1. A conversation with an individual selected by the player. The Egoist borrows its title from an experimental magazine published in London between 1914 and 1919, which claimed to “recognize no taboos”. Founded by Dora Marsden, The Egoist: An Individualist Review changed, under the influence of Ezra Pound, from a feminist magazine to a literary journal, publishing important modernist poetry and fiction, including works by DH Lawrence, TS Eliot, and James Joyce.
2. Robin Mackay is a philosopher, the initiator of the interdisciplinary organization Urbanomic and the editor of Collapse: Journal of Philosophical Research and Development.
3. Michael Dickman is an American poet and author of The End of the West and Flies, both published by Copper Canyon Press. His work regularly appears in the American Poetry Review, Field and The New Yorker.
4. René Pulfer is an artist, a curator and the head of Art Institute of Basel, Academy of Art and Design, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW.
5. David Gothard started his career as the artistic director of Riverside Studios in the ’80s, where his work with artists, playwrights and performers culminated in the centre’s nomination for the Turner Prize and the birth of New Music and Dance Umbrella. As a theatre director he works between the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Derry Playhouse in Northern Ireland, Peak Performances in New Jersey, and the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, as well as guest teaching at the Slade, Chelsea College of Art, and the National Film School.
6. Clémentine Autain is a feminist politician affiliated with far-left and anti-capitalist movements. She took an active part in the 2012 French presidential elections.
7. Raimundas Malašauskas was born in Vilnius, curates world-wide, and writes occasionally.
8. Nora Battelle and Ana Ribadeneira were both students at The Brearley School in New York City when they agreed to play this game of conversation. Nora is now a freshman at Strathmore College, and Ana is in her final year of high school. Nora is interested in literature and history; she edited the school literary magazine at Brearley, and has interned with both a literary magazine and a literary agency. But she is still unsure what she will choose as a major, and is open to exploring new disciplines at college. Ana’s interests are in Latin and History, which she hopes to pursue further in college. This past year she acted as co-head of Brearley’s Math Team and Model United Nations. She is also an avid tennis player and is preparing for a senior piano recital in the spring of 2014.
9. Olu Michael Odukoya is a London-based designer and artistic director and the founder of Kilimanjaro, a large-format art publication. His studio, OMO Creates, designed Sarah Lucas: After 2005, Before 2012, published by Walther König. He is also a visiting lecturer at Barking & Dagenham University.
10. David Greene is an English architect and educator who, in 1961, was one of the founder members of Archigram, once described as “the poet of the group”. Devoted to architecture’s pedagogical potential, he lectures at several schools in the United Kingdom, including the Architectural Association and Oxford Brookes University.
11. Dries Van Noten is a Belgian fashion designer known for his signature use of prints, colours and original fabrics. He lives and works in Antwerp.
12. Donatien Grau is a member of New College, University of Oxford. He is a columnist for AnOther Magazine and an editor of Purple Fashion and Flash Art International; amongst his publications: The Age of Creation (Sternberg Press, 2013).