Alex Forster has worked for recording studios such as The Chapel Studios and Abbey Rd and in production for the Sonar festival, ITV, BBC and National Geographic. As a music producer and video director he has worked with Radiohead, Pink floyd, Baaba Maal, Evellyn Glennie and Faithless among others. Alex is collaborating with HumanHood for the new production ‘ZERO’.
Shahzad Ismaily holds a Masters degree in biochemistry from Arizona State University. He is a largely self-taught composer and musician, having mastered a broad range of acoustic and electronic instruments. Ismaily has recorded and performed with an incredibly diverse assemblage of musicians, including Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, Laura Veirs, Bonnie Prince Billy, Faun Fables, John Zorn, Elysian Fields, Shelley Hirsch, Will Oldham and Nels Cline to name just a few. Shahzad is collaborating with HumanHood on their musical composition for ‘Zero’.
David Jou, physicist and poet, he works as a professor of condensed matter at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Member of the Science and Technology Section of the Institute of Catalan Studies, the Royal Academy of Doctors, the Royal Academy of Sciences and the Accademia Peloritani Messina. His research specialty is the thermodynamics of irreversible processes and statistical mechanics of nonequilibrium systems. He has published 250 articles in scientific journals and books. His poetry bears the imprint of his scientific training. David Jou joined ‘Zero’ creative process mentoring the scientific research towards the production.
Horne Horneman is classically trained at Dutch National Ballet Academy and after an extensive dance career he started working as a light designer in 2010. He has designed productions for Thomas Noone, Umma Umma Dance and Camaralucida. Horne collaborates with HumanHood since 2014 for productions ‘The Masks Behind Doors’ and ‘ZERO’.
Gyda Valtysdottir is an Icelandic composer, cellist and songwriter, a founding member of Icelandic band ‘múm’ and also plays with Josephine Foster. Classically trained in cello, she plays her own approach to classical and contemporary music always open to improvisation. Gyda joined ‘ZERO’ creative process as a music artist.
Toni Payán is an interdisciplinary artist and photographer, founder of the artistic collective El Trastero. His work is closely linked to contemporary dance and has collaborated as a photographer and explored the influence of external viewer with the choreographers Thomas Noone, Jordi Corté and Alvaro Peña. Toni Payán is collaborating with HumanHood since 2014 photographing the work of the company.
Iain Armstrong is a Scottish composer and sound artist who has been based in Birmingham, UK since 1998. Iain studied electroacustic composition with Dr. Alistair MacDonald as part of a BA in music at the RSAMD in Glasgow. He subsequently moved to Birmingham to complete a PhD in electroacoustic composition at Birmingham University under the supervision of Prof. Jonty Harrison. As a member of BEAST (Birmingham Electro Acoustic Sound Theatre) he was involved in the public presentation of electroacoustic music at various venues in the UK and abroad. He is a co-director of SOUNDkitchen. Iain joined Humanhood creative team in 2016 for the creation of the soundscore of ZERO as well as its spatial 360º sound design.
Mark Howard is the owner and designer at the multi-award winning independent boutique Disorder in Birmingham. As an artist, Mark has fully committed his life work to fashion. His works are largely inspired by the human body and the distortion of it’s image. He designed the costumes for ZERO as his first dance collaboration.
William Chaplin is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Birmingham and expert on seismic study of stars, in particular the Sun and other Sun-like stars in our Galaxy that also host planets (Asteroseismology/Helioseismology). Prof. Chaplin leads the “Sun, Stars and Exoplanets” research group and the BiSON Helioseismology programme, as well as having International leadership positions in the NASA Kepler, K2 and TESS Missions.
Lou Cope is an experienced dramaturge, writer, lecturer & workshop leader. She has work with artists on productions including Gary Clarke (‘COAL’), Jose Agudo (‘KI’ & ‘Thousand Shepherds’) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (‘Myth’).