Jury 2009

Prix Ars Electronica


Shuzo John Shiota (JP)

Shuzo John Shiota is President/CEO, Executive Producer, Polygon Pictures, Inc. He joined Polygon Pictures (Polygon) in 1999, and spear-headed the company’s transition from a boutique studio to a fullcapacity animation service studio. Polygon has created CG animation for films such as Innocence: Ghost in the Shell and Sky Crawlers, and is currently animating 65 episodes of an Emmy-nominated TV series. In 2008, Shuzo was chosen as one of the “25 Toon Titans of Asia” by Animation Magazine.

Markus Kurtz (AT/US)

Markus Kurtz has been manager of production technology at Rhythm and Hues Studio in Los Angeles since 2007. He previously worked as a digital effects supervisor. His many film credits include Happy Feet and Superman Returns. After completing his studies at Linz’s University for Art and Industrial Design in 1996, Kurtz succeeded in making the big leap into the digital domain, Los Angeles, where he has been involved in several high-profile Hollywood productions.

Chris Bregler (US)

Chris Bregler is an associate professor of computer science at NYU’s Courant Institute. He received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley in 1995 and 1998 and his diploma from Karlsruhe University in 1993. Prior to NYU he was on the faculty at Stanford University and founded the Stanford Movement Group and the NYU Movement Group, which does research in vision and graphics. He received the Olympus Prize for achievements in computer vision and AI in 2002, and was named a Sloan Research Fellow in 2003.

Anezka Sebek (US)

Anezka Sebek is Director of the Parsons MFA in Design and Technology Program. Before turning to teaching, her extensive professional career in the film industry included projects for television, advertising, documentaries and feature films for such companies as Kleiser-Walczak, R/Greenberg Associates, HBO, and Curious Pictures. She is best known as a visual effects and computer animation producer for technologically complex projects that combine live-action with digital effects.

Jürgen Hagler (AT)

Jürgen Hagler studied art pedagogy and experimental visual design at Linz Art University. He has worked in the field of computer animation for over 10 years including stints at the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Art & Tech Institute Linz. He is also an author for the Digital Media for Artists e-learning platform, and has taught classes in 3D computer animation at Vienna’s Academy of Graphic Arts and Linz Art University. He is currently head of the Animation Department at Hagenberg University of Applied Sciences.


Rupert Huber (AT)

Rupert Huber is a freelance composer. He integrates space and the electronic and/or psychological projection of musical or tonal content into his compositions. He has not only implemented his ideas artistically; he has also applied them to music composed for film, TV and radio. Together with Richard Dormeister, he founded Tosca in 1994. Piano music and sound installations in public spaces (www.ruperthuber.com/turmgesang; European Soundscapes, Salzburg, 2006) are among Rupert Huber’s main areas of interest.

Sabine Breitsameter (DE)

Sabine Breitsameter is a curator, editor, author and designer working with audio-medial and electro-acoustic art forms. As an author, editor and producer of cultural radio programming at Germany’s ARD network, she has curated numerous festivals and symposia. She is professor of sound design and production/media arts and sciences in Darmstadt Technical College’s media program and is also guest professor of experimental sound design at Berlin’s University of the Arts.

Daito Manabe (JP)

Daito Manabe is an artist, programmer and designer. After working as a system engineer and a programmer, he graduated from IAMAS (International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences) in 2004. Redefining the existent media and technologies from unique angles, he has been active in the various fields, such as art, design, and even research and development.

Pamela Z (US)

Pamela Z is a composer / performer who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, sampled sounds, and The BodySynth™ gesture controller. She has also composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles. She has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Japan in concerts and festivals. Her numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award, the ASCAP Award, and the NEA/ JUSFC Fellowship.

Rogelio Sosa (MX)

Rogelio Sosa is a sound artist, composer and curator of sound art and experimental music. Since 2004 he is part of the improvisation duo punto pig, professor of the Claustro de Sor Juana University, and director of the Radar Festival in Mexico City. He has curated projects for the Decibel Festival, Transitio_mx 02, Instrumenta Oaxaca, La Habitacion del Ruido, and the Rawbits festival in Chicago among many others. He was curator of Ex Teresa Arte Actual from 2005 to 2007.


Zhang Ga (CN/US)

Zhang Ga is a media artist / curator and professor at the Academy of Art and Design of Tsinghua University in Beijing and adjunct professor at the Design and Technology Department of Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. He is consulting curator of media art at the National Art Museum of China, senior researcher at the Media and Design Lab of EPFL | Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in Switzerland, and visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab.

Tomoe Moriyama (JP)

Tomoe Moriyama is a media art curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT). Since 1989, she has organized over 30 exhibitions on media art and pre-cinema history and mainly working for new-media art and the history of visual devices, at the Tokyo Metropolitan museum of Photography (TMMP). She teaches media arts as a project associate professor of the University of Tokyo, as well as a lecturer of media art at the Waseda University in Tokyo.

Jussi Ängeslevä (FI)

Jussi Angeslevä balances between education, research and industry, holding guest professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts and working as Art Director at ART+COM design agency. Ranging from novel interaction design research to physical installations and architectural media, his work exists in publications, prototypes and patents as well as high-profile installations in public space.

Sabine Himmelsbach (DE)

Sabine Himmelsbach is Artistic Director of the Edith Russ Site for Media Art in Oldenburg. Previously she worked in galleries in Munich and Vienna, as project manager for the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria and from 1999 to 2005, she was Exhibition Director at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has lectured internationally on topics related with media art and contemporary culture.

Andrew Cameron (UK)

Andy Cameron is an artist, designer, curator, writer and educator. He co-founded the Antirom studio in London in 1994. and the Hypermedia Research Centre at the University of Westminster. In 2001 he was appointed visiting artist, and subsequently, Creative Director, in interaction design at Fabrica, the Benetton research centre in Italy. Andy teaches interaction art and design at IUAV University in Venice.


Jens Hauser (DE/FR)

Jens Hauser is a Parisbased art curator, writer, cultural journalist and video maker focusing on the interactions between art and technology, and on transgenre and contextual aesthetics. Hauser has organized L’Art Biotech (2003), a show on biotechnological art, and Still, Living (2007) at the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, and Sk-Interfaces (2008) at FACT. He’s also co-curating the Article Biennale in Stavanger (European Cultural Capital 2008 with Liverpool), and stages sk-interfaces at Casino, the Contemporary Arts Center Luxembourg, in 2009. He is currently a lecturer at the Institute of Media Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, and has been a guest lecturer internationally.

Sonia Cillari (IT/NL)

Sonia Cillari is an Italian media artist and architect. Her work involves the creation of sensorial and perceptual mechanisms in immersive and augmented environments. Her artistic investigation examines how patterns of consciousness, perception and identity emerge in such settings. Over the last years she has been specifically interested in a field of research concerning the “Body as Interface”. Her interactive installations, that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art, have been exhibited and presented internationally.

Melinda Rackham (AU)

Melinda Rackham is an artist, writer and curator of emerging art forms and environments. Her projects meld new and traditional technologies—spaning aesthetic, social and theoretical aspects of identity, locality and trans species relations. Dr Rackham instigated the -empyrecritical theory list and is Director of ANAT—an innovative Australian cultural organisation merging art, science & technology to generate new creativities.

Casey Reas (US)

Casey Reas focuses on defining processes and translating them into images. He is an associate professor and chair of the department of Design | Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing.org in 2001, an open-source programming language and environment for creating images, animation, and interaction. In September 2007, they published Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists.

Joachim Baur (AT)

Joachim Baur is the director of WERKSTADT GRAZ (founded in 1987). Numerous projects and exhibitions in many countries. Collaborative projects with Timm Ulrichs, Peter Weibel, Bazon Brock, Peter Gerwin Hoffmann, Richard Kriesche, Martin Behr & Günter Holler-Schuster (G.R.A.M.), Franz Xaver, Josef Klammer, Manfred Nisslmüller, Gottfried Bechtold, Andreas Leikauf, Markus Haslinger (XXkunstkabel), Umesh Maddanahalli, Franz West, Barbara B. Edlinger, et al.


Sirikit Amann (AT)

Sirikit Amann studied political science, theater and economics in Vienna, Munich and Boston. Since the 80s, she has been involved primarily with cultural education in the context of new media on the national and international level. Until 2007, she was a department manager for cultural mediation at KulturKontakt Austria. Currently, she heads the newly-founded Department of Artistic and Cultural Mediation at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Art and Culture.

Angelika Plank (AT)

Angelika Plank has been in charge of graphic education at the Linz Art University since 1999. She has worked on diverse projects, including two Austrian and one European competition involving graphic education and new media. She is the president of the European Regional Council of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA).

Christopher Lindinger (AT)

Christopher Lindinger studied computer science at the University of Linz and cultural management in Salzburg. He has worked as researcher in the field of scientific visualization and as a freelance developer for the entertainment industry. Since 1997 he has been affiliated with Ars Electronica and currently holds the position of the director of research and innovation in the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Beside this, he works as a lecturer at several universities in Austria, Germany and the UK.

Klaus Hollinetz (AT)

Klaus Hollinetz is a member of the faculty of the secondary school in Stadl-Paura, Upper Austria. In addition to teaching, he is a painter and a facilitator of encounters with works of art. Since 1995, he has been supervising creative art projects involving young people. Since 2001, he has been a volunteer with an international youth organization. 2003–05 he designed stage sets for musical productions at the Alter Schlachthof and the Stadttheater in Wels.

Robert Glashüttner (AT)

Since 2002, he has been an editor, moderator and web-host at the Austrian state broadcaster ORF’s radio station FM4, where his work has focused on gaming and internet culture as well as electronic music. The list of magazines that have published his work includes Intro, De:bug and, most recently, TBA. His master’s thesis (2006) analyzes gaming journalism; additional scholarly publications on the subject of game studies are forthcoming.


David Sasaki (US)

David Sasaki is the director of Rising Voices, a global citizen media outreach initiative of Global Voices Online. Prior to his current focus on outreach he served as Global Voices’ Latin America regional editor. He transitioned into online journalism after working as a freelance web developer and English instructor in Monterrey, Mexico. He now splits his time and residence between North and Latin America and writes frequently at Rising Voices, Global Voices, and on his personal weblog www.davidsasaki.name.

Régine Debatty (BE)

Régine Debatty writes about the intersection between art, design and technology on her blog www.we-make-money-not-art.com as well as on various design and art magazines. She also curates art shows and lectures internationally about the way artists, hackers and interaction designers (mis)use technology.

Alessandro Ludovico (IT)

Alessandro Ludovico is a media critic and chief editor of the Neural magazine from 1993. He is the author of several essays on digital culture, and he co-edited Mag. Net Reader book series. He is one of the founding contributors of the Nettime community, one of the founders of the Mag.Net organization. He teaches at the Academy of Art in Carrara and is a research fellow at the Willem de Kooning Academy.

Haitao Huang (CN)

Huang Haitao is a PhD Candidate of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. He is now coordinator of the Sex/Gender Education Forum (SGEF) at Sun Yat-sen University, general editor of website for SGEF. He is a regular commentator on art, cultural, and social issues on Southern Metropolis Daily. In 2006, he and a group of students established the first officially approved GLBT students’ organization in mainland China. Huang was the visiting research fellow at the Department of Media and Film, University of Sussex, UK (2004).

Felix Stalder (CH)

Felix Stalder is a lecturer in Theory of the Media Society at the Zurich University of the Arts, where is serves as co-director of the Media Arts Program. He is also a senior researcher at the Institute for New Cultural Technologies (t0) in Vienna. His research interests focus on the intersection of culture, technology and politics, particularly in relation to new collaborative practices. Most recently, he co-organized the conference “Deep Search” (Vienna, Nov. 2008) Publications and other activities are documented at www.felix.openflows.com


Bernd Wiemann (DE)

Bernd Wiemann is managing director of Vodafone Group R&D Germany in Munich. He is a graduate in measurement and control technology from the University of Applied Science and holds a PhD in computer science. He was involved in founding and growing several businesses before becoming, in 1992, the founding managing director of Mannesmann Pilotentwicklung, which he has headed ever since and which became Vodafone Group R&D Germany in 2001. Vodafone Group R&D Germany builds on a creative culture and employs manifold creative processes such as time travel, improvisation theater and especially the challenge of artistic dialog.

Horst Hörtner (AT)

Horst Hörtner is a media artist and researcher. He is expert in design of human-computer interaction and holds several patents in this field. Hörtner is founding member of the Ars Electronica Futurelab in 1996 and since then directing this atelier/laboratory. He started to work in the field of media art in the 1980s and co-founded the media art group x-space in Graz/Austria in 1990. Horst Hörtner is working in the nexus of art & science and giving lectures and talks at numerous international conferences and universities.

Gustav Pomberger (AT)

Gustav Pomberger is full professor for software engineering and head of the Department of Business Informatics—Software Engineering at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz since 1987. His basic research focuses on the design of high-quality software architectures and the systematic organization of software development processes, his applied research currently concentrates on the design of software architectures for augmented and virtual-reality based embedded systems and the design and implementation of real-time systems.

Sabine Seymour (AT/US)

Sabine Seymour is the chief creative officer of her company Moondial, which develops fashionable wearables and consults on fashionable technology to companies worldwide. She is an adjunct professor at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and joined the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz in 2004. She recently published Fashionable Technology, The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science, and Technology. Sabine curates, exhibits and lectures internationally.

Maria Reibenberger (AT)

Maria Reibenberger is the corporate brand management of voestalpine AG.


Dieter Daniels (DE)

Dieter Daniels did numerous publications, multimedia projects and exhibitions in the field of media art. 1984 co-founder of the Videonale Bonn. 1992 to 1994 director of the Video Collection at ZKM Karlsruhe. Curator of several exhibitions (e.g. 1994 Minima Media, MedienBiennale Leipzig). Since 1993 Professor of Art History and Media Theory at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Art (HGB). Since 2000 co-editor of the Online-publication www.mediaartnet.org. Since 2005 Daniels has been director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research. in Linz.

Christoph Grunenberg (DE)

Christoph Grunenberg was appointed director of the Tate Liverpool in March 2001. His previous appointment was as a curator in the collections Division of Tate, which he joined in August 1999. Prior to that he worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Kunsthalle in Basel and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, where he was Curator from 1995 to 1999, as well as acting director during 1997 and 1998. He has curated a number of important exhibitions. In 2007, he chaired the jury of Turner Prize when the exhibition and award were held at the Tate Liverpool as part of the city’s celebration of the European Capital of Culture 2008.

Christoph Salter (US)

Christopher Salter studied economics and philosophy. He has collaborated with, among others, Peter Sellars, and William Forsythe and the Ballett Frankfurt. He cofounded the art+research organisation Sponge, whose works range between artistic production, theoretical reflection and scientific research. His performances, installations, research and publications have been presented at numerous festivals around the world. Salter is assistant professor of digital media at Concordia University, Montreal.

Cornelia Lund (DE)

Cornelia Lund is an art historian and curator. From 2001 to 2004 she was scientific coordinator at the International Centre for Cultural and Technological Research, University of Stuttgart. Since 2004 she has been running the non-commercial media art space “fluctuating images” with Holger Lund. She teaches at the University of Heidelberg, the University of Stuttgart, and the UDK Berlin. Her main research themes are mediality and intermediality and audiovisual productions; she is also co-editor of the publication Audio.Visual—On Visual Music and Related Media (2009).

Helga de la Motte (DE)

Helga de la Motte studied psychology (diploma 1962), later on musicology (PhD. 1968). Since 1971 she has taught in the music department of the Technical University of Berlin. She wrote and edited books on psychology of music, on film music, on music of the 20th century and on sound art.