cris cheek, self-described “poet-pedagogue, writer-critic, book artist-publisher, new media practitioner and interdisciplinary performer,” earned his PhD at Lancaster (UK), and has been involved in the creative literary and artistic activities since 1975. cheek works in various spheres of the contemporary art, incorporating a wide range of media-strategies and technologies into his projects. For many years he has developed the ideas of live-art, spontaneous literary performance and “chaotic declamation” on his own and as member of various musical and poetic groups including jgjgjgjg (in collab. with P.C. Fencott, L. Upton), CoAccident, Garam Masala, Slant (in collab. with Ph. Jeck, S. Jones). cheek is the author of a number of poetry editions and books; he has worked with live-writing with simultaneous video transmission; he is a critic and he frequently works as a collaborative writer.
Ruth Maclennan’s work is shown internationally in exhibitions and film festivals, and held in public and private collections. Exhibitions include Interspecies, the Arts Catalyst; Central Asian Project, Cornerhouse, and Space, London, touring Central Asia; Migrating Forms and New York Underground Film Festivals; Overawe, Foxy Production, New York; Medicine Now, Wellcome Collection; The Body. The Ruin. Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne; State of Mind, LSE, London. Her work is included in several monographs, including Ghosting, The Role of the Archive within Contemporary Artists’ Film and Video, J. Connarty and J. Lanyon, 2006. Artists’ books include, Re: the archive, the image, and the very dead sheep with Uriel Orlow (London, Double agents: 2004), and Style/Substance—The MaxMara Coat Project with Volker Eichelmann (MaxMara, 1999).
Tracy Ryan began publishing her poems in literary journals in the late 1980s. Her early poem sequence ‘Streams in the Desert’ was joint-winner of the Mattara poetry prize in 1987, and was published in the anthology Kiwi and Emu: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Australian and New Zealand Women(1989). Her first collection of poems, Killing Delilah, appeared in 1994, and she has since published eight further collections. Her collection The Willing Eye won the Western Australian Premier’s Poetry Award in 1999. Ryan has also published three novels, Vamp: a novel (1997), Jazz Tango (2002), and Sweet(2008), and a collection of short stories, Conspiracies (2003).
Sue Tompkins was born in Glasgow in 1971, graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994, and is still based in the city. She has had solo exhibitions in numerous venues, including the Showroom, London, in 2007. Tompkins has also performed at institutions and events around the world, notably the Scottish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2005, and Tate Britain in 2006. Her work is currently part of the Remote Control exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (see http://www.ica.org.uk/32389/Exhibitions/Remote-Control.html).