Gene Kogan is an artist and a programmer who is interested in generative systems, computer science, and software for creativity and self-expression. He is a collaborator within numerous open-source software projects, and gives workshops and lectures on topics at the intersection of code and art. Gene initiated ml4a, a free book about machine learning for artists, activists, and citizen scientists, and regularly publishes video lectures, writings, and tutorials to facilitate a greater public understanding of the subject.
Researcher, professor, designer and new media artist, Franz Fischnaller is recognized for his transdisciplinary research and work accomplished across the fields of Art, design science, technology, humanities and digital heritage. His work includes digital media productions, immersive virtual narrative, interactive storytelling, simulations, virtual reality, 3D stereoscopic content, creative interfaces and multi-level interactive installations. Several of his works are based in Italian Renaissance Art, architecture, history and literature. Current research & project: SOE | The Space on Earth Project (Bringing Space to Earth), an interdisciplinary project that intersect design, architecture, technology, advance visualization and SPACE Science, based on the vision to, bring humans a sense of living in Outer SPACE while living on Earth.
London, United Kingdom
Martin Keary is a composer and visual designer based in London. He writes music for ensembles in the UK and Ireland and runs the YouTube channel ‘Tantacrul’, where he regularly posts videos on a variety of musical topics. He also works as a designer on software for new technologies and currently consults at Microsoft.
Hannu’s roots are deep in the Finnish information society. His first job was at Nokia at the end of the 1980s. An evolving and open information society needs its own players. “Hannes” (Hannu’s nickname) joined the Pirate Party movement in 2009. He was setting up Open Knowledge Finland later and an OK chapter in Estonia.
Diāna Čivle is contributing to the Latvian event industry since 1997 and has been involved in culture event production of variable size and level; direction, full-scale event management, development of artistic content and production from the initial idea until the final result. She has been running the Culture Department of the Riga City Council for eight years. Diāna Čivle led the program development of the project Riga–European Capital of Culture in 2014 and was one of six artistic council curators for the Riga Carnival thematic line of the FORCE MAJEURE programme. The biggest Riga 2014 events were created as a part of the Riga Carnival thematic line. Diāna Čivle is the author of the idea of the light festival Staro Rīga that started in 2008. From the first festival until now Diāna Čivle has been the curator of the light festival.
Janis is lead product designer at Infogram; his passion for design originates from interest in computer science and music. The most important aspect of his work is the usage of data-driven, human-oriented design processes in combination with meaningful aesthetics as well as the use of design thinking for improving teamwork and company culture.
Kalma is a visual performer that used real time processes to create light installations, interactive sculptures, mappings and vj sets with unique atmospheres and unrepeatable experiences and new adventures from one moment to the next. Her work as a visual artist includes interactive installations, mapping and vjing, which she combines with her passion for teaching. Since 2010 she has been hosting and organising workshops around the topics of mapping and video in real time. Her creative pedagogic and practical approach generate the best ground for people willing to immerse in this endless possibilities field.
Margo is a siberian stage director from Riga, Latvia, specializing in multidisciplinary, often unconventional and ambitious approaches. She is a creator of plotless and dreamlike works, which she calls the “moving pain paintings”. She is interested in producing material for opera houses and operatic repertoire for festivals in Europe, Asia, Americas, Antarctica and Atlantis. Margo would love to keep interpreting Russian and Baroque musical heritage. The artist is passionate about architecture, anthropology, biology and expanding space-time with the help of music theatre. Rolling through the countless mentalities and world-views is her answer to the dismayed Western Europe.
Taavi Varm (1979, Estonia) is a visual artist interested in combining spatial design with projection-based media. He is currently a Master degree student at Media Lab Helsinki, Aalto University. Along the way he has been teaching video, art and technology related courses for past 13 years in different Universities in Estonia. That has lead him to be the expert in consulting different government and national projects.
Krisjanis is a creative technologist and media artist working with digital interactive media since 1999. After his studies at the Media Lab Helsinki, where he created open source projection mapping software ofxPiMapper that can run on Raspberry Pi minicomputers as his master’s thesis, Krisjanis continues to work with different art and technology projects that include projection mapping, creative coding and digital fabrication. He is also running workshops and giving lectures about projection mapping and creative technology in general.