Michael Batz
Hamburg Art Ensemble , GER [info]

Profile: Batz is an author, theatre-maker and light artist. 1970 - 1976 study Germanistik, history, philosophy, history of art in Marburg/Lahn. Since 1974 he has directed numerous theatre productions and arts festivals. 1990 - 1994 dramaturgy KAMPNAGEL international culture factory Hamburg. Program concepts. Art exhibitions. Performance/art actions. Since 1994 he has been co-ordinator of Theatres in the Memory City and Port Culture Days and is a longstanding member of the board of ‘Alive City’. 2003 Alexander tin prize of the city Hamburg.

Dr. David Cunningham

University of Westminster, UK [info]

Profile: David Cunningham is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Westminster in London, and an editor of the journal Radical Philosophy. He is co-editor of the books Adorno and Literature (2006) and Photography and Literature in the Twentieth Century (2005), and a former guest editor of a special issue of The Journal of Architecture on the post-war avant-garde. Other work has appeared in publications such as Architectural Design, New Formations and SubStance. He is currently working on a book on the metropolis.

Prof. Mark Dorrian

University of Edinburgh, UK [info]

Profile: Mark Dorrian is Reader in Architecture and Director of the Master of Architecture programme at the University of Edinburgh, and is Co-Director of Metis, an atelier for art, architecture and urbanism. He has recently written on architecture and clouds (Radical Philosophy, 144), and is currently working on the cultural and political history of the aerial view. Metis’ recent project ‘Northroom’ can be seen at

Tim / Jan Edler

realities:united, GER [info]

Jan Edler studied architecture at the Technische Universität Aachen and at London’s
Bartlett School of Architecture. Tim Edler studied computer science and architecture
at Technische Universität Berlin. The brothers work as architects, designer and artists. In 2000 they founded their office „realities:united“ in Berlin. All their projects deal with issues of space, information, message and communication. Their creative achievements have been prized with a number of architecture and design awards, such as the Hans Schäfer Preis from the Association of German Architects (BDA), the „Inspire!Award“ by Deutsche Telekom or the „Goldene Nagel“ (Golden Nail) which is the highest award given by the Art Directors Club, and has been shown at numerous exhbitions in Europe including the Venice Biannual for Architecture (2002 & 2006), the Vitra Design Museum and the new Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Their most recognised projects to date are BIX [1], a light- and media facade at Kunsthaus Graz in 2003 that has hallmarked their international breakthrough, and SPOTS [2], a urban media installation at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

Aside from their project-related work both of them have taught at various institutions such as the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, the Technische Universität Berlin or the Pasadena Art Center College in Los Angeles. Since 2005 Tim Edler holds a visiting
professorship at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen.

Ruari Glynn [info]

Profile: Ruairi Glynn is an architect and researcher. He is the editor of ‘Interactive Architecture dot Org’, an online resource dedicated to contemporary interactive art installations and architecture and is a guest critic at the Architectural Association, London, and the Institute of Digital Art and Technology, Plymouth. A graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, he is currently continuing his research there, as member of the ‘Interactive Architecture Workshop’. His most recent work focuses on building adaptive, and kinetic responsive environments that though gestural performances, enter inhabitants and objects into “dance” like relationships. He is a multi-award winning artist, most recently presented with the Hamilton Award for Design Excellence at the Bartlett School of Architecture and a ‘European Top Talent Award for Digital Media’ at Europrix TTA 05 organized by the European Commission for Information Society and Media’.

Rogier van der Heide,
ARUP, UK, [info]

Rogier van der Heide is a Director with Arup and Global Leader of Arup Lighting. He has been responsible for innovative, creative and well executed projects around the world in the field of exterior lighting, feature lighting, dynamic lighting and day lighting. Rogiers project list includes works by architects such as UN Studio, Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid and MVRDV. Rogier will be the design leader for the lighting design on this project, overseeing the lighting team in Amsterdam. Besides over ten other design prizes, Rogier has received the two most prestigious awards in the lighting design industry: the Lighting Designer of the Year Award and the IALD Radiance Award.

Ludger Hovestadt
ETH Zürich, CH [info]

Profile: Ludger Hovestadt has been full professor for architecture and CAAD since July 1, 2000. He was born in 1960 in Gelsenkirchen (D) and studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen (D) and the HfG in Vienna (A) under Prof. Holzbauer. His research has always been interdisciplinary: architecture, computer science, mechanical engineering, robotics and cognitive psychology. Professor Hovestadt’s current research centres on adaptation of technological developments made in other areas of expertise into the
building industry, which by nature, acts on a long-term basis. His research projects are therefore not technological experiments e.g. Virtual Reality, but look for a historical anchor and show a concrete use for current building practice.

Prof. Kari Jormakka/ Speaker: Grace Quiroga (US/A)
Vienna University of Technology, AT [info], Washington University

Grace Quiroga studied architecture at the University of Michigan and the Vienna University of Technology. In addition to practicing in Seattle, she is currently working on a Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Washington. She is the author of the forthcoming book O M A * R E M * A B C, which uses the form of a surrealist dictionary to scrutinize the ideas proposed by Rem Koolhaas.

Prof. Bart Lootsma
University of Innsbruck, AT [info]

Profile: Bart Lootsma (Amsterdam, 1957) is a historian, critic and curator in the fields of architecture, design and the visual arts. He is a Professor for Architectural Theory at the Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck. Before, he was Head of Scientific Research at the ETH Zurich, Studio Basel; a visiting Professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Nurnberg; a visiting Professor for Architectural History and Theory at the Universitat fur Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and thesis tutor at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. He has been editor of ao. Forum, de Architect, ARCHIS and GAM and guest curator of ArchiLab 2004 in Orleans. Together with Dich Rijken he published the book ‘Media and Architecture’. His other books include ‘SuperDutch’ and ‘ArchiLab 2004 The Naked City’.

Malcolm McCullough,
University of Michigan, USA, [info]

Tim Pritlove
CCC / BlinkenLights, GER [info]

Profile: Tim Pritlove, aged 39, is looking back at a 25 year career as a hacker, programmer, system administrator, trainer, event manager, blogger and podcaster. He started writing e-mails in 1988. Tim is a long time member of the Chaos Computer Club and has been organizing the Club’s events for over a decade including the annual Chaos Communication Congress, the quadrennial Chaos Communication Camp, the monthly Chaosradio radio show and has been project coordinator of Project Blinkenlights since 2001.

Andrew Shoben
Greyworld, UK [info]

In 1993 Andrew Shoben founded Greyworld in Paris. They have exhibited their work around the world, with permanent installations in 12 countries. They are currently working on a monument beside Tate Modern to be unveiled in September and have recently been asked to take part in Channel 4’s landmark Big Art commission.

Alexander Stublic
Mader Stublic Wiermann, GER [info]

The artists group Mader Stublic Wiermann works together since 2000 and is based in Berlin. Holger Mader and Alexander Stublic studied media art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and majored in media theory, media art and philosophy. Heike Wiermann studied at the Department of Architecture at the University of Karlsruhe, at the UDK Berlin and the HFG Karlsruhe.Over the past 3 years, the group exhibited in the ZKM Karlsruhe, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Kunsthalle Mannheim and Museum Ritter, realized several pieces in public space and took part in international festivals like the Steirischer Herbst, Filmfestival Seoul, viper, transmediale.

Thomas Schwed

Archconsult, AT [info]

Thomas Schwed is head of office and senior designer at the international operating company Architektur Consult. He graduated at the technical university of Vienna and works in Vienna and Frankfurt. He has been responsible for major designs such as the T-Mobile Center in Vienna and the European Central Bank building in Frankfurt.

Joachim Sauter
Art+Com, GER [info]

Profile: Joachim Sauter has been using computers both as a tool and as a medium from the early stages of his work. Fueled by this interest, he founded ART+COM in 1988 together with other artist, designers, scientists and technicians. Their goal was to practically research this new upcoming medium in the realm of art and design.

In the course of his work he was invited to participate on many exhibitions. Beside others he showed his work at ‘Ars Electronica’ Linz, ‘Centre Pompidou’ Paris, ‘Stejdilik Museum’ Amsterdam, ‘Museum for Contemporary Art’ Sidney, ‘Deichtorhallen Hamburg’ , ‘Venice Biennial’, ‘ICC’ Tokyo, ‘Getty Center’ Los Angeles, ‘ZKM’ Karlsruhe.

He received several awards like the ‘Ars Electronica Interactive Award’, the ‘Los Angeles Interactive Media Award’, the ‘Prix Pixel INA’, the ‘British Academy for Film and Television Interactive Award’, the ‘German Design Award’ and the ‘Swiss Design Award’.Since 1991 he is full professor for “New Media Art and Design” at the ‘University of the Arts’ Berlin and since 2001 adjunct professor at UCLA, Los Angeles.

Els Vermang
Lab (au) [info]

Els Vermang’s ( b. 1981 in Leuven, Belgium; lives and works in Brussels ) style is programmatic and parameter-based, and combines space with art and music. During her 4th year of architecture she crosses LAb[au] and starts working there as a MetaDesigner. One year later, in 2004, she completes architecture. Full-grown crewmember of LAb[au] and Benjamin of the international electronic arts-scene, her key-qualifications are conception, design, info graphics and curatorships. With LAb[au] she created the MediaRuimte-gallery, the ‘Liquid Space’ series and catalogue, ‘Point and line to plane, computed in seconds’, ‘12m4s’, ‘Man in e.Space’, ‘Pixflow’, ‘Touch’, ‘Who’s afraid of Red, Green and Blue’.












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