Will the future be better or worse because of technology and how is this changing the nature of our lives? Should machines be regarded as mere instruments serving human creativity, or as equal collaborators? What vision of the good life compels us and how can we commit to it for a better future?
ABBY ROSE Tech for Good Global
Abby Rose is a physicist farmer who thinks ecological farming is the key to a resilient future. Abby started her twenties with a Masters in Physics but found academia too restrictive so took herself on polymath adventures so she could pursue science in other ways. She was one of the co-founders of Tech for Good Global, shining a light on the people and technology making our world better. She quickly transitioned into developing tech for good herself as she realised she could use her tech skills to help independent farmers, starting with her family’s farm at Vidacycle in Chile. Abby developed the Vidacycle tech apps to use on the farm to collect important data out in the field and now they are used by farmers on multiple continents. To support the farming community Abby co-creates an award-winning monthly podcast Farmerama Radio which shares the voices of independent farmers and is part of the OurfieldProject founding team: where 40 people co-farm a field of grain outside of London, so everyone can learn what’s really behind a bag of flour. She believes that through shared experiences like these we can transform the narratives of our food and the earth.
STEFAN TIRON The Space Agency for Nocturnal Journeys to the Origins of the Universe
Stefan Tiron is an artist living and working between Bucharest and Berlin. He is the founder and co-curator of The Space Agency for Nocturnal Journeys to the Origins of the Universe, a series of art and science wonder-shows taking place in galleries, regional natural history museums, universities, private homes and former clinics. Co-founder of Art‐Leaks, a collective platform initiated by an international group of artists, curators, art historians and intellectuals in response to the abuse of their professional integrity and the open infraction of their labor rights.
MARIA GUTA Artist and Director of Programming WVRF
Maria Guta was born in Bucharest, Romania, where she made her practice in fields such as visual communication, art direction and fine arts. She moved to Switzerland in 2010 and in 2015 she completed a Master`s degree in Art Direction and Photography at ECAL (Lausanne).
Attracted by identity-related topics, she explores the human desire for cyberself-optimisation and the capacity of building virtual selves as alternative, upgraded identities. Using at first photography as main medium, she often places herself both behind and in front of the camera as a manner of exploring the phenomenon of self-representation today. Seeing it as an extension of both cyberspace and “real” world, her work has opened up to new tools and horizons with VR.
She is currently researching and developing personal projects in virtual reality, while working as Director of Programming for the World VR Forum, an international organisation dedicated to VR/AR and based in Geneva.
RACHEL UWA School of Machines, Making and Make Believe
School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe was founded by Rachel Uwa. Rachel is an artist, educator, and organiser whose background is in audio engineering and vfx compositing. Over the past 15+ years she’s lived in and organized social justice and tech communities and events big and small. She feels compelled to help bring these two worlds together and make the tech world less daunting and more diverse, inclusive, thoughtful, and fun. Rachel’s biggest desire is to see people living the lives they dream of living rather than the one they feel they ought to. If that dream life is more artistic, creative, socially-engaged, technology-embracing and connects humans to each other and to themselves, well, all the better.
CONSTANTIN VICA Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest
Constantin Vică is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and researcher at the Research Centre in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest. His main fields of interest are computer and information ethics, roboethics, philosophy of computer science, social and political philosophy, and the critique of intellectual property. He published several articles and studies on information and ownership, intelligent assistive technologies, online trust, web search engines ethics, digital dialectics, pirate politics, evolution of programming languages, and free software, authorship and intellectual property.
Orbita Lacustra is a collective looking to uncover obscure sounds from the electronic spectrum. Their ongoing research is based around the historical influence of technology on music production, with a focus on forms of mistake, glitch and dissonance as an engine for musical innovation. They recently shared the stage with artists like Chee Shimizu, Vladimir Ivkovic, Young Marco, Don’t DJ and As Longitude
Born in 1983, Ioana Calen has a philosophy degree, journalistic experience and a passion for the intersection of art, technology and the world. She is co-founder of Modulab, an all-media trans-disciplinary lab that uses science and technology as semiotic vectors in different contexts such as art, documentary exhibitions and creative industries applications, with special focus on research and development. Since 2012 she curates the activity of the lab which encompases Romanian Stand at Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012, the first interactive installations exhibition in Romania (MNAC, 2013), numerous collaborative and transdisciplinary workshops and exhibitions and world-wide innovations in terms of technological creative applications. She is the founder of Modulab Interaction Series, an annual project that gathers different practices and formats experimenting with art, technology and science and the founder and director of Liminal.
Catalina Bolozan is a project curator and content creator, curiously exploring unmapped territories at the intersection of art, science and technology.
Her passion for transdiciplinarity emerged in London where she lived for several years, cultivating a broad range of artistic pursuits: she was a participant in These associations by Tino Sehgal, at Tate Modern and in Pedro Reyes’s SANATORIUM, at Whitechapel Gallery. She co-curated Inner City Ooz, King Krule and Mistr Gone’s first visual art exhibition and profiled Bryan Ferry for a lifestyle magazine.
Lately her work has focused on researching and documenting artistic frameworks that blur the boundaries between disciplines. Catalina is the curator of this year’s edition of Liminal.