Erling Kagge (Norway)
Explorer, lawyer, art collector, publisher, and author, Erling Kagge is the first person to have completed the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest. He has written six books on exploration, philosophy, and art collecting, among them Walking.
Damion Searls (USA)
Damion Searls is a translator from German, Norwegian, French, and Dutch and a writer in English. He has translated many classic modern writers, including Proust, Rilke, Nietzsche, Walser, Ingeborg Bachmann, Alfred Döblin, Jon Fosse, Elfriede Jelinek, Gide, Christa Wolf, Patrick Modiano, and Nescio.
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and Editor-in-Chief for Time & Society, whose work crosses critical time studies and environmental humanities.
Polish philosopher of literature, critic, editor, translator and programme director of the Conrad Festival in Krakow.
The Swiss artist is known for his large-scale installations and his work with the cheapest materials such as plastic, aluminium foil, photocopies and tape. In the course of his career, he also repeatedly explored Robert Walser. Most recently in 2019 with his Robert Walser Sculpture in Biel.
Susan Bernofsky is a leading American translator of modernist and contemporary German-language literature. She directs the program Literary Translation at Columbia in the MFA Writing Program at the Columbia University School of the Arts.