Artist and musician, member of the GOTO10 collective. His main artistic and research interests revolve around online communities, software as a medium and the influence of FLOSS in the development and understanding of digital art.
Artist and activist trader Kate Rich’s practice includes sound and video art, social practice, hospitality, and sport art. With Natalie Jeremijenko she co-founded the Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT).
Ela Kagel is an independent cultural producer and curator. She is program curator of transmediale.10 (Free Culture Incubator) and transmediale.11 (Open Zone). Besides that, she works with Public Art Lab and initiated Upgrade! Berlin.
Verena Kuni is a scholar in the field of History, Theory of Art and Media Cultures, and a professor for Visual Culture at Goethe University, Frankfurt Main. From 1995 to 1999, she co-curated the video section of the Kasseler Documentary film and Video Festival, where, since 1999, she has been the director of the yearly interfiction summit for art, media, and network cultures. She has written for international publications (print & online), and has published widely on electronic arts. Her research is dedicated to transfers between material and media cultures, media of imagination, technologies of transformation, DIY cultures, and games, play and toys as tools.
Geraldine de Bastion is an international consultant for new media and development at newthinking communications. During the past years she has worked for organisations including the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and has managed a number of projects on Information and Communication Technology for social and economic development. Geraldine has a passion for music, politics, media and technology as well as for sustainable business models and brings these interests into her work.
5uper.net creates networks of a digital, social, local and global nature – it is a transdisciplinary international forum bringing together people at the intersection of media, architecture, music, art and technology. Fostering a public interface to the often misunderstood world of media art is a primary goal, achieved through workshops, events and publications. Furthermore 5uper.net develops and researches on man-machine interfaces, the optimisation of existing media channels, and explores new methods of communication and alternative forms of distribution.
Michelle Thorne is the International Project Manager for Creative Commons. She organized the Free Culture Research Conference, and co-chaired Mozilla's Drumbeat Festival on Learning, Freedom, and the Web, to forge the future of education. She co-founded the Awesome Foundation Berlin, a lightweight association to fund small projects. As a believer in making and doing things, she helped "chaordinate" the DMY Maker Lab and other DIY projects in Berlin and around the world. She blogs at thornet.wordpress.com and tweets as @thornet.
Andrea Goetzke is curator and organizer of events like the all2gethernow, a platform on new strategies in music and culture. She works on open approaches, digital culture and activism in diverse ways. She initiated and organized the openeverything events in Berlin, curated open design workshops, collaborated on a programme to promote open source software skills in African countries, and hosts a free culture radio show on reboot.fm. Andrea is one of the owners and project leaders of the Berlin-based agency newthinking communications.
Tobias Leingruber (tbx) is an artist and free communication designer using viral media, popular culture, amateur aesthetics and client-side browser software in his work. As an advocate for openness and freedom online he has worked with many artists and organisations including the F.A.T. Lab, Artzilla.org and Mozilla. Best know for Pirates of the Amazon and China Channel he has exhibited work worldwide and has been featured by the NY Times, LA Times, Wired, Spiegel, 3sat(TV) or Liberation.fr.