Contributors 2016

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.

Alessio Chierico is an artist with theoretical background in contemporary art, design theory and media studies. He graduated at Interface Culture department of Kunstuniversität Linz (Austria), was visiting student at IAMAS (Japan). Chierico was previously studying at Academy of Fine Art of Carrara (Italy), NABA of Milan (Italy) and at Academy of Fine Art of Urbino (Italy).

Aneta Stojnić (PhD) is a Belgradeborn theoretician, artist and researcher. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK, Singidunum University, Belgrade). In 2015. she was a postdoc researcher at the Academy of fine arts in Vienna, IBK, PCAP and in 2013-14 she was a postdoctoral research-fellow at Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy Research centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media). Aneta was Artist in residence in Tanzquartier Vienna in 2011, and writer in residence at KulturKontakt Austria in 2012.

Anne Laforet is a researcher, teacher, artist and critic. She has a PhD in information science on the preservation of net art. Her research fields include digital art preservation and documentation, anarchronism, articulations between digital and analog, internet, free software and collaborative artistic practices.

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.

Audrey Samson (CA) is an artist-researcher currently completing a PhD at the School of Creative Media in Hong Kong. Her performative installations explore how memory and technical objects are iteratively reconfigured and entangled in the context of networked data archiving. Her artistic approach, informed by the cultural context of technology, is ethnographical and rooted in software studies. Samson's work has been presented at festivals and galleries throughout the Asia Pacific, Europe, and Canada.

Having grown up on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in western Canada, where a seemingly endless wild gives way to the rapidly expanding influence of human hubris, Byron was compelled to make things that ask unanswerable questions. He pursued a degree in art at The University of Calgary before wandering the islands of the South Pacific, finally finding himself in Buffalo, New York where he obtained an MFA in Emerging Practices at The University at Buffalo. He now teaches Electronic Art, Intermedia and Painting at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

César Escudero Andaluz, is an artist and researcher focused of Human-Computer Interaction, interface criticism, digital culture and its social and political effects. His work spans image-making, sculpture, videogame, installation, networked culture, IoT, robotics, media archaeology. Since 2011 he is researching at the Kunstuniversität Linz in Interface Culture LAB. His artworks have been shown in international electronic-art events, museums, galleries and conferences including ZKM, ARS ELECTRONICA CENTER (at) / ISMAR2015 (jp) / WRO2015 (pl) / TRANSNUMERIQUES (fr) / HANGAR.

Charles Céleste Hutchins was born in San Jose, California in 1976. Growing up in Silicon Valley, he started programming at a young age and has continued to do so, even after leaving dot coms to peruse music composition – obtaining an MA form Wesleyan University in 2005 and a PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2012. His recent work has focussed on gendered labour and AI.

hcv has a background in sociology and some in Vienna. He jobs mostly in the field of political education. Works with works councils. Engaged in social movements. 2011 he had a multimedia handbook published on social movements and social media. The last few years he is researching the precarious situation of employees in the digital age.

Cristina Cochior (RO/NL) is a researcher and designer working in the Netherlands. With an interest in automation practices, disruption of the interface and peer to machine knowledge production, her practice consists of research investigations into technical and bureaucratic knowledge sharing systems.

Daniel's interests cover issues of governance, accountability and ethics in forms of science, technology and organisation. He draw on ideas from ethnomethodology, science and technology studies (in particular forms of radical and reflexive scepticism, constructivism, Actor-Network Theory and the recent STS turn to markets and other forms of organising). His research is ethnographic in orientation. In particular he is interested in the question of how entities (objects, values, relationships, processes and also people) become of the world.

Emilio Vavarella (IT/USA) was born in Monfalcone (Italy) in 1989. He graduated summa cum laude from both the University of Bologna with a B.A. in Visual, Cultural, and Media Studies, and from Iuav University of Venice with an M.A. in Visual Arts and study abroad fellowships at Bezalel Academy of Tel Aviv and Bilgi University of Istanbul. Emilio’s work has been recently shown at: EYEBEAM, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, GLITCH Festival, Media Art Biennale, European Media Art Festival and Japan Media Arts Festival. His work has been published in: ARTFORUM, Flash Art, Leonardo and WIRED.

Evan Light is a longtime researcher and activist working in communications policy, wireless communication, surveillance and privacy. He was recently a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University's Mobile Media Lab in Montreal. As of July 2016, Evan will be an assistant professor of communication at Glendon College, York University in Toronto, Canada. Evan holds a PhD in communication from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Born 1985 in Sindelfingen, Germany. 2006-2011 academic studies of visual art in the time-based and computer-based art class by Ulrich Wegenast at the Free Art Academy Baden-Württemberg. 2011-now working as a media artist freelancer.
Since March 2012 teacher for interactive installations and online media at FKBW. 2013 Workshops in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Felix Stalder teaches digital culture at the Zurich University of the Arts, researches at the World Information Institute in Vienna and a moderates , a critical nexus of the discourse on net culture, since 1995. His work focuses on the intersection of cultural, political and technological dynamics, in particular on new modes of commons-based production, copyright and transformation of subjectivity. He's the author/editor of numerous books, among other "Manuel Castells and the Theory of the Network Society" (Polity Press, 2006) "Deep Search.

FICTILIS is the collaborative practice of Andrea Steves and Timothy Furstnau. We make projects.

Our projects tend to arise out of our relationships — to each other, and to our communities and surroundings — and are intended to both reflect and affect these relationships. We sometimes bring other artists, non-artists, and community groups into our collaborations and create new relationships.

Fieke is a PhD Candidate at the Data Justice Lab of Cardiff University. Where she looks at the impact of data driven decision making on society. Prior, Fieke worked on issues around politics of data, privacy and digital security at Tactical Tech and Hivos. She is interested in understanding the new spaces, gray areas and changing dynamics that technology bring to the world.

Hlödver was born in Reykjavik 1989 and started formal musical training at the age of 16 in Reykjavik College of Music. His main teachers in composition were Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson and then Þórður Magnússon. After graduating from physics department at Menntaskólinn við Sund he entered mathematics department at Háskóli Íslands but soon quit for full time studies in piano playing and music theory. His piano teachers were Marteinn Hunger Friðriksson, Guðríður Sigurðardóttir and Selma Guðmundsdóttir, finishing a college diploma in piano playing is still unfinished.

Ivar Veermäe's (EE/DE) work circles around questions of public space, networks and new technologies. As a result of long-term artistic research by means of photography, film and sound, his works are presented in versatile ways (such as video, on-site installations, interactive works and performances, also in public space). Ivar Veermäe aims to document and analyze the infrastructure underlying our contemporary culture of data and information. His projects show a processual, still evolving and therefore non-finite character that enables further discussions.

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.

Joakim Blattmanns work with sound spans from sculptural installations, standalone sound works, to composition and concerts. He works with sound as a physical and moving material. Acoustic ecology, field recordings and objects inherent acoustic properties are recurrent themes. Blattmann holds a Masters degree from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (NO).

She is a Barcelona / Berlin based artist and researcher. Her work critically explores the way post-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, social profiling and interfaces. She has lectured, performed and exhibited her work in different museums, art centers, universities, festivals and publications around the world.

Joseph Knierzinger is artist and dilettantish engineer. His artistic output is between installation, intervention, wearable instruments and performances. In his work he explores obsolete media and technology, as well as the mechanisation of the non-sense. He studied media and art in Vienna and Rotterdam. Currently he manages his presence in Vienna.

Julian Stadon is an artist, designer, curator, and senior lecturer/researcher at Salzburg University of Applied Science. Stadon is also Director of The Mixed and Augmented Reality Research Organisation, a MASHD Program Chair and Steering Committee member for the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality. Previously, Stadon founded Dorkbot Perth (2009-2013) and lectured at Curtin University, Murdoch University and The SAE/Qantm Institute, Perth.

KairUs is a collective of two artists, Linda Kronman (FI) and Andreas Zingerle (AT). Our work focuses on human computer and computer mediated human-human interaction with a special interest in transmedia and interactive storytelling. Since 2010 we have worked with the theme of Internet fraud and online scams, constantly shifting our focus and therefore approaching the theme from a number of perspectives, such as data security, data privacy, ethics of vigilante communities, narratives of scam e-mails, and technologies in relation to fraud.

Ling works at Tactical Tech in Berlin as a project coordinator on the Politics of Data team, where she organises activities and events, and does project work on Me and My Shadow ( Before joining Tactical Tech, Ling worked as an events organiser in the environmental field, and she has a Bachelor and Masters degree in environmental science.

Malte Steiner is media artist, electronic musician and composer. Started with electronic music and visual arts around 1983, developing his own vision of the interdisciplinary Gesamtkunstwerk, working with, and not limited to, film, theater, video games and interactive installations. Releases on cassette, vinyl, CD and online. Concerts, exhibitions, workshops and residencies in Europe, Asia and America. Co-founded the Hörbar club for experimental music around 1992 in Hamburg which still operates.

Manetta Berends (1989, NL) has been educated as a graphic designer at the Artez art academy in Arnhem before starting her master-education at the Piet Zwart Institute (PZI), Rotterdam. From the Artez academy she acquired an interest in typography and research based design, which she expanded on in her research projects at the PZI, where she mainly focused on the systemization of language in the field of natural language processing and text mining.

Manu Luksch is an artist and filmmaker who interrogates conceptions of progress and scrutinises the effects of network technologies on social relations, urban space, and political structures. Her installation and procedural works often involve novel processes, like urban planning led by children, or a kayak taxi service along urban canals, which doubles as a research vehicle into the future of transport. These works take place in a wide range of contexts, from galleries and festivals to academic symposia and public spaces.

Marina Gržinić (PhD) is a philosopher and artist who lives in Ljubljana and works in Ljubljana and Vienna. She is researcher at the FI SRC SASA (Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts) Ljubljana and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vien- na. She has published ten books (monographs and translations). In 2014, in collaboration with Šefik Tatlić, she co-authored the book Necropolitics, Racialization and Global Capitalism: Historicization of Biopolitics and Forensics of Politics, Art, and Life (Lexington Books, USA, 2014).

Marloes de Valk is a software artist and writer in the post-despair stage of coping with the threat of global warming and being spied on by the devices surrounding her. Surprised by the obsessive dedication with which we, even post-Snowden, share intimate details about ourselves to an often not too clearly defined group of others, astounded by the deafening noise we generate while socializing with the technology around us, she is looking to better understand why. 


Martin Nadal is an artist/developer based in Linz and studying at the Interface Cultures program in the Kunstuniversität Linz. In the past years he has collaborated in a variety of projects and taught some workshops related to art and technology. He is also interested in illustration and cinematography. His works have been shown at Visualizar 11 (Medialab Prado), Ars Electronica, AMRO Festival and Settimana della Scienza (Genova).

Martin Reiche is a media artist living and working in Berlin, Germany, and is regularly presenting on professional computer science and digital art and gaming conferences. His artistic work has been shown at numerous festivals and museums around the world, including ZKM Museum of Media Art, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens Digital Art Festival, INCUBARTE Art Festival Valencia, ETDM Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design Tallinn

Sociologist and activist from the habitat collective

Maruska takes care that you sleep tight during the AMRO festival, finding the best hosts for the best guests and vice versa. Searching for blankets and pillows and spare beds.
She will probably do other things around AMRO as well, but let's see.
Oh yes, she is also and artist and student of Interface Cultures Master Program in Linz and organiser of Ship Film Boudoir, occasional moderator and helms(wo)men in learning ..and..but that doesn't matter here ;-)

Mary Tsang is an artist-biologist practicing in civic biosciences, open source organisms and tools, and how to deploy them. Her projects explore the biopolitical nature of biotechnologies, their roots in society and transhumanism, and the question of who gets access. Since 2013 she has partnered with a filmmaker to produce a documentary web-series on “bio-art” and emerging communities in DIYBio. The web-series DIYSECT hopes to initiate conversations on the rapid effect of biotechnologies on our society.

Matthew Rice is an Advocacy Officer at Privacy International working across the organisation engaging with international partners and strengthening their capacity on communications surveillance issues. He has previously worked at Privacy International as a consultant building the Surveillance Industry Index, the largest publicly available database on the private surveillance sector ever assembled. Matthew graduated from University of Aberdeen with an LLB (Hons.) and also has an MA in Human Rights from University College London.

Matthias Urban, sound artist, born 1986 in Feldkirch, Austria creates acousmatic sound-pieces based on environmental recordings, found vintage media, data streams taken from natural phenomena etc.. The sounds and/or data are mainly processed and transformed with modified tape recorders, experimental microphony, computers, analog modular synthesizers and other–mostly magnetic-based–vintage sound equipment

Michael Warthog (AT) works since 2000 activity with art photography and experimental film. He is interested in the breakdown of objects, machines und herbal structures and did various studies on the relationship between inner and outer world.

Michaela Lakova (BG) is a visual artist currently based in Rotterdam. She studied at the Media Design and Communication MA (Piet Zwart Institute). She holds a BA (NATFA) in Stage and Screen design. Her field of research and practice invokes catchy bits and bytes of errors, systems malfunction and the inevitable generation of data traces and its problematic resistance to deletion.

missdata (Tsila Hassine) examines the shifts in contemporary culture brought upon by accelerated digitization processes. Her works question the unbearable lightness of connectivity, and negotiate the price of remaining constantly ״on.” She earned an MFA in Media Design from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and was a research fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Paris Sorbonne University.

Przemyslaw Sanecki, Ph.D., was born in 1977 in Trzebnica, Poland, lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
2005. MA in Fine Arts at Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland.
2014. Ph.D. in Fine Arts at University of Arts in Poznan, Poland.
Artistic pratice:
He debuted in 1999 with a performance in Entropia Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland.
Since then he is active in fields of performance art, media art, experimental music and computational art.
He is also an active noise musician.

Raphael Perret is a Zurich based artist, exploring the interplay between physical and virtual spaces, the closing of cir­cles, as well as the examination of value systems. He holds a Bachelor in Interactive Media and a Master of Advanced Studies in Scenography. He has taught at the Interaction Design department of the Zurich University of the Arts. His art projects have been shown worldwide in places like Gwanju (South Korea); Rio de Janeiro and London.

The interdisciplinary research team consists of a core team of six people ranging from visual anthropology, environmental studies, art theory, scenography to music and programming: Flavia Caviezel (lead), Mirjam Bürgin, Anselm Caminada, Adrian Demleitner, Marion Mertens, Yvonne Volkart, associated: Andreas Simon. Most of the team members have been collaborating since “RhyCycling. Aesthetics of Sustainability in the Basel Border Area”, 2010- 2013; “Times of Waste” runs from 2015-2017.

Richie Cyngler is an experimental electronic artist fascinated by collaborative play, experimental process, learning and the creative potential of new technologies. He works predominantly with open source software, hardware, circuitry and sensors to make audio-visual interactive performance and installations which engage viewers/ participants in aesthetic play with the works and each other. Richie is also an educator and community leader in art, design and technology.

Musician born in Ruzomberok, living in Bratislava. He is drummer and bass guitar player coming from band švepes. Now he play in various bands and projects including Sado-Baso, Ham&Drinks, Hallogenerator or Trucki.

Combining his backgrounds in filmmaking and programming the last works of Ruben van de Ven (NL) revolve around software that derives emotional parameters from facial expressions. He examines this intersection of highly cognitive practices and ambiguous experiences and interrogates the discursive apparatus that is being erected. Currently he is finalising his master of Media Design at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam on this topic.

Sabina Hyoju Ahn is an artist who works with various media, sound and natural materials. She has broadened her artistic spectrum in New York, Seoul, London and The Hague. Sabina is a graduate of MA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths University in London and Mmus in ArtScience at Royal Conservatoire & Royal Academy of Art. Her research involves finding hidden rules and patterns in natural elements and translating it into different shapes of perceptual experiences.

Shu Lea Cheang (born 1954, Taiwan) is a multimedia artist who works in the fields of net-based installation, social interface and film production.

Over the past decade, she has emerged as a prominent figure in new media art. Cheang is one of the leading multimedia artists dealing with multidisciplinary studies. Her work is unique in allowing viewer interaction. She is most noted for her individual approach in the realm of art and technology, creatively intermingling social issues with artistic methods.[1]

Simon Christoph Krenn was born in Feldkirch (AT) in 1986. He studied Biology and Architecture at the University of Innsbruck and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor's degree programme 'Timebased and Interactive Media' at the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz. Working at the intersection of experimental sound, video and hybrid media, he explores the barriers between digital representation and natural phenomena in conceptual installations. His work focuses on the metabolic-entropic consumption of information that occurs in the process of disappearance and dissociation.

Lives and works in Linz / Austria.

His work ranges from kinetic sound installations and interactive installations to audio / video noise performances. Tiefengraber experiments with the modification of devices, which are originally manufactured for different purposes. Combined with the perception of the audience, this experimental attempt of exploring old and new materials leads him to new and unpredictable results.
The artist’s work has been exhibited at Ars Electronica Festival 2017 (Linz/Austria), Galerie gerken (Berlin/Germany), TodaysArt 2014 (Den Haag/Netherlands), New Media Gallery (Vancouver/Canada), 16th Media Art Biennale WRO 2015 (Wroclaw/Poland), Piksel Festival 2016 (Bergen/Norway), …

Taro is a long term artist in residency at Station Messschiff Eleonore in Linz. He is at ease with working, observing, researching, experimenting and playing [with] the fringes of science, art, politics, life, realities.

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 ( Former programme curator at transmediale festival in Berlin from 2011 to 2014, she initiated and developed the year-round ‘reSource transmedial culture’ project.

Vincenzo Estremo is an art historian researcher writer and curator. He is currently international Ph.D. Candidate at Udine University and Kunstuniversität Linz. He has lectured in Universities and cultural centres in Italy, Turkey, Austria Switzerland and Ireland.

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.