Lynne Cooke became Curator at Dia Art Foundation in 1991, where she curated shows of works by Richard Serra, Jorge Pardo, Roni Horn, and others. In 2008, she was appointed chief curator and deputy director of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofķa, Madrid. She was co-curator of the 1991 Carnegie International, Artistic Director of the 1996 Sydney Biennale, and has curated numerous exhibitions in North America, Europe, and elsewhere. She has taught and lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe. From 1979 to 1989 she was a Lecturer in the History of Art Department at University College, London. Among her numerous publications are recent essays on the works of Rodney Graham, Jorge Pardo, Francis Al˙s, Richard Serra, Agnes Martin, and Zoe Leonard. She has been the recipient of numerous international curatorial awards. Born in Geelong, Australia, Lynne Cooke received a B.A. from Melbourne University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute, London University.
Matti Ripatti was born in Helsinki in 1956. He studied, for example, comparative literature, theoretical philosophy and folklore at the Helsinki University. He has worked as a freelance journalist, specializing in radio and sound art, since 1980 and as a radio critic for the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat in 1987-2009. Since 1992 he has written and/or directed about 60 radio features for the Finnish Broadcasting Company´s Documentary Group, Radio Atelier and the Swedish language Radioverkstaden. In 2001 he received the KOURA Prize for the best radio fiction of the preceding year.
Juha Pentikäinen is the founder professor of Comparative Religion at the University of Helsinki (1970-2008). He was invited to serve as lecturer and head of research project on Northern ethnography at the University of Lapland in 2008 and as the first research professor of the Institute for Nordic Culture in 2009.
Pentikäinen presented his doctoral thesis on death in Northern culture in 1968 at the University of Turku. His career was strongly influenced by his meeting with rune singer Marina Takalo from the Viena region of Karelia in the 1960s. The latest book on the life of Marina Takalo, Vieras olit vienalainen. Kertomus Marina Takalon elämästä, will be published in 2010 (SKS).
Pentikäinen has lectured all over the world and served as visiting professor at seven universities in the United States. He has established the chair of Comparative Religion at the University of Tromsų and headed the Norwegian Academy research team on ecology and religion in the North. He has published more than 30 books in 12 languages and produced several films and exhibitions. Most of his scientific work is based on ethnographic fieldwork among indigenous peoples.