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The Interface Cultures Doctoral Program is conducted in collaboration  with the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) Departments of Interaction  Design / Game Design (Prof. Dr. Gerhard Buurman) und dem Department of Art & Media (Prof. Giaco Schiesser)

César Escudero Andaluz

César Escudero Andaluz (LIC, MA, MFA) studied Fine Arts and Architecture & Design at the University of Salamanca, Visual Arts and Multimedia at the Politechnical University of Valencia.
Since 2011 he is researching at the Kunstuniversität Linz in Interface Culture LAB. Working in the field between users and interfaces.
-2017.* AARHUS UNIVERSITY.  Data Polluters, Guest lecturer on Digital Aesthetics.
-NEXT. UPV, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Interface Dissidence. AVM master.
-2017.* NODE Forum for Digital Arts, DESIGNING HOPE, Frankfurt (Germany). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* ARTS SANTA MONICA. Diffractive Interfaces, Barcelona, (Spain).
-2017.* AARHUS UNIVERSITY. Interfight Kit NETBOTS, on Digital Aesthetics Master.
-2017.*RE:TRACE The 7th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology (Austria). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
SCREENING GRANT. Aarhus University, (Denmark, 2017).
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Colombia National University
-2017.* ARTIST RETHINKING BLOCKCHAIN  (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* EXSTRANGE: A CURATORIAL INTERVENTION IN E-BAY (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Mediem Karlsruhe, Open codes (Germany). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* INJUVE Estudio Escritorio, curated by Antonio Ferreira (Spain).
-2017.* NODE Forum for Digital Arts, DESIGNING HOPE, Frankfurt (Germany). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* SOBREEXPOSICIÓN Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Curated by Juan José Santos, Montevideo (Uruguay).
-2017.* PLASTIC PLANET Azkuna Zentroa. Curated by Jaime de Los Rios, Bilbao (Spain).
-2017.* ADAF 13th Athens Digital Art Festival, #POSTFUTURE, Athens (Greece). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* WRO 17th Media Art Biennale, DRAFT SYSTEMS Wroclaw (Poland). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)

Ulrich Brandstätter

lives and works Linz, Austria.
His practice include sound, interactive installations, and particularly digital games. The topic of his PhD project is Productive Gaming - video games that yield productive results by being played: playing activities are transformed into creative processes, facilitating creations with validity beyond game virtualities.

Alessio Chierico

Alessio Chierico is an artist and researcher with a theoretical background in contemporary art, design theory and media studies. He is currently PhD candidate at Interface Culture department of Kunstuniversität Linz (AT) and graduated in the same university. Chierico has been visiting student at IAMAS Institute of Advanced Media Art and Sciences in Ogaki (JP), and former student at NABA in Milan (IT), and in the art academies of Carrara and Urbino (IT). In the last ten years of activity, he had more than sixty exhibitions and regularly contributes to conferences talks and academic publications. In 2014 Chierico won the Lab Award (Augsburg, GER) and in 2008 Milano in Digitale (Milan, IT). Passing though topics like digital ontology and media aesthetics, his current research focuses on the relationship between contemporary art and Media Art fields, with a special attention on their specific cultural economy.

Oliver Lehner

Oliver Lehner lives and works in Linz and has a background in media technology, design and programming. He has worked on interactive and narrative art mediation projects for the OK Center for Contemporary Arts and exhibited interactive audio-visual works as an Interface Culture Master student at Ars Electronica Festival. Inspired by activist and accelerationist philosophy he has examined the politics of sound art for his master thesis. Out of frustration from the shortcomings of current methods to document sound art he started to investigate Virtual Reality as a means to capture the ephemeral nature of sound installations and make them experienceable without temporal and geographical constraints.

Mag.a Erika Mondria

Titel der Arbeit:
Biometrische Messdaten in der Kunst
Von der Reziprozität der menschlichen Körperlichkeit, der biometrischen Messtechnik und der künstlerischen Inszenierung.

Studium Fine Art am Londoner Institut Camberwell College & Central St. Martins College sowie in Marseille an der Aix-Marseille Université. Studium der Bildende Kunst, Transmedialer Raum, und Kulturwissensschaft an der Kunstuniversität Linz (mit Auszeichnung)und der JKU Linz. Weitere Ausbildungen seit 1998, im Bereich NLP, Projektmanagement, Kommunikation, sowie(2018) Dipl. Mentaltrainerin. Neben der Arbeit und Ausbildung war und ist immer die künstlerische Tätigkeit ein sehr aktiver Bestandteil ihres Lebens, die sich in  internationalen Ausstellungen und Projekten ausdrückt. Seit 2009 ist sie inhaltlich und organisatorisch für das Brain Lab der Ars Electronica Center verantwortlich. Zusätzlich drückt sich ihre Fachexpertise im Bereich Brain Computer Interface und biometrische Messtechnik in der Kunst in der Tätigkeit als Vortragende und Mentorin sowie in Kooperationsprojekten (Forschung) aus.  Als Supervisor für Brain Projekte (Ars Electronica) reflektiert sie aktuelle Entwicklungen bzw. Zukunftstrends der Neurowissenschaften und damit verbundenen Technologien in Partnerprogrammen und Kunstprojekten.

Harald Moser

Harald Moser is a media artist (co-founder of wollle) and studied Interface Culture at the University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz (AT) and at the Institute of Advanced Media Art s and Sciences, Ogaki (JP). He worked as Interface- and Exhibit Designer, Project Manager and Consultant for remarkable clients and institutions national and international. His relation to Ars Electronica was affected by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau who lead him through his MA. From 2010 till 2012 he was Part of the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Then he established a new unit within Ars Electronica Solutions called Urban Media Development. 2014 he was travelling around the world to research for his Phd focussed on cities development.

Tina Sauerländer

Curator (peer to space)  
Tina Sauerländer studied art history, business economics and Bavarian ecclesiastical history at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She works as a curator and writer based in Berlin. She focuses primarily on the impact of the digital and the Internet on individual environments and society. With her exhibition hub peer to space she has been organizing and curating international group exhibitions in various institutions throughout Europe. She is the author of many comprehensive texts on contemporary artists. She is co-founder of Radiance, an international online research database for artistic Virtual Reality experiences. And she is the founder of the SALOON, a network for women working in the art field in Berlin, Paris and Vienna. She is currently engaged in doctoral studies at Kunstuniversität Linz about artistic self-staging in digital art.