Sarah Alden is a Canadian-Finnish artist and educator with a strong sensitivity and inclination towards the natural environment. After studying Fine Arts and Environmental Studies during her BA in Canada, she completed her MA in Environmental Art at Aalto University in Finland, combining aesthetics with ecology and ethics. She strives to create in context, from considering features of the local landscape to personal history in a place. Her practice often involves transforming materials found in nature, offering possibility of an alternative narrative to the viewer.
I create art - mostly paintings - exploring themes from science and medicine, including images such as viruses, bacteria, and plant and animal cells. I've looked at how these organisms affect humans, and in turn how we affect them, through climate change, antibiotic use and other impacts on the earth. I'm a self-taught painter with no academic qualifications in either art or science. My work has been exhibited at the NIH, AAAS and the Society for Neuroscience, in galleries and festivals, and on the covers of books and journals.
Laura Beloff has exhibited world-wide since the late 1980s. She has been awarded several stipends, artist residences and prizes for her remarkable, portable objects, programmed structures and network installations. She is frequently invited as a lecturer and has authored many publications about her artistic research praxis. Beloff is a former professor in visual communication at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, she has also been a visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and is currently a lecturer at the IT University of Copenhagen.
Christian Brems studied Fine Art Photography at University of the Arts London, and is currently studying Visual Culture at the University of Copenhagen.
Carl Emil Carlsen has been exhibiting and performing interactive works since 2003. Most of his projects are centred around three core interests; the synaesthetic interplay between auditive and visual expressions, the increasingly blurry borderland between virtual and physical spaces and nature inspired generative procedures. His work often utilise sensors and custom built screens to create illusions of virtual objects appearing in physical environments. Carlsen emploies procedural and generative methods to reach expressions beyond what he is capable of producing by hand.
Tobias Feltus was born (1979) of two figurative American painters, Lani Irwin and Alan Feltus. From 1987 he grew up in central Italy. In 1999 he moved to Edinburgh where he obtained a BA and MDes in design and currently practices as a photographer, filmmaker and bicycle mechanic.
I am a scientist and artist known for work in circadian rhythms and time. I consider memory, shared experience, emotional resolution, empathy, and resonance through performance and collaboration. My interests include the transformative capabilities of bodies, the electrical properties of organisms, biological clocks, and invisible forces that can shape events. Though my method draws heavily from science, the aesthetic outcomes of my work are seldom hi-tech.
Sharing knowledge of science is an integral part of my process. I regularly contribute to the work of other artists during the research phase, and have advised on scientific themes and direction for projects such as CBC's The Nature of Things. My work has been shown internationally and is part of permanent collections in North America and Europe.
I currently reside in Tio'tia:ke/Mooniyaang, unceded Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe territories (Montreal).
Ciaran Frame is a young composer, media artist and educator currently based in Sydney. Completing his Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Ciaran is passionate about cross-disciplinary collaboration and education, seeking a place in the world of data, technology and music. He has found a home in interactive and generative computer music, creating everything from sonification toolboxes to make music out of plants, to performance works where players must purchase their musical material. He strongly believes in preparing a sustainable future of interested, informed young musicians - a belief that has formed the basis of the creation of his ‘midge’ synthesiser.
Antye Greie [AGF, poemproducer] is a musician, vocalist, digital songwriter, composer, poet, producer, performer, digital media artist and recently practicing curator and educator. Her poetry, which she converts into electronic music, and digital media, has been presented on records, live performances and sound installations in venues around the world. Born and raised in East Germany, AGF lives and works on the northern Finnish island Hailuoto. She is founder and artistic director of Hai Art, a cultural organisation that practices media art in public and social space in a remote context. As independent curator Antye Greie specializes on hybrid sound and sonic activism. In 2004 she received an Award of Distinction at the 2004 Ars Electronica festival.
Lauren Sarah Hayes is a Scottish musician and sound artist who builds and performs with hybrid analogue/digital instruments. She is a “positively ferocious improvisor” (Cycling ‘74), her music refusing to sit nicely between free improv, experimental pop, techno, and noise. Over the last decade she has developed and honed a deliberately challenging and unpredictable performance system that explores the relationships between bodies, sound, environments, and technology. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sound Studies at Arizona State University, where she founded the research group PARIESA (Practice and Research in Enactive Sonic Arts), and she is a member of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Rupert Huber *1967, is a freelance Composer. Hi is cofounder of the Bienna Electronic Music Scene ('Tosca', his project with Richard Dorfmeister, since 1994) and specializes on Music Architecture and Piano Music. His spatial works was hosted by Centre Pompidou, Ars Electronica, Wiener Festwochen, Design Museum Holon, Inventionen Berlin, SAP, Airport Vienna, City of Halle, City of Waidhofen, Macba Barcelona.
Enhanced PIano Music was commissioned by Steirischer Herbst, Pause Festival, Ars Electronica.
Tosca produced 8 original albums with international acclaim and performed live at Coachella Festival, Ars Electronica, Ondotzero Festival.
Best Austrian band - Amadeus Award 2001.
Huber gave Lectures at Princeton University, Sevilla University, Munich University.
Score for film: Tracking Edith, Freud's lost neighbours, Swimmers in the desert.
Hanna Husberg (Finland) is a Stockholm-based artist. She graduated from ENSB-A in Paris and is currently doing her doctor graduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In her work on video and installation projects she has investigated how we experience, perceive and relate to our surroundings, in a time of antropogenic – man-made – climate changes.
In collaboration with Laura McLean, Husberg developed Contingent Movements Archive and Symposium for the 55th Venice Bienniale, while among her other projects is Human Meteorology for Galleri Mejan in Stockholm and another is Being With for CEEAC in Strasbourg. Husberg is also one of the participants in Frontiers in Retreat, a research-based platform in Multidisciplinary Approaches to Ecology in Contemporary Art, which is coordinated by HIAP, Helsinki, Finland.
My artistic work focus is on photography and the moving image. Since my graduation as a film director in 2005 at the Filmuniversität Potsdam-Babelsberg and as a Photographer from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London in 2008 I collaborated as an artist with institutions such as the Goethe Institute Shanghai, Institute Français Cambodia and German Embassy in Tokyo. As a photographer my work was published internationally by “photo nouvelles“ France, „papersky“ Japan, „dazed and confused“ und „photoworks UK. My art projects were exhibited world wide as at the Samaritaine exhibition in Paris, Deutsche Bank Award Winner Showcase in London, Photo Phnom Penh in Cambodia or New York Photo Festival in the US to mention some amongst others.
Jens Lee Jørgensen is an artist and designer working with technology, human perception and materiality. One of his main interests is human/machine and machine/human interaction, trying to break the cognitive division of wet- and hardware. His architectural training has influenced him to consider at once the macro and micro perspective. He is a founding member of the collective Science Friction, active since 2012. Jens has previously exhibited at Charlottenburg’s Spring Exhibition, Transmediale, Kunsthal Nikolaj and is currently working on his on solo projects as well as collaborations with his wife, artist Rosemary Lee.
Jonas Jørgensen is a PhD fellow at the IT University of Copenhagen. He is trained as a physicist (BSc) and an art historian (BA, MA). His current research focuses on the intersection of robotic technology with art and aesthetics. Jonas is part of the REAL (Robotics Evolution and Art Lab) research group at the IT University of Copenhagen.
Theun Karelse studied fine-arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam before joining FoAM, a transdisciplinary laboratory at the interstices of art, science, nature and everyday life. His interests and experimental practice explores edges between art, ecology, technology and archaeology. Lately he has been working more by creating research programmes that consist of debate and fieldwork. For this transdisciplinary teams are established to adress specific topics in fieldwork sessions by in-situ prototyping, experimentation and direct perception.
Simo Kellokumpu is a finnish (born in Lapland) artist and choreographer. His works examine the relations in between choreographic thinking and practice, simultaneous multidirectional movement and dis-/embodiment, and corporeality and materiality in various scales, spaces, places, and contexts. In Ars Bioarctica Residency he developed his doctoral artistic research project’s (Performing Arts Research Centre, Theatre Academy Helsinki 2013-2019) questions in the surrounding conditions, and made three choreographic experiments called Snowsmosis, The statistics of throwing a snowball and A shadowcatcher.
Mari Keski-Korsu (mkk) is a transdisciplinary artist. She explores how ecological and socio-economical changes manifest in everyday life. The work is based on collaborations with different kinds of communities, individuals and species. Her current practice is focused on inter-species communication to enable empathy towards whole ecosystems. She is interested in relations in between art, activism, politics and science from permaculturic and ecofeminist perspectives. The works has been exhibited in Europe and in several other countries around the world. She is one of the artists of 'Frontiers in Retreat', a 5-year international collaboration project constructed around artist residencies. In 2016, she co-directed Pixelache Festival 2016 – ‘Interfaces for Empathy'
Malena Klaus studies game technology at the IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she participates in the Game technology master program. Apart from that Malena works as part-time as a developer for the SHFT-Runners coach and spends time with further digging into the development of games and the gamification of software.
Carolin Lange ( *1986 DE) is an artist and researcher based in Rotterdam (NL). Graduated from the Glasgow School of Art (UK) in 2015, she currently holds a research position at the visual arts department, RWTH Aachen University (DE).
Her work was presented a.o. at the ZKM Karlsruhe (DE), the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (DE), the Dundee Contemporary Arts Center (UK), Mc Lellan Art Galleries Glasgow (UK) and the Humboldt Forum Berlin (DE). In the framework of artist-in-residencies she realized projects a.o. in Finland, Belgium, Scotland, the Netherlands and Germany.
She works in the field of notation and experimental photography. Her process-based work explores methods and media to make local properties of light visible. In collaborating with scientific researchers, she looks at the inter-subjective* condition (V.Flusser.1986) out of we situational re-act on a phenomena in view with the media in use.
Rosemary Lee is a media artist and researcher based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Working primarily with installation and writing, her interests center around the materiality of media and intersections between life, art and technology. Recent projects include solo show The Typesetter's Ruminations (Galerie Gilla Lörcher, Berlin), TRANSART (Dome of Visions, Copenhagen) and an ongoing series of reading/discussions, "Entering into Relation with an Object" (NLH Space, Copenhagen) in collaboration with Miriam Wistreich.
Kristina Lindström is an artist and researcher. In 2014 she gained a joint doctorate together with Åsa Ståhl in interactive design and public engagement in processes within the areas of Interaction Design and Media and Communication Studies at Malmö University. She is now affiliated to Malmö University and Umeå University. Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl have exhibited and held workshops in Europe, Asia and in North and South America.
Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl have been working together since 2003. Their collaboration began with the art and research project [visklek] at the Interactive Institute in Växjö and at Växjö Konsthall in 2004. Since then they have continued to collaborate on the technologies of everyday life, on how we live alongside with and together with these technologies, and – through them – with each other. Their projects often take the form of workshops, where the public play an active part in designing as well as participating in the process.
In the artworks of Kristiina Ljokkoi human time and human scale often meet biological time and scale. Durational processes are not totally controlled by a human being and there is a specific non-human dimension of existence in Ljokkoi´s living sculptures. Otherwise invisible microscopic worlds of molds and plants can be reached with lenses. Other important topics in Ljokkoi´s art are material cycle and energy flow in the ecosystem. Kristiina Ljokkoi (born 1986) has graduated from department of art of Aalto University and has studied art, art pedagogy, art theory and biology.
The artworks of Lawrence Malstaf (Belgium) are situated on the borderline between visual and theatrical forms of expression. He creates installations and performance art with a strong focus on elements such as movement, coincidence, chaos and order, in space and in objects, using sensory devices that respond to onlookers who are present. He has also made larger mobile art environments that are concerned with elements related to space and orientation, where the onlooker functions as a kind of co-creator/ actor.
Lawrence Malstaf has a Master’s degree in industrial design and has been awarded several international prizes in the field of art and new technology. He is also known to be an innovative scenographer and production designer in the field of dance and theatre. He currently lives and works in Tromsø.
Recoil is a danish artist working in the intersection of choreography, technology and ecology. Presently the group is engaged in The Membrane Project, a series of works confronting choreography with the staging of the other-than-human body. As I collapse (2017) is a performance exploring microscopic life at human scale in an encounter with a bioluminescent algae. MASS - bloom explorations (2018) is a durational choreographic installation about decomposing and the continuities between life and death. This is an encounter with a plastic eating mealworm species. Extended falls to humanity (2019) will reorganize habitats of homo sapiens including public space as inherent physicalizations of our species oranisation and power structures.
I am a visual artist with a collaborative practice loosely centred around painting and illustration. I have a great love for all sorts of organisms whose lives are very different from our own and spend my time trying to get to know plants, bacteria, fungi, lichens, humans and slime moulds.
With a background in Fine Art, I combine artistic and scientific approaches to make pictures to help get acquainted with others, the relationships between all of us and the world, and the spaces in between. I have a special interest in plants that nodulate with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
I teach botanical illustration at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where I plan to begin an MSc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants in autumn 2018.
Johanna Rotko's artistic research explores her own relationship with nature and how nature is affected by her actions. She studies the perishableness and disappearance of matter. Specifically she is currently exploring alternative photographic methods by produce living images with raster images, uv-light and yeast.
Challenging definitions of genre, Vincent Roumagnac explores different medium from and within the broad notion of stage, from performance and installations to video experiments. His art practice and research look into the relationship between scenic thinking and time ecology. Roumagnac proposes a methodology of inquiry and experimentality into the question of how to reroute the practice of "directing" into a practice of "redirecting", from a revised temporal ecology of the stage. Since 2010 he collaborates with Finnish choreographer Simo Kellokumpu, and since 2012 with French visual artist Aurélie Pétrel. His solo and collaborative projects have been featured in different European and international venues. From 2015 to 2020 he conducts a doctorate in artistic research at the Performing Arts Research Centre (Uniarts Helsinki) on "Deepening the Stage: Neganthroposcenic Chronotopias and Hyperdramatic Theatre". During the two-week Ars Bioarctica residency in March 2016, he realised the project The Skene Expedition.
Patrick Saint-Denis is a composer and instrument builder working in sound art and interactive scenography. His works range from video installation to large scale robotized machinery. He performs regularly in Montrea and abroad either in concert, exhibition and dance format. He is course lecturer of audiovisual composition and physical computing at University of Montreal since 2010.
Åsa Ståhl is an artist and a researcher at the Linnaeus University. In 2014 she gained a doctorate degree for a thesis written together with Kristina Lindström on design, media and public engagement within the disciplines of Interaction Design and Media and Communication Studies at Malmö University. Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström have exhibited and held workshops in Europe, Asia and in South America.
Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström have been working together since 2003. Their collaboration began with the art and research project [visklek] at the Interactive Institute in Växjö and at Växjö Konsthall in 2004. Since then they have continued to collaborate on the technologies of everyday life, on how we live alongside with and together with these technologies, and – through them – with each other. Their projects often take the form of workshops, where the public play an active part in designing as well as participating in the process.
Hege Tapio (Norway) lives in Stavanger, and works as an artist in the field of the new media, in the domains of the visual arts, photography, video, electronic installations and bioart. Tapio’s point of departure is a “do-it-yourself” attitude. In her artistic praxis, she draws inspiration from new technology, which opens up the possibility of new interpretations, creative misuse and, not least, critical reflection.
Tapio has her background in photo studies at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design. She is the manager and curator at i/o/lab – Center for Future Art in Rogaland, Norway, which works with electronic and unstable art. Through i/o/lab she has from 2005 built up the Article Biennial, an arts festival that collaborates with public arenas to promote art in conjunction with science and technology. In addition she has developed the project Public Art Screens, which disseminates video art in the public sphere.
Antti Tenetz is a visual artist and an experimental documentarist. Tenetz’s works are situated on the interface between media arts, activism, bio arts and urban art. In his works he combines and fearlessly uses different forms of expression, different media, different technological platforms and materials, even nature. His focus is on multi-disciplinary and multi-artistic cooperation between art and science.
In his works he concentrates on studying the relationship between man and nature, with themes changing from the Siberian bear cult to the digital representation of animal sensory systems. He often uses modern technologies, such as drones and satellite tracking. In the hybrid reality of instrumental and robotized technological culture intertwined with nature he uses his art to bring new themes to the discussion between arts and science concerning experience, relationship with nature, privacy, law, landscape and natural values as well as other species and the forming of our living space, respect and survival.
Tenetz’s works and cooperation projects have been exhibited in Finland and internationally for example at the Venice Biennale 2015- 2013, Lumipalloefekti exhibitions 2011 - 2013, X-Border 2013, ISEA2011 Istanbul, Science Gallery 2009, Pan-Barentz 2009, e-mobil art 2009-2010. He has also won three national snow sculpting competitions.
WhiteFeather is a Canadian artist/researcher, educator, consultant and writer currently based in Montreal.
WhiteFeather has been professionally engaged in a craft-based (bio)art practice for over 18 years, via an ongoing material investigation of the functional, aesthetic and technological potential of bodily materials. Her works coalesce various media approaches, such as textile methods, biology, storytelling (video, audio and text), performance, public intervention, digital + web-based installations and DIY electronics.
WhiteFeather holds an Master of Fine Arts in Fibres and Material Practices from Concordia University and is Principal Investigator and Technician of the Speculative Life BioLab at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University and Artist-in-Residence at Sporobole centre en art actuel/ Université de Sherbrooke with collaborator, Dr Denis Groleau, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Microorganisms and Industrial Processes.
Daniel Wolter, born in Berlin; lives and works in Berlin and Böckenberg (Uckermark). He studied at weißensee kunsthochschule, Berlin and Estonian Art Academy, Tallinn. Since 2013 he is a PhD-student at Bauhaus University, Weimar. In his research he is investigating the perceptibility of geological processes in relation to the ecological interdependencies, caused by human impacts. Since 2012 he was involved in several publication and exhibition projects with the artistic research group STRATAGRIDS, i.a. contributions to the Anthropocene Project (HKW, Berlin). He did research residencies at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Lappland (FI), Nida Art Colony (LI) and NoArte paesemuseo, Sardinia (IT). In 2013 he developed the public project ‘Geology of Marzahn’, which examines the architectural material of former GDR concrete housings at Berlin-Marzahn by geologic means. He is an author of the publishing collective AKV-Berlin.