Cesar Harada (FR/JP)

Cesar Harada, Forscher an der Goldsmitchs Universität und TED-Fellow, ist der Gründer von Protei, einer Zusammenarbeit von KünstlerInnen, DesignerInnen, WissenschaftlerInnen und MeeresbiologInnen. Von der gemeinsamen Sorge um den Planeten und die Ozeane zusammengebracht, verbrachten sie den Sommer 2011 gemeinsam in Rotterdam, um unter der Schirmherrschaft des V2_Institute for the Unstable Media an den Technologien zu arbeiten, um Protei Wirklichkeit werden zu lassen.

Cesar Harada ist ein französisch-japanischer Erfinder, Umweltaktivist und Unternehmer. Zur Zeit entwickelt er Protei, schreibt an einem PhD über “Open Hardware for the Environment” mit starkem Fokus auf ozeanische Communities und Technologien, unterrichtet “Design and Environment” an der Goldsmith Universität und kann für Workshops und Vorträge gebucht werden.

Cesar Harada, Goldsmiths University researcher and senior TED fellow initiated Protei, which is a result of collaboration between artists, designers, scientists, engineers and marine biologists. Brought together by common passion for the planet and oceans of this planet and its well being, they spent summer 2011 together in Rotterdam under the wings of the V2_Institute for the Unstable Media working out the best technologies to make Protei happen.

Cesar Harada is a French-Japanese Inventor, Environmentalist and Entrepreneur. Currently developing the Protei – a revolutionary shape shifting sailing robot-with the Open-H2O community, TED Senior Fellow, Unreasonable at sea Entrepreneur, Figure of progress (by GOOD and IBM), PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University of London, writing on “Open Hardware for the Environment” with a strong focus on ocean communities & technologies. Cesar also teaches Masters of “Design and Environment” at Goldsmiths University and can be booked for teaching workshops, public speaking and panels through his exclusive speakers bureau, The Lavin Agency. Visit his speaker’s page.

Cesar is a graduate from the Royal College of Arts London, Design Interactions Department, and worked as MIT Boston USA Project Leader as well as construction manager of the *IHub_ in Nairobi Kenya. Cesar led the Open-H2O (former Open-Sailing) to win the ARS Electronica Golden Nica [NEXT IDEA] (Austria) and the VIDA awards Fundacion Telefonica (Spain).

Daan van den Berg (NL)

Daan van den Berg, born 1976, attempts to play with appearances and the expectations these instigate. This results in objects, furniture or products. Furthermore, he works as a freelancer on projects in the field of interior design, architecture, visual arts and product design.

Eric Paulos (US)

Eric Paulos is the director of the Living Environment Labs and an Assistant Professor in the Center for New Media (BCNM) with a faculty appointment within the Electrical Engineering Computer Science Department at UC Berkeley. Previously, Eric Paulos held the Cooper-Siegel Associate Professor Chair in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Eric is faculty within the Human-Computer-Interaction Institute with courtesy faculty appointments in the Robotics Institute and in the Entertainment Technology Center. Previously he was a senior research scientist at Intel in Berkeley, California, where he founded the Urban Atmospheres research group. His areas of expertise span a deep body of research territory in urban computing, sustainability, green design, environmental awareness, social telepresence, robotics, physical computing, interaction design, persuasive technologies and intimate media. Eric received his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley, where he helped launch a new robotic industry by developing some of the first internet tele-operated robots including space browsing helium-filled blimps and personal roving presence devices (ProPs).

Finnbogi Pétursson (IS)

Finnbogi Pétursson is an installation and sound artist and musician. He studied at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts, Reykjavik and Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. In 2001, he represented Iceland at the 49th Biennale di Venezia. The venues of his numerous one-man shows include Göteborg Art Museum, Reykjavik Arts Festival, ICA Toronto and i8 Gallery Reykjavik/Sean Kelly Gallery New York (with Anthony McCall). He’s also exhibited his work in many group shows, and frequently performs together with the electronic duo Ghostdigital.

Golan Levin (US)

Golan Levin develops artifacts and experiences which explore the expressive use of computation. His work focuses on the design of systems for the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound, as part of a more general inquiry into the formal language of interactivity, and of nonverbal communications protocols in cybernetic systems. Through performances, digital artifacts, and virtual environments, often created with a variety of collaborators, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines, make visible our ways of interacting with each other, and explore the intersection of abstract communication and interactivity. Levin has exhibited widely in Europe, America and Asia.

Levin received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the MIT Media Laboratory, where he studied in the Aesthetics and Computation Group. Between degrees, he worked for four years as an interaction designer and research scientist at Interval Research Corporation, Palo Alto. Presently Levin is Director of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Associate Professor of Electronic Time-Based Art at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also holds Courtesy Appointments in the School of Computer Science and the School of Design.


It is currently formed by three artists working with sound creation and interaction. Their work is focused on researching sound interaction and its relation with artistic space.

Josu Rekalde (Amorebieta -Bizkaia- 1959)
He works both as artist and Art and Technology teacher and Fine Arts in the University of the Basque Country. HIs work in quite interdisciplinary although his more renown side is related to new media. The themes he works on range from intimacy to social relationship, from the Self to the Other, from the metalinguistic to the narrative.

Mikel Arce Sagarduy ( Bilbao 1959)
He is a sound artist and teacher at the Art and Technology department of the Fine Art College and the UNiversity of the Basque Country. He works with sound installations exploring spatial and dimensional aspects of sound.

Enrike Hurtado Mendieta (Bibao 1973)
Member of the independent research project ixi-audio he makes experimental music as well as develops his own music software. He is currently researching on generative music systems at the Fine Arts College of the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao.

Julien Oliver (NZ), Daniil Vasiliev (RU)

Working with diverse methods, technologies and materials Daniil Vasiliev ridicules the contemporary love of digital life and questions the global tendency to cyborgination. The artist’s works are often described as technological interventions, whether they are hardware, software or conceptual pieces.

Julian Oliver has been active in the critical intersection of art and technology since 1998. His projects and the occasional paper have been presented at many museums, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, Ars Electronica and the Japan Media Arts Festival. He is a long-time advocate of the use of free software in artistic production, distribution and education.

Manu Luksch (AT)

Manu Luksch is an intermedia artist whose practice interrogates conceptions of progress through the devising of tools and frameworks and the instigation of processes, with a strong emphasis on research and collaboration. She is founder of ambientTV.NET, a crucible for independent, interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of art, technology and social criticism.

Her focus is on the effects of emerging technologies on daily life, social relations, urban space, and political structures – possible futures of infrastructures, the thresholds and constraints of public space, and the traces of data that accumulate in digital networked societies.

Her internationally acclaimed film installation, FACELESS, narrated by Tilda Swinton and part of the Collection Centre Pompidou, pioneered the notion of ‘legal readymades’ by appropriating data protection legislation into a process for filmmaking.

Matthew Gardiner (AU)

Matthew Gardiner, the artist in residence of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, defined a new field of research called Oribotics 2003 to describe his work across the diverse disciplines of origami, biomimetics, and robotics. This work grew primarily out of his fascination with the aesthetic of kinetic origami, and has evolved over a series of five generations of Oribots (2010/2009/2007/2005/2004), each a robotic flower, identified by the latin term “Mechaniflorum Quinquiplicaticum”. Gardiner’s early installations were concerned with networks and global connectivity. Oribotics [laboratory] connected the oribots with changing weather patterns, and Oribotics [network] with changing XML feeds.

Gardiner’s latest generation, Oribotics [futurelab] are localised, using ultrasonic sensors to give them immediate awareness of proximate objects. This awareness generates micro interactions that are conveyed to the host computer and communicated to the network as a macro effect, akin a pebble drop creating ripples on a pool of water. Each new oribotics generation takes the primary concern of longevity, seeking to grant each new generation with an extension of life through innovations in materials and technical research.

Paolo Cirio (IT)

Paolo Cirio works as a media artist in various fields: net-art, public-art, video-art, software-art and experimental fiction. He has won prestigious media art awards and his subversive works have been sustained by research grants, residencies and he has exhibited in international museums and institutions worldwide. As public speaker he delivers lectures and workshops on tactics of media interventions. Cirio investigates perception and the creation of cultural, political and economic realities that are designed by information through content, distribution and modes of media.

Allesandro Ludovico (IT)

Alessandro Ludovico is a media critic and has been editor in chief of Neural magazine since 1993. He is one of the founders of the Mag.Net (the electronic cultural publishers’ organization). He also served as an advisor for the Documenta 12 magazine project. He teaches at the Academy of Art in Carrara.

Seiko Mikami (JP)

Seiko Mikami is an artist and Professor at Tama Art University. Large-scale installations on the information society and the human body since the 1980s. From 1990 till the present day the majority of her interactive media art installations incorporate human perception. Art works have been exhibited at Miro Museum, Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Kulturhuset Stockholm, National Art Museum of China, Canon ARTLAB, Yamaguchi Center of Arts and Media/YCAM, InterCommunication Center/ICC, transmediale Berlin, DEAF Rotterdam, ISEA, Ars Electronica. Participation in numerous media art festivals.