Aurora Rodonò is a diversity manager at the ethnographic museum of Cologne, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Kulturen der Welt. She‘s also a lecturer at the Institute for Art and Art Theory at the University of Cologne, where she has been working as a research associate from 2015 to 2018; 2012 to 2014 project manager at the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Cologne); 2010 to 2012 deputy junior professor for Italian literature at the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. From 2003 to 2006 she was a research associate at the Documentation Center and Museum of Migration in Germany (DOMiD), realizing along with others the research and exhibition project on labor migration “Project Migration” (Cologne, 2005). For many years she has been working as a freelance cultural worker/curator combining arts/cinema, critical migration studies and anti-racism. Various publications on Italian migration history and Cinemas of Italian and German Migration.
Sarah Smed is Head of The Danish Welfare Museum. She is a trained historian and has, since 2010, overseen both the Museum’s curatorial and educational programmes, creating participatory and a co-produced social history projects. Sarah works across agencies and professions, between sustainable partnerships with, for example, public bodies, NGO’s, educational institutions, as well as closely collaborating with both professional and alternative witnesses from the welfare system. In 2015, Sarah’s groundbreaking work, and that of the museum, received the Cultural Award of the region of Funen for the project ‘Poverty before and now’. Sarah is a board member of the Arts Foundation of the Islands (The Danish Arts Council) and the Society of Danish Prison History.
Dr Bernadette Lynch is a writer, researcher and museum professional with thirty years’ experience in senior management in UK and Canadian museums. Formerly Deputy Director at the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, she has an international reputation for ethical, innovative participatory practice. Her influential research and consultancy specialises in critical public engagement and participation with diverse communities and in leading museum transformation and change. She publishes widely on participatory democracy in museums, and on ‘useful museum’ practice. She is Honorary Research Associate, University College London. She continues working on decolonisation; power; democracy; debate; conflict; contested collections; difficult subject matter and activism in museums. Her work is freely available online: http://ucl.academia.edu/BernadetteLynch
Luigi Codemo graduated in philosophy at the Università Cattolica di Milano. He has worked extensively in the promotion of culture, first for the European Union’s Media Program and then for Warner Bros. Interested in the communicative effectiveness of art, he works on the enhancement of artistic heritage projects. He currently works with several museums and is director of the museum collection GASC – Gallery of Sacred Contemporary Art based in Villa Clerici in Milan.
Alfred Drago lives and works in Milan as an artist, graphic designer, and cultural entrepreneur. Italian by birth but half Dutch by blood, co-founder of a number of graphic design studios that are always characterized by a strong signature design, he became passionate about the visionary aspect of the creative process, increasingly refining his analytical ability. The research phase for him is a priceless source of suggestions and ideas. As an artist, he began a collaboration with the Affiche Gallery in Milan. In addition to showing at the gallery’s headquarters, he has also shown at the MIA Photo Fair in Milan, Artissima in Turin, Fotofever in Paris, and Photo Basel in Switzerland. He has taken part in group shows at the following galleries: Dieci.due!, PAC, MLB (Maria Livia Brunelli), and The Public House of Art in Amsterdam. In 2014, he and his wife, Roberta, founded Il Lazzaretto, a place of cultural research and design.
Ulderico Maggi is the President of ABCittà, for which he coordinates educational projects aimed at fostering active citizenship and community development, with particular attention paid to the intercultural and social pedagogical dimension. He collaborates with the Centro di Ricerca Sulle Relazioni Interculturali (Research Center on Intercultural Relations) of the Università Cattolica for research and training activities. He is in charge of pedagogical supervision of educational teams in territorial socio-educational services in Milan. He has also carried out numerous research and training activities for Regione Lombardia, Fondazione ISMU, Fondazione Cariplo, the Regional Scholastic Office of Lombardy and the Municipality of Milan.
Iolanda Ratti is a conservator at the Polo Arte Moderna e Contemporanea del Comune di Milano. She graduated in Art History in 2003 at the University of Milan. During the same year, she began to collaborate with the Municipality of Milan and in particular with the Museo del Novecento, of which she will follow all the phases up to the opening in 2010. Her research is mainly focused on contemporary art techniques and on the practical and theoretical issues related to its conservation, with particular reference to video installations and intangible practices. From 2011 to 2013 she worked at the Time Based Media Conservation Department of the Tate Gallery in London. Since 2011 she is co-coordinator of Incca Italia (International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art). Since 2013 she is a free-lance curator at HangarBicocca, Milan and since 2009 has been collaborating with Iccrom on the SOIMA project (Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections).
Remo Ricchetti approached the mix of engineering and cultural heritage at PercRo Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. As a mechanical Engineer he dealt with embodied cognition and augmented reality environments conceived for museums and other exhibitions: Pure Forme Museum and Enactive network are significative works in this field developed more than a decade ago. Later, thanks to the partnership with interactiondesign-Lab Milano (id-lab) he worked on Museo Tecnologi@mente Ivrea (educational workshop on Olivetti industrial heritage), the multimedia&interactive section of PLART Museum in Naples and a concept of the new Museo degli Innocenti MUDI in Florence; With idLab he participated in the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008 and 2012. He has also been in the design team for the Expo2015 Biodiversity Pavillion, designed to narrate the history of agriculture. Since 2008 he is an adjunct professor at NABA Design School, Milano – (interaction design and digital modelling techniques).
Laura Ronzon is Head of collections and curators at the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, where she has been working since 2001. At the museum she has organised collection management to foster public accessibility and coordinates the curators’ team responsible for the renovation of the museum’s permanent exhibitions. At present, she is working to develop a research program on the history of the museum and its collections, also with reference to future exhibition development. Her research interests focus on collection practices, museology and cultural heritage. She is coeditor of I “Primati della scienza”. Documentare ed esporre scienza e tecnica tra fascismo e dopoguerra, Hoepli 2018, (with G.Paoloni and R.Reali) and of Behind the Exhibit: Displaying Science and Technology at World’s Fairs and Museums in the Twentieth Century (with E.Canadelli and M.Beretta), Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press 2019.
Maria Elena Santomauro, graduated in Educational Sciences at the Bicocca University of Milan, with a thesis in the sociolinguistics area and in Arabic Language and Culture at Is. I. A. O., Italian Institute for Africa and the East. In her professional career, she has worked as a social animator, educator and cultural mediator, between the public service (Youth Center of Ponte Lambro; ‘Comunità Itinerante’ for people with mental diseases; nursery schools) and the private social sector. From 2013, she works at the ‘Area Polo Arte Moderna e Contemporanea’ of the Municipality of Milan, where she is responsible for the educational programs at the Museo del Novecento.
Cristian Zanelli graduated in Architecture with a thesis on “Participatory planning and urban redevelopment”. Since 2000 he has been working with the social cooperative ABCittà, of which he became a partner in 2004, a member of the Board of Directors in 2005 and President from 2011 to 2017. He is involved in the promotion and planning of participatory processes in urban, environmental and social fields. On the field he plays the role of project manager, facilitator of local workshops, teacher for public, private and higher-ed institutions.