Derrick de Kerckhove, author of The Skin of Culture and Connected Intelligence, worked with Marshall McLuhan as translator and co-author and was Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology from 1983 to 2008. Beside his interest in questions concerning communication, he supports new artistic developments that combine art, technology and emerged media communication. He is currently researching the effects of technology on the human consciousness. De Kerckhove is also the father of Angel_F, an Autonomous Non Generative E-volitive Life_Form.
Adrian Heathfield works in and around the scenes of contemporary performance. His work across critical theory, creative and curatorial practice questions the ethics of the encounter between the spectator and the artwork. He is a co-director of the three year creative research project Performance Matters.
Simon A. Cole is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. His most recent book is Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting (University of Chicago Press, 2008). He is a member of the American Judicature Society Commission on Forensic Science & Public Policy. His current interests are the sociology of forensic science and the development of criminal identification databases and biometric technologies.
Christopher Adams is a publishing professional and free culture advocate based in Beijing. He is a developer at Fabricatorz and works with Neoteny Labs. Freesouls: captured and released by Joi Ito was his first fully Creative Commons-licensed book project. Christopher is a co-founder of Sharism.org and a member of the Creative Commons network. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Cognitive Science.
Elena Lamberti teaches American & Canadian Literature at the University of Bologna, Italy. She is the author of Marshall McLuhan.Tra letteratura, arti e media, editor of Interpreting/Translating European Modernism and has recently completed a new book on Marshall McLuhan's Mosaic (2011). Her areas of study also include: cultural memory, media studies and interfacing sciences/humanities. She was among the promoters of the European Thematic Networks ACUME and ACUME2 and of the EU/Canada Cooperation Program CEMMENTI.
Berlin based artist and photographer Lars Hayer graduated in Fine Arts at Beaux Arts Toulouse in 2004. His photographic journeys have since taken him from Russia to Northern Africa (where he grew up), traversing most of Europe on his way. He's been collaborating with KUNSTrePUBLIK and werkleitz as experimental web programmer since 2009, and took over the development of the (future) kom.post web platform in late 2010.
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.
the memelab is a mobile set of experiments, bringing personal, political and aesthetic questions into collective conversation. Together, and with our allies, we strategize new hybrid works with video, sound, performance and the public.