ISEA2011 WORKSHOP: Imaginary Futures

Imaginary Futures

Workshop Leader: Nina Czegledy
2nd Leader: Marcus Neustetter

Imaginary Futures, in partnership with Patrick J. Gyger (historian) and Kathryn Denning, (anthropologist), is focused on speculative questions about our relationship to outer space – from writers, artists and scientists’ points of view. Science fiction has often set the stage for public accessibility of scientific pursuits; its role is complimented by contemporary art practice. This project is envisioned as a process-driven series of events, from an online exchange between science fiction writers, artists and scientists to an ISEA2011 event and eventual publication.
Bios of the Presenters
Nina Czegledy, media artist, curator and educator works internationally on collaborative art and science/technology projects, as well as in education. She has led, or been a key contributor to, numerous forums, education workshops and festivals around the world. Czegledy has published widely in books and journals and has presented at several international conferences and lectured at academic institutions.. Current art projects include Aura/Aurora (2010, 2011) a collaborative interactive audio-visual environment with Bettine Schuelke, Marton Andras Juhasz and Laszlo Kiss, Visual Collider (2009-2011 with Marcus Neustetter). Recent curatorial projects include: The Pleasure of Light, co-curated with Rona Kopeczky, Ludwig Museum Budapest 2010, National Museum, Gdanks 2011, co-curator 3rd Quadrilateral Biennial (Rijeka Croatia 2009) Device Art in Budapest (Hungary 2009) co-curator e-mobile Art, the European Mobile Lab 2007-2009 (an EU project) and organizing team member for SCANZ 2011 Eco Sapiens (New Plymouth, New Zealand 2011).

Senior Fellow at KMDI (Knowledge Media Design Institute) at the University of Toronto, Adjunct Associate Professor Concordia University, Montreal, Senior Fellow, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest. Member of the Governing Board for Leonardo, contributing editor of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Research Fellow, Intercreate Org. New Zealand and member of the Observatoire Leonardo des Arts et des Techno-Sciences OLATS scientific committee.
Marcus Neustetter is a Johannesburg based artist, cultural activist and producer, Marcus Neustetter, reflects critically and playfully on his context through his art and collaborative projects. His strategy has been to pro-actively create, play and experiment to build opportunities and experiences that investigate, reflect and provoke. Mostly process driven, his production of art at the intersection of art, science and technology has led him to work in a multi-disciplinary approach from conventional drawings to permanent and temporary site specific installations, mobile and virtual interventions and socially engaged projects internationally.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 14 November 1976, Marcus Neustetter attended the Deutsche Schule zu Johannesburg from 1982 to 1994. He read for his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, earning his Masters Degree in 2001. During this time he launched sanman (Southern African New Media Art Network).

In the past 10 years Marcus Neustetter has been consistently producing and exhibiting art and, in partnership with Stephen Hobbs, has been active with The Gallery Premises, The Trinity Session and in their collaborative capacity as Hobbs/Neustetter.

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