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Ángel Antonio Rodríguez is a writer and curator, as well as founding director of the festival AlNorte_Semana de Arte Contemporáneo, which will celebrate its twentieth edition in 2021. For three decades he has worked as a critic for several newspapers and magazines, where he has published more than three thousand essays. He is the author of one hundred catalogs and art books, such as “Geografía del Poder” (Ayuntamiento de Avilés, 2020), “La mirada perdida” (Fundación Cristina Masaveu, 2010), “Habitar la pintura” (Ayuntamiento de Gijón, 2003), “Poéticas Mixtas” (Cajastur, 2000) or “El color del siglo XX” (Trea, 2002), which received the Alfredo Quirós Award in its sixth edition. He collaborates with several museums and foundations, being co-director of Puxagallery (Madrid) and advisor to several public and private collections. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History (University of Oviedo, 2014) and a Master in Advanced Methods and Techniques of Historical, Artistic and Geographical Research (UNED, 2020). He is at present finishing his PhD studies in Asturias.
My name is Beatriz Fernandes, I´m a 21-year-old recent design graduate from the University of Aveiro, in Portugal. Ever since I can remember I’ve always enjoyed drawing. In fact, it’s one of my favourite things to do, whether to ease my mind in my fantasy world or to simply sketch out an idea for a project. Besides drawing, I enjoy exploring monasteries, castles, and museums; these mystical locations are a big source of inspiration. I’m a huge fantasy and horror fan so I also enjoy reading books and playing games of those genres. Music is another one of my passions. I play the violin and the piano from time to time while imagining that I’m an elf playing in a forest.
I always strive to immerse people in a riveting experience with my work, which would, hopefully, allow them to escape their daily routines.
Beatriz Rodríguez Sánchez
Beatriz Rodríguez Sánchez is a 25 years old Art Historian by the University of Oviedo, currently studying a master’s degree in advanced studies in Art History in the same institution, oriented to the investigation and management of the historical-artistic heritage.
Her specialty is around Industrial Heritage, and more specifically, she focuses on the study of the Working-class Housing of Asturian miners, from the Industrial Paternalism to the period of the Francoism and the promotion of social housing in Spain.
Carmen Estrada Fernández
Carmen Estrada Fernández is a 22 years old Art Historian specialized in Francoism arquitecture and the ideological values of heritage. Her lastest research was related to the submerged heritage caused by the construction of reservoirs. In addition to investigating, Carmen creates digital content linked to art and culture, hoarding multiple dissemination and awareness projects behind her, such as Inventory of local artists (or not) that you should know and the Podcast: art and video game. She also has scribbled her experience during the COVID-19 crisis in a new artistic projec called Jamaro Gratis.
My name is Inês Alves and I’m 20 years old. I just finished my first year in Design in Aveiro University. In high school I studied Product Design for two years and specialized in equipment, such as wood and metal. Last year I studied Architecture for one semester in the University of Porto, however I decided to develop my Design degree first.
I love nature and animals, that’s what mostly inspires me to create new things, I always try my best to reuse pieces that were thrown away in that process. I love working with wood and ceramics.
One of my favorite things to do is sketching objects, buildings and sometimes people, since I spend a lot of my time in public transports.
Apart from Design I love history, music and learning new things.
I am always dreaming with my headphones in.
Julie Riisberg Mikkelsen
I am an enthusiastic young designer from Denmark, age 23 currently finishing my master’s degree as an Industrial design Engineer. Through the education and my passion for design, I have gained knowledge of integrating both Design Thinking and product development into a iterative design process. Hereby leaning to structure the integrated design process and how to manage the different phases from problem identification to manufacturing.
My passion of designing is implementing the user and how their physical and psychological needs influence the product in behavior, aesthetics, and functions. I am often inspired by nature and animals in my design language, using Bionic as a design approach.
I am currently interning at a simple startup company, where I have been focusing upon implementing business strategy and company identity into the early stages of the product development.
Magnus Schrøder Pedersen
As a master student in Architecture & Design at Aalborg University, I am trained in interdisciplinary methods with a variety of tools and approaches when designing. I am inspired when architecture becomes a conversation between the subject and the object, between the human body and the physical form. For me, good design and architecture is the combination of parts of which the outcome is better. The combination of environmental and social sustainability, restrictions and aesthetics, form and function, building and context.
My design strategy is a phenomenological approach based on inherent qualities and potentials ready to be seen and articulated as experiences and atmospheres which not only affects basic needs but also becomes a process to understand oneself and our relations with the surrounding world.
During the next semester, I will be having my internship at CUBO Architects in Århus, Denmark.
Patricia Overgaard Christensen
My name is Patricia Overgaard from Denmark. I am currently finishing my master’s degree as an Industrial Design Engineer. The focus is an integrated process of concept design, construction, and product development. Furthermore, the study is all about managing and structuring projects in all phases.
Alongside my studies, I am a part of a start-up company started in 2019 where we have developed several products in collaboration with different companies.
My professional involvements and a mindset of an engineer has led me to projects regarding my own designs in the perspective of manufacturing and design thinking.
My passion is product-design that unifies with my interest in art. My participation in different events with art has motivated me to combine and challenge the way of design thinking.
Rok Kajzer Nagode
I am a postgraduate student of Art History at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. In 2019 I finished postgraduate study of Cinematography on Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT). Since 2017 I have been working as a self-employed director of photography and in 2019 become an Assistant on university department for Film Camera on AGRFT. Because of desire to explore connecSon between film picture and art theory, I decided to expand my knowledge with another postgraduate study of art history. Films where I collaborated as director of photography have received numerous domesSc and internaSonal rewards. Since 2019 I am a member of Society of Slovenian Cinematographers.
I am a postgraduate student of Art History and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Between 2015 and 2020 I was working at the National Gallery of Ljubljana across various functions. I realized that apart from research, my passion lies in interacting with people.
I spent last semester of my bachelor studies at Universitat de Barcelona and graduated from modernisme architecture. My main interests are modern architecture and modern literature. Past experiences in literary criticism have now directed me to a new role of an assistant book editor at Beletrina Academic Press.
My name is Verónica Castro and I’m 22 years old. I live in Madeira island, which is known as the pearl of the Atlantic ocean.
I made my graduation at Madeira University in Design, and it made me understand that I’m passionated about graphic, communication and editorial design. Since I can remember I draw and when I grew up I decided to put more effort on doing it. Therefore, illustration is also an interest for me. I like to draw in various supports and with different materials, as colour pencils and oil paints.
Then, I decided to do a masters in Design, at Aveiro University, which I’m actually finishing this year. In my free time I love travel because I enjoy to get in touch with new cultures, strolling around and try new flavours but also relax.
My name is Vida Jocif and I’m a double major MA student of English and Art History at the University of Ljubljana. Besides academic obligations and interests, which mainly cover 14th, 15th and 20th century art with a special focus on iconography and social settings, I work as a copy writer and sales assistant for a sustainable fashion brand and as an assistant in a photography gallery. I like to jokingly say I’m interested in too many things, but unfortunately it’s true – I have a dog, I’m active as a student representative at the Faculty of Arts, as a treasurer and programme manager at the Slovene Society of Art History Students, as the president of a women’s choir, and as a proof-reader for various NVOs.