IS People and partners


AbA (NO)
AbA / Art by Accident is an art collective made up of Kalle Grude (Visual Art) and Jan Løchstøer (Model Constructor). Their work focuses particularly on the potential of arbitrariness to enrich our lives and souls. Part of the AbA’s vision is the collaboration between different professions and experiences. Since 2001 this has led to speculations, notes and several exhibition projects. AbA often invites guests to their discussions and projects. Håkon Lindbäck did the coding for AbA Logic.
AbA are exhibiting AbA Logic at Interface and Society.

Franz Alken and Karl Rueskaefer (DE) www.superbot.org / www.id-hybrid.de
The London based programmer and artist Karl Rueskaefer did several projects about chaos and artificial intelligence. Most of his projects can be found at www.id-hybrid.de.

The recent work of Leipzig based artist Franz Alken is focused on the relationship between man and machine and their convertibility in abstract places like the internet – see also www.superbot.org. Additionaly, he is involved in the hobbyshop gallery in Munich. Superconsumers is their first collaboration.

Alken and Rueskaefer are showing the work Superconsumer at the Interface and Society Exhibition.

Siri Austeen (NO) www.austeen.no
Siri Austeen was educated at the Art Academy in Trondheim, Norway. She lives in Oslo, and works with sound, video and performance. Her work has recently been shown at the Projectroom 93-06, Moss Brewery Exhibition hall 2006, The Idea of North, Galleri F15 2005, Off the record, Musée d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris/ARC 2004. She produced UKS Biennalen at Henie Onstad Art Center in 1998. In 2005 she produced the exhibition Next Door in Kirkenes, in collaboration with Pikene på Broen. In 2006 she was the curator and producer of the festival exhibition Translation at the Barents Spektakel, also in Kirkenes. Austeen was assisting producer of the Generator X conference at Atelier Nord in 2005.

Siri Austeen is the Interface and Society exhibition producer.

Artifical Paradise (UK) www.1010.co.uk
ap (now transitioning into xxxxx) was founded in 1998 to necessitate the code-terms expansion implied by a growing and politically active free software movement. With wilfully avant-garde intent, and through intervention, performance, staged events, seminars, hardware constructions and readily accessible software, ap interrogates in live descriptive process software culture and history implicating fascism, destruction and melancholia. Software is viewed as substance. ap recently received the prestigious first prize of the Art & Artificial Life VIDA 8.0, 2005, with an environmental computational work, entitled ap0201 installed deep within the Mojave desert.

ap are performing and talking at Interface and Society.

Arts Council Norway (NO) www.kulturrad.no
Arts Council Norway was established in 1965 and charged with three principal tasks:
- To administer the Norwegian Cultural Fund
- To serve in an advisory capacity for the central government and public sector on cultural affairs
- To launch experimental cultural activities in areas which the Council considers to be of particular interest.

Arts Council Norway is co-funding the Interface and Society project.

Atelier Nord (NO) www.anart.no
Atelier Nord is a project base for unstable arts. It produces works of art, workshops, exhibitions, performances, conferences and publications. Atelier Nord was established in 1965. It is an independant foundation financially supported by the Ministry of Culture. The annual budget is 350 000 €. Atelier Nord is the producer of Interface and Society.

Atle Barcley (NO) www.barcley.no
Atle Barcley is educated at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art. He is drawn to new and unstable artistic practices, both as a curator, organiser and artist. Barcley initiated the :110: mailinglist, co-administrated Syndicate and initiated and moderates E-kunst. He is the chairman of the Production Network for Electronic Arts in Norway (PNEK), director of Atelier Nord and leads the production of Interface and Society.

Laura Beloff (FI) www.saunalahti.fi/~off/off
The work of finnish media artist Laura Beloff consists of participatory and networked installations or portable, wearable objects. She is exhibiting worldwide in museums, galleries and media-festivals and frequently lecturing at universities and conferences. She has received various grants, residencies and awards; Ars Electronica -futurelab residency 1999-2000/Austria, Fulbright-grant/U.S., Air-residency 2001 /Vienna, 3-year artist grant/Finland, 2002 Vida5.0 honorary mention/Spain, 2000 File-festival the 3rd prize/Brazil. Laura Beloff was professor for media arts at the Art Academy in Oslo/Norway from 2002-2006. She is currently working on her PhD within Planetary Collegium, The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Integrative Arts (MPHIL/PHD Computing, Communications & Electronics, University of Plymouth, Faculty of technology).

Laura Beloff is lecturing at the IS conference under the title Not imagnied, it’s real and directed the workshop Mobile Troops – Urban Jungle with Erich Berger september 2006.

Erich Berger (AT/FI) www.randomseed.org
Erich Berger is an artist and independent researcher. He currently lives and works in Porvoo/Finland. Berger is a communication engineer and received a master in Philosophy from the University of Vienna/Austria. 2004 and 2005 he directed the Making Sense physical computing for artists project at Atelier Nord. Bergers artworks and performances are shown internationally and received several international awards. Erich Berger is artistic director of Interface and Society.

The Fafo Foundation (NO) www.fafo.no
The Fafo Foundation (also known as Fafo Applied Social Science) is the head of two Norwegian research institutes: Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research (Fafo AVF) and Fafo Applied International Studies (Fafo AIS), conducting social research both nationally in Norway and internationally. The Fafo Institute of Applied Social Science was founded by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) in 1983, and became an independent research foundation in 1993.

May-Len Skilbrei from FAFO is moderating the panel titled Sovereign Whores and Seditious Technology at Interface and Society

Freedom of Expression Foundation Oslo (NO) www.frittord.no
The Freedom of Expression Foundation, Oslo, was established in 1974. The paramount object of the institution is to protect and promote freedom of expression and the environment for freedom of expression in Norway, particularly by encouraging lively debate and the dauntless use of the free word. The Freedom of Expression Foundation is co-funding the Interface and Society project.

Lester Goodwine (NO)
Technician, Lester Goodwine started as a musician/composer at a young age and was running PA , recording, and lighting equipment even with his first bands. Formal training began with working in recording studios, local productions, and through High School. Earning a degree in Music Education, Music Production and Electronic Music from Berklee College of Music, Lester Goodwine continues his work in music as a Composer, Producer, Musician, and Technician in Oslo. His local Production company Listen For Pleasure Productions has lent it’s technician services to productions for Atlier Nord and Parkteatret as well as LFP Studios in Ensjo.

Lester Goodwine is technical producer of the IS performances.

Monika Goodwine (NO)
Monika Goodwine is the Office Manager at Atelier Nord. She holds a Bachelor of music degree from Berklee College of Music i Boston, USA, and worked in the administration of the college from 1999-2005. She has specific experience as a Project Manager of strategic Equal Rights-projects, as well as budgeting and planning of conferences, concerts, seminars etc.

Adam Greenfield (US) v-2.org
Author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing (2006), Adam Greenfield is an internationally-recognized writer, user experience consultant and critical futurist, having worked for clients ranging from global concerns like Toyota, Capgemini, and Sony to local nonprofits. Before starting his current practice, Studies and Observations, Adam was lead information architect for the Tokyo office of well-known Web consultancy Razorfish.

Adam Greenfield lecture at the IS conference is titled Everyware: Some thoughts on the social and ethical implications of ubiquitous computing..

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (NO) www.hok.no
Henie Onstad Art Centre (HOK) was set up as a foundation in 1968, from donations by the Norwegian figure skater and Olympic champion Sonja Henie and her husband Niels Onstad. HOK is acknowledged as one of the most imprtant arenas for the visual arts in Norway. Modernism and contemporary Norwegian and international art is presented in numerous different exhibitions in the centre’s 3450 square metres each year. The Art Centre is beautifully situated in a parklike recreational area by the Oslo fjord, 12 kiometres from the city centre.

Henie Onstad Art Centre has a long-standing and unique tradition as a cross-diciplinary arena for performance, dance, music, electronica and theatre. This extended scope is continued through projects like Interface and Society.

Emil Høgset (NO)
Emil Høgset is a freelance media producer, and offers solutions for digital media in an extended art field through his company PÅ. Høgset has his background from UiO, Skrivekunstakademiet and Atelier Nord.

Emil Høgset is in the Interface and Society production team.

ISS Lufthavnservice (NO) www.iss.no/
Trolleys for Trolley Singers provided by ISS Lufthavnservice AS

Susanne Jaschko (DE) www.sujaschko.de
Dr. Susanne Jaschko is a Berlin based independent curator and researcher in contemporary visual and electronic art. Her curatorial and scientific work predominantly focuses on interactivity and art in public space. She teaches at the department of European Media Science at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Susanne Jaschko currently curates SCAPE Biennial 2006 dedicated to art in public space, in Christchurch, New Zealand. From 2000-2004 she was deputy director and curator of transmediale international festival for art and digital culture. From 1997 – 2000 she worked as a curator for transmediale.

Susanne Jaschko is lecturing on The virtuality of public space at the IS conference and directed the workshop Public Private Interface with Erich Berger in June 2006.

Torpedo (NO) torpedobok.no
Torpedo is a small independent specialist bookstore for contemporary art and visual culture. Torpedo offers publications from all kinds of publishers, artists books, theory books and catalogues as well as a broad selection of art magazines.

Torpedo is Interface and Society bibliography partner.

Norene Leddy (US) www.nobetty.net
Norene Leddy’s work combines video, sculpture and installation and has been shown in solo and group shows in New York, Boston and Cyprus among others. Leddy has received several fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship. In 2001, The Aphrodite Project: Sanctuary re-activated the Sanctuary of Aphrodite in Paphos, Cyprus with a series of large-scale video projections and audio installations. In 2006, The Aphrodite Project: Platforms is in development during an artist’s residency at Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology in Chelsea. Leddy earned an M.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in New York, where she currently teaches drawing and video. Norene Leddy is exhibiting at Interface and Society.

Norene Leddy with technical lead Andrew Milmoe are presenting The Aphrodite Project: Platforms at Interface and Society.

Le Monde Diplomatique (Nordic Edition) (NO) www.diplo.no
The norwegian/nordic edition of Le Monde diplomatique is based on a large selection from the French edition, but is also expanded 50 percent with articles in the field of visual art, media and criticism. Our edition, founded in 2003, is now read by 65 000 readers – with half of them distributed with the Norwegian daily, Klassekampen (Class Struggle).

The Le Monde Diplomatique (Nordic Edition) is a partner on the conference Interfaces and Society.

Truls Lie (NO)
Truls Lie is editor-in-chief of the monthly Nordic edition of Le Monde diplomatique – the international radical newspaper. He is educated in economics / information systems and continental philosophy. Work experience in Norway involves his founding of two PC-software companies (1982-92), and one weekly cultural newspaper (Morgenbladet, 1993-2003).

At the IS conference Truls Lie is lecturing on Guattaris concept of the machine and moderates the dicsussion on Friday.

Cathrine Skomakerstuen Marken (NO) cathrine.marken@anart.no / 99165033
Cathrine S. Marken is PR and press consultant for Interface and Society. She holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the LSE in London. She was a Management Trainee with the Orkla Group, has worked in the cultural department of NRK, and hosts a radio show on local radio.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis (DE) www.ffUR.de
Agnes Meyer-Brandis studied mineralogy for a year, then transfered to the Art Academy in Maastricht, the Düsseldorf Art Academy and the Cologne Media Art Academy. She comes from a background of both traditional and new media art. Her work, exhibited worldwide, is at the experimental edge of art and science, exploring the zone between fact and fiction, fantasy and technology. Her current focus is on “fantastic” augmented reality and other participatory urban interventions. She has received various grants and awards: Goethe Institute, Porto Alegre, grant, 2006/Brazil, transmediale06 winner first price 2006/Germany, Japan Media Arts Festival, honourable mention, 2006/Japan, Kunstraum Aarau, Science & Cite Award / 2005/Switzerland, Kunststiftung NRW, grant (project: “SGM-Iceberg-Probe”), Prix Ars Electronica, honorary mention, 2003/Austria (project: „Elf-Scan”). She currently holds a teaching position at the university of applied sciences Düsseldorf/Germany and is frequently lecturing at other universities and conferences. She is the founder of the Forschunsgfloss / Research Raft for Subterranean Reefology”, a small institute whose chief aim is to explore and confirm subterranean phenomena.

Agnes Meyer-Brandis is presenting Earth-Core Laboratory and Elf-Scan at the Interface and Society Exhibition

Per Platou (NO) www.liveart.org
Per Platou is a musician and artist who studied Mass Communication, Criminology, the History of Ideas and Mathematics at the University of Oslo and City of London Polytechnic. He has extensive knowledge of and experience with production within the music and media/art scene, with special focus on electronic media. In 1989 he founded dBUT – an indie record label, distribution and production company. Since 1995 he has co-directed the art group Motherboard with Amanda Steggell (UK/N). This group has produced a number of performances, installations, seminars, worklabs and other activities closely connected to live art and art/new technology, both in Norway and internationally. Per has also curated a number of exhibitions and events, among them Written in stone – a net.art archaeology (Oslo 2003), Bekmörk (Belgrade 2003) and Reality Check (Oslo 2004/5). From November 2006 Per Platou is director of Production Network for Electronic Arts in Norway (PNEK).

Per Platous lecture at the IS conference is titled Failure is success (is failure).

Pro Sentret (NO) www.prosentret.no/
Pro Sentret (the Pro Centre) is a Norwegian national resource centre on all matters related to prostitution and a social service centre for women and men in prostitution. Founded in 1983 and financed by the Municipality of Oslo and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Pro Centre is run by the Municipality of Oslo. As a social service centre for men and women in prostitution the Pro Centre’s main aims are to provide help, support and advice to women and men in prostitution.

Liv Jessen from PRO-senteret is the panel titled Sovereign Whores and Seditious Technology at Interface and Society.

Anne-Britt Rage (NO) www.ab-rage.org
Anne-Britt Rage is an artist and co-operator. She just moved back to Oslo after four years of residencies in Spain, France, Germany and Russia. She is educated at Oslo and Vienna Academy of Fine Art where she has initiated workshops and collaborative projects. Her works deal with xenophobia and nationalism through performance, videos, installations and books. With her background in the history of ideas she is concerned to combine art and research, and seeks to shed light on questions concerning society in both the written word and the visual. She currently works on a web project on xenophobia together with David Rych, on Attention Kronstadt together with Gunnhild Bakke at NCCA St. Petersburg, and she is founding member of Sound of Mu, Oslo (www.soundofmu.no).

Anne-Britt Rage is producer of panel and performance in connection to the Aphrodite Project: Plattforms.

Stefan Schröder (DE/NO) www.schroederstefan.com
Stefan Schröderis an artist and currently living in Oslo. He studied art in Dresden (D) and Breda (NL). In his artistic practice he mainly focuses on site specific issues in an urban context or conceptual works dealing with prefabricated materials. He also is initiating art projects, such as Street Level and Wishful Thinking. He recently showed his works in ROM, art and architecture, Oslo.

Stefan Schröder is in the Interface and Society production team.

Sabine Seymour (AT/US) www.moondial.com
Sabine Seymour focuses on ‚the next generation wearables‘ and the intertwining of aesthetics and function. She introduced the course ‘Fashionable Technology’ at Parsons School of Design. Moondial Inc is the commercial entity that resulted from Sabine’s research and her role as an educator. Moondial Inc is now based in Vienna with an office in New York.

Sabine was a member of the International Programming Committee for the Wearable Experience section at ISEA2004. She publishes and presents e.g.Ars Electronica, Cooper Hewitt, and Viper.Sabine is currently writing her PhD dissertation dealing with creativity, innovation, and economics in smart clothing/wearables due to be finished in 2007.

Sabine Seymour lecture at the IS conference is titled The Epidermis as Interface – Dynamic Textile Surfaces. She also directed the workshop The Empire’s New Clothes with Erich Berger in May 2006.

Silver, silver.avu.cz
Silver is a virtual identity, artist; exists since the year 1994.
It lives and works usualy on address 195.113.80.2. The area of it’s interest is computer interactive art, virtual reality, internet art, artificial intelligence and psychedelic aspects of artificial computer reality. Silver shows it’s works at exhibitions of fine arts as well as computer art and Internet since 1994. It was awarded by “Honorary Mention” at Ars Electronica festival in 1996.

Silver is exhibiting Trolley Singers at Interface and Society.

May-Len Skilbrei (NO) http://www.fafo.no/pers/bio/mls.htm
May-Len Skilbrei is a sociologist and researcher working at Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies in Oslo where she is studying issues of prostitution, migration and trafficking. At the moment she is taking part of a study among Nigerian women working in prostitution in Norway on their views on possibly returning to Nigeria. Skilbrei has performed many different research projects on the issue of prostitution, both on the legal regulation of the phenomenon and on women’s experiences on different prostitution arenas.

May-Len Skilbrei is moderating the panel titled Sovereign Whores and Seditious Technology at Interface and Society

Daniel Skoglund (SE)
Daniel Skoglund is a sound- and music artist from Sweden. His activities include installation art, performances, often in a musical context, as well as sound/music compositions. For several years until 2003 he was part of a swedish soundart duo called 8tunnel2, which was given some attention in Sweden due to their performances with electrified and sounding vegetables. Skoglund has, since then, been working with several other artists, as for instance Dj Olive (US), Lasse Marhaug (Norway) and Mats Gustafsson (Sweden). He has done work for swedish radio, commissioned music for EMS(electroacoustic music in sweden)and has been artistically participating on the Sonic City project at Future Applications Lab at Victoria Institute in Sweden.

In his performances Daniel Skoglund is using sounding devices and apparatures of own design. They are electronic and mechanical, and controlled by choices and by chance. He’s trying to communicate by visualising sound and music in new ways and trying to do this unhierarchically and transparent. His techniques are somewhat non-musician-musical, because of the lack of dependence on virtuosity which is built-in his equipment. Movement is translated into rhythm and creates an engaging and visual sonic art.

Daniel Skoglund is performing at Interface and Society.

Leonardo Solaas (AR) www.solaas.com.ar
Leonardo Solaas lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied Philosophy, and is self-taught in everything related to programming, new media art and technology. He worked as a craftsman for more than ten years, but now he earns his life with web site design and development. Leonardo Solaas is exhibiting internationally, most recently at Transmediale 2006, and have received a number of awards.

Leonardo Solaas is exhibiting Intimidad at the Interface and Society exhibition.

Bruce Sterling (US/CS) blog.wired.com/sterling/
[…] Bruce Sterling […] is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which defined the cyberpunk genre. In 2003 he was appointed Professor at the European Graduate School where he is teaching Summer Intensive Courses on media and design. In 2005, he became “visionary in residence” at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. (Text on Sterling is an extract from Wikipedia)

Bruce Sterling’s lecture at the IS conference is titled Spime: a map of ideas.

Caroline Ugelstad (NO)
Caroline Ugelstad has been a curator with Henie Onstad Art Centre since January 2006. She also lectures in art theory at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, as well as being a freelance art writer. Previously, she worked as an art critic on Morgenbladet, an independent Norwegian paper focussing on politics, art and science. She holds a Cand.Philol degree in Philosophy from the University of Oslo, and a Master’s degree in Art History from Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Caroline Ugelstad is curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and co-curating the IS exhibition with Atle Barcley and Erich Berger.

UKS (NO) www.uks.no
The Young Artists Society was established in 1921. Throughout the society’s history UKS has worked to secure the rights of young artists both artistically and socially. For a long period the society existed primarily as a centre for exchanging goods, where art was swapped for basic goods and services such as food and dentist appointments. In the seventies UKS was a focal point for the artists’ fight for economic rights in the welfare state. Later has also the struggle for the recognition of new forms of artistic expression been a major issue.
UKS’ primary are to produce and present exhibitions and larger shows of contemporary Norwegian and International art, with a special attention to the younger artists. A large network of collaborators has been built during the last ten years, and UKS has for the last five years presented exhibitions curated by several internationally known curators from Australia, France, Italy and the former republic of Yugoslavia.

August 2003 represent a major point of change for the organization, as UKS moved from one of Oslo’s oldest buildings to a newly restored industrial space in the eastern part of the city centre. This was the first time the organization moved in 65 years! The new exhibition hall is twice as big as the former, with high ceilings and a beautiful light coming in through old glass windows in the roof. To move an old organisation and gallery opens for new, and highly needed changes. UKS has become one of the best exhibition spaces in Oslo, with a possibility to become an even more important actor on the art scene in Norway.

The Interface and Society conference is at UKS.

Marius Watz (DE/NO) www.unlekker.net
Watz currently lives in Berlin, where he works and teaches Computational Design at Universität der Künste. His work is concerned with the algorithmic generation of form, whether still, animated or interactive. His signature style is a particular brand of visual hedonism, marked by colorful organic shapes and a “more is more” attitude. He directed and curated the GeneratorX conference and exhibition toghether with Atelier Nord in 2005.

Marius Watz is showing The Flow of Things at the exhibition, lecturing under the title It’s all about the software, baby and directed the workshop Tangible code with Erich Berger in February 2006.

Jana Winderen (NO) www.janawinderen.com
Studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London (1990-93) with a background in Mathematics and Chemistry at the University of Oslo. Since 1993 she has worked in Bergen and Oslo as an artist and producer/curator of independent international art projects such as “12 Nights”, “Street Level”, “Motlyd”, “freq_out 2″, “Bandrom3″ and recently at Atelier Nord she produced the “Generator.x” conference. She is at present working at Atelier Nord as a free lance producer.

In her art practice she is predomenantly occupied with sight specific sound installations, interactions with the audience and the acoustics of a specific space. She has exhibited in China, Canada, Netherlands, England, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweeden. At present she is developing an installation and live performance based on hydrophone recordings.

Jana Winderen tok part in the development of Interface and Society, was a member of the curators board for work production and is producer of the works AbA Logic and Trolley Singers.