Working in collaboration with artists, activists, and theorists, Benj Gerdes is a filmmaker and videographer working at the intersection of art and activism. His work focuses on the social consequences of economic and state regimes, utilizing historical research and reenactment, dialogue, and participatory or aleatory formalizations. He received his BA in the history of technology and film and digital studies from Brown University and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York.
As an artist, poet, and translator, Jennifer Hayashida’s work focuses on representations of the welfare state and immigrant experience, interstitial literary practices, mixed race identities, and Asian American community activism. She received her BA in American studies from UC-Berkeley, and an MFA in poetry from Bard College. She is the recipient of a PEN Translation Fund Grant, a Witter Bynner Poetry Translator Residency, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow. She is the translator of Fredrik Nyberg's A Different Practice (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007), and Eva Sjödin's Inner China (Litmus Press, 2005).