Going through this year’s stunning crop of submissions from all over the world and winnowing it down to a longlist is a tough job. Happily, we have an incredible group of panellists for this year’s International Selection Committee, and it’s an honour to profile a few of them here.
Matthias Dörfelt, born in Hamburg, Germany, is a Los Angeles-based artist who won the 2017 Lumen Still Image Award. He mainly works in software, producing artifacts ranging from drawings, prints, animation, videos and interactive installations to robotics. In his practice, he often trades control in favour of surprise because he strongly believes in computation as an expressive, playful and humorous tool. Matthias particularly enjoys infusing technology with flaws, naivety and weirdness. He believes in a media arts practice that favours spontaneity over streamlining and hopes that his works contribute to shape our relationship to machines in a similar way. Matthias studied at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel and holds a masters in fine arts from the University of California in Los Angeles.
Will Nathan is chairman and founder of The Current, a non-profit cooperative collection of time-based media that hosts salons to appreciate and acquire creative works at the intersection of art and technology. A self-taught coder, Will was one of the first 25 engineers at BuzzFeed. After BuzzFeed, he co-founded the interior design start-up Homepolish, which has grown to 100 employees and nearly two million Instagram followers. Will has a B.S. in mathematical economics, and started his career as an investment banker in San Francisco.
Artist and curator Molly Surno has successfully blended visual art, film, performance, music and technology into a range of celebrated performances and experiences. We of Me, her large-scale sound performance, was exhibited at the Getty Museum in 2017 and was featured as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave in the autumn of 2015. In 2008, she founded her nomadic performance series Cinema 16, which pairs contemporary musicians with experimental films. She is currently the art director of the Brooklyn-based music venue, Landscape, where she is developing a rotating exhibition programme. Molly holds a MFA in visual arts at Columbia University.
Anna Zavediy is an independent curator based in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with a degree in curatorial studies from St. Petersburg State University and currently works as a co-curator for Seminaria Sogninterra, the Italian festival of environmental art. She has previously worked as a co-curator for media art festival CYFEST 2018 (St. Petersburg), and curated a project by CYLAND Media Art Lab at Tate Exchange (London). She recently worked as a production assistant for the exhibition Innovation as a Method, at Russia’s State Hermitage Museum.
Vicky Isley is a visual artist and one half of the British artist duo, boredomresearch, which won the Lumen Moving Image award in 2016. She has 20 years’ industry experience working in the field of computer arts and is a researcher and lecturer at the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University. boredomresearch aims to transcend boundaries between art, science and society, with previous projects exploring topics such as our cultural obsession with speed; the frontiers of disease modelling; and the intricate biological signatures of neural activity.
Tudor Gwynn has been at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax, UK, since 2001 and has responsibility for the project management of the re-development and expansion of the museum. He leads the team that develops and delivers the programme for the museum’s new temporary digital art space, the Spark gallery. Tudor sits on the board of the IOU Theatre, as well as the Calderdale Music Trust.
Dr Nick Lambert (DPhil Oxon), head of research at Ravensbourne University London, is a expert on the history of digital art and an honorary research fellow at the department of film, media and cultural studies, Birkbeck, University of London. He is also chair of the Computer Arts Society.
Brian Runciman MBCS is head of content at BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT in the UK, which has been involved in computer art since the late 1960s, through its association with the Computer Arts Society. Brian has been a technology journalist for 20 years, with a particular interest in ethics and the effects of technology on society.
As the founder of Art Inspector, Danielle Siembieda has turned a social practice project into a business, acquiring funding from Silicon Valley Energy Watch and working with the City of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment to improve the health, safety and environmental impact of working artists. She defines her art as ‘alter-eco art’, bridging eco-art practice and new media and focusing on the intersection of the environment, technology and community. Danielle is the managing director of Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST).
Our grateful thanks to these and all the other ISC members working so hard to make this year’s Lumen Prize longlist a reality. Their decisions will be published on August 1st.
Image: Left to right, top row: Brian Runciman, Matthias Dorfelt, Nick Lambert. Bottom row: Anna Zavediy, Molly Surno, Tudor Gwynn.
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