Julie Upmeyer (left) is an artist and initiator based in Istanbul working with everyday materials and space: paper, plastic, food, the internet, her home, the street. Born in Detroit, USA, her work as an artist has been highly influenced by her shifting surroundings, developing interactive works and projects with the materials and spaces available. Curiosity lead her to work with Res Artis, the international network of artist residencies, and a three-year nomadic life - working in India, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Greece. Having been first invited to Istanbul, Turkey as an artist-in-resident in 2006, it is now a base for her artistic practice, exploring the interactive possibilities of working in public, with food and the internet.
Anne 'Anika' Weshinskey (right) is a professional circus and burlesque performer/investigator/craftsperson/arts educator/librarian who is determined to stop using so many slashes in describing herself and to just start giving back to the artistic communities that have nurtured her over the years. Her diverse experience includes running a housekeeping business, circus producer, reference librarian in all departments of a large urban library, furniture mover, rock star, dancer, writer, standardized test scorer, clown teacher for mentally ill adults, circus camp instructor, ethnomusicologist, nanny, eating contest champion, group fitness leader, TEFL teacher, tightwire walker, foot juggler and traveler.