Ambient intelligence, web 2.0 location based media, leapfrogging

New media artists are investigating more and more the connectivity of wireless networks, objects and situations, moving away from net art and into the real world of the Internet of Things where (through chips like radio frequency identification tags), they explore the in between space of waves. Ambient cities will engender new forms of interaction and new modalities of interaction between the body and the environment.

Moderator: Liesbeth Huybrechts (Belgium)

Liesbeth Huybrechts (1979) is a master in Communication sciences and master in Cultural Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven. Today she is doing a Phd research in Cultural Studies (Catholic University Leuven) on the question: “how do artists, through the use of technology, make us aware of our place in space”? At the moment she is researcher/docent in higher art education in the Media & Design Academy in Genk. She teaches courses on art, culture and technology and on methodologies for design research. At the moment she is active as editor of the e-culture blog of the Flemish Government, she is involved in the media art exhibition Place@Space in the art centre Z33 and she is doing a mapping on the arts, media and technology field in Belgium. Pre-summit contribution

Ling Pek Ling (Singapore)

Ms Ling Pek Ling is the Director (Media Policy) with the Media Development Authority (MDA), Singapore. At MDA, Ms Ling is responsible for the licensing and regulation of media services, and the formulation of media policies for media services, including convergent services. Ms Ling has been instrumental in establishing the policy framework for regulating Internet content and promoting online safety. The MDA’s lighttouch Internet Class Licence framework has helped facilitate healthy growth of the Internet, while establishing safeguards against objectionable content. Ms Ling also oversees the development of a policy framework that seeks to promote deployment of interactive digital media services.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (UK/Canada)

After completing a Bachelor’s in Industrial Design at the Universite de Montreal, she moved to Italy to complete a Master’s degree in Interaction Design at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in 2006. After freelancing in Europe for companies like Jaiku, Thinglink, Blast Radius,, Blyk and Nokia, she is now the CEO of technology and design consultancy Tinker and based in London. She is also an active conference speaker and is generally interested in the service design, interaction design and how design will evolve out of it’s current state into a de-centralised model of empowerment and DIY problem-solving for the masses and what this will mean for the designer of the future. Pre-summit contribution

Dr. Aditya Dev Sood (USA/India) – OBSERVER

Dr. Aditya Dev Sood is the Founder and CEO of Center for Knowledge Socieites. He has directed a number of initiatives involving peer-to-peer networks, new user experiences, interactive service design, product concepting, an innovation management. His work is informed by a strong sense of business modeling and future forecasts in areas related to technology, design and innovation. He frequently speaks on issues related to innovation and design in both academic and industry forums. Dr Sood is a former Fulbright Scholar and has received two doctorates in from the University of Chicago in 2006. Sood is the author of the CKS Guide to ICTs for Development (2002), and the Mobile Development Report (2006).

WenKai Xu “Aaajiao” (China)

Aaajiao is a media art and programmer artist, was born in 1984 at Xi’an City. Since 2003, he established a sound art website followed by the establishment of the interesting new media art platform, in 2006. In October 2006, Aaajiao was invited to be a guest at 2006 Chinese Blogger Conference which was mainly for a dialogue between V2 and Chinese artistes. Since then, he has participated in many New Media Art events in both national and international level, i.e. deaf07 (April, 2007, the Netherlands), The MOBILE LAB Borderline Festival (June 2007, Beijing, China), eArts Festival (October 2007, shanghai, China), Microwave International Media Art Festival (November 2008, Hongkong) and the latest, Synthetic Times Public Education Project (June, 2008, Beiling China). He currently lives and works in Shanghai. Pre-summit contribution

Prayas Abhinav (India)

Prayas Abhinav is an Indian writer and artist working and living in Bangalore, India. He has an interest in re-vitalizing and re-imagining urban spaces. Through his work he explores how public and semi-public spaces can be utilized for cultural and civic uses. He explores the potential of off-line social networks and low-fi technologies to connect communities and resources. He has been part of efforts to seed open content movements in India and in 2007 helped launching the Creative Commons India licenses. In 2007, he initiated a long-term engagement with urban food systems by using public-spaces to grow vegetables and make them openly accessible through recipe-based maps. In 2008, he spent a month at Khoj Workshops to work on modular toolkits for anarchic protests in cities. In 2006 he made a short film with the Public Service Broadcasting Trust in which he narratively mapped the spaces which the homeless in Mumbai use to sleep at night. In 2005, as a fellow at Sarai-CSDS, he responded to the way urban spaces were used for advertising through poetry and photographs. In 2003, he founded Crimson Feet, a literary magazine and film festival for young Indian talent. Crimson Feet was initially incubated at the National Institute of Design (NID). Presently he is engaged in completing a practice-based post-graduate diploma at the Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) in Bangalore. Pre-summit contribution

Maaike Lauwaert (Belgium)

In 2003, Maaike Lauwaert started working as a PhD student at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She defended my PhD thesis, The Place of Play. On toys, Technological Innovations and Geographies of Play, in March 2008. The Place of Play deals with changing producer/consumer relationships within ‘participatory’ or ‘many-to-many’ cultures. I researched the many-to-many phenomenon within the context of traditional toys, computer games and participation games or Serious Games. During her time at the University of Maastricht she taught classes on both the Bachelor and Master level, she co-organized conferences (e.g. the international conference on innovative game design in collaboration with the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht). She published on new media, contemporary art and comics and presented her work at various international conferences. Maaike is currently working at the Mondriaan Foundation in Amsterdam as an officer for visual arts and design projects and responsible for the Interregeling for eCulture projects. Pre-Summit contribution

Andrew Donovan (Australia)  – OBSERVER

Andrew Donovan is Director of the Australia Council’s Inter-Arts Office, with responsibility to nurture artists working within interdisciplinary and hybrid arts as well as develop policy initiatives that progress the practice in Australia. He is also leading and developing the Inter-Arts Office focus on practice-led arts research. He has extensive experience across the arts having worked as an actor, playwright, writer, researcher facilitator and arts administrator. Andrew joined the Australia Council in 1994 working initially in community cultural development and was Manager of Council’s New Media Arts Board from 2001 until is dissolution in 2005. More recently, Andrew has been responsible for establishing the Council’s Inter-Arts Office and its funding programs, developing and implementing major initiatives such as the cross-disciplinary art/science initiative Synapse, the Time_Place_Space hybrid performance laboratory, the interdisciplinary ArtLab research and development initiative and Australia’s first government-funded interdisciplinary artists’ residency in Second Life.

Group Rapporteur: Noora Zul (Singapore)

Noora started off in theatre, working in both on- and off-stage capacities with local theatre companies. She has a BA (Hons) in Arts Management from the London South Bank University and it was along that way that her attention turned towards contemporary visual art practices. Marrying an interest in new technologies, notions of performance and performativity as well as visual arts, she went on to receive her Masters in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice from Goldsmiths College, London in 2003. Between 2004 and 2007, she worked at the Singapore Art Museum conceptualising and organising public programmes. Her involvement in other projects includes recently-concluded Site, Situation, Spectator, a site-specific exhibition she curated, working with NUS Museum and students from NUS Department of Architecture. She lectures part-time at the Faculty of Media Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts on issues in media arts. In her current phase, Noora is reworking her ideas on human interaction, and is in the process of articulating positions on, and balance between art projects, teaching and human rights activism.

Louis-Philippe Demers (Singapore/Canada) – OBSERVER

(School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore)


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