|Nelo Akamatsu (JP) creates art works across several media such as installations with electric devices, event installations, video installations, sculptures, paintings and photos. He has an MFA from the Department of Intermedia Art of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2005. Nelo Akamatsu won the Golden Nica of the Prix Ars Electronica 2015 in the category Digital Music and Sound Art. His exhibition participations are requested internationally.|
|Memo Akten (TR/UK) Memo Akten is an artist working with computation as a medium, exploring the collisions between nature, science, technology, ethics, ritual, tradition, and religion. Combining critical and conceptual approaches with investigations into form, movement, and sound, he creates data dramatizations of natural and anthropogenic processes. Alongside his practice, he is currently working towards a PhD in artificial intelligence and expressive human-machine interaction at Goldsmiths University of London. His work has been shown and performed internationally, and featured in books and academic papers. In 2013 Akten received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for his collaboration with Quayola, “Forms”.|
|Exonemo (JP): The artist unit “Exonemo” was formed in 1996 by Akaiwa Yae and Sembo Kensuke. Their experimental projects are typically humorous and innovative explorations of the paradoxes of digital and analog computer networked and actual environments in our lives. Exonemo won the Golden Nica for Net Vision category at Prix Ars Electronica 2006. They have been organizing the Secret Society IDPW gatherings and “Internet Yami-Ichi” since 2012.|
|Akinori Goto (JP): Born in Japan in 1984 and currently based in Tokyo, artist/designer Akinori Goto graduated from the Department of Visual Communication Design at Musashino Art University. He combines cutting-edge technologies with conventional methods and media to create new forms of expression. His focus is on the development of projects that attempt to decipher the invisible connections and relationships behind people and objects by examining them from a variety of angles. Akinori Goto has received a number of awards for his work.|
|Iris van Herpen (NL), born in 1984, is a fashion designer. She studied Fashion Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem and interned at Alexander McQueen in London and Claudy Jongstra in Amsterdam. Van Herpen immediately caught the eye with notable shows. In 2007, she started her own fashion label. Iris van Herpen creates women’s wear collections. Her designs require every time a unique treatment of material or the creation of complete new materials. For this reason, van Herpen prefers interdisciplinary research and collaborations with artists from various disciplines, often on a recurring basis. Since July 2011, she is a guest member of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, which is part of the Fédération Française de la Couture. She participates in many international exhibitions and creates two collections a year. Her work has been recognized through awards, exhibitions, publications, and the mentioned guest membership.|
|Cornelia Hesse-Honegger (CH) was born in 1944 in Zürich Switzerland. One year at the school for applied Art in Zürich and an apprentice as a scientific illustrator at the scientific department of the Zoological Museum of the University of Zürich where she worked for geneticists and taxonomists as a freelancer for 25 years. Later work at marine stations in the Mediterranean as well as the South Pacific. After the accident of Chernobyl 1987 – 1990 studies leaf bugs and plants in the environs of areas with nuclear fallout in Sweden, Ticino, Switzerland and Chernobyl Ukraine. In 1988 she makes the first studies of leaf bugs in the environs of nuclear power plants in Switzerland. On 1988 and 1989 she publishes her first articles about deformed leaf bugs and Drosophila flies. Studies on the health on leaf bugs in the environs of the reprocessing plants Sellafield, UK, 1989 and La Hague, France, 1999 followed. Her studies on the health of leaf bugs in the environs of the nuclear power plants Three Mile Island and Peach Bottom Plant Pennsylvania, USA, 1991, as well as Krümmel and Stade in Germany, 1995, and Gundremmingen, 2002. In 1997 she studies leaf bugs in the environs of the nuclear test area in Nevada and Utah, USA, and 1998 around Hanford nuclear factories. The exhibition ‘After Chernobyl’ toured Europe and Canada from 1992 until 1999. Since 1994 she has undertaken cooperative work with Locus+, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, who organized the exhibition and book ‘The Future’s Mirror’. In 1998 her book called ‘Heteroptera’ came out with the German publisher Zweitausendeins and 2003 with the publisher Steidl. The English version appeared at Scalo Zürich 2003. In 2016 she published „Die Macht der schwachen Strahlung“. Since 1986 Cornelia Hesse-Honegger began working with the silk manufacturer ‘Fabric Frontline’ Zürich, for whom she created 75 designs which were very successful and with which she could pay all her research.|
|Christina Kubisch (DE), born in Bremen in 1948, has studied painting, composition and electronic music in Hamburg, Graz,Zurich and Milan. Besides her work as a sound artist she has produced numerous electroacoustic and instrumental compositions and audio works for radio. The artist has received many international awards, grants and residencies. Her work has been shown worldwide since 1974. Christina Kubisch belongs to the first generation of sound artists. She has artistically developed such techniques as magnetic induction to realize her installations. Christina Kubisch’s work displays an artistic development which is often described as “synthesis of arts” – the discovery of acoustic space and the dimension of time in the visual arts on one hand, and a redefinition of relationships between material and form in music on the other.|
|Shinseungback Kimyonghun (KR) is a Seoul based artistic duo consisting of engineer Shin Seung Back and artist Kim Yong Hun. Their collaborative practice explores technology’s impact on humanity. Shin Seung Back studied Computer Science in Yonsei University and Kim Yong Hun completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Sydney College of the Arts. They met while studying at the Graduate School of Culture Technology in the KAIST and after completing Masters in Science and Engineering, they started to work as Shinseungback Kimyonghun in 2012. Their work has been presented extensively, including Ars Electronica Festival, Vienna Biennale, the ZKM and MMCA Korea.|
|Isaac Monté (BE) has a fascination for unusual materials and an urge to master and manipulate these materials. He is a Belgian designer based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and studied at art academies in Belgium, The Netherlands and Norway. His interest in product design developed at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where he graduated as product designer in 2013. The work of Isaac Monté has been shown in a variety of galleries and exhibitions in Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy and Germany. Isaac is lecturing and leading workshops in various institutions, from the industry (IKEA) to art academies. Monté was awarded The Threshold Price as most talented graduate in 2013, with his project “Filter Factory”. In 2014 he was awarded the Henri Winkelman Award for young creative entrepreneurs in Rotterdam. And in 2015 he was announced as one of the recipients of the Bio Art and Design Awards. This award gave him the opportunity to design “The Art of Deception” in collaboration with Toby Kiers, Professor in Evolutionary Biology at the Free University in Amsterdam.|
|Quadrature (DE): Quadrature’s artistic exploration gravitates towards scientific interests and physical experiments, using new technologies or academic research as inspiration and material. They all share a love for machines and outer space. The members Juliane Götz, Sebastian Neitsch and Jan Bernstein (until 2016) have received multiple prizes and grants, including a Residency and Award by the European Digital Art and Science network in collaboration with ESO, an honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica, an Artist-in-Residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude as well as a working grant by Kunstfond Bonn. Their work has been presented internationally, for example at Künstlerhaus Wien, International Digital Arts Biennial in Montreal or The Modern Art Museum Santralistanbul in Istanbul.|
|Daniel Rozin (IL) is an artist, educator and developer working in the area of interactive digital art. As an interactive artist Rozin creates installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. In many cases the viewer becomes the contents of the piece and in others the viewer is invited to take an active role in the creation of the piece. Though computers are often used in Rozin’s work, they are seldom visible. As an educator, Rozin is Associate Art Professor at ITP, Tisch School Of The Arts, NYU. Rozin lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited widely with solo exhibitions in the US and internationally, featured in many publications and earned him numerous awards.|
|Mariano Sardón (AR) was born in Argentina, he is professor and chair of the Electronic Art Department at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. From 2004 to 2013 he worked as an academic advisor in the interactive art programme at Espacio Fundación Telefónica Argentina. He studied physics at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and was a visiting scholar in the Theatre, Film and TV Department at the University of California Los Angeles. Mariano Sardón is an internationally acclaimed artist and Prix Ars Electronica jury member.
Mariano Sigman (AR) was born in Argentina. He received a master’s degree in physics from the University of Buenos Aires and a PhD in neuroscience in New York. He moved to Paris to conduct research on decision making, cognitive architecture, and consciousness. In 2006 he founded the Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Buenos Aires, an interdisciplinary group consisting of physicists, psychologists, biologists, engineers, educational scientists, linguists, mathematicians, artists, and computer scientists. His lab has developed an empirical and theoretical approach to decision making, with a special focus on understanding the construction of confidence and subjective beliefs. Recently, he has progressively shifted his research to understand how current knowledge of the brain and the mind may serve to improve educational practice.
|Maja Smrekar (SI) was born 1978 in Slovenia. In 2005 she graduated at the Sculpture Department of Fine Art and Design Academy in collaboration with the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and holds Master of Arts in New Media since 2016. She has been awarded for her work at the Cynetart festival 2012 by the European Centre for Arts Hellerau (Dresden/Germany) with the 1st prize, Honorary mention at the Ars Electronica Festival 2013 (Linz/Austria), Golden Bird Award 2013 – the national award for special achivements at the field of visual art by the Liberal Academy (Ljubljana/Slovenia) and Prix Ars Electronica 2017 – Golden Nica by the Ars Electronica (Linz/Austria). Maja Smrekar lives and works between Ljubljana, Slovenia and Berlin, Germany.|
|Yamanaka Laboratory (JP): Prof. Yamanaka, a world-leading design engineer, established his laboratory at Keio University in 2008. He also built the Prototyping & Design Laboratory at the University of Tokyo in 2013. His objective is to investigate the role of prototypes through deeper fundamental research and to establish a method for supporting the socialization of advanced technology. Another aim is to foster a new type of design engineer who can contribute to the emerging interface between technology and aesthetic sensibilities.|