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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: #UNFINISHED19 will take place September 26th – 29th, 2019!
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Ariane de Bonvoisin is an author, speaker, change expert and entrepreneur. Her professional background spans The Boston Consulting Group, Bertelsmann, Sony, Charlie Rose in strategic and investment roles. She was educated at The London School of Economics and received her MBA at Stanford. She then started her own business, The First 30 Days, helping people through life changes. She is the best selling author of several books on the subject of change, pursuing your dreams and health and also recently launched an app, Mindful365, helping people boost their spirit in the midst of their busy lives! Her most recent work is in the area of conscious parenting and life skills for kids. She is a frequent speaker and executive coach on the subjects of change and transformation, conscious parenting, leadership, and women in the workplace.
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Angélica Dass is an award-winning photographer born in Brazil and currently based in Spain. Her practice combines photography with sociological research and public participation in global defense of human rights. She is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanæ Project—a collection of portraits that reveal the diverse beauty of human colors, which has traveled to over 31 cities across six continents. Her work has traveled to over 50 cities around the world, from PhotoEspaña, to the World Economic Forum (Davos), UN Habitat III, London Migration Museum, The Hague Museum, Lausanne Musée de l'Elysée, Dublin Science Gallery; to the pages of National Geographic, Time Magazine, Foreign Affairs and other relevant media. Her TED Talk (Vancouver, 2016) exceeded two million views. She was selected by Time Magazine as one of the “Nine Brazilian Photographers You Need to Follow”.
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French photographer Brigitte Lacombe is known for her influential and revelatory portraiture. For four decades she has created iconic and intimate photographs of many of the world’s most celebrated artists, actors, politicians and intellectuals. Her work has been exhibited at PHILLIPS Galleries, Sotheby’s Gallery London, Qatar Museums, Shanghai Center of Photography,The Museum of the Moving Image NY, Paris Cinematheque, and Berlin’s Deutsche Kinemathek. Her photography has appeared in publications around the world including Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue (French, German, British) L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, “M” Le Monde, Zeit Magazine. Lacombe has photographed advertising campaigns for Chanel, Dior, Prada, Armani, Hermes, Lancome, and others. Lacombe is currently at work on a visual memoir.
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Ian has been writing and thinking about culture since 2003, when he was senior writer for Details at Conde Nast in New York City. His stories have taken him everywhere from The Congo to backstage with Ozzy Osbourne. He then spent seven years in leading strategic roles at various advertising agencies in New York and Los Angeles, helping global brands such as Apple (where he led strategy on two iPhone campaigns and the launch of Apple Music), Converse, Johnnie Walker, and Canon tell their stories. He has been head of strategic planning at Anomaly, New York, and Chief Strategy Officer at The Barbarian Group, a digital creative agency. His stories and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Journal, Popular Science, and The Poetry Foundation.
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Isabela Constantin is currently an Artificial Intelligence Resident at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, after just having finished her Master Degree in Computer Science at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The focus of her research projects is on developing fair and robust machine learning algorithms with socially desirable properties. During her Master Thesis, she studied the vulnerabilities of the recommendation systems algorithms, that drive platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, and how these vulnerabilities can be exploited by malicious actors. Previously, Isabela obtained her Bachelor degree in Artificial Intelligence from University of Groningen and she had internships both in industry and academia. In 2018, she worked as a Software Engineer Intern at Microsoft, in Oslo, Norway, and in 2015 she was a research student at Osaka University, in Osaka, Japan, where she worked in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro. She is motivated by looking at social phenomena such as polarisation and filter bubbles through computational lenses and deriving insights which could help alleviate these issues.
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Isabella Nardini is the person designing the Experience behind MESA, a method created to unleash people’s full potential and deliver great results for extraordinary business challenges in 5 days. Since 2015, she’s been dedicated to conceive and bring to life every single detail for a unique work experience: from real objects to sensible rituals that guarantee professional high performance and personal transformation. Through her work, she is constantly experimenting with new ways to unleash creativity by building tailored experiences that move people's senses. She is currently living in São Paulo and running MESAs all over the world. Lately, Isabella was a Mentor at Kaospilot, one of the biggest references in Experience Design in the world. Rituals she created were incorporated at the Cannes Lions Festival, changing the way the jury works. With a degree of Graphic/Product Design and Jewelry, she has worked part of her early career as a jewel designer running her own brand with handcrafted pieces which gained the attention of major labels in Italy, where she lived for years. Still, in Italy, she shared the time working in the Design Week in Milan and the Art Bienalle in Venice.
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Jurgis is hard to pin down with conventional labels. By seamlessly mixing his passion for music and social phenomenon, he creates participative experiences that inspire and enlighten, as well as shift attitudes and behaviors in ways that traditional methods cannot. A mixed cultural heritage (Colombia-Lithuanian), an education in Political Science and Business Administration, and a colourful professional background (from Eurovision to EU consultant), enables him to transcend formats and connect with different people in arenas, corporate boardrooms, royal receptions, and kindergartens alike. Over the past 5 years, Jurgis has done close to 500 sessions, interactive seminars, or other creative activities promoting the human skills, emotional intelligence, and culture of community needed to avoid dystopian scenarios created by the ever-growing rift between technological advances and human/social development. He believes that promoting a dynamic and empowered culture of community that taps into our primal ability to weave humane social units is what will save us from ourselves.
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Logan is a 2018 TED Resident, behavioral economics researcher, and dating coach. She’s currently writing a book with Simon & Schuster on how to make better decisions in romantic relationships. She formerly ran the Irrational Lab, Google’s behavioral economics team, alongside Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational.She works with Mating in Captivity author Esther Perel on a variety of projects. She also collaborates with relationship scientist Dr. John Gottman and The Gottman Institute on articles and a video series. She started the Talks at Google: Modern Romance series, where she interviewed world-renowned dating and relationship experts. She discussed monogamy and marriage with Dan Savage and Esther Perel and the secrets to a happy marriage with Drs. John and Julie Gottman. She’s written about dating and relationships for TIME, Thrive Global, PopSugar, The Forward, P.S. I Love You, and more. She was featured on several recent episodes of HBO’s VICE News Tonight about the #MeToo movement.
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Marinela V. Ardelean is a wine critic, author and juror in international wine and spirits competitions such as Mundus Vini and Meininger's International Spirits Awards. In her home-country, Romania, she is known for organizing RO-Wine |The International Wine Festival of Romania, while in Italy, her second home, she is professor at Italian Chef Academy. Representing Foss Marai as Brand Manager since 2012 and Vinars Brâncoveanu as Global Brand Ambassador since 2018, recently Marinela V. Ardelean became the wine consultant for one of the largest modern retailers in Romania, Carrefour.
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New York Times foreign correspondent and four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Rukmini Callimachi has become the go-to reporter on the Islamic State. For her Times podcast “Caliphate,” which tracks the rise of ISIS from their encrypted, online chatrooms to their spread across four continents, Callimachi was awarded the 2018 Peabody Award. Ranked as the “best podcast of the year so far” by Esquire, the magazine hailed “Caliphate” as “gripping, disturbing and ferociously addictive.” She has been a subject in terrorist chatrooms and cited by U.S. lawmakers and foreign governments. WIRED magazine called her “arguably the best reporter on the most important beat in the world.” For her series, “Underwriting Jihad,” Callimachi won the prestigious George Polk Award in Journalism. Besides the Pulitzer nomination, her series “The al-Qaeda Papers” won the Michael Kelly Award as well as two Overseas Press Club awards, making her the first reporter in the club’s over-75-year history to win both the Hal Boyle and the Bob Considine Awards in the same year.
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Since July 5th 2018, Alexandra Gatej recorded 1014 kilometers walking. Walking became her passion and she has already boredall her friends about the wonders of walking both collectively and alone. She walks to almost all her meetings, back and forth from the office and just about everywhere she can. Professionally, she walked from her hometown of Sibiu to Bucharest, graduating in Cybernetics in the communist summer of 1988. Eventually, she walked into the marketing department of the Unilever headquarters, where she remained for the next 16 years. Walking to Italy and Czech Republic as an expat and later returning to Romania as Marketing Director and then Chairman for the Balkans –irst Romanian and first woman appointed in such a position. As an Wharton University Executive Class Program graduate, she was then invited to climb the stairs of the highest public office of the country and was appointed Economic Advisor to the President of Romania (2009-2011) after which she started her own management consulting company.
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Alexandru Bălășescu is an anthropologist, writer, and occasional curator. He is the author of Paris Chic, Tehran Thrills. Aesthetic Bodies, Political Subjects, ZetaBooks, and numerous articles published in academic and non-academic journals. His collaborative film, Smells Like Paradise, made with Ovidiu Anton, was presented at the Vienna Biennial in 2015, where it won the contest Create Your Bucharest, and was subsequently bought for the permanent archive of the Wien Museum. Alec has taught in Paris, Irvine, Istanbul, Bucharest, and Vancouver where he currently lives.
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PhD graduate in Letters, singer, cobza player, actor, folklore aficionado and occasional writer. His work is among the few attempts after the fall of Communism dedicated to revitalizing Romanian traditional oral music. He is a permanent member of Agurida (Loredana Groza Band) and collaborated with important artists like: Mihai Margineanu, Taraf de Haidouks, Loredana, Les Elephants Bizzarres, Chimie, El Nyno, Samurai and others. He has worked on the soundtrack of the Romanian TV Series “Las Fierbinţi” (produced by ProTV) and worked as live-music consultant for the upcoming TV Series “Flavours of Romania” (produced by the Travel Channel). He considers that Romanian traditional music is so rare nowadays that it became almost exotic.
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Catherine Vacher is a computational biologist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, based in Sydney. After graduating in physics at CentraleSupelec in Paris, she studied at the Pasteur Institute, and received her PhD in Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, where she focused on childhood cancer and in particular neuroblastoma. Catherine is working in the Cancer Genomics program of Garvan, where she studies the genetics of cancer and the impact of pathogens and viruses on human health.
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Christina Verchere holds a Master degree in Economics Science from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She started her career in 1993 and has spent over 20 years with an oil and gas supermajor, where she held numerous leadership positions in the UK, the US, Canada and Indonesia. Between 2012-2014, she has been the Regional President Canada of BP located in Calgary and between 2014 - 2018, she has been the Regional President of the Asia Pacific region, located in Jakarta, Indonesia. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Board of OMV Petrom starting May 1, 2018.
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Daniel Horowitz works in painting, drawing, collage, and installation. His art is characterized by a unique combination of realism and surrealist abstraction. His paintings employ an associative logic, whereby disparate subjects are thrown together into impossible landscapes that are nonetheless psychologically cohesive. Through dissonant figure pairings and Freudian fluency in our collective symbolic lexicon, Horowitz conjures up what cannot be visualized into something visible. His paintings suggest a narrative but this promise dissolves into ambiguity. Horowitz’s work has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions - from New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Warsaw, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris to Split, Barcelona, and Montreal. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (2001). He recently completed a 2 year fellowship with the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Also an illustrator, Horowitz's most gratifying endeavors is solving visual problems through metaphor. He has become a favorite among editors, publishers and art directors throughout the world. Working for such clients as The New York Times, Editions Christian Bourgois, & Knopf Random House.
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Ekene is a conceptual artist living and working in NYC and Boston. He creates artworks at the intersections of life experiences and data studies, poetic acts and analytic insights, and aesthetic quality and social efficacy. His artworks embody social issues and expose the systems affecting us as individuals. He engages with topics and mediums ranging from a website visualizing racial inequality in the design industry to a music performance/sound-reactive light installation sonifying mass incarceration. Ekene’s work has been commissioned and presented by venues and events including MoMA, Kennedy Center, Design Museum, Istanbul Design Biennial, Fondation EDF, Annenberg Space for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, and Storefront for Art and Architecture. He’s been featured in What Can Design Do’s 31 Designers Fighting for a Better World, GOOD's GOOD 100 "tackling pressing global issues,” Adweek's Creative 100 "visual artist whose imagination and intellect will inspire you," and GDUSA's People to Watch "who embody the spirit of the creative community." Recently, he was appointed as an assistant professor, founder and director of the Poetic Justice research group at MIT Media Lab. He also received a 2019 Creative Capital award. Previously, he was a visiting professor of Architecture at the SAIC.
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Elena Tănase is a Romanian journalist who worked with the BBC World Service for eight years in Bucharest and London. She joined Digi24, a news channel, in 2012, hosting guests in the Km0 debate who ranged from presidential candidates to ministers and cultural personalities. Lately, Elena Vijulie has become known as a historical documentary producer and presenter. She has focused on historical subjects that were severely censored during the communist regime, such as her two-year long “Steel Crown” project dedicated to Romanian dynasty.
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Farah Nayeri writes on culture for The New York Times and is also a conference speaker and moderator. Based in London, she was previously the arts correspondent of Bloomberg. She has also written for the arts pages of The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. Originally from Iran, Ms. Nayeri began her journalism career as a reporter for Time in Paris. She later became a Paris correspondent of Bloomberg, the Rome bureau chief, and the European economics correspondent. In 2003, she was assigned to Baghdad to cover the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Ms. Nayeri has been invited to speak at Sciences Po in Paris and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She has moderated panel discussions for The New York Times and for the World Economic Forum. She is a classical pianist and a member of the U.K. Critics' Circle.
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Born in 1984, Faraj Suleiman is a Palestinian pianist and composer hailed by his peers in the Arab world as one of the best. His first concert in France, in March 2019 at the Arab World Institute, was a huge success. His original material is influenced by Arab and Oriental culture, with its modal music, jazz, and tango. Putting the piano at the center of his work, Suleiman has composed for solo piano, quartets, piano with female singers, and piano with orchestras. Log In, his first album released in 2014 staked out the beginning of his musical path. He is the author of diverse works, like Three Steps, Mud, Opening of the Palestinian Museum, Love in the Cloud, Once upon a City, Love Without a Story, and most recently, Toy Box. This musician trained in classical Arab music seeks to reach “Oriental ears” with his compositions.
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Florian Ebner is the Head of the Department of Photography at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He previously served as Head of the Photographic Collection in Museum Folkwang and Director of the Museum for Photography Braunschweig. Earlier, he was temporary head of the Photographic Collection of Berlinischen Galerie, and taught Photography at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig. In 2015, he curated the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
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Gabriel Diaconu is a Canadian-trained psychiatrist, specialized in trauma, human rights, crisis intervention, inter-ethnic conflict and suicidology. Currently residing in Bucharest, where he supervises a private practice psychiatry clinic, Gabriel Diaconu has coordinated complex intervention teams in the aftermath of collective tragedies, including the Giulesti Maternity Fire (2010) and the Colectiv Club Fire (2015). He is a medical op-ed writer, a columnist and a public speaker, with more than 500 published articles in Romanian journals and magazines.
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Gabriel has been a nutritionist and regeneration specialist (anti-ageing) for 20 years. His focus is body enhancement and optimal nutrition – biohacking the basics. His techniques focus on basic human body needs like Water, Enzymes, Amino acids, Oils, Antioxidants. He innovates fast recovery protocols and techniques by pushing the limits and performance of human body. Gabriel works on cognitive enhancement and Nootropics utilizations by approaching basic technics for brokers, dealers, salesman, negotiators. He is the HR Manager and Expert of the DeCode Project since 2001, providing training and therapy in Human Design. Gabriel founded the ReSEX (Recoding Sexual Energy) Project for optimizing sexual energy for utilization in business and prosperity.
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Hiie Saumaa (Ph.D., Columbia University) is a movement educator and dance scholar. She is a certified instructor of several mind-body techniques, such as Nia dance, the BodyLogos© Technique, and JourneyDance.™ Her specialty is somatics, or forms of movement that pay as much attention to the inner world as the physical movement of the body. She teaches courses and classes in sensory-based dance modalities, creativity in movement, expressive arts, meditative strength training, and somatic awareness. Her dance writings explore interconnections between dance, movement imagination, somatics, and creativity. She is currently completing a book on the unpublished writings, artwork, and multi-arts creativity of the American choreographer Jerome Robbins. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Dance Research Journal, Dance Chronicle, The Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, Somatics Journal/Magazine, Journal for Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and Routledge Companion to Dance Studies, among others.
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Jack Saul, Ph.D. is a New York State licensed psychologist and family therapist providing therapeutic services for individuals, couples, and families in Manhattan. He is the director of the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP), a research and training institute based in New York City. ITSP is committed to enhancing the natural resilience and coping capacities in individuals, families, and communities that have endured and/or are threatened by traumatic events - domestic and political violence, armed conflict and natural disaster. As a psychologist he has created a number of psychosocial programs for populations that have endured war, torture and political violence in New York City and is known for his innovative work with families and communities that integrates testimony, healing, media, and the performance arts.
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Jake Troth is an artist, multi-platinum songwriter, and producer from Davidson, North Carolina. Jake has collaborated with Big Boi, Kevin Gates, Jennifer Lopez, Rick Ross, Kehlani, Jesse Rose and many more independent acts around the world. Inspired by the classic melodic earworms of the Beatles and Paul Simon, along with the spontaneity of jam bands and jazz trios, Jake‘s musical goal is to always provide an unforgettable song-focused listening experience. Previous accomplishments include being nominated for a Grammy for the dance remix of his song “Undercover” with Kehlani; Achieving Double Platinum status with his song “Really Really” by Kevin Gates; performing his song “Apple Of My Eye” alongside Big Boi on ‘The Tonight Show’, ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, and Jimmy Kimmel Live’; performing for sold out crowds at Upright Citizen’s Brigade comedy theater, and scoring multiple short films, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 international commercial featuring a remix of ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurhythmics, personally chosen by Annie Lennox. Jake's debut album, IT IS AS IF, will be released on the 13th of September with the American record label Atlantic Records.
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As Executive Director of We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), co-founded by legendary music producer and multi-Grammy winner, Nile Rodgers, Jess Teutonico helps lead one of the world's most influential global networks of youth - social entrepreneurs and creatives from 60+ countries who are working across cultures and borders to solve some of the world's biggest issues today. Through cutting-edge programs, global campaigns, and a highly sought-after mentoring program, WAFF has helped create and nurture one of the most hopeful narratives in our world today: youth.
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Dr. & Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is the only theologian in the world to establish such links between humanities, gender studies and religious sciences. During his adolescence in Algeria, L. Zahed has been trained to become an imam by studying Qur'an exegesis - Tafsir al-Qur'an - and the pillars of the Islamic orthopraxy - usul al-fiqh. He is now master of cognitive psychology, graduate from the Ecole Normale Superieure in cognitive sciences and currently writing his PhD thesis in anthropology of religion matters at the EHESS on the theme of Islam and homosexuality; after he did a PhD in social psychology of religions. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed joins the Department of Anthropology at the EHESS (French school for advanced social studies) in fall 2010. He is about to finalize the writing of his anthropology PhD about Islam and gender diversity, after he studied Islamic theology in Algeria for five years; he also did a master in Cognitive Psychology at the Ecole Normale Superieur and a PhD in Social Psychology of religions at the University of Nantes - France.
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Dr. & Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is the only theologian in the world to establish such links between humanities, gender studies and religious sciences. During his adolescence in Algeria, L. Zahed has been trained to become an imam by studying Qur'an exegesis - Tafsir al-Qur'an - and the pillars of the Islamic orthopraxy - usul al-fiqh. He is now master of cognitive psychology, graduate from the Ecole Normale Superieure in cognitive sciences and currently writing his PhD thesis in anthropology of religion matters at the EHESS on the theme of Islam and homosexuality; after he did a PhD in social psychology of religions. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed joins the Department of Anthropology at the EHESS (French school for advanced social studies) in fall 2010. He is about to finalize the writing of his anthropology PhD about Islam and gender diversity, after he studied Islamic theology in Algeria for five years; he also did a master in Cognitive Psychology at the Ecole Normale Superieur and a PhD in Social Psychology of religions at the University of Nantes - France.
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Puerto Rican social entrepreneur & chef, Manolo López has focused on showcasing his culture through food and storytelling around the world. A cultural ambassador for Latinos, Manolo has done pop-ups in Japan, Colombia, México, Chile, Puerto Rico, amongst other countries, bringing Caribbean staples to different corners of the world. Manolo started his social work after hurricane Maria devastated his native Island in 2017. After being one of the first responders to enter the Island, he created brigades that brought clean water, warm food & medicine to towns all over Puerto Rico. Two months after his first initiative he launched the Cosa Nuestra Relief Fund, a program designed to support the local economy after the storm by paying restaurants to create meals that would be given out free of charge all over the Island.
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Matthew Anderson is the European culture editor of The New York Times. He oversees coverage of the arts and entertainment in the region from The Times's bureau in London. He joined in 2017 from the BBC, where he worked for 10 years as a reporter, producer and editor for TV, radio and online. He was the editor of the BBC.com homepage, then became the inaugural editor of BBC Culture, an online arts and entertainment site aimed at digital users outside the U.K.
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In 2011, Mike Safyan joined the eight-person founding team at Planet where the company was building the first iterations of its Dove satellite in a Cupertino garage. Since then, Planet has expanded to a global organization leading the NewSpace industry, with the world's largest fleet of Medium-resolution and High-resolution Earth Imaging satellites. Mike is responsible for Planet's Launch strategy and has overseen the launch of over 350 Planet satellites across 22 launch attempts. Mike received his B.S. of Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, and a M.Sc. of Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He started his career working on lunar rover designs for the Barcelona Moon Team competing for the Google Lunar X-Prize, and then joined the PhoneSat team at NASA Ames where he worked as a Systems Engineer developing ultra low-cost cubesats utilizing smartphone technologies. In 2018, Mike received the SSPI Promise Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by satellite industry professionals under the age of 35.
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Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist and business professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern university. Dr. Cerf is also a member of the institute on complex systems. In his work, Prof. Cerf helps individuals and businesses harness the current knowledge of the brain to improve thinking and understanding of customers and business decisions. His academic research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology, behavior changes, emotion, decision making and dreams. Recently, his research has addressed questions pertaining to the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. He has made much of his research accessible to the general public via his public talks at PopTech, TED, TEDx, Google Zeitgeist, DLD and other venues, gathering millions of views and a large following.
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Patricia Cohen covers the national economy for The New York Times and is the author of "In Our Prime: The Fascinating History and Promising Future of Middle Age" (Scribner). Ms. Cohen joined The Times in 1997 as Ideas Editor to create and launch the Arts & Ideas section, and later oversaw the paper's theater coverage. An award-winning reporter, she has written extensively about ideas, books and the arts, and worked as an investigative reporter in the Culture Department. She won the international Prix Annette Giacometti for a series of articles she wrote on art forgery, and is a recent winner of the Nathaniel Nash Award for excellence in business and economics journalism. Before joining the Times, Ms. Cohen worked at the Washington Post and Rolling Stone magazine. She started her journalism career at Newsday and New York Newsday. She has a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.P.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Ms. Cohen is a frequent moderator and interviewer at live events, and often appears on television and radio to speak about her work.
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Raphael Reimann is a multi-disciplinary urbanist and founding member of Moovel Lab. His background is in geography and urban design and development. He works on ideation, conceptualisation and communication of Moovel Lab's projects. He quickly found the intersection of fast paced digital services and persistent city infrastructure as an interesting and challenging field for his work.
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After 15 years of being an academic philosopher, Reid founded Virtue, an ethics consultancy that focuses on corporate governance and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, biotech, and virtual/augmented reality. He works with senior leadership to devise strategies and policies that mitigate ethical risk and with product developers to incorporate ethically responsible design practices. Prior to launching Virtue, Reid was a Fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics at UNC Chapel Hill and a professor of philosophy at Colgate University. He received his B.A. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin. Reid sits on the “Methods to Guide Ethical Research and Design” committee for the IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and is a member of the EU AI Alliance. When he isn’t doing ethics you can find him with his wife and children, unless there’s rock climbing to be done.
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Reza Bundy brings with him decades of entrepreneurial and executive leadership experience in the private sector. He is the Founder of IronPlanet which was the leading online inspection-based marketplace focused on the $100 billion used capital goods market. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Provence Capital, a private development group which leverages capital, proven technology and a global network of relationships to support local business and infrastructure in growth markets. He is currently building his third company, Atlas Gold, which seeks to create monetary stability and food & water security through agricultural land grants from gold mining companies. Reza Bundy is a current board member of the Atlantic Council, an organization that promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs. After the Haitian earthquake in 2010, he founded the Haiti Investment Team to facilitate foreign investment in the country. He is a champion and mentor of women in executive positions and leads a diverse and international team of professionals.
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Susan Sellers is a founding partner and creative director for 2x4, a global design consultancy focused on brand strategy. In this role, she has worked with clients such as Nike, Prada, Tiffany & co., and the Guggenheim Museum among others. Additionally, Sellers is a Senior Design Critic at the Yale School of Art and was formerly the Head of Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2013-2016. At the MET, Sellers led the museum’s rebranding, helped open the MET Breuer, and worked on exhibitions such as "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" and "Manus X Machina: Design in the Age of Technology.” Sellers holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.A. in American Studies from Yale University.
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Violeta Luca is the General Manager of Microsoft Romania, since November, 2018, having a wealth of senior leadership expertise in sales, digital platforms, general management, marketing and operations, as well as a successful track record in creating value for all the stakeholders she worked with since 2000. In her current role, Violeta is aiming to drive growth initiatives to enable digital transformation across sectors in Romania and deliver outstanding results through developing team capabilities, scaling a strong partner ecosystem, encouraging local innovation and fostering a collaboration-based organization culture.
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The Wanton Bishops is a Lebanese rock band formed in Beirut, Lebanon in 2011. The group consists of Nader Mansour and Eddy Ghossein. The duo began as an independent act founded after Mansour and Ghossein met outside a bar in Beirut and eventually bonded over their mutual appreciation for blues music.
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Simona Chesaraicu is a psychotherapist, qualified to teach MBSR programs (Mindfulness based interventions for stress management). For Simona mindfulness became not only a generous personal way of finding balance and peace in a frantic world, but also a great mean to support people around her to be more present and aware about everything that is. She is committed to build meaningful therapeutic relationships with clients and helping them learn how to make better choices in their lives to increase fulfilment and achieve their goals.
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Marius Șoflete is one of the lead influencers of the Romanian construction industry, as he is both an experienced structural engineer - specialized in wooden structures, passive house design, sustainable constructions - and a very active vlogger. A former member of PRISPA - the first Romanian team participating in Solar Decathlon Competition, in 2012 - he founded Creative Engineering design office in 2013, based on a 360 deg view design philosophy toward constructions. Most of the office's projects had challenging conditions, developing into innovative solutions with a great impact on Romanian public perception of sustainable buildings, earning a rising level of attention among professionals and academia.
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Italian artist Luca Zamoc was born in 1986 in Modena. Since his early age he was inspired by influences as different as 80′s comics, mithology and human anatomy. He attended the New Academy of Art in Milan and graduated with a bachelor of Graphic Design & Art Direction. His work range between several media such as digital, mural, ink on paper illustration and comic art. In the last four years he’s been working and living in different cities as Milan, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Istanbul and Barcelona. He's currently back in Modena.
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Irina Margareta Nistor- Honorary President of the Vodafone Romania Foundation. Irina Margareta Nistor is a film critic, producer of radio and television shows, with a rich activity as a journalist and translator. Over time, Irina Margareta Nistor has interviewed many celebrities, has commented, live, several editions of the César, Oscar, BAFTA or EMMY Awards, has filmed and commented on radio and television the festivals in Karlovy-Vary, Reims, Stockholm, Cannes, Berlin, Namur, Tokyo, San Sebastian. She has also been a jury member in the Dakino Festival and artistic director of the Costineşti Festival and, since 2002, jury member of the International Film Festival Dakino and, since 2007, of Anonymous. Prior to joining the Vodafone Romania Foundation, Irina Margareta Nistor was part of the Executive Board of the SOROS Foundation in Romania.
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Alexandra’s classes are edgy and fun and full of life. They are also filled with heart and soul. She enjoys teaching all age groups and experience levels and firmly believes that ‘Yoga is for EVERYBODY’. Reaching over 200 hours of study with her teachers in India, she is passionate about sharing all that she has learnt and continues to learn so that more people can have the tools to live a healthier and happier life.
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Program
Thu. 26
Fri. 27
Sat. 28
Sun. 29
Thursday 26.09.2019
15.00 - 17.00 EEST
Check In Registrations Open
16.30 - 17.00 EEST
Jake Sings You a Song
Singer-songwriter Jake Troth welcomes you to UNFINISHED with a few songs from his brand new album "IT IS AS IF". Stop by the UNFINISHED gallery to listen to his lovely voice as you trail the museum to discover the exhibitions and installations.
Jake Troth
17.00 - 17.15 EEST
Opening Remarks
Cristian Movila, Capucine Gros, and Ian Daly
17.15 - 18.00 EEST
INTERVIEW: Brigitte Lacombe
French photographer Brigitte Lacombe is known for her influential and revelatory portraiture. For four decades she has created iconic and intimate photographs of many of the world’s most celebrated artists, actors, politicians and intellectuals. As a special photographer, Lacombe has worked on many film sets starting with Alan Pakula’s “All the President’s Men” and “Fellini’s Casanova” both in 1975, and Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1976. Her photography has appeared in publications around the world including Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, German Vogue, British Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, “M” Le Monde, Zeit Magazine. Live Nation's Ian Daly will introduce "Brigitte", a short film exploring the artistry Lacombe. ‘Brigitte’ is the 18th commission from #MiuMiuWomensTales, an acclaimed short-film series that invites today’s most profound and original female directors to investigate vanity and femininity in the 21st century. It premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival. He will lead a quick Q&A following the screening.
Brigitte Lacombe
18.00 - 18.30 EEST
Jurgis DID | upgrading humanity one party at a time
Before music was a form of entertainment it was a means of weaving social fabric. Jurgis will share his passion for holding co-created space, and explain why this age-old act is a viable method for transforming individual mindsets and shifting social paradigms exponentially.
Jurgis Didziulis
18.30 - 19.00 EEST
AMA (‘Ask Me Anything’)
"How are conscious percepts formed in our brain?", "How can we control our emotions?" “How can we make content that is engaging for the brain?" A neuroscientist and business professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern University, Moran Cerf helps individuals and businesses harness the current knowledge of the brain to improve thinking and understanding of customers and business decisions. Recently, his research has addressed questions pertaining to the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. In this session, Dr; Cerf will present his work and proceed to an interactive AMA session with the audience.
Moran Cerf
19.00 - 19.30 EEST
Save the World Tonight
Is "Technology for Good" just a PR title? Murielle Lorilloux, CEO Vodafone & UPC Romania and computational biologist Catherine Vacher, whose specialty are the genetics of cancer and the impact of pathogens and viruses on human health. The two will share the outputs of a very challenging social project involving everyone who wants to take part and contribute. The project relies on the “power of us”, going beyond branding and pushes the limits of technology as we know it.
Ian Daly and Catherine Vacher
19.30 - 20.30 EEST
Stars, on and off the stage
Legendary Irina Margareta Nistor, who worked as a film critic, producer of radio and television shows, journalist and translator between Romania and the United States will take the audience behind the scenes of the lives of movie stars that became legends, not just on the big screen but in real life too. This intimately set-up moment will be a short incursion into the fascinating movie industry.
Irina Margareta Nistor
20.30 - 21.50 EEST
Concert
DJ SET + Bogdan Simion
Friday 27.09.2019
8.00 - 8.30 EEST
Society of Healthy People's Walk: Session #1
Start your day the right way! A former Advisor to the President of Romania, Alexandra Gatej is also passionate about walking. She will take a small group of UNFINISHED attendees onto a both meditative and informative walk. It will be intense, not the pace of your walk matters - we never run - but the depth of your ideas and thinking. The walk is about sharing knowledge and knowing others; participants share what they find valuable as information or thinking for the enhancement of the group as a whole: literature, music, art, sociology, politics, cooking, culture at large and specific, future, history, sports, music, travel, personal discoveries.
Alexandra Gatej
8.30 - 9.00 EEST
Cultivate curiosity: Mindfulness and loving kindness meditation
What better goal than on the first morning of UNFINISHED? Curiosity allows us to begin to turn forward to entirely of experience, to inquire into our experience. Asking „What is it?” and not looking for a specific answer, rather using the question as a method of experiential investigation, can allow us to come to know the full experience as it is. Mindfulness practice is a way to cultivate curiosity, moment by moment. Join psychotherapist, abd MBSR taecher (Mindfulness based interventions for stress management) Simona Chesaraicu on this first of three meditation offerings. Whether your goal is to train your attention, to become more emotionally balanced and increase your resilience, be more creative and efficient, or just to learn how to navigate difficulties, Simona will accompany you with kindness and compassion.
Simona Chesaraicu
9.00 - 10.00 ESST
Morning Hatha Yoga Session
With 3 days of conference ahead, Alexandra Simiean invites you to a mindful, strengthening and holistic practice, open to all ages and levels of experience. Drawing on traditional Hatha yogic practices (Union of the mind, body and spirit), she will guide you towards improved flexibility, balance and strength. The 45min session with a focus on movement and breath. Expect to leave the class with a little more space in your body and mind, and hopefully filled hearts and souls.
Alexandra Simiean
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Move your dreams Workshop: Session #1
In this series of three workshops led by Estonian dancer Hiie Saumaa, we will explore simple choreography and free dance through somatic movement. The class will be based on the Nia technique. We wake up, energize, and relax the body. We explore and use our imaginations and creativity as we move. There is no "right" and "wrong" movement, no "dancer" and "non-dancer." We simply let our bodies move, enjoy the music from different parts of the world, and dance our hearts out. All this in comfortable workout clothes and barefoot. No previous dance experience is needed. All you need is a body and openness to exploring movement! Please bring a notebook.
Hiie Saumaa
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
HereNow: In The Moment Portrait and Zine Making
Acclaimed photographer Brigitte Lacombe and Creative Director Susan Sellers will create a physical documentation of the conference and a manifestation of the theme "Unfinished" in the form of a visual process, a body of photographs and a print magazine created "in the moment" and collectively. Their approach is inspired by the Unfinished / Eidos' stated mandate: to "search for values between all people" and provide "an exit from echo chambers" of contemporary culture and experience. They want to create a physical magazine that is simple, reduced, in and of the moment. Rather than something that is automated and instant, made in "real time" Brigitte and Susan are interested in capturing individual people, experiences "in the moment." Their goal is to create, print and distribute this zine at the conference on Sunday afternoon.
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers
10.00 - 10.30 EEST
Angélica Dass' Humanae Project
Award-winning photographer Angélica Dass will be in conversation with journalist Farah Nayeri about race and stereotypes and why she began Humanae, a project in which thousands of people have been photographed and their skin tone matched to a Pantone® colour code – illustrating the diversity of skin colours while highlighting the absurdity and inaccuracy of racial stereotypes. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, she is acutely aware of how small differences in skin tone can swell into large misconceptions and stereotypes about race. The Humanae initiative has traveled to more than 30 countries across six continents —from The World Economic Forum in Davos to the pages of National Geographic — to promote dialogue that challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity.
Angelica Dass
10.30 - 11.00 EEST
Who Wants to Be a Self-Driving Car?
Join multi-disciplinary urbanist, Raphael Reimann in a conversation discussing data-viz / storytelling / data-art / smart cities / routing / mobility infrastructure, and all he does at Moovel Lab, the company he founded. The moovel Group has made it its mission to simplify urban mobility. It is working on an “operating system for urban mobility”, which offers access to different mobility services. The moovel lab is an interdisciplinary team of three within the moovel Group which looks at future questions of mobility and human behavior in urban areas in creative projects.The future of the car as a means of transport lies in the four areas “Connectivity”, “Shared & Services”, “Electric” and “Autonomous”. How will autonomous vehicles change our mobility? How do autonomous vehicles see their surroundings? How are other road users, such as vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, presented? And what information does the vehicle use when moving about in traffic? Ian Daly will quiz Raphael on all of the above, and more!
Raphael Reimann
11.00 - 11.40 EEST
Power Brokers
Transforming work cultures and the new agents of change. Moderated by Patricia Cohen, New York Times Journalist this panel will include Murielle Lorilloux (CEO Vodafone), Violeta Luca (CEO Microsoft), Christina Verchere (CEO of Petrom).
Murielle Lorilloux, Violeta Luca, Christina Vercherea, and Patricia Cohen
11.40 - 12.00 EEST
HERE NOW GROUP PHOTO
Acclaimed photographer Brigitte Lacombe asks the whole UNFINISHED19 community to gather outside in the garden for a memorable group portrait. This is a rare opportunity to be shot by one of today's most iconic artists!
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers
12.00 - 14.00 EEST
Lunch
Ion New Modern Romanian Cuisine
14.00 - 15.00 EEST
Private Drama to Public Healing
Psychologist Jack Saul and couples therapist Esther Perel have partnered numerous times to tackle problems that were too big to handle within the four corners of their offices. Over the years they have come together to work with refugees and their post-9/11 Lower Manhattan community to produce theater that engages the public as a creative collaborator. Jack, who has worked for over 30 years on collective trauma, will speak about his new public arts project debuting this week at UNFINISHED – “Moral Injuries of War.” Esther, the iconic therapist, has been breaking new ground on the massive shifts in today’s relationships, both in love and work. Taking the pulse of our cultural transition through the lens of sexuality, she will speak about her podcasts “Where Should We Begin?” And “How’s Work?” Too often our personal dramas are shrouded in secrecy, shame and guilt. Both projects take the hidden into the public square. In “Moral Injuries of War,” we are asked to take responsibility for the forces that lead to private suffering; in Esther’s podcasts, we are invited to listen deeply to others and see ourselves in the mirror.
Jack Saul and Esther Perel
15.00 - 15.45 EEST
Using Space to Help Life on Earth
The global space industry is in the midst of a renaissance. Private companies are launching fleets of satellites to better monitor the Earth and bring internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Tech billionaires are investing their riches into developing spaceships for space tourism and conquering our solar system. What impact are these technologies having on us today? What can we expect 20 years from now? This talk will explore current trends in the space industry and the related impacts on the average Earth dweller.
Mike Safyan
15.45 - 16.30 EEST
Seeing from the Other Side
Psychoanalyst Gabriel Diaconu will lead a conversation between foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi and photojournalists Paolo Pellegrin and Cristian Movila, discussing reporting on conflict, the subjectivity of right versus wrong, and the all is a matter of persepective.
Jess Teutonico
16.30 - 17.30 EEST
Seeing from the Other Side
Psychoanalyst Gabriel Diaconu will lead a conversation between foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi and photojournalists Paolo Pellegrin and Cristian Movila, discussing reporting on conflict, the subjectivity of right versus wrong, and the all is a matter of persepective.
Rukmini Callimachi, Paolo Pellegrin, and Cristian Movila
17.30 - 18.30 EEST
Living With All Our Senses
What if you could build a career by training your senses? How is that different from a career in IT or law? Or how is it similar? In this session, we shall take a trip into a sensory universe, with a fresh perspective on a world defined by direct interaction. Senses are a major part of what makes us human as they were for so long the main instrument to understand our universe. And yet in our increasingly abstract society, virtual concepts take the place of direct experience, and increasing electronic interactions make sensory-based knowledge seem out of this world. Although we are among the very few beings to follow the pleasure principle, we still seem to forget how to obtain this pleasure. A glass of wine is indeed a treasure of information, it speaks of a certain place on Earth, of the way the people of that place live and understand life. It speaks of rain, sun and history. Distillates are often less precise in terms of geography, but have the same guidelines on preserving history and seeking pleasure. If you would ever consider starting a career in this field, here's the only thing you need to know: senses can be trained just like you train a muscle. We're here to find out how.
Marinela Ardelean
17.30 - 18.30 EEST
ROMANIAS
This year, UNFINISHED is especially honoured to launch ROMANIAS an exhibition and publication with Magnum Photos on the occasions of Romania's 100-year anniversary and 30 years since its Revolution. The project, curated by Florian Ebner, chief curator of photography at the Centre Georges Pompidou, brings together photographs by Bieke Depoorter, Thomas Dworzak, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth and Newsha Tavakolian from Magnum Photos as well as by Cristian Movilă. Designed by Sascha Lobe & Pentagram London, the book will be released for the first time during the UNFINISHED festival. Farah Nayeri will lead a discussion with some of the projects photographers and contributors.
Florian Ebner, Newsha Tavakolian, Cristian Movila, and Paolo Pellegrin
18.30 - 19.15 EEST
PERFORMANCE
Palestinian pianist and composer Faraj Suleiman will take us on a musical journey influenced by Arab and Oriental culture, with its modal music, jazz, and tango. Hailed by his peers in the Arab world as one of the best, he's played all around the world and recently moved to Paris. Suleiman has composed for solo piano, quartets, piano with female singers, and piano with orchestras. Log In, his first album released in 2014 staked out the beginning of his musical path. He is the author of diverse works, like Three Steps, Mud, Opening of the Palestinian Museum, Love in the Cloud, Once upon a City, Love Without a Story, and most recently, Toy Box. Trained in classical Arab music, he seeks to reach “Oriental ears” in the room.
Faraj Suleiman
19.15 - 20.00 EEST
Doing Well and Doing Good
Professional success and contributing to the greater good should not be mutually exclusive endeavors. Too often we compartmentalize our efforts to make a living and our efforts to give back to our communities. "Doing Well and Doing Good" will focus on the many ways Chef and Social Entrepreneur Manolo Lopez' two instincts can exist in harmony, as nothing is more rewarding than finding ways to help yourself while helping others.
Manolo Lopez
19.00 - 20.05 EEST
THE NEVER ENDING START ROOM VIGNETTE
For Unfinished, Gaspar creates a 4 day sound piece in perpetual transformation, the never-ending start room. A musical edifice with elusive contours, since what has been recorded is destined to be erased, crushed, replaced by the following proposition. A 6-track sampler, which plays in a loop, in a room of the museum provided for this purpose. A cello, a cellist, some machines and random passages, targeted invitations, unforeseen collaborations, fantasized ones. Cellist and Composer Gaspar Claus is a tireless explorer who ceaselessly re-configures the world map of music. A cross-country cellist who might be described as the heretic heir of the exemplary Tom Cora, with whom he shares the blend of popular and erudite styles and a taste for melody and racket alike, he allows his unkempt technique to serve the pure joy of being alive, ever open to surprises, with a humanist drive seeping into his countless collaborations (from Jim O'Rourke to Sufjan Stevens and Rone to Angélique Ionatos). Improvised music (alongside Keiji Haino or Serge Teyssot-Gay), contemporary music (with Bryce Dessner), flamenco (Pedro Soler and Ines Bacan) or pop (Barbara Carlotti, Peter Von Poehl), everything that comes into his hands transforms into an exercise in the intensification of one's tastes and the bursting of boundaries.
Gaspar Claus
20.05 - 22.05 EEST
Dinner
Dinner by Ion w/ Guest Manolo Lopez New Modern Romanian Cuisine With Special Thanks to Kaufland
Manolo Lopez
ALL DAY
INSTALLATION / PERFORMANCE - The never-ending start room
For Unfinished, Cellist and Composer Gaspar Claus creates a 2-day sound piece in perpetual transformation, the never-ending start room. A musical edifice with elusive contours, since what has been recorded is destined to be erased, crushed, replaced by the following proposition. A 6-track sampler, which plays in a loop, in a room of the museum provided for this purpose. A cello, a cellist, some machines and random passages, targeted invitations, unforeseen collaborations, fantasized ones.
Gaspar Claus
ALL DAY
STEAM Coffee Break
Coffee will be served all day by Steam, a small and friendly local specialty coffee shop.
Vlad and Dan
Saturday 28.09.2019
8.00 - 8.30 EEST
Society of Healthy People's Walk: Session #2
Start your day the right way! A former Advisor to the President of Romania, Alexandra Gatej is also passionate about walking. She will take a small group of UNFINISHED attendees onto a both meditative and informative walk. It will be intense, not the pace of your walk matters - we never run - but the depth of your ideas and thinking. The walk is about sharing knowledge and knowing others; participants share what they find valuable as information or thinking for the enhancement of the group as a whole: literature, music, art, sociology, politics, cooking, culture at large and specific, future, history, sports, music, travel, personal discoveries.
Alexandra Gatej
8.30 - 9.00 EEST
Creativity and Awareness: a loving kindness meditation
Mindfulness boosts divergent thinking, which involves a lot of learning. Meditating before brainstorming and ideation sessions makes you less distracted, fully focused and able to produce higher quality initial rough ideas. Results are creativity and awareness at their full potential. Join psychotherapist, abd MBSR teacher (Mindfulness based interventions for stress management) Simona Chesaraicu on this second of three meditation offerings. Whether your goal is to train your attention, to become more emotionally balanced and increase your resilience, be more creative and efficient, or just to learn how to navigate difficulties, Simona will accompany you with kindness and compassion.
Simona Chesaraicu
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Stillness through Movement Yoga Session
Known as a ‘moving meditation’ this practice will take your spine and nervous system out of ‘fight, flight, freeze’ response, relaxing and calming your adrenal glands and deeply replenishing and nourishing your nervous and endocrine systems. This gentle restorative class is supported by aromatherapy, conscious breath and mind awareness techniques to assist you in letting go and activating the body’s innate healing response. No yoga or meditation experience required.
Alexandra Simiean
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Move your dreams Workshop: Session #2
In this series of three workshops led by Estonian dancer Hiie Saumaa, we will explore simple choreography and free dance through somatic movement. The class will be based on the Nia technique. We wake up, energize, and relax the body. We explore and use our imaginations and creativity as we move. There is no "right" and "wrong" movement, no "dancer" and "non-dancer." We simply let our bodies move, enjoy the music from different parts of the world, and dance our hearts out. All this in comfortable workout clothes and barefoot. No previous dance experience is needed. All you need is a body and openness to exploring movement! Please bring a notebook.
Hiie Saumaa
9.00 - 10.00 ESST
HereNow: In The Moment Portrait and Zine Making
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers
10.00 - 10.45 EEST
AI & The Body: "Mind (the) Gap. Bridging the Distance Between Artificial and Human Intelligence"
What can we expect, and what can we not expect from AI? Is AI biased? Why? What type of ethics can we develop for AI? How does cultural variation play into the AI field? Should AI for business be regulated, and how? How deep under our skin should AI go? Will AI expand our capacities, or replace us altogether? The public is invited to participate in this interactive conversation meant to shed light on some possible answers while generating a new meaningful question."
Moran Cerf, Angelica Dass, Adam Saul, and Alec Balasescu
10.45 - 11.45 EEST
Irrationally Ever After
Modern dating is experiencing a seismic shift. Dating apps offer seemingly infinite options. We're faced with far more questions than ever before: Who should I date? Should I play hard to get? Should we break up? Should we get married? With her dual expertise in the areas of decision-making and relationship science, Logan Ury is here to help. In this talk she'll provide practical, research-backed ways to navigate the complexities of dating today.
Logan Ury
11.45 - 12.30 EEST
The Open Wall Project
Remember Italian artist Luca Zamoc? He has been part of the UNFINISHED family for 3 years now! His work ranges between digital, mural, comic and handmade illustration. One of his future projects is a mural in Bucharest which will be co-created with the UNFINISHED community. Join this session to suggest, brainstorm, and be involved in the creative process behind Luca's next public project! Luca's painted walls always talk to their surrounding communities and he would love to hear the legends, stories and symbols you feel are important for him to include.
Luca Zamoc
11.45 - 12.30 EEST
Geopolitics : How to be of service in a dysfunctional world?
A proven entrepreneur with a history of leveraging technology to add value and reduce "friction" in established markets, Reza Bundy will discuss opportunities of bringing communities together, the future of monetary systems, agriculture; and how we can predict the future by understanding the past with NYT's Patricia Cohen.
Reza Bundy
12.30 - 13.45 EEST
Lunch
Ion New Modern Romanian Cuisine
13.45 - 14.00 EEST
UNFINISHED community portrait
Acclaimed photographer Brigitte Lacombe asks the whole UNFINISHED19 community to gather outside in the garden - second and last attempt! If you don't make it happen it's our loss.
Brigitte Lacombe
14.00 - 14.30 EEST
Society of Healthy People's Walk: Session #3
Alexandra Gatej will take a small group of UNFINISHED attendees onto a both meditative and informative walk. It will be intense, not the pace of your walk matters - we never run - but the depth of your ideas and thinking. The walk is about sharing knowledge and knowing others; participants share what they find valuable as information or thinking for the enhancement of the group as a whole: literature, music, art, sociology, politics, cooking, culture at large and specific, future, history, sports, music, travel, personal discoveries.
Alexandra Gatej
14.00 - 14.30 EEST
An hour at the museum
Art Historian Codruta Cruceanu, whose life-long interest is in sharing her passion for art and museums as places of initiation, meditation, relaxation and fun, will take you on a three-stop tour of the museum's European Art Galleries to discover the timeless beauty of old masters. El Greco painting himself as a witness of sacred events, Pieter Brueghel’s ‘seasons’ and the Italian masters. Ever tried to look at yourself as if you were the ‘other’? If not, it is perhaps hightime to plunge in this ever unfinished adventure.
Codruta Cruceanu
14.00 - 14.30 EEST
MORAL INJURIES WORKSHOP
This is a workshop to give people who have spent some time in the moral injuries of war installation a place to respond and reflect on what they heard and to learn more about the moral issues faced by military veterans, war correspondents and others who have participated in recent wars. How the conscience emerges in the context of war.
Jack Saul, Rukmini Callimachi, and Cristian Movila
14.30 - 15.15 EEST
Jurgis DID | #CommunityCultureQuickie
Simulating UTOPIA by making music together. Jurgis invites you to co-create a social unit through song and dance. Sharpen your social skills, flex your collective creativity, and gain insight on group dynamics so that you can tweak, hack and grow the culture of your communities, teams, and organisations.
Jurgis Didziulis
14.30 - 15.15 EEST
Climate Change, Vulnerability, and Responsibility
In the face of worsening climate crisis, the Sept 23rd UN Summit delivered new pathways and practical actions to shift global response into higher gear. Leaders from government, business, and civil society today announced potentially far-reaching steps to confront climate change at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York. As carbon pollution, temperatures, and climate destruction continue to rise, and public backlash mounts, the Summit has offered a turning point from inertia into momentum, action, and global impact – if everyone gets on board. NYT's Patricia Cohen will discuss the issue with Jess Teutonico, Reza Bunday, Mike Safyan, Gabriel Diaconu and Manolo Lopez.
Mike Safyan, Reza Bundy, Jess Teutonico, Gabriel Diaconu, and Manolo Lopez
15.15 - 16.00 EEST
Lost and Found, the visual metaphor
How to find an image that can keep us together in this phantasmagoria of images that are constantly in front of us and that solicit, enlist but perhaps also exhaust our own imagination? We cannot escape the obsessive production of commodified images, but what we can do, is to reorient them. Artist and illustrator Daniel Horowitz will take us on a visual odyssey using Jungian archetypes as our roadmap to deciphering the topsy-turvy world we live in.
Daniel Horowitz
16.00 - 17.00 EEST
Swipe Right: Finding Love In The Age of Apps
Can an algorithm predict love? Does online dating make us more superficial? What would the perfect dating app look like? This conversation will explore the pain and pleasure of online dating. It will cover brand new research from Moran Cerf's paper on the popular app Hinge, and insights from Logan Ury's upcoming book on decision-making in dating.
Moran Cerf and Logan Ury
16.00 - 17.00 EEST
Humanae Project Workshop 1
Angelica Dass
17.00 - 17.30 EEST
Acoustic Set
Jake Troth
17.00 - 17.30 EEST
Touch Me Not, The Politics of the Body - "Tell me how you loved me, so I understand how to love”
Director Adina Pintilie, who won the Golden Bear and Best Debut Feature Awards at the Berlin international Film Festival last year, will share on her Touch Me Not project, that of a filmmaker and her characters venturing into a personal research project about intimacy. And the craving for intimacy yet also the deep fear of it. How to overcome old patterns, defense mechanisms and taboos, how to cut the cord and finally be free? Touch Me Not looks at how we can find intimacy in the most unexpected ways, at how to love another without losing ourselves. She will tell how she is now taking the cultural/educational project on the road.
Adina Pintilie
18.00 - 18.30 EEST
Rage Against The Machine
Over the next 10 years Artificial Intelligence is predicted to be in use by 70% of all companies. It also powers surveillance tools like facial recognition technology, creates software that discriminates against women and people of color, and will replace 47% of the workforce, all while being fueled on information about you that you never realized you were giving away. In this talk we’ll discuss the massive societal impact of AI, why businesses need to ensure our ethical safety, and how we can hold them to the task.
Reid Blackman
18.30 - 19.30 EEST
Speaking with The Enemy
Rukmini Callimachi, the subject of the New York Times’ Top of the charts podcast takes you behind the scenes, revealing how she has built her revolutionary beat by speaking to those we consider to be the embodiment of evil. New York Times foreign correspondent and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Rukmini Callimachi has become the go-to reporter on the Islamic State. For her Times' podcast “Caliphate,” Callimachi was awarded the 2018 Peabody Award. She has been a subject in terrorist chatrooms and cited by U.S. lawmakers and foreign governments. WIRED magazine called Callimachi “arguably the best reporter on the most important beat in the world.”
Rukmini Callimachi
19.30 - 20.15 EEST
AMA - Ask me anything
Love Lust and Commitment in the Digital Age Pitfalls of modern intimacy Challenges and forces of modern love
Esther Perel
20.15 - 21.00 EEST
Concert
The Wanton Bishops
21.00 - 21.20 EEST
Dinner
Ion New Modern Romanian Cuisine; with Special Thanks to Kaufland
21.20 - 22.20 EEST
DJ Set
The Wanton Bishops
ALL DAY
The never-ending start room
For Unfinished, Cellist and Composer Gaspar Claus Gaspar creates a 2-day sound piece in perpetual transformation, the never-ending start room. A musical edifice with elusive contours, since what has been recorded is destined to be erased, crushed, replaced by the following proposition. A 6-track sampler, which plays in a loop, in a room of the museum provided for this purpose. A cello, a cellist, some machines and random passages, targeted invitations, unforeseen collaborations, fantasized ones.
Gaspar Claus
ALL DAY
STEAM Coffee Break
Coffee will be served all day by Steam, a small and friendly local specialty coffee shop.
Vlad and Dan
Sunday 29.09.2019
8.30 - 9.00 EEST
Richness of the present moment: Mindfulness and loving kindness meditation
Mindfulness practice allows us to train our mind to stay focused, without immediately judging the experience, to observe and be aware of anything that is. Slow down and be open to whatever it is right now, gives us the chance to fully experience the moment, with its richness. Join psychotherapist, abd MBSR teacher (Mindfulness based interventions for stress management) Simona Chesaraicu for this final meditation offering. Whether your goal is to train your attention, to become more emotionally balanced and increase your resilience, be more creative and efficient, or just to learn how to navigate difficulties, Simona will accompany you with kindness and compassion.
Simona Chesaraicu
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Morning Hatha Yoga Session
Close UNFINISHED on a high note in joining Alexandra Simiean's mindful, strengthening and holistic practice, open to all ages and levels of experience. Drawing on traditional Hatha yogic practices (Union of the mind, body and spirit), she will guide you towards improved flexibility, balance and strength. The 45min session with a focus on movement and breath. Expect to leave the class with a little more space in your body and mind, and hopefully filled hearts and souls.
Alexandra Simiean
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Move your dreams Workshop: Session #3
The final NIA-technique-base class of three will allow you to wake up, energize, and then relax the body. We explore and use our imaginations and creativity as we move. There is no "right" and "wrong" movement, no "dancer" and "non-dancer." We simply let our bodies move, enjoy the music from different parts of the world, and dance our hearts out. All this in comfortable workout clothes and barefoot. No previous dance experience is needed. All you need is a body and openness to exploring movement! Please bring a notebook. This is your last chance!
Hiie Saumaa
10.00 - 10.45 EEST
Hacking the Body
Gabriel Pesa has been a nutritionist and regeneration specialist (anti-ageing) for 20 years. His focus is body enhancement and optimal nutrition – biohacking the basics. He’ll share on his basic tips and techniques following the human body needs like Water, Enzymes, Amino acids, Oils, Antioxidants. He innovates fast recovery protocols and ways by pushing the limits and performance of the body. The main idea about nutrition and biohacking is actually very simple. He’ll tell us how a lifetime passion, which started out as a dream to live 1000 years, eventually turned into his life.
Gabriel Pesa
10.00 - 10.45 EEST
Breakaway Sessions w/ Speakers
Are you interested in continuing or deepening the conversation with some of the UNFINISHED speakers in a small group capacity?
Reid Blackman, Logan Ury, Reza Bundy, Daniel Horowitz, Jess Teutonico, Isabella Nardini, Mike Safyan, Moran Cerf, and Jack Saul
11.00 - 12.30 EEST
Humanae Project Workshop 2 for adult and kids
Angelica Dass
11.00 - 11.45 EEST
AI Culture Ethics: "Mind (the) Gap. Bridging the Distance Between Artificial and Human Intelligence"
What can we expect, and what can we not expect from AI? Is AI biased? Why? What type of ethics can we develop for AI? How does cultural variation play into the AI field? Should AI for business be regulated, and how? How deep under our skin should AI go? Will AI expand our capacities, or replace us altogether? The public is invited to participate in this interactive conversation meant to shed light on some possible answers while generating a new meaningful question."
Alec Balasescu, Isabela Constanti, and Reid Blackman
11.00 - 11.45 EEST
Designing Work that Unleashes People's Full Potential
Mesa Global Experience Leader, Isabella Nardini, has been helping organizations from all over the globe – including Google, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Auckland Council – and with some of the most brilliant professionals of our generation – including Kobe Bryant, Perry Chen, Cindy Gallop, and Neil Harbisson – to achieve a level of performance they themselves didn't know was possible.In this session, she will share all the tools you need to help unleash your own team's potential. Takeaways are: 1.Rituals, not rules. Mesa Method proves that the best way to change behavior is through powerful rituals. 2.Excellence, not the middle ground. Mesa Method helps you run a collaborative process that reach real excellence, rather than a mediocre result. 3.The perfect set up. How to deliver everything people need – and only what they need – to deliver their work with excellence.
Isabella Nardini
12.00 - 14.00 EEST
Lunch
New Modern Romanian Cuisine
Chef Gache Costin
14.00 - 14.45 EEST
MISSING DESCRIPTION IDENTITY through culture, art, religion, food...
What helps people mark their identity for some people, food is what helps them identify ways in which people identify to their culture, through food, clothers, culture, the arts become a major way for people to conect with their identity. Fustion, creation of new identities. some jews are called gastronomic jews Culture is what makes everyone different from who they are and where they originate. It embraces all the aspects of human life and their way of communicating and interacting with other human beings. Food is an essential part of people’s lives, and not just a means of survival. It is also the main factor in how we view and differentiate people and influences the impacts on their culture. Different cultures have varieties of food and ingredients and this is a fusion of foods with their culture. You are what you eat, it doesn’t matter how they eat it or how they cook it as long as it represents them and their culture.
Manolo Lopez, Jurgis Didziulis, and Angelica Dass
15.00 - 15.45 EEST
Psychiatrist: The Hitchhiker's guide through the galaxy
How do hallucinations happen? And what can they tell us of the workings of the mind? Dr Gabriel Diaconu will take us beyond traditional models and explore the limits of human perception, the sense of Self and what we label ”healthy” or ”pathological”. In this game of imagination and reverie, everything is misleading. We make our own reality, but then how do we hallucinate? Such questions continue to puzzle. He will add pieces to it, including what new insights may offer, and how we can improve our understanding of debilitating conditions, such as dementia, schizophrenia and unusual forms of epilepsy. Anecdotes and stories, experience and hypothesis will blend in what, in the end, is a perception and understanding of objects that can never exist, though most of us have images of them.
Gabriel Diaconu
16.00 - 16.05 EEST
FRESH OFF THE PRESS: HereNow distribution
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers will hand out the zine they created live during the festival. A physical documentation of the conference and a manifestation of the theme "Unfinished" in the form of a visual process, a body of photographs and a print magazine created "in the moment" and collectively. Their approach is inspired by the Unfinished / Eidos' stated mandate: to "search for values between all people" and provide "an exit from echo chambers" of contemporary culture and experience. They want to create a physical magazine that is simple, reduced, in and of the moment. Rather than something that is automated and instant, made in "real time" Brigitte and Susan are interested in capturing individual people, experiences "in the moment." Make sure to get your copy!! It’ll become a collector piece!
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers
16.05 - 16.25 EEST
PERFORMANCE: Final Jam Session
Jake Troth
16.30 - 16.50 EEST
PERFORMANCE: Final Jam Session
Jurgis Didziulis and Jake Troth
17.00 - 19.00 EEST
AFTER PARTY
We'll close off 4 days of whirlwind with the help of Two Sides Records, a new record shop in town and Dj collective offering a curated collection of music that takes you on a journey all around the world - from Nigeria, Benin, Addis to New-York, Brazil, Panama, Tokyo, back to Ghana - through different genres like jazz, funk, afro-beat, Japanese city-pop and others.
TWO Sides Records
ALL DAY
STEAM Coffee Break
Coffee will be served all day by Steam, a small and friendly local specialty coffee shop.
Vlad and Dan
Partners
STRATEGIC PARTNERS
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About us
UNFINISHED
We are a vibrant community of global thinkers and makers. Part festival, part talks, part art, part undefined, it is an experience in constant evolution. The name UNFINISHED reflects our core belief: that making the world a more conscious place is a continuous work in progress. That we should never stop growing and questioning ourselves. That we should be willing to take risks and learn from failure. That is why we bring together a wide range of exceptional people from all backgrounds and age groups, offering them radical venues and ever-evolving gatherings for honest dialogue, knowledge-sharing and the creation of lasting connections. UNFINISHED surpasses the thresholds of classic event structures and bridges the gaps – both geographical and cognitive – between people, between generations and between practices. And beyond these bridges, we delve into what sprouts in between disciplines and anticipate what is not yet defined as one. We thus celebrate curiosity as the single most important shared value in the quest for change across fields and borders.
THE TEAM
EIDOS Foundation is non-profit organization based in Bucharest, Romania, committed to supporting new cultural forms and practices on an international level and across disciplines. EIDOS operates at the intersection of creativity, technology, philosophy and business by organizing events, educational programs, experimental research and by supporting the production of artistic projects Our mission is to build bridges between thinkers and visionaries from across Romania and the world at large, and provide them with an ever-evolving variety of platforms for exchange. Our goal is to connect and inspire, in order to deepen mutual understanding across our ever-expanding community and to enable ourselves to grow with a common global consciousness: as a single species, through a common essence, and with, in Aristotle’s terms, our collective eidos. www.eidosfoundation.org
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We reserve the right to remove participants who do not comply with the proper application process, registration, security procedures or requirements of the UNFINISHED Code of Conduct hereby, outlined at any point during the event. No participants may impersonate a different person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent their affiliation with a person or entity. Participants may not aid in gaining an unauthorized person access to an event; this is grounds for removal. Participants must not defame, abuse, harass, harm or threaten others, make any bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive statements. Participants may not advocate illegal activity or discuss illegal activities with the intent to commit such illegal activities or cause injury or property damage to any person or entity. Participants may not post or distribute any material that infringes and/or violates any right of a third party or any law or post or distribute any vulgar, obscene, discourteous, or indecent language or images. Participants may not advertise or sell to or solicit others unreasonably. Participants may not hand out, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas that are designated for such purpose. Without limitation of the foregoing, UNFINISHED may, in its sole and absolute discretion, remove any participant from the event, without explanation, either before or during the event, if such participant engages in any unlawful, unauthorized, prohibited, improper, or unethical activities, or any other acts or omissions that UNFINISHED deems unworthy of that person’s participation in the UNFINISHED experience.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: #UNFINISHED19 will take place September 26th – 29th, 2019!
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: #UNFINISHED19 will take place September 26th – 29th, 2019!
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Ariane de Bonvoisin - is an author, speaker, change expert and entrepreneur. Her professional background spans The Boston Consulting Group, Bertelsmann, Sony, Charlie Rose in strategic and investment roles. She was educated at The London School of Economics and received her MBA at Stanford. She then started her own business, The First 30 Days, helping people through life changes. She is the best selling author of several books on the subject of change, pursuing your dreams and health and also recently launched an app, Mindful365, helping people boost their spirit in the midst of their busy lives! Her most recent work is in the area of conscious parenting and life skills for kids. She is a frequent speaker and executive coach on the subjects of change and transformation, conscious parenting, leadership, and women in the workplace.
Angélica Dass - is an award-winning photographer born in Brazil and currently based in Spain. Her practice combines photography with sociological research and public participation in global defense of human rights. She is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanæ Project—a collection of portraits that reveal the diverse beauty of human colors, which has traveled to over 31 cities across six continents. Her work has traveled to over 50 cities around the world, from PhotoEspaña, to the World Economic Forum (Davos), UN Habitat III, London Migration Museum, The Hague Museum, Lausanne Musée de l'Elysée, Dublin Science Gallery; to the pages of National Geographic, Time Magazine, Foreign Affairs and other relevant media. Her TED Talk (Vancouver, 2016) exceeded two million views. She was selected by Time Magazine as one of the “Nine Brazilian Photographers You Need to Follow”.
- French photographer Brigitte Lacombe is known for her influential and revelatory portraiture. For four decades she has created iconic and intimate photographs of many of the world’s most celebrated artists, actors, politicians and intellectuals. Her work has been exhibited at PHILLIPS Galleries, Sotheby’s Gallery London, Qatar Museums, Shanghai Center of Photography,The Museum of the Moving Image NY, Paris Cinematheque, and Berlin’s Deutsche Kinemathek. Her photography has appeared in publications around the world including Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue (French, German, British) L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, “M” Le Monde, Zeit Magazine. Lacombe has photographed advertising campaigns for Chanel, Dior, Prada, Armani, Hermes, Lancome, and others. Lacombe is currently at work on a visual memoir.
- Ian has been writing and thinking about culture since 2003, when he was senior writer for Details at Conde Nast in New York City. His stories have taken him everywhere from The Congo to backstage with Ozzy Osbourne. He then spent seven years in leading strategic roles at various advertising agencies in New York and Los Angeles, helping global brands such as Apple (where he led strategy on two iPhone campaigns and the launch of Apple Music), Converse, Johnnie Walker, and Canon tell their stories. He has been head of strategic planning at Anomaly, New York, and Chief Strategy Officer at The Barbarian Group, a digital creative agency. His stories and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Journal, Popular Science, and The Poetry Foundation.
- Isabela Constantin is currently an Artificial Intelligence Resident at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, after just having finished her Master Degree in Computer Science at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The focus of her research projects is on developing fair and robust machine learning algorithms with socially desirable properties. During her Master Thesis, she studied the vulnerabilities of the recommendation systems algorithms, that drive platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, and how these vulnerabilities can be exploited by malicious actors. Previously, Isabela obtained her Bachelor degree in Artificial Intelligence from University of Groningen and she had internships both in industry and academia. In 2018, she worked as a Software Engineer Intern at Microsoft, in Oslo, Norway, and in 2015 she was a research student at Osaka University, in Osaka, Japan, where she worked in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro. She is motivated by looking at social phenomena such as polarisation and filter bubbles through computational lenses and deriving insights which could help alleviate these issues.
- Isabella Nardini is the person designing the Experience behind MESA, a method created to unleash people’s full potential and deliver great results for extraordinary business challenges in 5 days. Since 2015, she’s been dedicated to conceive and bring to life every single detail for a unique work experience: from real objects to sensible rituals that guarantee professional high performance and personal transformation. Through her work, she is constantly experimenting with new ways to unleash creativity by building tailored experiences that move people's senses. She is currently living in São Paulo and running MESAs all over the world. Lately, Isabella was a Mentor at Kaospilot, one of the biggest references in Experience Design in the world. Rituals she created were incorporated at the Cannes Lions Festival, changing the way the jury works. With a degree of Graphic/Product Design and Jewelry, she has worked part of her early career as a jewel designer running her own brand with handcrafted pieces which gained the attention of major labels in Italy, where she lived for years. Still, in Italy, she shared the time working in the Design Week in Milan and the Art Bienalle in Venice.
- Jurgis is hard to pin down with conventional labels. By seamlessly mixing his passion for music and social phenomenon, he creates participative experiences that inspire and enlighten, as well as shift attitudes and behaviors in ways that traditional methods cannot. A mixed cultural heritage (Colombia-Lithuanian), an education in Political Science and Business Administration, and a colourful professional background (from Eurovision to EU consultant), enables him to transcend formats and connect with different people in arenas, corporate boardrooms, royal receptions, and kindergartens alike. Over the past 5 years, Jurgis has done close to 500 sessions, interactive seminars, or other creative activities promoting the human skills, emotional intelligence, and culture of community needed to avoid dystopian scenarios created by the ever-growing rift between technological advances and human/social development. He believes that promoting a dynamic and empowered culture of community that taps into our primal ability to weave humane social units is what will save us from ourselves.
- Logan is a 2018 TED Resident, behavioral economics researcher, and dating coach. She’s currently writing a book with Simon & Schuster on how to make better decisions in romantic relationships. She formerly ran the Irrational Lab, Google’s behavioral economics team, alongside Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational.She works with Mating in Captivity author Esther Perel on a variety of projects. She also collaborates with relationship scientist Dr. John Gottman and The Gottman Institute on articles and a video series. She started the Talks at Google: Modern Romance series, where she interviewed world-renowned dating and relationship experts. She discussed monogamy and marriage with Dan Savage and Esther Perel and the secrets to a happy marriage with Drs. John and Julie Gottman. She’s written about dating and relationships for TIME, Thrive Global, PopSugar, The Forward, P.S. I Love You, and more. She was featured on several recent episodes of HBO’s VICE News Tonight about the #MeToo movement.
- Marinela V. Ardelean is a wine critic, author and juror in international wine and spirits competitions such as Mundus Vini and Meininger's International Spirits Awards. In her home-country, Romania, she is known for organizing RO-Wine |The International Wine Festival of Romania, while in Italy, her second home, she is professor at Italian Chef Academy. Representing Foss Marai as Brand Manager since 2012 and Vinars Brâncoveanu as Global Brand Ambassador since 2018, recently Marinela V. Ardelean became the wine consultant for one of the largest modern retailers in Romania, Carrefour.
- New York Times foreign correspondent and four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Rukmini Callimachi has become the go-to reporter on the Islamic State. For her Times podcast “Caliphate,” which tracks the rise of ISIS from their encrypted, online chatrooms to their spread across four continents, Callimachi was awarded the 2018 Peabody Award. Ranked as the “best podcast of the year so far” by Esquire, the magazine hailed “Caliphate” as “gripping, disturbing and ferociously addictive.” She has been a subject in terrorist chatrooms and cited by U.S. lawmakers and foreign governments. WIRED magazine called her “arguably the best reporter on the most important beat in the world.” For her series, “Underwriting Jihad,” Callimachi won the prestigious George Polk Award in Journalism. Besides the Pulitzer nomination, her series “The al-Qaeda Papers” won the Michael Kelly Award as well as two Overseas Press Club awards, making her the first reporter in the club’s over-75-year history to win both the Hal Boyle and the Bob Considine Awards in the same year.
- Since July 5th 2018, Alexandra Gatej recorded 1014 kilometers walking. Walking became her passion and she has already boredall her friends about the wonders of walking both collectively and alone. She walks to almost all her meetings, back and forth from the office and just about everywhere she can. Professionally, she walked from her hometown of Sibiu to Bucharest, graduating in Cybernetics in the communist summer of 1988. Eventually, she walked into the marketing department of the Unilever headquarters, where she remained for the next 16 years. Walking to Italy and Czech Republic as an expat and later returning to Romania as Marketing Director and then Chairman for the Balkans –irst Romanian and first woman appointed in such a position. As an Wharton University Executive Class Program graduate, she was then invited to climb the stairs of the highest public office of the country and was appointed Economic Advisor to the President of Romania (2009-2011) after which she started her own management consulting company.
- Alexandru Bălășescu is an anthropologist, writer, and occasional curator. He is the author of Paris Chic, Tehran Thrills. Aesthetic Bodies, Political Subjects, ZetaBooks, and numerous articles published in academic and non-academic journals. His collaborative film, Smells Like Paradise, made with Ovidiu Anton, was presented at the Vienna Biennial in 2015, where it won the contest Create Your Bucharest, and was subsequently bought for the permanent archive of the Wien Museum. Alec has taught in Paris, Irvine, Istanbul, Bucharest, and Vancouver where he currently lives.
- PhD graduate in Letters, singer, cobza player, actor, folklore aficionado and occasional writer. His work is among the few attempts after the fall of Communism dedicated to revitalizing Romanian traditional oral music. He is a permanent member of Agurida (Loredana Groza Band) and collaborated with important artists like: Mihai Margineanu, Taraf de Haidouks, Loredana, Les Elephants Bizzarres, Chimie, El Nyno, Samurai and others. He has worked on the soundtrack of the Romanian TV Series “Las Fierbinţi” (produced by ProTV) and worked as live-music consultant for the upcoming TV Series “Flavours of Romania” (produced by the Travel Channel). He considers that Romanian traditional music is so rare nowadays that it became almost exotic.
- Catherine Vacher is a computational biologist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, based in Sydney. After graduating in physics at CentraleSupelec in Paris, she studied at the Pasteur Institute, and received her PhD in Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, where she focused on childhood cancer and in particular neuroblastoma. Catherine is working in the Cancer Genomics program of Garvan, where she studies the genetics of cancer and the impact of pathogens and viruses on human health.
- Christina Verchere holds a Master degree in Economics Science from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She started her career in 1993 and has spent over 20 years with an oil and gas supermajor, where she held numerous leadership positions in the UK, the US, Canada and Indonesia. Between 2012-2014, she has been the Regional President Canada of BP located in Calgary and between 2014 - 2018, she has been the Regional President of the Asia Pacific region, located in Jakarta, Indonesia. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Board of OMV Petrom starting May 1, 2018.
- Daniel Horowitz works in painting, drawing, collage, and installation. His art is characterized by a unique combination of realism and surrealist abstraction. His paintings employ an associative logic, whereby disparate subjects are thrown together into impossible landscapes that are nonetheless psychologically cohesive. Through dissonant figure pairings and Freudian fluency in our collective symbolic lexicon, Horowitz conjures up what cannot be visualized into something visible. His paintings suggest a narrative but this promise dissolves into ambiguity. Horowitz’s work has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions - from New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Warsaw, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris to Split, Barcelona, and Montreal. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (2001). He recently completed a 2 year fellowship with the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Also an illustrator, Horowitz's most gratifying endeavors is solving visual problems through metaphor. He has become a favorite among editors, publishers and art directors throughout the world. Working for such clients as The New York Times, Editions Christian Bourgois, & Knopf Random House.
- Ekene is a conceptual artist living and working in NYC and Boston. He creates artworks at the intersections of life experiences and data studies, poetic acts and analytic insights, and aesthetic quality and social efficacy. His artworks embody social issues and expose the systems affecting us as individuals. He engages with topics and mediums ranging from a website visualizing racial inequality in the design industry to a music performance/sound-reactive light installation sonifying mass incarceration. Ekene’s work has been commissioned and presented by venues and events including MoMA, Kennedy Center, Design Museum, Istanbul Design Biennial, Fondation EDF, Annenberg Space for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, and Storefront for Art and Architecture. He’s been featured in What Can Design Do’s 31 Designers Fighting for a Better World, GOOD's GOOD 100 "tackling pressing global issues,” Adweek's Creative 100 "visual artist whose imagination and intellect will inspire you," and GDUSA's People to Watch "who embody the spirit of the creative community." Recently, he was appointed as an assistant professor, founder and director of the Poetic Justice research group at MIT Media Lab. He also received a 2019 Creative Capital award. Previously, he was a visiting professor of Architecture at the SAIC.
- Elena Tănase is a Romanian journalist who worked with the BBC World Service for eight years in Bucharest and London. She joined Digi24, a news channel, in 2012, hosting guests in the Km0 debate who ranged from presidential candidates to ministers and cultural personalities. Lately, Elena Vijulie has become known as a historical documentary producer and presenter. She has focused on historical subjects that were severely censored during the communist regime, such as her two-year long “Steel Crown” project dedicated to Romanian dynasty.
- Farah Nayeri writes on culture for The New York Times and is also a conference speaker and moderator. Based in London, she was previously the arts correspondent of Bloomberg. She has also written for the arts pages of The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. Originally from Iran, Ms. Nayeri began her journalism career as a reporter for Time in Paris. She later became a Paris correspondent of Bloomberg, the Rome bureau chief, and the European economics correspondent. In 2003, she was assigned to Baghdad to cover the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Ms. Nayeri has been invited to speak at Sciences Po in Paris and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She has moderated panel discussions for The New York Times and for the World Economic Forum. She is a classical pianist and a member of the U.K. Critics' Circle.
- Born in 1984, Faraj Suleiman is a Palestinian pianist and composer hailed by his peers in the Arab world as one of the best. His first concert in France, in March 2019 at the Arab World Institute, was a huge success. His original material is influenced by Arab and Oriental culture, with its modal music, jazz, and tango. Putting the piano at the center of his work, Suleiman has composed for solo piano, quartets, piano with female singers, and piano with orchestras. Log In, his first album released in 2014 staked out the beginning of his musical path. He is the author of diverse works, like Three Steps, Mud, Opening of the Palestinian Museum, Love in the Cloud, Once upon a City, Love Without a Story, and most recently, Toy Box. This musician trained in classical Arab music seeks to reach “Oriental ears” with his compositions.
- Florian Ebner is the Head of the Department of Photography at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He previously served as Head of the Photographic Collection in Museum Folkwang and Director of the Museum for Photography Braunschweig. Earlier, he was temporary head of the Photographic Collection of Berlinischen Galerie, and taught Photography at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig. In 2015, he curated the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
- Gabriel Diaconu is a Canadian-trained psychiatrist, specialized in trauma, human rights, crisis intervention, inter-ethnic conflict and suicidology. Currently residing in Bucharest, where he supervises a private practice psychiatry clinic, Gabriel Diaconu has coordinated complex intervention teams in the aftermath of collective tragedies, including the Giulesti Maternity Fire (2010) and the Colectiv Club Fire (2015). He is a medical op-ed writer, a columnist and a public speaker, with more than 500 published articles in Romanian journals and magazines.
- Gabriel has been a nutritionist and regeneration specialist (anti-ageing) for 20 years. His focus is body enhancement and optimal nutrition – biohacking the basics. His techniques focus on basic human body needs like Water, Enzymes, Amino acids, Oils, Antioxidants. He innovates fast recovery protocols and techniques by pushing the limits and performance of human body. Gabriel works on cognitive enhancement and Nootropics utilizations by approaching basic technics for brokers, dealers, salesman, negotiators. He is the HR Manager and Expert of the DeCode Project since 2001, providing training and therapy in Human Design. Gabriel founded the ReSEX (Recoding Sexual Energy) Project for optimizing sexual energy for utilization in business and prosperity.
- Hiie Saumaa (Ph.D., Columbia University) is a movement educator and dance scholar. She is a certified instructor of several mind-body techniques, such as Nia dance, the BodyLogos© Technique, and JourneyDance.™ Her specialty is somatics, or forms of movement that pay as much attention to the inner world as the physical movement of the body. She teaches courses and classes in sensory-based dance modalities, creativity in movement, expressive arts, meditative strength training, and somatic awareness. Her dance writings explore interconnections between dance, movement imagination, somatics, and creativity. She is currently completing a book on the unpublished writings, artwork, and multi-arts creativity of the American choreographer Jerome Robbins. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Dance Research Journal, Dance Chronicle, The Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, Somatics Journal/Magazine, Journal for Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and Routledge Companion to Dance Studies, among others.
- Jack Saul, Ph.D. is a New York State licensed psychologist and family therapist providing therapeutic services for individuals, couples, and families in Manhattan. He is the director of the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP), a research and training institute based in New York City. ITSP is committed to enhancing the natural resilience and coping capacities in individuals, families, and communities that have endured and/or are threatened by traumatic events - domestic and political violence, armed conflict and natural disaster. As a psychologist he has created a number of psychosocial programs for populations that have endured war, torture and political violence in New York City and is known for his innovative work with families and communities that integrates testimony, healing, media, and the performance arts.
- Jake Troth is an artist, multi-platinum songwriter, and producer from Davidson, North Carolina. Jake has collaborated with Big Boi, Kevin Gates, Jennifer Lopez, Rick Ross, Kehlani, Jesse Rose and many more independent acts around the world. Inspired by the classic melodic earworms of the Beatles and Paul Simon, along with the spontaneity of jam bands and jazz trios, Jake‘s musical goal is to always provide an unforgettable song-focused listening experience. Previous accomplishments include being nominated for a Grammy for the dance remix of his song “Undercover” with Kehlani; Achieving Double Platinum status with his song “Really Really” by Kevin Gates; performing his song “Apple Of My Eye” alongside Big Boi on ‘The Tonight Show’, ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, and Jimmy Kimmel Live’; performing for sold out crowds at Upright Citizen’s Brigade comedy theater, and scoring multiple short films, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 international commercial featuring a remix of ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurhythmics, personally chosen by Annie Lennox. Jake's debut album, IT IS AS IF, will be released on the 13th of September with the American record label Atlantic Records.
- As Executive Director of We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), co-founded by legendary music producer and multi-Grammy winner, Nile Rodgers, Jess Teutonico helps lead one of the world's most influential global networks of youth - social entrepreneurs and creatives from 60+ countries who are working across cultures and borders to solve some of the world's biggest issues today. Through cutting-edge programs, global campaigns, and a highly sought-after mentoring program, WAFF has helped create and nurture one of the most hopeful narratives in our world today: youth.
- Dr. & Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is the only theologian in the world to establish such links between humanities, gender studies and religious sciences. During his adolescence in Algeria, L. Zahed has been trained to become an imam by studying Qur'an exegesis - Tafsir al-Qur'an - and the pillars of the Islamic orthopraxy - usul al-fiqh. He is now master of cognitive psychology, graduate from the Ecole Normale Superieure in cognitive sciences and currently writing his PhD thesis in anthropology of religion matters at the EHESS on the theme of Islam and homosexuality; after he did a PhD in social psychology of religions. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed joins the Department of Anthropology at the EHESS (French school for advanced social studies) in fall 2010. He is about to finalize the writing of his anthropology PhD about Islam and gender diversity, after he studied Islamic theology in Algeria for five years; he also did a master in Cognitive Psychology at the Ecole Normale Superieur and a PhD in Social Psychology of religions at the University of Nantes - France.
- Dr. & Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is the only theologian in the world to establish such links between humanities, gender studies and religious sciences. During his adolescence in Algeria, L. Zahed has been trained to become an imam by studying Qur'an exegesis - Tafsir al-Qur'an - and the pillars of the Islamic orthopraxy - usul al-fiqh. He is now master of cognitive psychology, graduate from the Ecole Normale Superieure in cognitive sciences and currently writing his PhD thesis in anthropology of religion matters at the EHESS on the theme of Islam and homosexuality; after he did a PhD in social psychology of religions. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed joins the Department of Anthropology at the EHESS (French school for advanced social studies) in fall 2010. He is about to finalize the writing of his anthropology PhD about Islam and gender diversity, after he studied Islamic theology in Algeria for five years; he also did a master in Cognitive Psychology at the Ecole Normale Superieur and a PhD in Social Psychology of religions at the University of Nantes - France.
- Puerto Rican social entrepreneur & chef, Manolo López has focused on showcasing his culture through food and storytelling around the world. A cultural ambassador for Latinos, Manolo has done pop-ups in Japan, Colombia, México, Chile, Puerto Rico, amongst other countries, bringing Caribbean staples to different corners of the world. Manolo started his social work after hurricane Maria devastated his native Island in 2017. After being one of the first responders to enter the Island, he created brigades that brought clean water, warm food & medicine to towns all over Puerto Rico. Two months after his first initiative he launched the Cosa Nuestra Relief Fund, a program designed to support the local economy after the storm by paying restaurants to create meals that would be given out free of charge all over the Island.
- Matthew Anderson is the European culture editor of The New York Times. He oversees coverage of the arts and entertainment in the region from The Times's bureau in London. He joined in 2017 from the BBC, where he worked for 10 years as a reporter, producer and editor for TV, radio and online. He was the editor of the BBC.com homepage, then became the inaugural editor of BBC Culture, an online arts and entertainment site aimed at digital users outside the U.K.
- In 2011, Mike Safyan joined the eight-person founding team at Planet where the company was building the first iterations of its Dove satellite in a Cupertino garage. Since then, Planet has expanded to a global organization leading the NewSpace industry, with the world's largest fleet of Medium-resolution and High-resolution Earth Imaging satellites. Mike is responsible for Planet's Launch strategy and has overseen the launch of over 350 Planet satellites across 22 launch attempts. Mike received his B.S. of Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, and a M.Sc. of Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He started his career working on lunar rover designs for the Barcelona Moon Team competing for the Google Lunar X-Prize, and then joined the PhoneSat team at NASA Ames where he worked as a Systems Engineer developing ultra low-cost cubesats utilizing smartphone technologies. In 2018, Mike received the SSPI Promise Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by satellite industry professionals under the age of 35.
- Moran Cerf is a neuroscientist and business professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern university. Dr. Cerf is also a member of the institute on complex systems. In his work, Prof. Cerf helps individuals and businesses harness the current knowledge of the brain to improve thinking and understanding of customers and business decisions. His academic research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology, behavior changes, emotion, decision making and dreams. Recently, his research has addressed questions pertaining to the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. He has made much of his research accessible to the general public via his public talks at PopTech, TED, TEDx, Google Zeitgeist, DLD and other venues, gathering millions of views and a large following.
- Patricia Cohen covers the national economy for The New York Times and is the author of "In Our Prime: The Fascinating History and Promising Future of Middle Age" (Scribner). Ms. Cohen joined The Times in 1997 as Ideas Editor to create and launch the Arts & Ideas section, and later oversaw the paper's theater coverage. An award-winning reporter, she has written extensively about ideas, books and the arts, and worked as an investigative reporter in the Culture Department. She won the international Prix Annette Giacometti for a series of articles she wrote on art forgery, and is a recent winner of the Nathaniel Nash Award for excellence in business and economics journalism. Before joining the Times, Ms. Cohen worked at the Washington Post and Rolling Stone magazine. She started her journalism career at Newsday and New York Newsday. She has a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.P.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Ms. Cohen is a frequent moderator and interviewer at live events, and often appears on television and radio to speak about her work.
- Raphael Reimann is a multi-disciplinary urbanist and founding member of Moovel Lab. His background is in geography and urban design and development. He works on ideation, conceptualisation and communication of Moovel Lab's projects. He quickly found the intersection of fast paced digital services and persistent city infrastructure as an interesting and challenging field for his work.
- After 15 years of being an academic philosopher, Reid founded Virtue, an ethics consultancy that focuses on corporate governance and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, biotech, and virtual/augmented reality. He works with senior leadership to devise strategies and policies that mitigate ethical risk and with product developers to incorporate ethically responsible design practices. Prior to launching Virtue, Reid was a Fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics at UNC Chapel Hill and a professor of philosophy at Colgate University. He received his B.A. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin. Reid sits on the “Methods to Guide Ethical Research and Design” committee for the IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and is a member of the EU AI Alliance. When he isn’t doing ethics you can find him with his wife and children, unless there’s rock climbing to be done.
- Reza Bundy brings with him decades of entrepreneurial and executive leadership experience in the private sector. He is the Founder of IronPlanet which was the leading online inspection-based marketplace focused on the $100 billion used capital goods market. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Provence Capital, a private development group which leverages capital, proven technology and a global network of relationships to support local business and infrastructure in growth markets. He is currently building his third company, Atlas Gold, which seeks to create monetary stability and food & water security through agricultural land grants from gold mining companies. Reza Bundy is a current board member of the Atlantic Council, an organization that promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs. After the Haitian earthquake in 2010, he founded the Haiti Investment Team to facilitate foreign investment in the country. He is a champion and mentor of women in executive positions and leads a diverse and international team of professionals.
- Susan Sellers is a founding partner and creative director for 2x4, a global design consultancy focused on brand strategy. In this role, she has worked with clients such as Nike, Prada, Tiffany & co., and the Guggenheim Museum among others. Additionally, Sellers is a Senior Design Critic at the Yale School of Art and was formerly the Head of Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2013-2016. At the MET, Sellers led the museum’s rebranding, helped open the MET Breuer, and worked on exhibitions such as "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" and "Manus X Machina: Design in the Age of Technology.” Sellers holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.A. in American Studies from Yale University.
- Violeta Luca is the General Manager of Microsoft Romania, since November, 2018, having a wealth of senior leadership expertise in sales, digital platforms, general management, marketing and operations, as well as a successful track record in creating value for all the stakeholders she worked with since 2000. In her current role, Violeta is aiming to drive growth initiatives to enable digital transformation across sectors in Romania and deliver outstanding results through developing team capabilities, scaling a strong partner ecosystem, encouraging local innovation and fostering a collaboration-based organization culture.
- The Wanton Bishops is a Lebanese rock band formed in Beirut, Lebanon in 2011. The group consists of Nader Mansour and Eddy Ghossein. The duo began as an independent act founded after Mansour and Ghossein met outside a bar in Beirut and eventually bonded over their mutual appreciation for blues music.
- Simona Chesaraicu is a psychotherapist, qualified to teach MBSR programs (Mindfulness based interventions for stress management). For Simona mindfulness became not only a generous personal way of finding balance and peace in a frantic world, but also a great mean to support people around her to be more present and aware about everything that is. She is committed to build meaningful therapeutic relationships with clients and helping them learn how to make better choices in their lives to increase fulfilment and achieve their goals.
- Marius Șoflete is one of the lead influencers of the Romanian construction industry, as he is both an experienced structural engineer - specialized in wooden structures, passive house design, sustainable constructions - and a very active vlogger. A former member of PRISPA - the first Romanian team participating in Solar Decathlon Competition, in 2012 - he founded Creative Engineering design office in 2013, based on a 360 deg view design philosophy toward constructions. Most of the office's projects had challenging conditions, developing into innovative solutions with a great impact on Romanian public perception of sustainable buildings, earning a rising level of attention among professionals and academia.
- Italian artist Luca Zamoc was born in 1986 in Modena. Since his early age he was inspired by influences as different as 80′s comics, mithology and human anatomy. He attended the New Academy of Art in Milan and graduated with a bachelor of Graphic Design & Art Direction. His work range between several media such as digital, mural, ink on paper illustration and comic art. In the last four years he’s been working and living in different cities as Milan, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Istanbul and Barcelona. He's currently back in Modena.
- Irina Margareta Nistor- Honorary President of the Vodafone Romania Foundation. Irina Margareta Nistor is a film critic, producer of radio and television shows, with a rich activity as a journalist and translator. Over time, Irina Margareta Nistor has interviewed many celebrities, has commented, live, several editions of the César, Oscar, BAFTA or EMMY Awards, has filmed and commented on radio and television the festivals in Karlovy-Vary, Reims, Stockholm, Cannes, Berlin, Namur, Tokyo, San Sebastian. She has also been a jury member in the Dakino Festival and artistic director of the Costineşti Festival and, since 2002, jury member of the International Film Festival Dakino and, since 2007, of Anonymous. Prior to joining the Vodafone Romania Foundation, Irina Margareta Nistor was part of the Executive Board of the SOROS Foundation in Romania.
- Alexandra’s classes are edgy and fun and full of life. They are also filled with heart and soul. She enjoys teaching all age groups and experience levels and firmly believes that ‘Yoga is for EVERYBODY’. Reaching over 200 hours of study with her teachers in India, she is passionate about sharing all that she has learnt and continues to learn so that more people can have the tools to live a healthier and happier life.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: #UNFINISHED19 will take place September 26th – 29th, 2019
Thu. 26
Fri. 27
Sat. 28
Sun. 29
Thursday 26.09.2019
15.00 - 17.00 EEST
Check In Registrations Open
16.30 - 17.00 EEST
Jake Sings You a Song
Singer-songwriter Jake Troth welcomes you to UNFINISHED with a few songs from his brand new album "IT IS AS IF". Stop by the UNFINISHED gallery to listen to his lovely voice as you trail the museum to discover the exhibitions and installations.
Jake Troth
17.00 - 17.15 EEST
Opening Remarks
Cristian Movila, Capucine Gros, and Ian Daly
17.15 - 18.00 EEST
INTERVIEW: Brigitte Lacombe
French photographer Brigitte Lacombe is known for her influential and revelatory portraiture. For four decades she has created iconic and intimate photographs of many of the world’s most celebrated artists, actors, politicians and intellectuals. As a special photographer, Lacombe has worked on many film sets starting with Alan Pakula’s “All the President’s Men” and “Fellini’s Casanova” both in 1975, and Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1976. Her photography has appeared in publications around the world including Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, German Vogue, British Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, “M” Le Monde, Zeit Magazine. Live Nation's Ian Daly will introduce "Brigitte", a short film exploring the artistry Lacombe. ‘Brigitte’ is the 18th commission from #MiuMiuWomensTales, an acclaimed short-film series that invites today’s most profound and original female directors to investigate vanity and femininity in the 21st century. It premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival. He will lead a quick Q&A following the screening.
Brigitte Lacombe
18.00 - 18.30 EEST
Jurgis DID | upgrading humanity one party at a time
Before music was a form of entertainment it was a means of weaving social fabric. Jurgis will share his passion for holding co-created space, and explain why this age-old act is a viable method for transforming individual mindsets and shifting social paradigms exponentially.
Jurgis Didziulis
18.30 - 19.00 EEST
AMA (‘Ask Me Anything’)
"How are conscious percepts formed in our brain?", "How can we control our emotions?" “How can we make content that is engaging for the brain?" A neuroscientist and business professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern University, Moran Cerf helps individuals and businesses harness the current knowledge of the brain to improve thinking and understanding of customers and business decisions. Recently, his research has addressed questions pertaining to the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. In this session, Dr; Cerf will present his work and proceed to an interactive AMA session with the audience.
Moran Cerf
19.00 - 19.30 EEST
Save the World Tonight
Is "Technology for Good" just a PR title? Murielle Lorilloux, CEO Vodafone & UPC Romania and computational biologist Catherine Vacher, whose specialty are the genetics of cancer and the impact of pathogens and viruses on human health. The two will share the outputs of a very challenging social project involving everyone who wants to take part and contribute. The project relies on the “power of us”, going beyond branding and pushes the limits of technology as we know it.
Ian Daly and Catherine Vacher
19.30 - 20.30 EEST
Stars, on and off the stage
Legendary Irina Margareta Nistor, who worked as a film critic, producer of radio and television shows, journalist and translator between Romania and the United States will take the audience behind the scenes of the lives of movie stars that became legends, not just on the big screen but in real life too. This intimately set-up moment will be a short incursion into the fascinating movie industry.
Irina Margareta Nistor
20.30 - 21.50 EEST
Concert
DJ SET + Bogdan Simion
Friday 27.09.2019
8.00 - 8.30 EEST
Society of Healthy People's Walk: Session #1
Start your day the right way! A former Advisor to the President of Romania, Alexandra Gatej is also passionate about walking. She will take a small group of UNFINISHED attendees onto a both meditative and informative walk. It will be intense, not the pace of your walk matters - we never run - but the depth of your ideas and thinking. The walk is about sharing knowledge and knowing others; participants share what they find valuable as information or thinking for the enhancement of the group as a whole: literature, music, art, sociology, politics, cooking, culture at large and specific, future, history, sports, music, travel, personal discoveries.
Alexandra Gatej
8.30 - 9.00 EEST
Cultivate curiosity: Mindfulness and loving kindness meditation
What better goal than on the first morning of UNFINISHED? Curiosity allows us to begin to turn forward to entirely of experience, to inquire into our experience. Asking „What is it?” and not looking for a specific answer, rather using the question as a method of experiential investigation, can allow us to come to know the full experience as it is. Mindfulness practice is a way to cultivate curiosity, moment by moment. Join psychotherapist, abd MBSR taecher (Mindfulness based interventions for stress management) Simona Chesaraicu on this first of three meditation offerings. Whether your goal is to train your attention, to become more emotionally balanced and increase your resilience, be more creative and efficient, or just to learn how to navigate difficulties, Simona will accompany you with kindness and compassion.
Simona Chesaraicu
9.00 - 10.00 ESST
Morning Hatha Yoga Session
With 3 days of conference ahead, Alexandra Simiean invites you to a mindful, strengthening and holistic practice, open to all ages and levels of experience. Drawing on traditional Hatha yogic practices (Union of the mind, body and spirit), she will guide you towards improved flexibility, balance and strength. The 45min session with a focus on movement and breath. Expect to leave the class with a little more space in your body and mind, and hopefully filled hearts and souls.
Alexandra Simiean
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Move your dreams Workshop: Session #1
In this series of three workshops led by Estonian dancer Hiie Saumaa, we will explore simple choreography and free dance through somatic movement. The class will be based on the Nia technique. We wake up, energize, and relax the body. We explore and use our imaginations and creativity as we move. There is no "right" and "wrong" movement, no "dancer" and "non-dancer." We simply let our bodies move, enjoy the music from different parts of the world, and dance our hearts out. All this in comfortable workout clothes and barefoot. No previous dance experience is needed. All you need is a body and openness to exploring movement! Please bring a notebook.
Hiie Saumaa
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
HereNow: In The Moment Portrait and Zine Making
Acclaimed photographer Brigitte Lacombe and Creative Director Susan Sellers will create a physical documentation of the conference and a manifestation of the theme "Unfinished" in the form of a visual process, a body of photographs and a print magazine created "in the moment" and collectively. Their approach is inspired by the Unfinished / Eidos' stated mandate: to "search for values between all people" and provide "an exit from echo chambers" of contemporary culture and experience. They want to create a physical magazine that is simple, reduced, in and of the moment. Rather than something that is automated and instant, made in "real time" Brigitte and Susan are interested in capturing individual people, experiences "in the moment." Their goal is to create, print and distribute this zine at the conference on Sunday afternoon.
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers
10.00 - 10.30 EEST
Angélica Dass' Humanae Project
Award-winning photographer Angélica Dass will be in conversation with journalist Farah Nayeri about race and stereotypes and why she began Humanae, a project in which thousands of people have been photographed and their skin tone matched to a Pantone® colour code – illustrating the diversity of skin colours while highlighting the absurdity and inaccuracy of racial stereotypes. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, she is acutely aware of how small differences in skin tone can swell into large misconceptions and stereotypes about race. The Humanae initiative has traveled to more than 30 countries across six continents —from The World Economic Forum in Davos to the pages of National Geographic — to promote dialogue that challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity.
Angelica Dass
10.30 - 11.00 EEST
Who Wants to Be a Self-Driving Car?
Join multi-disciplinary urbanist, Raphael Reimann in a conversation discussing data-viz / storytelling / data-art / smart cities / routing / mobility infrastructure, and all he does at Moovel Lab, the company he founded. The moovel Group has made it its mission to simplify urban mobility. It is working on an “operating system for urban mobility”, which offers access to different mobility services. The moovel lab is an interdisciplinary team of three within the moovel Group which looks at future questions of mobility and human behavior in urban areas in creative projects.The future of the car as a means of transport lies in the four areas “Connectivity”, “Shared & Services”, “Electric” and “Autonomous”. How will autonomous vehicles change our mobility? How do autonomous vehicles see their surroundings? How are other road users, such as vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, presented? And what information does the vehicle use when moving about in traffic? Ian Daly will quiz Raphael on all of the above, and more!
Raphael Reimann
11.00 - 11.40 EEST
Power Brokers
Transforming work cultures and the new agents of change. Moderated by Patricia Cohen, New York Times Journalist this panel will include Murielle Lorilloux (CEO Vodafone), Violeta Luca (CEO Microsoft), Christina Verchere (CEO of Petrom).
Murielle Lorilloux, Violeta Luca, Christina Vercherea, and Patricia Cohen
11.40 - 12.00 EEST
HERE NOW GROUP PHOTO
Acclaimed photographer Brigitte Lacombe asks the whole UNFINISHED19 community to gather outside in the garden for a memorable group portrait. This is a rare opportunity to be shot by one of today's most iconic artists!
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers
12.00 - 14.00 EEST
Lunch
Ion New Modern Romanian Cuisine
14.00 - 15.00 EEST
Private Drama to Public Healing
Psychologist Jack Saul and couples therapist Esther Perel have partnered numerous times to tackle problems that were too big to handle within the four corners of their offices. Over the years they have come together to work with refugees and their post-9/11 Lower Manhattan community to produce theater that engages the public as a creative collaborator. Jack, who has worked for over 30 years on collective trauma, will speak about his new public arts project debuting this week at UNFINISHED – “Moral Injuries of War.” Esther, the iconic therapist, has been breaking new ground on the massive shifts in today’s relationships, both in love and work. Taking the pulse of our cultural transition through the lens of sexuality, she will speak about her podcasts “Where Should We Begin?” And “How’s Work?” Too often our personal dramas are shrouded in secrecy, shame and guilt. Both projects take the hidden into the public square. In “Moral Injuries of War,” we are asked to take responsibility for the forces that lead to private suffering; in Esther’s podcasts, we are invited to listen deeply to others and see ourselves in the mirror.
Jack Saul and Esther Perel
15.00 - 15.45 EEST
Using Space to Help Life on Earth
The global space industry is in the midst of a renaissance. Private companies are launching fleets of satellites to better monitor the Earth and bring internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Tech billionaires are investing their riches into developing spaceships for space tourism and conquering our solar system. What impact are these technologies having on us today? What can we expect 20 years from now? This talk will explore current trends in the space industry and the related impacts on the average Earth dweller.
Mike Safyan
15.45 - 16.30 EEST
Seeing from the Other Side
Psychoanalyst Gabriel Diaconu will lead a conversation between foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi and photojournalists Paolo Pellegrin and Cristian Movila, discussing reporting on conflict, the subjectivity of right versus wrong, and the all is a matter of persepective.
Jess Teutonico
16.30 - 17.30 EEST
Seeing from the Other Side
Psychoanalyst Gabriel Diaconu will lead a conversation between foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi and photojournalists Paolo Pellegrin and Cristian Movila, discussing reporting on conflict, the subjectivity of right versus wrong, and the all is a matter of persepective.
Rukmini Callimachi, Paolo Pellegrin, and Cristian Movila
17.30 - 18.30 EEST
Living With All Our Senses
What if you could build a career by training your senses? How is that different from a career in IT or law? Or how is it similar? In this session, we shall take a trip into a sensory universe, with a fresh perspective on a world defined by direct interaction. Senses are a major part of what makes us human as they were for so long the main instrument to understand our universe. And yet in our increasingly abstract society, virtual concepts take the place of direct experience, and increasing electronic interactions make sensory-based knowledge seem out of this world. Although we are among the very few beings to follow the pleasure principle, we still seem to forget how to obtain this pleasure. A glass of wine is indeed a treasure of information, it speaks of a certain place on Earth, of the way the people of that place live and understand life. It speaks of rain, sun and history. Distillates are often less precise in terms of geography, but have the same guidelines on preserving history and seeking pleasure. If you would ever consider starting a career in this field, here's the only thing you need to know: senses can be trained just like you train a muscle. We're here to find out how.
Marinela Ardelean
17.30 - 18.30 EEST
ROMANIAS
This year, UNFINISHED is especially honoured to launch ROMANIAS an exhibition and publication with Magnum Photos on the occasions of Romania's 100-year anniversary and 30 years since its Revolution. The project, curated by Florian Ebner, chief curator of photography at the Centre Georges Pompidou, brings together photographs by Bieke Depoorter, Thomas Dworzak, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth and Newsha Tavakolian from Magnum Photos as well as by Cristian Movilă. Designed by Sascha Lobe & Pentagram London, the book will be released for the first time during the UNFINISHED festival. Farah Nayeri will lead a discussion with some of the projects photographers and contributors.
Florian Ebner, Newsha Tavakolian, Cristian Movila, and Paolo Pellegrin
18.30 - 19.15 EEST
PERFORMANCE
Palestinian pianist and composer Faraj Suleiman will take us on a musical journey influenced by Arab and Oriental culture, with its modal music, jazz, and tango. Hailed by his peers in the Arab world as one of the best, he's played all around the world and recently moved to Paris. Suleiman has composed for solo piano, quartets, piano with female singers, and piano with orchestras. Log In, his first album released in 2014 staked out the beginning of his musical path. He is the author of diverse works, like Three Steps, Mud, Opening of the Palestinian Museum, Love in the Cloud, Once upon a City, Love Without a Story, and most recently, Toy Box. Trained in classical Arab music, he seeks to reach “Oriental ears” in the room.
Faraj Suleiman
19.15 - 20.00 EEST
Doing Well and Doing Good
Professional success and contributing to the greater good should not be mutually exclusive endeavors. Too often we compartmentalize our efforts to make a living and our efforts to give back to our communities. "Doing Well and Doing Good" will focus on the many ways Chef and Social Entrepreneur Manolo Lopez' two instincts can exist in harmony, as nothing is more rewarding than finding ways to help yourself while helping others.
Manolo Lopez
19.00 - 20.05 EEST
THE NEVER ENDING START ROOM VIGNETTE
For Unfinished, Gaspar creates a 4 day sound piece in perpetual transformation, the never-ending start room. A musical edifice with elusive contours, since what has been recorded is destined to be erased, crushed, replaced by the following proposition. A 6-track sampler, which plays in a loop, in a room of the museum provided for this purpose. A cello, a cellist, some machines and random passages, targeted invitations, unforeseen collaborations, fantasized ones. Cellist and Composer Gaspar Claus is a tireless explorer who ceaselessly re-configures the world map of music. A cross-country cellist who might be described as the heretic heir of the exemplary Tom Cora, with whom he shares the blend of popular and erudite styles and a taste for melody and racket alike, he allows his unkempt technique to serve the pure joy of being alive, ever open to surprises, with a humanist drive seeping into his countless collaborations (from Jim O'Rourke to Sufjan Stevens and Rone to Angélique Ionatos). Improvised music (alongside Keiji Haino or Serge Teyssot-Gay), contemporary music (with Bryce Dessner), flamenco (Pedro Soler and Ines Bacan) or pop (Barbara Carlotti, Peter Von Poehl), everything that comes into his hands transforms into an exercise in the intensification of one's tastes and the bursting of boundaries.
Gaspar Claus
20.05 - 22.05 EEST
Dinner
Dinner by Ion w/ Guest Manolo Lopez New Modern Romanian Cuisine With Special Thanks to Kaufland
Manolo Lopez
ALL DAY
INSTALLATION / PERFORMANCE - The never-ending start room
For Unfinished, Cellist and Composer Gaspar Claus creates a 2-day sound piece in perpetual transformation, the never-ending start room. A musical edifice with elusive contours, since what has been recorded is destined to be erased, crushed, replaced by the following proposition. A 6-track sampler, which plays in a loop, in a room of the museum provided for this purpose. A cello, a cellist, some machines and random passages, targeted invitations, unforeseen collaborations, fantasized ones.
Gaspar Claus
ALL DAY
STEAM Coffee Break
Coffee will be served all day by Steam, a small and friendly local specialty coffee shop.
Vlad and Dan
Saturday 28.09.2019
8.00 - 8.30 EEST
Society of Healthy People's Walk: Session #2
Start your day the right way! A former Advisor to the President of Romania, Alexandra Gatej is also passionate about walking. She will take a small group of UNFINISHED attendees onto a both meditative and informative walk. It will be intense, not the pace of your walk matters - we never run - but the depth of your ideas and thinking. The walk is about sharing knowledge and knowing others; participants share what they find valuable as information or thinking for the enhancement of the group as a whole: literature, music, art, sociology, politics, cooking, culture at large and specific, future, history, sports, music, travel, personal discoveries.
Alexandra Gatej
8.30 - 9.00 EEST
Creativity and Awareness: a loving kindness meditation
Mindfulness boosts divergent thinking, which involves a lot of learning. Meditating before brainstorming and ideation sessions makes you less distracted, fully focused and able to produce higher quality initial rough ideas. Results are creativity and awareness at their full potential. Join psychotherapist, abd MBSR teacher (Mindfulness based interventions for stress management) Simona Chesaraicu on this second of three meditation offerings. Whether your goal is to train your attention, to become more emotionally balanced and increase your resilience, be more creative and efficient, or just to learn how to navigate difficulties, Simona will accompany you with kindness and compassion.
Simona Chesaraicu
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Stillness through Movement Yoga Session
Known as a ‘moving meditation’ this practice will take your spine and nervous system out of ‘fight, flight, freeze’ response, relaxing and calming your adrenal glands and deeply replenishing and nourishing your nervous and endocrine systems. This gentle restorative class is supported by aromatherapy, conscious breath and mind awareness techniques to assist you in letting go and activating the body’s innate healing response. No yoga or meditation experience required.
Alexandra Simiean
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Move your dreams Workshop: Session #2
In this series of three workshops led by Estonian dancer Hiie Saumaa, we will explore simple choreography and free dance through somatic movement. The class will be based on the Nia technique. We wake up, energize, and relax the body. We explore and use our imaginations and creativity as we move. There is no "right" and "wrong" movement, no "dancer" and "non-dancer." We simply let our bodies move, enjoy the music from different parts of the world, and dance our hearts out. All this in comfortable workout clothes and barefoot. No previous dance experience is needed. All you need is a body and openness to exploring movement! Please bring a notebook.
Hiie Saumaa
9.00 - 10.00 ESST
HereNow: In The Moment Portrait and Zine Making
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers
10.00 - 10.45 EEST
AI & The Body: "Mind (the) Gap. Bridging the Distance Between Artificial and Human Intelligence"
What can we expect, and what can we not expect from AI? Is AI biased? Why? What type of ethics can we develop for AI? How does cultural variation play into the AI field? Should AI for business be regulated, and how? How deep under our skin should AI go? Will AI expand our capacities, or replace us altogether? The public is invited to participate in this interactive conversation meant to shed light on some possible answers while generating a new meaningful question."
Moran Cerf, Angelica Dass, Adam Saul, and Alec Balasescu
10.45 - 11.45 EEST
Irrationally Ever After
Modern dating is experiencing a seismic shift. Dating apps offer seemingly infinite options. We're faced with far more questions than ever before: Who should I date? Should I play hard to get? Should we break up? Should we get married? With her dual expertise in the areas of decision-making and relationship science, Logan Ury is here to help. In this talk she'll provide practical, research-backed ways to navigate the complexities of dating today.
Logan Ury
11.45 - 12.30 EEST
The Open Wall Project
Remember Italian artist Luca Zamoc? He has been part of the UNFINISHED family for 3 years now! His work ranges between digital, mural, comic and handmade illustration. One of his future projects is a mural in Bucharest which will be co-created with the UNFINISHED community. Join this session to suggest, brainstorm, and be involved in the creative process behind Luca's next public project! Luca's painted walls always talk to their surrounding communities and he would love to hear the legends, stories and symbols you feel are important for him to include.
Luca Zamoc
11.45 - 12.30 EEST
Geopolitics : How to be of service in a dysfunctional world?
A proven entrepreneur with a history of leveraging technology to add value and reduce "friction" in established markets, Reza Bundy will discuss opportunities of bringing communities together, the future of monetary systems, agriculture; and how we can predict the future by understanding the past with NYT's Patricia Cohen.
Reza Bundy
12.30 - 13.45 EEST
Lunch
Ion New Modern Romanian Cuisine
13.45 - 14.00 EEST
UNFINISHED community portrait
Acclaimed photographer Brigitte Lacombe asks the whole UNFINISHED19 community to gather outside in the garden - second and last attempt! If you don't make it happen it's our loss.
Brigitte Lacombe
14.00 - 14.30 EEST
Society of Healthy People's Walk: Session #3
Alexandra Gatej will take a small group of UNFINISHED attendees onto a both meditative and informative walk. It will be intense, not the pace of your walk matters - we never run - but the depth of your ideas and thinking. The walk is about sharing knowledge and knowing others; participants share what they find valuable as information or thinking for the enhancement of the group as a whole: literature, music, art, sociology, politics, cooking, culture at large and specific, future, history, sports, music, travel, personal discoveries.
Alexandra Gatej
14.00 - 14.30 EEST
An hour at the museum
Art Historian Codruta Cruceanu, whose life-long interest is in sharing her passion for art and museums as places of initiation, meditation, relaxation and fun, will take you on a three-stop tour of the museum's European Art Galleries to discover the timeless beauty of old masters. El Greco painting himself as a witness of sacred events, Pieter Brueghel’s ‘seasons’ and the Italian masters. Ever tried to look at yourself as if you were the ‘other’? If not, it is perhaps hightime to plunge in this ever unfinished adventure.
Codruta Cruceanu
14.00 - 14.30 EEST
MORAL INJURIES WORKSHOP
This is a workshop to give people who have spent some time in the moral injuries of war installation a place to respond and reflect on what they heard and to learn more about the moral issues faced by military veterans, war correspondents and others who have participated in recent wars. How the conscience emerges in the context of war.
Jack Saul, Rukmini Callimachi, and Cristian Movila
14.30 - 15.15 EEST
Jurgis DID | #CommunityCultureQuickie
Simulating UTOPIA by making music together. Jurgis invites you to co-create a social unit through song and dance. Sharpen your social skills, flex your collective creativity, and gain insight on group dynamics so that you can tweak, hack and grow the culture of your communities, teams, and organisations.
Jurgis Didziulis
14.30 - 15.15 EEST
Climate Change, Vulnerability, and Responsibility
In the face of worsening climate crisis, the Sept 23rd UN Summit delivered new pathways and practical actions to shift global response into higher gear. Leaders from government, business, and civil society today announced potentially far-reaching steps to confront climate change at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York. As carbon pollution, temperatures, and climate destruction continue to rise, and public backlash mounts, the Summit has offered a turning point from inertia into momentum, action, and global impact – if everyone gets on board. NYT's Patricia Cohen will discuss the issue with Jess Teutonico, Reza Bunday, Mike Safyan, Gabriel Diaconu and Manolo Lopez.
Mike Safyan, Reza Bundy, Jess Teutonico, Gabriel Diaconu, and Manolo Lopez
15.15 - 16.00 EEST
Lost and Found, the visual metaphor
How to find an image that can keep us together in this phantasmagoria of images that are constantly in front of us and that solicit, enlist but perhaps also exhaust our own imagination? We cannot escape the obsessive production of commodified images, but what we can do, is to reorient them. Artist and illustrator Daniel Horowitz will take us on a visual odyssey using Jungian archetypes as our roadmap to deciphering the topsy-turvy world we live in.
Daniel Horowitz
16.00 - 17.00 EEST
Swipe Right: Finding Love In The Age of Apps
Can an algorithm predict love? Does online dating make us more superficial? What would the perfect dating app look like? This conversation will explore the pain and pleasure of online dating. It will cover brand new research from Moran Cerf's paper on the popular app Hinge, and insights from Logan Ury's upcoming book on decision-making in dating.
Moran Cerf and Logan Ury
16.00 - 17.00 EEST
Humanae Project Workshop 1
Angelica Dass
17.00 - 17.30 EEST
Acoustic Set
Jake Troth
17.00 - 17.30 EEST
Touch Me Not, The Politics of the Body - "Tell me how you loved me, so I understand how to love”
Director Adina Pintilie, who won the Golden Bear and Best Debut Feature Awards at the Berlin international Film Festival last year, will share on her Touch Me Not project, that of a filmmaker and her characters venturing into a personal research project about intimacy. And the craving for intimacy yet also the deep fear of it. How to overcome old patterns, defense mechanisms and taboos, how to cut the cord and finally be free? Touch Me Not looks at how we can find intimacy in the most unexpected ways, at how to love another without losing ourselves. She will tell how she is now taking the cultural/educational project on the road.
Adina Pintilie
18.00 - 18.30 EEST
Rage Against The Machine
Over the next 10 years Artificial Intelligence is predicted to be in use by 70% of all companies. It also powers surveillance tools like facial recognition technology, creates software that discriminates against women and people of color, and will replace 47% of the workforce, all while being fueled on information about you that you never realized you were giving away. In this talk we’ll discuss the massive societal impact of AI, why businesses need to ensure our ethical safety, and how we can hold them to the task.
Reid Blackman
18.30 - 19.30 EEST
Speaking with The Enemy
Rukmini Callimachi, the subject of the New York Times’ Top of the charts podcast takes you behind the scenes, revealing how she has built her revolutionary beat by speaking to those we consider to be the embodiment of evil. New York Times foreign correspondent and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Rukmini Callimachi has become the go-to reporter on the Islamic State. For her Times' podcast “Caliphate,” Callimachi was awarded the 2018 Peabody Award. She has been a subject in terrorist chatrooms and cited by U.S. lawmakers and foreign governments. WIRED magazine called Callimachi “arguably the best reporter on the most important beat in the world.”
Rukmini Callimachi
19.30 - 20.15 EEST
AMA - Ask me anything
Love Lust and Commitment in the Digital Age Pitfalls of modern intimacy Challenges and forces of modern love
Esther Perel
20.15 - 21.00 EEST
Concert
The Wanton Bishops
21.00 - 21.20 EEST
Dinner
Ion New Modern Romanian Cuisine; with Special Thanks to Kaufland
21.20 - 22.20 EEST
DJ Set
The Wanton Bishops
ALL DAY
The never-ending start room
For Unfinished, Cellist and Composer Gaspar Claus Gaspar creates a 2-day sound piece in perpetual transformation, the never-ending start room. A musical edifice with elusive contours, since what has been recorded is destined to be erased, crushed, replaced by the following proposition. A 6-track sampler, which plays in a loop, in a room of the museum provided for this purpose. A cello, a cellist, some machines and random passages, targeted invitations, unforeseen collaborations, fantasized ones.
Gaspar Claus
ALL DAY
STEAM Coffee Break
Coffee will be served all day by Steam, a small and friendly local specialty coffee shop.
Vlad and Dan
Sunday 29.09.2019
8.30 - 9.00 EEST
Richness of the present moment: Mindfulness and loving kindness meditation
Mindfulness practice allows us to train our mind to stay focused, without immediately judging the experience, to observe and be aware of anything that is. Slow down and be open to whatever it is right now, gives us the chance to fully experience the moment, with its richness. Join psychotherapist, abd MBSR teacher (Mindfulness based interventions for stress management) Simona Chesaraicu for this final meditation offering. Whether your goal is to train your attention, to become more emotionally balanced and increase your resilience, be more creative and efficient, or just to learn how to navigate difficulties, Simona will accompany you with kindness and compassion.
Simona Chesaraicu
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Morning Hatha Yoga Session
Close UNFINISHED on a high note in joining Alexandra Simiean's mindful, strengthening and holistic practice, open to all ages and levels of experience. Drawing on traditional Hatha yogic practices (Union of the mind, body and spirit), she will guide you towards improved flexibility, balance and strength. The 45min session with a focus on movement and breath. Expect to leave the class with a little more space in your body and mind, and hopefully filled hearts and souls.
Alexandra Simiean
9.00 - 10.00 EEST
Move your dreams Workshop: Session #3
The final NIA-technique-base class of three will allow you to wake up, energize, and then relax the body. We explore and use our imaginations and creativity as we move. There is no "right" and "wrong" movement, no "dancer" and "non-dancer." We simply let our bodies move, enjoy the music from different parts of the world, and dance our hearts out. All this in comfortable workout clothes and barefoot. No previous dance experience is needed. All you need is a body and openness to exploring movement! Please bring a notebook. This is your last chance!
Hiie Saumaa
10.00 - 10.45 EEST
Hacking the Body
Gabriel Pesa has been a nutritionist and regeneration specialist (anti-ageing) for 20 years. His focus is body enhancement and optimal nutrition – biohacking the basics. He’ll share on his basic tips and techniques following the human body needs like Water, Enzymes, Amino acids, Oils, Antioxidants. He innovates fast recovery protocols and ways by pushing the limits and performance of the body. The main idea about nutrition and biohacking is actually very simple. He’ll tell us how a lifetime passion, which started out as a dream to live 1000 years, eventually turned into his life.
Gabriel Pesa
10.00 - 10.45 EEST
Breakaway Sessions w/ Speakers
Are you interested in continuing or deepening the conversation with some of the UNFINISHED speakers in a small group capacity?
Reid Blackman, Logan Ury, Reza Bundy, Daniel Horowitz, Jess Teutonico, Isabella Nardini, Mike Safyan, Moran Cerf, and Jack Saul
11.00 - 12.30 EEST
Humanae Project Workshop 2 for adult and kids
Angelica Dass
11.00 - 11.45 EEST
AI Culture Ethics: "Mind (the) Gap. Bridging the Distance Between Artificial and Human Intelligence"
What can we expect, and what can we not expect from AI? Is AI biased? Why? What type of ethics can we develop for AI? How does cultural variation play into the AI field? Should AI for business be regulated, and how? How deep under our skin should AI go? Will AI expand our capacities, or replace us altogether? The public is invited to participate in this interactive conversation meant to shed light on some possible answers while generating a new meaningful question."
Alec Balasescu, Isabela Constanti, and Reid Blackman
11.00 - 11.45 EEST
Designing Work that Unleashes People's Full Potential
Mesa Global Experience Leader, Isabella Nardini, has been helping organizations from all over the globe – including Google, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Auckland Council – and with some of the most brilliant professionals of our generation – including Kobe Bryant, Perry Chen, Cindy Gallop, and Neil Harbisson – to achieve a level of performance they themselves didn't know was possible.In this session, she will share all the tools you need to help unleash your own team's potential. Takeaways are: 1.Rituals, not rules. Mesa Method proves that the best way to change behavior is through powerful rituals. 2.Excellence, not the middle ground. Mesa Method helps you run a collaborative process that reach real excellence, rather than a mediocre result. 3.The perfect set up. How to deliver everything people need – and only what they need – to deliver their work with excellence.
Isabella Nardini
12.00 - 14.00 EEST
Lunch
New Modern Romanian Cuisine
Chef Gache Costin
14.00 - 14.45 EEST
MISSING DESCRIPTION IDENTITY through culture, art, religion, food...
What helps people mark their identity for some people, food is what helps them identify ways in which people identify to their culture, through food, clothers, culture, the arts become a major way for people to conect with their identity. Fustion, creation of new identities. some jews are called gastronomic jews Culture is what makes everyone different from who they are and where they originate. It embraces all the aspects of human life and their way of communicating and interacting with other human beings. Food is an essential part of people’s lives, and not just a means of survival. It is also the main factor in how we view and differentiate people and influences the impacts on their culture. Different cultures have varieties of food and ingredients and this is a fusion of foods with their culture. You are what you eat, it doesn’t matter how they eat it or how they cook it as long as it represents them and their culture.
Manolo Lopez, Jurgis Didziulis, and Angelica Dass
15.00 - 15.45 EEST
Psychiatrist: The Hitchhiker's guide through the galaxy
How do hallucinations happen? And what can they tell us of the workings of the mind? Dr Gabriel Diaconu will take us beyond traditional models and explore the limits of human perception, the sense of Self and what we label ”healthy” or ”pathological”. In this game of imagination and reverie, everything is misleading. We make our own reality, but then how do we hallucinate? Such questions continue to puzzle. He will add pieces to it, including what new insights may offer, and how we can improve our understanding of debilitating conditions, such as dementia, schizophrenia and unusual forms of epilepsy. Anecdotes and stories, experience and hypothesis will blend in what, in the end, is a perception and understanding of objects that can never exist, though most of us have images of them.
Gabriel Diaconu
16.00 - 16.05 EEST
FRESH OFF THE PRESS: HereNow distribution
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers will hand out the zine they created live during the festival. A physical documentation of the conference and a manifestation of the theme "Unfinished" in the form of a visual process, a body of photographs and a print magazine created "in the moment" and collectively. Their approach is inspired by the Unfinished / Eidos' stated mandate: to "search for values between all people" and provide "an exit from echo chambers" of contemporary culture and experience. They want to create a physical magazine that is simple, reduced, in and of the moment. Rather than something that is automated and instant, made in "real time" Brigitte and Susan are interested in capturing individual people, experiences "in the moment." Make sure to get your copy!! It’ll become a collector piece!
Brigitte Lacombe and Susan Sellers
16.05 - 16.25 EEST
PERFORMANCE: Final Jam Session
Jake Troth
16.30 - 16.50 EEST
PERFORMANCE: Final Jam Session
Jurgis Didziulis and Jake Troth
17.00 - 19.00 EEST
AFTER PARTY
We'll close off 4 days of whirlwind with the help of Two Sides Records, a new record shop in town and Dj collective offering a curated collection of music that takes you on a journey all around the world - from Nigeria, Benin, Addis to New-York, Brazil, Panama, Tokyo, back to Ghana - through different genres like jazz, funk, afro-beat, Japanese city-pop and others.
TWO Sides Records
ALL DAY
STEAM Coffee Break
Coffee will be served all day by Steam, a small and friendly local specialty coffee shop.
Vlad and Dan
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: #UNFINISHED19 will take place September 26th – 29th, 2019!
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: #UNFINISHED19 will take place September 26th – 29th, 2019!
About us
UNFINISHED
We are a vibrant community of global thinkers and makers. Part festival, part talks, part art, part undefined, it is an experience in constant evolution. The name UNFINISHED reflects our core belief: that making the world a more conscious place is a continuous work in progress. That we should never stop growing and questioning ourselves. That we should be willing to take risks and learn from failure. That is why we bring together a wide range of exceptional people from all backgrounds and age groups, offering them radical venues and ever-evolving gatherings for honest dialogue, knowledge-sharing and the creation of lasting connections. UNFINISHED surpasses the thresholds of classic event structures and bridges the gaps – both geographical and cognitive – between people, between generations and between practices. And beyond these bridges, we delve into what sprouts in between disciplines and anticipate what is not yet defined as one. We thus celebrate curiosity as the single most important shared value in the quest for change across fields and borders.
THE TEAM
EIDOS Foundation is non-profit organization based in Bucharest, Romania, committed to supporting new cultural forms and practices on an international level and across disciplines. EIDOS operates at the intersection of creativity, technology, philosophy and business by organizing events, educational programs, experimental research and by supporting the production of artistic projects Our mission is to build bridges between thinkers and visionaries from across Romania and the world at large, and provide them with an ever-evolving variety of platforms for exchange. Our goal is to connect and inspire, in order to deepen mutual understanding across our ever-expanding community and to enable ourselves to grow with a common global consciousness: as a single species, through a common essence, and with, in Aristotle’s terms, our collective eidos. www.eidosfoundation.org
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We reserve the right to remove participants who do not comply with the proper application process, registration, security procedures or requirements of the UNFINISHED Code of Conduct hereby, outlined at any point during the event. No participants may impersonate a different person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent their affiliation with a person or entity. Participants may not aid in gaining an unauthorized person access to an event; this is grounds for removal. Participants must not defame, abuse, harass, harm or threaten others, make any bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive statements. Participants may not advocate illegal activity or discuss illegal activities with the intent to commit such illegal activities or cause injury or property damage to any person or entity. Participants may not post or distribute any material that infringes and/or violates any right of a third party or any law or post or distribute any vulgar, obscene, discourteous, or indecent language or images. Participants may not advertise or sell to or solicit others unreasonably. Participants may not hand out, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas that are designated for such purpose. Without limitation of the foregoing, UNFINISHED may, in its sole and absolute discretion, remove any participant from the event, without explanation, either before or during the event, if such participant engages in any unlawful, unauthorized, prohibited, improper, or unethical activities, or any other acts or omissions that UNFINISHED deems unworthy of that person’s participation in the UNFINISHED experience.