Ursula Neugebauer was born in 1960 in Hamm, Westphalia; lives and works in Berlin; studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Muenster under Timm Ulrichs; master class student; since 2003, professor at Berlin University of the Arts.
1990 Graduate scholarship of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
1991 Work grant from the Bonn Art Foundation Studio/gallery, sponsorship grant from Regional Authority of Westphalia-Lippe
1992–93 Grant from NRW Ministry of Education & the Arts for Schöppingen Artists’ Village
1998 Travel grant from the Elisabeth Montag Foundation, Dresden
1999 Scholarship from the Cultural Foundation of the Unna Savings Bank
2000 Barkenhoff grant, Worpswede
2001 Artist-in-residence, Vienna, Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria
João Wilbert is a brazilian artist and researcher with interest and experience in interaction, design and programming. Over the past years he conceived and developed projects for different media: web, mobile and gallery installation dealing with user engagement, expression and creative use of technology. Coming from a hacker/maker background João focuses on process based work dealing with software programming, physical computing, data sensing and interactive architecture.
Junji Watanabe was born in 1976, and received Ph. D. in Information Science and Technology from the University of Tokyo in 2005. He is a research specialist in NTT Communication Science Laboratories from 2011. He studies cognitive science and communication devices with applied perception. His works have been presented not only in academic conferences but also in science museum and art festivals, such as the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Japan Media Arts Festival and Ars Electronica Center.
Yui Kawaguchi, choreographer/performer (Berlin / Tokyo). Many festivals have invited her to perform her works, including the New National Theater Tokyo, ARS Electronica and the Weimar International Dance Festival. She also collaborates with Opera, Theater and the Visual Arts. Since 2008, she has worked in collaboration with Jazz pianist Aki Takase, and with film directors such as Makoto Tezuka and Yoshimasa Ishibashi. She joined the successful cross-over project “Red Bull Flying Bach”, by Christoph Hagel and the Flying Steps, as the show’s only female dancer. It premiered at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie and was awarded the ECHO Klassik Sonderpreis in 2010. Other Awards include: 2006, the Jury’s Prize at the Yokohama solo-duo competition; 2009, Dancer of the year “ballet-tanz” magazine; 2010, the Kölner Tanztheaterpreis.
Kyosuke Sakakura, Project Assistant Professor of Keio University Global Security Research Institute, was born in 1972. He studied Art History and Urban Design. After receiving a master’s degree in Environment Design from Keio University in 2003, he focuses on the creative process of collaborative art and community development. He also works on developing alternative spaces as an artist and designer. He was invited at “YOKOHAMA 2005: International Triennale of Contemporary Art”, etc. Since 2006, he manages community places, the “Mita House” and the “Shiba House” cooperated by the university and local community nearby Keio University in Tokyo.
Hideyuki Ando was born in 1974, and received the B.E.and M.E. in electronic engineering from Aichi institute of technology, Japan, in 1997 and 1999. He received the Ph.D. (Information Science and Technology) from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2004. Since 2002, he works for NTT Communication Science Laboratories. Since 2008, he is associate professor at Osaka University. His studies have been presented in SIGGRAPH 02,04,05,06,07,08,09, and Ars Electoironica 07, 09. His work was selected as Excellence Prize at Japan Media Arts Festival 2008 in art division, and as Honorary Mention of the Interactive Art Category of the Prix Ars Electronica 09, 11.
The Futurelab is a model of a new kind of media art laboratory in which artistic and technological innovations engender reciprocal inspiration. The lab’s teams bring together a wide variety of specialized skills; their approach is characterized by interdisciplinarity and international networking. The Futurelab’s wide-ranging activities include designing and engineering exhibitions, creating artistic installations, as well as pursuing collaborative research with universities and joint ventures with private sector associates.