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Roy Ascott

Roy Ascott is a pioneer of cybernetics and telematics in art whose work focuses on the impact of digital and telecommunications networks on consciousness; Ascott studied under Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton at King's College, University of Durham; he has been Dean of San Francisco Art Institute, California, Professor and Head of Communications Theory in the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and Principal of Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Professor of Technoetic Art at University of Plymouth, and Adjunct Professor in Design|Media Arts at the University of California Los Angeles; the Groundcourse at Ealing School of Art, London, was the first of his radical interventions in art education; most recently founder and director of the graduate program CAiiA-STAR and Professor of Interactive Art at the University of Wales College Newport; founding editor of the international journal Technoetic Arts, and member of the editorial boards of Leonardo, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Convergence, Digital Creativity, and the Chinese language online journal Tom.Com.

Gunalan Nadarajan

Gunalan Nadarajan, an art theorist and curator working at the intersections of art, science and technology, is Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. His publications include Ambulations (2000), Construction Site (edited; 2004) and Contemporary Art in Singapore (co-authored; 2007), Place Studies in Art, Media, Science and Technology: Historical Investigations on the Sites and Migration of Knowledge (co-edited; 2009), The Handbook of Visual Culture (co-edited; 2012) and over 100 book chapters, catalogue essays, academic articles and reviews. His writings have also been translated into 16 languages. He is on the editorial board of the book series, Technicities (Edinburgh University Press) and the journal, Cultural Politics (Duke University Press). He has curated many international exhibitions including Ambulations (Singapore, 1999), 180KG (Jogjakarta, 2002), media_city (Seoul, 2002), Negotiating Spaces (Auckland, 2004) and DenseLocal (Mexico City, 2009), Displacements (Beijing, 2014) and Mediating Asia (Taiwan,2022). He was contributing curator for Documenta XI (Kassel, Germany, 2002) and the Singapore Biennale (2006) and served on the jury of a number of international exhibitions and festivals, ISEA2004 (Helsinki / Talinn), transmediale 05 (Berlin), ISEA2006 (San Jose), Ars Electronica (2007) and FutureEverything Festival (Manchester, 2009). He was Artistic Co-Director of the Ogaki Biennale 2006, Japan and Artistic Director of ISEA2008 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) in Singapore. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art.

José R. Alcalá

José R. Alcalá is a media artist, curator, and researcher. Head Professor of New Media Art at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. Director of the Ibero-American Observatory of Digital and Electronic Arts. Director of ASRI; Art and Society; Research Magazine. Director of the MIDECIANT International Museum of Electrograph (1989-2018). Coordinator of Collections and Archives of Contemporary Art of Cuenca (2013-2018). Spanish Royal Academy of Arts National Award "for the innovations contributed to graphic art" (1999). Author of such the books as The skin of the Image: Essays on graphics in digital culture; Being Digital: Manual for converts to electronic culture; or Monsters, ghosts and aliens: Poetics of representation in cyber society.

Erkki Huhtamo

Erkki Huhtamo works as a professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Departments of Design Media Arts, and Film, Television, and Digital Media. He received his Ph.D. in cultural history from the University of Turku, Finland. Huhtamo is an internationally renowned media historian and theorist, and also a specialist in the history and aesthetics of media arts. He is one of the founders of an emerging approach to media studies known as media archaeology.

Christiane Paul

Christiane Paul is Chief Curator / Director of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School, as well as Adjunct Curator of Digital Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written extensively on new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology. She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation's 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, and her recent exhibitions include Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art 1965 - 2018 (2018/19) at the Whitney Museum and The Question of Intelligence - AI and the Future of Humanity at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at The New School (2020).

Martin Roth†

Martin Roth was curator at the German Historical Museum, Berlin (1989-91) and Director of the German Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (1991-2000) before being appointed Director General of the Dresden State Art Collections in 2001-2011. From September 2011 until 2017, he was Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum London. He is widely published and has lectured at the University of Dresden, the School of Design in Karlsruhe and University of Karlsruhe. In July 2017, he was appointed to the honorary position of President of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (foreign relations), Germany.

On Aug 6, 2017, Martin Roth passed away in Berlin.