Adriana Schneider

Actor, theater director and researcher.

Professor of Theatre and Performative Arts at UFRJ. Member of the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World) in Cologne, Germany. Member of Coletivo Bonobando, of Pedras de Teatro, of Muda Outras Economias and of Boi Cascudo.

Bruno Buccalon

Doctoral in history at Rice University (USA)

Bruno Buccalon is a doctoral candidate in history at Rice University (USA) where he studies Latin American environmental history. He is currently researching the relationship between cultural heritage and environmental memory in the Tijuca National Park area during the 19th and 20th centuries.


Diretor, writer, performer

Was born in 1968 in the cultural milieu of Samba in Rio de Janeiro. She debuted in theater with Bia Lessa in 1985. At 19 she founded the Rio de Janeiro Forest Theater (1988) with the Brazilian Forest Society. In 1990 she made her first film work, with Paulo Rufino. Participates in the cultural agenda of the Global Forum-92 with the show AMOR À NATUREZA, a repertoire of eco-sambas with musical production by Henrique Cazes. In 1994 she became Resident Artist at Studio PASS of Harvestworks Inc., USA with the project URBAN FORESTRY CARNIVAL - a Samba synthesis, currently being re-created. Her directorial debut is the medium-length film GURUFIM NA MANGUEIRA (2000), with sequences shot at the Samba Palace and Tijuca Forest. In 2018, her book of short stories INVENTORY OF VAST LOVERS was awarded the prize '100 Years of the Week of Modern Art' by the Ministry of Culture. In 2019 she received the PROAC award for the production of her first feature film. Currently she is deepening transversal themes - self-image and Brazilian forest cultures - in film scripts, literary fiction, foto performances and video poems

Jill Scott

Professor Emerita from the University of the Arts in Zurich

Professor Emerita from the University of the Arts in Zurich, Switzerland and began the Artists-in-Labs Program there as well as Z-node:-a PHD Graduate Program on the topic of Art and Science. She is an artist, teacher and context provider with 40 years of experience in the trans-disciplinary fields of art, science and technology interactions. Her research spans neuroscience, electronics, ecology, sociology, sculpture, performative installation and media art. Her interactive media work is focused on the human body, the social and physical impact of bio-technology on our bodies and the health of our environment. It has been featured in many international exhibitions and festivals. Jill Scott currently directs Laserzurich: a platform for public art and science discussions.

Joa Assumpção

Word and body artist in Afro Dance

Word and body artist in Afro Dance, in addition to researching Brazilian popular dances such as Afoxé, Côco, Maracatu and Jongo. I think of my body as a memory and as a path, I direct a glance to the past and see myself in times that are always moving towards an afrofuture. I have a degree in Education Studies and I am not satisfied with it, so I dance, I create, I dream of freedom, I act as an art educator. I research in my contemporary body the action of ancestral resilience, the movement of kalunga, healing.

Luis Cassiano

Cultural activist and ecological educator

Luis Cassiano. Cultural activist and ecological educator, resident of Parque Arará, since 2014 a reference in creating green roofs in slums, urban gardens and sustainable actions by the periphery with the goal of transforming urban heat islands through green coverage, making the area more pleasant to live in. Participates in the Sustainable Favela Network.

Aline Motta

Bachelor's degree in Social Communication from UFRJ

Aline Motta. Born in Niterói (RJ), lives and works in São Paulo. She has a bachelor's degree in Social Communication from UFRJ and a graduate degree in Cinema from The New School University (NY). She combines different techniques and artistic practices, mixing photography, video, installation, performance, sound art, collage, prints and textile materials. Her research seeks to reveal other corporalities, create meaning, re-signify memories, and elaborate other forms of existence. She was awarded the 2015/2016 Rumos Itaú Cultural Program, the 2018 Instituto Moreira Salles ZUM Photography Grant and the 7th Marcantonio Vilaça National Industry Award 2019. She recently participated in important exhibitions such as "Feminist Stories, artists after 2000" - MASP, "Afro-Atlantic Stories" - MASP/Tomie Ohtake, "Cuando cambia el mundo" - Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina and "Pensar tudo de nuevo" - Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France. She opened her solo exhibition "Aline Motta: memory, journey and water" at MAR/Museu de Arte do Rio in 2020. In 2021 she exhibited her video works at the New Museum (NY) in the "Screen Series" program. In 2022 she launched her first book "A água é uma máquina do tempo" by the publishers Fósforo and Luna Parque Edições.

Christoph Schäfers

Population biologist and ecotoxicologist (PhD in 1991)

Christoph Schäfers is population biologist and ecotoxicologist (PhD in 1991) with experience in design, performance and evaluation of higher tier aquatic risk assessment studies (species sensitivity distributions, fish full life cycle studies, indoor/outdoor micro-/mesocosm studies, monitoring with multivariate analyses of macroinvertebrate communities). Christoph is member of the OECD Fish drafting group and of the national commission for water protection KBwS. He (co-)authored 88 scientific papers, 10 monographs and 250 conference presentations. Since 2013, he holds a professorship at the University of Münster; since 2009 he leads the Fraunhofer IME Applied Ecology Division with 40 scientists and 200 total staff.

Paulo Tavares

Leads the agency autonoma and was co-curator of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Paulo Tavares’ practice dwells at the frontiers between architecture, visual cultures and advocacy. Operating through multiple media and across fields, his work opens a collaborative arena aimed at environmental justice and counter-hegemony narratives. Tavares’s projects have been feature in various publications and exhibitions worldwide, and he is the author of several books questioning the colonial legacies of modernity: Forest Law (2014, with Ursula Biemann), Memória da Terra (2019), Des-Habitat (2019) and Lucio Costa era Racista? (2022). He leads the agency autonoma and was co-curator of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Yasmine Ostendorf

Founder of many initiatives at the intersection of art and ecology, including the Green Art Lab Alliance (gala

Yasmine Ostendorf is the founder of many initiatives at the intersection of art and ecology, including the Green Art Lab Alliance (gala), the Future Materials Bank, and the Nature Research Department at the Jan van Eyck Academy (NL). She has been curator-in-residence in various art institutions, including Kunst Haus Wien (Austria), Valley of the Possible (Chile), C-platform (China), Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taiwan), with colectivo amasijo (Mexico), Labverde (Brazil) and Capacete (Brazil). After having worked on a shiitake farm during the pandemic, she is currently working on a new book called ‘Becoming Fungal’. The book will be published by Valiz early 2023.

Yvonne Wilhelm


Together with Christian Huebler, Yvonne Wilhelm forms the artist duo knowbotiq. They have been experimenting with forms and medialities of knowledge, political representations and epistemic disobedience.
In recent projects they are investigating and enacting inhuman geographies with the focus on algorithmic governmentalities, libidinous and affective economies and postcolonial violence.
In various formats (performative settings, critical fabulations, inventions, encounters) knowbotiq explore molecular, psychotropic and derivative aesthetics.
knowbotiq has a professorship at the University of the Arts Zurich.

Leonardo Napoli Pollo

Educator and organizational consultant

Educator and organizational consultant. Trainings such as Gaia Education, Roda, Dojo, Reiki I, Theta Healing, Sociocracy for all, Dragon Dreaming and Non-Violent Communication Practice Groups. It acts as a facilitator of collaborative processes with a focus on designing organizations capable of thinking and acting in the light of their impact and the relationships it cultivates, for the promotion of healthy relationships.