After exploring electronics to create adaptive and responsive textile surfaces and communicative objects, Svenja Keune turned toward seeds as a potential biological alternative, and as a dynamic material for textile design. During her PhD project “On Textile Farming” within the MSCA ArcInTexETN, and in order to explore alternative ways of living that the textile plant hybrids propose, she built and moved into a Tiny House on Wheels to live together with the research experiments. Her current interests include post-anthropocentric perspectives to textile and spatial design, additive manufacturing, multi-species relationships, design ethics, permaculture design processes, plant cultivation and biology.
Svenja Keune is a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, in Sweden and at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation in Copenhagen, where she is currently working on ‘Designing and Living with Organisms (DLO)’, a 3 year project funded by an international postdoc grant from the Swedish Research Council.
Alice Jarry is a professor in the department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University. She is the director of Milieux Institute’s Speculative Life Biolab, co-director of the Topological media Lab, and a member of the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Next Generation Cities. As an artist-researcher and educator, Jarry specializes in site-specific responsive works, sci-art practices, socio-environmental design, digital arts, and tangible media. Her research brings concerns about sustainability, aesthetics, and politics to bear critically upon materiality, material production, and contemporary matters-of-concern regarding urban infrastructure. Her current projects focus on residual matter and smart and biomaterials for the built environment. With matter inseparable from both form and practice, her installation works explore how the development of reactive and filtering membranes – engaged in processes of transformation with site, technology, and communities – can provoke the emergence of adaptive forms and resilient socio-environmental relations.
Jarry is equally a member of Kheops – International Research Consortium on the Governance and Management of Large Infrastructure Projects -; Hexagram – International Network Dedicated to Research-Creation in Media Arts, Design, Technology and Digital Culture; and Montreal based Digital Arts Collective Perte-de-Signal (Montréal). Her research received funding from SSHRC, FRQSC, and Hexagram. Her works have been presented at Centre George Pompidou (Paris), Vox Centre de l’image Contemporaine (Montréal), Biennale Nemo (Paris), Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology (Milan), at Automata (International Digital Arts Biennial, Montreal), Le mois Multi (Quebec), Device_Art Triennale (Zagreb), Invisible Dog Art Center (New York), Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture (Mons), Physicalité (International Digital Arts Biennial, Montreal), La gare numérique (Jeumont), the LASER series (Leonardo) and in several locations across Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Dr. sc. Manuel Kretzer is professor for Material and Technology at the Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. His research aims at the creation of dynamic and adaptive objects, spaces and experiences. A specific focus is on new smart and biological material performance and their combination with advanced digital design and fabrication methods. In 2012, Manuel initiated materiability, a free educational platform that connects architects, designers and artists and provides access to novel material developments and technologies. In 2020 he founded the Materiability Research Group and associated Mat-Lab at the University Campus Dessau. Manuel Kretzer is also a founding partner at responsive design studio based in Cologne. The office works in various scales, including architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, furniture and object design, and provides individual digital design and fabrication services. Manuel has held teaching positions at ETH Zürich, the Braunschweig University of Art, the Technical University Braunschweig, the Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA), the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), the Faculty of Architecture Innsbruck University and the School of Architecture, Technical University Dublin.
Antonio Camurri coordinates the EnTimeMent EU project with the LASG. He holds a PhD in Computer Engineering and is a professor at the University of Genoa, teaching Human Computer Interaction courses for the MS in Computer Engineering and MS in Digital Humanities. As art influences science and technology, science and technology can in turn inspire art — recognizing this mutually beneficial relationship, Camurri’s research interests combine scientific research in human-computer interaction with artistic and humanistic research, and includes non-verbal multimodal interactive systems; computational models of non-verbal full-body expressive gesture, emotion, and social signals; interactive multimodal systems for performing arts, for active experience of cultural content, for health, therapy and rehabilitation. Antonio Camurri is the Scientific director of Casa Paganini – InfoMus Research Centre of DIBRIS, former member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE CS Tech. Committee on Computer Generated Music, member of the editorial board of the Journal of New Music Research, and member of the ESF College of Expert Reviewers. He is coordinator of European funded projects in FP5 (IST MEGA), FP7 (ICT SAME, ICT FET SIEMPRE) and Horizon 2020 (DANCE; FET PROACTIVE EnTimeMent), Principal Investigator in over 20 EU-funded projects, and Co-director of ARIEL – Augmented Rehabilitation Joint Lab with the Giannina Gaslini Children Hospital. Camurri has authored over 150 scientific publications and co-owns several patents.
Michael O’Rourke is Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch and Environmental Science & Policy at Michigan State University. He is Director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity and Director of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research and implements them across a broad range of contexts. His research interests include epistemology, the philosophy of environmental science, communication and epistemic integration in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and linguistic communication between intelligent agents. He has published extensively on the topics of communication, interdisciplinary theory and practice, and robotic agent design. He has been a co-principal investigator or collaborator on funded projects involving environmental science education, facilitating cross-disciplinary communication, biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture, resilience in environmental systems, and autonomous underwater vehicles. He co-founded and served as co-director of the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, an interdisciplinary conference on philosophical themes, and as co-editor of the Topics in Contemporary Philosophy series published by MIT Press.
Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Information Science in the Departments of Intelligent Systems Engineering and Information Science, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering; core faculty of the Cognitive Science Program; and founding director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center—all at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
She is also a visiting professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in the Netherlands and Humboldt Fellow at Dresden University of Technology, Germany. Börner became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012, a Humboldt Research Fellow in 2017, and an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow in 2018. Since 2005, she has served as a curator of the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit.
Börner’s research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the formalization, measurement, and systematic improvement of people’s data visualization literacy; the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large-scale scientific collaboration and computation.
She holds an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig and a PhD in computer science from the University of Kaiserslautern.
Matt Gorbet twists technology to create the unexpected. He co-founded Gorbet Design, Inc. to create unconventional objects and experiences in public spaces. These artwork and installation projects have been exhibited internationally and installed permanently in retail, hospitality and educational environments.
Matt’s work with PB/LASG focuses on interaction and behaviour design, as well as technology integration and strategy.
Matt has developed and taught Physical Computing and other design courses for the Canadian Film Centre and OCAD University, and co-founded a research lab at Ryerson University. He recently led a 5-year project designing the infrastructure for the “Art+Technology” public art program at the San José International Airport.
Among the first graduates of the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, Matt went on to become a member of research staff at Xerox PARC in the 1990s, where his multidisciplinary team pursued speculative design of new document genres. He holds several patents on novel interaction technologies.
Prof. Dana Kulić conducts research in robotics and human-robot interaction (HRI), and develops autonomous systems that can operate in concert with humans, using natural and intuitive interaction strategies while learning from user feedback to improve and individualize operation over long-term use. Dana Kulić received the combined B. A. Sc. and M. Eng. degree in electro-mechanical engineering, and a Ph. D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1998 and 2005, respectively. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Kulić was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow and a Project Assistant Professor at the Nakamura-Yamane Laboratory at the University of Tokyo, Japan. In 2009, Dr. Kulić established the Adaptive System Laboratory at the University of Waterloo, Canada, conducting research on human robot interaction, human motion analysis for rehabilitation and humanoid robotics. Since 2019, Dr. Kulić has been a professor and director of Monash Robotics at Monash University, Australia. Her research interests include robot learning, humanoid robots, human-robot interaction and mechatronics.