Science and Technology in Cultural Context
Short Biographies of this Year's Participants

Digital Art Weeks

Committee & Contact


Documentation 2007




Place Releations

Cabling Madness

Low Voltage

Swiss ReMake


Digital Parcours 07

Cabled Madness

Sound Scape 07

Finnisage 07






  • Jackson 2bears is a Kanien'kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia artist and theorist currently based in Victoria B.C. Canada. 2bears' installation works have been exhibited nationally in artist-run centres, and public galleries, and in group exhibitions internationally. He has performed his multimedia works across Canada and has released several recordings on CD and DVD in both solo and collaborative contexts. From 2000 - 2003 2bears scored several independent films, including the award wining short-feature Bloodriver by Kent Monkman and Urbannation. He is also a co-founder of Toronto based artist collective Liminal Projects, and Victoria based collective Fort 9. Jackson is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria.
  • Agitpop is an abstraction that stands for the collective auditory emanations of three strapping young men from Poughkeepsie, New York. Their sound is absolutely their own, which has been known to cause problems in the classification departments of various American institutions. It seems as if a certain unique brand of fractured pop is derived from the dismantling of rock as we know it, resulting in a provocative amalgam with hooks in place. Agitpop recorded two albums for Community 3 Records (produced by label-head Albert Garzon) during 1985-86, but moved to Minneapolis' Twin/Tone label for two further albums, Open Seasons and Stick It. These two LPs saw Agitpop trading in the punk and politics for rock with a bit more pop potential. Though they disbanded just after the turn of the decade, they are coming out with a new alblum this year and will be on the move again through out 2007 with perhaps revival and survival tactics more in line with punk and politics.
  • Shigeki Amitani has been focusing on research in design and development of creativity support tools, indebted to Human-Computer Interaction, knowledge management / creation, and cognitive science.
  • '''Philipp Bönhof was born July 4th 1983 in Aarau (Switzerland). Attended there primary school to high school and received the high school diploma in summer 2003. Since autumn 2003 he is a student of Computer Sciences at ETH Zurich.
  • Valerie Bugmann graduated in New Media Art at the University of Los Andes in Bogota in 2002, followed with a Master's degree in Art and Technology at Chalmers University in Goeteborg in 2005. S
  • !Art Clay is a specialist in the performance of self created works with the use of intermedia. Appearances at international festivals, on radio and television television in Europe, Asia & America. Recently, his work focuses on large performative works and spectacles using mobile devices.
  • Claude Gacon is an artist and club owner from Basel Switzerland. He has worked in various genres including installations with various mediums. His club, the Cargobar Basel is well known for its music, art and culinary offerings.
  • Ruben Coen Cagli was born in 1979, Ruben Coen Cagli is completing a PhD in Physics at Università di Napoli Federico II, analyzing visual creativity from the vantage point of computational Cognitive Science. His main research work exploits both Bayesian techniques and eye tracking experiments to model visuomotor coordination in the activity of drawing, and to understand its neural basis. Since the beginning of College studies, he has been practicing in the visual arts in parallel with scientific studies. In 2004 he has started an experimentation aimed at fusing his artistic practice with the ideas and techniques of computer science, electronics, robotics and interactivity.
  • Régine Debatty from we-make-money-not-art. She is a blogger and art curator. She writes about the intersection of art, design and technology on as well as on paper magazines.
  • Louis-Philippe Demers current works revolve around kinetic and interactive media environments for the stage, architecture, museums and public spaces. He worked on the conception and production of several large-scale interactive performances and installations. His works have been presented worldwide and he received several prizes including Ars Electronica 96, three Ars Electronica mentions, ArtificialLife/Vida 2.0 and two Helpman Awards in 2006. Prior to joining IERC/NTU, Demers was a professor at the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung affiliated with the renounded Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medien Technologie (ZKM).
  • Anna Dumitriu is a PhD student at University of Brighton, Artist-in-Residence at The Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics at Sussex University. Director/founder of the Institute of Unnecessary Research.
  • Ernest Edmonds is a Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is an artist who first used computers in his practice in 1968. He is an expert on human-computer interaction and creativity. He is Professor of Computation and Creative Media at UTS, Sydney where he runs a multi-disciplinary practice-based art and technology research group, the Creativity and Cognition Studios.
  • eteam’s members are Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger. Since 2002, most of their projects are based on random pieces of land they buy on ebay. Once they have located their lots, they activate the possibilities that are inherent in the site and turn them into temporary realities. This often happens in collaboration with people who live or work in the respective area. Their projects have been featured in exhibitions at the PS1, NY; MUMOK, Vienna, Neues Museum, Weimar; EYEBEAM, NY and the New Museum NY. Videos by the eteam have been screened at the Transmediale; the Marler Video Kunst Preis,; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taipei; New York Video Festival, NYC and the 11th Biennale of Moving Image, Geneva. They have been awarded a Harvestworks Artist Grant, an EYEBEAM Production Grant, and an Experimental Television Center Finishing Fund. One of them is Professor for Digital Media at the Art Department of the City College of New York.
  • Stefano Faralli is assistant research at Department of Informatica at Università di Roma “La Sapienza”. He realize some interactive systems for performance and installation which includes body postures detection and multimedia production (real-time computer graphics and sound synthesis).
  • Geneviève Favre was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. She studied Fine Arts in Geneva and in Vienna. Her performances are based on the association of words, colors, use of space and relation to the public. Elements of her own life mixed with fragments of classical, popular and political culture are her main inspirations.
  • John Craig Freeman had done work that has been exhibited internationally including in Warsaw, Miami, Bilbao, New York, Havana, Atlanta, Calgary, Boston, Mexico City, London, and San Francisco. His writing has been published in Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, Exposure, and Rhizomes. Freeman is an Associate Professor at Emerson College in Boston.
  • Steve Gibson is a Canadian media artist. He serves as Associate Professor of Digital Media at University of Victoria. His work fuses immersive art, electronica, gaming and montage. His pieces have appeared at Ars Electronica, the Whitney Museum of American Art, European Media Arts Festival, the Banff Centre and ISEA.
  • Johnny Golding is a philosopher and artist. Under the methods of poiesis and the techne this implies, her research involves the paradigmatic shifts of our age: multiple, curved, aesthetic, camouflaged. Golding’s books include Dirty Theory (or the birth of zeta-physics) (2007 forthcoming), Games of Truth: A blood poetics in seven part harmony (2003); Honour (1999), the Eight Technologies of Otherness (1997) and Gramsci’s Democratic Theory (1992). Installation/film and video work have been shown throughout the UK, Europe, Western/Southern Africa. Holds the Chair as Professor of Philosophy of the Visual Arts & Communication Technologies; Director MA-PHd Media Arts Philosophy Practice Postgraduate Program (London).
  • Ian Grant is a digital artist, performer, software developer and currently teaching digital art, digital culture and interaction design at the Faculty of the Arts, Thames Valley University, UK. Specializing in digital performance and network art, he also works as a piano lounge entertainer and a programmer of special effects.
  • Lucus Gross is a media artist. Interaction Manager FH with Institute for Research in Art and Design HGK FHNW since 2005. Develops and realizes media installations (awakin, Strahlenroboter Aitu) and organizes events. Created the label «cage aux folles». Exhibitions: Regionale6 (Kunsthaus Baselland), Lichtfeld6 (Basel). Diploma: «Interaction Manager» at Institute HyperWerk HGK FHNW, «Technopolygraph».
  • Jürg Gutknecht is professor for computer science and head of the Computer Systems Institute at the ETH Zürich. He has a passion for new hybrid art forms. He has actively participated in culturally-oriented "wearable computing" projects, including "Instant Gain in Grace" (motion tracking of a Butoh dancer), "Going Publik" (distributed orchestra based on mobile electronic scoring), and "On the Sixth Day" (multi-channel video system for interactive storytelling). Together with Sound Artist, Art Clay, he organizes the Digital Art Weeks which offers performances and provides courses in the areas of computer-aided art and music.
  • Peter Haas studied philosophy in Berlin, Cologne and Vienna. After dropping out, he started a software company. He entered digital film making when Firewire and DV became accessible. In 2003, he became CEO of his own software start-up, Weblicon Technologies AG, until the company was acquired in 2005. → / English → / German
  • Sachiko Hayashi is a visual artist who primarily works in video and screen-based interactive media. She is best known for her net art that involves examination of human nature with high degree of interactivity. One of her net art work "Last Meal Requested" was included in CD-ROM GROK, the first educational publication by Rhizome, NY, 2007. Her latest video "Boop-oop-a-doop" is compiled in Aspect Magazine vol. 07 "Personas and Personalities", Boston, Mass. Exhibition/Screening venues include: Transmediale, Berlin, Viper, Basel, The National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, NYC, and Saitama Museum of Modern Art, Japan. Her other merits include: Founder of Internet network DIAN network. Since 2002 chief editor of Hz, a web journal by non-profit art organization Fylkingen in Stockholm.
  • Georg Hobmeier was born and grew up in the remote valleys of northern Tirol in Austria. He studied acting and physical theatre in Salzburg and Utrecht as well as contemporary dance at the SNDO in Amsterdam. As a performer he worked and trained with various modern directors and groups until in 2000 he formed the group Senselabor and developed since then various performance and installation works that deal with interactive media and the man machine interface. His work was shown and presented in Amsterdam, Bern, Salzburg, Glasgow, Frankfurt, London, Dresden, Chicago and Los Angeles. In the moment he finishes a master of arts in dance and technology at the Theaterschool Amsterdam.
  • Wesley Smith is video artist and software developer born in Dallas, TX, USA. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Media Arts and Technology (MAT) program and the University of California, Santa Barbara as well as a developer of Jitter for Cycling ’74. At MAT, his research areas include visual performance, algorithmic spaces, virtual environments, and real-time computer graphics.
  • Silvia Holzinger studied Italian literature and communication science in Vienna, Berlin and Rome. Her master thesis on Nanni Moretti, the Roman film maker, coined the term of the one-man-cinema that later became the role model of Il Mare Film’s one-woman-and-one-man-digital cinema.
  • Jana Horakova teaches Interactive media studies at the Department of Musicology (Masaryk University). Subjects of her research and teaching are media-performance relationship and Robotic Art.
  • Jeffrey Huang is a Professor and Director of the Media and Design Lab at EPFL. His research focuses on data visualization, digital space, and interactive architecture. In partnership with Muriel Waldvogel, he is co-counder and principal of Convergeo, an international design firm. Prior to joining the EPFL, he was a professor at Harvard University from where he obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
  • Andrew J. Jones was born in Chicago and raised in New York's Hudson Valley. After attending SUNY Cortland, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing and music. In 1996 he and his wife expatriated to Copenhagen, Demark. He is the author of many poems and one chapbook, Paradise, published in 2004. Since 1998 he has lived in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Manfred Kroboth works as an sound artist and independent curator in Hamburg. His work deals with installations and performances, ranging from the creation of "virtual" oral spaces, triggered by mechanical movement or by human intervention, to the creation of sound environments which adopt a architectonic approach to sound, space and time.
  • Irena Kulka has a background in biochemistry, dance performance and new media. Her current media project work aims at altering the state of mind. Her Hyperwerk diploma 2003 (FHBB interaction design) was the start of the project "Instant Gain in Grace" in collaboration with the ETH Zürich. In 2005 the project was shown in the framework public events and presentations (Zappy Birthday, Digital Artweeks and Escaping Reality 2005). The work was supported by Irena Kulka explores her vision of a fluent creative process with digital instruments between imagination and visual design, between improvisation and choreography.
  • The Erratum ensemble is a conceptual construction that makes having an ensemble which expands and folds in on itself to allow for the type of production at hand. It is consists of a bank of about fifty performers who specialize in many different areas of the arts, technology and philosphy etc. Directed by Art Clay it has produced many productions on tour over a period of 15 years. Motto: "Only mistakes matter."
  • Robert Lawrence works with experimental narrative in written word and video. He uses the Internet to critically reframe his work presented in more traditional media.
  • Justin Love is a rogue scientist and media artist from Canada whose current works and interests include: live video performance, computing and aesthetics, artificial lifeforms, physical computing, and game art.
  • Dennis Majoe has a PhD in Navigation related Electronic systems and has worked extensively in the design of a variety of motion and orientation sensing systems and computer generated environments including 3D audio. He is director of MASC, an innovative electronics and computer design company active in the field of wireless communications having designed GPS and GPRS Bluetooth systems, RISC based wearable computing platforms and large real time motion sensing systems for the CG industry. In addtion to his activities at MASC his is as a researcher on the ETH Zurich for the Computer Systems Department.
  • Roger Malina is an astrophysicist, working in observational cosmology. He is involved in a satellite project called SNAP that will seek to help understand the nature of dark matter and dark energy in the universe. He is also the President of the Association Leonardo which promotes art-science-technology interaction. He is Executive Editor of the Leonardo Book Series and Journals at MIT Press.
  • Benoit Maubrey was born in Washington DC in 1952, BA from Georgetown University in 1975, lives and works in Berlin since 1980. Participation in many international media/music/dance and performance festivals since 1985.
  • Pascal Mueller is research assistant at the Computer Vision Lab of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His interests lie in the field of computer graphics: procedural modeling, generative design, visual effects production pipelines and computer-aided media art. He developed the CityEngine (featured in two ACM SIGGRAPH papers) and is co-developer of the multimedia software Soundium. Pascal Mueller received a master degree in computer science from ETH Zurich in 2001. For three years, he worked as a technical director for a movie production company, and since five years, he is performing live visuals throughout Europe.
  • Stefan Müller Arisona is lecturer and post-doctoral researcher at the Computer Systems Institute of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. His main interests are at the intersections of art and technology, and in particular in the domain of live digital art. His research focuses on novel real-time multimedia systems and on live media composition and performance techniques. He is co-author of the multimedia authoring software Soundium, which is frequently used for digital art installations and live performances by himself and his collaborators. A recent work, the Digital Marionette, is currently installed at the Ars Electronica Center’s permanent exhibition. Recently, Stefan was granted a two-year research fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and he will be researcher at Media Arts and Technology (MAT) of the University of California, Santa Barbara from October 2007.

Luke Murphy

Rev. Luke Murphy is an information-based artist whose work is united by common themes drawn from the impossible task of quantifying the elements of the psyche and spirit. He graduated with and MFA from SUNY Purchase after completing his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a BS from the University of Toronto. He works as a VP of Technology at MTV Networks.

Jim Olson, University of Victoria

Jim Olson (aka. robotoverlord) is a visual artist and designer living in Victoria, BC. Jim explores non-linear narratives, using both established and experimental technolgies to create new experiences. Identifying himself as a postcyberpunk his work explores the central theme of technology as society.

Will Pappenheimer, Pace University

Will Pappenheimer is artist working with new media alternatives to surveillance networks, participatory media and information aesthetics. His has exhibited at the ICA Boston, Exit Art and Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, FILE 2005, and ISEA2006. His grants include an NEA Fellowship,, Rhizome Commissions and the Traveling Scholarship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Marcin Ramocki

Marcin Ramocki is a new media artist and documentary filmmaker. His recent projects have been exhibited in MoMa NYC, Whitney Museum, Wexner Center, ArtMoving Projects and Pacific Film Archives. Marcin lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and teaches new media art at Jersey City University. He is also a founder and co-curator of vertexList art space in Brooklyn.

Oscar Ramos

Oscar Ramos - photographer, performer, sociologist and "compita". Oscar Ramos is a New Media Artist that, when he is not working as gardener, painter, laborer etc., specializes in the methods artists are using to create artworks in a world shaped by machines.

Michelle Riel,

Michelle Riel collaborates with on the networked_performance blog, documenting and presenting on emerging work that is both networked and live. An award winning designer and NEA commissioned net artist, her current work, antSongs, is a responsive music system collaborating with ants to explore issues of sustainability, community, and globalism.

Nils Röller, HGKZ

Media theorist (, teaching at the HGK Zürich in the Program for New Media. In 2005 he published “Ahabs Steuer” an essay on relations between art and science. Since 2006 he edits the Blog “Journal für Kunst, Sex und Mathematik” together with Barbara Ellmerer and Yves Netzhammer.

Joshua Rosenstock

Joshua Pablo Rosenstock is a multimedia artist and musician from Boston. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and is currently a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Interactive Media and Game Design.

Andrius Rugys, PB8

Andrius Rugys invented the symbol PB8 ( in 2001 in order to identify individual creativity.. Officially this symbol was exported in to public realm during PB8_001_V project ( 2006, currently he is collecting fielderocdings and presenting them as electroacoustic mosaics together with more public experiments in the design of installations.

Semi Ryu, Virginia Commonwealth University

Semi Ryu is a media artist and assistant professor, Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her 3D animations have been widely presented in more than 15 countries and her virtual puppetry has been in Vancouver, Zurich, Amsterdam, Milan, Beijing and more. Her critical view of interactive media was mentioned as exceptional quality in Leonardo review (MIT press).

Simon Schubiger, ETH Zurich

Dr. Simon Schubiger-Banz works as a senior engineer at Swisscom Innovations, teaches a mobile systems architecture course at ETH Zurich, and is an associate researcher of the Pervasive and Artificial Intelligence group (PAI) at the University of Fribourg (DIUF). His research interests include multimedia performance systems, knowledge representation, programming languages, user interface design, and mobile computing. He is a co-developer of the Soundium2 multi-media system. Simon Schubiger-Banz received a Ph. D. in computer science from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He is a member of the ACM and president of the Corebounce Association.

Jill Scott, AIL / HGKZ

Jill Scott was born in Melbourne, Australia. She became interested in Art and Science from her own research in human molecular biology and bio-informatics and is currently specializing in artificial skin and wearable computing for the visually impaired.(e-skin) Currently she is Professor for Research in the Institute Cultural Studies in Art, Media and Design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (HGKZ) in Zurich. Switzerland where she is leader of the AIL (artists-in labs) research project at the HGKZ and Vice Director of the Z-Node of the Planetary Collegium-a collaborative research program with the University of Plymouth, UK. She has exhibited many video artworks, conceptual performances and interactive environments in USA, Australia, Europe and Japan.

Walter Siegfried

1977 Doctorate from the University of Zurich in psychology, art history and philosophy. Research on “Aesthetics as behavior” at Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology, Seewiesen. Since 1986 own art projects and lecture-performances.

Eva Sjuve, University of Plymouth

Eva Sjuve, is exploring the intersection of sound, performance and wireless and portable devices. She is developing mobile devices and is composing music for physical interfaces.

Adriano Solidoro, University of Milan Bicocca

Adriano Solidoro is an assistant professor at the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Milan Bicocca (Italy). His research focuses on media narratology, new media and learning, creativity, collaboration. He runs experimental international EU funded projects on digital storytelling and digital puppetry for the intergenerational communication and the social inclusion. He is author of Inter/actived. Scenarios, content and narrations of the crossmedia ecology.

Matthias Specht, University of Zurich

Matthias Specht is currently a PhD candidate at the Morpholab of the Anthropological Institute at the University of Zürich. His research interests focus on surface parameterization and interactive tools for 3D geometric morphometric analysis and visualization. He is a co-developer of Corebounce Association's multimedia engine Decklight. Matthias received an MSc in computer science from the ETH Zürich.

Leon Tan, The Hollywoods

Leon lectures for AUT University in Auckland New Zealand and also develops psychosocial technology solutions for Cogitatus Ltd. Apart from this, he is an artist working in multiple formats including writing, sound, sculpture, and digital.

Helen Thorington,

Helen Thorington is an award winning writer, sound composer and media artist and founder and co- director of the independent media organization, New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., whose projects include the national weekly radio series, New American Radio (1986-1998),, the networked_performance blog (2004-present) and the networked_music-revue (2007- present).

Cathy Van Eck, University of Leiden

Cathy van Eck (1979 The Netherlands/Belgium) is a composer and sound artist. Her work includes compositions for instruments and live-electronics as well as performances with (selfmade) sound objects. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis at the Orpheus Institute in Gent under the supervision of Richard Barrett on the subject Loudspeakers and Microphones as Musical Instruments.

Lars Vaupel

Born 1962. Lives and works in Hamburg. Is a member of the F18 Robotics Group.

Pablo Ventura, Ventura Dance Company

Pablo Ventura (ESP/CHE). Choreographer and Media Artist. Has created dance works in collaboration with composers, video artists, software designers and robot artists. He is recipient of the City of Zürich Dance Prize (1999), CYNET art-festival award (2000), CYNET art-festival Computer Aided Performance Prize (2001) and the Canton of Zurich Dance Prize (2002).

Graham Wakefield, UCSB

Graham Wakefield is a composer, new media artist and software developer, born in the UK and currently a PhD student in the Media Arts and Technology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. His research foci include visual interfaces and representations for electronic music, microsonic composition with complex systems, and virtual environments with spatial audio. His compositions have been performed and installations exhibited at many events in the USA, UK, Korea and Chile.

Joseph Weizenbaum

Joseph Weizenbaum taught as professor of Computer Science at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston/Cambridge (MA), USA from 1963 to its retirement in the year 1988. In this time the computer scientist developed to one of the most fervid critics of the euphoric mechanization, particularly of the total computerization of the society. Weizenbaum was born 1923 as a child of Jewish parents in Berlin, moved 1935, in the year of the NS-Rassengesetze, with his parents into the USA. After his mathematics study at the Wayne University in Detroit he worked there as a scientific assistant prominently in the design and building of a computer as well as in the development of computer languages and computer programs.

  • Dan Wilcox is a musician, performer, and artgineer. Dan Wilcox is a New Media Artgineer, that is "Artist-Engineer". He has been playing music with various bands since 2000 and specializes in live performance using technology.
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