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Tumor processes can be analogous to mutational processes. Mutational process on the one hand leads to “molecular diseases”, on the other – provides hereditary changeability necessary to evolution process. Tumors lead to diseases of multicellularity – cancers, and at the same time they can supply evolving multicellular organisms with redundant cell mass for the work of evolutionary new genes.
Dr. Georgy Bazykin. (Russia) Lecture: «Evolution around us and inside us».
Contemporary life on Earth was formed as a result of biological evolution. How do we know that? Are there alternative scientic explanations for existing biodiversity? Life evolution began more than 3,5 billion years ago, but it continues now playing a great role in our everyday life, and neglecting of the openings in the sphere of evolutional biology can cost humanity a lot.
Dr. Steve M. Potter (USA) Lecture: “Embodied Cultured Networks for studying learning, memory, and information processing at the neuronal networks level.” In the Laboratory for Neuroengineering at Georgia Tech, we grow networks of ~50,000 living brain cells on culture dishes covered with electrodes, through which we can record their ongoing conversation, and also send in stimuli from the outside world. We have used signals the neurons produce to control various embodiments, from wheeled robots to robots that draw (MEART and Silent Barrage). We are creating closed-loop systems in which cultured networks can be embodied, can interact with the world, and can be inuenced by it. We use electrophysiology and microscopy to learn more about how learning works in living neuronal networks.
Dr. Konstantin Anokhin Lecture: “Enlightening the memory”.
In the middle of the last century a great English neurophysiologist Sir Charles Sherrington wrote dening appearing of consciousness at the moment of awakening: «it’s like Milky Way starts a mysterious cosmic dance».
Really, when thoughts, sensations, reminiscences occur, millions of neurons in our brain begin to shimmer by nerve impulses like stars of night Galaxy. Contemporary neurosciences armed with newest methods of molecular biology and physics opens windows to this mysterious world of psychic life of the brain. These instruments are now still imperfect and windows are micaceous, but looking through them we even nowadays begin to learn uncommon things. Lecture will tell about new approaches to visualization of memory traces in brain and about fundamental questions that are followed by these research.
Dr. Thomas S. Ray (USA) Lecture: “Reason and Other Ways of Knowing: Our Evolutionary Heritage” For hundreds of millions of years before the recent emergence of reason, evolution elaborated a multiplicity of ways of knowing through feelings, which remain valid today. Each way of knowing, including reason, is mediated by a “mental organ” which is a population of neurons bearing a particular neurotransmitter receptor (e.g.: serotonin-7, histamine-1, alpha-2C). Each mental organ adds spice to our lives. Reason coevolved with a preexisting affective domain, and is designed to be informed by affective input. When reason reigns at the cost of losing touch with the other ways of knowing, we retain the ability to manipulate nature, but we don’t understand its essence, and cannot make wise judgments.
Dr. Mikhail Burtsev (Russia) Lecture: «Articial intelligence – evolution is in progress»
If we regard evolutional principles of adaptation as means for intellectual systems creation, evolution in general appears as a process leading to articial intelligence creation. Evolution of the articial intelligence today is an object of the separate direction of the scientic research. So, evolution is in progress.
Louis-Philippe Demers (Singapore), Phillip Schulze (Germany), Armin Purkrabek (Germany). “The Tiller Girls”.
Concept: Louis-Philippe Demers. Robotics: Raja Dravid, Max Lungarella, Dynamic Devices (CH). In collavoration with AI Lab Zurich. Music: Phillip Schulze. Lighting: Armin Purkrabek. Producers: Interaction and Etertainement Research Centre, Digital Realities StartUp Grant (NTU).
The Tiller Girls is a group of 12 small autonomous robots. These robots were developed in Articial Intelligence for the study of gaits given minimal freedom of movements. The robots can only balance their torsos and shoulders but they can yet achieve a large variety of expressions and behaviors.
Performers in the traditional performing arts such as music, dance and theatre are generally thought to have both technical skills and interpretive skills, where the latter skills are regarded as specic human skills. This piece walks along this thin line.
The rationale behind the Tiller Girls is to bring an embodiment experiment from Articial Intelligence into the context of a stage performance to explore the dichotomy of the man-machine.
Kracauer saw the dancing of the Tiller Girls both as a sign for the fragmentation and the slow fall of capitalism and the utopian vision of possible social harmony.
Theatre theorist Auslander highlights the ‘grey’ area found within the famous early 20th-century Tiller Girls’ synchronized chorus-line dance, in which human performers are ‘called upon to exercise their technical skills but not their interpretive skills’.
The Tiller Girls exposes indeterminacies in this binary thinking in the traditional performing arts. Louis-Philippe Demers makes large-scale robotic environments and interactive media artworks. So far, he realized more than 300 machines and his robotics works could be found in theatre, dance, opera, subway stations, art museums, science museums, music events and trade shows. Demers has exhibited internationally and received several prizes for his works. The Tiller Girls obtained a mention at the Articial Life Contest (VIDA 12.0). He was Professor at the HfG/ZKM and currently, he is at the Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre at the NTU (Singapore).
Armin Purkrabek is a stage designer, researcher and media artist. Purkrabek develops futuristic scenographies thru digital/analogue art experiments. Purkrabek is responsible for the real-time visuals and lighting.
Phillip Schulze is a media artist, composer and improviser. Schulze develops site-specic visual and auditory experiences and collaborative action spaces. Schulze is responsible for the real-time audio.
Nam Do (US).
Lecture: «Emotiv Computing — the next generation of Human interface»
Since the beginning of mankind, the communication between men and machines has always been in a conscious form. From the simplest task such as turning on and off the lights to the most complex tasks such as programming a robot, we, humans have always consciously given machine specic tasks. However, if we look at the communication amongst us, human to human, it’s much more complex. Not only we process our conscious thoughts and actions, we also take into account each other’s non-conscious reactions such as facial expressions, body language and even feelings and emotions. Our vision for the future of human-computer interface is exactly that. We develop technology that allow human to interact with computer not only consciously but also non-consciously. With our latest breakthrough in Brain-Computer-Interface, computers not only understand your command, but also know how you feel about material being presented. The new era of total communication begins.
Louis-Philippe Demers (Singapore) Lecture: «Embodiment in Robotic Arts»
The history of machine incarnation and animation, from divine intervention to digital computer, reects the human epistemology of the eras. The 1960’s saw the development of Cybernetics as a “control and communication” view of organisms. Since the 1980’s, embodiment in Articial Intelligence and Cognition has challenged this view by a turn in the mind/body dualism. Being similar, the robot and its human verisimilitude force us to deal with multiple ontological schisms. Being different, the robot gives us an experimental methodological platform for exploring non-anthropocentric features in embodiment. In those two veins, the presentation discusses how Robotic Art tackles surrounding themes revolving around the turn in embodiment.
Dr. Jana Horkov (Czech Republic) lecture: Check Czech Robot: 1921 — The presentation is inspired by jubilee of ROBOT — the important gure and embodiment of technological progress narratives formulated during 20th and beginning of 21st century. In the year 2011 we will celebrate anniversary of 90 years from the rst stage production of Karel apek’s play R.U.R., Rossum’s Universal Robots in which ROBOT got name/concept and was introduced to the world for very rst time. I would like to present different embodiments of concept of ROBOT in my presentation. Special attention will be paid to a] stage productions of RUR around the world at the beginning of 20 century (1921-1925), with focus on staging of ROBOT-character, b] and metamorphosis of ROBOT in art in a second half of 20 century with accent to robotic performances and Czech robotic art.
PARTICIPANTSDr. Anthony Atala, M.D. USA Anthony Atala, M.D., is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs. Dr. Atala works with several journals and serves in various roles, including Editor-in-Chief of Current Stem Cell Research and Therapy, and Therapeutic Advances in Urology; as Associate Editor of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, The Journal of Rejuvenation Research, Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine, Gene Therapy and Regulation, and Current Reviews in Urology; as Executive Board Member or Section Editor of the journal Tissue Engineering and International Journal of Articial Organs, and as Editorial Board member of Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy, Biomedical Materials, International Journal of Stem Cells, Stem Cell Review Letters, Tissue Science and Engineering, Recent Patents on Regenerative Medicine, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the Journal of Urology, BioMed Central-Urology, and Urology.
Dr. Atala is a recipient of the US Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, bestowed on a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will signicantly affect society, and the Gold Cystoscope Award for advances in his eld. Dr. Atala was named by Scientic American as a Medical Treatments Leader of the Year for his contributions to the elds of cell, tissue and organ regeneration. In 2006, he was named by Fast Company magazine as one of 50 people who “will change how we work and live over the next 10 years. Dr.
Atala’s work was listed as Discover Magazine`s Number 1 Top Science Story of the Year in the eld of medicine, and as Time Magazine’s top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year in 2007. A Time Magazine poll ranked Dr.
Atala as the 56th most inuential person of the year in 2007. Esquire Magazine in 2008 named Dr. Atala one of the 75 most inuential persons of the 21st century. Fast Company Magazine named Dr. Atala one of 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2009. Dr. Atala was featured in U.S. News & World Report as one of 14 Pioneers of Medical Progress in the 21st Century, and his work in 2010 was listed by Smithsonian Magazine as one of things to know about the next 40 years. Dr. Atala has led or served several national professional and government committees, including the National Institutes of Health working group on Cells and Developmental Biology, and the National Institutes of Health Bioengineering Consortium. He is currently an NIH “Quantum Grant” awardee.
Dr. Atala heads a team of over 270 physicians and researchers. Ten applications of technologies developed in Dr. Atala’s laboratory have been used clinically. He is the editor of nine books, including Minimally Invasive Urology, Methods of Tissue Engineering, Principles of Regenerative Medicine, and Foundations of Regenerative Medicine, and has published more than 300 journal articles and has applied for or received over 200 national and international patents.
Dr. Kevin Warwick.GB Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England, where he carries out research in articial intelligence, control, robotics and cyborgs. As well as publishing over 500 research papers, Kevin’s experiments into implant technology led to him being featured as the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. He has been awarded higher doctorates (DSc) both by Imperial College and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, and has received Honorary Doctorates from Aston University, Bradford University and Coventry University. He was presented with The Future of Health Technology Award in MIT, was made an Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, received The IEE Senior Achievement Medal and the Mountbatten Medal. In Kevin presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, entitled “The Rise of the Robots”. Kevin’s most recent research involves the invention of an intelligent deep brain stimulator to counteract the effects of Parkinson Disease tremors. Another project involves the use of biological neural networks to drive robots around. Kevin is though best known for his pioneering experiments involving a neuro-surgical implantation into the median nerves of his left arm to link his nervous system directly to a computer to assess the latest technology for use with the disabled. He was successful with the rst extra-sensory (ultrasonic) input for a human and with the rst purely electronic telegraphic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans.
Dr. Leonard Mlodinow. USA Leonard Mlodinow holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, has been an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik und Astrophysik in Munich, and on the physics faculty of California Institute of Technology. He has authored numerous publications in academic physics journals as well as in the popular press, and has written 5 popular science books, which now appear in 25 languages -- Euclid’s Window: The story of geometry from parallel lines to hyperspace (2001); Feynman’s Rainbow: a search for beauty in physics and in life (2003); A Briefer History of Time (2005, co-authored with Stephen Hawking); the New York Times best-seller, and notable book of the year, The Drunkard’s Walk: the story of randomness and its role in our lives (2008), short listed for the Royal Society book award; and the # best seller The Grand Design (2010, co-authored with Stephen Hawking).
Dr. Andrey Kozlov. Russia Doctor of Biological Sciences. Graduated from Biological department of St. Petersburg State University, followed postgraduate courses in N.N. Petrov Research Institute of Oncology. One of the st representatives of Soviet Union who received grant from International Agency for Research on Cancer for practical study in National Cancer Institute (USA) in Robert Gallo’s Laboratory. Andrey Kozlov work his way up from student-trainee to manager of the big laboratory in federal research centre – State Research Institute for Particularly Pure Biological Preparation. At the moment he combines several positions: director of Biomedical Centre, chairman of annual international conference “AIDS, cancer and social health”, editor-in-chief of the journal of the same name, St. Petersburg State University professor, leader of the project on vaccine against HIV development, and also main researcher of the several prestige international projects. He is a creator of several laboratories and of the many successful research programs. He is an author of many publications devoted to elaboration of the national strategy in the sphere of HIV/AIDS, participated in the elaboration of the federal AIDS law.
Dr. Konstantin Anokhin.Russia Head of the neurobiology laboratory at Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences); department of neurosciences, Kurchatov NBIC Centre, National research centre “Kurchatov Institute”.
In 1980 graduated from the medical department of First Moscow State Medical University named after I.M.
Sechenov. In 1984 graduated from the Bachelor’s programme at Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences), presented a thesis for PhD “The role of cholecystokinin in the mechanisms of food saturation”. In 2002 presented a thesis for the doctor’s degree “Early genes in the mechanisms of memory and education”. Since 2002 – corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences specializing in “neurobiology”, since 2008 – corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences specializing in “nanobiotechnology”. Prize-winner of several Russian and international awards.
Dr. Georgy Bazykin, Russia Candidate of Biological Sciences, Chief of the Molecular evolution Department in the Institute for information transmission RAS. Member of New York Academy of Sciences (USA), of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, of the International Society of molecular biology and evolution. Laureate of the award “Prominent scientists. Candidates and DPhils RAS” of the Regional public fund for the domestic science assistance, owner of the list of international grants.
Dr. Mikhail Burtsev. Russia PhD in physico-mathematical sciences, researcher at Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics (Russian Academy of Sciences), senior researcher at Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology (Russian Academy of Medical Sciences), head of the Laboratory of Intellect Neuro and Neuromorphic Systems at Kurchatov NBIC centre (National research centre “Kurchatov Institute”). The eld of scientic interests: the growth of complexity in nature, problem of education adaptivity.
Dr. Steve M. Potter.USA Born 1964, Pasadena, California, USA. Grew up in Los Angeles and Hawaii. B.A. in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego; PhD in neurobiology from the University of California, Irvine. Research Faculty at the California Institute of Technology, 1994-2002; Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology 2002-Present. Director of the Laboratory for Neuroengineering. Research foci: In vitro models for studying learning and memory; optical microscopy, including multiphoton laser-scanning microscopy; multi-electrode array neurophysiology; robotics; articial intelligence.
Dr. Thomas S. Ray.USA Born 1954, Norman, Oklahoma, USA. Thomas S. Ray (also known as Tom Ray) is an ecologist who created and developed the Tierra project, a computer simulation of articial life. In 1975, he and Donald R. Strong were the rst to propose the theory of skototropism in an article in the journal Science (190: 804-806), which he later worked into his senior thesis at Florida State University after conducting additional experiments. The thesis was expanded into his Ph.D. thesis at Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Zoology and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Nam Do. USA Serial tech entrepreneur. Prior to forming Emotiv, Nam Do co-founded and ran SASme, a pioneer in providing SMPP platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators in Australia and Asia. Nam’s background is in Strategic Planning and Management, and he is also an expert in Information Technology and Multimedia.
In 1995, Nam won one of Vietnam’s most prestigious scholarships for study abroad. In 1996, Nam came to Australia’s RMIT University under a scholarship program for students with exceptional academic ability and leadership potential. Nam started his rst technology company when he was a nal year student at RMIT University in Melbourne. Nam has been a driving force of Emotiv since co-founding the company in 2003. A regular guest-lecturer at Harvard Business School, HAAS Business School and Stanford University, in 2007, Nam was voted as one of Australia’s Top 10 Digital Entrepreneurs.
Dr. Jana Horkov.Czech Republic Born 1971, Brno, Czech Republic. She completed her studies of Theory and History of Theatre at Charles University in Prague and Masaryk University in Brno (Mgr., Ph.D.). She works as a lecturer and guarantee of the Theory of interactive media studies (Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University). Her professional interests lay in point of intersection between art-science-technology with special attention to media-performance relationship and robotic art. She has published in Czech and foreign periodicals and publications. She has participated at Czech and international conferences (She won the best paper award at EMCSR 2004 Vienna for her paper at history of science section). She has organized international symposia Media-Performance (2005, 2007). She (together with B. Buescher) is co-editor of Czech-German book Imaginary Spaces (2008). Soon will be published her rst monograph Robot as a Robot.
Maksim Isaev, Russia was born in 1965 in St-Petersburg. After nishing the education in Serov’s Art College was working as stage designer in theatre “Fairytale” in St-Petersburg. In the same time he started to work as decorator and artist in theatre “Yes — No”, directed by Boris Ponizovski. Maksim Isaev along with a few other actors from “Yes — No” has formed the performance group AKHE in 1989 and since that time as a member of the group he is repeated participant of theatre festival, art exhibitions, art projects. From 1996 together with Pavel Semchenko he started to work as a director and creator for AKHE and moved the group more to the theatre world. He paints pictures, interested in connections between theatre, literature and real life as well as about transformations “signs” in different art’s levels.Last few years started as dramaturge as for AKHE ( “Faust cubed.2360 words”) theatre as well for other state theatres. Three his pieces are in the repertoire now and one is in the progress.
Also works as stage designer for balet with horeografer Alexey Ratmansky ( nomination for Golden Mask this year — 2010) and director Vasiliy Barchatov and for Viktor Kramer’s “ Lonely West” in Theatre Komissarzhevskoy.
Pavel Semchenko, Russia born in 1967 in St-Petersburg. Graduated the art school and suddenly for himself was found in theatre “Yes — No”. From the year 1989 he is one of the leaders of group AKHE and the permanent member. He works also as a lm director and an actor, for AKHE movies too. Has taking part in different projects and performances with other theatres: Laantaren theatre (Rotterdam), Formal theatre (St-Petersburg), Slava Polunin’s and Derevo theatres. Last years started to make solo projects and shows with invited musicians and actors. Last his solo performance “Imitation of Drama machine” was nominated for the Festival “ Monokl” 2009. He also has directed the opera “ Blue Beard” for composer Vladimir Ranev in 2010 and some projects with famouse Russian musician Vladimir Volkov.
Gololobov Vadim, Russia Born in 1964 in St-Petersburg. He has nished St. Petersburg’s technological University. Since 1992 he works in different theatres as a light designer. He has got big experience, working with Russian and international groups: Derevo (Russia — Germany), Slava Polunin’s “Snow show”(Russia), Clipa (Israel) etc, taking part in huge numbers of theatre festivals. Since 1996 Vadim works with AXE theatre as light engineer and few years later also as an administrator and organizer. Still works for diferent projects and Festivals as an adviser.
Sizintsev Andrei, Russia Born in 1965 in St-Petersburg. As a drummer he has been working with different independent groups from St.
Petersburg during latest 80th and beginning of 90th. In 1996 he joined the theatre group “Derevo”, where he worked as a musician and sound engineer till 2001. Musician, DJ, great sound engineer, he has been working with AKHE since 1996 and in 2001 joined the group during the project “Sine Loco”.In 2006 he has started actor’s career in rst AKHE’s show with the text — “ Faust cubed.2360 words”. Last years Andrey is playing also like drummer and percussion in the music project of Anton Adasinsky ( Derevo) Dmitry and Elena Kavarga, Russia For a long time they exist as a complete creative team. Artists who work with modern synthetic materials and high-technological appliances. Their most signicant works of art created in recent years are based on synthesis of science and art and made in collaboration with scientists and musicians. In 2009-2010 their personal exhibitions took place at the Barbarian-art gallery (Zurich), at Brisso (Paris).They were the participants of such exhibitions as “Volta6” (Basel), “Good News” (OOREL ART gallery, London), “Preview Berlin” (Germany), VIENNAFAIR The International Contemporary Art Fair focused on CEE, “Club 21” (parallel program to Frieze), One Marylebone, St. Martin’s Church, London and etc.
Eugeny Strelkov, Russia Graduated from the radiophysical department of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (1985).
Worked at the Radiophysical Research Institute (1985-1990). Since 1990 is an independent artist. He is doing graphics, land-art, artist’s book, multimedia. He is the editor of the illustrated literature almanac-album “Dirizhabl” (“Dirigible”). Art director of the Dirizhabl studio. A participant, manager and curator of the art exhibitions in Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, London, Paris, Essen, Prague. A museum planner, author of several projects-winners of the grants competitions of the Dmitry Zimin Foundation “Dynasty”, Potanin Foundation, Soros Foundation, Pro Arte Foundation, “The cultural capital of Volga region” Foundation. He lives in Nizhny Novgorod.
Dmitry Khazan, Russia Graduated from the radiophysical department of R.Y. Alekseev Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (1992), specialized in “radiotechnical systems’. Worked at the Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1992-1995). From 1995 is a part of the Dirizhabl studio where he is in charge of video editing and ash programming. Is a co-author of several media installations and animated short lms dedicated to the popularization of science. He lives and works in Nizhny Novgorod.
Masato Sekine, Japan Born 1982, Tochigi, Japan. Masato Sekine studied new media design at Keio University, Tokyo. He has worked since 2005 on developing his unique art form, inspired by cybernetics and physics. His work has been exhibited at festivals and conferences for art and technology such as Ars Electronica (2007), Shanghai e-ARTS(2007), SIGGRAPH(2008) and Japan Media Arts Festival(2009). His current research interests include informationtheoretical aesthetics, human intuition and generative process in nature.
Maksim Lushik, Russia Graduated from Belarusian State University, specialized in environmental design, then graduated from SaintPetersburg State University of Cinema and Television, specialized in directing animation lms. Awarded nominee at the car design competition (Time machine — 2000), comic book festival (Kommisiya-2005) and animated lm festivals (Multimatograph-2007, Adult games, Nontze ash, Multimatograph-2010, Nevidannoe kino-2010, Izolenta-2010).
Vladimir Grig, Russia Graduated from Krasnodar school of design. Worked at Moscow and Krasnodar book publishing houses. In won the scholarship of the Academy of Arts, Berlin. Since 1990 is the member of the Union of Russian Artists.
The author of more than 40 projects within the frames of personal and collective exhibitions and festivals in Russia, Germany and Austria. A participant of the music project MELONOISE. Since 2007 he works in the science-art eld.
Eva Degtyareva, Russia In 2010 graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television, specialized in directing animation lms. In 2003 — 2010 worked as a web and ash designer at the Inest studio, as an illustrator for Saint-Petersburg and Moscow periodic publications, as a property man and decorator in theatres and clubs of Saint-Petersburg, as a script writer of the youth cinematographic projects. Participated in the projects for Art Moscow-2006, Art Moscow-2008, Art Moscow-2010 as a co-author of Vladimir Grig, an animation director.
Was in charge of production of animation lms which were awarded at the international festivals. In took part in the project “Underworld” for the Dokuchaev State Museum of Pedology within the frames of the competition of the Dynasty Foundation.
Jamie O’Shea, USA Born 1980, New York, NY, USA. Jamie O’Shea was born in upstate New York in 1980, and now lives as an artist in New York City. He creates inventions to test the boundaries of the impossible and impractical. He usually experiments with memory, light, and time, and lately he can’t stop thinking about all that extra gravity out there. He creates his work at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology.
Ralf Baecker, Germany Born 1977, Dsseldorf, Germany. Ralf Baecker lives and works in Bremen, Germany. After studies in computer science he attended the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne graduating with a diploma in media arts in 2007.
In 2007/2008 he teached at the department for Design of Medial Environments at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Baecker builds installations and sculptures that deconstruct the fundamentals of symbolic processes.
Aleksey Chebykin, Russia An artist, architect. A participant of the Russian and international projects and exhibitions including “Artist and weapon” (Nizhny Tagil, Moscow, Gdansk, 2002 — 2005); “9000 km” (2006); “Eastern Neighbours” (Utrecht;
Kalmar, 2006); “The heart of Venice” (Venice, 2007); “PRAGUEBIENNALE 3” (Prague, 2007); 52nd Venice Biennale (“GINNUNGAGAP”, 2007); “Artissima” (Torino, 2007), “Schengen” (Berlin, 2008); “The Russian Roulette” (Wiesbaden, 2008); “Monsters — People, Murders, power Machines” (Dresden, 2008).
Dmitry Bulatov, Russia An artist, art theorist. Organizer of several research projects aimed on various aspects of relationships between art and high technologies (science art). Author of the articles about contemporary art published in Russia and abroad and also the author of books and anthologies including “BioMediale. Contemporary society and genomic culture” (2004), “Evolution haut couture: Art and science in the epoch of post-biology ” (2009). His works were represented at diff erent international exhibitions among which there were the following: “Victory of the Sun” (Moscow, 2007), “Technology Expanding the Horizon” (Columbus, 2007), “Senses Alert” (Berlin, 2008), “Corpus Extremus (Life +)” (New York, 2009), “Russian Utopias” (Moscow, 2010) and many others. In 2007 was named in “Top 10” authors of the most interesting new organisms of the year (Wired magazine, USA). Prize-winner of the national award “Innovation” (2008).
Dmitry Zhukov, Russia Senior researcher at Pavlov Institute of Physiology (Russian Academy of Sciences), professor of the faculty of psychology at Saint-Petersburg State University. Graduated from the bio-pedological faculty of Zhdanov Leningrad State University in 1980. Since that very year has been working at Pavlov Institute of Physiology (postgraduate, senior laboratory assistant, junior researcher, senior researcher). At the biology department of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1999 presented a thesis for the degree of doctor of biosciences called “Stress resistance and behavior strategy”. Main scienti c interests: individual diff erences, humoral behavior mechanisms, parental in uences on formation of girls’ individuality. Author of the textbooks “Biological basis of behavior” (2004) and “Biology of behavior. Humoral mechanisms” (2007).
Byeong Sam Jeon, South Korea Born 1977, Seoul, Korea. Byeong Sam Jeon is an internationally recognized electronic artist and interdisciplinary researcher whose work intersects between arts and sciences and explores the theme of communication among living beings. His work addresses how interdisciplinary art research inuences our world in creative ways and makes the world more diverse and rich. One of his well-known projects, Telematic Drum Circle has gathered more than 260,000 Internet users and offline participants from 59 countries to promote global harmony across the world since it was released in September 2007. For a decade, Jeon has presented his work worldwide mainly including: SIGGRAPH (USA), ISIMD (Turkey), AsiaGraph (China), ArtBots (Ireland), Netlmmakers (Denmark), Gwacheon National Science Museum (Korea), Siggraph ASIA (Singapore), and many more. Byeong Sam Jeon currently works as the CEO of Korea Interdisciplinary Arts Network (KoIAN) in Seoul, Korea.
Julian Oliver, Germany Born 1974, Christchurch, New Zealand. Julian Oliver is a New Zealander based in Berlin. He has been active in the critical intersection of art and technology since 1998. His projects and papers have been presented at many museums, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, Ars Electronica and the Japan Media Arts Festival. His work has received several awards, ranging across technical excellence, artistic invention and interaction design. Julian has given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, augmented reality, creative hacking, data forensics, object-oriented programming for artists, virtual architecture, artistic game-development, information visualisation, UNIX/Linux and open source development practices worldwide. He is a long-time advocate of the use of free software in artistic production, distribution and education.
Nick Spider, Russia While studying at the Saint-Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy named after Alexander von Stieglitz and informally known as Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design (in the Russian language “Mukha” stands for a “ y” in English) he starts to elaborate his own original theme connected with insects metaphorically perpetuating alma mater in the series of installations called “Musca”. After graduating from the program InterNeProArt, he extends the eld of themes and form of presentation — the main characters of his newly introduced interactive and multimedia objects are now representatives of diff erent species of insects — from Mantis religiosa to Coccinella. His project “Against Insect Cuisine”, released during art-residence “NY Tow services”, gained international popularity. Participant of numerous individual and collective actions including “Our homeland is Tsarskoe selo”, “My home is Marvel”, “Amazing fantasies”, “Hipster? Give me ve”.
Semen Motolyanets, Russia Studied at Minsk Architectural Technical secondary school, in 2003 graduated from Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Art and Industry, department of monumental and decorative arts. In 2010-2011 studied at Pro Arte Institute following the program for the young artists “Contemporary art” (Saint-Petersburg). Participant of dozens of personal and collective exhibitions, art actions, performances, the 1st Ural Industrial Biennale. His works of art are kept in collections of the State Russian Museum, Museum of Nonconformist Art, in private collection in Russia and in Germany.
Louis-Philippe Demers, Singapore Born 1959, Montreal, Canada. Louis-Philippe Demers makes large-scale robotic environments and interactive media artworks. So far, he realized more than 300 machines and his robotics works could be found in theatre, dance, opera, subway stations, art museums, science museums, music events and trade shows. Demers has exhibited internationally and received several prizes for his works. The Tiller Girls obtained a mention at the Articial Life Contest (VIDA 12.0). He was Professor at the HfG/ZKM and currently, he is at the Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre at the NTU (Singapore).
Leonel Moura, Portugal Born 1948, Lisbon, Portugal. Leonel Moura is a European artist born in Lisbon that works with AI and robotics.
He created in 2003 his rst swarm of ‘Painting Robots’, able to produce original artworks based on emergent behavior. Since then he has produced several artbots, each time more autonomous and sophisticated. RAP (Robotic Action Painter), 2006, created for a permanent exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, is able to generate highly creative and original art works, to decide when the work is ready and to sign it. ISU (The Poet Robot), 2006, generates random poems, very much in the style of the Lettrist Movement and of Concrete Poetry. In 2007 the Robotarium, the rst zoo dedicated to robots and articial life, opened in Alverca. In 2009 Leonel Moura has been appointed European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.
Karolina Sobecka, USA Born 1977, Warsaw, Poland. A native of Poland, Karolina Sobecka works with interactivity, physical computing, video, animation and other media. Her artistic interest is stimulated by advances in science and technology.
Sobecka’s work has been shown at festivals and galleries around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Beall Center for Art + Tech, ISEA, Medialab Prado, FILE and New Media Meeting. She has received awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, Vida Art and Articial Life Awards, Asia Digital Arts Awards, the Platform International Animation Festival and the Japan Media Arts Festival.