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Philipp Bönhof

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.

Bret Battey

Bret Battey creates multimedia concert works and installations. He has received recognitions and prizes from Austria's Prix Ars Electronica, France's Bourges Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique, Spain's Punto y Raya Festival, Abstracta Cinema of Rome, and Amsterdam Film eXperience for his sound and image compositions. He is a Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at De Montfort University, UK.

Jean-Louis Boissier

Born in Loriol-sur-Drôme, France in 1945. In 1979, he passed his post-graduate thesis in aesthetics at Université Paris 8 on The question of the heritage of contemporary China in contemporary art ". He organised, between 1973 and 1989, artist exchanges between France and China and several exhibitions on Chinese art. In 1983, he assisted Frank Popper on the exhibition Electra, l‘électricité et l’éctronique dans l’art au XXe siécle, at the Musée d’art moderne de Ia Ville de Paris. In 1984-1985, he participated at the Centre Georges Pompidou in the preparation of the exhibition Les lmmatériaux, under Jean-Francois Lyotard. From 1988 to 1992 set up exhibitions dealing with new image technology, interactivité and virtuality, for the Cité des sciences et de l‘industrie. In 1990, in the context of the cooperation between the City of Saint-Denisand the Université Paris 8, he founded the Artifices biennial, of which he is the director. He is currently a lecturer in art, researcher, head of the Laboratoire d‘esthétique de l’interactivité at Université Paris 8. Since the beginning of the 80’s, his research on artistic forms linked to interactivity have led to his recognition internationally as an experts in this field. He was the curator of several exhibiions, has participated in many exhibitions, conferences, and has been invited to present his work in museums, art centres, festivals and biennials.

Art Clay

Art Clay is an artist and curator who was born in New York and lives in Basel. He is a specialist in the performance of self created works with the use of intermedia and has appeared at international festivals, on radio and television television in Europe, Asia & north America. His recent work focuses on media based works and large performative works and spectacles using mobile device. He has won prizes for performance, theatre, new media art and curation. He has taught media and interactive arts at various Art Schools and Universities in Europe and North America including the University of the Arts in Zurich. He is the initiator and Artistic Director of the 'Digital Art Weeks' in Zurich.

Enrico Costanza

Enrico Costanza is a Research Assistant and PhD student in the Laboratoire de design et media, recently created at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne by Prof Jeffrey Huang. His research lies at the intersection of Urban Studies / Architecture / Design and Interactive Technology, especially mobile devices. Before joining EPFL he received an MS in Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab, with a thesis on "Subtle, Intimate Interfaces for Mobile Human Computer Interaction". He was part of the Liminal Devices Group at Media Lab Europe, and of the Media Engineering Group at the University of York, where he received an MEng in Electronic and Communication Engineering.


Corebounce is a collective of artists and scientists with the common goal of mediating between arts, science, and technology. We maintain a number of new media projects, where of Scheinwerfer is the most active one. We are organised as a non-profit association and collaborate with a number of partners from education and industry.

Roland Dahinden

Roland Dahinden studied trombone and composition at Musikhochschule Graz (Erich Kleinschuster, Georg F. Haas), Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Vinko Globokar), Wesleyan University Connecticut (Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier) and Birmingham University England (Vic Hoyland). As a trombonist, he spezializes in the performance of contemporary music and improvisation/jazz world wide. Composers such as Maria de Alvear, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Joelle Léandre, Alvin Lucier, Chris Newman, Pauline Oliveros, Christian Wolff amongst others wrote especially for him. Since 1987, he works in the duo with Hildegard Kleeb and since 1992 together in the trio with the violonist Dimitrios Polisoidis. As a composer, he collaborated with visual artists Andreas Brandt, Stéphane Brunner, Daniel Buren, Rudolf de Crignis, Sol LeWitt amongst others as well as with the architects Morger & Degelo, and with the author Eugen Gomringer. Exhibitions with sound installations and sculptors in Europe and America.

Anna Dumitriu

Anna Dumitriu is a visual artist involved with the nature of trans-disciplinary practice-based research through the creation of installations, interventions and performances. She is Artist in Residence at The Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics at Sussex University and researching her practice-based Fine Art PhD at The University of Brighton.

The Erratum Ensemble

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."

Terry Flaxton

Terry Flaxton is an AHRC Senior Research Fellow at Bristol University. As a moving-image artist he has exhibited in many places worldwide, as a cinematographer he has shot 4 feature films and various other forms on most film and video formats. His current academic work explores the effects of increased resolution on both audience and producers within new digital media.

John Craig Freeman

John Craig Freeman's work has exhibited internationally including in Belfast, Los Angeles, Beijing, Zurich, New York, Warsaw, Kaliningrad, Bilbao, Boston, Havana, Calgary, Mexico City, and London. He is an NEA fellow with a BA, UCSD and MFA, CU Boulder. He is an Associate Professor of New Media at Emerson College.

Steve Gibson

Steve Gibson is a Canadian media artist, curator and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University. He was formerly Director of the Multimedia Program at Karlstad University in Sweden, and later Associate Professor of Digital Media in Visual Arts at University of Victoria. He also has been curator for the Media Art event Interactive Futures since 2002. Influenced by a diverse body of art and popular movements his work fuses electronica, immersive art, game art, montage and post-minimalism. His pieces have been performed at major venues including: Ars Electronica; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Banff Centre for the Arts; the European Media Arts Festival. He recently co-edited a volume entitled Transdisciplinary Digital Art which was released by Springer in April 2008.

Jürg Gutknecht

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.

HE Dan

Born in Yan’an Shaanxi province and graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 1983 with a bachelor of Art diploma and is now a teacher at that same institution. In 1994 he went to Paris national Academy of Fine Arts (France) for further study and consequently joined the France Artists Union. In 1997, he received a Doctorate in Paris at the Oriental Culture and Arts Language School. During the period of 1999 to 2001, He Dan entered the work studio Paris International City for Artists and received a long-term work studio from the French Ministry of Culture in 2000. He has worked as director of Chinese spirit workshops since 2005 and is now Professor and master instructor at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts.

Ted Hiebert

Ted Hiebert is a Canadian visual artist and theorist. His artworks have been shown across Canada in pubic galleries and artist-run centres, and in group exhibitions internationally. Recent exhibition venues include The New Gallery (Calgary, AB), the Comox Valley Art Gallery (Courtenay, BC) and the Siauliaia Art Gallery (Lithuania). Hiebert’s theoretical writings have appeared in, among others, The Psychoanalytic Review, Technoetic Arts, Performance Research and CTheory. He is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Washington Bothell.

Andrew Hugill

Andrew Hugill is a composer, writer and Director of the Institute Of Creative Technologies (IOCT) at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, where he founded the Music Technology programme there in 1997. Hugill is the author of The Digital Musician (Routledge, 2007). He is also a leading authority on ‘pataphysics.

Doug Jarvis

Doug Jarvis is an artist/curator living in Victoria, BC, has presented at Interactive Futures, REFRESH: History of New Media conference, and is a founding member of the avatar performance art group Second Front and the arts collective Noxious Sector. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Guelph.

Andrew J. Jones

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.

Margarete Jahrmann

is a Vienna and Zurich based artist and professor for Game Design and Ludic Studies at the University of Arts Zurich. As founding member of Ludic Society she introduced the arts research method of Ludics and edits an international magazine. She performs, exhibits and lectures worldwide, at venues as Kunstmuseum Aaros (Norway), Arco/ Laboral (Spain), FACT (Liverpool), NEMK/ V2 (Netherlands), SESC/ File (Sau Paolo), ATA (Peru), DIGRA (Tokyo). She studied arts and communications theory in Vienna and submited her doctoral thesis on "Ludics" at the University of Plymouth, UK. She received an award of distinction at Prix Ars Electronica 2003 and a software arts award at transmediale Berlin 2004. and

Kristiina Koskentola,

Kristiina Koskentola is based in Amsterdam. She works with a wide range of media: installation, interventions, video and photography. Recently she has published the book ‘Trans-Actions’, an investigating publication on her projects in China and Mongolia with contributions by ao. Mika Hannula and Carol Yinghua Lu and has exhibited in the Zendai Moma in Shanghai, Huang Yan Contemporary Art Space in Beijing, Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, Gallery W139, Amsterdam Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki and 4th Baku Biennial of Conceptual Art, in Azerbaijan.

Hildegard Kleeb

Hildegard Kleeb is a well-known pianist who specialises in the performance of New Music and improvisation. After completing her studies in Zurich, she continued with Claude Helffer in Paris and with Jürg Wyttenbach in Basel. In 1990 she was a visiting scholar at the Academy for Visual Art Design in Helsinki and from 1992 to 1995 she was a resident artist at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. She has premiered numerous new works including compositions from Peter Ablinger, Maria de Alvear, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Roland Dahinden, Hauke Harder, Bernhard Lang, Alvin Lucier, and Christian Wolff. She has recorded for Everest Rec. Berne, hatART Basel, Lovely Music New York, Mode Rec. New York, World Music Cologne and several others. Since 1987, she has been playing in duo formation with Roland Dahinden, since 1992 as a member of the Trio Dahinden-Kleeb-Polisoidis, and as a duo with Pelayo Fernandez Arrizzabalaga. Recently she has been involved with a series of “Social Performance“ projects such as „Zitronenbaum“ and „Kirschblütenzweig und Uristier” that addresss important social and political issues of today.

Tom Kuo

Tom Kuo is an acclaimed digital artist from Canada. Highly-recognized as an electronic musician, installation designer, event producer and technical director, he uses his grounding in electronic music to pursue a multidisciplinary arts practice, often times through collaborations with personalities ranging from software engineers to experimental contemporary dancers. In music performance, Tom is always sure to toe the line, maintaining a dynamic balance between driving the attention of the dance-floor audience with compelling rhythms and pushing the boundaries of modern dance music with futuristic, soulful, moody, sometimes twisted sounds. When playing his trademark blend of abstract techno-house music, Tom is always seeking the moment when intelligent music meets the flow of body and mind.

Donna Leishman

Donna Leishman's work is a combination of critical writing and practice-led research in digital art with a particular interest in the intersection of narrative with internet based interactivity. Themes in the research include developing and exploring the role of the participant in these exchanges, developing a canon of practice that gives equal weight to this relationship along side the visual language and structural concerns. Others are: the avant-garde nature of the Net practice as fostered in its inception circa 1990 how this holds forth in the ever-increasing commercialisation of the internet. What stories are being told and what possibilities the genre offers us culturally; reframing history, using folkloric traditions, global and meta archetypes. Donna's doctoral thesis (2004) explores and illustrates the particular resonance found when teaming this folkloric content with contemporary technologies. Donna currently teaches new media design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland. Out with her research, Donna was an Emmy award nominee for her work on The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Her responsive animations have also been showcased in both the New York Times and the Guardian Online.

Justin Love

Justin Love is an experienced multimedia programmer, physical interface innovator, live visualist (VJ), and multimedia artist. His performances and installations have been presented at numerous international art events including: Collisions Interarts Symposium (Canada, 2005), Interactive Futures (Canada, 2006), Digital Art Week (ETH, Zurich, 2006), and Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico, 2006).

Qingyun Ma

Qingyun Ma born in Xi'an, China, received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in Architecture from Tsinghua University. He attended the Graduate School of Fine Art at University of Pennsylvania becoming the first Chinese citizen from New China to attend the University of Pennsylvania with scholarship since Sicheng Liang, a 1937 Penn graduate, who is considered the father of typological research on Chinese traditional architecture and noted as the father of Chinese national architectural style of the 50’s and 60’s. Ma went on to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. In New York, he worked several years at the firm Kohn Pederson Fox. Also he became close to Rem Koolhaas on the first Harvard Project on the City, which he organized resulting in the book The Great Leap Forward. In 1996, Ma founded MADA s.p.a.m. The architectural firm to date has built over 1,204,000 square meters. In 2000, MADA s.p.a.m. formally established itself in Beijing, moving to Shanghai the following year. Some of the groundbreaking icons are Qingpu Community Island in Shanghai, the Centennial TV and Radio Center in Xi'an, and Tianyi City Plaza in Ningbo.Ma taught architecture in China at the University of Shenzhen, Tongji University, Shanghai, and Nanjing University; in Europe at the Berlage, the ETH, in Paris and in Germany; and in the United States at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. In October 2006, Qingyun became the new Dean of the University of Southern California School of Architecture. Ma acted as the curator for the 2007 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture.According to many press critics (including New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific 2006-2007), Ma is considered one of the most influential architects in China, and his firm MADA s.p.a.m. the most visible Chinese practice on an international scene.

Stefan Müller Arisona

Stefan Müller Arisona is a software architect at Procedural Inc. and a senior research at the Chair for Information Architecture of ETH Zurich, where he currently leads the urban simulation team. His main interests are at the intersections of science, art and technology, and his research focuses on interactive and generative design tools, on computer-assisted techniques for architectural design and urban simulation. Previously, Stefan was researcher at the University of Zurich (PhD 2004), ETH Zurich (PostDoc 2005 - 2007) and Media Arts and Technology of UCSB (Swiss NSF Fellow, 2007 - 2008). As an artist, Stefan has performed internationally and his works have appeared at renowned venues such as the Ars Electronica Center (Austria, 2006 - 2008, 2009)

Jim Olson

Jim Olson (aka. robotoverlord) is a media artist and designer living in Vancouver, BC. His interests include video/animation, game art, multimedia performance, open source software, user interface design, and mobile computing. Jim's work explores the central theme of technology as society and is influenced heavily by the work of Cory Doctorow, Jodi, and the Emergency Broadcast Network.

Will Pappenheimer

Will Pappenheimer, Pace University, NY, has exhibited new media works at FILE, ISEA,Kunstraum Walcheturm, CHE, the ICA, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Postmasters, Vertexlist, NY. He has a NEA Fellowship, Turbulence and Rhizome grants and articles in the New York Times, El Pais and “Digital Art.”

Fu Ping Ping

Fu Ping Ping is a Chinese-Canadian conceptual artist currently residing in Toronto. She completed her MFA at Ontario College of Art and Design in 2008 and her work has been exhibited at the Power Plant (Toronto), Latitude 53 (Edmonton) and the Banff Centre for the Arts, as well as a number of venues in Europe and the US. Her output primarily consists of absurdist theatrical work that involves the misuse of food in inappropriate contexts with a view to present a deconstruction of Western food culture. Ms. Fu also is well known as bartender in Toronto and often attends her openings in a disguise as a drinks server.

Procedural Inc.

Procedural Inc., a spin-off of ETH Zurich founded in October 2007, is specialized in software for the efficient creation of 3D buildings and cities. Procedural Inc. works with a leading edge team of experts in the field of computer graphics, computer vision, and software engineering. This project will be realized in collaboration with Corebounce Association.

Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson is an artist, filmmaker and researcher based in Dundee and London. He is currently Programme Director of Time Based Art & Digital Film at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, Scotland. After graduating from Goldsmiths College in 1989, Peter began directing music videos. He has shot clips for: 808 State, The Stranglers, Blur, A Guy Called Gerald and Placebo. Peter’s experimental short films have also been screened on TV and in cinemas worldwide, including screenings at the New York, Los Angeles, Cannes, Cork, London and Hamburg film festivals. In 2004 Peter produced and directed “Hole Zero” - an experimental film commissioned by a leading London technology company. The film was designed to highlight the capabilities of a new generation of Hi Definition and tape-less post-production processes and formed the basis of his present academic research interests. Peter is currently Research Director of the Visual Effects Research Lab, a facility based at the University of Dundee. The Lab undertakes research into High Definition and 4K compositing technologies and forms part of the £5M North Sea Screen Partnership.

Martin Rieser

Martin Rieser is Professor of Digital Creativity at IOCT De Montfort University and Media Artist, he has researched and exhibited widely in the field of interactive and mobile narratives. His research and practice centres on drama and poetics using non-linear narrative in new media through interactive installations, networked art projects and locative media.

Simon Schubiger

Dr. Simon Schubiger-Banz is co-founder and CTO at the ETH spin-off company Procedural Inc. located in Zurich, Switzerland. He was lecturer for mobile systems architecture 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 mobile computing, knowledge representation, programming languages, computer graphics, user interface design, and multimedia performance systems. He is a co-developer of the procedural 3D modeling software CityEngine, the Soundium2 multi-media platform and the NOVA voxel-display. 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.

Christian Schneider

Christian Schneider ( studied Advanced Computer Science at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland and at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He currently works as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Some of his interests are in Computational Design, Aesthetics, Particle Systems, Spatially Augmented Reality. He is a Processing, Openframeworks, Rhinoscript/Grasshopper enthusiast.


Scheinwerfer has performed at some of the coolest locations around the globe, supporting world-class DJs and musicians like Steve Gibson, Jeff Mills, Rush, Miss Kittin, Dave Clarke, Josh Wink and many more. Currently, the project focuses on the creation of interactive virtual multimedia environments and their integration in the physical world.

F.Scott Taylor

F. Scott Taylor is a Canadian Communications Theorist who writes principally on the psycho-physiological affects of telecommunications. Taylor was the last graduate student and a stand-in lecturer of/for Marshall McLuhan at The Centre for Culture and Technology at The University of Toronto. Taylor also taught “Multidisciplinary Science and Analogical Thought” at The University of Alberta, and Arts Journalism at The Banff Centre. He is currently “President” and “Chair” for Subtle Technologies Arts Projects in Toronto. In addition, Taylor is completing a book in Cultural Studies, The Dismantled Mouth: Of Social Autism.

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas is Professor of New Media in the Institute of Creative Technologies and Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Her most recent book is the cyberspace travelogue 'Hello World: travels in virtuality' (2004). She is currently writing a study of the relationships between cyberspace and the natural world.

The Vienna Underground group

Inspired by the Vienna-based film noir The Third Man (dir. Carol Reed 1949), their collaborative project evolved under the conceptual guidance of Martin Rieser.

Vienna Underground Project artists:

Anna Dumitriu is a UK based visual artist working with performance, digital technology and biological media. She is director of The Institute of Unnecessary Research.

Cliona Harmey: lecturer at NCAD, Dublin, works across a variety of media including video, photography, sound and the Internet. She experiments with alternative interfaces for engaging viewers with sound.

Margarete Jahrmann: internationally exhibited artist, a.k.a. Marguerite Charmante, founder of Ludic Society and Game Fashion. Prof. Game Design University of Arts Zurich, lecturer at die Angewandte, Vienna.

Martin Rieser: Professor of Digital Creativity at IOCT De Montfort University and Media Artist, he has researched and exhibited widely in the field of interactive and mobile narratives.

Barry Roshto: Composer, Sound Artist, and Sound Designer. Teacher of Piano and Composition at the Conservatoire, Bonn

Nita Tandon: A Vienna-based artist who working at the intersection of analogue and digital media. She teaches in the Department of Sculpture and Multimedia at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Pia Tikka: Doctor of Arts, film maker-researcher, focusing on the psycho-physiological and emotional basis of cinematic systems (enactive cinema).

Nina Yankowitz: creates installations & public art using technology to twist perceptions, erasing the beginning to defy an ending...included in exhibits: Whitney Mus. NYC, Moma, NYC. Aldrich Museum & numerous galleries.

Yifan Wang

Yifan Wang was born in China and graduated with his MFA from Visual Arts of University of Victoria in Canada. His digital documentary film on Chinese traditional shadow puppet plays has been shown recently at the Art Gallery of Great Victoria. Yifan is currently doing interdisciplinary doctorial study at University of Victoria. His research is focused specifically on Buddhism and the digital arts. His ongoing project is a digital installation based on the study of ‘experience’ acquired from Buddhist meditation and virtual reality.

Hongji Yang

Professor Hongji Yang is with the Software Technology Research Laboratory, De Montfort University, England and leads the Software Evolution and Reengineering Group. His general research interests include Software Engineering and Pervasive Computing, and have been published widely. He served as a Program Chair at IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance 1999 (ICSM'99), the Program Chair at IEEE Computer Software and Application Conference 2002 (COMPSAC'02) and a General Chair at IEEE Future Trends in Distrubuted Computing SYstems 2008 (FTDCS'08).

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