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George Legrady (US) ///Symposium //Workshop///
George Legrady holds a joint appointment in the Department of Art and the Media Arts & Technology graduate program where he is director of the  Experimental Visualization Lab. His research and teaching are currently focused on data visualization funded by a Robet W Deutsch Foundation fellowship, and a robotic actuated multi-camera system funded by a National Science Foundation grant. His artwork in interactive, digital media explores the intersections between culture, narrative and emerging technologies with installations featured internationally in Asia, Europe and North America at places such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2001); Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2005); the International Center for Photography, New York (1994), Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2007) and other places. Legrady had a retrospective of his analog to digital artworks at the National Gallery of Canada, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1997. His commission for the Seattle Public Library is one of the few digital artworks to collect and parse data since 2005. “We Are Stardust” realized in collaborative with the NASA Spitzer Science Center at Caltech was featured at the Art Center College of Design (2008) and the Vancouver Winter Olympics in winter 2010. http://www.georgelegrady.com

Brigitta Zics (UK/HU) ///Symposium//Exhibition//Programme Director of DiB – Arts//Symposium Chair ///
Brigitta Zics is an artist, researcher and programme director of Digital Media in Culture Lab, Newcastle University, UK.  Her main interest is the investigation of the potential of technology as an aesthetic ecology and philosophical tool in relation to human experiences. Her recent research topics include experimental data visualisation, bio-signal interaction & affective environments, application of swarm theory, and aesthetic ecologies that facilitate immersive experiences. Her artworks and research have been widely presented and published in journals such as Leonardo (MIT) and Journal of Visual Art Practice (Intellect), in books such as New Realities: Being Syncretic (Springer), and exhibitions such as Siggraph ( Los Angeles), IMAGINA (Monte Carlo), and Arts and Space (Budapest). Other affiliations include Visiting Fellow at Transtechnology Research, panel member of the Leonardo Reviews and Advisor at the Doctoral School of the Hungarian University of Fine Art. www.cognitiveloop.org

Miklós Peternák (HU) ///Executive Project Leader// Symposium Chair///
Miklós Peternák is an artist, theorist, educator and curator. He is a professor of media art, chair of Intermedia Department and president of the Doctoral Council at Hungarian University of Fine Art. Peternák is also the director of the C3 Center for Culture & Communication in Budapest, a not-for-profit organisation promoting the exchange between art, science and technology. In the past two decades he was the curator of big scale media art exhibitions as Perspective (1999), Media Model (2000), and co-curator of Butterfly Effect (1996) and Visual Tactics (2009). In 2011 he  was  the commissioned curator of  the  Hungarian Pavilion on the 54th Venice Biennale.  http://www.pm.c3.hu

Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák (HU) ///Exhibition Programme Co-Director//Symposium Chair///
Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák is an artist and educator. He is a professor of media art,  director of the Doctoral School and vice-rector of Hungarian University of Fine Art. Szegedy-Maszák’s works has been widely exhibited as for example at ZKM ( Karlsruhe, Germany), ICA ( London);  Inter/Media/Art, Butterfly Effect,  Internet Galaxies,  Aura,  Vision,  Kempelen (Budapest) and Visual Tactics (Siegen,Germany).  In 2010 he received the prestigious  Munkácsy Hungarian State Art Award. http://www.szmz.hu

Nina Czegledy (CA/HU) ///Symposium//Concept Curator of DiB///
Nina Czegledy, artist, curator, educator, works internationally on collaborative art& science& technology projects. The changing perception of the human body and its environment as well as paradigm shifts in art inform her projects.  She has exhibited widely, won awards, curated numerous international touring projects and has lead and participated in workshops, forums and festivals worldwide.  Current art projects: Aura, Aurora in collaboration with Bettina Schuelke, Laszlo Kiss, Zsolt Koranyi, Marton Juhasz: artMuse Festival 2011, Plein Air festival, 2B Gallery, 2010; The Visual Collider touring project, in collaboration with Marcus Neustetter, exhibited in seven countries in North America and Europe, 2010-2012; Current curatorial projects: SPLICE: At the Intersection of Art and Medicine, West Vancouver Museum 2012, Blackwood and UTAC galleries, Toronto, Pratt Gallery, New York (2013). The extension of Man: Hacking the Bodies workshops, panel discussions: University of Toronto, Concordia University, Montreal. Czegledy is a Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto; Associate Adjunct Professor Concordia University, Montreal; Senior Fellow, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest; International Research Fellow, Intercreate.org, New Zealand, member of the Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board. http://www.ninaczegledy.net

André Czeglédy (CA) ///Symposium///
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Anthropology Program at Wilfrid Laurier University. He holds degrees from University of Toronto (B.A. Hons.), the London School of Economics and Political Science (M.Science Econ.), and Cambridge University (Ph.D.). He has taught at universities in Europe, North America and Africa. He is known for his work in the field of Business Anthropology on issues of corporate culture and restructuring in post-socialist scenarios, and in Urban Anthropology on the changing morphology of post-Apartheid cities, especially with respect to the rise of the gated community phenomenon. Since 1998, he has engaged in a broad-ranging writing project with Nina Czegledy as co-author of a series of articles and book chapters that inject social and cultural perspectives on Science and Technology, often in relation to contemporary performance art practice, and particularly with respect to the cultural impact of visualization technologies as they engage the human body. This is the sixth publication with Nina Czegledy.

David Link (GER) ///Symposium///
The artist and media archaeologist David Link was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1971 and lives in Cologne. In 2004, he took his PhD in philosophy with a work on the history of computerized text generation. His computer art installations and performances have been shown all over the world. His current research focuses on the development of an archaeology of algorithmic artefacts. Recent exhibitions: Arnolfini, Bristol, and MU, Eindhoven, 2010; dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, 2012. Upcoming: HNF, Paderborn, Oct/Nov 2012. http://www.alpha60.de

Gyula Kovács (HU) ///Symposium///
Gyula Kovács is a professor at the Department of Cognitive Sciences at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics where he directs a human electrophysiological laboratory for Visual Perception.  He received his PhD in neuroscience from Szeged University in 1996. He uses functional brain imaging and electrophysiological approaches to study the neural bases of the high-level visual perceptual and cognitive functions of humans. His current studies involve the neural correlates of face and object perception, categorization and the effect of temporal context on perception. He is the recipient of various national and international grants, has delivered numerous lectures worldwide, serves on various international advisory boards. He is the author of more than 50 research articles and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Hungary and Germany. http://cogsci.bme.hu/~gkovacs/gyulakovacs/Mainpage.html

Tom Schofield  (UK)  ///Practice Talk //Exhibition //Workshop//Exhibition Co-ordinator///
Tom Schofield is an artist, researcher and PhD candidate. He studies and teaches at Culture Lab, Newcastle, UK. He also works as a freelance interaction designer and developer and frequently works with other artists as a collaborator or consultant technologist. He lives in the UK with his partner Gabi Arrigoni and their baby son, Oliver. In his spare time he surfs, makes bicycles and avoids computers. http://tomschofieldart.com

David Gauthier (DK/CA) /// Symposium//Exhibition// Workshop///
David Gauthier is a scientist and researcher at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). His work and teachings explore creative use of technologies as a mean to probe and develop future scenarios involving humans and machines. He has scientific and artistic research expertise in domains ranging from actuated textiles to viral communications. Gauthier worked in various institutions, notably the MIT Media Laboratory, the Banff New Media Institute and the Hexagram Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. He holds a Master of Science degree in Media Arts and Science from the MIT and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the Université du Québec à Montréal. http://ciid.dk/consulting/people/david-gauthier

Marian Dörk (UK/CA/GER) /// Symposium //Practice Talk // Exhibition ///
Marian Dörk creates visual interfaces to make sense of growing information spaces on the web. He is a research associate in Culture Lab at Newcastle University, where he works with Martyn Dade-Robertson on the PATINA project (Personal Architectonics of Interfaces to Artefacts). During his doctoral research in the InnoVis group at the University of Calgary, Marian designed and studied novel visualizations to support exploratory forms of information seeking. Marian has also undertaken related research at Google, Microsoft Research, IBM Research, and Universidad de Chile. Before doing his PhD, he studied Computational Visualistics at Universität Magdeburg. http://mariandoerk.de

Christos Michalakos (UK/GR)  ///Concert // Workshop///
Christos Michalakos (UK/GR)works with percussion and live electronics. His music explores the relationship between the acoustic and electronic sound worlds, either shifting exclusively between one or the other, or intricately merging timbres to create a unified sonic experience. In addition to working as a composer and solo percussionist, he often performs and collaborates on projects ranging from the duo Můstek, to large-scale free jazz and improvisation ensembles such as Edimpro. His works have been presented at Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, Dialogues, BEAM, Soundings, Sound Thought, SOUND Festival and Network Music Festival among others. http://christosmichalakos.com

Marco Donnarumma (UK/I)  ///Concert//Practice Talk //Workshop///
Marco Donnarumma  works with biophysical systems, musical and theatrical performance, participatory practices and subversive coding, he looks at the collision of critical creativity with humanized technologies. His works have been selected at leading art events (ISEA, Venice Biennale, WRO Biennale), specialized festivals (FILE, Sonorities, Némo, Mapping, Piksel, Re-New, Laboral, EMAF, Visionsonic, Carnival of e-Creativity) and major academic conferences (NIME, ICMC, Pd Con, LAC @Stanford CCRMA, SICMF). His Xth Sense biophysical instrument was awarded 1st Prize at the Margaret Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition 2012. http://marcodonnarumma.com

DMT ///Concert ///
DMT is Donnarumma, Michalakos, and Tanaka, a trio of visceral electronic musicians that interface corporeal gesture and physical gesture with pulsing electronic noise. Based in Edinburgh and London, Marco, Christos, and Atau are 3 soloists coming together to form a trio that is greater than the sum of its parts. Marco Donnarumma plays the Xth Sense biosphysical muscle contraction sensor system to sonify the performer’s body. AtauTanaka runs granular synthesis algorithms on the iPhone, with one in each hand. Drummer Christos Michalakos creates feedback looks to electronics from his drums. Together they create a wall of sound that is live technological thrill.

Pengfei Zhang (UK/CN)  ///Exhibition///
Pengfei Zhang is a programmer and researcher interested in interactive applications. He received his MRes Digital Media in Culture Lab, Newcastle Universtiy where he is visiting staff working on various data visualisation projects. http://kindpire.com

Benjamin Freeth (UK) ///Practice Talk // Exhibition // Workshop///
Researcher, Programmer, Digital Luthier and resident at Culture Lab, Newcastle University.
Since the completion of an MRes. in Digital Media at Newcastle University Benjamin’s research interests have focused on the creation of interactive systems for live performance involving wireless multi node sensor networks and Max MSP software. Ben works within liminal zones of creativity to transmogrify industrial technology as instrument. In turn, creating gesturally responsive tools designed for improvisation and performance. The impetus for this research lies in the potential for these technologies to mediate and expand human creativity and expression. Recently completed projects include “Immerse” for Brass 2012, Durham, UK where Benjamin developed a contemporary Brass instrument consisting of wearable components featuring a wireless sensor array. Presentation took place as a series of workshops and lecture demonstrations in addition to an installation in Durham from 5th July – 22 July 2012. http://dm.ncl.ac.uk/benfreeth

David Green (UK) ///Exhibition///
David Green is a filmmaker, photographer and technologist, currently a PhD in computing science In Culture Lab, Newcastle University. David’s background encompasses scientific documentary production, biomechanics and motion capture research and lo/no-budget filmmaking. His interests include technology, design and the natural world and he is particularly interested in exploring how technology can be used to empower citizens and communities, particularly those with traditionally non-technical backgrounds. As a beekeeper, he has been working with the beekeeping community to investigate the design space and opportunities for digital systems within this ancient practice.

Imre Lepsényi (HU) ///Demo // Exhibition //DiB logo///
Currently a PhD student at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Imre Lepsenyi holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In 2011, he received the “red dot best of the best” award for the corporate design of the Israeli Cultural Institute. His artistic work and research activities focus on questions of presence, collective and individual responsibility, cooperative processes, instruments of power and the relationship between power and the individual.. http://lepsenyi.com/

Igor Buharov ( Kornél Szilágyi ) (HU) ///Exhibition///
Since 1995 Kornél Szilágyi and Nándor Hevesi are working under the pseudonym of Igor and Ivan Buharov. They have been producing and directing together several films, music projects including film music. They work on the intersection of fine art and cinematic art. In 1995, together with Vasile Croat and István Nyolczas, they have formed the 40 Labor “Multiartist” Group which made performances, events, actions, exhibitions, concerts, multimedia works. They held surrealistic audiovisual performances were they aimed to reach a synthesis between image, music and words after a state of chaos. http://www.buharov.hu

Csaba Vándor (HU) ///Exhibition///
Csaba Vándor makes films, videos, installations and public artworks and explores critical and often ironic aspects his subjects. He attended the Budapest University of Technology and Economics first but after three years of study applied to the Academy of Fine Arts where received his MA Degree at the Intermedia Department five years later. In 2011 he continued his studies as a DLA student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hungary. He founded the New Cooperative Church with Miklós Mécs and Judit Fischer which is joined by q00 members by now. All members got an empty bible to make notes in. He also formed a visual group with László Csáki, Csaba Szeredi, Kornél Szilágyi, József Szolnoki named Kaos Camping which used great number of analogue film projectors for creating a variety of works. Nowadays he is working on the fusion of old and new technologies such as pocket film projectors made from bicycle lamps. http://vandorcsaba.blogspot.hu

Robert Langh (HU)  ///Exhibition ///
From quite early on in my artistic career I was interested in electronic media and  worked in the experimental film lab Balázs Béla Studio in Budapest. After finishing my studies at Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design and Hungarian University of Fine Art, my interest shifted to interactivity, and this is when I started to work with creative coding. I am currently working on my doctoral thesis with the title of  ’Reflexive, Causative and Passive Imagery’. http://www.c3.hu/~kalendarium/cv_en.html

Loránd Szécsényi-Nagy (HU) ///Exhibition///
My recent works are concerned with the experimental relations between mediums which grown out of my practice with experimental photography and short films. After graduating from the photography department of Novus Art School I joined the Intermedia Department at Hungarian University of Fine Art where I am currently a student. http://lorandszecsenyi-nagy.com

Team of SubMap, Kitchen Budapest:  Dániel Feles, Krisztián Gergely, Attila Bujdosó, Gáspár Hajdu and László Kiss ///Exhibition///
Kitchen Budapest, opened in June 2007, is a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams. http://submap.kibu.hu/




  • Schedule

    Day 1 - Tuesday, 2nd October 2012
    9.30 am - 12.30 pm Practice Talks /Demos
    1.30 - 4.30 pm Parallel Workshops by Invited Practitioners
    5.00 pm Sound Installation Demo

    Day 2 - Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
    10.00 am - 4.30 pm Data is Beautiful - Arts Symposium with International Speakers

    Day 3 - Thursday, 4th October 2012
    10.00 am - 4.00 pm Prof. George Legrady's Data Visualization Workshop
    8.30 pm Visceral Electronic Music Concert by DMT, Szimplakert
    Partner Events: Data is Beautiful - Science Symposium & Workshop

    Day 4 - Friday, 5th October 2012
    Partner Events: Data is Beautiful - Design Symposium and Hackathon by KIBU
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    Day 5 - Saturday, 6th October 2012
    Partner Events: Hackathon by KIBU, Book Launch and Live Coding Performance
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