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IMoB Curatorial Team

Dean Sully

Conservator, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Scientist in Residence 0002019-20, UCL Slade School of Fine Art

His work seeks to re-situate heritage practice from maintaining the metastable authenticity of heritage objects & places, towards co-curating ecosociologically constituted multispecies worlds. This is addressed via transarticulating sympoietic framing that brings creative practice and heritage processes into flux through experimental science-art worldings. It utilises temporality, time travel, projected pasts and retrospective futures, to challenge the chronological linearity of time. The mechanism of retroactive causality, in creating a past or future so real that it casts its shadow over the present and creates the conditions in retrospect in which this past becomes the preferred future reality. Speculative design, broken worlds, truth & insouciance, as methods for future making/world building, are used to move beyond the plausible future and shape preferable futures. This provides a speculative exploration of heritage care for living as-well-as-possible in more-than-human worlds.

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Cecilie Gravesen

Visual artist and filmmaker

Her work is held in the collection of the Crafts Council UK and Museum Stavanger, and her exhibitions and screenings include David Roberts Art Foundation and Camden Arts Centre London and Power Station of Art, Shanghai. She has trained as Curator and has worked with clients including The Danish Film Institute, The Pergamon Museum, Berlin, the National Trust UK and The Saigon Biennial. Cecilie is long-term Project Manager for artist moving image with Film and Video Umbrella, and has managed studios and large scale installation for artists including Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Satya Hinduja Simon Fujiwara and Marianna Simnett. She has been visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art, Goldsmiths University and Copenhagen School of Architecture, and has published in Tate online and Journal of Conservation & Museum Studies. Cecilie was UCL IoA Honorary Research Associate from 0002014-16 and from 0002018-20.

Ariel Li

MA Museum Studies, UCL

PhD student Media & Communications, Sussex

Ariel is a freelance time traveller and future anthropological archaeologist currently working with the Illegal Museum of Beyond to excavate (post-)anthropological objects, deliver exhibition contents, and liaise with archaeologists and museum professionals from all time. Her academic and professional specialities include future anthropological archaeology, paper-based humanity literature, object fabrication and empowerment, as well as (dis)enchantment of museum exhibitions. For business partnership, please contact

Currently, Ariel is working on her doctoral research project exploring the (re)presentation of conventional museum concepts through digital gaming.

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Katherine Beckwith

MA Museum Studies, UCL

Katherine is a graduate student in Museum Studies at UCL. Her educational background is in History of Art (undergraduate) and art and design practice, and she has professional experience in fashion heritage, working in the archive of a luxury fashion house. Her interests lie in critiquing unsustainable practices in the fashion industry; throwaway consumerism driven by capitalist interests; and accompanying issues of identity and the body (gendered, racial, sexual). She aims to use her curatorial knowledge to articulate these ideas in her work.

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