Ammiel Alcalay Ammiel Alcalay is the author of After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture (U of Minnesota P, 1993), Memories of Our Future: Selected Essays, 1982-1999 (City Lights Books, 1999), the editor of Keys to the Garden (City Lights Books, 1996), and the translator from the Bosnian and editor of Semezdin Mehmedinovic's Sarajevo Blues (City Lights Books, 1998).
Alain Badiou was born in Morocco in 1937. He has taught at Université Paris-VIII and is currently the head of the department of philosophy at l'Ecole Normale Supérieure. His books include L'Etre et l'événement (Seuil, 1988; English translation by Oliver Feltham forthcoming from Athlone Press, 2002), Manifesto for Philosophy (SUNY Press, 1999), Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil (Verso, 2001), Beckett: L'increvable désir (Hachette, 1995), Saint Paul et la fondation de l'universalisme (PUF, 1997), Deleuze: The Clamor of Being (U of Minnesota P, 2000), and the novel Calme bloc ici-bas (P.O.L., 1997).
David Bunn is an artist working primarily in installation and new genres. His recent project began in 1990 with a public commission for the newly restored Los Angeles Central Library. As part of the commission, the artist was given the entire main card catalog (discarded in favor of an on-line catalog). He has continued to work with the L.A. catalog's remains, developing several gallery installations, and "twinning" the catalog with other obsolete card catalogs, such as the disused catalogs of the Liverpool Central Library in England, and that of the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships. Bunn is represented by the Brooke Alexander Gallery in New York and Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, and he is a Professor of Art and Director of the Graduate Program in studio art at the School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California.
Tony Chakar teaches at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA). He is the co-writer of Extension 19 (1997); Come in Sir, We Will Wait for You Outside (1998) and the maker of A Retroactive Monument [End Page 187] for a Chimerical City (Oct. 1999); and All that Is Solid Melts Into Air (2000).
William C. Chittick was born in Connecticut, did his B.A. at the College of Wooster, and completed a Ph.D. in Persian literature at Tehran University in 1974. Since 1983 he has taught religious studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he is currently professor in the Department of Comparative Studies. He is author and translator of twenty books and one hundred articles on Sufism, Shi'ism, and Islamic thought in general. His most recent books are Sufism: A Short Introduction (Oxford: One world, 2000) and The Heart of Islamic Philosophy: The Quest for Self-Knowledge in the Teachings of Afdal al-Dîn Kâshânî. (New York: Oxford U P, 2001).
Richard Foreman is a MacArthur fellow, and has created over forty of his own plays for his Ontological-Hysteric Theater, in America and Europe. Seven volumes of his collected plays have been published, among them: Plays and Manifestos (NYUP, 1976), Reverberation Machines: The Later Plays and Essays (Station Hill, 1985), Unbalancing Acts: Foundations for a Theater (Pantheon Books, 1992), and My Head Was a Sledgehammer: Six Plays (Overlook Press, 1995). He has also directed and designed classical operas and plays at major theaters around the world.
Spencer Golub is a professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at Brown University. He is the author of Evreinov: The Theatre of Paradox and Transformation (1984), The Recurrence of Fate: Theatre and Memory in Twentieth-Century Russia (1994; winner of the Callaway Award for Best Book on Drama and Theatre), Infinity (Stage) (1999) and a recently completed book, The Innocence Show.
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige were both born in Lebanon in 1969. They are the filmmakers of Around the Pink House, 1999; the video makers of Khiam, 2000; and the installation artists of Beirut: Urban Fictions (Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 1997), Wonder Beirut: The Novel of a Pyromaniac Photographer (Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, 1998), Don't...