Rick Dolphijn is an associate professor based at Humanities, Utrecht University, with an interest in transdisciplinary research at large. He wrote Foodscapes, Towards a Deleuzian Ethics of Consumption (2004), New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies with Iris van der Tuin (2012) and is finishing his new monograph The Cracks of the Contemporary; A Meditation on Art, Wounds and a Damaged Earth. He edited This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life with Rosi Braidotti (2014 – 5) and Philosophy after Nature (2017). Most recently he published and edited volume entitled Michel Serres and the Crises of the Contemporary. At Sonic Acts Academy 2018, Dolphijn curated a conference block What, of Art, Belongs to the Present? with students and scholars from the Research School for Media Studies (RMeS). This year, he is joining Sonic Acts as an organiser of the large project including a seminar Exploring Death… and Ways to Live, close reading session Still Alive and Already Dead and a workshop A Necropolitics of Life (RMeS, February), with a final output at the Sonic Acts conference featuring lectures by Rosi Braidotti and Susanne M. Winterling.