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Rodolfo Peraza graduated with an MFA in Sculpture, from the Higher Institute of Arts, Havana, Cuba (2005). He is the founder and director of MUD Foundation, an artist-run organization that focuses on New Media art and digital culture. Founder and director of Art Hack Data 2017. Since 2007 he has been using code for game art and interactive works. His work has been widely shown internationally in events and organizations such as, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, US (2017); SIGGRAPH 2017, Los Angeles; XII Havana Biennial (2015); The XXXI Biennial of Pontevedra in Galicia, Spain (2010); The Jumex Collection (2008). He is represented in collections such as The Jumex Collection in Mexico City and AGO Museum in Toronto, Canada.
Questions of isolation, loneliness, and identity are constants in his work, while his concerns go beyond the confines of geography through technology. By using the internet, social media, and animation, he creates a body of work that explores the moral, spiritual and social modes of behavior that govern society. He is particularly interested in virtual reality, big data analysis and digital culture, and in how these overlap with the visual arts.
Serbian-born, Brookyln-based musician Bojan Cizmic is known for referencing multiple genres in his productions. His smash debut, named “Mango Bay” after the EP’s most successful single, plays with nostalgic sounds of 90’s rave culture and has garnered hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube. Cizmic’s productions, along with his ability to effortlessly drift through different genres and musical styles, have earned the artist a ravenous reputation on the internet and beyond.
Ingrid Burrington writes, make maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. She’s the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure.
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María Elena Ortiz
María Elena Ortiz is a writer and curator living in Miami. Currently, she is Associate Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she has curated several exhibitions including Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors, Ulla von Brandenburg: It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon, At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean, Firelei Báez: Bloodlines, Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future, among others. In 2015, she also curated Video Islands at the Anthology Film Archive, New York. From 2011 to 2013, Ortiz was the Curator of Contemporary Arts at the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City, where she organized several projects including Carlos Motta, The Shape of Freedom and Rita Ponce de León: David. In 2012, she curated Wherever You Roam at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. She has collaborated with international and national institutions such as El Museo del Barrio, New York; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; Tarble Arts Center, Charleston; The New Museum, New York; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Teorética, San Jose, Costa Rica; the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco; and Tate Modern, London. Ortiz has contributed to writing platforms such as Fluent Collaborative, Curating Now, and Terremoto Magazine. In 2014, she was the recipient of the The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.
Désirée Miloshevic has broad technical and policy roles experience in both the private and the nonprofit sector. She deploys her expertise in three main areas, being an Internet public servant, an entrepreneur and a connector. She has participated actively in the areas of Internet technical coordination and Domain Name System policy since 1994.
Miloshevic was elected to the board of Trustees of the Internet Society and the Board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility in 2004. She served as Special Adviser to the UN Under-Secretary and Chair of the Internet Governance Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (2006-2009), and continues to volunteer her time and fundraise for many different local and global Internet communities, organisations and institutions to keep the Internet open and accessible. She co-founded ISOC Serbia Chapter in 2006, and open a hacklab space in Belgrade in 2013
Yucef Merhi holds a Master’s in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. His artistic practice began in the mid 80s. He is known for being the first artist in exhibiting a work of art that included a video game console, the Atari 2600, back in 1985. As a pioneer of Digital Art, Merhi has produced a wide body of works that engage electronic circuits, computers, video game systems, touch screens, and other devices.
Barban is a software engineer working with VR technologies for the web. He developed VRHole – a 3D editor, which integrates the browser’s 3D frame with VR devices, mobile, gamepads, and multiplayer servers into a single web page. He is currently the Development Team Leader at Fanguito.org and part of the Art Hack Data team.
Bilal Ghalib catalyses and enables communities to build a more beautiful tomorrow. For the past eight years he’s worked in establishing collaborative creative spaces, particularly across America and the Middle East. By telling stories and designing systems he inspires makers to own their agency. Currently living in Beirut, he is exploring self knowledge and the development of habits, and designs experiential journeys to inspire authentic action. His mind is occupied with thoughts on what is a good life and a beautiful world and his actions connect to community, economy and making.
Robert E. Gutsche Jr.
Robert E. Gutsche Jr., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University. A journalist since 1996, having written for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, and other regional and local publications, his scholarship surrounds the cultural and social meanings of news. He is the author of Media control: News as an Institution of Power and Social Control (Bloomsbury, 2015/2017), among other publications. Gutsche is Lead of the Department of Journalism + Media’s Mobile Virtual Reality Lab at FIU. He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Iowa.
Vladan Joler is the director of the SHARE Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting the rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology. He is leading a SHARE Lab, a research and data investigation lab for exploring different technical aspects of the intersections between technology and society. Joler is Professor at the New Media Department of the University of Novi Sad.
Phillip Penix-Tadsen specializes in Latin American cultural studies, focusing on the intersections between politics, economics, new media, and visual culture in the region today. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University with the doctoral thesis Marketing Marginality: Resistance and Commodification in Contemporary Latin American Cultural Production. He has published in peer-reviewed journals including Latin American Research Review and Ciberletras. His current book project, Cultural Code: Video Games and Latin America, offers the first synthetic theorization of the relationship between video games and culture through case studies that show the myriad ways video games use Latin America, as well as how Latin America uses video games. At the University of Delaware, he teaches courses on contemporary Latin American cultural studies including New Media and New Directions in Latin America; Media-Savvy Populism from Che to Chávez; Drug Culture in Latin America; Graphic Transgressions: Breakthrough Movements in Latin American Visual Arts and Culture; and Resurrecting Mexico’s Dead.
Andrej Petrovski is a Tech researcher at SHARE Labs and a Cyber Forensic Specialist at SHARE Foundation/SHARE CERT. His background is mostly Tech, with a MSc in Cyber Crime. However, through his work he has been involved in data-driven investigations and visual representation of data sets of metadata, data from social networks and invisible network infrastructures. The values he promotes are free, decentralised and open Internet with equal access for all. He believes technology influences society, but is also a reflection thereof.
Rachel Price (B.A., Yale; Ph.D., Duke U.), works on Latin American, circum-Atlantic and particularly Cuban literature and culture; media; poetics; empire; and ecocriticism. Her essays have discussed a range of topics, including digital media, slavery, poetics, and visual art. Some of her writings are The Object of the Atlantic: Concrete Aesthetics in Cuba, Brazil and Spain 1868-1968 (2014) and Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island, (2015), which discusses contemporary literature as well as conceptual, digital, and visual art from Cuba that engages questions of environmental crises, new media, and new forms of labor and leisure. Among her current projects are intersections between aesthetics and energy, and a book-length study rethinking communication technologies and literature in the nineteenth-century slaveholding Iberian Atlantic.
Paloma Duong is Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is currently writing a book on postsocialist imaginaries, new media, and participatory forms of culture in contemporary Cuba. Her research and teaching on contemporary Latin American culture draw from media and cultural studies, critical theory, and political philosophy, and her texts have been published in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Art Margins, and Cuban Counterpoints.
Olivia Solis works as a creative designer at Share Foundation and SHARE Labs. She developed a graphic designer career around the creative industries. In the past, she was oriented towards the fields of data visualization and open data. She collaborated with EFF, participated in hackathons and also played an important role in the Open Data (Serbia) project. She held different training sessions, workshops and presentations about topics like surveillance, Internet principles and data visualization, and creative electronic workshops for children. She collaborated on the development of Ranking Digital Rights 2017.
Vuk Ćosić belongs to a small group of pioneers who had, from the beginning of the 90s, shaped what would later become globally known as net-art. During years of research of low-tech aesthetic, economy, ecology and archeology of media, he became interested in ASCII with which he created some of his greatest works presented from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Los Angeles, California. He is a co-founder of Nettime, Syndicate, 7-11, and Ljubljana Digital Media Lab. He is the Director of Communication and Ideology of European Capital of Culture 2020 – Rijeka.