Julian Stadon

is an Australian artist/designer/curator/researcher/educator. He is also the director of marart.org. Previously, he was Programme Leader of Digital Media Design at The University of Hertfordshire, Subject Leader in Innovative Media at London College of Fashion and Senior Lecture of Interface and Interaction Design at FH Salzburg. He is currently a Steering Committee member for the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality. Previously, Stadon founded and directed Dorkbot Perth.

Originally studying Marine Biology, then Fine Arts and a Master of Electronic Art, Stadon’s current PhD research focuses on how art can better our understandings of identity, augmentation aesthetics, the relationship between bodies, embodied data and data bodies in the Anthropocene.

Erik Overmeire

Erik Overmeire is a creative coder/artist based in Rotterdam (NL) where in 2010 he graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academie. He is part of World Wilder Lab where, together with Kasia Molga, he works on the intersection of art, science, design and technology to facilitate artistic expression for biological entities.

Besides his work with World Wilder Lab he also regularly collaborates on the production of artworks or exhibitions by artists such as Geert Mul, Kasia Molga, Ricardo O’Nascimento and Alicia Framis.

Boris Debackere

As a media artist his main interest is the possible integration of different expression forms, with an emphasis on electronic sound and image. Most recent work and research is concentrated on translating and transforming the cinema concept into other forms like Live Cinema performances and audiovisual installations. His work includes ‘vortices’ and ‘probe’ reactive installations dealing with the relationship between the viewer and the screen.

 

Jan-Nahuel Jenny

Jan-Nahuel Jenny completed his master’s degree in media design in Salzburg, where he lived and worked until 2015. His move to Linz marked the beginning of his work on the “3erHof”, a project in the field of tension between agriculture, art and living. Since 2017, he has also been working on numerous STADTWERKSTATT projects, most notably the annual festival STWSTx48 as part of the Ars Electronica Festival.

Roland Van Dierendonck

Roland has co-organized events about open-source hardware, digital biology and biomaterials, and exhibited several bio-related art-science works. Next to this, he teaches in the biospace at the Product Design department of the Utrecht University of the Arts. He really enjoys tinkering with creative technologies and music, making illustrations, and collaborating with diverse people.

Roland has a MSc. in Media Technology at Leiden University and a BSc. in Bèta-gamma, specialization in Biology, at the University of Amsterdam.

Marisa Garreffa

Marisa Garreffa is an Australian writer, editor, and performance artist of Italian and Croatian heritage. Based, in Europe, her work explores the intersection between creative practice, trauma recovery, and sharing our stories as an act of healing and resistance.

Marisa’s current Rituals of Healing Cycles are physical expressions of the moment by moment waves of emotion and re-comprehension of one’s life after a traumatic event. She constructs a sacred space in which she tells stories while performing alchemical actions, to contemplate fragmented memory and transform herself on a physical and spiritual level within an aesthetic, artistic offering. She recently presented Rituals of Healing: Traces at the 18th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh, and Ritual for Lost Land and What Is My Language for Green Wave Art Space, Hong Kong.

Emanuel Flores

Emanuel “Manolo” Flores is a bioengineer from the Yucatan Peninsula. Manolo has the vision that when we achieve a complete understanding of information processing inside cells, we will be able to harness it towards making more sustainable systems, from cells to cities. Manolo is currently working on citizen science and smart cities projects in the R & D department in the Fab Lab Yucatán. 
 
Manolo will be starting his Ph.D. at Caltech this summer working to unravel gene regulation in at the Rob Phillips Lab. His interests center in bio fabrication using synthetic and understanding different scales of biology using data and mathematical models.