Alex Adriaansens, Director, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media
Alex Adriaansens is one of the founders of V2_, of which he is the general and artistic director. Curiosity in general, and art and science specifically, and how they critique, reflect and shape the realities in which we live in is a leading thread for him.
Adriaansens is a member of the advisory board of the Transmediale festival, Berlin; the Franck Mohr Institute, a masters program in the field of Media Art; international advisory board for the eArts festival in Shanghai; and Theatre in Motion in Beijing. He has been an advisor for different art institutes and art organizations, as well as policy organizations in Netherlands, Spain, Korea, Japan. Taiwan, Germany, Canada, Norway and China, among others. He has been a member of different juries for international art festivals and prize awards including the eArts festival in Shanghai, Ars Electronica (Austria), Transmediale (Germany), Share (Italy), Laboral (Spain), WRO festival (PL), and Nova Luz (Sao Paulo). He is a regular commission member for funding bodies (nationally and internationally) like the Mondriaan Foundation (NL), Flemish Audio Visual Fund (B); Fund for Visual Arts, and Design and Architecture (NL). His (co)curatorial work at V2_ — mostly in collaboration with the V2_ team and guest curators — includes The Body in Ruin (1993), Generated Nature (1994), Digital Territories (1996), The Art of the Accident (1998), Machine Times (2000), Information is Alive (2003), The Art of Open Systems / Feelings are always Local (2004), Interact or Die! (2007), V2_Zone (Taipei, 2007), and Life&Art (2009 – ongoing).
Adriaansens has also served as co-curator of Millennium Dialogue – exhibitions, conferences and workshops – Beijing (Millennium Museum, Tsinghua University, National Art Museum of China and local arts organisations in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008); Metamorf 2010 festival in Trondheim (N); and 3rd I exhibition, official side program World Expo2010 Shanghai.
Prof. Ute Meta Bauer, Director, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (US)
Ute Meta Bauer is an Associate Professor and the Founding Director of the recently inaugurated MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology at the School of Architecture and Planning, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge/USA where she served as Director of the MIT Visual Arts Program from 2005 – 2009. From 1996 to 2006, she held an appointment at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as a Professor of Theory and Practice of Contemporary Art. Educated as an artist for more than two decades Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She was a Co-curator of Documenta11 (2001-2002) in the team of Okwui Enwezor, has been the Artistic Director of the 3rd berlin biennial for contemporary art (2004) and in 2005 curated the Mobile_Transborder Archive for InSite05, Tijuana (MEX)/San Diego (USA). Furthermore Bauer has been the Founding Director of the Office For Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and was the editor of numerous publications in the field of contemporary art, including: “What’s left…What remains? SITAC VI” (Mexico City 2009), “Education, Information, Entertainment. New Approaches in Higher Artistic Education” (Vienna, 2001) META 1 – 4 (Stuttgart, 1992-94), case(Barcelona, 2001; Porto, 2002) and Verksted # 1- 6 (Oslo, 2003-2006). Bauer is an advisor for a number of cultural institutions such as the MIT List Visual Arts Center, is a member of the administrative board of nbk – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein/Germany and serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Germany and LABoral Center for the Arts and Industrial Creation in Gijon, Spain. Her guilty pleasure is the collaboration with apparatjik, a collective project she joins as artistic director on special occasions.
Oron Catts, Director, SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts School of Anatomy and Human Biology, UWA (AU)
Oron Catts is an artist, researcher and curator whose work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project (which he founded in 1996) is part of the NY MoMA design collection and has been exhibited and presented internationally. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, an artistic research laboratory housed within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Under Catts’s leadership, SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. In 2009 Catts was recognised by Thames & Hudson’s 60 Innovators Shaping our Creative Future book as one of five in the category “Beyond Design,” and by Icon Magazine (UK) as one of the top 20 Designers “making the future and transforming the way we work.”
Catts was a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and a visiting Scholar at the Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University. He is also Visiting Professor of Design Interaction, Royal College of Arts, London.
Prof. Christopher Csikszentmihályi, Director, Computing Culture, MIT Media Lab, Director, MIT Center for Future Civic Media (US)
Christopher Csikszentmihályi cofounded and directs the MIT Center for Future Civic Media (C4), dedicated to developing technologies that strengthen communities. He also founded the MIT Media Lab’s Computing Culture group, which works to create unique media technologies for cultural and political applications. Trained as an artist, he has worked at the intersection of new technologies, media, and the arts for 16 years, lecturing, showing new media work, and presenting installations on five continents and one subcontinent. He was a 2005 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2007–2008 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and has taught at the University of California at San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at Turku University.
Boris Debackere, Director, V2_Lab (NL / BE)
Boris Debackere (Belgium) is an artist, lab manager at V2_Institute for the Unstable Media and staff at the postgraduate program Transmedia, Brussels. As a media artist with an emphasis on electronic sound and image, most of his recent work and research is focused on translations and transformations of the cinema concept into new formats like Live Cinema and audiovisual installations. His work includes ‘vortices’ (2006) and ‘Probe’ (2008), reactive installations dealing with the relationship between the viewer and the screen. He collaborated with Brecht Debackere on the Live Cinema performance ‘rotor’ (2005), and ‘Vector’ (2010). In 2008 he initiated the research project ‘The cinematic experience’ (2007) resulting in a series of lectures and a publication. He did sound design for Marnix de Nijs’ installations ‘Run Motherfucker Run’ (2004), ‘Beijing Accelerator’ (2006) and ‘Exploded Views’ (2008) and sound design for Herman Asselberghs’ video pieces ‘a.m./p.m.’ (2004), ‘Proof of life’ (2005), ‘Capsular’ (2006), ‘Futur Antérieur’ (2007 – First Price Transmediale Berlin), ‘Alltogether’ (2008), ‘Black Box’ (2009) and ‘After Empire’ (2010).
Prof. Louis-Philippe Demer, Principle Researcher, IERC (The Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre, NTU (SG)
Louis-Philippe Demers makes large-scale interactive installations, so far realizing more than 300 machines and participating in more than 70 stage productions. His works have been featured at major venues such as Lille 2004, Expo 1992 and 2000, Sonambiente, ISEA, V2, SIGGRAPH and Sonar. His works received four mentions at Ars Electronica, the Distinction of Prix 96, the first prize of Vida 2.0, a mention at Vida 12.0, the prize for Lightforms 98 and six prizes for Devolution in 2006. He was Professor at the HfG/ZKM then he joined the Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Design Fellow, Synthetic Aesthetics, Stanford University & The University of Edinburgh (USA / UK)
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and researcher interested in the future. Ginsberg uses design to explore the social, ethical and cultural implications of emerging and unfamiliar technologies, science and services. She holds an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, a degree in Architecture from Cambridge University and was a Herchel Smith scholar at Harvard University. In 2009, Ginsberg completed a residency at SymbioticA, the art and science collaborative laboratory at the University of Western Australia. Recent projects include The Synthetic Kingdom, a proposal for a new branch of the Tree of Life; E.chromi, a collaboration with James King and Cambridge University’s grand-prize-winning team at the 2009 International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (www.echromi.com) and a science fiction short story for Icon magazine, UK, co-written with SymbioticA’s Oron Catts. Her work is currently exhibited in the Wellcome Trust’s windows in London, curated by Dunne & Raby. Ginsberg is Design Fellow on the international NSF/EPSRC-funded research project, Synthetic Aesthetics (www.syntheticaesthetics.org), at Stanford and Edinburgh Universities, exploring the shared territory between synthetic biology and design.
Prof. Hong Bo, Director, Institute of Neural Engineering, Tsinghua University (CN)
received his B.S. and Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1996 and 2001, respectively. During the year 1999 to 2000, he received research training in psychophysiology in the department of psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was a visiting faculty in the department of biomedical engineering and the center for neural engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. Since 2005, he has been associate professor with the department of Biomedical Engineering and Institute of Neural Engineering, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Neural information decoding and te brain computer interface are his main research interests. He is currently associate editor of IEEE Trans. Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, and reviewer of several leading journals in the field of neural engineering and biomedical engineering, including Journal of Neural Engineering, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience Letters, Neurocomputing, etc.
Horst Hörtner, Director, Future Lab / Ars Electronica Linz (AT)
Horst Hörtner is a media artist and researcher. He is an expert in the design of Human Computer Interaction and holds several patents in this field. Hörtner is a founding member of the Ars Electronica Futurelab in 1996 and since then has directed this atelier/laboratory. He started to work in the field of media art in the 1980s and co-founded the media art group x-space in Graz/Austria in 1990. Hörtner works in the nexus of art and science and lectures at numerous international conferences and universities.
Prof. Jeffrey Huang, Director, Media x Design Lab | EPFL (CH)
Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Huang heads the Media x Design Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where he is a Full Professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Faculty of Computer and Communication Sciences. His research examines the convergence of physical and virtual architecture. Recent projects include “Superstudio,” an investigation of authorship, versioning, and representation issues in digital design platforms; “Organicity,” an exploration of novel, code-driven design methods; and “Cityrank,” an experiment with bottom-up/crowd-sourced rankings. He is also co-founder and principal of Convergeo (www.convergeo.com), an international, strategic design firm, Eversitas (www.eversitas.com), a software development company, and Thinkstudio (www.thinkstudio.com), a Geneva-based think tank of the many. Before establishing the Media x Design Lab at EPFL, Huang was a Professor of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Visiting Faculty at Stanford University, and a Researcher at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. A native of Rome and a Swiss citizen of Chinese origin, Huang received his DiplArch from the ETHZ, and his Masters and Doctoral Degrees from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Gerald McCue medal.
Marnix de Nijs, Media Artist (NL)
Marnix de Nijs is a Rotterdam based artist who explores the dynamic clash between bodies, machines and other media. His works include mainly interactively experienced machines that play with the perception and control of image and sound, but also, radical and humorous pieces such as his bullet proof tent and bullet proof lingerie. De Nijs has presented his works at several national and international media festivals and worked with Time’s Up_org, Edwin van der Heide, Montevideo_lab, V2_lab, ZKM and the Krisztina de Châtel Dance Company. He won prices with his installations in Madrid, Linz, Berlin and Taipei. In 2005 he won the Witteveen & Bos Art and Technology Price for his complete oeuvre.
Prof. Chris Salter, Principle Investigator, Hexagram Montreal (CA)
Chris Salter is an artist, Associate Professor for Computation Arts at Concordia University and researcher at the Hexagram Institute in Montreal. He collaborated with Peter Sellarsand William Forsythe and co-founded the collective Sponge, whose works stretched between artistic production, theoretical reflection and scientific research. Salter’s performances, installations, research and publications have been presented at numerous festivals and conferences around the world, including the Venice Architecture Biennale, Ars Electronica, EMPAC, Exit Festival-MAC Creteil, V2-Rotterdam, Elektra Festival-Montreal, Dance Theater Workshop, Transmediale, Attakkalari India Biennial and many others. He is the author of numerous publications including the recent book Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, 2010).
Roddy Schrock, Program Director, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center (US)
A California transplant, Roddy Schrock joined Eyebeam in December of 2008 bringing experience in arts administration and education with a specialty in digital media. His work in audio software design has been used by award-winning composers. As a sound artist, his live performances, music and installations, have been presented internationally. As an educator he has taught summer workshops on SuperCollider software at STEIM (Netherlands) and De Anza College (California). He received his MFA from Mills College and completed post-graduate work at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. He now oversees the Residency and Fellowship programs at Eyebeam in New York.
Prof. SHI Yuanchun, Director, Pervasive Computing Lab | Tsinghua University (CN)
SHI Yuanchun is a professor of the Department of Computer Science, the director of Institute of Human Computer Interaction & Media Integration of Tsinghua University, and the director of Pervasive Computing Division of Tsinghua National Lab of Information Science and Technology, China. She received her PhD, MS and BS in Computer Science from Tsinghua University. She was a senior visiting scholar at MIT AI lab during 2001-2002. She is an IEEE senior member. Her research interests include pervasive computing, human computer interaction, network multimedia and elearning technology. Shi is the Chairperson of the Technical Committee of Pervasive Computing, China Computer Federation. Shi has been guiding Smart Space, Multimodal Interface, Pervasive Computing and Network Multimedia projects.
Nick Tandavanitj, Founding Member, Blast Theory (UK)
Nick Tandavanitj has worked with Blast Theory since 1994. In this time, Nick has focused on creative approaches to computing; contributing to the group’s unique mix of skills in structuring interactivity and narrative. This has led to particular skills in 3D modelling, technical design & programming for interactive installations and web based artwork.
Nick studied Art & Social Context at Dartington College of Arts from 1990-1993; collaborating for 2 years with Alison Cannon on a number of videos and performances. Following college, Nick became a friend and hanger on of the artists at Jamaica Street Studios in Bristol, occasionally working for Oil Experts and Stoloff & Hopkinson™ as well as working with Bristol based artists Sophie Warren and Charlotte Crewe.
In 2003, Nick became an Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham undertaking a nine month programme of research into artistic, social and gaming applications which use mobile technology. Nick also teaches as part of Blast Theory’s programme of Performance and New Technologies workshops. This work incorporates introductions to a variety of tools from cameras & projection systems, to multimedia software including Adobe Director and to developing concepts & techniques for generating interactivity. Nick has also contributed to a number of academic papers for with the Mixed Reality Lab.
Jose Luis de Vicente, Medialab Prado, Madrid
José Luis de Vicente is a cultural researcher, curator and writer working around the edges of new media, digital creativity and innovation in design and culture. He is the director of the Visualizar program on information visualization at Medialab Prado, Madrid, and one of the founders of zzzinc, a cultural innovation consultancy in Barcelona.
He has previously worked as a curator for new media festivals including Sónar, ArtFutura and OFFF. Recent projects include the exhibitions Arcadia (Laboral, Gijón), Machine and Souls (Reina Sofia, Madrid), and the Atlas of Electromagnetic Space (AV Festival Newcastle-CCCB Barcelona). He teaches, lectures, and writes about new media for different Spanish organizations.
WU Juehui, Artist (CN)