[-empyre-] [backup.lounge|lab.02] bios..

Felix Sattler, [backup.lounge|lab.02] producer
Felix currently lives in Weimar where he studys Media Theory, Art & Design
at the Bauhaus-University's Faculty of Media (with Prof. Jill Scott and
Prof. Robin Minard).
His artistic works include video, sound and room installations. He is mostly
concerned with transients < the membrane / interpreter / styx / breakpoint /
interface > and their ability to connect/divide/intersect/mask/overlay
parallel [sometimes serial] universes.
In 2001 he was nominated for the Fraunhofer Institute's "digital sparks
award" for his "tidalCurrent" installation (with Ludger Hennig) that
premiered at the fusion2001 net-event organized by Jill Scott and Victoria
>From March until August 2002 he was an artist in residence at the pilot term
of Siemens' "designlab Siemens mobile" in Munich, Germany.
Since 2001 he has been working for the backup_festival in Weimar being
responsible for the communication and networking efforts of the festival.
Together with Carina Linge and Alexander Klosch he developed and curated the
backup.lounge|lab2002 which was designed to work as an experimental case
study for the application of open source theory into the realm of (open)

Participants >>backup.lounge|lab 2002<<

"artificial paradises": Martin Howse, Kirsten Reynolds, Rupert Cole,
Jonathan Kemp (GB, London), experimental audio and video performance,
computer art, networks

"Artificial paradises" is currently working towards the development of
artistic / life systems (recoding sound / word / image / space) as pure
systems (operating systems) within current limited technology fields (which
sometimes necessitate the return to the written word). The artificial
paradises system (designed, programmed and constructed by Martin Howse)
premiered at Interferences Festival, Belfort, France in December 2000.
Artificial paradises took part in the Cell Culture Residency, San Sebastian,
Spain in early 2001. Further performances have taken place at various London
venues, at Siggraph 2001 in Los Angeles and at Lab in Copenhagen as part of
Other programming and hardware work:
1) human machine interaction using eeg data and neural network processing
2) ascii video conferencing software
3) generative audio and video sampling technology for performance

"Dijgital Riot": Filip Unclickable & Thorsten Ludwig (D, Weimar), Music

"Experimental Ambient Design" is a multilevel, all-embracing form of
artistic installation, sound collage, visual interpretation, choreography
and concertante live music overlapping and penetrating itself. The various
styles inside of this performance take influence from each other,
structurally and formally. These have been represented at various concerts,
theatre-productions of musicals, radio plays, live-rendering of architecture
and places, chillouTer concerts at festivals.

Jon Fawcett: (GB, Cardiff), object art
Jon Fawcett's work involves a combination of installation, performance,
video and text work. He works in the context of the street as much as the
gallery, using this dialectic of popular and esoteric contexts as a way of
challenging and balancing assumptions about the modes of communication
implied by each. His practice is born out of an enquiry into relevant
artistic and spiritual practice in Western society, in terms of the form as
well as the discourse of work. Located within this framework, his work is an
articulation of his own journey into the nature of existence, a
communication of his own philosophical enquiry.

"D-Fuse": Mo-Ling Chui, Chris Blohm (GB, London), video art, VJing,
webdesign, graphics
D-Fuse is a group of designers from varied disciplines, who work across a
range of creative media from the web, print, tv, film, art and architecture,
to live and mobile media. They are leaders in club visuals and
installations, touring their unique imagery with electronic musicians such
as Scanner and Leftfield to contemporary classical musicians Alter Ego.
D-Fuse's visual art has been shown internationally; venues include Sonar in
Barcelona, the Rotterdam and Seoul Film Festivals, plus many other film
festivals around the world. Their current touring mixed-media show, Angles
of Incidence, was acclaimed at the Porto 2001 festival, DeepRoot in Hull and
the opening of the Jam exhibition in Tokyo. Most recently, D-fuse received a
Netmage / Diesel Award for world VJing championships, in Bologna, Italy.

Micz Flor: (CZ, Praha), media theory & -activism
Micz Flor is a media developer and producer in various media such as web,
video, radio and print. As an artist, together with Florian Clauss, Flor won
the first Net.ArtAward of the Hamburg Art Gallery in 1997 for their project
"CyberTattoo". In 1998 he and Josephine Berry, with whom he developed the
online/print magazine "Crash Media", won the Multimedia Prize of the State
Capital Stuttgart. Flor organized further cultural events and exhibitions in
this direction; such as "One Bit Louder" in Liverpool, "MoneyNations2" in
Vienna and "Revolting - the temporary media lab" in Manchester. In 1997 he
was involved in the organization of the "Hybrid WorkSpace" at the Documenta
X. Until 1999 he taught at the Salford University in Manchester, England.
While there he invested his free time in the 7inch label "SueMi" and various
off-video productions.

Sebastian Hundertmark, Stephan Jacobs, Tobias Finauer (D, Weimar), product
design, performance, eat art

The designer group of Hundertmark, Jacobs and Finauer captivate first and
foremost through their exceptional concepts and theoretical work. The
beginnings of a project are firstly sought in strongly represented fields.
Through new ideas or links with unconventionally arising intersections that
propose to bring the ideas out of balance because these fields are usually
too obvious to be analyzed.

Helena Jonsdottir: (IS, Reykjavik), choreography
Helena Jonsdottir is working as choreographer, asst. director, dancer,
singer and stage director. She is a teacher in L.A./USA for Dance Short
Helena Jonsdottir has earned widespread acclaim for her choreography and
dance videos and was nominated for the prestigious Dance Video Production
Association Awards in Los Angeles last year as best choreographer in an
international music video. Film and video give dance radical possibilities.
Dance gives film a physical presence, and a reason for moving away from the
focus on literary and verbal languages. The productions can be extremely
visual and often non-verbal, which is why they are so accessible to
international audience - beyond language barriers.

Laura Kavanaugh & Ian Birse, (CA, Montreal), video art and sound art,
Laura Kavanaugh is a visual and sound artist living in Canada. Her art
practice involves work with experimental sound / video performances and
compositions. In November and December of 2000 she presented performances
and collaborations in London, England and attended the International
Symposium On Electronic Art in Paris.
Ian Birse has composed music for theatre and film, and made installations
using time-based media. In 2001 he was awarded funding from the Alberta
Foundation for the Arts to create Inside/Out, an octophonic tape composition
and performance collaboration with saxophonist John Butcher, which was
presented in October 2001 at LOGOS Belgium and the Frakture. Festival in
September-December 2001 they spent on a tour of performances in Toronto,
Berlin, Hamburg, London, Budapest, and Krakow, and in autumn 2002 they will
present performance works at festivals in Montreal, Barcelona and Budapest.

"Luna Nera": Gillian McIver, Julian Ronnefeld, Sandrine Albert, (GB,
London), video art, tangible objects, photography, performance

Luna Nera is a London-based group concerned with creating site-responsive
mixed media work. We work across a number of genres, incorporating immersive
and 3D elements to collectively create an environment.
Our brief is to work within spaces, which had a specific former use, and to
present a series of visual art, installation and performance works that
evoke a response to the environment.
Typically we choose high-profile vacant spaces of cultural or
infrastructural significance in order to highlight how the social focus has
shifted in current times. To date we have worked in a former theatre, riding
school, bank, factories, synagogue, prison and electricity generating
In our work we create a means for live art to happen. The performers are
invited by us not simply to perform but to participate in the creation of a
total experience. The live art is the final stage in the creative process
for the group; it represents a kind of consecration of the creative

Katherine Moriwaki: (USA, New York), wearable design, interface design
Her work is rooted in the tangible environment. She creates objects
(wearable and installation based) which can be physically influenced by
human agency, either through networked applications or direct manipulation.
She has a diverse skill set that allows her to readily sympathize with many
media forms. The work she creates can be receptacles for information and
access points for information exchange.

Pearl Gluck: (USA, New York), film, video, documentary
Pearl Gluck was awarded a 2000 Sundance Producer's Lab fellowship and a 2001
Sundance Festival mentorship fellowship. In addition to Divan, a film about
her great-grandfather's couch, she is developing a sound / video
installation for the Elridge Street Project in New York for Spring 2003.
With Leon Grodski, she co-directed and co-produced the award-winning short,
Great Balls of Fire (6 min; 2001) which was screened at Oberhausen, European
Media Arts Festival, Ocularis, and the New York Video Festival at the Film
Society of Lincoln Center.
Gluck was selected as one of the ten Women to Watch by Jewish Women's
International. She is the artist in residence at the Paideia Institute in
Sweden for the 2002 fall semester and a curator for the 2003 February Month
of Arts in Stockholm. Gluck led workshops in Eastern Europe, London and New
York, which focused on East European Jewish history and tradition. In
addition she was a writer / mentor at the MacArthur-granted program, The
Harlem Writers Crew.

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