Symposium Chair

Randall Packer is a multimedia artist, composer, writer and educator who has worked at the intersection of interactive media, live performance, and networked art. He has received critical acclaim for his socially and politically infused critique of media culture, and has performed and exhibited at museums, theaters, and festivals internationally. Packer is a writer and scholar in new media, most notably the co-editor of Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality and the author of his long running blog: Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge. At Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, he is an Associate Professor of Networked Art where he founded and directs the Open Source Studio (OSS) project, an educational initiative exploring collaborative online research and teaching in the media arts. Currently he is directing the Third Space Network (3SN), an Internet broadcast channel for live media arts and creative dialogue.

Keynotes

Matt Adams studied English Literature at University College London and co-founded Blast Theory in 1991. He has had residencies at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, the Banff New Media Centre in Canada and Arnolfini in Bristol. He is a winner of the Maverick Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards. He was a Thinker In Residence for the South Australian Government.He has taught widely on performance, new media and interdisciplinary practice at institutions such as the Royal College of Art, the Australian Network for Art and Technology and Pace University in New York. He was the Visiting Professor for Interactive Media at the Central School of Speech and Drama from 2007 to 2014 and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter. He is a member of the South East Area Council for Arts Council England, is Chair of the Advisory Board for non zero one and is Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for Lighthouse.

Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) joined London South Bank University in September 2015 as Associate Professor in Performance and New Media, and Director of External Development and Enterprise for the School of Arts and Creative Industries. Maria is a cultural practitioner who has worked as curator, producer, performer, writer and community organiser in the UK, Greece and internationally (France, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Peru). She was co-founder and co-director of the international Art and Technology Festival [email protected] and co-artistic director of Fournos Centre for Digital Culture, both in Athens, Greece (1996-2002). She publishes and presents her research widely, convenes conferences and symposia, and curates festivals and exhibitions.

Introductions

Steve Dixon is a world-renowned academic, researcher and interdisciplinary artist with a distinguished career in both higher education leadership and the professional creative industries. He joined LASALLE College of the Arts as its sixth President in February 2012. Following a successful career as an actor and award-winning director of film and digital media productions, Steve became an academic in 1991. He quickly established an international reputation for his research in the use of media and computing technologies in the performing arts. His seminal, 800 page book, Digital Performance is recognised as the most comprehensive scholarly work on the subject and won international awards including the Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence in Music and the Performing Arts.

Vibeke Sorensen, Chair of the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, is a pioneering artist, composer, and professor working in digital multimedia and animation, stereography, interactive architectural installation, and networked visual music performance. Her work in experimental new media spans more than four decades and has been published and exhibited worldwide, including in books, galleries, museums, conferences, performances, film festivals, on cable and broadcast television, and the internet. Vibeke Sorensen has a long history of interdisciplinary collaborations, art-science and art-engineering interactions, including the development of new media technologies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Princeton University, the University of Southern California, the University of California San Diego / San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Neurosciences Institute of La Jolla, and the California Institute of Technology.

Performers

Online En-semble – Entanglement Training
Directed by Annie Abrahams

Annie Abrahams is an artist who questions the possibilities and limits of communication in general and more specifically investigates its modes under networked conditions. She develops an aesthetics of attention and trust, for which human behaviour is the main material. Abrahams is known worldwide for her netart and collective writing experiments and is an internationally regarded pioneer of networked performance art. She presented work in Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Paris; Stadtgalerie Mannheim; Black Mountain College Museum Arts Center; New Museum, New York; Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art; Furtherfield Gallery, London; NIMk, Amsterdam and Aksioma, Ljubljana among others.

Antye Greie (also know as AGF) is a composer, music producer, sound artist & curator, poet, feminist and activist. Born and raised in East Germany, she now lives and works in Hailuoto, Finland. Her artistic tools are language, sound, listening, voice, and communication which she expresses in mixed media. Since 2011, she is the organiser and co-founder of Hai Art in Hailuoto. Antye campaigns for diversity in the arts with the women collective female:pressure. She runs her own music publishing label AGF Producktion and has collaborated with Eliane Radigue, Gudrun Gut, Kaffe Matthews, Vladislav Delay, Craig Armstrong, Ellen Allien amongst many others.

Helen Varley Jamieson is a writer, theatre practitioner and digital artist from New Zealand, based in Germany. She holds a Master of Arts (Research) investigating cyberformance – live performance on the internet – which she has practiced since 1999. In 2003 she co-founded UpStage, a web-based platform for cyberformance, and has co-curated many international online festivals and events. Her work employs digital and online tools to address current environmental, political and social issues. Recent projects; We have a situation! (2013-), Unaussprechbarlich (2015-), Tales from the Towpath (2014) and make-shift (2010-12). Helen is active in open-source, feminist, theatre and digital art networks.

Soyung Lee currently lives and works in Seoul. She is interested in reflecting the aspects on how the culture and lifestyle of a region is related in an individual’s history, conflict, and sensibilities. After working on a project about Korean Diasporas in Central Asia from 2011 to 2013, she continues to experiment on multimedia projects dealing with languages and identities of minority groups such as migrant workers, immigrants, and disaporas in society. Her solo exhibitions include: Displaced (Videotage, Hong Kong, 2016), Doubtful Nest (Boan Art Space, Seoul, 2015), Cloud-Cuckoo-Land (Gallery Curiosity, Seoul, 2009).

Hương Ngô was born in Hong Kong and is currently based in Chicago. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, Art & Technology), and was a studio fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. She was recently awarded the Fulbright US Scholar Grant in Vietnam to continue a project (begun at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in France) that examines the colonial history of surveillance. Her work engages ideas of radical pedagogy and intersectionality to connect personal experiences with political struggles via performance, time-based media, and sculpture.

Daniel Pinheiro, performer and visual artist born in Venezuela and based in Porto, Portugal has been developing work in the fields of Video and Telematic Art using its tools as resource to discuss and reflect upon the impact of technology on everyday life. With a background in Theater his practice focuses on the perception of the self and identity in a networked society. Parallel to developing his personal artistic work he’s also working in the field of curation mostly expanding his practice to the assemblage of works of other artists in specific showings regarding emerging practices and artistic approaches.

Igor Štromajer researches tactical emotional para-artistic actions, intimate guerrilla, and traumatic low-tech communication strategies. He has shown his work at more than two hundred exhibitions in more than sixty countries (transmediale, ISEA, EMAF, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica Futurelab, V2_, IMPAKT, CYNETART, Manifesta, ARCO, Microwave, Banff Centre and in numerous other galleries and museums worldwide) and received a number of awards. His projects form part of the permanent collections of Le Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, Computerfinearts collection in New York, and Maribor Art Gallery. As a guest artist he lectures at universities and contemporary art institutes.

igaies: intimate glitches across internet errors…
Directed by JonCates

jonCates is an internationally recognized Glitch Artist based in Chicago and exhibiting worldwide in galleries, museums and online. jonCates works at the intersections of Noise and New Media. His projects are presented internationally and widely available online via the Internet. His research and writings appear online in digital forms and physically in print publications from MIT Press, Gestalten, The Penn State University Press, Intellect and Unsorted Books. In 2005 he created the concept of Dirty New Media and is widely recognized as developing concepts, communities and discourses of the unstable arts now known as Glitch Art. As a full-time tenured Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), he has served in various leadership roles (elected as Chair of The Faculty Senate and Chair of the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation [FVNMA]).

Arcángelo Constantini is a pioneering artist in the interrelated fields of New Media and Net Art (net.art). Based in Mexico City, he was Curator of New Media at Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, he founded Project 1/4 and curated the Electronic Art Biennial Transitio MX of the National Center of the Arts of Mexico and CONACULTA in 2005 and 2009. As an interdisciplinary artist, his work is widely exhibited and deeply influential worldwide. His practice includes interactive sculpture, noise, installation, sound, digital performance, and some of the earliest works of the unstable arts now known as Glitch Art. Constantini carries out extensive research on the relationship between cognitive processes and technology, constructing experimental artifacts and developing his own hypotheses on electromagnetic phenomena, water anomalies, and the spectrum of perception. His awards include the highly esteemed and distinguished Rockefeller and MacArthur Foundation grant, and many others. He is now member of the prestigious Sistema Nacional de Creadores Fonca.

SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY is an internet artist using sound, video, and performance to re-stage personal narratives through materials appropriated from the web. her work shapes the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into a tool for exposing structures of oppression. it has been exhibited internationally in spaces like the Festspielhaus Hellerau (Dresden, DE), Lafayette Anticipation (Paris, FR), and on NTS Radio (London, UK.)

愛真 Ei Jane Janet Lin (XXXTRAPRINCESS) is a Chicago-based Taiwanese artist educator. 林愛真 Ei Jane Janet Lin  is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago exhibiting and performing her projects worldwide. Lin has shown and presented her projects in museums, galleries and festivals in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, Rotterdam, Kassel, Montreal, and online, i.e. as an invited artist in the inaugural Wrong Biennale.

Paula Pinho Martins Nacif (XXXTRAPRINCESS) is a Brazilian–>­Portuguese #gURL, #artist && #organizer living in London, UK. In #2017 she is thinking about #sincerity, #memes, #money, #hypervisibility && #obfuscation, #sparklygifs, #cutestuff and #WeaponsAgainstMassDestruction. She hopes to #infiltratewithlove.

Roberto Sifuentes is an interdisciplinary performance artist. His work fuses highly charged cultural issues with a wild pop culture aesthetic. From homeland security to extreme reality television – from video games to military training – from fetishism to evangelism – Sifuentes creates interactive performance installations where his personas wind their way through psycho/sexual/political/ universes. The result is a cinematic style that uses satire, humor, and spectacle to peel away the viewer’s protective layers and reveal society’s desires, fears and obsessions. A founding member of the performance group La Pocha Nostra, Sifuentes has collaborated and performed with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and other Pocha Nostra artists throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. Sifuentes is currently Associate Professor of Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Aram Han Sifuentes uses sewing to claim spaces for immigrant communities to investigate themes of identity politics, immigration, immigrant labor, protest, citizenship and disenfranchisement. Sifuentes’s art has been exhibited and performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago; Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia; Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea; and the Design Museum in London, UK.

Online Moderators

Jeremiah Ambrose (UK) is a lecturer and PhD student at the University of Brighton.

Steyn Bergs (NL) is an art historian and a critic. He is currently conducting his PhD research on the commodification of digital art at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and is co-editor-in-chief of Kunstlicht, journal for visual art, visual culture, and architecture.

Jane Frances Dunlop (UK) is an artist and writer whose work addresses emotion and performances of relation on the internet. She lives and works in London, UK.

Zeta Kolokythopoulou (UK) is a researcher with an interest in theatre and performance. She is a PhD candidate at the School of Art and Creative Industries, London South Bank University.

Alvin Lau (SG) is a PhD student at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore focusing on online learning systems in the media arts.

Sibylle de Laurens (FR) is a researcher at the Centres Pompidou in Paris where she is studying political activism in media arts history.

Ng Wen Lei (SG) is a digital artist teaching at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Patrick Lichty (UAE) is a media “reality” artist, curator, and theorist of over two decades who explores how media and mediation affect our perception of reality. He is Assistant Professor of Animation/Multimedia at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Pascaline Morincôme (FR) is a researcher at the Centres Pompidou in Paris where she is studying political activism in media arts history.

Serena Pang (SG) is a performance artist based in Singapore.

Daniel Perseguim (BR) is a multi-media researcher. He is currently a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Program of Aesthetics and Art History at the University of São Paulo. He is also the educational coordinator at the Instituto Criar de TV e Cinema. He has experience in the areas of art, education, and digital technology.

Karina Quintanilha (BR) is a human rights lawyer, currently student of the specialization on Migration and Asylum at the University of Lanús (UNLa), Buenos Aires. She is a master scholarship in Social Sciences in São Paulo, Brazil. Her work and activism reflects on new interventions in the universe of social forms of resistance.

Craig Saper (US) is a Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program at UMBC in Baltimore, Maryland, US. He is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Bob Brown (2016), Intimate Bureaucracies (2012), Networked Art (2001), Artificial Mythologies (1997).

Alan Sondheim (US) is a new media artist/theorist currently living online.

Polina Protsenko is a Chicago based interdisciplinary artist and educator who holds a BFA with from the Studio for Interrelated Media and Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is currently attending School of the Art Institute of Chicago to receive her Masters of Fine Arts in Performance.

Vicente Uagrtechea is a transmale, first generation Mexican-American, born on the border of the United States and Mexico to an immigrant mother, he occupies a divergent space in American culture. As a result, the primary focus of his work is rooted in defining and redefining issues that subsist within marginalized identities.