!Mediengruppe Bitnik (read - the not mediengruppe bitnik) live and work in Zurich/London. Using Hacking as an artistic strategy, their works re-contextualise the familiar to allow for new readings of established structures and mechanisms.
Adnan Hadzi is currently working as resident researcher at the University of Malta. Adnan has been a regular at Deckspace Media Lab, for the last decade, a period over which he has developed his research at Goldsmiths, University of London, based on his work with Deptford.TV / Deckspace.TV. It is through Free and Open Source Software and technologies this research has a social impact. Currently Adnan is a participant researcher in the MAZI/CreekNet research collaboration with the boattr project.
Aleš Hieng – Zergon (1984) is a chemical engineer and a musical performery. His improvised live performances are characterized by analog-produced and modulated sounds and noises combined with field recordings, as well the use of personally created electronic sound devices.
André Castro (1983, PT) is a sound artist from Lisbon, currently living in Rotterdam. He studied under the Media Design and Communication MA (Piet Zwart Institute), and the Sonic Arts BA (Middlesex University). His practice involves DIY and exploratory strategies to appropriate found media objects, such as audio-tracks from a colossal online archive, the whispers and silences of radiophonic discourse, or the stories told over spam emails.
Andreas Zingerle is a media artist from Innsbruck, Austria. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Art and Design, Linz (Austria) where he also works as an assistant at the TIME Department. He is researching scambaiting strategies and implements their mechanics in interactive narratives and media competence trainings. In the last years he worked on several installations exploring a creative misuse of technology and alternative ways of Human Computer Interaction.
Anne holds a degree in political science from the Free University of Berlin. She cofounded one of the first interactive media activist websites, Indymedia, in Germany in 2001 and has been involved with media activism and various forms of activist online media ever since. She has worked as a web editor and translator in the past. Since 2007 she has written a blog that covers privacy, surveillance, media, net politics and feminist issues.
Dennis de Bel (1984, The Netherlands) graduated in June 2007 as an Interactive Media designer at the Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam. In June 2009, he completed the Master Media Design and Communication at the Piet Zwart Institute, also in Rotterdam. Currently, he is teaching at the Willem de Kooning Academie, and creating his own (non)works under the Dilly Dally Foundry label.
Dominik Leitner is an artist and curator, most recently organizing "crossing urlaub - das urlaubsfilmfestival" the world's first holiday filmfestival. Working with Architecture, Space and Structures. Making music in various groups, like RISEOFTHELIGER, POSTMAN and the solo project Konus Kalamanda.
Donna Metzlar (Cape Town, 1969) wanted to become a farmer when she was little, but ended up doing a Social Science degree (English and Sociology) at UCT in the 80s and later a nursing degree in Rotterdam. Finally she taught herself some ICT stuff and has worked in the sector for over 12 years. She's co-founder of the Eclectic Tech Carnival and Girl Geek Dinner Amsterdam, and core member of the Genderchangers.
Has studied at the academy of applied art, department of ”visual communication” founded by Peter Weibel. Subsequently he was teaching computer languages, audio-visual productions, electronics and electrical technics at the same academy until 1992. At the technical university of graz he was lecturing at the departure ”institut fuer baukunst” - ”communication theory”.
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Heath Bunting was born a Buddhist in Wood Green, London, UK and is able to make himself laugh. (currently, reduced to only smile)
He is a co-founder of both net.art and sport-art movements and is banned for life from entering the USA for his anti genetic work. His self taught and authentically independent work is direct and uncomplicated and has never been awarded a prize.
He is both Britain's most important practising artist and The World's most famous computer artist. He aspires to be a skillful member of the public and is producing an expert system for identity mutation.
Multimedia artist, and system designer devoted to technology. His background is interdisciplinary, holding degrees in visual and performing arts, software prototyping and computer sience. Unstitutionalized colaborator having fun in various fields of free arts.
James Bridle is a writer, artist, publisher and technologist based in London, UK. His work covers the intersection of literature, culture and the network. He writes for a wide range of media, online and in print, and lectures worldwide.
James writes a regular column in the Observer newspaper (UK) on publishing and technology. As well as his own blog, his writing has appeared in the New Statesman, Frieze, Eye, De Gids, ICON, Domus, Form, Cabinet, TAR, WIRED, the Guardian, the Atlantic and elsewhere.
James Stevens is the founder member of SPC and lives with his family in Deptford
SE London. Whilst directing operations at web boutique Obsolete in 1996
he launched Backspace, the proto cybercafe on Clink Street, London Bridge; a
response to conversations with Heath Bunting on the needs for an
accessible place to explore creative networking and critical media in
public. After fitting it out with artist Tim Cook it was modeled by
digital native Dorian Moore to become a touchstone to a thousand web
Jonathan Kemp has a long history of speculative and situational life coding events elaborated as active makings-in-the-world. Project collaborations (including as ap and xxxxx) include material processing performances, environmental installations, speculative communicative systems, symposia, and social software events executed throughout Europe, Brazil, and the US.
Karlessi is a member of Ippolita Collective, who recently published the book: In the Facebook aquarium: The resistible rise of anarcho-capitalism (http://www.ippolita.net/en/facebook-aquarium). He is also a great writer and thinker of anarchic and libertarian practices.
is an interdisciplinary communication researcher, director of the Institute for New Culture Technologies/ t0, and World-Information Institute (World-Information.Org), a cultural intelligence provider. Co-founder and chairman of Public Netbase (1994 - 2006), he has been active in electronic media as an artist, author, composer as well as curator, producer and organizer. Since 1979, numerous electronic intermedia productions, exhibitions, conferences and event designs for international festivals and cultural institutions as well as a range of interventions in public space.
Larisa Blazic is a lecturer by day and a media artist by night. Born in a country that doesn't exist any more, she pretends to live and work in London and is an avid collector of wasted time. She spends her life studying software and networks, speculating on freedom and openness whilst and at the same time learning about it. In the past, Larisa's work was focused on various forms of intersection between art, internet and architecture never fully settling on a committed direction.
Linda Kronman (MA) is a media artist and designer from Helsinki, Finland. She has worked as an Art Director for media production companies and taken part in several multidisciplinary art and design projects. In her artistic work she is interested in exploring various participatory art&design practices, specially in connection to creative activism. Currently she is completing the postgraduate program in MediaArtHistories at the Danube University Krems, Austria.
Lonneke is a PhD researcher at the University of Amsterdam. Her work focuses on digital surveillance and technologies of activism and more particularly on surveillance awareness devices. She is also an editor of Krisis, journal for contemporary philosophy, and a member of the board of the Dutch Digital Rights organisation Bits of Freedom.
Marc Garrett is co-director and co-founder, with artist Ruth Catlow of the Internet arts online collectives and communities – Furtherfield.org and the physical space Furtherfield Gallery and Furtherfield commons space in London, UK. Co-curating various contemporary Media Arts exhibitions, projects nationally and internationally. Co-editor of Artists Re:Thinking Games with Ruth Catlow and Corrado Morgana 2010. Currently researching a Media Art history PhD at the University of London, Birkbeck College.
Marek is a restless producer of various creative and social interventions that span across various media: radio, television and internet; as well as utilise non technical formats such as workshops, books sprints and endless conversations. Activism, innovation and creativity are the major driving forces in his work as much as the importance of marginalised voices, opinions and world views.
Martino Morandi wrote this bio text on a QWERTY keyboard on a Lenovo laptop on a seat of a Trenord train moving on the italian RFI rails, running on electricity from state-owned hydro-electric power plants on the Alps. He researches the tangle of and our entanglements with these elements and is interested in the politics of our interactions with technology at different scales, from power plants to bio texts.
Mey Lean Kronemann is an artist, hacker and researcher from Berlin.
Her works have been internationally shown and presented both in a scientific context and in the art context (including lab.30, transmediale, Piksel, technarte, DIS, ICRA) and were awarded by Digital Sparks (Honorary Mention for schuechterne lichter), Art of Engineering, and Japan Media Arts Festival (Jury Selection Work for lumiBots).
Mey has studied Interaction Design in Malmö, Sweden, and Product Design in Potsdam, Germany.
deals with sonification and sonorization using an analog synthesizer. As a radio-maker and initiator of various projects, since 1990 he has been involved in the dynamic field of cultural work, art, and civil society processes. As a sociologist at the Johannes Kepler University Linz he focused on the break-up of Yugoslavia in his thesis in 2005. Since 2009 he has been working on a masters degree in political education at the JKU.
Nathaniel Tkacz is assistant professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick and also expert on network politics, Open Source and Free Culture, plusco-founder of the MoneyLab conference
Besides working on projects about social spheres and folly, Niek is actually also into subjects such as cultural division, mediated redundancy and ideological reissuing. He does this by being a bit of an art historian, composer, teacher, conductor, designer, photographer, event planner, animator, film-maker and a lot more at the same time… A true excess of a meta-modernist digital age!
Renfah is an arti(vi)st and researcher working in the field of Cultural Studies/ Critical Theory and Analysis. He received his PhD. in 2011 from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Within the frame of his PhD. project he conducted research in India, Europe and Africa analyzing globalized societies by looking at the
Robertina Šebjanič (1975) is an artist and cultural facilitator. In her art practice she is interested in humanist and natural science in the context of Bio-Art, AV performances and installation's. Her ideas and concepts are often realized in collaboration with other authors, and thus through interdisciplinary and informal integration embodies in her work.
Roel Roscam Abbing is an artist and researcher whose work engages with the issues and cultures surrounding networked computation. He engages with themes such as network infrastructures, the politics of technology and do-it-yourself approaches. He holds a Fine Arts BA from the Willem De Kooning Academy and an MA in Networked Media from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.
Selena Savić is an architect, artist and researcher, interested in the way technology mediates the space we inhabit. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade in 2006. She continued her studies in Media Design, graduating from the Networked Media department at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 2010. Since September 2011 she is a doctoral candidate at the Federal Technical Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL) and the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal (IST), and a grantee of the FCT, Portugal.
Tatiana Bazzichelli is artistic director of the Disruption Network Lab, an ongoing platform of conference events on art, hacktivism and disruption at Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin (www.disruptionlab.org). Former programme curator at transmediale festival in Berlin from 2011 to 2014, she initiated and developed the year-round ‘reSource transmedial culture’ project.
Valie Djordjevic lives and works in Berlin. She is an editor at iRights.info, a website about copyright in the digital age, and a writer and lecturer on digital culture, copyright and art. She studied literature, languages and film studies in Germany and the UK. She is an active participant in various net culture and net art initiatives and projects since the 1990s.
Veronika Krenn is an interaction designer from Austria with a wide range of interest in interaction design and physical computing. Worked mostly as Interaction Designer with qualifications in Interface, Graphic, Motion and Orientation System Design. She was studying Information Design with focus on Media and Interaction Design and moved to Linz to study in the Interface Cultures master program.
Vesela Mihaylova is a media artist and designer currently based in Linz, Austria. She holds a MA degree from Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design in Linz. She has often collaborated with artists of diverse nationalities and her work has been exhibited internationally. Several of her more recent works have an emphasis on food as a medium.
Victor Diaz (ES) is a researcher, artist and educator whose focus is on creating new ways of interactions between computers and people. He is interested in developing novel ways of collaborative interactions in public spaces considering key aspects of time and space within a cultural context. He also creates tools that help to increase the usability of creative technologies.
Best described as a ‘hybrid agent’ or ‘Jill-of-all-trades’
With educations and working experiences in: fine art, new media, data-driven programming, landscape architecture, electoral campaigns and activists campaigns. She is also the co-founder of Poetics of Politics, a symposium program on digital geopolitics. Currently based in the Interface Culture Lab (Linz), she is researching on hybrid, outside political/technological workers in electoral politics.
Wolfgang Spahn is an Austrian-German visual artist based in Berlin. His work includes interactive installations, miniature-slide-paintings and performances of light & sound. His art explores the field of analogue and digital media and focusses on both their contradiction and their correlation. For his creations he explores the abilities of hardware, constantly pushing its limitations in order to make it serve his artistic concept.
Yoana Buzova is an interdisciplinary artist fascinated by public space and short-lived, neglected moments and objects. In her works, she employs tangibility, low-tech, diy methods and found objects/moments. Yoana has a BA in Photography at The National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria and currently studies
under the master programme of Media Design & Communication Department at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.