BIOGRAPHIES (in order of appearance in programme)
Stelarc has performed with a Third Hand, a Virtual Arm, a Stomach Sculpture and Exoskeleton, a 6-legged walking machine. In 2003 he completed the Prosthetic Head project, the Muscle Machine and collaborated with TC&A with the Extra Ear: ¼ Scale. His present projects include the tissue cultured Partial Head and the robotic Walking Head. In 2006 he had surgically constructed an ear on his arm. He is currently Chair in Performance at Brunel University West London and Senior Research Fellow at the MARCS Labs at the University of Western Sydney. He was awarded a New Media Arts Fellowship by the Australia Council for 2005 & 2006. His art is represented by the Sherman Galleries in Sydney. www.stelarc.va.com.au
Allucquére Rosanne (Sandy) Stone is Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Advanced Communication Technologies Laboratory (ACTLab) and the Convergent Media program of the University of Texas at Austin; Senior Artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts; and Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine. In various incarnations she has been a filmmaker, rock 'n roll music engineer, neurologist, social scientist, cultural theorist, and performer. She is the author of numerous publications including "The Empire Strikes Back: A Posttranssexual Manifesto" and "The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age", both of which are available in a wide selection of translated editions. She lives in Austin, Texas and Santa Cruz, California with her husband Cynbe ru Taren (aka Jeffrey Prothero) and their cat, /dev/cat. http://sandystone.com
Donald Glowinski received his master degrees in Cognitive science (EHESS, Paris) and in music and acoustics (CNSMDP, Paris). He is pursuing now his Phd in computer science engineering in the InfoMus Lab & Casa Paganini institute of the University of Genoa, Italy. Within the frame of European projects such as HUMAINE and ENACTIVE, he contributes to the development of new multimodal interfaces for musical expression and he focuses in particular on the automatic recognition of emotions throughout the analysis of full-body movements. www.infomus.dist.unige.it
Daniel Schorno - Composer, computer musician and former artistic director of STEIM - the Dutch Center for Electro-Instrumental Music and home of 'New Instruments' - where he has been active for ten years. His collaboration across the disciplines range widely and have included musician, dancers and artists like Joel Ryan, Frances-Marie Uitti, José Navas, Frank van de Ven, Steina Vasulka, Netochka Nezvanova, Jon Rose and Sonia Cillari. His passion for innovative new forms of musical expression is reflected in his latest "New Media Pocket Opera" project. He lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in a narrow canal house with a cat and a collection of unique musical instruments in his window. http://www.pocketopera.info - http://www.steim.org
Rudolfo Quintas - Rudolfo is a 27 years old artist based in Lisbon, Portugal. In the last 7 years he has been developing artistic projects in the contemporary art domain by the convergence of several artistic disciplines with the sciences of computation. The body has been a central element in his works in domains such as Augmented Reality, Gesture and Motion Analyses, Performance and Installation Art. www.swap-project.com
André Gonçalves - Since the late 1990s, Portuguese artist, André Gonçalves has been working in several fields such as music, video, installation and performance. Recent projects have included intermedia interactive installations such 'Resonant Objects', 'I Thought Some Daisies Might Cheer You Up' and 'You Got Me Floatin'. André has exhibited his work across the US, Europe and South America, his discography includes releases on the labels Sirr, Crónica Electrónica and Grain of Sound (PT), Winds Measure (US), Transacoustic Research (AT) and Cherry Music (JP).
Laura Cañete - Studied History of Art and is a passionate researcher and practitioner of the genre of videodance. She has participated in numerous dance workshops and collaborated in performances with Camille Hanson, Ana Laura López de la Torre and Joshua Sofaer. With Zev Robinson she has done four video dance pieces. She was awarded by the Culture Ministery to attend the Buenos Aires Videodance Festival and has since participated in various international projects. She has curated several Videodance exhibitions in Spain, Uruguay and Chile.
Roberta Bosco is a journalist specialised in media-art. Since 1998 she writes together with Stefano Caldana about art and digital culture in CiberP@is, the supplement of the journal El Pais dedicated to new technologies, and writes regularly about art in the culture section and other sections of the journal. She collaborates with various publications in Italy and Spain, curates exhibitions, writes for catalogues, participates in conferences, teaches postgraduate courses, and has been jury in several festivals and awards. http://www.arte-red.net
Juan Carlos Olmos Guerra (Madrid, 1975) Dedicated to the creation of infographic images since 1992. In 1999 he starts contemporary dance studies in the studios of Carmen Senra in Madrid. In 2001 he directs the infographics and 3D department of the Laboratory of Digital Dance in the VIII MOSTRA DE VÍDEODANSA of Barcelona. He collaborates amongst others with the group Kónic Thtr, participating in 2003 in the videocreation of Blank e_motive creating the modelling and 3D animation. In 2004 he is in charge of the 3D graphics and motion capture for Glimpse by GELABERT-AZZOPARDI DANCE CO. Currently he is Character Cloth Simulation Team Lead of the film Planet One by Ilion Animation Studios.
Jaime Del Val (Madrid 1974) is a transdisciplinary artist of old a new technologies of sound, image, space, body and text (painter and digital artist, composer and pianist, performer and coreographer, virtual architect, writer and philosopher); multidisciplinary activist (environmental, queer/gay and other); independent researcher, organiser of events, teacher and director of REVERSO in which he promotes diverse initiatives in the crossroads of art, technology and the body. His work in dance and technology, electroacoustics, video and virtual generative architechture as well as in fields of critical theory has been extensively presented, awarded, performed or exhibited in Europe and North America. Together with his boyfriend and partner OLINTO, and with the help of his family, he currently prepares the opening of the First REVERSO Centre, in a country environment of Salamanca, Spain. www.reverso.org
OLINTO (Olinto Rubio Gutiérrez, Colombia, 1977) combines his dedication to painting with the performances in collaboration with Jaime del Val and his work in the Institute REVERSO. He started his collaborations with Jaime del Val with spontaneous actions in streets and in natural environments that initiated the series ANTIBODIES. As model and performer he has done extensive collaborations with Jaime del Val over the last two years. He also dedicates to other activities sich as taking care of elderly people. www.reverso.org
Project REVERSO (Institute, Centre, Journal, Ensemble and Association) is a transdisciplinary initiative of production, research, education and diffusion in the convergence of arts, old and new technologies, critical thinking and social action. It started in 2000 with the publication of the first journal of queer studies in Spanish. Since 2001 it has developed and presented performances and installations in the fields of interactive dance, electroacoustics, video and viertual generative architechture as well as critical theory papers in festivals, conferences, exhibitions and other events in Europe and North America. The transdisciplinary association REVERSO was constituted in 2006 and incorporates also issues in environmental activism. www.reverso.org