Jury 1996

Prix Ars Electronica


David Blair (US)

David Blair is the mastermind of the Webpage “Waxweb” and has an expert knowledge of the ins and outs of worldwide networks (traffic) with all its contents and forms of expression.

Oliver Frommel (DE)

Born 1969; studied in Munich in 1990. In 1994, Medienlabor in Munich, 1996 Ars Electronica Center, Linz. Member of FirstFloor electronix. www.firstfloor.org

Joichi Ito (JP)

Developer and producer in the areas of virtual reality and multi-media. Japan correspondent for Mondo 2000, Wired and other. Numerous publications, particularly on networks.

Karin Spaink (NL)

Born 1951, was trained as a teacher and a programmer. Works as a writer and has published seven books on various subjects, that somehow tend to be linked to that unstable object which we refer to us as “the body”: on sex, health, quack therapies, cyborgs etc. Spends as much as eight hours per day on the Net and is currently being sued by a cult, Scientology, because of her Homepage.

David Traub (US)

David Traub defines himself as an “Educational Warrior”, earned a masters in education with a focus on human potential and the instructional use of virtual environments and multimedia from Harvard University while conducting classwork in interactive cinema and artificial intelligence-based narrative at the MIT Media Lab, undergraduate degrees in rhetoric and film with honors from University of California. Has produced, written, consulted upon or co-developed several multimedia projekts, e.g. “The Lawnmower Man” or “Real World” (Peter Gabriel), produced three virtual reality festivals (1993-1995) at Brazil’s Centro Cultural de Candido Mendes (Rio Janeiro).


Alex Adriaansens (NL)

Alex Adriaansens studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and has worked as an artist since 1976. Together with Joke Brouwer, he initiated the V _2 Organisation as a centre for art and (media) technology in Rotterdam (Institute for the Unstable Media), of whieh he is now the director. In 1987, Alex Adriaansens and Joke Brouwer launched the “Manifesto for the Unstable Media”. He is a member of several national advisory boards (education, art) that deal with (media) technology in a broad sense.

Harvie Branscomb (US)

Harvie Branscomb has been a catalyst for, contributor to and supporter of the interactive art world since 1975, primarily trained as a scientist, works as an inventor/developer of both hardware and software for products and artworks, and lives as an artist. Harvie was the Director of the Competition of the 1994 Interactive Media Festival which used a unique process of direct experience to select 27 interactive works from around the world to be shown in Los Angeles. His current projects include a web interactive sculptural fountain in Aspen, and a historical perspective on a few people who shared their teenage years with Elvis Presley.

Coco Conn (US)

Coco Conn has provided vision and leadership in the computer graphics fjeld for more than twenty years. As President of Digital Circus, her efforts have focused on introducing technology to young people, designing and developing interactive media, and producing live events showcasing cutting-edge technologies. Her work today is a synthesis of her interdisciplinary experience as a producer, designer, computer and Internet techie, business entrepreneur, and teacher.

Perry Hoberman (US)

Perry Hoberman is an installation and performance artist. His installation “Bar Code Hotel” was awarded the top prize at the 1995 Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles, and has also been shown at Ars Electronica. Other ongoing projects include a variety of stereo 3D installations and performances, and “The Empty Orchestra Cafe”, a radical Neo-Karaoke Bar. Hoberman currently teaches in the graduate Computer Art Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is the Art Director at Telepresence Research, a company specializing in virtual reality and telepresence installations for arts and industry.

Gerfried Stocker (AT)

Born 1964. In 1991, he founded x-space, a group of artists-technicians who are involved in interdisciplinary projects. Up to 1995, numerous x-space projects have been carried out, including EXPOSevilla ’92, Venice Biennial ’93, FISEA ’93/94/- Minneapolis/Helsinki, SIGGRAPH ’94/95-Orlando/Los Angeles, ISEA ’95 Montreal. In 1992/93 Stocker was the artistic director of the “Steirischen Kulturinitiative” and was also involved in setting up the artists network ZEROnet. Since 1995, Gerfried Stocker has been the artistic director of the Ars Electronica Festival and the managing director of the Ars Electronica Center.


Valie Export (AT)

Born 1940. Her work includes films, video and computer works, photography, installations, performances, etc. She has published numerous articles on contemporary art history and has participated in international exhibitions and film/video festivals, in cluding: Centre Georges Pompidou, documenta Kassel, Museum of Modern Art New York, Cannes, International Film Festival of Berlin, Hongkong Film Festival. In 1980, she officially represented Austria at the Biennale in Venice. She has received numerous awards, including the 1995 Sculpture Award from the EA Generali Foundation, and has held teaching positions at home and abroad, including: 1989-1991 Full Professor for Film and Video at the University of Wisconsin, 1991-1995 Professor at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, 1994-1995 Vice-President of the Hochschule der Künste; Professor for Multimedia/Performance at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne since 1995.

Lisa Fisher (US)

Lisa Fisher is a visual effects producer at Mass. Illusion, a feature film visual effects company in Lenox, Massachusetts, USA. From 1982 to 1988, she was a producer of feature film advertising and visual effects commercials at R/Greenberg Associates in New York. She then became vice president/executive producer for visual effects at Editel New York and in 1994 was promoted to vice president/general manager at Editel. A graduate of Princeton University, she attended the Yale School of Drama in the MFA program in Theatre Management.

Rolf Herken (DE)

Born 1954, studied Theoretical Physics and Mathematics at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1986 he founded the company “mental images” in Berlin, which specializes in the development of high image quality visualization software. His interests are in computer graphics with special emphasis on image synthesis, and in artifical intelligence, specifically mental imagery and vision.

A. J. Mitchell (GB)

Born 1947; Camera Man at BBC-TV; 1976 Video Effects Supervisor; 1980 freelance als Lighting Cameraman mainly on effects and pop promotions; 1981 The Moving Picture Company as a Comerical Director, Cameraman and Effects Supervisor; 1987 Director of Special Effects; 1990 Director of Printed Picture Company.

Michael Wahrman (US)

Michael Wahrman lives and works in New York. He works on and with computer animations and visual effects.


Stephen Arnold (GB)

Stephen Arnold studied with Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Harvey and Alexander Goehr, and at the Universities of Southampton and Nottingham, gaining a Ph.D for a study of Milton Babbitt. He is Director of the Computer Music Studios at the University of Glasgow, where he heads a team engaged in composition and research relating to Music Technology. His present research relates to the development of audio applications designed to exploit the high performance of ATM networks. In 1990, he directed the International Computer Music Conference in Glasgow. He is Vice-President for Conferences for the International Computer Music Association.

Ludger Brümmer (DE)

Born 1958; studied psychology/sociology at the University of Dortmund from 1978-1983; studied Composition at the Folkwanghochschule in Essen with Nicolaus A. Huber and Dirk Reith 1983-1989. He worked with the Nederlands Dansteater and Susanne Linke in 1992; awarded a scholarship to the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University from 1991-1993. 1995/96 Technische Universität Berlin; Archimedia Linz, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) Karlsruhe. Lecturer at the Electronic Studio of the Folkwanghochschule Essen (lCEM) since 1993.

Werner Jauk (AT)

Born 1953; assistant professor and lecturer in systematic musicology at the University of Graz. Founder and director of the “Grelle Musik” studio for experimental acoustic and visual art forms. Author of scientific works in the area of technology of music, psychology of music, sociology of music, computer music and avantgarde rock, with an emphasis on the carrying over of principles inherent in technology into the aesthetics of music.

Bob Ostertag (US)

Bob Ostertag is a San Francisco-based freelance composer. He performs widely as a soloist, with his own ensembles, and with ad hoc groups. He has recorded 12 CD’s of his compositions. His collaborators range from the Kronos Quartett to rock star Mike Patton, from avantgarders such as John Zorn and Fred Frith, to drag queens and dyke punk rocker Lynn Breedlove. He has received prizes and commissions from US National Endowment for the Arts, the Lincoln Center, and many others.

Andrea Sodomka (AT)

Born 1961 in Vienna; studied at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst in Vienna 1982-1989, studied electroacoustic music at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna 1984-1987. President of the Austrian Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik 1991-1994; lecturer as composer in residence at the Musikhochschule Graz; member of the advisory council for media art at the Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, since 1995. She has worked in the areas of intermedia performance, artistic photography, video, computer music, telecommunications and radio art and has designed and realized numerous intermedia projects since 1986.