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  • REGISTERED ART+SCIENCE LECTURES AND MEETINGS

    Latest news | 30-03-2020
    We have collected for you the most interesting registered lectures, meetings and discussion panels that have taken place at CCA ŁAŹNIA as part of the Art + Science Meeting programme since the beginning of the project in 2011. The events have been grouped by category.     LECTURES   Witold Libionka - When are the robots going to be replaced by humanoids?     Both artists and scientists are exploring the brain, trying to create its images, sculptures and installations of it or – on the other hand – AI and neural networks. Specialization in the various fields of knowledge narrowed and scattered the scope of these researches, provoking discussion about the need to develop a platform that connects both artistic and scientific communities. More and more often we feel the need for consilience – united knowledge, whose various do
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    Latest news | 30-03-2020
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  • Beyond borders. Processed Body – Expanded Brain – Distributed Agency

    Latest news | 11-03-2020
    18.12.2019 - 16.02.2020 Opening:18.12.2019 Artists: Marek Chołoniewski, Gina Czarnecki, Marco Donnarumma, Ulrike Gabriel, Jill Scott, Karolina Żyniewicz Curator: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński LAZNIA 1, ul. Jaskółcza 1, Gdańsk - Dolne Miasto LAZNIA 2, ul. Strajku Dokerów 5, Gdańsk - Nowy Port     Exhibition focused on contemporary artistic trends that are related to science, particularly neurology and neural engineering, research on artificial intelligence and robotics, synthetic biology and psychology. Works selected for the exhibition will invite viewers to ponder on contemporary post- and trans-humanistic discourses and their manifestations in the art field. By shedding light on the problems and practices usually represented in scientific circles, the exhibition offers an opportunity to look at the consequences of shifting them to the artistic domain, and thereby to the field of cultural reflection, transforming them into the subject o
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    BODY-MACHINE

    Latest news | 27-03-2020
    VENUE: 16 JANUARY AT 6.00 P.M. PLACE: LAZNIA CCA 1 DOLNE MIASTO ONLY FOR ADULT VIEWERS NOTE: SOME OF THE MOVIES CONTAIN FLICKERING IMAGES AND CHANGES IN LIGHT INTENSITY THAT MAY PROVOKE AN EPILEPTIC SEIZURE. AGE CATEGORY: +18 The considerable progress in artificial intelligence, data processing and robotics brings up to date old questions, philosophical as well as scientific: what is the singularity of the living? What distinguishes the human from the machine? These questions are taken up here by animated image artists, to offer their vision of a world where bodies are in the process of hybridization.   9 shorts (animations, experiments, videoarts) selected by Serge Dentin in a broad context addresing the subject of transhumnism, where the lines between human and non-human, virtual and real world are blurred. What determines our humanity? Will we wake up one day in scien
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  • BOOK BEYOND BORDERS - PROCESSED BODY – EXPANDED BRAIN – DISTRIBUTED AGENCY

    Latest news | 27-03-2020
    Publication accompanying group exhibition „Beyond borders. Processed Body – Expanded Brain – Distributed Agency” in LAZNIA CCA.  The texts collected in the book, written by both researchers and the artists presenting their works at the exhibition, are discussing the subject of interaction of artistic trends with science, particularly neurology and neural engineering, research on artificial intelligence and robotics, synthetic biology and psychology. By shedding light on the problems and practices usually represented in scientific circles, the exhibition and the book offer an opportunity to look at the consequences of shifting them to the artistic domain, and thereby to the field of cultural reflection, transforming them into the subject of a multifaceted (aesthetic, cognitive and ethical) analysis. Authors: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Karolina Żyniewicz, Jill Scott, Marile Hahn, Robert Atkins, Urszula Skiepko, Gina Czarnecki,
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    ZBIGNIEW OKSIUTA - STUDIOLO. COSMIC GARDENS

    Latest news | 18-07-2019
    9th August–4th October 2019 Openning: 9th August 2019, 6 pm ŁAŹNIA 2 Centre for Contemporary Art, Strajku Dokerów 5, Gdańsk - Nowy Port     Studiolo (from Italian) means a small studio, a study that serves for learning, experiments and research. It gained popularity in the era of the Renaissance, however, it derives from the Middle Ages, when it was termed to define the space for alchemical experiment. In this sense, the studiolo is the origin of a modern laboratory. During "Studiolo. Cosmic gardens" exhibition we will present contemporary studiolo, an experimental space for research and plant growth in an unusual conditions. The research will be grouped into three blocks: first one devoted to biological materials, the second to technologies that allows to form them and use as a growth medium, and the third shows the range of behaviors of plants cultivated in extreme conditions. Plants and plant tissues w
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May the Horse Live in me (interview with Art Orienté Objet) | Aleksandra Hirszfeld

Texts | 24-11-2016
Art Orienté Objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoît Mangin) is a French artistic duo awarded the Golden Nica at this year’s Ars Electronica in the Hybrid Art category for their eccentric and stereotype-breaking perception of limits of experiments on the human body in their work entitled May the Horse Live in me. The artists, who have been creating since 1991, operate in the interdisciplinary space, linking together different areas of art (mainly body art), scientific research in the field of ethology, immunology, ecology and broadly perceived experimentation. Their works are very often a result of the artists’ protest against the system of standards and management towards the world of animals which had been imposed by men. Such is the case of the award winning work. To become a body for an animal, a “storage” of a selected species, to become a man-horse, a man-panda, is an idea which resulted from a protest against the absurd – according to the artists – principle setting rules for making a list of endangered species which are subject to protection. May the Horse Live in me is an experimental performance which took place in Ljubljana in 2010 and which was about transfusing horse blood to Marion’s body. The artists themselves will tell you what this idea stands for and what consequences an exp
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    blackhole-factory

    A group of intermedia artists based in Braunschweig, Germany. Members of the group are Elke Utermoehlen, Martin Slawig and Martin Kroll. blackhole-factory develops performances and installations utilizing the creative tension between information technology and the physical presence of bodies in space, exploring possible methods of augmented space and perception. Generally the projects are using found materials, field recordings, interviews, lo-tech electronics, custom software, sensors and custom interfaces. In their investigative and site specific arts projects the group is exploring aspects of everyday live and identity, focusing on urban space and ethnologic/ anthropologic questions. Some of the works have been created in open processes as participatory art projects. Since 2001 they are directing a group of performers with learning difficulties, creating live art with the use of low-tech electronics and digital media. blackhole-factory cooperates in an international network with artists, scientists and cultural organizations. 2010 they founded an integrative center for theatrical research, rehearsals and performances in Braunschweig called„Theaterhaus Kunstmühle“ www.blackhole-factory.com      
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    Marek Chołoniewski

    (born 1953, in Krakow). Composer, sound artist, performer, teacher and manager. Head of Electroacoustic Music Studios at the Academy of Music in Krakow and Audiosphere Lab at Intermedia Department of Fine Arts Academy in Kraków. Founder and President of Muzyka Centrum Art Society and Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music PSeME. Since 2011 President of International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music CIME/ICEM. Director of Audio Art Festival in Krakow. Founder of many groups and ensembles, among others: Freight Train, ch&k&k, dizzy kinetics, GrupLab. Author of many projects, instrumental and electroacoustic music, sound and video installations, interactive, space/environment, audiovisual and net-art projects. He received Honorable Award of the Polish Composers Union, Award of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as the Independent Project grant of the CEC ArtsLink in New York.
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    Marco Donnarumma

    Marco Donnarumma is a media and performance artist, director, composer and scholar. Since the early 2000s, he has been interbreeding contemporary performance, media art and computer music to inquire into the recondite matters of the human body. He is widely known for his performances probing the body through sound physicality, technological engineering and movement research. He owns a Ph.D. from Goldsmiths, University of London and is one of the next Research Fellows at the Akademie­ für Theater ­und Digitalität, Dortmund. His performances and artworks toured over 60 countries and are regularly presented at leading art, theater and dance venues. His current research looks at the links between ritual performance, artificial intelligence and body politics through the lens of abjection, violence and intimacy.    In 2013, he took part in audiovisual interactive biophysical performances Bios @ Techne @ Art, which took place at the ŁAŹNIA Center for Contemporary Art. This event was a presentation of artistic actions in which the physiological activity of the human body is not only the subject of artistic exploration, but above all constitutes the material for artistic creation.   marcodonnarumma.com  
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    Anders Eiebakke

    (born 1970 in Oslo, Norway) is an artist working with drone technology since 2007. Among his works is the seagull based MUAV, commissioned by The Norwegian Data Protection Authority. He has exhibited drone based works at among other the Manifesta Biennale (2010), Les Rencontres Internationales (2012) andVestfossen Kunstlaboratorium (2014). He designs his own aircrafts, exhibiting them together with politically charged aerial videos. Eiebakke also writes essays on drones, and is used as an analyst for Norwegian public radio and other news media. He is currently working on a group show in Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, discussing the relationship between art and war. Eiebakke is also a member of the Norwegian National Team in radio controlled precision aerobatics. http://www.anderseiebakke.no/    
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    Anna Friz

    Canadian sound and radio artist who specializes in multi-channel transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast, where radio is the source, subject and medium of the work. She also creates dynamic, atmospheric compositions for theatre, dance, film, and solo performance that are equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal deeply expressive interior landscapes. She has performed and exhibited widely across North America, South America, and Europe, and her radio art/works have been heard on the airwaves of more than 20 countries. In 2011, Anna earned a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto, and she recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Sound Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Anna is a Wavefarm/ free103point9 transmission artist, and a steering member of the Iceland-based. nicelittlestatic.com  
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    Dmitry Galkin

    (b. 1975, Omsk) is a researcher, art theorist and curator. He earned his Ph.D. (‘candidate of science’ degree) from Tomsk State University (2002), and later ‘doctor of science’ degree in 2013. In his research he focuses on cultural dynamics in the context of technological development from digital culture to the culture of artificial life, and analyses the history/aesthetics of technology-based art practices. Dr. Galkin is the author of many articles on the history and theory of digital culture; he has also published a monograph entitled Digital Culture: Shift to Artificial Life (Tomsk University Press, 2013). Dr. Galkin has beena research fellow at the George Washington University (USA) and Lancaster University (UK). He has also lectured and presented at international conferences, including the NeoLife 2015 (Perth), EdCrunch 2015 (Moscow), TEDx Tomsk (2013). He is currently a Professor at the Institute of Art and Culture and the PAST Centre at National Research Tomsk State University (Tomsk, Russia).    
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    Kirsten Hudson

    Dr Hudson is a practicing artist, writer and academic based in Western Australia, where she is employed as a lecturer in the Schools of Design and Art and Media Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University. Her research focuses on the philosophies and histories of the body, informed by gender studies, queer theory and French post-structuralism. This informs an art practice that critically resists and subverts normalising representations, constructions and perceptions of subjectivity, sociality and embodiment. Her current research projects visually and textually explore: 1. the ethical and aesthetic consequences of stem cell technologies on understandings of life, death and personhood; 2, the potential of the art object to articulate ideas, feelings and experiences of melancholy, nostalgia, memory and mourning in a way that actively challenges the limits and understandings of loss and desire is a practicing artist, writer and academic based in Western Australia, where she is employed as a lecturer in the Schools of Design and Art and Media Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University. Her research focuses on the philosophies and histories of the body, informed by gender studies, queer theory and French post-structuralism. This informs an art practice that critically resists and subverts normalising representations, constructions and perceptions of subjectivity, sociality and embodiment. Her current research projects visually and textually explore: 1. the ethical and aesthetic consequences of stem cell technologies on understandings of life, death and personhood; 2, the potential of the art object to articulate ideas, feelings and experiences of melancholy, nostalgia, memory and mourning in a way that actively challenges the limits and understandings of loss and desire.    
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    Katarzyna Jankowska

    Graduated in painting at the Fine Arts Department at the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń and finished the Museum Curator post graduate studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She is involved in nongovernmental organizations in Toruń – as Head of the Fabryka UTU Foundation and member of the Sztuka Cię Szuka (Art Seeks You) Association. Jankowska is the author of workshop concepts and scripts as well as of educational and artistic actions. She was the education curator at the Znaki Czasu Centre for Contemporary Art in Toruń from 2009 till 2011. www.dzwiekospacery.art.pl   
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    Marius Kwint

    Cultural historian, curator and lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. His main realm of interest lies in the relation between art, science and visual culture. He researches how attitudes towards the world change, in particular how culture changes in time and in different places. Together with Lucy Shanahan, Kwint curated the “Brains: the mind as matter” exhibition presented at Wellcome Collection in London, seen by over one hundred thousand people. He is also the author of the book that complemented the exhibition, “The Mind As Matter”. http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/brains.aspx  
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    Karolina Żyniewicz

    Karolina Żyniewicz is an artist and a researcher. She earned her MA degree at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Strzemiński Academy of Art in Lodz (Poland), and is currently working on her PhD project under the Nature-Culture Programme of the Artes Liberales Faculty, University of Warsaw (Poland). While developing her artistic projects at biological laboratories, she also conducts ethnographic and autoethnographic observations, which help her explore the role of non-human actors, such as liminal beings, biofacts and transgenic organisms, in the production of contemporary culture. She shows her projects both at exhibitions (e.g. Pokusa nieśmiertelności/The Temptation of Immortality at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw; Uporczywe upodobanie/Pernicious Predilection at the Labyrinth Gallery in Lublin) and at conferences and festivals (e.g. Taboo, Transgresion, Transcendance in Art&Science [Greece, Mexico], FEMeeting [Portugal], and Foro de Estudias Visuales [Mexico]). As an important part of her practices, she writes texts showcasing the performative process of art&science project development (e.g. “Art&science: Autoetnografia artystki realizującej projekty w laboratoriach biologicznych” in Kultura i społeczeństwo; “Ciało w świecie post-natury – byty liminalne. Projekt safe suicide” in Cięcie ciał-ruchome obrazy). In her work, she emphasises the epistemic and didactic dimensions of art. In 2016-2018, she collaborated with the education sections of  the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. She uses these experiences in workshops which she organises around her own projects. www.karolinazyniewicz.com  
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    Karolina Żyniewicz

    Karolina Żyniewicz is an artist and a researcher. She earned her MA degree at the Faculty of Visual Arts, Strzemiński Academy of Art in Lodz (Poland), and is currently working on her PhD project under the Nature-Culture Programme of the Artes Liberales Faculty, University of Warsaw (Poland). While developing her artistic projects at biological laboratories, she also conducts ethnographic and autoethnographic observations, which help her explore the role of non-human actors, such as liminal beings, biofacts and transgenic organisms, in the production of contemporary culture. She shows her projects both at exhibitions (e.g. Pokusa nieśmiertelności/The Temptation of Immortality at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw; Uporczywe upodobanie/Pernicious Predilection at the Labyrinth Gallery in Lublin) and at conferences and festivals (e.g. Taboo, Transgresion, Transcendance in Art&Science [Greece, Mexico], FEMeeting [Portugal], and Foro de Estudias Visuales [Mexico]). As an important part of her practices, she writes texts showcasing the performative process of art&science project development (e.g. “Art&science: Autoetnografia artystki realizującej projekty w laboratoriach biologicznych” in Kultura i społeczeństwo; “Ciało w świecie post-natury – byty liminalne. Projekt safe suicide” in Cięcie ciał-ruchome obrazy). In her work, she emphasises the epistemic and didactic dimensions of art. In 2016-2018, she collaborated with the education sections of  the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. She uses these experiences in workshops which she organises around her own projects. www.karolinazyniewicz.com  
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    Paweł Łaźniak

    Film editor. He graduated at the Film and Television Academy in Warsaw. After the graduation he started commercial work (Open Productions since 2006, lazniak.com since 2010). In the commercial film projects he also works on the creation of image and sound, but his main field of interest is creative montage. Till 2013 he had been working on projects for MTV, VIVA, 4fun.TV, Extreme Sports Channel, Polsat, Polsat Sport, ESPN, TVN, TVN Turbo, TVN24, TVP, Discovery Channel (USA) and many others. http://lazniak.com/  
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    Oleg Mavromatti

    (1965, Russia) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker, a prominent representative of the Moscow Actionism, a phenomenon of the radical performance art scene in 1990s Moscow. He has been a member of legendary Moscow performance art groups such as “Expropriation of the Territory of Art” and NECEZIUDIK. In 1995 Mavromatti establishes the independent film union SUPERNOVA, manifested as a fortress of Moscow radical cinema. Mavromatti has been legally prosecuted for his critical performance art and film work (such as the famous performance “Ne ver’ glazam” (“Do Not believe Your Eyes”), 2000, for what his art and film archive has been confiscated in 2000. Therefore many of his early works are completely lost or accessible only from VHS copies. Mavromatti left the country in 2000 and since then he lives in Bulgaria and New York.  In Bulgaria, Rossa and Mavromatti established art collective ULTRAFUTURO – an international group of artists engaged with issues of technology, science and their social implications. They have been included in the Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP) and shown at Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), Liverpool; Society for Art and Technology (SAT), Montreal etc.  
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    BJ Nielsen

    Sound and recording artist. His work is based on the sounds of nature and its effect on humans. He primarily uses field recordings and electronic composition as a working method. He has worked for film, television, theatre, dance productions and as a sound designer. His newest album for Touch titled “Eye Of The Microphone” is a personal audio rendition based on the sound of London. Currently he is working on “The Acoustic City A Book Publication with CD”, co-edited with Matthew Gandy. www.bjnilsen.com  
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    Maciej Ożóg

    Sound artist, culture and media theorist. Since the early nineties he’s been involved in experimental music scene of Poland. Founder of many bands (Spear, Ben Zen, Aural Treat, Sub Spa, Quantum Vacuum Oscillator, Nonstate i.a.). He works in the field of live multimedia performance, interactive installations and video art. In his solo performances he critically explores the limial territory between body physical activity and invisible electric infrastructure of hybrid space. He uses custom designed instruments and devices as well as digital and analogue electronics. Ożóg is an author of numerous articles concerning aesthetics of new media art, critical art, avant-garde film, video, and experimental music. His research focuses on surveillance studies, information and network society, tactical media, bio art and posthumanism. He teaches at the Department of Electronic Media, University of Łódź, Poland. In 1998-2002 he ran a record label Ignis Project dedicated to electronic and electroacoustic music. Ignis released records by: Francisco Lopez, Ultra Milkmaids, Vance Orchestra, Indra Karmuka, Crawl Unit, Origami Arktika, Chaos As Shelter, EA and Spear. He curated such events as four editions of the exhibition “Die Kunst Ist Toth”, concerts by Coil, Noise Makers Fifes, Column One, Troum, Xaviere Charles, Z’ev, Zbigniew Karkowski, Aube, Tetsuo Furudate, Asmus Tietchens, Marco Donnarumma and many others.  https://soundcloud.com/maciej-ozog  
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    Prof. Michael Punt

    Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Plymouth where he is the convenor of Transtechnology Research and the Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Reviews. He gained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam (Early Cinema and the Technological Imaginary) and has jointly produced two books on audio visual media and consciousness. He has published over 80 articles on cinema history and digital technology in key journals. From April 2010 he has been leading a large joint research project funded through HERA on the creative exchanges between experimental and commercial film makers. www.trans-techresearch.net  
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    Boryana Rossa

    (born 1972) is a Bulgarian interdisciplinary artist and curator making performance art, video and photographic work.Her artwork has been exhibited internationally including most notably at the National Gallery of Fine Arts inSofia,Goethe Institute, the Moscow Biennial, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum,Exit Art, Biennial for Electronic Art in Perth, and Foundation for Art and Creative Technologies in Liverpool. She frequently collaborates with artist and filmmakerOleg Mavromatioften under the title ULTRAFUTURO – an international art collective started in 2004. Some of her awards and grants include the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for New Bulgarian Art,the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia,and aNew York Foundation for the ArtsFellowship in 2014 in Digital/Electronic Arts. She is an Assistant Professor of Transmedia at Syracuse University.
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    Marcin Sauter

    Documentaries director, cinematographer and director of photography. He graduated the Documentary Course at Andrzej Wajda’s School. Director, screenwriter and cinematographer in such movies as “Za płotem”, “Pierwszy dzień”, “Hakawati” and “Na północ od Kalabrii”. He received several awards, among others, at the Cinema du reel Festival in Paris, Film Festivals in Cracow, London, Vilnus and Kiev. He holds movie workshops in Bydgoszcz and a course for students in Andrzej Wajdas School in Warsaw.
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    Krzysztof Topolski

    Electroacoustic improviser, author of sound-art projects, drummer. His main field of interest are noise and soundscape. He is interested in exploring drums and live electronics, improvised and electroacoustic music, computer composing, creating sound and interactive installations. He organizes presentations, holds workshops and lectures about contemporary music and sound-art. www.arszyn.com  
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    Bill Vorn

    Based in Montreal, Bill Vorn is active in the field of Robotic Art since 1992. His installation and performance projects involve robotics and motion control, sound, lighting, video and cybernetic processes. He pursues research and creation on Artificial Life and Agent Technologies through artistic work based on the Aesthetics of Artificial Behaviors. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Communication Studies from UQAM (Montreal) for his thesis on Artificial Life as a Media. He teaches Electronic Arts in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University (Intermedia/Cyberarts program) where he holds the rank of Full Professor.  His work has been presented in multiple international events, including Ars Electronica, ISEA, DEAF, Sonar, Art Futura, EMAF and Artec. He has been awarded the Vida 2.0 award (1999, Madrid), the Leprecon Award for Interactivity (1998, New York), the Prix Ars Electronica Distinction award (1996, Linz) and the International Digital Media Award (1996, Toronto). He has worked in collaboration with many canadian artists (including Edouard Lock, Robert Lepage, Gilles Maheu, LP Demers and Istvan Kantor). He was cofounder of the electronic pop music band Rational Youth with Tracy Howe in 1981. billvorn.concordia.ca  
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    Adam Witkowski

    Graduated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, where in 2011 he received the Doctor of Fine Arts title. He works with soundart, drawing, radio projects and installations. He plays in the following music groups: Gówno, Samorządowcy, Nagrobki. http://adamwitkowski.com  
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    Dr Ionat Zurr

    An artist and a researcher at SymbioticA – The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy and Human Biology, the University of Western Australia. Ionat together with Oron Catts formed the internationally renowned Tissue Culture and Art Project. She has been an artist in residence in the School of Anatomy Physiology and Human Biology since 1996 and was central to the establishment of SymbioticA in 2000. Ionat is considered a pioneer in the field of biological arts and her research been published widely, exhibited internationally and her artwork has been collected by MoMA New York. Ionat is this year recipient of the Discovery Australian Reseach Council Award(2012); she has been a fellow in the InStem Institute, NCBS, Bangalore (2010) and a visiting scholar at The Experimental Art Centre, Stanford University (2007) and The Tissue Engineering & Organ Fabrication Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (2000-2001). She exhibited in places such as the MoMA NY, Mori Museum Tokyo, Ars Electronica, Linz, GOMA Brisbane and more.  www.tcaproject.org  
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