HYBRID | Artists

Morehshin Moreshin Allahyari (IR) is a new media artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work extensively deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects; a poetic mean to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Morehshin has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world including Venice Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Queens Museum, Pori Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Miami Art fair, and Material Art fair. She has been an artist in residence at BANFF Centre (2013),Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (2015), Autodesk Pier9 Workshop in San Francisco (2015), and the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research in association with Transmediale, Berlin -in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke– (2016). Her work has been featured in NYTimes, Huffington Post, Wired, NPR, Parkett Art Magazine, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Global Voices Online, and Al Jazeera among others. Morehshin will be an artist in residence at Eyebeam’s one year Research Residency (2016-2017).
bridle James Bridle (UK) is a British artist and writer based in Athens, Greece. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Observer and many others, in print and online. He lectures regularly at conferences, universities, and other events. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines.
cirio The Italian conceptual artist Paolo Cirio (IT/US) works on the topics of Appropriation, Interventionism and Socially Engaged Art of the Information Society. He defines himself as artist dealing with the social complexity of the information society and in addition understands himself also as hacktivist, researcher and social commentator. He works with legal, economic and semiotic systems of the information society and investigates social fields impacted by the Internet, such as privacy, copyright, politics and finance. He presented his research and intervention-based works through artifacts, photos, installations, videos, and public art. He has won a number of awards, including Golden Nica first prize at Ars Electronica, Transmediale second prize and the Eyebeam Fellowship, among others. His controversial artworks are often covered by global media outlets, such as CNN, Fox News, Washington Post, Huffington Post among many others.
esparza Gilberto Esparza (MX): Aguascalientes, 1975. His work involves a close correspondence between biology, engineering and robotics at the intersection between art, science and the ways in which we imagine the future. He works on the development of new hybrid organisms in search of symbiotic relationships between technology, human society and nature. He has collaborated with research centers such as University of Cartagena; CINVESTAV; Institute of Engineering, Astronomy Institute, and Ecology Institute of UNAM; National Polytechnic Institute, University of Guanajuato. He received the award for Latin American Production VIDA 09 and second prize VIDA 13 from Telefonica Foundation of Spain. Also he was awarded with the honorific mention in Ars Electronica, Linz Austria 2013, and Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica,  Hybrid Art 2015. He is currently member of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico.
exonemo 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 IDPW gatherings and “Internet Yami-Ichi” since 2012.
georgantzi Marilena Georgantzi (GR) was born in Athens, Greece in 1987. She graduated from National Technical Universtity of Athens as an architect in the year 2010. She also studied in École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette during an exchange program in 2009. In 2012, she obtained a Master Degree in Advanced Architecture from IAAC in Barcelona specialised in Digital Tectonics; She has worked as an art teacher, scenographer and designer in graphic design studios. She is focusing on spatial and graphical environments where dance, visualisation, space and manufacturing technologies merge in one.
germanidis Anastasis Germanidis (GR) is an artist and engineer born in Athens, Greece (1991). He creates participatory performances and speculative interfaces that explore the realized or potential effects of new communications technologies and artificial intelligence systems on personal identity and social interaction. His artworks have been featured in Wired Magazine UK and NRC Handelsblad, among other publications, and shown in galleries and festivals across the US and Europe. He has also worked on installations appearing in Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, and Google I/O.
koutsomichalis Marinos Koutsomichalis (GR) is a media artist, scholar and creative technologist. His interests comprise hypermediacy, post-humanism, distributed cognition, computational aesthetics and DIWO, while the most persistent themes in his artistic corpus are self-erasure and the post-self. He has presented his work internationally in all sorts of milieux: from leading museums and acclaimed biennales, to industrial sites, scientific conferences and underground venues. He has pursued research/artistic projects, led workshops and lectured at various academias, institutions and projectspaces worldwide. He has a PhD in Electronic Music and New Media (De Montfort University, GB) and a MA in Composition with Digital Media (University of York, GB).
luksch Manu Luksch (AT), filmmaker, artist and researcher, interrogates conceptions of progress and scrutinises the effects of network technologies on social relations, urban space, and political structures. Her seminal speculative fiction film FACELESS (2002–07), treats CCTV images as ‘legal readymades’, and derives its scenario from these legal properties. The feature film DREAMS REWIRED (2015), her second collaboration with Tilda Swinton as voice artist, draws on over 200 films from the 1890s to the 1930s to explore current hopes and fears relating to hyper-connectivity. Her works have ended up everywhere from street protests in Hong Kong to the collections of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She is Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths’ Centre for Cultural Studies.
mccarthy Lauren McCarthy (US) is an artist based in Los Angeles whose work explores current social and technological systems for being a person and interacting with other people. Lauren has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Conflux Festival, SIGGRAPH, LACMA, and the Japan Media Arts Festival. She’s an Assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts, and was recently the Ars Electronica / QUT TRANSMIT3 resident.
mccormack Jon McCormack (AU) is an Australian-based artist and researcher in computing. He holds an Honours degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Art (Film and Television) from Swinburne University and a PhD in Computer Science from Monash University. He is currently Professor of Computer Science and director of sensiLab at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests include generative art and design, evolutionary systems, computer creativity, visualisation, virtual reality, interaction design, physical computing, machine learning, L-systems and developmental models. Since the late 1980s McCormack has worked with computer code as a medium for creative expression. Inspired by the complexity and wonder of a diminishing natural world, his work is concerned with electronic “after natures” – alternate forms of artificial life that may one day replace the biological nature lost through human progress and development.
mcdonald Kyle McDonald (US) is an artist who works in the open with code. He is a contributor to arts-engineering toolkits like openFrameworks, building tools that allow artists to use new algorithms in creative ways. He enjoys creatively subverting networked communication and computation, exploring glitch and embedded biases, and new modes of intelligence and automation.
oliver Julian Oliver (NZ) is a New Zealander, Critical Engineer and artist based in Berlin. His work and lectures have been presented at many museums, galleries, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, the Chaos Computer Congress, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian has also given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, data forensics, creative hacking, computer networking, counter-surveillance, object-oriented programming for artists, augmented reality, virtual architecture, video-game development, information visualisation and UNIX/Linux worldwide. He is an advocate of Free and Open Source Software and is a supporter of, and contributor to, initiatives that promote and reinforce rights in the networked domain.
podgornik Anil Podgornik (SI) is a DIY enthusiast with passion for electronics, mechanics and physics.
psarra Afroditi Psarra PhD (GR) is a media artist working in the field of e-textiles, DIY electronics and creative coding. She holds a PhD on Cyberpunk and New Media Art focusing on merge of science fiction ideas with digital practices. She has been an intern at Disney Research Zurich and her work has been presented at numerous exhibitions throughout Europe. She is currently based in Athens, but will soon join the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington in Seattle, US.
spacal Saša Spačal (SI) is a media artist focusing on the posthuman period, when humans act as one of many elements in the ecosystem and not as sovereigns, therefore abandoning the Cartesian system of classification and accepting that the field of technology expanded not only from hardware to software but also to wetware. Her work has been presented at venues and festivals including Ars Electronica (Austria), Triennial of New Media Art (China), Cynetart (Germany), Kapelica Gallery (Slovenia), Device_Art (Croatia), Kiblix (Slovenia). She received an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica Prix 2015.
 spiess strecker Klaus Spiess (AT) and Lucie Strecker (DE) have been developing trans-disciplinary performances and installations that address biopolitical issues for five years. A former endocrinologist and psychosomaticist, Klaus Spiess is an associate professor at the Medical University of Vienna. Lucie Strecker is an artist and stage director and holds a senior postdoc position at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. They performed at Budascoop Kortrijk, Tanzquartier and Belvedere/21er Haus, Vienna; their installations have been shown at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, the BEALL Center for Art + Technology, Irvine and the OK Center, Linz, where the duo has been awarded a Honorary Mention (2015) at the Prix Ars Electronica. They have published articles on their trans-disciplinary performances in Performance Research, Kunstforum International, Springerin, and The Lancet, among others.
svagelj Mirjan Švagelj PhD (SI) is a doctor of biomedicine, specializing in the field of medicinal mushrooms.
vasiliev Danja Vasiliev (RU) is a Critical Engineer born in Saint-Petersburg, currently living and working between Berlin and New York. Vasiliev studies Systems and Networks through anti-disciplinary experimentation with hardware, firmware and software. Using computational platforms he engages in examination and exploitation of System and Network paradigms in both the physical and digital realms. Based on these findings, Vasiliev creates and exhibits works of Critical Engineering. In October 2011, together with his colleagues Julian Oliver and Gordan Savičić, Vasiliev coauthored The Critical Engineering Manifesto. He gives public workshops and talks, as well as regularly teaching courses on topics of network insecurity, software/OS modification, hardware re-engineering, digital forensics and other technology related subjects.
verhaest Alex Verhaest’s (BE) work is largely focused on language, story and the impossibility of communication. The basis is a highly narrative script, existing or newly written, around which she creates a body of work by analyzing its storyline and exploring the limits of what constitutes communicable language. Verhaest’s highly pictorial work operates on the juxtaposition of painting and video, each new project being an investigation into unorthodox contemporary technology. Verhaest’s work featured in several exhibitions mostly in Belgium and the Netherlands. Various arts&new media festivals/competitions have selected her work; FILE electronic language festival (Sao Paolo) New Technology Art Award (Gent) TAZ (Oostende) Arts Festival (Watou). Her work is featured in the Akzo Nobel Collection and she won the prestigious New Face Award (Japan Media arts Festival) and a Golden Nica (Ars Electronica)

 

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