Memo Akten is a visual artist, musician and engineer working at the intersection of art and science. His work covers a range of disciplines including installations, performances, films, music videos, online works and mobile applications. He is on the selection committee of ACM SIGGRAPH, computational consultant on the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab and one of the core contributors to the openFrameworks project. A strong supporter of open-source and a believer in the sharing of knowledge, he gives lectures and workshops around the world. In 2011 he co-founded Marshmallow Laser Feast, a collective of like-minded artists, designers and engineers.
Sirikit Amann has been a part of u19 ever since its inception in 1998. She’s been working in the field of cultural education especially in conjunction with new media on the national and international level since the ‘80s, and has been a curator on behalf of Ars Electronica since 2006. Her projects include “Young Animations,” a collection of animated films created by young filmmakers.
Recently completed his studies in Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca (Spain) Cèsar Escudero Andaluz won a scholarship to study Graphic Art Work in the C.I.E.C. Foundation, (International Centre for Contemporary Engraving). Between 2008 and 2010 made a Master of Architecture and Design in the University of Salamanca. Continuing his studies in 2010 his research was focused in the image in the Master of Visual Arts and Media in the Politechnical University of Valencia. Master that leads to the Kunstuniversität of Linz especially to department of Interface Cultures, where he is researching since October of 2011.
Alfred Anwander ist Neurowissenschaftler und Konnektomforscher. Nach einem Studium der Elektrotechnik und Bildverarbeitung wechselte er an das Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften in Leipzig und spezialisierte sich auf die Entwicklung von neuen Methoden zur Analyse von Magnetresonanz-Tomographie Bildern des Gehirns. Seit 2004 trägt er maßgeblich zur Erforschung der anatomischen Verknüpfungen im Gehirn bei. Ein besonderer Fokus ist dabei die Erforschung des Sprachnetzwerkes und dessen Entwicklung im Verlauf des Spracherwerbs.
Superflux is a London-based design studio founded in 2009 by Anab Jain and Jon Ardern. Through stories, films, products and experiences the studio’s work probes the future implications of new and emerging technologies on people, society, and the environment. Recent projects include designing neural prosthetic experiences for the blind, prototyping artificial pollinators and building devices that combine quantum mechanics with speculative design. The studio’s work has won international critical acclaim and has been exhibited worldwide, from MoMA New York, to the National Museum of China, Science Gallery Dublin and V&A Museum London.
Aleida Assmann, Studium der Anglistik und Ägyptologie; seit 1993 Professorin für Anglistik und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft an der Universität Konstanz. Zahlreiche Fellowships und Gastprofessuren an den Universitäten Rice, Princeton, Yale, Chicago und Wien. Forschungsgebiete: Individuelles und kulturelles Gedächtnis, Trauma und Literatur, Erinnerungskulturen im internationalen Vergleich. Aktuelle Publikationen: Erinnerungsräume (4. Aufl. 2009), Der lange Schatten der Vergangenheit (2006), Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft. Grundbegriffe, Themen, Fragestellungen (2006, 32011).
Sonja Bäumel’s artefacts mediate between art and science, fashion and science, design and science, between clothes and body, between fiction and facts. Sonja Bäumel studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Vienna, she holds a BA in Arts from the University of Arts of Linz as well as a MA in Conceptual Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven. She was awarded with the Outstanding Artist Award Experimental Design 2012, from the BMUKK Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Culture of Vienna. Sonja’s work has been exhibited internationally in e.g. Anthology Film Archives New York (USA); Museum of Natural History Vienna (AT); Utrecht Manifest, Biennial for social design (NL). Her works have also been the basic impact for documentary films (ORF/ARTE: BioArt – Kunst aus dem Labor; ServusTV_Terra Mater: Wir sind Planeten) to which she actively contributed.
Olivier Bau (US/FR) is a researcher and designer working at Disney Imagineering, Research. His interests include augmenting the human body with new capabilities using wearable technology, creating installations and environments that engender unique and engaging experiences and developing interfaces that will enable us to take full advantage of advances in computing technologies.
ivan Poupyrev (US/RU) directs an interaction technology group in Disney Research’s Pittsburgh Lab, tasked with dreaming up and developing future technologies for Disney parks, resorts, and cruises. His research focuses on inventing new interactive technologies for the seamless blending of digital and physical properties in devices, everyday objects and living environments.
David Benqué is a designer and researcher working in London. He is a research associate and visiting lecturer at the Design Interactions department of the Royal College of Art in London UK.
His work has recently been exhibited in venues such as the National Museum of China in Beijing, Glitch Fiction at Paris Design Week, St. Etienne Design Biennale and Z33 House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium. He holds a BA in graphic design from the Royal Academy in the Hague, the Netherlands, and an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom.
Nicolas Bernier (CA) creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics, post-rock, noise improv an video art while also working with dance, theater, moving images and inter-
disciplinary contexts. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual and between organic sound sources and digital processing. The sound of Nicolas Bernier is somewhere between the old and the new. It is electronic music made from objects of the past: typewriters, old machines, tuning forks, soundscape memories and, yes, musical instruments. He is currently doing a PhD in sonic arts at the University of Huddersfield (UK) under the direction of Dr. Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Dr. Monty Adkins. He is a member of Perte de Signal, a media-arts research and development center based in Montreal.
Leo Bettinelli began his musical studies at the ‘Musical Composition with Electro-acoustic Media’ course at Quilmes National University. During this time he became involved with audiovisual media mainly through the theatre and then working on different multimedia projects, such as shorts, installations, dance, advertising, etc. In parallel, he developed his activity as a sound technician, whether it be live, in the studio, carrying out jobs involving music production, recording, mixing and sound post production. At present, he is also a performer/improviser/composer in the field of experimental, contemporary and electro-acoustic music, as well as in several popular music projects where he incorporates elements of the aforementioned currents. Besides, since several years he works actively in the difussion of experimental music and free improvisation, organizing different music cicles in Argentina and Europe. Nowadays he directs the european branch of Niños Consentidos.
At the age of 36, Oliver Bimber was appointed as a full university professor (2009) and became Head of the Institute of Computer Graphics at Johannes Kepler University Linz. Bimber’s research interests include visual computing, real-time rendering and visualization, computer vision, image analysis and processing, optics, and human visual perception in the context of next-generation display and imaging technologies.
Benedict Bleimschein and Martin Kienmeyer are students at the university of applied sciences in Hagenberg/upper austria.
Rica Blunck (DE) is a choreographer, singer and author. Her passion for combining various forms of artistic expression led her to found the COAX Dance Company in 1989. COAX has performed in Scotland, Switzerland and at numerous venues throughout Germany. Her travels are not only of a geographic nature; she also undertakes interdisciplinary excursions that allow her to reconnoiter unexplored artistic territory.
(1985) from Italy. Graduated in “Fine Arts, Music and Cinema” at the University of Padova and in “Multimedia Technologies” at the University of Udine. He working in the field of experimental video and film, multimodal interfaces and live media. He is a member of the italian rock band Elettrofandango as a live media artist. His works were presented in festivals like Abstracta, FishEye, Rome Film Festival, International S8 Film Festival, Strange Screen, LPM-Live Performers Meeting.
Before moving to Linz he worked in the field of media education. He is an activist of the Nonviolent Radical Party and members of the Italian Radicals movement.
Sayfan G. Borghini (IT) graduated as a doctor in Physics in Rome in 1997. Her interests in the last ten years have focused on complex systems at the intersection of technological, cultural and artistic forces. She is currently a lecturer in the Master Course in Integrated Design at H.I.T. in Israel, where she is also collaborating on curatorial projects.
Claudius Brodmann (DE) is a director and digital media designer. He was born in Rumania and has lived in Germany since 1983. He studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. In 1999, he founded m.a.r.k.13, an animation & post-production studio, which he headed until 2004. Since then, he has worked as a freelance director and specialist in digital & interactive media. He has also taught at Merz Akademie Stuttgart since 1999.
Suzanne Buchan is Professor of Animation Aesthetics at Middlesex University London. She gained her PhD at the University of Zurich and was a founding member and co-director (1994-2003) of the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival, Switzerland. She teaches, curates and advises internationally in her research field of a wide concept of history, theory and aesthetics of animation outside commercial canons. Books include Pervasive Animation: an AFI Reader (forthcoming 2013) and The Quay Brothers: Into A Metaphysical Playroom (2011). She is the founding editor of animation: an interdisciplinary journal (Sage Journals).
Michael K. Buckland (UK/US) is Emeritus Professor, University of California, Berkeley, School of Information. Born and educated in England, Prof. Buckland studied History at Oxford and Librarianship at Sheffield. After working as a librarian in England and the USA, he was director of the School of Library and Information Studies at Berkeley. He has written extensively about library services, the organization of knowledge, and the history documentation. http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~buckland/
Dr. Gordon Calleja is Associate Professor and the Head of the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta and visiting Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen’s Center for Computer Games Research, which he headed for four years before moving to Malta. Gordon has a background in Game Studies, Literary Theory and Media Studies. His current research focuses on digital games and addresses three broad areas: game ontology, narrative in game environments and player experience. The latter is the focus of his recently released book by MIT Press: “In-Game : From Immersion to Incorporation” which investigates what makes digital games engaging to players and a re-examination of the concept of “immersion”. Supplementing his written work, Gordon also designs boardgames and digital games. The first digital game he published is “Will Love Tear Us Apart”, a game adaptation of Joy Division’s cult track. WLTUA has received international acclaim for its unique game design approach and aesthetics and has been covered extensively by publications such as Rolling Stone Magazine, Spin, Fact, Consequence of Sound, PC Gamer, Polygon, Kotaku and Kill Screen.
El Campo de Cebada consists of a large number of individuals and collectives, citizens, experts, administrative assistants and technicians involved in the management and development of El Campo de Cebada. They work voluntarily and for free for their neighbors, legitimated by their own work, hence increasingly feeling that they belong to a space that it is theirs because they look after it. They are curators of a city that they are helping to build through their own decisions. In this way everybody has authorship and yet nobody does.
The starting point for her research processes is language, text, the political implications of the domestic, of what is public and private, and of “the others.” Her translation strategies among systems—linguistic, visual and phonic—and practices generate equivalences and associations, where there is a constant nostalgia for the obsolete that makes us consider the discursive content of artifacts and of former projections of future. As one of her fields of interest, the production of works in collaboration with inhabitants of defined sites aims at an exploration of language as everyday knowledge, and at the revelation of urban rituals when faced with an expressly generated circumstance. Tania Candiani has been a Guggenheim scholarship fellow in the creative arts category and part of the National System of Creators since 2012.
Mar Canet is an interdisciplinary artist from Barcelona. He has two degrees: in art and design from ESDI in Barcelona and in computer game development from University Central Lancashire in UK. In addition to that, Mar is finalizing his master at Interface Cultures in Art and Design University of Linz in Austria. He has worked 2 years as a Creative Engineer in Ars Electronica Futurelab(Linz, Austria). He is a co-founder of art collectives Derivart and Lummo. He has exhibited collaboratively with Derivart, Lummo, as artist-duo with Varvara Guljajeva and independently in many international festivals and museums. Since 2011, it is doing an artist residencies tour together with Varvara as artist-duo in IAMAS Japan, FACT Liverpool, MU Gallery (Eindhoven) and STPLN in Malmö, Verbeken Foundation(Belgium), Marginalia+lab(Belo Horizonte).
Varvara Guljajeva is an artist working in the field of art and technology. Varvara has exhibited her art pieces in a number of international shows and festivals. The artist was selected for the residency at FFKD, IAMAS, EMARE (FACT, Liverpool), Crida, MU Gallery, Verbeke Foundation, Marginalia+Lab, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, and more. Varvara is a PhD candidate at the Estonian Art Academy. She has presented her research work at several conferences, like Amber Conference, Enter5 Symposium, ISEA 2011, Open Knowledge Festival 2012, MutaMorphosis 2012, and more. Varvara is concerned about the new forms of art. Thus, she applies and challenges technology and traditional production methods in order to explore novel concepts in art. Varvara works together with Mar Canet as an artist-duo.
The two work together in the development of strategies for the experimentation and implementation of audio-tactile-visual interfaces that make it possible for the public to explore and interact naturally with data banks and virtual, remote or hybrid environments. Rejane Cantoni studied Communication, Semiotics, Visualization of Information Systems and Kinematic Interfaces, in São Paulo and in Geneva; since 1987 she has researched and developed immersive installations with devices for the acquisition and manipulation of data in natural and/or sensorized and automated environments. Leonardo Crescenti studied archiutecture at FAU/USP, in São Paulo; since 1978 he has investigated and developed projects in various media and supports. As director, he has realized 13 short films receiving numerous awards and national and international participations.
Chris Carlson (US) is an interactive developer who designs and builds immersive software and expressive interfaces. His work draws upon a breadth of experience in the areas of interactive audio, mobile music and physical computing and aims to inspire others to explore and create. He has an MA from Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and a BSc in physics from James Madison University.
He began studying B.S. Telematic Engineering because of his interest in telecommunications. In that time, he worked in different types of jobs within the Networking. After a few years, he decided to make a change to explore and discover his creative side. He obtained a degree in Fine Arts, interested in audiovisual and interactive art. He has developed projects in photography, video, video-installations, interactive installations and net.art.
Die Medienkünstlerin Shu Lea Cheang lädt die Pd~community in Graz und Linz ein, den Saal der Stadtwerkstatt visuell und akustisch in einer 70minütigen Nonstop-Hyper-Jamsession zu bespielen. Das Motto: LIVE CODE LIVE SPAM. Um Mitternacht läuft Cheangs Cyberpunk-Scifi-Porno I.K.U. – This is not love. This is sex.
Alessio Chierico was born in Perugia (Italy) in 1984. His artistic training comes from the academies of Urbino, Carrara and the NABA of Milan. He has studying on the courses relative the new technologies of art production. The focus of Chierico’s research is the deconstruction of media interfaces, to propose a new naturalness formed by the essential properties of the tools of representation. The key point of this process is the function of digital systems, observed as founding process of the structuring of the contemporary culture.
Lila Chitayat (IL) is an architect, designer, new-media artist and an experimental practitioner of design through computational processes. Lila is a senior lecturer at the Design Faculty of H.I.T (Holon Institute of Technology) teaching in the Masters program and Interior Design departments. Founder of LinC Studio: a trans-disciplinary design environment involving media and technology to produce a wide range of projects in urban installations, space design, exhibit design and digital architecture for virtual environments. Collaborative projects with her brother, Alon, include Taxilink (winner of PRIX Ars Electronica 2010), Ideal Virtual Jerusalem for MIC, the urban installation White Tent City and AR at the Hansen old Hospital. Lila received her M.Arch from Columbia University and B. Arch from Pratt Institute.
Marcelo Coelho (BR) is a designer and Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab, and his work explores how materials that embody computational properties can reshape the ways in which we design, interact and communicate. During his doctoral work, Marcelo studied how shape-changing materials can be used in the design of transformable surfaces in order to computationally reconfigure their topology, texture and permeability.
Skylar Tibbits (US) is a trained architect and computer scientist whose research focuses on developing self-assembly and programmable material technologies for the built environment. Skylar is the director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT and is faculty in the Department of Architecture, teaching design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT’s Media Lab.
Natan Linder (IL) is a co-founder of Formlabs and a PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab. His work fuses design and engineering to create novel human experiences. Before joining the MIT Media Lab, he was the lead UI designer at Heartland Robotics.
Yoav Reches (IL) is a London-based industrial designer and the designer behind Form 1. His multidisciplinary work explores the practical and conceptual applications of product design.
Ina Conradi Chavez (US/SG) is an award-winning digital media artist. Her films have been screened internationally at Ars Electronica Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Anima Mundi, Dimension 3 Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Ina holds MFA from UCLA. She is a Japan Foundation Fellow and a member of the Union of Slovene Fine Art. Currently she is Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University. www.inaconradi.com
Pierre Cordelle has just turned 22, and he’s about to begin his last year of MSc in engineering at Centrale Paris, he spent the 6 last months at the University of Queensland (Australia). Maëlle Chassard is an interaction designer. He has studied at Strate College, School of Industrial Design, where he specialized in systems and interactive objects. Guilhem Aulotte has just completed his studies at Centrale Paris and is about to start a MSc at Cambridge, Sandra Rey (after studying for five years at Strate College, Industrial Design School in Paris) is an Interaction Designer.
Veselina Dashinova is a Royal College of Art graduate, inspired by Art and Animation. Her work is a mixture of 2D animation, still photography and live action footage. Personal history and collective memory is a main theme in her work. She develops fictional stories based on factual events, archive material and traveling journals. She is interested in the traveling as a dwelling mode and its implication on the the self.
Michel Décosterd (CH), born 1969, worked as architect in Berlin and Weimar (D, 1994—96). Since 1997 he has been working in plastic arts and in architecture and develops and constructs sound machines.
André Décosterd (CH), born 1967. 1984/88 apprenticeship in organ building. Since 1997 has been working as a musician and composer. Specializes in computer programming of musical applications. Studies composition systems
specific to contemporary music, in particular logarithmic composition. Carries out research on the interaction between man and machines. Produces musical works for contemporary ensembles and for the theater. Teaches in the Ejma. In 1997 Michel and
André founded the group Cod.Act. Since its inception, Cod.Act has collaborated with Jacques Décosterd (1936), an engineer in the fields of industrial computer sciences and automation systems.
Louis-Philippe Demers (CA/SG) makes large-scale installations and performances. His main areas of work are entertainment robotics and interaction design. Over the past two decades, he has participated in more than 70 artistic and stage productions and has built more than 300 machines. His projects can be found in theater, opera, subway stations, art museums, science museums, music events and trade shows. Demers’ works have been featured at major venues worldwide. He was Professor of
Digital Media and Exhibit Design/Scenography at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Since then he has joined the Interaction and Entertainment Research Center and the recently founded School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).
Heather Dewey-Hagborg (US) is an information artist who has shown her work internationally at events including the Poland Mediations Bienniale, Jaaga art and technology center in Bangalore, and the Monitor Digital Festival in Guadalajara. She has exhibited nationally at PS1 Moma, the New Museum, Eyebeam, Clocktower Gallery, 92Y Tribeca, Issue Project Room, and Splatterpool in New York City. She has a BA in Information Arts from Bennington College and a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She is currently a PhD student in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jeremiah Diephuis (US/AT) was born in 1976 and grew up in the great arcades of the American Midwest. He currently works as a lecturer in the Media Technology and Design program at the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.
Opimilk was developed by Naomi Griffin-Murtagh, Claire Dempsey & Aisling McCrudden under the supervision of Dr. Teresa Dillon and the Science Gallery team. Naomi Griffin-Murtagh graduated in 2013 from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland (NCAD), in industrial design. Claire Dempsey and Ailsing McCrudden are studying at Trinity College Dubln. Claire is in her fourth year reading Immunology and Aisling is studying Human Health and Disease. Over 12-weeks the team co-developed the prooject as part of the ITL course module.
Opimilk provides a clear illustration of how synthetic biology could be applied to provide a smarter alternative for the treatment of chronic pain. The project explores how we can harness naturally occuring substances in the human body for wider health benefits and addresses our attitudes such treatments, while also highlighting issues around the ethical development of transgenic animals.
Dimension+, Bi-city New Media Arts Team based in Hong Kong and Taipei, founded by Keith Lam (HK) and Escher Tsai (TW) in 2009. By mixing-and-matching they transform the invisible, digital form into tangible physical and visible experience, creating works that combine digital and analog, linking the digital and the physical. Keith Lam received the Young Artist Award from Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2008, the ‘40 under 40’ Global Creative Talent by Perspective Magazine and a PRIX Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in 2008. He has been invited to numerous festivals around the world, lectures at various universities and has a magazine column. http://www.dimensionplus.co
Hans-Ulrich Dodt was born in Freiburg, Germany, where he attended school and started to study medicine. After two years he continued his medical studies in Heidelberg, where he also studied physics in addition, finishing with a diploma thesis in astrophysics. After receiving his MD he started to work at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry in Munich in 1987. 1997 he received his Habilitation in Physiology from the Technical University Munich. 2007 he was appointed full professor at the Vienna University of Technology.
Sound is the centerpiece of his artistic work. Wolfgang Dorninger is the proprietor of base, an experimental electronic music label, a performer, composer of theater & film music, sound designer, sound artist and lecturer at Linz Art University. Two diametrically opposed approaches dominate his works, which can be positioned between digital sound production and concrete environmental noises. They range from spatial-tonal installations in a concert setting, multimedia performances and acoustic presentations all the way to techno and music for the theater. http://dorninger.servus.at
Drum-percussion teacher, author of own rhythm basics. Soundsamples for theater and film music, seminars, workshops, Plays with: shineform, temposünder, transformation, asi son, homme beige, tanga, conjunto cocodrilo and more improvisation projects. Studies at Vienna and Franz Schubert Konservatorium Wien, at the Bruckner Konservatorium Linz, at the Timeline International Music School (Latin Percussion) and at the SRG Offenbach Germany.
Studies in Cuba (Pictures) Drums, instrumental and singing teacher for Drums mainly e-bass. Instructor for drums and percussion at the Franz Schubert Konservatorium Wien and for many years in various music schools and lecturer in seminars.
Richard Eigner is a composer, sound artist, producer and drummer residing in Vienna and Linz, Austria. In his music he is crossing the borders of »experimental acoustic music«, »minimalism« and »electronica« with a focus on the symbiotic use of acoustic elements and electronically produced and processed sounds. Strenuous with numerous sonorous projects he is kept busy with his playful musical project Ritornell, the setup of Denoising installations or drumming for the likes of Patrick Wolf, Flying Lotus, Dimlite and Patrick Pulsinger. His compositions were used by Robert Seidel for his projection and paper sculpture »Chiral« at MOCA Taipei or by canadian director Bruce LaBruce for his melancholy zombie movie »Otto; Or, Up With Dead People«.
Electric Indigo, DJ, composer, musician, has performed in 36 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Her name stands for the intelligent and distinguished interpretation of techno and electronic music. Her DJ-sets are characterized by a wide variety with a clarity of vision, and a depth that only comes from a deep understanding of the music and the art of the DJ. As a composer and musician, she emphasizes the spatial-temporal placement of subtly textured sounds. She received the “outstanding artist award Musik 2012” in the field of electronic music and computer music and the national grant for composition 2013 from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.
Ewald Elmecker (AT) was born in 1972. He’s one of the proprietors of Off-Space, a nomad encampment in Linz, and a visual artist at the interface of architecture, sound and, at times, botany.
Chiara Esposito is an artist and researcher currently studying in the Interface Cultures program at the Art & Design University Linz.
Yael Eylat van-Essen, PhD., (IL), is a researcher in the fields of Digital Culture, New-Media Art and Museology. She teaches at Tel Aviv University and in Holon Institute of Technology, where she is the curator of the Research Gallery and she established and directed for many years a pioneering “New-Media” department in Israel. Until recently, she was the Head of the Art Department in Seminar Kibbutzim College and Academic Director of the International Curatorial program. She edited the first anthology on Digital Culture published in Hebrew.
Joaquin Fargas (AG) is a multidisciplinary artist who combines biological material and technological tools in order to break up limits and generate dialogues so as to draw us nearer to nature and life. He is the academic director of San Isidro Interactive Exploratory Museum and professor of Technological Art at the Miamonides University, where he started and directs the Bioart Argentine Laboratory.
Patrick Feaster (US) is a two-time Grammy nominee, co-founder of FirstSounds.org, and author of Pictures of Sound, Patrick Feaster has participated in locating, contextualizing, and making audible many of the world’s oldest sound recordings. He received his doctorate in folklore and ethnomusicology in 2007 from Indiana University Bloomington, where he is a member of the Media Preservation Initiative and teaches in the Department of Communication and Culture.
Thomas Feuerstein (AT) was born in 1968. From 1987 to 1995 he studied art history and philosophy at the University of Innsbruck. From 1992 to 1994 he and Klaus Strickner co-edited the magazine Medien.Kunst.Passagen. In 1992 he founded the office for intermedia communication transfer and medien.kunst.tirol art association. Since 1997 he has been a lecturer and visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Bern University of the Arts, the F+F School for Art and Media Design Zurich, the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg—InterMedia Studies, the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the University of Innsbruck.
Occupied in video, installation, photography, performance, drawing and painting, objects, contemporary, martial arts, Bruce Lee and interface culture. Prefer experimental approaches.
She has had solo shows What is Contemporary; Strategy DAY plus NIGHT, Belgrade; Black Rabbit, Belgrade and Ratman, Belgrade and has been included in group exhibitions at Biennial of Young Artists, Bucharest, RO; Parallax Art Fair London, UK, Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce, Italy; Time Packages, 91mQ Berlin, Germany; New Museum, New York; Frieze Art Fair, London, UK; Depo, Istanbul, Turkey and Rum 46, Aarhus, Denmark.
Bill Fontana (born USA 1947) is an American composer and artist who developed an international reputation for his pioneering experiments in sound. SInce the early 70’s Fontana has used sound as a sculptural medium to interact
with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. He has realized sound sculptures and radio projects for museums and broadcast organizations around the world. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney
Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Post Museum in Frankfurt, the Art History and Natural History Museums in Vienna, both Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London, the 48th Venice Biennale, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Art Gallery of NSE in Sydney and the new Kolumba Museum in Cologne. He has done major radio sound art projects for the BBC, the European Broadcast Union, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, West German Radio (WDR), Swedish Radio, Radio France and the Austrian State Radio.
Masaki Fujihata ( JP), born 1956, started out in the 1980s working in the fields of computer graphics and animation. Subsequently, in tandem with the dramatic developments in digital technologies, he began pursuing their possibilities in artistic expression, boldly moving into uncharted territory in the world of art. His works, imbued with the special features unique to the newest technologies in interactive art, virtual reality and networking, raised a variety of issues that had never emerged in earlier media of expression. In his every endeavor, his stance, to see through to the core essence, always remains constant, however, as he earnestly probes fundamental questions to do, for example, with human perception and awareness and why humans communicate
David Gann is a developer, artist and researcher in the cross-disciplinary field of data visualization, human-computer-interaction, computer graphics and sound design. His former studies of Biological Sciences at the University of Konstanz and working on interactive media exhibits with companies like Meso and AEC Solutions are strong influences for his audio-visual and science-related projects. In 2011 David Gann developed an application for visualizing the human genome in real-time and in 3D. What started as a thesis is now an ongoing project with the ambitious goal of providing an user interface that can be applied in molecular biology and genetics research laboratories. Besides such serious things he is also involved in the AV label Symbiotic Cube.
Aristides Garcia is a freelance graphic programmer and computer artist based in Berlin.
Matthew Gardiner (AU/AT) is an artist most well known for his work with origami and robotics. He coined the term Oribot 折りボト and then created the field of art/science research called Oribotics. Oribotics is a field of research that thrives on the aesthetic, biomechanic, and morphological connections between nature, origami and robotics.
Urs Gaudenz is microengineer and worked for Swiss high tech companies in the field of micro sensor technology (sensirion.com) and brushless motor control. With his solid background in electronics, mechanics and software he is working in an concurrent style between the disciplines. After several years of experience as a consultant in innovation management he is now engaged as lecturer for product innovation at the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts. He built his first diy microscopes based on a webcam and a cheap digital camera during a workshop with Marc in Berlin. His aim is to evolve towards more balanced collaborative entities in social action, business and technology.
Denisa Kera is Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore where she is also a fellow of the Asia Research Institute (STS cluster) and Tembusu college. Her present research brings together history of science, philosophy and design, and combines issues and methodologies from Science Technology Society (STS) studies and interactive media design. She is trying to create design probes and tools for deliberation and public participation in science. She follows and supports science community labs and alternative R&D places (Hackerspaces, FabLabs) across the world with a special focus on DIYbio movements, consumer genomics and various citizen science projects. Research interests in Interactive Media Design, Science and Technology Studies and topics in Digital Culture and Art.
Stephanie Geiger (DE) is an artist and costume designer. She combines modern concepts and approaches with traditional designs. Her work is both timeless and international. Her creations have been in the spotlight at Residenztheater in Munich and on stages in Zurich, Breda, New York and Linz.
John Gerrard (1974) lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and Vienna, Austria. Recent solo presentations of Gerrard’s work include Pulp Press (Kistefos) 2014, a permanent install for Kistefos Museet, Norway and Exercise (Djibouti) 2012, for Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK. Infinite Freedom Exercise, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK (2011) John Gerrard, Ivory Press Madrid, Spain (2011) John Gerrard, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, Australia (2011) Universal, Void Gallery, Derry, N. Ireland (2011) Sow Farm : What You See is Where You’re At. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (2010) Oil Stick Work, Art on the Underground, Canary Wharf Station, London, UK (2009 / 10) Directions : John Gerrard, Hirshhorn Museum + Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA (2009) and John Gerrard, Animated Scene, 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2009). In 2011 Gerrard was commissioned by the Royal Ballet to create Live Fire Exercise (in collaboration with Wayne McGregor) which premiered at The Royal Opera House, London UK in May 2011 to widespread acclaim.
Andranik Ghalustians (AT) was born in 1972 in Vienna and studied Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Vienna. In addition to various journalistic activities in the field of retro games, he is also the proprietor of one of the largest video game collections worldwide.
H.R. Giger (CH) was born in 1940 in Chur, Switzerland. 1962-65: Zurich University of the Arts; Atomkinder ink drawings; 1968: props for Swiss Made 2069 by Fredi M. Murer; 1972: exhibition at Kasseler Kunstverein; 1976: exhibition at Galerie Sydow-Zirkwitz in Frankfurt; 1980: Oscar for Alien by Ridley Scott; 1998: opening of the HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland; retrospectives in Paris, Prague, Vienna, Frankfurt and Chur; 2012: *Prometheus* by Ridley Scott; lives in Zurich.
Ars Electronica’s featured artist is HR Giger. The painter, graphic artist and designer was born in 1940 in Switzerland. He’s an art world outsider and the legendary creator of biomechanics and the Oscar-winning creature in “Alien.” This embodiment of fear and horror, the intruder from beyond in Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi film, has been a pop culture icon since 1980 and made Giger’s inimitable style world famous.
Giger is part of the 1960s avant-garde but his roots extend back into the art history of the 19th century. He is indeed a painter, but has made the airbrush his primary tool. As one of the leading innovators in the fantastic art genre, Giger’s art draws upon his childhood fears and obsessions, above all humankind’s collective fears of global atomic warfare and of being victimized by technological progress. Obsessed by the cycle of birth, eros and death, the artist merges technology, mechanics and organic creatures into frightening “bio-mechanoids” and thus visions that anticipated cyborgs.
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer, exploring the implications of emerging technologies and seeking new roles for design. As Design Fellow on Synthetic Aesthetics (Stanford University/University of Edinburgh), she curated an international project investigating the ‘design of nature’, developing novel modes of collaboration and critical discourse between art, design and synthetic biology (Synthetic Aesthetics, MIT Press 2014). Daisy studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, design at Harvard University and Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including MoMA New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Israel Museum and the National Museum of China. In 2011, her collaborative work E.chromi was nominated for Designs of The Year and Index Awards, and she won the World Technology Award for Design. Daisy received the first London Design Medal for Emerging Talent in 2012. She is co-curating Grow Your Own, a flagship exhibition on synthetic biology at Science Gallery, Dublin opening in October 2013.
Nick Goldman (UK) works at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) in Hinxton, UK, researching algorithms to study genome evolution. He holds degrees in mathematics and zoology from the University of Cambridge, and has worked at the Natural History Museum and the National Institute for Medical Research, London, and the Departments of Genetics and Zoology, Cambridge, before joining EBI in 2002. He has published approximately 100 scientific papers. http://www.ebi.ac.uk/research/goldman
Andy Gracie, London -1967, works across various disciplines including installation, robotics, sound, video and biological practice. This work is situated between the arts and the sciences, creating situations of exchange between natural and artificial systems which allow new emergent behaviours to develop. More recently his work has begun to reflect cultural associations with the science of astrobiology. The underlying focus of his activities has often involved a study of organic intelligence, emergent systems and the placing of technological agents in situations where they are able to share information and behaviours with natural systems and networked ecologies. More recently his work involves studies and reactions to the science of astrobiology; notions of the origins of life coupled with a re-examination of its boundaries. His practice employs scientific theory and practice to question our relationships with environment and the notion of the ‘other’ whilst simultaneously bringing into focus the very relationship between art and science.
Doris Graf (DE) was born in 1968 in Krumbach, Germany. She studied at Villa Arson in Nice, France 1990-95 and 1996-2000 at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. In 1994, she received a grant to study at Goldsmiths College in London. She has lived in Stuttgart and worked as an artist since 1995. She has exhibited widely in Germany and abroad, and been the recipient of numerous prizes and grants. In 2012, her Eu, Rio project represented the State of Baden-Württemberg at the CRIO Biennale in Rio de Janeiro.
Dr. Frank Hartmann (DE) is full professor at the Faculty of Art & Design, Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany. He was educated in Austria where he did his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Vienna and received his postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) in the new interdisciplinary field of Media Philosophy. Work includes graduate teaching at several European Universities, international lectures and guest professorships including the USP – Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. He has published several books on media theory, media archaeology and visual communication. www.medienphilosophie.net
John-Dylan Haynes (DE/UK) is a psychologist, neuroscientist and Professor of Theory and Analysis of Large-Scale Brain Signals at the Bernstein Center of Charité Berlin. Haynes and his team conduct research on the neuronal basis of consciousness, volition, intentions and free will. They have used MRI technology to show that decision-making is initiated by subconscious brain processes.
Ivan Henriques is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher working in multimedia installations examining different perceptions of time, memory and environment. He explores in his works hybrids of nature and (technological) culture creating new forms of communication between humans and other living organisms. He considers nature as inspiration and a necessary factor in the development of the technological world. Ivan launched EME>> (Estúdio Móvel Experimental) – Experimental Mobile Studio – a mobile residency program funded by the Secretaria de Cultura do Estado do Rio de Janeiro in 2008/2009, financed by Conexões Artes Visuais (Funarte) having four more residencies in 2010 and supported by Mondriaan Fonds in 2012. He also has been leading the multi-disciplinary group Hybrid Forms Between Nature and Technology with students from the Technological University in Rio (CEFET/RJ). Lately he exhibited his works internationally, participating in festivals, residencies, talks and exhibitions. In 2013 he was invited from the School of Visual Arts NY for summer residency program, Pixelache Festival in Helsinki (FI) and Ars Electronica Berlin (DE) for the exhibition Wie eine zweite Natur and to showcase his works at the Estate University of Santa Catarina (BR). In 2012 he was nominated for the Genomic Awards 2012 – DA4GA (NL), invited to exhibit at Artbots in Gent (BE), Nature Now at CBK Drenthe (NL), Salone Internazionale de Milano (IT), ISEA RUHR 2010 in Dortmund (DE) and FILE- SP 2010 (BR) amongst other exhibitions and festivals. He participated in talks and residency programs such as V2_ in Rotterdam NL and Verbeke Foundation, BE, 2011/12; Talk at CIGAC 2012 – Paraiba (BR) and Hip3rorgânicos in Rio de Janeiro (BR). Henriques holds an MA in ArtScience Interfaculty at the Royal Academy of Arts and Royal Conservatoire of Music, The Hague /NL (2009-2011), represented by Verbeke Gallery and also member of TRANSNATURAL.
Andreas J. Hirsch (AT) was born in 1961 in Vienna. He is a curator, author and photographer. 2004-07: Prix Ars Electronica juror; since 2008, curator at KUNST HAUS WIEN, retrospectives of works by René Burri, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Linda McCartney; author of books about Pablo Picasso, Tina Modotti and Friedensreich Hundertwasser; 2010: concept of Ars Electronica’s “Open Source Life” symposium; 2011: curator of the exhibition HR Giger – Dreams and Visions at KUNST HAUS WIEN.
Kurt Hörbst (AT) was born in 1972 in the Mühlviertel region north of Linz. Following training as a telecommunications engineer in Graz, he attended the Prague School of Photography 1992-95. Since 1996, he has taught journalism and the history of photography at that institution, and worked on establishing its Austrian campus. Since 2005, he has taught photography at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. In recent years, he has focused his interest on multimedia projects with video installations and media performances in Austria and abroad. http://www.hoerbst.com/
Brian House (US) is a media artist whose work traverses alternative geographies, experimental music, and a critical data practice. By constructing embodied, participatory systems, he seeks to negotiate between algorithms and the rhythms of everyday life. His work has been shown by MoMA (NYC), MOCA (LA), Eyebeam, and Conflux Festival among others and has been featured in publications including WIRED, TIME, The New York Times, and on Univision Sports. http://brianhouse.net
Hiroto Ikeuchi (JP), born in 1990. He graduated from Tama Art University, Department of Information Design in 2013, where he studied design and Flash content, and spent most of his free time creating plastic models. He conceived the idea of a computer as a secret base, and has created hybrid dioramas combining plastic models and PC equipment.
Hiroshi Ishiguro (JP) received a D. Eng. in Systems Engineering from Osaka University, Japan in 1991. He has been a Professor in the Department of Systems Innovation at the Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University since 2009 and Group Leader of the Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and ATR fellow since 2011. His research interests include sensor networks, interactive robotics, and android science.
Hideo Iwasaki is the director of MetaPhorest, and Associate Professor, Lab Molecular Cell Network &Biomedia/Biological Art, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Oron Catts is The Director of SymbioticA – The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology ,The University of Western Australia.
Ramzi is the co-founder of Visualizing Palestine, an independent social venture creating community-empowering visual tools that describe a factual, rights-based narrative for social justice; and Thaber, a technology startup building products that revolve around behavioral economics. An engineer by training, Ramzi’s also served as key organizer and curator of TEDxRamallah, an independently organized TED event, showcasing inspirational stories of Palestine. In 2012, he was selected as one of four Social Entrepeneurship fellows at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
Joumana is co-founder of Visualizing Palestine, an independent social venture creating community-empowering visual tools that describe a factual, rights-based narrative for social justice. Her work revolves around ‘social maturity’. With a background in architecture and business, she works with multidisciplinary teams on projects aiming to increase social awareness using creative communication, particularly on Palestine. She co-curated TEDxRamallah in Lebanon and is co-founder of Febrik, a Lebanon based non-profit organization concerned with social practices and urban space particularly within the context of Palestinian refugee camps.
Charlotte Jarvis (UK) is an artist and filmmaker who collaborates with scientists. For the past four years Charlotte has also been collaborating with photographer and writer James Read on a series of pop-up restaurants. Charlotte has just completed a year as artist in residence at the Netherlands Proteomics Centre, during which time she created the project Blighted by Kenning in which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was encoded into DNA and used to ‘contaminate’ apples – a realization of ‘forbidden fruit’. The piece was exhibited at The Big Shed in the UK and is due to move to Amsterdam and The Hague in November.
Werner Jauk (AT), born 1953. Musicologist/psychologist and scientific media-artist. Professor of Musicology at the University of Graz (KFU), Austria, working on “music + media/art” with the focus on music as a role model for media arts. Studies in perception, cybernetics and experimental aesthetics led him to try and bridge a gap between science and arts. He has published many scientific papers, exhibited installations as a scientific artist at international festivals such as Ars Electronica, Cynetart, liquid music, Biennale di Venezia.
Joreg was born in 1978 and is the co-founder of vvvv.org and core developer of the multipurpose toolkit vvvv. In adddition, he teaches, works for money and is primarily concerned with the integration of sound, image and computer code.
Jaak Kaevats (born 1988 in Tallinn) is a MA candidate in the Interface Cultures Lab at University of Art and Design in Linz. He works collaboratively across disciplines researching the implications and possible applications of emerging technologies and developing interfaces in the intersection of technology, society and human condition.
Dmitry & Elena Kawarga (RU) are two of the very few Russians artists who specialize in high-tech arts. The most significant recent works are based on science-art synthesis and created with scientists and engineers. Installations and objects imply a biological feedback; they respond to the touch, rhythm of human blood flow, voice, breathing and state of mind.
Oliver Kellow (1989) lived and studied in Australia, where he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Curtin University of Technology focussing on Sculpture, Performance and Virtual-Environments. In 2011 Oliver decided to further develop his skills at the Interface Cultures department in Linz, Austria where he is now studying for his Masters Degree.
Hernán Kerlleñevich (AR) is a sound artist, electro-acoustic composer and musician. His production includes electro-acoustic works, installations and multi-channel sound interventions, audio postproduction and music for media. He
designs interfaces and programs environments for real-time music creation. He is a professor of computer music and sound design and teaches at UNQ, FUC and UNTREF. Mene savasta alsina (AR) is a sound artist, musician and art historian whose
research and production is in the field of sound art, performing and doing installations. As a composer and performer she participates of musical projects such as Operadora, El Tronador and Música Destructiva. She is a founding member of the art collective Marder. She teaches the history of visual arts at several universities.
Friedrich Kirschner is a filmmaker, visual artist and software developer. He re-purposes computer games and realtime animation technology to create animated narratives and interactive performances. His work has been shown at various international animation festivals and exhibitions, including the Laboral Gameworld exhibit in Gijon, the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Ottawa international Animation festival and the Seoul Media Art Biennale. He is currently Professor for digital media in Puppetry at the University for performing arts “Ernst-Busch” in Berlin.
Kompromissloser und provokanter Wahnsinn zeichnet Lukas König (der Bass und Schlagzeug gleichzeitig spielt) und den DJ-MC-Klarinettisten-Gitarristen-Sänger-Elektroniker Leo Riegler als Duo Koenigleopold seit 2011 aus. Als einer der kontroversiellsten Acts der gegenwärtigen Musikszene verstehen sie es, ihr Publikum innerhalb von Sekunden zum Lachen und gleich darauf zum Fremdschämen zu bringen.
Andreas Koller is an interaction designer interested in developing content-driven and human-centered design solutions.
Dominik Koller (born in 1995) is currently attending the seventh form at the BORG, a college preparatory school in Mittersill, Salzburg. He spent two semesters abroad, one in Canada and one in Spain. In winter he enjoys freeride skiing and snowboarding; in summer his hobbies include the trampoline and mountain biking. In his free time he focuses on the computer and is especially interested in media design and computer science. He has been playing the drums for seven years now. Thus his project Visual:Drumset is directly related to many of his interests.
Veronika Krenn is an interaction designer from Austria with a wide range of interest in interaction design, physical computing and handcrafts. Worked mostly as Interaction Designer with qualifications in Interface, Graphic, Application, Motion and Orientation System Design. Graduated in 2006 “die Graphische” in Vienna for Photography and Video, A-level vocational high school. She was studying Information Design with focus on Media and Interaction Design in 2011 at the University of Applied Science FH JOANNEUM in Graz. Moved to Linz to study in the Interface Cultures master program.
Michael Madsen (DK), born 1971, is a film director and conceptual artist. He studied Dramaturgy and Art History at the universities of Aarhus and Copenhagen. Madsen has directed several documentaries including Celestial Night – A Film on Visibility (2003) and the prizewinning work To Damascus – A Film on Interpretation (2005). Into Eternity is a feature documentary film directed by Michael Madsen, released in 2010. It follows the digging and pre-implementation of the Onkalo nuclear waste repository on the island of Olkiluoto, Finland.
Timo Maier (DE) studied German literature, philosophy and history at RWTH Aachen University. He’s interested in combining insights from the field of cultural studies with new forms of communication using digital media, whereby he focuses on the question of how interaction and collective processes will be able to reconfigure art, politics and society in the future.
As a collective of four French independent artists, La Mécanique du Plastique produce curious, short animated films mixing various techniques. After graduating in fine art ancient Greek, computer science and computer graphics, our professional activities consist in programming, painting, music and digital art.
Nina Mengin started her master studies at the Interface Culture department in Linz after she finished her bachelor in Space&Designstrategies. By adding interactive parts to her artistic installations she provides the recipient a new possibility to explore her art.
David and Christopher Mikkelsen founded Refugees United in 2008. The two brothers and social entrepreneurs realized that existing family tracing programs were lacking in the use of collaborative technology and set out to change this state of things in order to help the thousands of separated refugee families around the world.
Dr. Dharmendra Modha is the founder of IBM’s Cognitive Computing group at IBM Research – Almaden and the principal investigator for DARPA SyNAPSE team globally. Dr. Modha leads a global team across neuroscience, nanoscience and supercomputing to build a computing system that emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action, and cognition – all while consuming many orders of magnitudes less power and space than today’s computers.
Andy Müller-Maguhn (DE) has been an active member of the CHAOS Computer Club since 1986. In this capacity, he investigates the interplay among new technologies and their effects on social welfare, culture, the economy and politics. He founded the DATA TRAVEL AGENCY in Berlin, where he conducts research on security issues, surveillance technologies and their psychological implications. Since 2012, he has been director of the Wau Holland Foundation that works on behalf of freedom of information and the right to privacy.
Leila Nachawati (ES) is a Spanish-Syrian blogger, communications strategist and human rights activist. In 2012, she was a juror in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Digital Communities category.
Maki Namekawa (JP), pianist, is equally at home in the classical and contemporary repertoire. She performs regularly at international venues such as Suntory Hall Tokyo, Ruhr Piano Festival, Musik-Biennale Berlin, Festival Eclat in Stuttgart, ZKM Karlsruhe and Rheingau Music Festival and records frequently for the major German radio networks. Recent engagements include Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, Münchner Philharmoniker, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Dresdener Philharmonie, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and Bruckner Orchester Linz. In 2012 she performed Arvo Pärt’s “Lamentate” at Carnegie Hall New York and Igor Strawinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Since 2005, Maki Namekawa and Dennis Russell Davies have been performing together as a piano duo in Europe and the US.
Reinhard Nestelbacher (AT) is a molecular biologist, science communicator and bioartist. He has produced numerous projects at the nexus of art and science designed to reach general audiences: Spermrace (2000); GFPixel (2001); exhibitions at Ars Electronica, Max Planck Forum, ARCO Madrid, Donumenta and Roche; Hidden Scientific Bodies (2003 & on permanent display); the cabaret Mr. Gene (2004); involved in the setup of the Ars Electronica Center’s Biolab; Cellpainting (2011); Eyecatcher (2013). www.nestelbacher.com
Die Aufwärmrunde der Nightline übernimmt NoisyBoy a.k.a. Selecta Ufuk mit einem seiner erfrischenden Sets, die sich als Crossover-Mixes durch Subgenres wie Moombahton und Trap & Tropical bewegen.
Training initially in the classical Indian dance styles of Kathak and Bharat Natyam in India and the UK, Aakash Odedra (UK) is one of the hottest rising stars of British Dance. Lewis Major (AU) is an Australian dancer, choreographer and teacher currently based somewhere between London, Leicester and Amsterdam.
Hideaki Ogawa (JP) is an artist, curator and researcher in the field of art, technology and society. He is a representative and artistic director of the media artist group “h.o” www.howeb.org. Currently he also works in the Ars Electronica Futurelab and has realized many projects for research, festivals and the AEC.
Roberto Paci Dalò (IT), a musician, film & theatre director and visual artist who presents his work worldwide in museums, theatres, radio, and the public space. A pioneer in the use of Internet and telecommunication systems in art, he is the artistic director of the Giardini Pensili group. His work has won him international admiration from, among others, John Cage and Aleksandr Sokurov. robertopacidalo.com
Born in Bulgaria, received MA at the National Art Acadamy Sofia and at the Art University Linz. He works in the fields of sculpture, interactive Installation, animation. His films were shown at festivals like Crossing Europe Linz, VIDEOHOLICA International Video Art Festival Varna, Video Art Festival Miden Kalamata. He participated in Art symposiums with sculptures and installations in Austria, Germany and Slovenia.
Marie Polakova is a wanderer, who once in a while settles down in order to study or to create some artwork. Currently she resides in Austria where she is in pursuit of her Masters Degree in Interface Cultures at the Art & Design University Linz.
Benjamin Pollach (DE) is an art director based in Berlin. His passion for maps started at an early age. Instead of reading children’s books, he was attracted to world atlases. Years later, while hanging out with friends in a bar, someone asked who’s able to draw the world map from memory. After discovering the maps again a few years later, and still fascinated by the results, Benjamin Pollach decided to create the World Map Archive; he asked friends, and friends of friends, all over the globe to draw a map of the world and contribute to his collection. www.worldmaparchive.com
Paul Prudence is an artist and real-time visual performer using generative and computational methods to create audio responsive visual systems.
Regarded for his enigmatic video installations, Quayola creates hybrid spaces of animated painting and sculpture. Engaging a practice of audiovisual performance, drawing, photography and software programming, he explores a fine boundary between the real and the artificial. Special institutional commissions of Quayola’s work have allowed him exceptionally rare access to the art and architecture of churches, theaters and museums in Europe, such as Notre Dame and the Vatican. In his work, original masterpieces and collections become raw canvas, as Quayola anchors a video-based exploration in a conversation about archives, collage, intellectual property and the appreciation of an object.
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga (AR) holds a research chair and is the director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience and the head of the Bioengineering Research Group at the University of Leicester. He graduated in Physics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Luebeck, Germany. In 2010, he obtained the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. His main research interest is on the study of the principles of visual perception and memory. He discovered what has been named “Concept cells” or “Jennifer Aniston neurons”—neurons in the human brain that play a key role in memory formation— a finding that was selected as one of the top 100 scientific stories of 2005 by Discover Magazine. His work has been published in about 100 research articles and has received worldwide media attention, including articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Scientific American, Daily Mail, New Scientist, the Independent, etc. He is the author of the book Borges and memory, linking the thoughts of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges with memory research in Neuroscience.
Yoav Reches is a graduate of the M.A. Design Products course in the Royal College of Art, London (2010), followed by a residency at the MIT Media Lab as a visiting researcher in the Fluid Interfaces group. He received a B.A in Industrial Design from of the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2003) and was a member of the performance group Zik since 1995. He also taught at Shenkar College of Design, Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design and the School of Visual Theatre. He also collaborated as a product design consultant with several companies among them Samsung Electronics and IDEO. Yoav’s work has been widely exhibited internationally in venues such as Milan Furniture Fail, London Design Week, Sotheby’s London, Volker Diehl Gallery, Berlin, La Manufacture National de Sèvres Gallery Paris, Third Biennale for Ceramics Tel Aviv and Design Museum Holon.
Daniel Reetz (US) is an artist, a camera hacker, and an engineer. He is best known as the founder of the DIY Book Scanner community, a group of thousands who develop Open Source Hardware and Software, exploiting cheap cameras and modern tools to scan books quickly, especially in places where traditional scanning is unaffordable, impossible, or inappropriate.
Joost Rekveld (1970) has been making abstract films and light installations since 1991, originally starting out from the idea of a visual music for the eye. He has been making most of his animated films with optical and mechanical setups, using the computer as a controller and composition machine in order to orchestrate the precise movements of optical components. His installation making grew out of the tools he developed to make his films, often inspired by the lesser frequented by-ways in the history of science and technology. His work so far has dealt with various forms of scanning, or with concepts related to the early history of optics and perspective. His interest in the spatial aspects of light triggered a shift away from the screen, towards more architectural and theatrical forms of work. At the moment he is becoming increasingly implicated in activities that resemble cybernetics, artificial life and robotic architecture.
His films have been shown worldwide in a broad range of festivals and venues for experimental, animated or otherwise short films. He has collaborated on many theatre projects, often with dance group Emio Greco | PC or music theatre ensemble De Veenfabriek. He has been putting together many programmes about the history of abstract animation and light art, culminating in the 9th edition of Sonic Acts: Sonic Light 2003. In 2004 he curated ‘4D in the Filmmuseum’ a large exhibition, series of screenings and lectures for the Dutch Filmmuseum. Since 2008 he is the head of the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy in The Hague.
Tobias Revell is an artist, designer and educator from London. As an artist, he exhibits worldwide, most recently at Milan Design Salone and Z33 in Belgium. As a designer he’s an associate with design-futures studio Superflux and works with ARUP’s Foresight + Innovation team. He teaches Design for Interaction and Moving Image at University of The Arts London and guests on numerous other programs. His work looks at world building to construct alternate scenarios and amplify weak signals in the systems and ideologies that govern the technological world.
Helga Rohra (DE) was born in 1953. Originally an interpreter specializing in the natural sciences and medicine, she went on to train herself in the field of dementia. In 2007, she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. In 2010, she became a member of the board of the Munich Alzheimer Society. Since 2010, she has been the patroness of the Dementia Center of the City of Erlangen. In 2011, Helga Rohra published her bestseller entitled Aus dem Schatten treten. Warum ich mich für unsere Rechte als Demenzbetroffene einsetze (Stepping out of the Shadows. Why I am a lobbyist for the rights of Dementia sufferers). Since 2011, she has also been a member of the scientific advisory committee of Alzheimer Ethik and, since 2012, a member of the board of AE (Alzheimer Europa) /Luxembourg as well as 1st Chairperson of the EU Working Group of People with Dementia.
STATION ROSE (AT) was founded in 1988 by artist Elisa Rose and composer Gary Danner, pioneers of digital culture in Vienna. 1987: diploma from Vienna University of Applied Arts; since 1988: Gunafa Clubbing; 1988-89: Cairo; 1991-2011: STR in Frankfurt; 1995: Prix Ars Electronica; 1996: Sony Music; since 1996: Social Web; since 1999: webcasting; 2002-04: professorship at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences; 2002-06: “Best of Webcasting” TV, ARD; 2008: 20 Digital Years; performances and exhibitions worldwide; since 2011: back in Vienna & in MQ; 2012: recipient of the Art Recognition Prize of the City of Linz. stationrose.com
Phil Ross (US) is an artist, educator and inventor whose creative work is focused on the relationships between human beings, technology and the greater living environment. From 2001—2008 Philip was a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2008 Philip joined the University of San Francisco’s Department of Art and Architecture as an assistant professor. Philip has been a vital contributor to the emerging Bay Area maker culture of open scientific practice and informal science education through the numerous classes, workshops and lectures that he has offered on DIY biology over the past ten years. Phil received his BFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991, and an MFA
from Stanford University in 2000.
Daniel Rozin (US) creates interactive installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence of a viewer. His best-known works respond in real time and recreate a live visual representation of the viewer’s likeness, staging the audience as an active and creative part of his art projects. Since the late 1990s, his constructions have also investigated the psychological and optical cues inherent in image building.
Mariano Sardón (AR) is a professor and chair of the Electronic Art Degree at the Universidad Nacional de 3 de Febrero and the academic advisor of the Interactive Art Program at Espacio Fundación Telefónica Argentina. He studied Physics at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires. He was visiting scholar at the University of California Los Angeles. He has had many solo and collective exhibitions. Many of his works belong to museums and private art collections in Argentina and abroad.
Alexander Schellow (DE), is interested in relations of space, perception and action, in an overlapping field of artistic and scientific research practices. Since 1999 he has developed a continuous practice: a process of drawing reconstruction from memory. This serves as the basis for various formats that unfold over long periods of time and that are partly site-specific: drawing series, animations/films, archives, installations, lectures, performances or texts. Most recently he developed an open archive of orientation practices within the context of the fast-growing new areas of Tirana (Albania), reflecting the related local and translocal spatial politics. Alexander Schellow holds a professorship in the Cinema d’animation department at the ERG, Brussels.
Johanna Schmeer is a designer based in London and Berlin, where she works in the fields of speculative design and participatory research related to emerging technologies. She holds a degree in Visual Communication from the University of the Arts Berlin, has worked in design research and interaction design, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Her practice involves the creation of future narratives about the social, ethical, and cultural impact of new technologies on everyday life, described through designed objects and interactions. Another significant part of her work includes planning and running participatory workshops, as an alternative or complementary way to engage an audience in these future scenarios. She has exhibited and given talks at conferences, museums and academic institutions internationally.
Markus Schmidt (AT) is founder of Biofaction, a research, technology assessment, and science communication company in Vienna, Austria. His scientific work focuses on the societal ramifications of new biotechnologies. He also aims to contribute to a better interaction between science and society through public talks, production of scientific documentary films, Science Film Festivals (Bio:fiction) and art-science exhibitions (synth-ethic). www.markusschmidt.eu
gained her doctoral degree in philosophy and German language & literature at the Free University of Berlin in 1973. She worked for 20 years as an editor at publishing houses and as a freelance journalist in Zurich, Cologne, Frankfurt and Berlin. In 1991-92, she was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Since 1998, she has been a lecturer at Humboldt University. Her most important works are: Die Kunst des Gesprächs: Texte zur Geschichte der europäischen Konversationstheorie. München, 1986, Hitlers Gesicht. Eine physiognomische Biographie, München, 2000 and Die Stimme des Bösen. Zur Klanggestalt des 3. Reiches, MERKUR 581 (1997).
Stefan Schraml (AT) was born in 1973 in Vienna and has worked as a Game Producer and User Interface Designer. He is the primary founding member of GameStage, a Linz-based gaming community and presentation platform.
Theresa Schubert (DE) is a post-media artist and researcher in everything concerning the intersection of art, science, and its social impact. In her artistic practice she treats nature’s phenomena not only as inspiration, but as a material and critical process to better understand the complexity of our lives by combining biological matter with digital art. Currently she is a PhD Candidate in media art at the Bauhaus University Weimar.
Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, questioning our place in the physical universe. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships, most recently the ‘Samsung Art + Prize’ 2012 for new media, the ‘Golden Gate Award for New Visions’ at San Francisco International Film Festival USA 2012 and the ‘Art and Science Award’ at Ann Arbor Film Festival USA.
Harald Serafin (geboren 1931) ist österreichischer Kammersänger, Professor und war 20 Jahre Intendant der Seefestspiele Mörbisch.
Die Sick Girls versorgen seit 2004 die Clubs der Welt mit ihrer Synthese von britischem Grime, Dubstep und Bass einerseits sowie Gangsta Rap, B-more und Digi-Dancehall andererseits.
Mariano Sigman (AR) obtained a PhD in neuroscience in New York and then moved to Paris. His research is in perception, decision-making and consciousness. In 2006 he founded the Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Buenos Aires. He has been awarded with the HFSP Career Award, the young investigator prize of the Collège de France, the IBM award and is a scholar of the James S. McDonnell Foundation.
SjQ++ ( JP) is an audiovisual project established in Kyoto in 2012 by Yuta Uozumi (piano / computer), Tadashi Yonago (trombone / computer), Isao Nakagaito (guitar), Shuhei Otani (bass), Wataru Asada (drums) and Ryo Kanda (visual / computer). Originally they started an improvisational music project called SjQ in 2001. The following year their first piece meme? was released by Cubic music Japan. From 2012, the SjQ++ audiovisual project was started with the participation of a visual artist (Ryo Kanda aka. Kezzardrix).
Austrian musician Parov Stelar has taken over the global music scene like a phantom in recent years. Through his music the modest but exceptional talent has not only gained an enormous fan base, but has also achieved cult status as a producer. His retro- influenced music is borne out of an aura of elegance, wickedness and pure energy. inspired by styles and samples from themost varying of genres (soul, pop, jazz and swing) and combined with modern beats and grooves he creates an incomparable and peerless sound. For his live shows Parov Stelar takes to the stage with a host of musical magicians. The performances of the Parov Stelar band are one of the most impressive live conversions of electronic music currently to be seen anywhere in the world. Brass and rhythm sections along with singer Cleo Panther reinvent Parov Stelar’s electro beats, emotionally charging the public in a way never thought possible. At the centre of the show is the creator himself, guiding the musical tour de force from the DJ booth. Despite 100’s of live shows and excessive touring the band still continues to push their own creativity and break the boundaries of musical performance. Each show is uniquely different from the previous, inviting the listener to explore new aspects and emotions within Parov Stelar’s music.
Carl Stone is an American composer, primarily working in the field of live electronic music. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music since 1972. He is a faculty member in the Department of Information Media at Chukyo University in Japan but also lives and works in San Francisco. Gil Kuno is an artist based in Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Born in 1979 in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. Graduated from the Department of Design at Tokyo Zokei University in 2001. An image installation called “Perspective of the Globe Jungle”, utilizing a rotating playground equipment known as “globe jungle”, won the annual first prize at the NHK Digital Stadium. Since exhibiting his work at the Ars Electronica Festival – the media art event in Linz, Austria – has been invited to show his works at many exhibitions and art festivals in Japan and abroad. In 2002, received the Grand Prize at the Philip Morris Art Award for “inter-reflection.” The “Blinking Leaves” released in 2003 at the Spiral Garden is continuing to be shown at art museums and public spaces. In 2009, was in charge of the art direction of the “Digital Public Art in Haneda Airport – Please watch your step” project. His work “Constellation of Departure” received the Good Design Award. A book “Digital Public Art in Haneda Airport” documenting the art project was published in 2010.(Co-authored and published by Bijutsu Shuppan) The “Zipper Ship” shown at the Setouchi Triennale 2010 drew strong attention. In 2011, held solo exhibition at the Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art. A zipper-shaped boat, modeled after his “Zipper Ship” debuted on Lake Hamana, and other projects were also held at the Hamamatsu City Office and in the regional shopping areas. Received the “Artist from Hamamatsu” Award – an award given by Hamamatsu City to promote education and culture. The book “Mabataki to Habataki (Blinking and Fluttering)” containing his first portfolio, was published by Seigensha Art Publishing.
Yuri Suzuki (JP/UK), born 1980, is a sound artist, designer and electronic musician who produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. Between 1999 and 2005 he worked for the Japanese art unit Maywa Denki, where he developed a strong interest in music and technology. In 2005 he moved to London to study at the Royal College of Art. After his graduation in 2008 he opened his own studio in London. Suzuki’s work raises questions of the relation between sound and people and how music and sound affect people’s minds.
Emma de Swaef (BE) studied animation in Brussels and Gent. Since 2005 she has been making animations and documentaries.
Keiko Takahashi is exploring for combining for analog and digital, her childhood memories inspired to create interactive installations and media arts. She is graduated from Kunsthouchshule für Medien, Köln Germany and Oil painting course, Joshibi University of art and design, Japan. Her works have been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums internationally as ISEA2002, the 5th and 10th Japan Media Festival, and Siggraph 2003 and 2007, Ars Electonica Center(2007-2008). Awards include Prix Ars Electronica 2001, Fellowship from the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists, 2007.
That Fucking Sara steht seit Anfang der 1990er an den Turntables, kann auf viele Touren und Festivals zurückblicken und serviert über Hip-Hop hinaus manchmal auch Disco, Old School Electro, Soul und Funk.
Rüdiger Trojok studied Synthetic and Systems Biology at the Universities of Potsdam, Freiburg and DTU Copenhagen and is a member of the open biology enthusiasts network Hackteria. He became involved with biohacking and open biology while following discussion on genetic engineering in the media and tinkering at home with molecular biology equipment and protocols. Biological technology is in a process of radical transformation, fuelled by the possibilities provided by latest computer technology and the internet. Extrapolating the development of factual knowledge and technological means into future and fiction, the only limitation to the scope and impact of this seem the availability of information, understanding and imagination. These thoughts lead to fundamental questions: What is life – a molecular machinery, a world of individual organisms, or both? To what extent should humans use and manipulate living world systems – including ourselves? To what aims should we employ the new skills and insights? How can we guarantee a fair and safe use worldwide? If we democratize the technologies and the oversight of their use to a global community of researchers and other members of the publis we can enable more just, productive and open discussion on the issues. Rüdiger engages in open science as a model for citizen engagement in important policy issues connecting science, arts and politics. In short: biohacking.
1960 in Montalbano (Italien) geboren, aufgewachsen in Hessen; 1982 Studium der Literatur an der Universität »La Sapienza« in Rom; 1984-89 Studium der visuellen Kommunikation an der Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Hamburg; 1989-98 Gründungsmitglied und Direktor des European Media Art Lab, Mitbegründer von xailabs GmbH in Berlin 2006. Künstler und Softwareunternehmer, viele Jahre hauptamtlicher Professor und Dekan der Merz Akademie Stuttgart, Preisträger des Deutschen Medienkunstpreises und deutscher Internetunternehmer der ersten Stunde.
Dieter Vandoren (°1981, Belgium) is a media artist, performer and developer. His work balances on the edge of creative arts and scientific research & development. Drawing from his diverse backgrounds in music, informatics and interactive architecture, he is currently occupied with the development and performance of spatial, immersive audiovisual instruments with a strong focus on the embodied aspect of performance. He is a guest tutor and researcher at the Hyperbody and StudioLab groups at the Delft University of Technology (faculties of architecture and industrial design, respectively) and directs cultural centre De Fabriek Rotterdam. He previously worked as developer and researcher at design office ONL[Oosterhuis_Lenard] and research group Hyperbody, both led by prof. Kas Oosterhuis. He holds a master degree in ArtScience (Royal Academy of Art The Hague) and bachelor in Digital Communication (University of Applied Sciences Utrecht). His solo works have been featured at TodaysArt, STRP, Glow Eindhoven, STEIM, NIMk and others. Dieter currently resides in Rotterdam, NL.
Koen Vanmechelen (BE), born 1965, is an internationally renowned, conceptual artist. His groundbreaking work deals with diversity and identity. Over the past decade Vanmechelen has collaborated with scientists from different disciplines. This earned him an honorary doctorate at the University of Hasselt. Vanmechelen uses a plethora of artistic tools for his work—from painting and video to installations, sculpture and glass—which includes three projects. These are: the Cosmopolitan Chicken
Research Project (CCP), the wooden statue Cosmogolem and the fertility project Walking Egg. Vanmechelen has presented his work on almost all continents. His work was also shown at the Biennales of Venice, Moscow, Dakar and Poznan and at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
Paul Vanouse (US) has been working in emerging media forms since 1990. Interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism guide his art practice. His electronic cinema, biological experiments and interactive installations have been exhibited in over 20 countries. For the past decade, Vanouse has been engaged with forcing the arcane codes of scientific communication into a broader cultural language. Vanouse is a professor of visual studies at the University at Buffalo, NY. He holds a BFA from the University at Buffalo (1990) and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University (1996).
Eyal Vexler (IL) is a producer and curator of cultural art events and exhibitions, who initiates, organizes and produces a variety of events such as art exhibitions (institutional and independent), mass cultural events, music shows, video art, movies and fashion line productions.
Arno Villringer studierte Medizin in Freiburg und promovierte zu einem molekularbiologischen Thema im Jahre 1984. Es folgten eine Post-Doc Zeit am Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School sowie die Ausbildung zum Neurologen an der LMU München; 1992 Facharzt für Neurologie; 1994 Habilitation. Von 1992-2003 Oberarzt an der Charité, Seit 1996 Professor für Neurologie an der Charité, Berlin. 2004-2007 Leiter der Neurologischen Klinik am Campus Benjamin Franklin der Charité. Seit 1998 Koordinator des bundesdeutschen Kompetenznetz Schlaganfall. Seit 2007 Direktor am MPI für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften und Direktor der Klinik für Kognitive Neurologie, Universität Leipzig. Seit 2006 Sprecher der ‘Berlin School of Mind and Brain‘ an der HU-Berlin (gegründet durch die Deutsche Exzellenzinitiative).
Wissenschaftlicher Schwerpunkt: Kognition und Plastizität des Gehirns, insbesondere im Kontext von Schlaganfall und Demenz
Ei Wada (JP), born in 1987, is a musician and an artist. Ei Wada adapts old-fashioned electronic machines, converting them into computer-controlled devices. He puts on performances with these machines, as well as creating musical work and installations for exhibitions. In 2009, he started the group Open Reel Ensemble, which manipulates and plays reel-to-reel tape recorders. The group is involved in a wide range of activities including concert performances, DVD/CD and book publishing, art installations and providing music for movies and catwalk shows. Recently it has begun an ambitious orchestral project using 20 reel-to-reel tape recorders. Wada also works for the Braun Tube Jazz Band project, which plays CRT monitors as instruments and has performed in various locations around the world.
Wanda & Nova deViator entziehen sich mit zeitgenössischer elektronischer Musik in voller klanglicher Vielfalt jeder Genrezuordnung, auch wenn ihre Wurzeln im britischen Sound unüberhörbar sind.
Wheras beats took the centre stage in the past works of Linz resident Washer, his newer stuff is affected by a more abstract mood and field recordings. His music could be described as an arrangement of delicate small gestures creating a big reverberating atmosphere, which opens out into a rewarding and intense listening experience.
Karin Wehn is a media scholar and curator for film studies and digital media. She holds a PhD in media studies. She has worked as a researcher and assistant professor at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, the University of Leipzig, the University of Fine Arts in Berlin & the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Her main research areas are animation, digital media and media theory. She is a member of the editorial board of “Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal”, Sage and a board member of the German Institute for Animated Film. She has been a jury member at the Shortfilmfestival Dresden, Vienna Independent Shorts, the Shortfilmfestival Hamburg and the International Animation festival Fantoche, Baden, Switzerland.
Virgil Widrich was born in Salzburg in 1967 and has worked on numerous film and multimedia productions in addition to substantial work in the field of exhibition design. His short films “Copy Shop” and “Fast Film” have garnered more than 70 international awards including an Oscar nomination. In 2001, he co-founded the media agency checkpointmedia AG, which has completed over 400 projects for multimedia productions, museums, interactive and traditional exhibitions, websites and many other contexts. He was professor for digital art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna from 2007 until 2010 and is now the director of the graduate program “Art & Science”.
Benjamin Wiederkehr is an interaction designer with a focus on data visualization and interface design. He is founding partner and managing director of Interactive Things, an user experience design and data visualization studio he established in 2010 together with Christian Siegrist and Jeremy Stucki. The Zurich based team designs and implements interactive products and information visualizations for national and international clients including the UNDP, UNESCO, WEF, Mozilla and National Geographic. Benjamin is furthermore part of the Open Government Data task force in Switzerland (Opendata.ch) and helps to facilitate an open access to government data for everyone. On Datavisualization.ch, Benjamin provides insight into his research and working process as well as he documents topical use cases in the field of data visualization. His work and research interests center around persuasive technology, information and knowledge visualization and cartography.
Huang Yi (TW) is a choreographer, experimenter, and an inventor. He makes dances through different lens and media, and is actively engaged in video, photography, and installation arts. A two-time winner of the Taipei Digital Art Performance Award, he is known for the mix of rich images and delicate body. Since his 2006 short film Costume, Dance with Visual Effect, Huang Yi ventures into dance videography and continuously quests for new technological expressions for dance.