EARTH LAB | Artists

portrait Búi Aðalsteinsson (IS) is an Icelandic product designer that has been researching the possibilities of circular and fully sustainable food production. He has been working on food systems that allow for the use of wasted materials as well as making commercial products that contain insects to promote the idea of edible insects. His aim is to revolutionize the way we see production and what we consider waste materials. www.buibjarmar.com
portrait ARTSAT: Art and Satellite Project (JP), which began in 2010, understands Earth-orbiting satellites and deep-space spacecrafts as ‘media that connect Earth with outer space’. The project launched a nano art satellite and an independently developed spacecraft to carry out experimental creative practices that utilize data transmitted from space, including interactive media art and sound/software art. The project, a collaboration between Tama Art University and The University of Tokyo, is run by members from varying fields. www.artsat.jp
portrait Sonja Bäumel (AT) works across various disciplines including art, design, fashion and biological practice. Sonja studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Vienna, and holds a Bachelor in Arts from the University of Arts of Linz, as well as a Master from the Design Academy Eindhoven. She is lecturing and giving workshops in various international Institutions and Universities. Her work has been exhibited internationally in e.g. Ars Electronica Center (AT), Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (TW), National Science Museum (KOR) or ZKM Center for Art and Media (DE). She is co-founder of Dunbar’s Number collective, member of Pavillion35 collective based in Vienna, and of the WNDRLUST collective based in Amsterdam. Sonja currently teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. www.sonjabaeumel.at
portrait Dmitry Bulatov (RU) is an artist, researcher and art theorist. His research focuses on interdisciplinary art media, as well as on submediality aesthetics. Author of many articles on contemporary art published in Russia and abroad, as well as books and anthologies, including BioMediale. Contemporary Society and Genomic Culture (Kaliningrad, 2004), Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age (Vol.1, Kaliningrad, 2009; Vol.2, Kaliningrad, 2013). His artworks have been presented in various national and international exhibitions such as Victory over the Sun (Moscow, 2007), Technology Expanding the Horizon (Columbus, 2007), Senses Alert (Berlin, 2008), Corpus Extremus (Life+) (New York, 2009), Russian Utopias (Moscow, 2010), Life. Version of Science (Moscow, 2011) and others. In 2007 his artwork has been selected by Wired magazine as the world’s 10 top innovations. A twice winner of the National Innovation Award for contemporary arts (2008, 2013).
portrait Alexey Chebykin (RU) is an artist, architect. He has been active in many fields of contemporary art, including sculpture, interactive installations, focuses on the link between art and innovative technologies. He has taken part in various international exhibitions and festivals such as Artist and Arms (Moscow, Nizhny Tagil, Gdansk, 2002-2005); 9000 km (2006); Eastern Neighbours (Utrecht; Kalmar, 2006); The Heart of Venice (Venice, 2007); PRAGUEBIENNALE 3 (Prague, 2007); Venice Biennale 52 (GINNUN-GAGAP, Venice, 2007); Artissima (Turin, 2007); Schengen (Berlin, 2008); The Russian Roulette (Wiesbaden, 2008); Monsters – People, Murders, Power Machines (Dresden, 2008), Russian Uto-pias (Moscow, 2010), Life. Version of Science (Moscow, 2011) and others. In 2008, he was appointed laureate of the 2013 AR Metaio De-veloper Competition (Germany). Lives and works in Kaliningrad (Russia).
portrait Yulia Glukhova (RU) was born in 1989 in Moscow, have graduated VGIK (russian film school) sound department in 2012. Nowadays working mostly as a freelancer doing sound editing, design and mix for film and TV, feeling big passion for designing sound effects. Took part in some international workshops including Berlinale Talents, where won Dolby Atmos Policy Trailer competition, Cinetrain and others. yuliaglukhova.com
portrait Massoud Hassani (AF): Born in Afghanistan in 1983, Massoud Hassani moved to Holland in 1998 in search of a new life. As a child in Kabul, he made all kinds of toys, sculptures and paintings. By the age of 9 he learnt to weld and worked as a car mechanic. One can imagine that it was an enlightening moment when he arrived in the Netherlands and discovered that there was a profession called “product designer”. As soon as he was able, he enrolled to study at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Having already adopted a new lifestyle and cultural habits, he focussed his study to research on building a bridge between those two cultures. He graduated in 2011 and now works from his own studio with his brother Mahmud Hassani in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Invitations to present Mine Kafon at MoMA New York and Ars Electronica and reports about the project on CNN, BBC, TIME, WIRED, Le Monde, and The Guardian among others supported the idea of Mine Kafon and carried it into a wider public. www.minekafon.org
portrait Cornelia Hesse-Honegger (CH): Since 1968, scientist-artist Cornelia Hesse-Honegger (CH) has been working as a scientific illustrator for the scientific department of the Natural History Museum at the University of Zurich. She is painting pictures of flies and bugs that have mutated as a result of environmental contamination and atomic radiation. Since the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986, she has collected more than 16,000 insects in the fallout zones of Chernobyl and normally working nuclear facilities internationally. Based on her observations she argues that in regions where the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl hits ground, an increase of percentage of malformed insects can be detected. www.wissenskunst.ch
portrait Yasuaki Kakehi (JP) is a media artist and an interactive media researcher. He works at Keio University and MIT Media Lab. His works have been exhibited at a lot of exhibitions including ACM SIGGRAPH and Ars Electronica Festival. He developed the lapillus bug with Michinari Kono, who is a PhD student at the University of Tokyo. This art piece is based on an ultrasound-based non-contact actuator developed by Takayuki Hoshi, who is an assistant professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology. www.xlab.sfc.keio.ac.jp/~kakehi/
portrait Vadim Kolosov (RU) is a Moscow-born multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound and media artist. Mainly works in such genres as drone, ambient, noise and soundscape. Creates composi-tion at the intersection of sound performances and visual techniques. Interested in sound since the age of five, when he started creating tunes using a toy Casio keyboard. Later, using old portable cassette voice recorder, he dived into the world of the sampling process and was fascinated with it. Vadim recorded samples of television shows, different noises and combined them into tracks. With first personal computers’ ap-pearance in Russia, had discovered the possibilities of sequencing. Moscow Polytechnic Museum helped Vadim to start creating works at the intersection of sound and science art. Among them are collaboration with Aalborg University (Denmark) and co-projects with such artists as Michal Brzezinski (Poland) and Enzo Varriale (Italy). Participated in various exhibitions and events of Soundartist.ru community. vadimkolosov.com
portrait Julian Melchiorri (UK/IT) is a British/Italian design engineer and innovator based in London. Internationally known for his visionary artificial leaf projects, he propose radical environmental solutions for the urban and industrial environment using novel photosynthetic devices he developed through intense laboratory experimentation. His works, located between design and science, explores new scenarios and opportunities through innovative experimentations of materials, mechanisms and interactions between people, products and our surrounding environment. www.julianmelchiorri.com
portrait Ursula Neugebauer (DE) was born in 1960 in Hamm, Westphalia and she lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Muenster under Timm Ulrichs and was master class student under his direction. After three years at the Technical University in Berlin (architectural department) she worked as professor at Berlin University of the Arts since 2003. Ursula Neugebauer received numerous grants and distinctions and published articles and books on the topic of the human body and it´s environments. www.ursula-neugebauer.de
portrait Leo Peschta (AT): After studies of photography and graphic design Leo Peschta attended the Academy of Applied Arts Vienna graduating 2007 in Digital-Media-Arts. His works have been exhibited at museums, festivals and galleries worldwide, including a solo exhibition at Ars Electronica – Tabakfabrik (Linz, 2010), Translife – The National Art Museum of China (Bejing, 2011), NIME (Oslo, 2011), Process as Paradigm, Museum Laboral (Gijon 2010), Artbots – Science Gallery (Dublin, 2008), un_space – Museum for Applied Arts Vienna (Vienna 2007). Leo Peschta has received several awards such as the robots choice award at Artbots 2008; a honorary mention at VIDA13, an international competition on Art & Artificial Life; the Heinrich Klotz Stipendium ZKM Karlsruhe. www.leo.ok.ag
portrait Finnbogi Pétursson (IS) 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. www.finnbogi.com
portrait Shinseungback Kimyonghun (KR): Computer specialist Shin Seung Back and artist Kim Yong Hun have been working together since 2012. Their aim: gaining insight into the essence of digital life. The precondition: coming to terms with the essence of technology and of human beings. The Seoul-based duo’s artistic projects revolve around the differences between human and computer. They focus on, for instance, the rules according to which one perceives and interprets the surrounding world and how this comes across to the other. www.ssbkyh.com
portrait Stain (RU) is a Moscow based art studio that creates audiovisual, spatial, light installations in the abstract aesthetics. Alexandra Gavrilova and Sergey Titov, founders of the studio, are exploring human perception and related features of media using algorithmic and interactive methods. Stain creates independent projects, participates in group exhibitions and festivals. www.stain.ws
portrait Marek Straszak (PL) studied Art and Media at UdK Berlin, Germany, as well as Photography and Multimedia in Wroclaw, Poland. As a new media artist he is interested in motion graphics, interactive audio-visual installations and kinetic sculptures. Significant for his installation objects is a combination of digital animation that is combined with kinetic motion in a surreal open form. He creates animations, installations, films and graphics and is currently living in Poznan, Poland. www.marekstraszak.com
portrait ::vtol:: (RU) is an alias of media artist Dmitry Morozov. He embodies his ideas in works of art of high-tech genres such as robotics, sound art, and science art. Participated in the 4th Moscow Bienalle, Archstoyanie and CTM (DE) festivals, presented his works at major contemporary art venues: NCCA, MMOMA, Manege, Laboratoria, Electromuseum, Polytechnic Museum, Garage, ZKM (DE), Ars Electronica (AU), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (US). Winner of Sergey Kuryokhin award (2013), Cube award (FR 2014), honorable mention award at VIDA 16.0 (ES 2014), and Ars Electronica (AU 2015). www.vtol.cc
portrait The European Space Agency is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organization with 22 Member States. ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA’s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organizations outside Europe. www.esa.int
portrait Ars Electronica Solutions (AT) gleans ideas, concepts and developments from throughout the Ars Electronica context and transforms them into trailblazing (media) applications customized for culture and commerce. In Ars Electronica Solutions’ ateliers and workshops, the most creative approaches flow into the design of interactive products and services in the domains of Event & Show Design, Brandlands & Exhibitions and Urban Media Development. www.aec.at/solutions