). His most recent work is the author book, Star (2021), a reflexion of his four-month stay at the Motol landfill last year.
Megan Gette is the author of Majority Reef (Inside the Castle, 2020) and several chapbooks. She is currently a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Michael John Rowland is a member of the Prague based Zvlášť Collective and Obejvák Project Space collaborative. He is Co-founder of the Alt*Art Society with Chantelle Goldthwaite; an international project set up to promote collaborative art projects around the world. He is also Co-Curator of the online gallery ‘Isolation Collection’.
Muanis Sinanović (1989) is a Slovenian poet and essayist. He has published four collections of poetry and a collection of prose essays. He has been translated into several languages and included in domestic and international anthologies. In 2020, a book selection of his poems was published in Serbia. He is the recipient of two national awards.
OLGA STEHLÍKOVÁ works as a freelance writer, editor and critic with a focus on contemporary Czech literature. She has founded the Ravt on-line magazine (www.itvar.cz/ravt), she moderates literary programmes in Czech Broadcasting and works as book editor. She has put together dozens of books of poetry and prose for various Czech publishing houses and her poetry has appeared in many Czech and foreign literary magazines. Her debut book of poetry, Týdny (Weeks, Dauphin 2014), won the Magnesia Litera Book Prize for poetry.Her latest book for children, a catalog of people called Já, člověk (Me, human) was published in 2021 by Albatros, Mojenka (Mylene) will be published in 2022 in Host.
Pascalle Burton is based in Meanjin/Brisbane, Australia. She is an experimental poet, artist and performer with an interest in conceptual art and cultural theory. Her collection About the Author is Dead is available from Cordite Books and was shortlisted for the 2019 Mary Gilmore Award.
She also plays in the band The Stress of Leisure.
Born in London and based in Prague, Philip O’Neil has worked as a journalist and editor for a variety of publications in the UK, Belgium, Romania, Alaska and the Czech Republic. Mental Shrapnel, based partly in Prague, is his first novel. He is currently writing a second, set in the Czech Republic.
Ráhel Anna Molnár
Ráhel Anna Molnár (b.1992) is a writer, artist and editor of publications. She’s involved in the DIY, self-organised cultural scenes of Central Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She’s been building different platforms for the research and expression of peripheral regions, people and ideas. In her artistic work, she’s working primarily with text and (in-situ) installations. Her projects are sensual explorations of treasures she finds under her nails, mostly formed by close collaborations with visual and sound artists.
Rebecca Jessen is a timeless boi. a linen daddy. a random shy poet. a sleeping body that remembers desire. a comet trail. a body that is a bridge. a moonstruck adolescent. an incomplete list poem. a lesbian, but… Her debut poetry collection Ask Me About the Future (UQP, 2020) was recently shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry, the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Anne Elder Award.
Sandra Paslawska is an event producer and a performance artist based in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2020 she joined the OBJECT:PARADISE performance and poetics collective as the performance director. Her favorite tools of expression are language, movement, and video making. Last spring two of her short movies were exhibited at ZEST Hall's gallery “BODY” exhibition (UK).
Srđan Srdić was born in Kikinda, Serbia, in 1977. He’s written four novels, two short-story collections, and a book of essays. He’s won the following literary awards: Ulaznica (2007), Laza Lazarević (2009), Biljana Jovanović (2012), Edo Budiša (2012), and a scholarship from the Borislav Pekić Fund (2010). Srđan Srdić’s books have been translated into many languages, such as Macedonian, Khazak or Albanian. He lives in Mikro-naselje, next to Kikinda.
Syndicate is a Prague based outfit of variable line-up indulging in improvisation and exploration of sound. Syndicate's dramatic and colourful soundscapes transcend ambient / psychedelic jazz / world music / field recording / eclectronic / post-rock habitats and make for a visceral experience in live concerts, yet they are also well-fitted for providing intimate and evocative atmosphere at movie screenings as well as poetry readings. In 2017, Syndicate self-released its first EP Dissolution, a collage made up of fragments of recordings from the musico-poetry sessions Talk Like an Alien which took place in the former Solution club in the Krymská street in Prague.
Third Party Branch
Third Party Branch is the technical solutions division of the notorious KSX conglomerate. Operating in the wired since 1980, our past partners include Punctum, SDBS, Diffractions Collective, and the Internet. Our main focus is solving problems, plugging cables, and generating sono-optical situations.
Tyko Say is the founder and director of poetics and media at the Prague-based performance and poetics collective, OBJECT:PARADISE. His works, curations, and performances surround the notion of language in time and space specific happenings. His past projects include reading the ingredients label of a bean can while wearing a black hat, crying while laughing while not on public transport, reading his miranda in front of an audience, filming his feature film on the ants in his bathroom (on VHS on house arrest), and propagating the subjectivity of the dictionary.
Zsolt Miklósvölgyi is a critic, editor, and art writer from Budapest, Hungary. He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Berlin-Budapest-based art collective and publishing project "Technologie und das Unheimliche" (T+U) and editor of the Café Bábel essay journal. He is also the Co-Founder of the experimental food art collective "Libatop Visionary Cuisine". His ongoing (para)academic, artistic and curatorial interests include post-digital printing, comparative ethnofuturism, spatial and geopoetic speculations.