Participants

Christian Ulrik Andersen is Associate Professor and chair of Digital Aesthetics Research Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark. He researches within digital aesthetics, software cities and computer games. Together with Søren Pold he recently edited the book “Interface Criticism – aesthetics beyond the buttons” (2011). He is also a researcher at the Centre for Digital Urban Living, Aarhus University.

Cesar Baio is a researcher and artist, Cesar Baio has a background in electronics, art and audiovisual. He has developed his master’s and PhD’s research at the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP) with a research internship at the Vilém Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK). He address theoretical issues related to the technical image and dispositifs of mediation in art. These issues have been elaborated also poetically in interactive installations, urban interventions and video.

Tatiana Bazzichelli is a researcher, networker and curator, working in the field of hacktivism and net culture. She is a PhD researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark and a board member of the Digital Aesthetics Research Center of Aarhus. She is part of the team of transmediale, the festival for art and digital culture Berlin, where she develops the “reSource for transmedial culture”, an ongoing distributed project of networking and research within the transmediale festival. At Aarhus University she has been doing research on the intersections between art, hacker culture and network economy, focusing on disruptive art practices in the business of social networking.

Claudia Becker – After studying cultural sciences and aesthetics at the Universtity of Hildesheim, Claudia Becker graduated with a diploma thesis about the complex of problems of photographic (re-) presentation (2007), analyzing the epistemic power of the invention of technical images in reference to human perception of reality. During her research at the ZKM | Institut for Visual Media (2007-2009) she has taken part in the creative and scientific development of several media projects. Attending the post – graduate program at the University of Arts in Berlin she is doing a PhD advancing Flusser’s Philosophy of Photography. As the Scientific Supervisor of the _Vilém_Flusser_Archiv she is co-editor of the International Flusser lectures.

Thomas Bjørnsten is a PhD fellow at the section for Aesthetics and Culture, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University. He has a background in Art History, Aesthetics, Cultural Theory and Literary History. Besides working on his current dissertation project he is a regular contributor to various journals, writing primarily about experimental music, sound art, and literature. He is also editorial assistant of The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics.

Zach Blas is an Artist-theorist working at the intersections of networked media, queerness, and the political. He is a PhD student in Literature, Information Science + Information Studies, Visual Studies, Women’s Studies at Duke University, a contributing editor for the online journal Version, a founding member of The Public School Durham, and a Representative for The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Zach holds a MFA, Design | Media Arts, UCLA; and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Art and Technologies Studies, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Morten Breinbjerg is Associate professor with a PhD in computer music aesthetics. He works at the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University. His research is in the field of digital music, software studies, digital aesthetics and digital culture.

Alberto de Campo is an artist, musician, and composer, working within many different contexts. After studying composition, jazz guitar, and elecronic music/computer music in Austria and the US he has been working as researcher and professor in various insitutions in Austria, Germany, and the US. Currently de Campo is professor for generative art at the Universität der Künste Berlin. His interests lie in the areas of algorythmic art, just-in-time programming, practices of improvisation, sonification of scientific data, and self-regulating systems; most recently he has pulished some chapters in The SuperCollider Book (MIT Press, 2011), regarding these topics.

Geoff Cox is currently a Researcher in Digital Aesthetics at Aarhus University (DK). He is also an occasional artist, writer, and Associate Curator of Online Projects, Arnolfini, Bristol (UK), Adjunct faculty Transart Institute (DE/US), and Reader in Art and Technology, University of Plymouth (UK). His research interests lie in the areas of software studies, network culture and a reappraisal of the concept of the ‘public’. He is working on a book entitled ‘Speaking Code’ (2012).

Jacob Gaboury is a Doctoral student in the department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University and a staff writer for the art and technology organization Rhizome.org at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. His work is concerned with the failure of technological systems and the excluded or precarious objects of network culture.

Kristoffer Gansing is the artistic director of the transmediale festival in Berlin. In his PhD project, Transversal Media Practices, at the K3, School of Arts & Communication in Malmö, he investigates the articulation of old and new media forms in contemporary cultural production and network culture.

Gabriel Menotti Gonring is an Independent critic/curator engaged with different forms of cinema. Currently a PhD candidate in Media & Communications at Goldsmiths College and PUC-SP. Has previously organized pirate screenings, remix film festivals, videogame championships, porn screenplay workshops, installations with film projectors, generative art exhibitions and academic seminars. Recently participated of the 16th ISEA; 29th São Paulo Art Biennial; and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, among other events.

Baruch Gottlieb is a Canadian artist and researcher living in Berlin. Trained as a filmmaker, his work theoretically, speculatively and practically explores ground principles of the materiality of digital media, the materiality with which all digital media may be made,. taking many diverse and convergent forms, such as: permanent and ephemeral public installations, stage and public performance, writing and video

Ioana Jucan is a Doctoral student in the Theatre and Performance Studies program at Brown. My endeavors thus far have materialized in research projects at the intersection of performance, media studies and philosophy, presentations at international conferences, publications in anthologies and literary journals. I am also an interdisciplinary performance artist interested in combining traditional and experimental (especially new media-related) artistic methods in my exploration of performance as a site for the creation and transmission of knowledge and as a story-telling device. I am the co-founder and artistic director of the Listening LabOratory performance group associated with Brown University.

Tero Karppi is a PhD Candidate in Media Studies, University of Turku, Finland. Previously Karppi has worked as a researcher in Game Research Laboratory, University of Tampere, Finland. His forthcoming dissertation discusses the role of disconnection in network culture and it is scheduled to be complete in December 2013. The first article of this project is titled “Digital Suicide and the Biopolitics of Leaving Facebook” and it was published in the issue 20 of Transformations Journal.

Dmytri Kleiner is a software developer working on practical and symbolic projects investigating the political economy of the Internet. He is one of the founders of Telekommunisten, a collective involved in artistic projects that explore the way that communication technologies come with social relations embedded within them, such as deadSwap (2009), and Thimbl (2010). He is author of the Telekommunist Manifesto, published in 2010 by The Institute of Network Culture.

Magnus Lawrie is a graduate student at Edinburgh College of Art and the recipient of the ELMCIP PhD Studentship Award. He is undertaking practice-based research involving Electronic Literature. Since completing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and MFA in Public Art, Magnus has been involved in groups concerned with Free Software and self-organizing practice. This has involved hackspaces and free media labs in Scotland and elsewhere in Europe. Magnus was active in establishing The Chateau Institute of Technology and, more recently, The Electron Club, Glasgow.

Aymeric Mansoux is an Artist. He has initiated projects such as: the ‘make art’ festival, ‘Puredyne’ GNU/Linux and the ‘FLOSS+Art’ book. His latest collaboration is ‘Naked on Pluto’, a Facebook game that explores centralized black box social networks. He currently works as co-supervisor for the Media Design and Communication Master of the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (NL). He is also a PhD student at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London (UK).

Rosa Menkman is a Dutch visualist who focuses on visual artifacts created by accidents in digital media. The visuals she makes are the result of glitches, compressions, feedback and other forms of noise. Although many people perceive these accidents as negative experiences, Rosa emphasizes their positive consequences. By combining both her practical as well as her academic background, she merges her abstract pieces within a grand theory artifacts (a glitch studies). Besides the creation of a formal “Vernacular of File Formats”, within her static work, she also creates (narrative) work in her Acousmatic Videoscapes.

Andrew Murphie is Associate Professor in Media and Communications at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is the Editor of the open access, online journal, the Fibreculture Journal and co-author, with John Potts, of Culture and Technology. He also works with Senselab in Montréal. Recent publications include: ‘Performance as the Distribution of Life: from Aeschylus to Chekhov to VJing via Deleuze and Guattari’, ‘Deleuze, Guattari and Neuroscience’ and, with Lone Bertelsen, ‘Félix Guattari on Affect and the Refrain’. Website: http://www.andrewmurphie.org/

Jussi Parikka is Reader in Media & Design at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and Adjunct Professor in Digital Culture Theory (University of Turku, Finland). His writings have addressed accidents and the dark sides of network culture (Digital Contagions, 2007 and the co-edited volume The Spam Book, 2009), biopolitics of media culture (Insect Media, 2010, the edited digital book Medianatures, 2011, and the co-edited special issue of Fibreculture “Unnatural Ecologies”, 2011) and media archaeology (the co-edited volume Media Archaeology, 2011 and the forthcoming book What is Media Archaeology?, 2012). Website and blog: http://jussiparikka.net

Søren Pold is Associate Professor of digital aesthetics at IMV, University of Aarhus, Denmark, part of Centre for Digital Urban Living and founding member of DARC (Digital Aesthetics Research Center). He has published in Danish and English on digital and media aesthetics – from the 19th c. panorama to the interface, e.g. on electronic literature, net art, software art, creative software, urban interfaces and digital culture. Together with Christian Ulrik Andersen he edited the anthology Interface Criticism – Aesthetics Beyond the Buttons (2011).

Anne Popiel is a PhD candidate in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently researching the dissertation at the Vilém Flusser Archive at the UDK Berlin, while also pursuing translation, illustration, dance performance and tree climbing.

Morten Riis holds a masters degree in electronic music composition from The Royal Academy of Music, and is currently on a joint PhD scholarship between Information and Media Studies at Aarhus University, and The Royal Academy. Besides his academic work he is a very active sound artist having received numerous grants and commissions, released several albums, played numerous concerts and exhibited sound installations in Denmark, England, France, Germany and China.

Lasse Scherffig studied cognitive science and digital media in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. He has worked both in art and science contexts, publishing on Cybernetics, interaction, location and satellites and showing collaborative art projects at numerous festivals and venues. He currently works at Lab3, Laboratory for Experimental Computer Science at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM).

Cornelia Sollfrank is an artist and researcher, based at Dundee University, Scotland, College of Art and Design. Her practice can be situated in the context of institutional critique and experimental activist art. Since the mid 1990s her conceptual works involve digital networked technology, writing, performance and video. As a pioneer of Internet art she made a name for herself with her net.art generator, an Internet-based art-producing ‘machine.’ Parallel to her collaborative, infrastructure-building work for self-organisation and publication, she continues the anti-modernist challenges of traditional notions of authorship, authenticity and originality in the digital environment. Her deliberate attacks on the basic principles of aesthetic modernism implied conflicts with its institutional and legal framework have led to her current research project “This is not by me” about art and copyright in which she ‘performs the paradoxes of intellectual property.’ Sollfrank appreciates artists doing research as intrinsically incompatible with the notion of autonomous art.

Mathias Tarasiewicz (aka parasew) co-founded the group 5uper.net and the CODED CULTURES initiative (media arts festival and research platform). Being active as a digital bricoleur / coder, researcher and technology theorist since the last millenium, Matthias is developing experimental media prototypes and creating projects on the intersections of media, arts, technology and science. Recent publications: “Coded Cultures” (Springer, 2011); “Exploring Creative Emergences” (5uper.net, 2009)

Tiziana Terranova is Associate Professor in the Sociology of communication and cultural processes at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, where she is vice-director of the phd programme in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies. She is the author of Network Culture: cultural politics for the information age (2004). She has widely published on the cultural politics of new media in English and Italian. She has recently edited together with Couze Venn a special issue of the journal theory, culture and society on the occasion of the 25th adniversary of Michel Foucault’s death. She is currently working on a book about the Internet and neoliberalism.

Marie Thompson is a AHRC funded PhD candidate at Newcastle University, based in Culture Lab and the International Centre for Musical Studies. She has previously studied at the University of Liverpool, where she undertook her Baccalaureate in Music/Popular Music and Masters in Musicology. Marie is also a musician, interested in noise-based musics, circuit-bending and free improvisation. She regularly performs solo as Tragic Cabaret, in the duo Ghostly Porters, and as part of Newcastle’s audiovisual collective, Kira Kira.

Nina Wenhart is a Media Art historian and independent researcher. She is a PhD candidate at the Interface Cultures Lab at the Art University Linz, Austria and graduated from Prof. Oliver Grau’s Media Art Histories program at the Danube University in Krems, Austria with a Master Thesis on Descriptive Metadata for Media Arts. For many years, she has been working in the field of archiving/documenting Media Art, recently at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media.Art.Research and before as the head of the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s videostudio, where she created their archives and primarily worked with the archival material. She was teaching the Prehystories of New Media Class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and in the Media Art Histories program at the Danube University Krems.

Carolin Wiedemann studied at Sorbonne University Paris and at the University of Hamburg, where she graduated with a master’s degree in journalism and communication, as well as in sociology. She has reported for various media outlets, such as Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin and Der Freitag, is a member of the international Humanity in Action network, and an affiliate researcher of the XMLab at the Academy of Fine Arts Saar. Currently, she teaches as an assistant at Hamburg University while working on her doctoral dissertation.

Siegfried Zielinski Prof. Dr. – Founding Rector of the Academy of Arts and the Media in Cologne; chair for media theory/archaeology and variantology of the media at Berlin University of the Arts; Michel-Foucault-professor for techno-aesthetics and media archaeology at the European Graduate School Saas Fee; director of the Vilém-Flusser-Archiv in Berlin. He published numerous books and essays with focus on theory and archaeology of the arts & the media. Most recent books in English: Deep Time of the Media (2006), and the book series Variantology – On Deep Time Relations between the Arts, Sciences and Technologies, so far 4 volumes (2005-2010). He is member of the Academy of Sciences and the Arts in NRW, the Academy of Arts Berlin and the Magic Lantern Society of Great Britain.