Ryan Jordan is an electronic artist conducting experiments in derelict electronics, possession trance, retro-death-telegraphy and hylozoistic neural computation. His work focuses on self built hardware, signal aesthetics, and the physical/material nature of experience. He has presented his work internationally in a wide range of venues from art and academic institutions to derelict warehouses and squats at places such as Transe(s) Symposium; CTM Festival; ISEA; and NEXT Festival. He runs “noise=noise”, a research laboratory and live performance platform aiming to develop a network of artists, programmers, and researchers working in the areas of noise, experimental, exploratory, and outsider arts.
John Paul Robinson is a Canadian artist whose mixed media sculptures deal with the mythic potential of science and technology. He also operates the Amber Archive, an annual participatory art project he describes as ritual participation in the art of evolution. He has taught at Ontario College of Art and Design, Alberta College of Art and Design, Espace Verre, Montreal and is a Fellow of The Creative Glass Center of America. He has exhibited internationally and is represented in public collections including those of the Muste Des Beaux-Art De Montreal, Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Museum of American Glass.
Line Dezainde is a digital media artist, musician, composer, art critic, writer and translator. She has obtained an interdisciplinary Master’s Degree from Universite Laval and is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Semiotics at Universite du Quebec a Montreal. Her research is concerned with the diffusion and conservation of hypermedia storytelling.
Hendrik Poinar received his BSc and MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from California Technical University, and his PhD in Evolutionary Genetics from The University of Munich. He is the Junior Group leader in Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Director of the Ancient DNA Centre at McMaster University.
Britt Wray is a Toronto-based artist, researcher and radio producer. She is currently making radio on Think About It, a program about the brain on CBC Radio One. She is trained as a biologist and is interested in non-laboratory based approaches to interrogating biology and humanity’s relationship with nature. Britt has worked in TV with National Geographic, science documentary film making with Field Test Films, and national public radio with the CBC and WNYC. She also consults for Synbiota, a start-up for biodeveloper in the synthetic biology field.
Greg Van Alstyne is a futurist, design educator and creative director. He has developed graphic, environmental and interaction design for publishers, agencies and brands in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. His public presentations include a panel on research and job creation for the Council of Ontario Universities, a lecture on visual thinking at University of Toronto’s KMDt, and on Foresight Scenarios as Design Thinking at the DOM Conference in Linz, Austria.
Randal A. Koene is the CEO of the carboncopies.org foundation and NeuraLink Co., and Science Director of the 2045 Initiative. He headed the department of neural engineering at Tecnalia in Europe, and has a background in physics, information theory, computational neuroscience and neural engineering.
Doug Wolens practiced law in New York City before moving to San Francisco and became a filmmaker in 1993. His short film Happy Loving Couples (1993) was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Reversal (1994) and In Frame (1995) played at film festivals world-wide. His feature documentaries Weed (1996) and Butterfly (2000) screened at over 100 theatres and were broadcast in Canada and the US.He is currently developing a documentary on aesthetics and design.
Trevor Haldenby is a graduate of the CFC Media Lab and OCAD University. He has managed digital projects including the Habbo Hotel, Earth Rangers’ Bring Back the Wild campaign, Snakes+Ladders and the TELUS Innovation Fund, and co-founded The Mission Business, a transmedia design collective. His award-winning projects include ZED.TO and Visitations.
Alan Sondheim is a new media artist, scholar, and musician, working in virtual worlds and technologies. He is interested in the phenomenology of the real, the virtual, the analog, and the digital in relation to each other, as well as issues of abjection, suffering, ecstasy, and death, and their representations.
Scott Menary is a Professor of Physics at York University in Toronto. His research involves exploring the results of high energy collisions of fundamental particles such as electrons, quarks, and neutrinos. Before coming to York he was a Scientific Associate of CERN – the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, a Research Associate with the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Staff Scientist with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) located near Chicago. He presently concentrates on the ALPHA antihydrogen trapping experiment at CERN as well as a new neutrino experiment at Fermilab.
David Khang‘s biological art practice is informed by previous education in human physiology, psychology (BSc) and dentistry (DDS), from the University of Toronto. He received his BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, and MFA with Emphasis in Critical Theory at University of California, In/ine. Khang is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Emily Can University of Art + Design (Vancouver). He has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally. Khang is a 2007 recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (NYC) and was a 2010 artist-in-residence at SymbioticA Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts (Perth, AUS).
Don Hill is a sound artist. Hill is interested in the subjectively transparent and how ‘it’ can objectively be made apparent. For instance, he completed an investigation of the psychoacoustic properties of carillon bells atop Edmonton’s City Hall and how specific pitches associated with each chime relate to and affect the acoustics of a large public gathering space in the heart of the downtown core. Hill recently presented new research which tells of the sonic architecture embedded in a 5,300 year old medicine wheel, an alignment of placed stones spread out over 20 square kilometers on the Canadian prairie.
Myriam Nafte, after receiving an MA in physical anthropology at McMaster University in 1993, pursued work and research in the field of forensic anthropology, and combined this with more advanced studies in visual art, including sculpture and anatomical drawing. During research for her PhD, she developed a particular interest in how, cross-culturally, human remains are processed for display as art objects, talismans, relics and specimens. From early tribal customs to the medical, religious and contemporary art scenes, she explores the body as material culture through its transition from cadaver to an object of power, identity, art and ideology.
Roberta Buiani is a researcher, activist and media artist in Toronto. She co-founded the ArtSci Salon at the Fields Institute for Research at the University of Toronto, and has been involved with the Subtle Technologies Festival for over 10 years. Her work balances theoretical and applied research at the intersection of science, technology and creative resistance.
Veronica Hollinger is a professor of Cultural Studies at Trent University in Peterborough. She is a co-editor of Science Fiction Studies, and several essay collections, including Blood Read: The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture (1997), Edging into the Future: Science Fiction and Contemporary Cultural Transformation (2002), Queer Universes: Sexual ities and Science Fiction (2008), The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010), and Parabolas of Science Fiction (forthcoming, 2013). Her focus is on feminism and queer theory, cyberpunk, and posthumanism and postmodernism.
Eric Boyd lives and works in Toronto, where he is president of hacklab.to and makes wearable electronic senses at sensebridge.net. He is involved with DIYbio Toronto, Quantified Self Toronto and the Toronto Awesome Foundation.
Atanas Bozdarov is an interdisciplinary artist and designer who focuses on deconstructing the ways in which we read and interpret systems and structures. From quoting fragments of architectural blueprints or game sequences, to generating musical motifs from non-musical sources, he constructs incomplete and surprising structures in order to question our understanding of the working systems around us. He has exhibited at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of York University, Xpace Cultural Centre, and Blackwood Gallery. Bozdarov holds a BA from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, and currently lives and works between Toronto and Brampton.
Johny Bozdarov is a molecular and stem-cell scientist currently conducting research at the University of Toronto. He has two research publications in peer-reviewed journals and is working on his third authorship. At a young age, Bozdarov developed an interest in regenerative medicine and while in academia he became an expert in many molecular techniques. Being naturally creative and curious about the arts, he jumped at the opportunity to use his molecular skills to collaborate with his brother, Atanas, on an art project. Bozdarov holds a BSc from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MSc from The University of Waterloo and currently resides in Toronto.
Scott Kildall is a cross-disciplinary artist who combines networked performance and algorithms to make art works that invite public participation. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science, Transmediale (Berlin), the Venice Biennale (Internet Pavilion), Furtherfield (London) and the San Jose Museum of Art. He has received fellowships, awards and residencies from organizations including Recology San Francisco, Turbulence.org, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Kala Art Institute and The Banff Centre for the Arts. He works at the Exploratorium as a new media exhibit developer. He resides in San Francisco.
Nathaniel Stern combines new and traditional media on projects ranging from participatory, interactive or online installations, to prints, videos and hybrid forms. He has held solo and duo exhibitions at the Johannesburg Art Museum, Johnson Museum of Art, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Furtherfield, and more than a dozen international galleries, and exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, International Symposium on Electronic Art, and Transmediale. Stern is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and is represented by Gallery AOP (South Africa) and Tory Folliard (Milwaukee).