Artists Without a Cause

Diana Arce

Diana committed to working as an artist and researcher when her law professor intervened, encouraging her to pursue her love for the social sciences through her art. She has a BA in Experimental Film and Cultural Studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and an MA from the Institute for Art in Context at the University of Art, Berlin, Germany. In 2007, she developed Politaoke, a non partisan political speech karaoke bar which was one of the catalysts for the founding of Artist Without A Cause (AWAC). After presenting the project at Tactical Technology’s Infoactivism Camp in 2013, with the encouragement and support of other participants, Diana announced plans for creating AWAC.

Diana has exhibited and performed her work internationally as well as lectured about her work as well as multicultural representations in the museum context. She is primarily interested in multicultural representations, political and social critique and creating personal works to engage audiences and encourage dialog.

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Nine Yamamoto-Masson

Nine Yamamoto-Masson is a French-Japanese artist, practising theorist, researcher, curator, translator, community organiser and PhD candidate at ASCA (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam). In academic research and artistic practice, her work examines and mobilises historical memory, ideology, resistance and counter-narratives at the site of their encounter with socially engaged art and radical creative imagination as a critical forum and as method of resistance towards social equity and justice. Using a decolonial intersectional feminist framework, she examines configurations of power, prejudice, violence, representation in everyday life and analyses the necro-geopolitics our bodies and existence are entangled within. Her work is invested in the potential of art as a method to open blocked avenues and to offer speculative futures for commonly marginalised and oppressed identities, such as the use of fiction as a testing ground for reality and a strategy towards a differentiated understanding of the contemporary.

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