James Alliban is an augmented reality specialist, digital artist and international speaker from London, UK. He has become well known in the world of AR for his innovative approach to the technology; his work is regularly featured/mentioned in design magazines and popular blogs. He is the founder and MD of the company Augmatic.
James is primarily concerned with building interactive toys and immersive environments which allow the user to express themselves creatively. These projects include installations, mobile art apps and online tools that employ a variety of computer vision and image processing techniques. His main tool of choice is the open source arts based programming toolkit openFrameworks.
Alex Beim (Tangible Interaction) produces sensory installations where people participation is key. Backed by a collective of hackers, industrial designers and electronic engineers, the Vancouver based interactive artist focuses on creating inspiring interactive environments for both the public and commercial sectors. Every Tangible interactive artwork taps into people’s basic interest in play, exploration and entertainment, and aims to generate talk value through a shared experience. Alex works internationally and with Tangible completed several high-profile projects in 2010 including multiple installations for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, a custom Digital Graffiti Wall for the Chanel store reopening in SoHo New York and interactive Zygote Balls for the Blue Man Group.
Boxcutter’s productions have often wavered between dubstep and more open-ended, psychedelic electronic music. His next album The Dissolve, shows him moving more decisively into the second category. It’s packed with hazy textures, hip-hop style beats, and even the occasional electric guitar, though tracks like “Allele” and “Moon Pupils” show he’s still got a bit of rave left in him. Guest appearances come from Ken & Ryu and past collaborators Brian Greene and Kab Driver.
Timothy Brundle is a business executive, technology investor and innovation advisor. He is responsible for the commercial development of the University of Ulster where he leads the University’s support for business and economic development, directs Ireland’s most successful academic consultancy business and manages a highly active technology transfer team. On behalf of the University, he is the Executive Director of Innovation Ulster Ltd, the University of Ulster’s award-winning technology venturing and investment company. Prior to his appointment with Ulster, on behalf of QinetiQ Group PLC, he held the positions of both Director of Sales and Marketing and Technology Transfer Director within the Ministry of Defence Diversification Agency. In his early career, Timothy consulted in the area of technology forecasting. Timothy has a passion for delivering economic value and social impact from innovation. He has extensive experience and a successful record in Intellectual Property licensing, starting high technology companies, marketing innovation, productising inventions, raising private equity and Venture Capital, and Initial Public Offerings.
Timothy is a non-Executive Director of a number of early stage high technology companies and is a Board member of Invest NI, Northern Ireland’s economic development body. He holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Biotechnology from the University of Glamorgan and both a Master of Medical Science Degree and an Executive MBA from Queen’s University of Belfast.
Jeff Burke‘s work in the arts and engineering explores how emerging technologies can be employed to serve expressive and social goals, and focuses on the rich opportunities for synthesis across disciplines within theater, media installation, architecture, and systems engineering. He has designed, managed or produced performances, new genre art installations and new facility construction in nine countries from 1999-2008, initiated and contributes to many university research projects, and publishes regularly in a variety of disciplines. In his creative work and research, Burke has incorporated modern technologies such as game engines, embedded sensing, and mobile handsets into multidisciplinary projects informed by historical and contemporary artistic practice.
He is the Director of Technology Research Initiatives for the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and Executive Director of REMAP, the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a joint program of UCLA‘s School of Theater, Film and Television and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. REMAP‘s core projects investigate the interrelationships among community, culture and technology and how embedded and mobile computing can support community development and cultural expression. He is also co-founder of w a kenningar associates, llc, a consulting firm providing design and technical owner‘s representation services for construction of media and performing arts facilities.
John Crooks is a musician and composer living in Los Angeles. As a bassist he has been a studio musician for legendary composer/producer David Foster, orchestra player at Carnegie Hall, and regularly performs with prominent jazz musicians. His co-operative ensemble ‘New Power Trio’ toured the US for several years and recorded three well received albums, and his jazz quartet ‘Crooks Band’ recorded two albums of original music and gave regular concerts at the Knitting Factory in NYC.
Crooks’ recent work has focused on new improvisational frameworks, especially approaches to incorporating the computer into improvisational situations. He is currently lecturing at the University of California Irvine.
Marco Donnarumma is an independent new media and sonic artist, instructor and performer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He investigates experimental digital interaction models among Man, Nature and technology by mean of self-designed responsive computing systems. Underpinned by principles of post-modernism, new media studies and open source philosophy, his works encompass diverse topics such as biosensing technology, musical and theatrical performance, participatory practice and semantic hacking of Internet data set.
His works, especially the audiovisual performance projects, are regularly presented internationally. Donnarumma has exhibited and performed in 22 countries across South America, Europe, Asia and Australia (Venice Biennale, Némo, Mapping, Piksel, Re-New, SummerLAB, Pure Data Convention, EMAF, Pikslaverk, FAD, Visionsonic, Rome White Night, Live!iXem, Carnival of e-Creativity, Dundee Visual Research Center, Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture, Ausklang, Netaudio, Cinetrip Fest).
In 2007 he received a BA, (cum laude) in Visual Arts and Performance Arts Disciplines, study route New Technologies for Arts at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, Italy. Since 2009 he is a MA Professor of Sound Design for Sensitive Environment with FLOSS* at LABA – Brescia Academy of Fine Arts, Italy. He currently investigates Biophysical Sound Design applications within a MSc by Research at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
He is a researcher at FLxER.net and member of the board of directors for Live Performers Meeting, an international gathering of new media artists.
Donnarumma hosts workshops and talks for international academic institutions and venues on a regular basis – previous seminars include CC4C, University of London, Glasgow Centre for Contemporay Arts, UPR, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Gotland University, Institute for New Media Art and Technology in Sweden, Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan and the Pierluigi da Palestrina Conservatory, Cagliari, Italy.
Andrew Ferris began his career in the music industry as a performing artist, signed to the legendary Geffen/Universal Group. Thereafter, he became a full time songwriter and record producer: touring the world club and festival circuit as lead singer of critically acclaimed, alternative rock group Jetplane Landing (2001-present).
In 2007 he established Smalltown America, an independent record label and artist management group in order to “cultivate a self-sustainable business model through which artists can release the best records they can possibly produce.”
Smalltown America will release its hundredth title in 2011 and has released music by over 150 artists. The company is at the forefront of music rights negotiation, brand synchronisation and digital marketing. Recently, the company has brokered deals for Northern Irish artists and Fighting With Wire and And So I Watch You From Afar.
Andrew relocated the company from London to Derry, Northern Ireland in 2008 and lectures nationally on web-based marketing techniques, campaign management and industry best practice and is accredited by Invest Northern Ireland as a Music Industry Consultant.
Having worked as a DJ, producer and freelance audio engineer since 1997, Dennis Fischer joined Ableton in 2007. Dennis began Djing and producing music in his home town of Kassel in 1997. He went on to complete his Degree in Audio Engineering at SAE Cologne in 2004 and moved into freelance audio engineering and production working in sound design for film and TV, working for clients including Daimler-Chrysler. Counting Flying Lotus and Shigeto amongst his musical influences, his love for forward thinking music production and technology saw him join Ableton in 2007 in technical support. With a comprehensive technical knowledge and keen interest in development, his role at Ableton grew to include product demonstration for Live 8 and Max for Live.
Ricky Graham is a highly inspired and enthusiastic musician and music producer. His music encompasses everything from ambient to experimental to progressive rock. His music is a full on experience, diverse in sound, style, and mood. It reflects his passion for music, his skill, and his unique approach to his art.
Graham has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, & Asia promoting various music releases since 2006, recorded various sessions for BBC radio, and his productions have featured on regional and national UK radio. Ricky has been involved with one of Ireland’s most prevalent electronic music festivals, Celtronic, since 2008, sharing the stage with Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 1) and Boxcutter (Planet Mu) in 2008, and electronica legend, Ulrich Schnauss in 2009. Ricky currently writes and performs under the alias, signalsundertests, a collaborative music project established in 2008, while working as a Researcher and Lecturer in Music at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Graham’s most recent production, “Mecca,” was released independently in late 2010.
Evan Grant is a creative technologist and founder of the collective Seeper. He started the company during his first year of study at Bournemouth University and has been working for the past 10 years as a director, developer and producer with a self-applied remit for innovation led wonderment.
Exploring natural user interaction and ubiquitous computing to create multi-sensorial experiences and memories. 2008 has seen Evan working with the likes of Sony PlayStation, Glastonbury Festival, Unilever and Aldeburgh Music.
John Harding is a graduate of both the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queens University Belfast, and the Times Higher Education Award winning institution; Teesside University. John is heavily involved in a diverse range of emerging technologies and research in various fields of study including: Developmental Psychoacoustics, Electronics, New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Visual and Audio Programming, Sound Synthesis and Signal Processing and Trajectory-based Spatialisation.
Beginning as an underground DJ some ten years ago in Northern Ireland, John has progressed to be a proficient performer and a capable producer. Recently completed production work for David Lyttle and the phenomenal twelve year old Andreas Varady is quickly achieving recognition.
Mary Anne Hobbs is the former BBC Radio 1 presenter, famous for her devotion to pushing next generation dubstep, grime, drum&bass, hip-hop, techno, dark dancefloor and radical electronic flavours in every form. She left BBC Radio 1 after 14 years to work as Media Development Coordinator at Sheffield University. She continues to DJ at the world’s best clubs and festivals as well as programming festivals such as Sonar and Bloc. This set in Derry will feature one of her flawless DJ sessions, where rhythm is the theme but not the only ingredient!
Richard Jobson was the singer in the Scottish Punk band The Skids. He released 4 albums and a variety of singles including the hits ‘Into The Valley’ and ‘Working for the Yankee Dollar’. He went on to form the band The Armoury Show with John Mcgeoch and released one album.
After working for many years as movie critic on the Sky Movie channels he moved into film production. Richard Jobson produced ‘Tube Tales’ for BskyB in 1999 before producing and writing the story for ‘Heartlands’ for Miramax the following year. He directed his memoir ‘16 Years of Alcohol’ in 2001 to critical acclaim, picking up best new director at the BIFA’s as well as awards at various festivals such as Edinburgh and Seville. His second outing as a writer director in 2003 was an adaptation of his own comic book characters ‘The Purifers’, a Kung Fu gang movie with a Glasgow backdrop. He described the film as being a gift to his young son, Archie, who like him loved a mixture of graphic novels, comics and computer games. His third movie set in his beloved Edinburgh was an existential Sci-Fi romance set in a turbulent world of Parallel Universes and exploding stars. Written in French and English, the film premiered at the LFF in 2005 and was shown in front of the prime minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, at a special charity screening in Edinburgh.
All of his films to date have been shot on Hi-definition and for budgets ranging from £300k to £500k. He has attempted to take the possibility of digital technology to a higher level with each project, focussing on the ambitious themes with a fresh approach to a new visual language. This ambition to create new digital formats has also been evident in his short multi-platform work such as the Bafta award winning ‘I am Digital’ and the follow up projects ‘Am I digital’, which have been picked up by Sony for the PS3 platform. NEW TOWN KILLERS, his latest film was inspired by the work he has been doing with Edinburgh charity ‘Circle’, which Jobson was asked to work on by Sarah Brown.
Richard Jobson on Vimeo
Phil Kieran is Ireland’s leading electronic music export. Cutting his clubbing teeth at Shine in Belfast, Phil now has over 100 dancefloor releases to his name on quality labels like Skint, Soma and NovaMute. This year he has been busy recording a huge schedule of music about to be released on Cocoon, Snork, Electric Deluxe, Sci-tech and Gigolo. Phil has also found the time to program his own imprint Phil Kieran Recordings.
John King’s research is focused on the development of a digital musical instrument (DMI) for the performance of rhythm based electronic music. Particular reference is given to the design and application of a user interface that is closely informed by the demands of contemporary creative practice in such music. The interface for this performance system is based on an adaptable conceptual model for rhythm based and loop based performance, via open source software tools. As a DJ, John is involved in various music/artist collectives in Northern Ireland (Antidote, Rudimentary Records, Spoom Collective) and also a co-run club night (Pressure) where recent guests have included : El-B, Oneman, Kanji Kinetic, Acroplane DJs, DJ Snuff, Baobinga, All City Records, Kab Driver.
Anthony Lilley is Chief Creative Officer and CEO of Magic Lantern which he has lead for over twelve years. He is a BAFTA and Peabody Award winning interactive media producer who has worked on projects such as Top Gear, Doctor Who, Teletubbies, Spooks, FourDocs, The Guardian and many others.
He works extensively in media policy and is currently a Member of the Content Board of Ofcom as well as having advised many government departments including DCMS and DCSF. Anthony has previously been Vice-Chair of PACT, Chair of the UK Digital Content Forum and a member of the Steering Board of the DCMS Creative Economy Programme.
He has a passionate interest in the arts and advises Arts Council England as their Digital Media Associate and sits as a member of the Board of the English National Opera. In 2008, he held the post of News International Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at the University of Oxford and has recently taken up a three year position as Visiting Professor at the Media School of Bournemouth University. He speaks and writes widely on the future of media and had a regular new media column in the Guardian Newspaper from 2006-2008.
Anthony was awarded the OBE for services to media and creative industries in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2008. More than anything else, except his family, he likes asking his favourite question: why not?
Brendan McCloskey’s work focuses on the design of a custom interface for musical interaction, specifically aimed at musicians with cerebral palsy; dissatisfied with the exclusive nature of many digital musical instrument designs, and also with generic accessible computer interfaces in this context, he is pursuing the goal of designing an inclusive and accessible interface for the intimate control of musical sound.
He has over 10 years experience of designing bespoke composition and performance environments for musicians with a wide range of abilities and expectations, through his work with the Drake Music Project NI, ShareMusic Sweden/UK and with the Stravaganza Community Arts Production Company. He has presented his recent work at NordiCHI08 (Lund, Sweden) and INCLUDE09 (RCA, London).
I’m Founding Director of Flow Associates in the UK and India. With my colleagues, I support cultural, science and educational organisations to increase their impact through management strategy, digital tools, learning methods and great content. I believe in developing agency, so that people can experience ‘flow’ or optimum engagement. My past experience includes Head of Learning at the British Library and Education Officer at Tate in London. I’m passionate about encouraging ecological literacy and also practice photography.
Rachel McClure is a sound designer from Northern Ireland, who is previously known for her soundscape work with the BBC. Over the past few years Rachel’s work has developed to incorporated input and collaboration with many highly acclaimed artists, pushing her work to new heights. Interested in the concept of sound theory, design and perception, Rachel encourages her audience to consider and listen to sound in a distinctive way. The content and purpose of her work is produced in an innovative and inimitable manner, encouraging her audience to interact and experience sound in a unique way. Rachel’s work continues to push the boundaries of contemporary sound design.
In 2007 she received a BMUS with Honour (Bachelor of Music). From this her love of sound perception and design pushed her to complete a MDes (Masters in Design) in 2008. At present Rachel is in the process of completing a PhD at the University of Ulster.
Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion, tasked with developing and promoting the digital content sectors in Derry and the North-West. A regular columnist, occasional blogger and frequent event organiser he’s recently founded the Showcase conference series
Katsuyuki Shibata is Professor of Mathematics and Information Science at Fukuoka University and Professor Emeritus at Saitama University, Japan. He received an M.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Tokyo and obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Osaka with a dissertation on the oriented and weakly complex bordism algebra of free periodic maps.
He has worked as an algebraic topologist at the Department of Mathematics in Osaka University and at the Faculty of Liberal Arts in Saitama University. In 1996 he moved to the Department of Applied Mathematics in Fukuoka University and initiated research, development and education in English-Japanese and Japanese-English machine translation systems. He is a member of the Council of the Association for Natural Language Processing of Japan. He is also a member of the Mathematical Society of Japan.
Brian Solon works with the creative applications of digital technologies in areas including networked media art installations, augmented reality gaming, interaction design and physical computing. He received an M.Phil in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin and a BSc in Computer Science from UCD Dublin. He has lectured at Trinity College Dublin and has co-led workshops at NCAD Dublin, Science Gallery and Goldsmiths in London
The Spatial Music Collective is a group of like-minded Dublin-based composers working in the field of spatial contemporary music. Since 2006 they have presented numerous performances of new musical works with a dynamic and novel spatial component, incorporating both electronic and acoustic forces. The collective seeks to foster an awareness of contemporary and experimental music through the creation of new work, developing themed concerts in collaboration with ensembles, and through the programming of works by established international figures. Full bio here
Gregory Taylor is one of that generation of visual artists who discovered that the process of using the recording studio as a compositional tool was more personally rewarding than waiting for the paint to dry and opted for a life creating imaginary cultural artifacts of an audible nature. He has studied central Javanese gamelan and electroacoustic music in the U.S. (Cornell, UW-Madison, New England Conservatory) and the Netherlands (Instituut voor Sonologie), written for publications such as Wired, Recording, Array, and Option, and hosted a radio program of contemporary audio on WORT-FM since 1986 (http://www.rtqe.net).
He was active in the 1980s in the cassette culture movement, producing several solo recordings as well as running the Art Level recording label and curating the first USENET compilations. After a hiatus from performing and releasing music during the 1990s to pursue more formal musical studies, he returned to regular recording and live performances as an improviser in both solo and group contexts in the late 1990s. His solo recordings are available on the c74, Palace of Lights, Flood, and Stasisfield labels and online (http://www.rtqe.net/downloads.html).
He has remixed and collaborated with a diverse group of artists (Kim Cascone, BMB.com, Scott Fields, The Yearlings and K. Leimer), performs as an active member of PGT (a dual-laptop and acoustic mandolin trio with Brad Garton and Terry Pender), The Desert Fathers (a quartertone trumpet-laptop duo with Jeff Kaiser), “the trio” (with percussionist Tom Hamer and visualist Mark Hendrikson), in addition to an active solo performing career.
By day, he works for the new media software company Cycling ’74, where is inexplicably in demand as a workshop facilitator and educator.