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.
As a new media artist with a background in fine arts and philosophy, Amir Bastan(*1991) explores the conflict between the conscious and the subconscious. He realizes his works by designing narratives through real-time processes.
Amir is based in Linz/AT where he is currently a researcher at Creative Robotics beside pursuing his Master’s in Interface Cultures.
S()fia Braga is an Italian artist and Instagram terrorist based in Linz (Austria). She develops her artistic research between Digital, Post-Digital practices and cyberstalking, focusing especially on the social impact of web interfaces and the subversion of centralized social media platforms. She graduated in Visual Arts (BA, MA) at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna and is currently attending the Interface Cultures master program at the University of Art and Design of Linz. In 2019 she curated the Internet Yami-Ichi at Ars Electronica Festival and its first Italian edition in Bologna. In 2020 she is one of the finalist of the Share Prize. (Turin, IT)
Her works have been exhibited at Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria), The Wrong – The New Digital Art Biennale, Pinacoteca Albertina di Torino (Italy), Deutsche Bank (Milan, Italy), Xie Zilong Photography Museum (Changsha, China), XII Video Vortex Conference (La Valletta, Malta), Speculum Artium (Trbovlje, Slovenia), Link Cabinet (Italy) and more.
Is immigrant, artist and researcher born in Colombia, M.A in Visual arts & Multimedia (Universitat Politècnica de València) and B.A in Fine Arts Specialization in Image Technologies (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha). In her work she explores the relationships and effects of coloniality, the new media and the internet social networks from her own migratory experience and the decolonial thinking, experimenting with different media such as video, photography and electronic & new media art in her creative process and artistic practice.
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.
Simona Chládková is a Czech multidisciplinary artist and designer focusing on site-specific installations and exhibitions. Human perception and interaction are essential topics in her work. Thanks to her industrial design studies, she keens on bringing things intuitively and understandably for the audience. In her work, she looks into interiors, architecture, and public spaces and concerns the importance of bringing nature and human factors into these. Currently based in Linz, she is focused on connecting technology in a delicate way to space to interact with people.
Born in Napoli, based in Linz. Graduated in BA Multimedia Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara), she's a master student in Interface Cultures. With a main background in videoart, installations and photography, and interests in anthropological and sociological issues, in her works she explores unconventional projection surfaces, the immaterial-material connections, the relation between artist, artwork and public, and the human relationships in the context of the new technologies. Combining interaction design and experimentation of various languages and materials she would like to create new interactive immersive environments and installations and finding new artistic accessible possibilities in the experience of perception of the artwork.
Born in Spain but related to Venezuela Mario Romera consider himself an interdisciplinary artist focused on the research of new ways to develop art experiences with special mention to achieve participation and interaction between spectator and artwork. Formed in Fine Arts, he rather prefers to use everyday nature materials and user or individual everyday situations trying to mix life with art as much as possible. The emphasis of his projects is the improvement of life through art with a conscious critique of the normality linking living concepts with the social values of community as economics and politics. Exploring new ways of constitute reality made by the collective in each context where he has the opportunity to work with. Currently studying Interface Cultures Master program he is in the research of new ways to interfere in art and life customizing the already existing interfaces and constructing new ones.
Barbara Jazbec is a visual artist from Trbovlje, Slovenia. She is mainly working with video and installations. Recently she started to work with 360-degree video and virtual reality (VR). In her latest works she is researching the power of embodiment and how immersive the VR technology is becoming. How easy it is to blur the boundaries between real and artificial. Barbara has a Bachelor's Degree in Media and Arts from Tampere University of Applies Sciences in Finland, where she has been living and working for the past 7 years. She is organising and leading different experimental workshops. She is the curator of the international video festival DigitalBigScreen 360° in Slovenia, which is running at the same time as Speculum Artium.
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.
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.
Summarized in one word, Klimentina Milenova’s main focus is Interaction. Her goal is to apply playful methodologies and social experiments into educational structures and event management. After finishing her B.A. in Stage and Costume Design and B.A. of Art Education in the National Academy of Art in Sofia, she had the need to externalize and embrace her skills trough media and interaction. That’s why she begun a MA degree in Interface Cultures at Kunstuniversität Linz.
Her background in theater and pedagogy inspire her to observe new strategies for empirical communication and embodied knowledge. She is driven by the implementation of Organizational and Cognitive Ergonomics elements combined with new genre social and cultural events.
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
is an artist, researcher and organiser who works on the intersection of art, science and society. Currently finishing her MA Interface Culture in Linz (AT), she is also a producer for Amsterdam-based media art festivals Sonic Acts and FIBER Festival.During her BA degree in New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University (NL), she started to research the possibilities in art to bring forward social change. This topic, now taking into account speculative design objects as a catalyser of new climate imaginaries, is now the focus of her master thesis, and, hopefully, of a subsequent exhibition.
Computational artist with a BSc. in Computer Science, currently focused on generative design and procedural content creation. After his bachelor's studies he was involved in various interdisciplinary creative projects and later on worked as an augmented reality developer before moving to Linz, Austria to pursue his MA degree in Interface Cultures. He is interested in creating algorithmically and aesthetically beautiful, procedurally generated visuals and occasionally experimenting with glitchy experiences.
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.
Born in Pamplona (1992). Graduated in Fine Arts (BA) from the University of the Basque Country and in Visual Arts and Multimedia (MA) from the Polythechnic University of Valencia. Iosune is interested in researching about the officiality of concepts, the rigidity and the elasticity of them, the resistance to the already established or the rethinking of the rules.
Afra Sönmez is an electronic textile designer/ researcher who integrates technology with craft, fashion, and traditional methods. Her works contain di event types of e-textile examples such as kinetic costumes, wearable games, e-textile costumes, and accessories.
In 2004 she returned to Turkey from Moskow and continue to study in Turkey. She studied graphic design in high school, after then continue studies in Yeditepe University Visual Communication design department. Now she is studying At Art University of Linz Interface Cultures. In 2017 Afra made a collaboration with Tuba Ergin for Mercedes Benz Istanbul Fashion Week SS17. Nowadays she is performing with her e-textile instrument and gives workshops about e-textile.
Ilona Stuetz was born and raised in Austria, after graduating High School (primary child care and education) she spent several months living in Italy and France. Studied textile.art.design (BA) in Linz before starting Interface Cultures.
Additionally studying Mediengestaltung (media design), Bildnerische Erziehung (art education) and Textiles Gestalten (textile art) – program for becoming a teacher at High School.Main interest are illustration, graphics, experimental film.
is a media artist and experimental photographer (*1985) from Turku, Finland.
Graduated in multimedia journalism (BA), digital culture & cultural heritage (MA). She has been into photography since 2000 and working in the cultural field since 2008.
In the works Tiia is researching co-existence of digital and analog life with recurring themes of urban life, defined roles, definitions of time and space.
Kristina Tica (*1995, Belgrade) completed BA Painting at the University of Fine Arts and MA Digital Arts art the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade and currently 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 medias. She works across various media such as painting, video, installation and generative new media art. Her works have been exhibited at festivals such as The Wrong – The New Digital Art Biennale, Ars Electronica Festival, Speculum Artium. She is the recipient of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab National Selection Award (Serbia) 2020. Currently lives and works in Linz.
Vera Ismene Wittkowsky completed her degree in Scandinavian studies, Dutch studies, philosophy and gender studies at the University of Vienna in 2008 and a three-year training in "Multimedia Arts" at the HTL Spengergasse, Vienna, in 2011. In 2012 she started to work on her PhD-thesis in philosophy at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. She works on several art and animation film projects and explores in particular the production of meaning concerning the human body and gender within art, science, culture, technology and politics. With her animation shorts, installation art and printed stills she has taken part in several animation film festivals and exhibitions. Studying at the Interface Culture Department at the Kunstuniversität Linz provides her with beneficially new techniques, insights and ideas to her artistic production and scientific research.
Qian is a design student who come from China, she used to study computer science and industrial design in Zhejiang University,HangZhou. Right now Qian's special interest is tangible interaction and game interaction design.
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.