A qualitative researcher and semiotician, Marina is interested in contemporary Russian culture’s myths and metaphors, She is completing a PhD on the ethical dimension of the language & semiotics of otherness. Inspired by Plato's dialogues and Beckett's plays, Marina dreams of transforming the focus group into a new genre of sociological theatre. By getting rid of the one-way mirror she aims to kill three birds with one stone, achieving the goals of aesthetic pleasure, consumer knowledge and transparency.
Trained at Bologna Communication Sciences Department directed by Umberto Eco. Luca works with diffusion & luxury brands, research institutes & communication agencies. Professor of Semiology of Fashion & Design at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Lyon, he also teaches at the CELSA (Université de Paris IV, Sorbonne) & the Institut Français de la Mode. A regular contributor on fashion & design to Vogue Italia, Casa Vogue, Lotus International & Domus among others. Luca founded mosign (2006) with Emanuele Quinz for brand consulting and creative direction - www.mosign.fr
Cathy Maisano is a cultural and behavioural researcher, specialising in ethnography and semiotics. She has run her own freelance business called Cradle-Research in the UK where she has lived for ten and a half years. Now on her first ever ‘gap year’, she and her family have returned to Australia. ‘Getting under the skin of Down Under will be my daily pleasure!’