Jury 1997

Prix Ars Electronica


Hannes Leopoldseder (AT)

Chairman of the whole Jury. Managing Director of the Upper Austrian Region since 1974. Co-founder of the Ars Electronica Festival and the Linzer Klangwolke in 1979, initiator of the Prix Ars Electronica competition in 1987, originator of the 1991 Ars Electronica Center idea for a museum of the future in Linz. 1991 set the idea in motion of the Ars Electronica Center as a museum of the future in Linz.

Stephen Arnold (GB)

Stephen Arnold studied with Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Harvey and Alexa nder Goehr, and at the Universities of Southampton and Nottingham, gaining a PhD 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. He is Vice-President for Conferences for the International Computer Music Association.

Sam Auinger (AT)

Born 1956, lives in Linz. Intensive involvement with questions of composition, computer music, sound design and psychoacoustics since the early 1980s. Work in fi m, theater, radio, video… Exhibitions and festivals… in Europe and the US… Since 1989, regular cooperation on sound installations with Bruce Odland: Garten der Träume (Ars Electronica 90), TrafficMantra (Forum Trojanum, Rome 1991). They were also responsible for the sound design for Peter Sellar’s “Die Perser” (1993). 1997 Artist in Residence, DAAD.

Naut Humon (US)

Naut Humon is the conductor, curator and one of the composers in Sound Traffic Control, a San Francisco-based media consortium that features a real-time spatial 3D audio network through which musicians, sound sculptors, DJ’s and film/video artists create an interwoven surround-sound orchestra . He is director of operations for Recombinant – a massive “Diffusion Jockey” summit that crossfades the junction between electroacoustic orchestras, visualistic ballistics and audio DJ subcultures.

Ben Neill (US)

Ben Neill is a composer and performer based in New York City. Much of his recent music is written for the mutantrumpet, an electroacoustic instrument of his own design. Neill studied composition with La Monte Young and holds a Doctorate degree from Manhattan School of Music. He has been an Artist in Residence at Steim in Amsterdam. Since 1992 he has been the Music Curator of The Kitchen in New York.

Robert Normandeau (CA)

Born 1955, founding a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) and of Réseaux, a group which promotes creative collaborations of art and the media. 1986-1993 member of the Association pour la création et la recherche électroacoustique du Québec (ACREQ), since 1988 lectures in acoustics and electroacoustics at the Faculty of Music of the University of Montreal. Current endeavours focus on acousmatic music.


Rolf Herken (DE)

Born 1954, studied Theoretical Physics and Mathematics at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1986 he founded the com pany “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.

Mickey McGovern (US)

Mickey McGovern has been working in the visual effects film industry since 1987. During this time she has worked on staff for George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, Richard Edlund’s Boss Film, and Sony Pictures I mageworks. Mickey has produced blue / greenscreen, element, model, plate photography, digital compositing and effects animation for several Hollywood films. Among these films are “Michael”, “James and the Giant Peach”, and “Speed”. Mickey is currently the Executive Producer of MillFilm, Ltd . in London, England, which is a film division that has grown out of The Mill and is associated with Tony and Ridley Scott

A. J. Mitchell (GB)

Born 1947; cameraman at B BC-TV; 1976 video effects supervisor; 1980 freelance als lighting cameraman mainly on effects and pop promotions; 1981 The Moving Picture Company as a commercial director, cameraman and effects supervisor; 1987 director of special effects; 1990 director of Printed Picture Company.

Michael Wahrman (US)

Michael Wahrmann is an independent designer and supervisor of digital effects and production technology. He has contributed to the design, planning and supervision of dozens of feature films and special venue productions. Currently he is working as an independent digital effects supervisor, a consultant to Viacom International, a designer of creative technology for Post Perfect (New York Media Group), and designing a series of production technologies for the independent computer animator.

Chris Wedge (US)

Chris Wedge has a BFA from the State University of New York and an MA in Computer Graphics and Art Education from Ohio State University. He is Vice President and Creative Director of Blue Sky Studios, Inc. and is considered one of the top computer animation directors in the world. He was director of animation at MAGI / SynthaVision, where he directed and/or animated projects for television commercials and sequences for the Walt Disney feature film “Tron”.


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 which he is now the direetor. 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.

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. 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.

Machiko Kusahara (JP)

Machiko Kusahara studied mathematics and history of science at Tokyo’s International Christian University and is an Associate Professor of Media Art at the Faculty of Arts, Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics. She has been teaching computer graphics theory and media since 1986 and has published several books on computer graphics and A-Life. Her recent research has been centered around the transition of the nature of artistic creativity in interactive art, especially in relation to the concept of networking and A-Life.

Michael Naimark (US)

Michael Naimark was instrumental in making the first interactive laserdiscs in the late 1970s at MIT and has worked with projection and immersive virtual environments. Naimark has held faculty appointments at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, California Institute of the Arts, MIT, the University of Michigan, and is on the Editorial Boards of Presence and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. He created a BS in Cybernetic Systems as an independent major from the University of Michigan in 1974 and received an MS in Visual Studies and Environmental Art from MIT in 1979.

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 EXPO Sevilla ’92, Venice Biennale ’93, FISEA ’93/94/Minneapolis/Helsinki, SIGGRAPH ’94/95-0rlando/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.


Derrick de Kerckhove (CA)

Derrick de Kerckhove, Director of the McLuhan Institute of Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. His works on the effects of communication-media on the human nervous system include “Bra i nframes” and “The Alphabet and the Brain”.

Oliver Frommel (DE)

Born 1969; studied in Munich 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 multimedia. Japan correspondent for Mondo 2000, Wired and others. Numerous publications, particularly on networks.

Demetria Royals (US)

Demetria Royals is an African-American female video/filmmaker whose work has been shown throughout the United States and in Europe at Film Festivals. She has had video installations that dealt with the images of African-American women throughout American history at the Mill Valley Film Festival in California and at “651”, the community art center for Brooklyn Academy of Music. She is currently a Carnegie Mellow Fellow in the computer arts lab, where her current project is the creation of a CD-ROM that will celebrate the “heros” of the American Black Civil Rights Movement.

Karin Spaink (NL)

Born 1957, 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 as “the body”: on sex, health, quack therapies, cyborgs etc. Spends up to eight hours per day on the Net and is currently being sued by a cult, “Scientology”, because of her Homepage.