Sabria David // Germany
Sabria David is media researcher and co-founder of the Slow Media Institut, an interdisciplinary research and consulting center, researching and consulting on the digital change and its impact on society, working environment and the world of media. She studied German literature, linguistics and history of arts.
Together with sociologist Benedikt Köhler and market researcher Jörg Blumtritt, she co-authored the Slow Media Manifesto in 2012 which has been translated into several languages and became an object of media research worldwide, as well as the Declaration of Liquid Culture in 2010.
Sabria David developed the Interaktionsmodell Digitaler Arbeitsschutz, a prevention and consultancy concept and management system for workplace health and – together with the certification organisation TÜV Rheinland - Standard "Digitaler Arbeitsschutz", a standard for work places in digital environments.
Since 2014, Sabria David is member of the board of Wikimedia Deutschland, the German country organisation behind Wikipedia.
She is doing research on the phenomena of media change, presenting at conferences, holding workshops and publishing in this field, while combining media theory, cultural philosophy, communication theory as well as ethics of management and economy.
Sabria David blogs at www.slow-media.net and twitters @meta_blum.
Bram Crevits // Belgium
With a background in visual arts and a focus on media-art and digital culture, Bram Crevits is now head of the design department of the School of Arts at the University College Ghent, Belgium. Besides this focus on higher art education he has been running Cimatics (festival for digital culture) in Brussels. As a curator, programmer or maker he has been initiating or was involved in numerous conferences, exhibitions, and workshops on digital culture. In collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures Amsterdam he organised a Video Vortex conference on online video. Within the framework of the festival network European Cities of Advanced Sound (ECAS), he curated the exhibition and conference Drones/Birds: Princes of Ubiquity.
More recently, Bram Crevits has been setting up the project Atelier de stad Gent / Niets is verloren - a collaboration between the School of Arts Ghent at the University College Ghent design department, the Ghent-based FabLab TimeLab and the City of Ghent focusing on smart citizenship and commons-based peer-production.
Marie Lechner // France
As a journalist, Marie Lechner writes extensively about digital art and culture. Between 1998 and 2015, she worked for the national newspaper Libération and as free lancer for ARTE Creative, Magazine des cultures digitales (MCD), and Le Monde. She is also a researcher in media archeology at PAMAL (Preservation & Art - Media Archaelogy Lab), at the Ecole supérieure d’Art d’Avignon.
Marie Lechner has been organising several conferences on web folklore at the Paris-based centre for digital cultures La Gaîté Lyrique and created a Supertalk conference called Le WiFi : de l'Antiquité à nos jours (Wi-Fi – from ancient times until the present). She co-curated the following shows: Speed Show#5 (Open internet) in Paris (2011), the Cacophony Society section in the Evil Clowns exhibition at the centre for media art Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund (2014), and collaborated in Welcome to the Future, at the Center for Digital Cultures and Technology (iMAL) in Brussels (2015).
She is currently working on a collective book titled Haunted by algorithms (Presses du Réel, 2016), directed by Jeff Guess and Gwenola Wagon, in charge of the Média Médiums research project.
Marco Mancuso // Italy
Marco Mancuso is an art critic and curator, founder of Digicult - part of Leonardo Affiliate Program, an online platform that examines the impact of media technologies and science on art, design, culture and contemporary society. He teaches at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) and Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan, at Accademia Carrara in Bergamo and is visiting professor at Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUSPI) in Lugano.
With the Digicult Agency he worked as co-curator, lecturer and media partner with transmediale, Sonic Acts, Elektra/ Market for Digital Arts, Sõnar, STRP Festival, TodaysArt, Romaeuropa, Némo, Subtle Technologies, The Venice Biennale, Open World Forum, Isea International, Bozar Electronic Arts Festival, Forum d’Avignon, International Conference on Arts in Society, Cyland Media Art Lab, Mixed Media, Fabrica, Share Festival, Japan Media Art Festival, Les Rencontres Audiovisuelles, Sincronie, ICAS/SHAPE network, Cynetart, Illustrative, Celeste Prize and more.
Writing critical texts and articles for media art publications and catalogues (please see: http://www.marcomancuso.net/), he curated for MCD (Musiques et Cultures Digitales / Magazine des cultures digitales) the publication “The Open Future” - Issue 63 and “Art Industries : MCD magazine Carte Blanche” - Issue 74. He is part of the publication Cultural Blogging in Europe by LabForCulture.org. He tweets @digicult.
Filippo Lorenzin // Italy
Filippo Lorenzin is an independent curator and critic of contemporary art. He works as author and commentator for several international magazines, i.e. Artribune and Digicult.
He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia and at the University Iuav, both in Venice, strongly interested in research that deals with the problems arising from the mode of interaction between individuals, cultural contexts and tools. He developed numerous studies about the relationship between contemporary art, Internet and online audiences by addressing cases like crowdfunding and virtual art exhibitions.
As curator and critic, he worked on many exhibitions, events and series of lectures focusing on the relation between sociotechnological changes and art, based on a McLuhanian point of view. He collaborated in various ways with – among others - François Pinault Foundation, Mart - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, La Biennale di Venezia, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia.
Sandra Vieira Jürgens // Portugal
Sandra Vieira Jürgens is a writer and independent curator, with a PhD in art history.
She is artistic director, coordinator and editor of the online magazine Wrong Wrong as well as RAUM: online artist residencies, a digital platform hosting residencies of artists, with the support of organisations active in the domains of artistic creation, teaching and diffusion – namely university research units, publishing projects, museums, visual arts schools and independent art projects. The art fields considered for RAUM are photography and visual arts, film, architecture, graphic design and sound art.
As founder and former director of Artecapital online publication specialising in contemporary art, she has written extensively on contemporary art. Besides this, she works as art critic of the magazine arq./a.
She teaches and coordinates the Art Curatorship Postgraduate Program at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas / Universidade Nova de Lisboa and works as researcher at the renowned Institute for Art History (IHA) at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Mateo Feijóo // Spain
Mateo Feijóo graduated in philology and theatre acting at the Royal School for Dramatic Arts (RESAD) in Madrid. In addition, he studied stage directing and production management at the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM).
As actor, he was part of several national and international theatre companies, was involved in the artistic direction of the Festimad-Festival and has been - for several years - artistic director of the theatre festival Escena Contemporánea.
Mateo Feijóo worked as consultant for the Galician Choreographic Centre and the arts programme of Pilsen – European Capital of Culture, , and as officer and consultant for theatre and dramaturgy at the Spanish National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM). He directed the theatre „LABoral, Art and Industrial Creation Centre”, and curated several projects and art exhibitions, i.e. THE KITCHEN: Homage to Saint Therese by Marina Abramovic.
At present, Mateo Feijóo teaches at the University Carlos III de Madrid (Master and Expert Theatre Creation) and at the National Institute of Public Administration INAP (Master of cultural management), he acts as curator for Azkuna Zentroa and is part of the selection committee of the Roberto Cimetta Fund. Besides this, he works as artist and artistic director.