Lauren Allen is a biologist pursuing a PhD in learning science at the University of Pittsburgh. Lauren’s research focuses on how people come to understand complex social and scientific challenges such as climate change and bioengineering. She has spent the bulk of her career working in science museums, including the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, and the Center for PostNatural History. Her work is focused in spaces where people have hands-on learning experiences and social interactions, important features of the process of understanding and subsequently responding to complex issues.
Laura Beloff (PhD) is an internationally acclaimed artist and a researcher. Research interests include practice-based investigations into a combination of information, technology and organic matter, which is located in the cross section of art, technology and science. Additionally to research papers, articles and book-chapters, the outcome of the research is in a form of process-based and participatory installations, programmed conceptual structures that deal with increasingly technological world from human perspective. The research engages with the field of art–science–technology including areas such as human enhancement, biosemiotics, biomedia, robotics, and information technology in connection to art, humans and society. Currently, she is Associate Professor and Head of Section at IT University in Copenhagen.
Matthew Biederman works across media and milieus, architectures and systems, communities and continents since 1990. He creates works that utilize light, space and sound to reflect on the intricacies of perception mediated through digital technologies through installations, screen-based work and performance. Since 2008 he is a co-author of Arctic Perspective Initiative, dedicated to augmenting traditional knowledge through new technologies for greater autonomy of the circumpolar region. His work has been featured at: Lyon Bienniale, Istanbul Design Bienniale, The Tokyo Museum of Photography, ELEKTRA, SCAPE Bienniale and CTM among others. http://www.mbiederman.com/
DinahBird is a sound and radio artist living and working in Paris. She makes radio programmes, audio publications, installations and soundtracks. Recent commissions include Dakar Morning Birds, a radio installation that transposed the dawn chorus of the Senegalese capital to an inner city garden in Northern Paris and east Berlin, and Topographies Nocturnes, a radio art project for which she won the prestigious Prix Luc Ferrari. She has just released A Box of 78s, her radio art vinyl record on Gruenrekorder. Works have been played on BBCRadio4, France Culture’s Atelier de Création Radiophonique, Resonance FM, Kunst Radio, and through the Radia network, and have been presented at radio festivals in over twenty countries around the world. She has performed live in the Pompidou Centre and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and is presently employed by the Paris Museum of Modern Art to develop a programme of sound workshops in correlation to their permanent and temporary collections.
Till Bovermann studied Computer Science in the Natural Science at Bielefeld University. In 2010, he received a PhD for his work on Tangible Auditory Interfaces. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Media Lab of Aalto University, Finland where he initiated TAI-stuido.org and the DEIND project, in which people with autistic spectrum disorder were encouraged to connect with the field of contemporary music practice. Till is a principal investigator of the interdisciplinary project "Design, Development and Dissemination of New Musical Instruments" (3DMIN) at UdK Berlin. His artistic works deal with the interrelation of code, natural phenomena and reflection. Alongside his academic and artistic work, he also develops software in and for SuperCollider.
Charli Clark is a UK artist, currently based in Espoo, Finland where she is completing her Masters in Environmental Art at Aalto University. Clark's practice is collaborative and social-specific, exploring the inter-connectivity of Earth through working alongside others to share and exchange skills and knowledge in relation to the concepts of society and consumption. Recent commissions include 'Take One Down' for AMORPH!14, Community?, MUU Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, ‘SWARM’ for BZZZ International Sound Art Festival, Harp Art Lab, Sweden and 'Catch Your Breath' for Paper Makers: Bring Science to Life through Art, Glasgow, UK.
Zack Denfeld is an artist, designer and educator who co-founded the Center for Genomic Gastronomy and CoClimate He has worked for design studios, think tanks and universities in the U.S., India and Ireland, helping to launch Masters' programs in Portland, Oregon and Bangalore, India. Zack is currently a researcher at the Science Gallery, Dublin at Trinity College. Zack holds degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Michigan.
Stephan Dudeck is an anthropologist working at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland as a member of the ORHELIA (Oral History of Empires by Elders in the Arctic) project that collects stories from indigenous groups of the Barents regions. He finished his dissertation on the persistence of reindeer herders' lifestyles in Western Siberia at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany in 2011. From 1993 to the present, he visited regularly Khanty and Nenets reindeer herders in the Russian North and Siberia. Among his interests are adaptations to technological change, visual cultures, resistance and practices of avoidance.
Peter Flemming is a Canadian artist based in Montréal working mainly in installation and performance. His research interests include incident energy reclamation, solar powered lazy machines, and designs for open-source hardware. Current projects involve improvisational and intuitive building, resonance and electromagnetically activated materials, and modular neuromime networks. Exhibiting extensively at galleries, festivals and museums both nationally and internationally, Flemming has garnered numerous grants and awards to support both his research and creative practice. He serves as Vice President of Oboro in Montréal and is also an occasional curator and writer. Flemming has taught experimental electronics internationally and is a professor in studio arts at Concordia University.
Antye Greie [AGF, poemproducer] is a musician, vocalist, digital songwriter, composer, poet, producer, performer, digital media artist and recently practicing curator and educator. Her poetry, which she converts into electronic music, and digital media, has been presented on records, live performances and sound installations in venues around the world. Born and raised in East Germany, AGF lives and works on the northern Finnish island Hailuoto. She is founder and artistic director of Hai Art, a cultural organisation that practices media art in public and social space in a remote context. As independent curator Antye Greie specializes on hybrid sound and sonic activism. In 2004 she received an Award of Distinction at the 2004 Ars Electronica festival.
Jens Hauser is a Copenhagen and Paris based media studies scholar and art curator focusing on the interactions between art and technology. He holds a dual research position at both the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies and at the Medical Museion at the University of Copenhagen, and is a distinguished affiliated faculty member of the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. His curated exhibitions include L’Art Biotech (Nantes, 2003), Still, Living (Perth, 2007), sk-interfaces (Liverpool, 2008/Luxembourg, 2009), the Article Biennale (Stavanger, 2008), Transbiotics (Riga 2010), Fingerprints... (Berlin, 2011/Munich/2012) Synth-ethic (Vienna, 2011), assemble | standard | minimal (Berlin, 2015) and SO3 (Belfort, 2015).
Lori Hepner is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in conceptually based photography, Arduino/LED device artworks, and social media art. A recent body of work, Status Symbols, is a series of portraits that are studies of identity in the digital age of social media. The portraits focus on visualizing text-based tweets into abstracted visual portraits by using the on/off signature of the computer’s native language, binary code. #Crowdsourced #Landscapes: Beyond the North Wind, her current project, creates experimental landscapes surrounding personal landscape, memory, and climate change. Lori is associate professor of integrative arts at Penn State University’s Greater Allegheny campus in Pittsburgh, PA.
Maia Iotzova is a filmmaker and a media artist who grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria and is now based in Montreal, Canada. She completed a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph in Canada. Maia's work explores our relationship with nature in the urban setting. She often looks at a subject from an intercultural perspective. She mixes traditional documentary film with experimental cinema and subverts traditional mapping techniques to explore our subjective connection to the landscape. In 2014 she formed the Wild City Mapping Collective to create an open source based on-line map of the wild green spaces in Montreal.
Theun Karelse studied art at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam before joining FoAM a translocal platform for artistic research. Currently Theun leads the MidWest Experimental Station which features experiments and artistic expressions related to horticulture, urban ecology and restoration ecology. He initiated Machine Wilderness, a program investigating technology aimed at participating holistically in natural cycles and foodwebs.
Cathrine Kramer works internationally as a curator, researcher, designer and artist. She is the co-founder of two artist-led think tanks: Center for Genomic Gastronomy, and CoClimate. She has also been a visiting lecturer at numerous academic institutions including Harvard GSD, NYU and Goldsmiths College, London. She holds degrees from the Royal College of Art, London and the University of Technology, Sydney. She remains forever curious about how we inhabit planet Earth and works at the intersection of art, science, the built environment and ecology.
Anna-Katharina Laboissière is starting a PhD in philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and works as an assistant curator at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. Her upcoming research in environmental philosophy, which aims to cut across disciplines, will focus on anthropogenic pollution as an agent of biological, conceptual and social reworkings, as well as on a critical assessment and deconstruction of the archiving of biodiversity in a context of ecological catastrophe. The exhibition she is currently working on for the Fondation Cartier will be structured around the concept of biophony and the sonic experience of biodiversity loss.
Anssi Laiho is a sound artist/ electronic music composer. For the last 10 years he has established himself as a freelance sound artist. In his acousmatic works Laiho creates constantly evolving sound structures that require the full attention of the listener. Main emphasis of these works is on psycho-acoustics, musical structure and the theoretical concept behind a piece of art.
In his works for theatre, Laiho uses live-electronics in order to create real life live event. In these works Laiho’s emphasis is on the social function of a performer as a interpreter of an message envisioned for the audience by the composer.
Kristina Lindström holds a PhD in interaction design. She is a senior lecturer at the School of arts and communication, Malmö Univerity and has a postdoctoral position at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University. Her research focus is on public engagement on everyday of living with technologies. She has exhibited and presented her work internationally in contexts spanning hacking, e-waste, cultural heritage, participatory design, feminist technoscience and media archaeology. Currently she is working together with Åsa Ståhl in the project HYBRID MATTERs where they among other things will arrange walks to discuss and speculate on matters that emerge when human and natural forces merge.
Netta Norro is an international based arts manager, cultural producer and communicator. She is the coordinator for Changing Weathers project which Field_Notes HYBRID MATTERs is part of. Norro holds a BA in Arts Management and MA in Arts. She has been working extensively in culture and in arts with production and coordination and with communications in culture and in btob. Recent years she has also worked with development and internationalization of creative organizations. She is a qualified process and online facilitator. She used to have love for factory buildings and cargo ships but these days she is more into humanity and nature.
Avner started off as a software developer and IT security specialist in the Israeli military. Later he moved on to game development, while pursuing academic studies in Neurobiology and Philosophy of consciousness in Tel Aviv university - Including one year in Waseda university, Tokyo. For the past 3 years he has been working part-time in a music industry start-up, using the spare time for New Media art, 'Making' and volunteering within the refugee community in Tel Aviv. Now he's entering the next step – A Master's in New Media art at Media Lab Helsinki.
Marko Peljhan is a theatre and radio director, conceptual artist and researcher. From 1994 on he has been coordinating the Makrolab project in all its dimensions. He is the co-founder of the Ljudmila digital media lab (1995) and the initiatives I-TASC (Interpolar Transnational Arts Science Constellation) and API – Arctic Perspective Initiative with Matthew Biederman. His work has been widely exhibited in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He is the recipient of several art prizes, among others the Golden Nica in the Interactive arts category for the work "polar" with Carsten Nicolai. He also works as Professor of interdisciplinary studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is also the artistic director of the not for profit arts organization Zavod Projekt Atol and the editor at large of the music label rx:tx. http://www.ladomir.net/
Richard Pell is an artist working at the intersections of science, engineering and culture. He is the founder of the Center for PostNatural History, a museum dedicated to the collection and exposition of life-forms that have been intentionally altered by human intervention. The Center has been awarded a Rockefeller New Media fellowship, a Creative Capital fellowship, Kindle Project awards, a Smithsonian research fellowship and is currently in residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon and has opened a permanent exhibition space in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and a founding member of the Institute for Applied Autonomy.
Piibe Piirma is media artist, curator and teacher based in Tallinn, Estonia. She was initiator and main organizer of conference 'Art&Science - Hybrid Art and interdisciplinary Research' and exhibition 'Rhizope' (2014, Estonian Academy of Arts). She has worked as designer and visual artist since 2002 and curated several new media art exhibitions since 2006. Piibe’s current activities are related with PhD studies at EAA since 2009, the title of the thesis is 'Hybrid Practice. Art and Science in Artistic Research'.
Tiina Prittinen has received Master's Degree from the University of Oulu and studies further in the History of Ideas, concentrating on the aesthetics of ugliness. She is an environmental activist and has lately worked for Cape Hanhikivi camps in Pyhäjoki, Finnish Northern Osthrobothnia, to save the area for people and nature, and not for nuclear power industry. She is working on the ethics and aesthetics of waste, following the multidiciplinary studies of environmental aesthetics. She is enthusiastic about modern flamenco dance and the kinetic experience of the environment.
Maren Richter is curator, writer and researcher, currently based in Linz/Austria. In her theory and practice she focuses on artistic and curatorial practice, which searches for alternative modes of knowledge production within a society of globalisation. How can art respond to rapid transformations of politics, economy, education and ecology that uprise in a climax of emergency? And how do those parameters shape our lives and aesthetic practice? - are some of the questions, which Maren Richter is concerned with and research on. Currently she is Board Member of “ Lower Austrian Art Culture in Public Space” – Government of Lower Austria, which searches for new modes of address in public space- and the interconnection of rural, local, global planetary.
Andrea Roe is an artist and lecturer in sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art whose work examines the nature of human and animal biology, behaviour, communication and interaction within specific ecological contexts. She has undertaken residencies in a number of institutions - ranging from the Wellcome Trust to the Crichton Royal Hospital, to the National Museums of Scotland - where she has learned about and responded to research projects and collections. Her current research explores how visual art might add its voice to debates around complex cultural traditions which impact on the lives of other species. This research brings her into conversation with scientists at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute who share her interests in representing animal sentience and telling animal life stories from a non-human perspective.
Hannah Star Rogers grew up in rural Alabama and received her Ph.D. at Cornell University, where her research concerned the intersection of art and science, particularly critiques of science in contemporary art. Her scholarly publications have appeared in Configurations, Photomediations, and A New Synthesis. Her curatorial project, Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott, received the an exhibits prize from the British Society for the History of Science and resulted in an invited lecture at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. She teaches writing at Columbia University and the University of Virginia. Her exhibit reviews regularly appear in Leonardo. In addition to her work as a scholar, curator, and reviewer, Rogers is a recognized poet, whose poetry and poetry reviews have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, The Archive, The Carolina Quarterly, and Catch & Release. She has received residencies with the Acadia National Park Service writing residency and ArtHub in Kingman, AZ. She is currently working on a manuscript, Luck with Animals.
Erik Sandelin is an interaction designer based in Malmö, Sweden. In his educational, industrial and artistic practice he explores the intimate role of digital and biological technologies in people’s lives and dreams. Erik is a co-founder of interaction design and innovation studio Unsworn Industries – a media-agnostic practice trying to perfect the unfinished through crafting beautiful actions spaces, from pixels to politics. Recent Unsworn endeavours include a Telemegaphone on a fjellin Western Norway, a monster research centre in northern Sweden, and a gluten-E.T. barbecue feast. Erik holds an MA in Interaction Design from Malmö University. He is a frequent traveller and has exhibited and performed at galleries, festivals, and streets around the world. Packing grumpy optimism and a prototype-oriented mindset Erik is currently paying extra attention to human-animal relations and scenarios of posthumanist everyday life.
Miguel Santos considers intersecting perspectives in art and science to investigate notions of subjectivity and its relation with Nature. He was awarded a PhD in Fine Arts from Sheffield Hallam University (2011) for a transdisciplinary project investigating how artists employ disturbances in the work of art. His installations, videos and photographs have been exhibited internationally and he was an artist in residence at the German Cancer Research Centre, when artists were introduced to synthetic biology and contributed to the critical debate of this field. He is a Leverhulme Trust artist in residency in the Geography Department at Durham University.
Lea Schick is currently finishing her PhD at the IT University of Copenhagen. Her research concerns the role of artistic and creative practices in imagining and making green energy futures. Concerned with environmental issues she is exploring how relations between humans, natures, and energy are being redesigned in the case of Danish smart grid planning and in a variety of artworks. How are environment becoming (or not becoming) part of future energy collectives? From a Science and Technology Studies approach she is working with infrastructures and ‘natural’ environments as inherently entangled and co-constituting ‘hybrid ecologies’. She has a background in arts and design and is now working in the intersection between arts and ethnographic studies of environmental innovation.
Vygandas "Vegas" Šimbelis is an artist and a researcher combining various approaches in his artistic practice and research. Interdisciplinary is an overarching approach for his art practice and it implies various significant artistic, scientific and technological resources. By projecting subjective and critical view on nowadays’ actual issues the artist focuses on strategic topics of the art-world as well as reflects upon common broader aspects of societal, political, and cultural discourses. Vegas is conducting PhD at Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and works as researcher in Mobile Life research centre.
Caspar Ström has a master's degree in Ecology from Umeå University. He
did his master's thesis on tropical soundscapes. He currently works as a
field biologist in North Sweden.
Åsa Ståhl is a researcher and an artist. She is currently a postdoc at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University and senior lecturer in media and communication studies at Malmö University, Sweden.Together with Kristina Lindström she defended their joint, practice-led thesis across two disciplines in 2014 where they explore living with mundane technologies through design, media and public engagement. As partners in the artistic research project HYBRID MATTERs they will host public engagement events around the Nordic countries.
Antti Tenetz is intermedia artist, adventurer and naturalist. Tenetz’s works are situated on the interface between media arts, bio arts and urban art. In his works he combines and fearlessly uses different forms of expression, media and technological platforms from stone age hunting systems to satellite tracking. He concentrates on studying the relationship between man and nature, with themes changing from the Siberian bear cult to the digital representation of animal sensory systems. Tenetz focus is on multi-disciplinary and multi-artistic cooperation between art and science. He has co-funded and worked with international artist groups such as Subzero, and Grafting Parlour and recently in The Finnish Society of Bioart. Tenetz’s works and collaborative projects have exhibited in Finland and internationally. His work was shown at the Venice Biennale 2013, X-Border 2013, Pan-Barentz 2009.
D.A. artist and researcher Leena Valkeapää lives in the wilderness in the northwest Lapland. Her doctoral dissertation In the Nature, a dialog with Nils-Aslak Valkeapää´s art (2011) proposed a dialogue with nature and its poets. Se has exhibited as a visual artist since (1988) and has produced public environmental artworks, including the rock wall piece Ice Veil (1999) in Turku. She wrote a regular column to Lappish newspaper Lapin Kansa during the years 2012-2014. Valkeapää is taking part of the daily works in a reindeer herding, in sami culture tradition. Leena Valkeapää works as a visiting lecture in the Department of Art in Aalto University.
Judith van der Elst is an anthropologist/archaeologist specialized in humanistic approaches in the geosciences. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico for research testing the limitations of spatial information systems for representing and understanding the diversity in human spatial thinking, using the concept of cognitive landscapes. Her work focuses on understanding multimodal perception of the land, through merging embodied learning, sensing technologies, and ubiquitous computing within a biosemiotic framework. Leading a semi-nomadic lifestyle she explores this approach through transdisciplinary collaborations, among others with Urbino University, Aalto Media Lab: Systems of Representation, and Machine Wilderness project (Theun Karelse).