Yannick Jacquet aka Legoman / ANTIVJ [BE]
Graphic designer by training, mainly devotes himself to moving image. His work is characterized by a desire to step outside of traditional projection formats and locate video in space. Often in-situ and strongly influenced by questions connected to architecture his work mainly comes in the form of audiovisual installations, performances, and scenography. He regularly collaborates with a number of artists and more particularly with those of the Antivj visual label, of which he is one of the founding members. ANTIVJ is a visual label initiated by a group of European artists whose work was originally focused on the use of projected light and its influence on our perception. Clearly stepping away from standard setups & techniques, artists of the label explore immersive installation formats, providing to the audience a senses challenging experience. Antivj was originally created by Yannick Jacquet, Joanie Lemercier, Olivier Ratsi and Romain Tardy around 2006. Thomas Vaquié has been composing music for most projects since 2008, with visual artist/creative coder Simon Geilfus joining in in 2009. The label was co-directed by Joanie Lemercier and Nicolas Boritch until 2010, and is since then being managed by Nicolas Boritch.
Fred Penelle [BE]
Illustrator born in Brussels, winner of the Art Contest Prize in 2007. Quoting La Libre Belgique: “He creates and places on a wall a swarm of characters and objects which mix, either playfully or seriously, times, epochs, drawing, paining, black, colour, old images and whatever else besides, to tell, not one, but a thousand tangled tales in which each will recognize his own according to his imagination, what he has lived through, his dreams or concerns. In a heterogeneous set astonishingly coherent in its linear weirdness like a frieze, starting from a personal mythology that brings together images known to all it holds up a portrait of the world that is surprising yet familiar at the same time. And this arrangement that is playful, amusing, inventive, sometimes threatening and also tragic in its device, constantly gives the impression that it might set itself in motion as if it was a vast comedy put on by actors who bear a strange resemblance to us.”
Electric Indigo [AT]
DJ, composer, musician from Vienna, living also in Berlin. She has performed in 38 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Her name stands for the intelligent and distinguished interpretation of techno and electronic music. Her DJ-sets are characterized by a wide variety with a clarity of vision and a depth that comes from a deep understanding of the music and the art of DJing. As a composer and musician, she creates music for concert spaces, clubs, sound installations and occasionally for stage plays and short films. In her compositions and live performances, she emphasizes the spatial-temporal placement of subtly elaborated sounds and structures, often generated from speech recordings. She’s got outstanding artist award from Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (2012) and Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention for female:pressure – database of musicians and visual artists in electronic music and digital arts who identify as women (2009).
Thomas Wagensommerer [AT]
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria. He graduated from Studies of Digital Mediatechnology at the University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten, Philosophy at the University Vienna, Transdiciplinary Art (TransArts) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Works as media artist, musician and theoretician in both installative and performative ways. He presented his works at Ars Electronica Festival, MAK Wien, CTM Berlin, Triennale Museum Milano, Festival des Cinémas Différents Paris, Festival de vidéomusique de Montréal among others. Lecturer for Experimental Media at the University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten.
Lee Gamble [UK]
Born in Birmingham, now London residing came up Djing on pirate radio stations, spending his youth in the midst of the emerging Jungle scene, turned into experimental techno wizard performing live and as vinyl DJ in Europe, the US and Japan. His deconstruction of Jungle at ‘Diversions 1994-1996′ received wide critical acclaim, making many high ‘end of year chart’ (from The Wire Magazine to FACT) positions at the end of 2012. This album, ‘Dutch Tvashar Plumes’ and the latest one ‘Kuang EP’ were released on the PAN label – renowned for today’s most forward thinking and risk-taking electronica.
Alba Corral [ES]
Artist and creative technologist based in Barcelona. With a background in computer engineering, Corral has been creating generative art using software and coding for the past decade. Her practice spans across live performance, video, digital media and installation, exploring abstract narratives and expressing sensitivity and taste for colour. By combining generative systems with improvised drawing techniques, her digital language becomes organic, creating mesmerising digital landscapes. Corral is known for her stunning live audio-visual performances where she integrates real-time coding and drawing in collaboration with musicians. She has performed with renowned musicians such as Jon Hopkins, Miguel Marin (aka Arbol), Fibla, Stendhal Syndrome and Jacaszek. Her works has been exhibited at festivals and events including Future Everything, Alpha-ville Festival, Sonar, Primavera Sound and LEV.
László Zsolt Bordos [HU]
3d graphic, visual artist living in Budapest, Hungary. He started as a VJ, performing in the underground party culture of Budapest, since year 2000. He studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest and at MediaLab UIAH (University of Art and Design) in Helsinki. With the time his artist name became a famous company: Bordos.ArtWorks – which created the first, high resolution 3d animations for high resolution indoor- and outdoor projections in Hungary. With his early 3d-vjing (2000-2004), outrageous video projections (2005-2006) and with his first video mapping project made at Heavent Paris (2007), he became a pioneer of the genre. Cooperating with other artists since 2010, he started to run the projects under the name Bordos.ArtWorks and Invited Artists, which became internationally recognised as eminent representatives of video projection mapping. Since 2014 Bordos is focusing again on solo art projects, installations and scenery projections for theatres and operas.
Daan Kars aka DKRN [NL]
Visual artist with a background in anthropology, always been exploring new means of storytelling techniques. Combining visual aesthetics, storytelling and spatial design has led to a wide scope of works in the relm of vj-culture, installation art, film and spacial design. Whether its an installation, spacial design or performance all are subject to space and time. This interrest has been the main motivation for most works. It led to developing a perspective and skills in real-time media and lots of custom software. One of those fascinations is that we are subject to nature but yet live in an artificial place created by humans. How do we relate to that new space? Or how do we relate to ourselves, our dreams and inner space? Besides his own work, he has been active in different collectives as the belief is that together you can create more. He has been a co-founder of the Lichtdichters, MAU and a member of Born Digital team.
Frank Los [NL]
His music is strongly influenced by genres like Bass Music, Juke/Footwork, Ghettohouse, 808’s, Grime, Booty and Future Beats. February 2015 he released his ‘Greyscale EP’ on Hamburg based label Saturate Records. Last 2 years has released three EP’s and a bunch of tracks through Australian label Never Slept, London based Dred Collective and Amsterdam
based Basserk Recordings so far. His debut EP ‘Me On Power’, followed up by the release of ‘Ready to Rumble’ already sparked quite some attention within the national and international scene. It’s his third release ‘Times of Change’ which seems to complete the cycle by adding an even more impressive piece of work to it. Frenquency’s releases already received a lot of support by national and international artists like Throwing Snow, Desto, Krampfhaft, Traxman, Chrissy Murderbot, Breach (Ben Westbeech), Sam Binga, Branko, Bleep Bloop, Mad Zach, Tokyo Hands and many more. He has played live sets in Tokyo, Melbourne, Berlin, Hamburg, Latvia, Greece and Antwerp among other places.
Trevor Reekers aka Kamiloto [NL]
Twenty-seven year old Utrecht-based musician Trevor Reekers aka Kamiloto has been composing music since the age of fifteen. His original focus on hip hop music evolved into creating melancholly electronic music which sways between soundscapes and downtempo. While still using hiphop influenced beats, his music today relies on digital/analog synths, guitar and vocal stabs. He’s currently working on his debut solo EP, set to release in early 2016.
Paweł Janicki [PL]
Independent media artist, interactive director and producer working in the field of media art, microsound aesthetics and algorithmic composition, is a creator of audiovisual interactive systems, installations and performances. He creates and continuously develops software tools and interfaces. Special place in his activity takes developing software according to his own projects – and broadly – creating his own media either sabotaging already existing solutions. Among his realizations there are interactive works that are uneasy to classify, consisting of improvised sound, live programming, communication protocols, hacking. Janicki’s musical projects have been presented in several publications showing the achievements of European experimental and electro-acoustic music scene, in addition he has worked in cooperation with many artists, as well as the IT industry and educational institutions, including the media faculties of the leading Polish art schools, like the Intermedia Faculty of The Art Academy in Poznań (Poland).In 2004 his internet musical performance Ping Melody was awarded the netarts.org grand prize by the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Tokyo, and was nominated for an award at the Viper International Film, Video and New Media Festival in Basel. These and other projects by Paweł Janicki were presented at many prestigious festivals and events devoted to contemporary art, including the Ars Electronica, the Transmediale, the Centre Pompidou and the International Media Art Biennale WRO in Wrocław. The Society of Algorithm lists his net performances among the events crucial to the development of this genre of art.
panGenerator / Piotr Barszczewski, Krzysztof Cybulski, Krzysztof Goliński, Jakub Koźniewski [PL]
Interdisciplinary new media design and art group based in Warsaw, Poland, founded in 2010. They create works of art and design that explore the new means of expression and interaction, bending bits, beats and atoms, providing innovative products and engaging experiences for audiences of art galleries, museums and festivals. Their projects are ranging from large scale interactive installations to the novel musical interfaces and tiny wearable-tech objects. They presented works on such events as Ars Electronica, WRO Media Art Biennale, Łódź Desing, Millan Design Week, DMY and are frequently featured on most influential media devoted to art, design and technology, such as WIRED, CreativeApplications, CDM Create Digital Music, dezeen, design boom to name a few.
Alessandra Leone aka Aikia [IT]
Video artist producing live visuals, motion graphics, animation, music videos and generative art from Milan. As a trained (motion) graphics designer and self taught programmer, highly fascinated by perception, consciousness and reality, she uses abstraction to represent their complexity and at the intersection of Art and Science, draws the connections between sight, sound, vibrations and physical reality. One of the founder in 2012 the intermedia performance collective Stratofyzika. Member of Femme Fraktale and female:pressure.visualpulse live visuals group.
Heather Nicole aka Hen Lovely Bird [USA]
Dancer, Choreographer, Sound Artist (vocalist, curator, collector and DJ). Physical/Narrative Actor and performance artist who does fashion performances as well as music and dance for videoclips. One of the founder in 2012 the intermedia performance collective Stratofyzika.
Davic Nod [ES]
Multimedia artist from Barcelona, currently based in Berlin. Lover of the less accommodating sounds of electronica and the wonders of the unknown. Recently he founded Thalamus Lab, the label designed to explore social creativity working with other musicians through the Internet. The project has seen him collaborate with several collectives working in the digital music field, including Harvestworks (NY), Niu (Barcelona) or Netlabelism (Ghent). He has nurtured and compiled sounds from more than 50 artists around the world, thereby developing a sound collection from which to compose the soundtrack of Thæta.
Thomas Van Ta [ES]
Thomas Van Ta is a digital alter ego. After studying Environmental Sciences in Granada University, he made his internship first in Item Media as creative developer and then in the techno label M-nus as visual artist. Currently works as creative technologist at Pfadfinderei and creative coder in Stratofyzika.
Dariusz Makaruk [PL]
Music producer, live electronics musician and audiovisual performer. Lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. As a music producer and performer he plays his own electro-jazz and experimental electronics music repertoire. He composes theatre music and illustrates silent movie screenings with own live soundtracks (ex. “Faces of Children” 1923, by Jacques Feyder; “Cabinet of Dr.Caligari” by Robert Wiene 1925). He is a member of Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME) – a Polish department of CIME/ICEM in Bourges supported by UNESCO.He coproduces contemporary jazz music projects and plays with renown jazz music performers i.e in a concert-movie performance with Polish trumpet legend Tomasz Stanko, Mariusz Wilczynski and Wlodzimierz Kiniorski (with whom he coproduces an improvised jazz duo Kinior & Makaruk). He also performs and coproduces music with world-class jazz violinist Michal Urbaniak as well as with Tymon Tymański and Mamadou Diouf.
As an audiovisual performer he creates interactive installations using own author’s software written in Max/MSP Jitter and Java and also large-scale architectural 3D video mappings. He writes custom software for theatres and uses it for stage light, sound and video engineering live (cooperation with Mabel Octobre Theatre, France). Makaruk performed in Poland, China, India, Germany, Sweden, France, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Italy.
A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He is the creator of numerous multimedia installations, artistic and paratheatrical action, author and director scenery outdoor performances, where the applied technology mapping, 3D projections of large and interactive generative structures. He is the author of borderline experimental films and video installations and interactive projection generated in real time (including “Haiku” in 2011 at the International Festival of Audio Art, the Museum of Modern Art MOCAK,). At the invitation of Andrzej Wajda has designed a multimedia exhibition about the history of the People’s Republic – SocLand in Nowa Huta (2001) and an exhibition on the occasion of the visit of the Emperor of Japan in Krakow – Hiroshige multimedia CSiTJ Manggha (2002). He has participated in numerous international presentations of Polish art. He was co-author, in collaboration with Krzysztof Ingarden, Polish Pavilion at the EXPO 2005 where he also presented his semi-active installation Echo. His work has been shown at festivals : Musica Polonica Nova, Ad Libitum, Warsaw Autumn, the WRO. He is a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in the department of scenography / Set design and new media /. Currently implements pioneering project meta-film-based Internet Dziga Vertov structure of the film “Man with a Movie Camera” in 1929 and the exhibition as part of Tatsuno Art Project in 2014 in Japan.
Rodrigo Guzmán Cázares aka ABDX [MEX]
Visual artist strongly connected with the experimental audiovisual scene, influenced by street art and digital aesthetics, his work focuses on the re-envisioning of modern life and time perception. He specializes in the fields of data visualization, 2 and 3D graphic design, sound sculpting, audiovisual performance and interactive graphic interface programming. The winner of Vj Torna Battle LPM Rome Italy in (2013) and VideoZone Competition in Jaworzno Poland (2013).
Was born in Kraków, however most of his life he has lived in Japan and Finland. He obtained his BA in Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków back in 2011. Currently he is studying at the Department of Sculpture of the above mentioned academy. He is active in various fields such as: Graphic arts, film, drawing, photography. Nonetheless, lately he has shown great interest in multimedia installations and interactive sculptures in a context between technology and human relations. He was granted the Ministry of Science and Higher Education scholarship in 2014 for his outstanding achievements as well as the Rectors scholarship for the most talented students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków
Artur Oleś aka Chino[PL]
music producer, DJ, visual artist from Katowice, based in Krakow. Captivated by the theme of minimalistic and analogue graphics, Chino decided to pursue its equivalent in electronic music. He has been experimenting with beats since the day he acquired his first computer in 1999. Chino strongly believes in the rule – “Keeping it simple is most difficult”. Both in art and music, he seeks to accomplish goals throught use of the most basic but also most intensive tools. Chino is a devoted fan of the Roland sound of the 1980′s. He delivers a new mutation of acid house, chicago and detroit during his splendid live acts. Performed at events such as Unsound, Tauron Nowa Muzyka, OFF Festival, Stary Dworzec Katovvice. Co-creator of the RADAR project.
Jan Dybała aka JD_Video [PL]
VJ, graphic designer, graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice in multimedia and painting labs. Co-founder of Atelier S10 design studio in Mysłowice. Since 2007 focused on generative visual and sound art with usage of analogue and digital technology. He presented his audiovisual works on Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festiwal 2008–2013, Off Festiwal 2007, Warsaw Electronic Festiwal 2009, Media Biennale WRO 2009, Vivisesja 2008, Poolloop Festival Zurych 2009, Moscow Biennale for Young Art 2010, Arsgrafia Katowice 20092011, Art+Bits Festiwal 2012.
Sound artist associated with Biuro Dzwięku Katowice. His work is inspired by an experimental, synthesizer scene and ambient, new age artists. Although club influenced, he does not believe in limitations. The thick, synthesizer oriented escapades may confuse a listener and absorb him into hypnotic narration full of abstract, unspecified forms and unexpected plot twists.
Is a great believer in vinyl and pushing truth through mixing. She’s been a key player in the Polish electronic music scene for 10 years, both solo and performing as the duo Chrono Bross, with her brother Kinzo Chrome. Olivia’s success has spread thanks to her idiosyncratic track selection and her excellent technical skills. Through the raw and dark edges of techno, the liquid feel of acid, the deep reaches of cosmic, the simplicity of electro and the warmth of house, her sets shine with originality and a strong belief in the sound she delivers. She has played throughout Poland, from festivals to club shows. Her most recent major festival was Unsound Festival and Nachdigital. Over the yeas Olivia has supported Legowelt, Blawan, Xosar, Nick Hoppner, Pantha Du Prince, Jacek Sienkiewicz and many others.
Alias Benjamin Jantzen has worked for 10 years as a media artist and VJ. He initiated the B-Seite, a festival of visual art and nowculture. In 2009 he founded together with VJ R: A: U: L “Lichtinstallationen.com”, a creative agency for light art and new media. He performed at Timewarp in Mannheim, Festis Istanbul, Avit Kezmarok (Slovakia), the Visual Berlin Festival Berlin, Urban Art Forms in Vienna, Loft Club in Ludwigshafen, the legendary Rocker 33 in Stuttgart, the Disco Zwei to only to name a few. He performed alongside the likes of electronic music like: Stephan Bodzin, Paul and Fritz Kalkbrenner, Monika Kruse, Aural Float, Andre Galluzzi, Nick Curly and many others. He combines sound reactive minimal black and white graphics, 3D animations and Quartz Composer patches.
VJ Bankok [PL]
VJ, member of Temporary Stage Design duo based in Cracow, which specializes in event and stage-space arrangements. As they say, it consists of not only skillful composing the lights and choosing appropriate visualizations, but is mostly based on unfettered imagination combined with the awareness of the technology which then gives the desired effect. He produced stage visuals for performances of Krzysztof Penderecki, Steve Reich and John Greenwood.