Fair Use was founded at the 2006 Bent Festival in New York by musicians Zach Layton and Matthew Ostrowski together with video artist R. Luke DuBois. Basing its work on the use of cinema as raw material for experimental live performances, Fair Use uses real-time audio and video manipulation to re-narrate and re-consider the cultural object through their highly subjective viewpoints.
Zach Layton is an improviser, composer, curator and new media artist based in Brooklyn with an interest in biofeedback, generative algorithms, and experimental culture. Zach has performed and exhibited at The Kitchen, Art Forum Berlin, Eyebeam, Millenium Film Workshop, Miguel Abreu gallery, and many other venues. He has collaborated with Vito Acconci, Joshua White, Jonas Mekas, Seth Kirby, Alex Waterman, Angie Eng, Tristan Perich, and many others. Zach is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Interactive Telecommunications Program.
R. Luke duBois is a composer, artist and performer who explores the temporal and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in Composition from Columbia University, and teaches at the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at NYU's Polytechnic Institute. DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software for real-time manipulation of matrix data. He currently performs as part of Bioluminescence with vocalist Lesley Flanigan. His artwork is represented by the Bitforms gallery in New York City.
Matthew Ostrowski is a pioneer in live electronic music, having worked as a composer, improvisor and installation artist for over 20 years, exploring work with alternative controllers, multimedia, and theatre. His fast-changing and high-density work has been seen in festivals on every continent except Antarctica. He has performed with a boatload of international musicans, and is currently most active as one half of KRK with contrabassist George Cremaschi. Recipient of numerous grants and awards, he has appeared on over a dozen recordings.
Elsa Ossart studied Theatre, Cultural Management and Cultural Projects at Public Space in Paris. In 2005 she coordinated the European project ¡mira! in Seville. She worked as production manager for performing art spaces, and performance and street theatre festivals in Andalusia. Currently living and working in Paris and Berlin, Elsa works with kom.post, where she focuses on contextualisation and mediation in order to explore new relations between art and society.
Founded in 2004 Open Knowledge Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, registered in the UK. They promote open knowledge that can be freely used, reused, and redistributed, no matter who someone is or what they do. They run projects like Open Shakespeare, and develop tools and resources to help people create, find and share open material. In May 2010, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany was announced, it will collaborate with other organisations such as Open Data Network, to further promote open knowledge, increased transparency and open data.
Open Design City (ODC), is more than a workshop, it is a collaboration space in which new relationships and projects will be formed between its citizens. Founded in Berlin in 2010 by Jay Cousins, Chris Doering and Philip Steffan, it is a space that encourages the sharing of tools, knowledge, skills and exploration of Open Design principles, while pursuing the quest for finding new methods of monetisation and reward. The guideline for Open Design City is one word: Share. Share your tools, time ideas and yourself.
Founded in 2009 in Berlin by over 20 representatives of political parties, networks and corporations, the Open Data Network promotes open data, open access and open government aiming to put transparency and participation on the political agenda. Its principles are non-biased, independent, non-commercial and centralised. They created OffeneDaten.de, a 'Yellow Pages' for open data from German politics, administration and science. Current projects include Open Data Hackdays, Apps4Democracy and OpenBerlin.net, a prototype for an open city information system.
Galia Offri is an Israeli artist and illustrator. Offri explores new possibilities for creative subjectivity within the political structures of the art world, the commercial constraints of the illustration world and the collective objectivity ethos of the online world. Her work has been published in the New York Times and Haaretz among other publications, and exhibited in New York, Europe and Israel. Offri is based in New York and Tel Aviv.
Ricardo O’Nascimento is a new media artist, researcher of body-environment-relations and founder of the artistic platform Popkalab in Linz and São Paulo. His projects focus on fashion, design, projection and technology and include interactive video installations, interactive walls, intelligent clothing, game and interface development. He presented his work at several festivals and conferences including the Ars Electronica festival, FILE festival, Social Fabrics, ACE and ARTECH and published broadly.