Jose Carlos Mariátegui (Lima, Perú)
José-Carlos Mariátegui is a scientist and media art theoretician. He holds a PhD of Information Systems at London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the founding member of Alta Tecnología Andina, a not-for-profit organization for the development and research of artistic and scientific theories in Latin America. Founded the Festival Internacional de Video/Arte/Electrónica in Lima. He has taught, researched and published extensively on the themes of art, science, technology and society. Curator of several international exhibitions of media art such as “Emergentes”, “Nueva/Vista: Videokunst aus Lateinamerica”, “ViaSatelite”, “Videografias In(visibles)”. Mariátegui acts as a node in the Tester project, a platform of critical theory and practice of contemporary art. He is a member of the Cultural Diversity Committee of the ISEA and a corresponding editor of Leonardo Electronic Almanac.
Honor Harger (Singapur)
Honor Harger is a curator from New Zealand who has a particular interest in artistic uses of technologies. Since March 2014 she holds the position of Executive Director of the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. Honor was artistic director of Lighthouse in Brighton, UK from 2010 to 2014. In that role, she curated projects that showed the cultural impact of scientific ideas, such as Laboratory Life, Invisible Fields and Solar Systems, presented exhibitions by artists such as Trevor Paglen and David Blandy; commissioned new work from the likes of Semiconductor, Hide&Seek, and The Otolith Group and co-founded Brighton Digital Festival. Lighthouse also created space for creative practitioners who occupy a space between art, technology, architecture, and design, such as James Bridle, Timo Arnall, Liam Young, Tobias Revell, Anab Jain and Tom Armitage, to show their work in a receptive and critically engaged context. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Honor was guest curator of Transmediale, the International Festival of Art and Digital Culture in Berlin. From 2004-2008, she was director of the AV Festival, the UK’s largest biennial of electronic art, moving image and music.
Marina MacDougall (San Francisco, USA)
Marina McDougall is a curator working at the intersection of art, science, nature and culture. McDougall is the director of the Exploratorium’s new Center for Art & Inquiry, where she strategizes and orchestrates the museum’s cross-program work in the arts and develops projects. McDougall has 20 years’ experience organizing exhibitions and public programs. She was the first curator of art and design at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art and is a cofounder of the Studio for Urban Projects. She has been a visiting curator at the MIT Media Lab, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Oakland Museum of California. McDougall’s long-term project The Garden of Forking Paths involves drawing upon the history gardens to shape new forms of garden experience. In 2011 McDougall organized the Exploratorium conference “Art as a Way of Knowing”. She is the coeditor of the Marvelous Museum: Treasures, Curiosities and Orphans of the Oakland Museum of California: A Project of Mark Dion (Chronicle Books, 2010) and Science Is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painleve (MIT Press/Brico Press, 2000).
Mónica Bello (Gijón, España)
Monica Bello is artistic director of VIDA since 2010 and jury board member since 2006. She is an independent curator with a current interest in the area of art, science and technology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History and postgraduate studies in Curatorial Practices, also she is currently undertaken a MA in Logic, Philosophy and History of Science. Previously to VIDA direction she held the position of Head of Education Programs at LABoral Centro de Arte, Gijón. She is co-founder of Capsula, a platform for research and curating on art, science and nature. She curated various projects on media art and digital culture as Res-qualia, Biorama, Days of Bioart or Neurotica. In the academic area, she has lectured on art and technology seminars and on the merging of art and life sciences nationally and internationally. She participates in various international advisory boards and she has published articles on art, science, technology and new education and participation modes in the arts. She is part of the team of moderators of YASMIN project (a Mediterranean art-science-technology network that links some 2000 people) and recently she create FUGAS, an online network that aims to connect art practitioners of Iberoamerican zone.
Nell Tenhaaf (Toronto, Canadá)
Nell Tenhaaf is an electronic media artist and writer. Tenhaaf is a Professor in the Visual Arts department of York University in Toronto, Canada, and is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art. She has exhibited across Canada, in the U.S. and in Europe. A survey exhibition of fifteen years of her work entitled Fit/Unfit opened in April 2003 at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, and travelled to four other venues. Tenhaaf works with sound artist John Kamevaar and artist/electronics designer Nicholas Stedman (since 2003), and computer science researcher Melanie Baljko (since 2004). Tenhaaf has published numerous reviews and articles that address the cultural implications of biotechnologies and of Artificial Life. She has been jury Chair for the Vida/Life art and artificial life competition based in Madrid since its inception (1999).
Roger F. Malina (Dallas, Texas)
Roger F. Malina is an astronomer and editor. He is a Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology at the University of Texas, Dallas where he is developing Art-Science R and D and Experimental publishing research. Former Director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence. His specialty is in space instrumentation; he was the Principal Investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite at the University of California, Berkeley. He also has been involved for 25 years with the Leonardo organization whose mission is to promote and make visible work that explores the interaction of the arts and sciences and the arts and new technologies. Since 1982 he has been the Executive Editor of the Leonardo Publications at MIT Press. More recently he has helped set up the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMERA) and is co chair of the ASIL ( Arts, Sciences, Instrumentation and Language) Initiative of IMERA which hosts artists in residence in scientific research laboratories of the Marseille region.