Born (1992) in NewDelhi, India & based in Linz, Austria since 2015 Jaskaran Anand is a director, performance-artist, choreographer, researcher and a pedagogue. He completed his bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Delhi, India, and obtained a second combined degree in Dance Performance & Pedagogy from Anton Bruckner University, Linz, Austria. His research is invested in deconstructing the concept of Self.Self : fascinated by the nature of spirituality, the psychological & neuroscientific understanding of the self & socio-political society. In his interdisciplinary works, he uses various artistic media, always focusing on the human body, which reflects the above-mentioned themes.
Since 2016, he is combining his artistic practices & informatics education. His work has been shown across Austria, New Zealand & India while developing projects aiming the diversification of the art & cultural scene of the city of Linz. He has deeply invested himself in the research of his ongoing art, science & cultural projects,: L-INKED, A New Day, Hibernating Further and MachinedHuman!.
He also leads movement body-mind oriented improvisation workshops: “Transcending Ego(s)”, “City Swarming: a dance marathon” and “Playful Bodies”. Since 2012, he is engaged in the European & Indian contemporary dance & performance art world as a dancer, performer/collaborator. www.jaskarananand.com
Isabella Auer is a media artist from Linz, studying Interface Cultures (MA) & Time-based Media (MA)@ Kunstuni Linz. Her works range from animations, videos and graphics to interactive installations, often with a focus on pop cultural themes. Moreover Isabella puts a lot of effort into curating sausage-themed exhibitions, programming crazy shit and blowing up self-made inflatables. From 2014 - 2016 she was part of Barcelona-based collective "Hungry Castle“ and since 2018 she is a member of Linz-based art collective "qujOchÖ".
I’ve studied industrial design at Tehran university of art and has been working as motion graphic designer for 5 years. My works now are attempts to make a connection between nature, human, mathematical and geometrical algorithms and technology. I’m exploring the meeting point between these elements. I’m so fascinated by the hidden process of the world around us. I believe that most amusing forms can be found in nature and with combining them with human imagination we can create amazement. I want to give people joy and good feeling when they see my works or interact with them. I love coding as a medium to make unpredictable visuals based on existing algorithms and also installations. These days I am mostly doing research about generative design and using Processing to practice it. I am also looking forward to learning data visualization (which I believe to be a kind of generative design) and has always been one of my musts to learn things. pareeca.com
Kevin Blackistone is an intermedia artist incorporating emergent technological combinations of generative, immersive, interactive and performative practices. His work conceptualizes the collection and handling of data, information and memory through the lenses of hierarchy and complexity in the domains of personal, social, scientific and political dynamics. He prior studies include a BA in Intermedia and Digital Arts (UMBC, US) and research at the NIH/Laboratory of Neurogenetics/Section on Comparative Behavioral Genomics as a post-bac intramural fellow. Currently, he is developing his practice within the Interface Cultures masters program.
He is an artist based in Linz, Austria, born in Budapest, Hungary. Formely he had graphic design and printmaking studies,dancer and music studies worked as a painter, perform as a dancer and musician as a percussionist, using installations and poems to express.
Currently operating with VR works, sound compositions for installations and performing in an Audio-visual field. Member of Westerk art association and RRR art group collective.
Jo Caimo is an artist, collective thinker and inventor of objects and instruments. His work lies at the intersection between performance, music, product design, installation and the digital world. With his objects and instruments he investigates “the collective” versus “the inner”, and he therefore challenges the spectator to become part of his work. He develops effective measuring instruments and platforms through which we can better understand subconscious patterns and mechanisms in co-creation processes. Researching, stimulating and visualizing the energies between people collectively is the underlying theme.
Indiara Di Benedetto (*1994, IT) is an experimental media artist with a main background in video art and digital photography. Her artworks move around exploring unconventional projection surfaces and looking at immaterial-material connections, rethinking obsolete objects and observing human relationships in the context of the technology.
With a focus on (media) archaeology, planned obsolescence and preservation of memory, her artistic research investigates various transdisciplinary approaches and entanglements between art, organic-inorganic relations, technology and archaeology and the new possibilities generated for storytelling and narratives related to contemporary issues.
Indiara currently works as videographer and photographer. She is also a student of Interface Cultures MA at Kunstuniversität Linz.
Maria Dirneder is currently studying at Kunstuniversität Linz, MA Interface Cultures after completing Fine Arts in Linz. Her work originates in the interaction between human activity, movement, emotions and space which is inspired by medical, psychological, scientific and technological developments.
Alex Fallica (1998, IT) is new media artist, born and raised in Lecce, south Italy.After a BA in New Technologies for the Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and a First Level Master's Program in Cultural Project Managment, by the Università Cattolica and Politecnico di Milano, they currently attend the Interface Cultures Master Programm. Since September 2021 they also collaborate with the Milan-based multimedia art studio, Tokonoma.In June 2022 they presented their first personal exhibition in collaboration with the artist Martina Pizzigoni, "Ho sognato di angoli oscuri", curated by the young curatorial collective Artaeria.Not focusing on any specific media and beeing willing to experiment but having grown find of video-art, installation and interactivity, their research focuses on socio-anthropological aspects of the human nature, with a profound interest o violence and violation both as physical and psychological phenomenons.
Daniel Fischer, born in Tyrol, Austria, 1978, grew up in Burgenland and is now living in Linz. After finishing his education in electronics / information technology he found his love for art and is now studying at the Art University Linz.His work often deals with data visualization on a physical habenic level and making less conscious things visible.
Stella Grübler (AT) is a multi-media designer, photographer and writer by day and a philosopher, botanist and astronomer by night. Her work is often revolving around translation and transposition. Aiming to explore the possibilities of combining one world with another, she often incorporates living organisms into her artworks. She tries to blur the confinements of perception by examining the symbiosis of nature and technology in search for a new utopia. She completed her BA in Graphic Design & Photography at Kunstuniversität Linz and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Interface Cultures.
Kathrine Hardman is an alumnus of DXArts at the University of Washington, Seattle, a performer, a writer, a dry media artist, a technophile, a transgender lesbian woman, an E-Textiles practitioner, and, as a combination of all these things, a multimedia artist. Her primary interests are in queering art, in experimental interactive sculpture, and in performance. Sexuality, and physical contact with her works are consistent themes of her practice, which has included the creation of hair-based instruments, hacked vibrators, and massive bio-reactive tentacle sculptures as a statement on the complex relationships surrounding the tight structure of femininity. Gender ain't easy, but nothing worthwhile is.
Barbara Jazbec (SI) is an intermedia artist currently studying at MA Interface Cultures, Linz. She is working with 360° video and her latest research interests are focused on interactive installation. She merges odd personal experiences with a sci-fi futurism and a tinge of humour, finding beauty in strange and odd things. She organizes experimental video workshops and curates the international video festival DigitalBigScreen in Trbovlje (SI) which is running in parallel with Speculum Artium.
2013 a participant at Olafur Eliasson’s Institut für Raumexperimente in Berlin Art University
2015 graduation from the Christophe Charles seminar, theDepartment of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Musashino ArtUniversity in Japan
2018 a visiting artist of Topological Media Lab at Concordia university
2021 Public works sponsored and managed by the Chishima Foundation were permanentlyexhibited in Kitakagaya, Osaka
2022 currently at University of Art and Design Linz in Austria
His work were shown at 17 countries
Sara Koniarek (*1996) is an Austrian multimedia artist. Her work focuses on different topics such as language, identity, cryptography, gamification and the duality and relationship between digital and analog media. She completed her BA in graphic design and photography and is currently studying at the Kunstuniversität Linz, MA Interface Cultures. Her work has been exhibited at the Ars Electronica Festival 2021 and was the recipient of the Prix Robert 2021.
Maria Konstantinova is a visual storyteller with a background in Illustration, Animation and Cinematography. She has worked on integrating interactive storytelling into branding during her undergraduate degree and then as a freelance illustrator-storyteller. Maria’s current studies cover experimental forms of narration and creating immersive game experiences for educational purpose
Noor Stenfert Kroese (NL) is currently studying at Kunstuniversität Linz, MA Interface Cultures after completing her BA Scenography at the Amsterdam University of Arts. Her work originates in the interaction between space, time and human activity which is inspired by scientific and technological developments. She works across various media such as video, light, installations, theatre, performance and new media art. She seeks for disruptions in the time and space continuum in order to constitute the amalgamation of digital and physical space in embodied experiences. Also spatial, auditory and occasionally the olfactory and tactile experiences are used in her work to create controlled active perceptions. Looking for the intertwinement between her work, the visitor and the possible performer(s), in which new and existing ideas and structures can transform. Finding ways to make your subconscious perceptible in the conscious world.
Smirna Kulenović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is an anarchist-oriented performance artist, activist, and curator working in a wide range of media; from performance and sound art, film and text to guerilla activism and direct actions/interventions within the public space. She is the artistic advisor and curator of the Autonomous Contemporary Art Gallery Brodac in Sarajevo focusing on protest and political art, as well as the founder and artistic coordinator of the Anarchist Art Collective "Dobre Kote" in Sarajevo (BiH). Her works are currently exhibited all over Europe and were exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Museum of History of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Royal Institute of Arts Stockholm, Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art,...
She is currently focusing on the activist/political approaches to applying Artificial Intelligence systems to contemporary art, as well as exploring the body as a critical interface.
Joann Lee (KR) studied painting(BA) at Hongik University in Seoul and participated in various group exhibitions in Seoul after graduation. Traveling throughout Europe and the US, Lee learned about new cultures and decided to continue studying art. She studied time-based and interactive media arts(BA) at the Kunstuniversität Linz. Currently, she is studying Interface Culture(MA) at the same university. As an artist, she is interested in user-based interactive art and mixture of various genres of art such as painting and media, interactive installation and performance, etc. Every year from 2020, she has participated in the Ars Electronica Festival and her animation "Screen Capture" was screened at the Tricky Women International Animation Film Festival 2021.
We make images from what we can’t forget, what we have felt. Everything we see looks back into us to those images, continuously colliding with them and changing their surface, changing our images of the world. I’m interested on the way we remember, on widening this experience to the point of overflow/saturation, where maybe images break and let others be made from what's left. Colombian plastic and visual artist from the National University in Bogotá.
Is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Spain and now lives in Linz where he attends to Interface Cultures master programme in Kunstuniversität. He studied a BS in Computer Science and complemented his scientific training with studies in drawing and sculpture. Besides his personal projects he has collaborated with many artists to develop artistic projects of different kinds. His work is about the relationship of modern society and technology
Maria Orciuoli is a media artist based in Linz. Dubbing her practice ‘constructive pastiche,’ she navigates the fields of filmmaking, speculative design, and creative coding, often engaging with themes of perception, consumer culture, and technology’s influence on human subjectivity. Maria graduated in Economics (2011) and International Management Studies (2013) while living in Rome, Lisbon, Paris, and Berlin. Since 2021, she has been a MA student at the Interface Cultures department of the University of Art & Design in Linz. In a parallel universe, she runs KO-HUM, a communications agency promoting artists and cultural producers working in music and performing arts.
Martina Pizzigoni (Italy, b. 1998) is a multimedia artist. They graduated in New Media Art technologies (BA) at the Academy of fine Arts in Venice. In 2021, they got a master’s degree in Cultural Project Management within the Università Cattolica and Politecnico di Milano, where they pursued an internship with the art collective Studio Azzuro. In 2022 they have been collaborating with the Israeli artist Yuval Avital, by joining the creative team as an art projects developer within the Reggio Parma Festival. Their artistic practice focuses on creating interactive experiences for viewers. The main interest of their research is the context we live in and the social and anthropological aspects that characterize our society, especially when they are linked to digital technologies. Currently, they are attending the MA program Interface Culture at the Kunstuniversität in Linz, Austria.
“My goal is not to become an artist, but to take people on a journey of curiosity and creativity through interactive artworks, combining art with science-based approaches.” As a trained scientist, Rene Preuer (Austria) is interested in exploring new territory in the field of art, with the vision of connecting science and art more closely going forward. With a background in soft matter (e.g. flexible sensors), he is particularly interested in how the new technologies and materials from this research area can be utilised for interactive artworks as part of his artistic research. He is currently studying Interface Cultures (MA) at the University of Art and Design in Linz, with the focus on developing a unique artistic practice of his own.
Born in Barcelona (1992) and based in Linz (2015). Graduated in Product Design from the School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona ELISAVA (2015) and current MA student at Interface Culture master program at Kunstuniversität Linz. During her BA studies she started to work with new technologies and interactive installations in order to experiment in different fields and to understand the basics. Working on the intersection of design, education, technology and art, she aims to explore the relation between the object and the interaction embedded in it.
Lea Schnell (born in 1990) studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies and English and American Studies (BA & MA) with a focus on media & cultural theories at the University of Vienna. Currently, she is attending the MA program Interface Culture at the University of Art and Design in Linz. Her fields of interests include VR/MR based interaction, pervasive games and interactive art.
Till Schönwetter (Germany, 1998*) is a new media artist and curator. With an interest in landscapes and virtual environments, he explores, experiments and plays with a multitude of technological gadgets and digital worlds. Using the environment as the object, the gallery as the artwork, he reflects on the landscapes we walk on and the platforms we use.Stemming from landscape painting, his multidisciplinary practice includes strong romantic notions, which he expresses in images, interactive worlds/ video games, curated virtual exhibitions and various playful experiments.
"I am an artist and designer from Florence, Italy. I graduated in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara. In 2019 I got a master’s degree in Exhibit Design at the Institute for Art and Restoration of Palazzo Spinelli in Florence. I participated in The Wrong Biennale (2019-2020) and in 2022 I was shortlisted for the video category of the competition "Artefici del nostro Tempo" organised by the city of Venice.My practice is developed through the study of new technologies for manipulation, 3D printing, rendering, animations and installation. These tools allow the creation of sculptural forms of digitally conceived objects that always have an impact on our reality. During the design process rules of interweaving between the online and the physical world have to be taken into account: these two realities cannot avoid a certain kind of communication, they cannot be divided, hence why they are both fundamental tools for research. Therefore, in this continuous passage, occurs a deconstruction of contemporary and classic forms through the transition from a physical to a digital space, which thanks to the modeling process returns to our reality with a new appearance." Sofia Talanti
Kristina Tica (*1995, Belgrade) completed BA Painting, University of Fine Arts and MA Digital Arts, Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade and currently is studying at Kunstuniversität Linz, MA Interface Cultures. She participated in several study programs within Central Saint Martins, UAL and Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Her body of work is focused on the examination of forms and semiotic keys of visual languages in different media, such as painting, video, installation and generative new media art. Her current focus is artistic and theoretical research in machine learning, generative image and critical AI. Her works have been exhibited at festivals such as Ars Electronica (AT), Speculum Artium (SI) (2020,2021), European Open Science Forum Trieste (IT) (2020), The Wrong (2017, 2019, 2021). She is the recipient of the art+science AI Lab Award (RS) 2020. Her work has recently been presented in The Practice of Art and AI published by Hatje Cantz. She currently lives and works in Linz.
Specializing in media art from 2005, particularly in the field of interactive/open documentary, art and science/hybrid art, Vanessa V has a special knowledge in the field of narrative design for interactivity + XR/VR/360° and processing data software like Isadora or Touch Designer. As an artist she is interested in the areas of transition between reality and virtuality, fiction and non-fiction, simplicity and complexity, solitude and community, the individual and nature, art and life. She explores the potential of emerging technologies and techniques which can be used to create experiences, situations, actions and critical thinking related to social stories and political issues. Interface immateriality, interactive logic, and aesthetic of immersiveness are her favourite tools for developing projects without bounds involving people and communities. She has also an Academic career in Italy where she teaches in the field on media art at the Politecnico of Turin, at the Civica Scuola di Cinema "Luchino Visconti" in Milan, at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and at the University of Turin. She founded the collaborative media art platform Officine Sintetiche in 2007 https://www.officinesintetiche.it/en/. Furthermore, she curates and produces events, artworks and exhibitions in contemporary art, XR and performing art field like the Catalunya and Balearic Island Pavillion in Venice Biennale Art 2011 or the VR program Empathy VR machine 2021 in Cinema Museum of Turin.
Daphne Xanthopoulou (she, they) is an independent sound artist and curator of Anatolian Greek descent currently based in Linz, Austria. In their artistic practice, heavily inﬂuenced by new materialisms with an intersectional feminist and decolonial standpoint, they use sound, poetry and speculative ﬁction to expose the [im]material infrastructures of technologicy, and to explore and apply alternative economies of collective composition, environmental listening, and communal healing.
They co-run Wirtshaus Secrets, a label, residency and events series that documents and supports the work of experimental musicians, and new media artists whose work touches the ﬁeld of sound, and Cachichi, a curatorial platform and booking agency that focuses on new music and its intersection with contemporary art and thought.
They have designed, produced and performed music for festivals such as Ars Electronica(AT), Sonic Territories(AT), Krama(GR), and labels such as Czaszka(UK), Exiles, Zabra Records (PT).
Their individual and collaborative work has been broadcasted on Movement Radio(Athens), NTS, BBC3, Noods Radio, dublab.es and tuskio.se, and has been written about by publications such as the Quietus, and Bandcamp Daily.
They are currently researching on oral folk traditions in the context of collective world-building practices.
Yuma Yanagisawa is a new media artist exploring creative computation. His practice focuses on generative visuals using 3D and AI. Recent Shows include NODE Forum for Digital Arts (Frankfurt), Bright Festival (Leipzig), Patchlab Festival (Kraków, Poland), and CADAF (Paris, France).
Always been fascinated by new media and technology, Antonio began his career as a film-maker with a fair success. After that he decided to stop in order to focus his attention on media-activism. He has studied the complex word of hacktivism focusing mainly on the Italian one. After the publication of R.T.F.M. (Read This Fucking Manual - a digital self-defence cross-media manual) he is currently exploring companionship, intimacy & sexuality trough technology.