Victoria Vesna, editor of Database Aesthetics, is an artist who explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. She has exhibited her work internationally in twenty solo exhibitions and more than seventy group shows in the last decade. She is the recipient of many grants, commissions, and awards, including the Oscar Signorini award for best Net artwork in 1998 and the Cine Golden Eagle for best scientific documentary in 1986. She is a professor and chair of the Department of Design | Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts.
Sharon Daniel is an artist working with technology for social transformation. She is an associate professor of film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches courses in digital media theory and practice, and a member of the University of California’s Digital Arts Research Network.
Steve Dietz is artistic director of ZeroOne: The Art and Technology Network. He curates contemporary art exhibitions and festivals, as well as speaking and writing extensively about the art formerly known as new media. His interviews and writing have appeared in Parkett, Artforum, Flash Art, Design Quarterly, Spectra, Afterimage, Art in America, Museum News, BackFlash, Public Art Review and Intelligent Agent.
Lynn Hershman-Leeson has worked extensively in photography, film, video, installation, and interactive and Net-based media. She is a recipient of the prestigious Golden Nica Prix Ars Electronica and a Daniel Langlois Foundation Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, and, in 2007, the first ZeroOne Award for “Media that Matters.” She has completed five feature films, more than two hundred international museum exhibitions, and nine interactive installations. She is emeritus professor at the University of California, A.D. White Professor at Cornell University, and chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his telepresence work and his bio art. The first human to implant a microchip, Kac is the creator of “GFP Bunny” (Alba, the green bunny). His work can be seen online at www.ekac.org.
Norman M. Klein is a cultural critic, media historian, and novelist. His most recent book, on scripted spaces and the “electronic,” is The Vatican to Vegans: The History of Special Effects. He is a professor at the California Institute of the Arts.
John Klima employs a variety of technologies to produce artwork with hand-built electronics and computer hardware and software. He has exhibited his works internationally, including BitStreams at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Eyebeam, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, PS.1, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum for Communication in Bern, Switzerland, the NTT InterCommuncation Center in Tokyo, and the Daejeon Municipal Museum in Korea. Klima was recently a research scientist at the Courant Institute, New York University, and is currently adjunct professor of digital media at the Rhode Island School of Design. He also teaches an extensive course in game design theory and production at the Polytechnic University of Brooklyn.
George Legrady is professor of interactive media in the Media Arts & Technology Doctoral program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His contribution to the digital media field since the early stages of its formation has been in intersecting cultural content with data processing as a means of creating new forms of aesthetic representations and sociocultural narrative experiences. His digital interactive installations have been exhibited internationally, most recently at ISEA 06. San Jose (2006). 3rd Beijing New Media Festival (2006), Frankfurt Museum of Communication (2006), and BlackBox 06 at ARCO, Madrid (2006).
Lev Manovich is the author of Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database. His book The Language of New Media was hailed as “the most suggestive broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan.” Manovich is a professor of visual arts, University of California, San Diego and a director of the Lab for Cultural Analysis at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information technology.
Robert F. Nideffer researches, teaches, and publishes in the areas of virtual environments and behavior, interface theory and design, technology and culture, and contemporary social theory. He is associate professor in the departments of Studio Art and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, where he also serves as codirector of the Arts Computation Engineering (ACE) graduate program, and director of the Game Culture and Technology Lab.
Nancy Paterson is an electronic media artist working primarily in interactive installations. She is an instructor at the at the Ontario College of Art and Design and artist in residence at the School of Communications Arts, Seneca@York, Toronto.
Christiane Paul is adjunct curator of new media arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the director of Intelligent Agent, a service organization and information resource dedicated to digital art. She has written extensively on new media arts and is the author of Digital Art. She teaches in the MFA computer arts department at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Digital+Media department at the Rhode Island School of Design and has lectured internationally on art and technology.
Marko Peljhan founded the arts organization Projekt Atol, which works within the performance, visual arts, situation, and communication fields. He is associate professor in art and media arts and technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, director of Projekt Atol, and founder of the Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation I-TASC.
Warren Sack is a software designer and media theorist who explores theories and designs for onine public space and public discussion. He is on the faculty of the Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been shown at the ZKM|Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the artport for the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Bill Seaman explores emergent meaning through interface, text, image, object, and sound relationships. He is head of the graduate digital media department at Rhode Island School of Design.
Grahame Weinbren creates interactive cinema installations, which have been exhibited internationally since 1984. The Erl King (collaboration with Roberta Friedman), one of the first works to combine interactivity with cinema, was recently acquired by the Guggenheim Museum. He teaches in the graduate program of the School of Visual Arts and was a visiting artist in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.