Dr. Thierry Hoquet is Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy, at Paris Nanterre University, France. Dr. Hoquet is the translator in French of the first edition of Darwin’s Origin of species. His publications focus on different topics such as : eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century natural history; Darwin and the history of Darwinism ;the concept of sex in biology, especially with regard to sexual selection and the role of words and metaphors in the history of science. His publications in English include Revisiting the Origin of Species: The Other Darwins. (Oxford, Routledge, 2018) and an edited volume Current perspectives on sexual selection. What’s left after Darwin? (Dordrecht, Springer, 2015).
Fabrice de Rotrou has written novels, short stories and numerous books about Paris (The Breweries of Paris, The Theaters of Paris, The Statues of Paris, The Cemeteries of Paris). Passionate about music and Disco, he is also a DJ, mixing in Paris, in the legendary clubs Les Bains and Faust. He has written the first dictionary in the world of Disco (975 references), the Disco Dico. In June 2019, Fabrice de Rotrou was the official guest of the São Paulo Gay Pride, alongside Mel C (Spice Girls), mixing in front of several million people.
Olivia Rosenthal and Eryck Abeccassis are the co-curators of Macadam Animal. Olivia Rosenthal has published a dozen stories including Praise of the bastards (Vertical, 2019) and Hostile Mechanisms for Survival (Vertical, 2014). She has won many prizes including the price of the Inter Book for To leave with Reindeer (2010) and the Wepler-Fondation la Poste award for We are not here to disappear (2007). She also writes for theater, practices performance, and creates hybrid works in collaboration with visual artists, composers or directors, or the stage.
Eryck Abecassis is a composer, musician and an electric guitar player. He composes and plays music for a wide range comprising of orchestral to chamber music, electronic, theater, street theater and cinema. He has been commissioned to compose music for Radio-France, Gmem, Ina-Grm, Grame, French Government. His music has been played in International music festivals like Présences, Les musiques-Marseille, Musiques en scène-Lyon, Amplitude-festival Denmark.
Richard Bell is an activist, artist and member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities. Bell works across video, painting, installation and text to pose provocative, complex and humorous challenges to our preconceived ideas of Aboriginal art, as well as addressing contemporary debates around identity, place and politics.
Karlie Noon a Gamilaraay academic and STEM communicator specialising in astronomy and astrophysics at the Australian National University. Noon was nominated for the Eureka Prize and listed on the honour roll for Australian of the Year in 2019, having previously been named one of the BBC's 100 Women in 2017.
Janet Laurence is a Sydney-based Australian artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. Exploring notions of art, science, imagination, memory and loss, Laurence’s practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world through both site-specific, gallery and museum works.