Simone Forti is a dancer/choreographer/artist/writer. In the spring of 1961 she presented a full evening of Dance Constructions, which proved to be influential in both the dance and the art world. Forti’s continuing explorations, including studies of animal’s movements and of the dynamics of circling, have manifested as drawings and as holograms as well as in performance with collaborators, musicians Charlemagne Palestine and Peter Van Riper. Forti’s engagement with movement and language includes her News Animations which are improvisations in movement and spoken word, as well as her books including Handbook in Motion (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Press, 1974) and Oh, Tongue, published and edited by Fred Dewey (Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 2003). Works of hers are included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Whitney Museum (New York), and The Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). In 2011 Forti received a Yoko Ono Lennon Award for Courage in the Arts.
Hedi El Kholti is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. He is the managing editor of Semiotext(e), an independent publisher of “works of theory, fiction, madness, economics, satire, sexuality, science fiction, activism and confession.” He currently edits Semiotext(e)’s ‘occasional intellectual journal’ Animal Shelter.
Tashi Wada was born in New York and lives in California. He received a degree in music composition from California Institute of the Arts following his studies with James Tenney. Wada’s compositions use apparently simple structures to generate rich and unanticipated perceptual effects. He performs regularly in the United States and Europe, often in collaboration with other artists including Charles Curtis, Stephan Mathieu and his father, Fluxus pioneer Yoshi Wada. Recordings of Wada’s music have been released by record labels Yik Yak and De Stijl.