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Benjamin Gaulon Benjamin Gaulon (born 1979) is an artist, researcher and art college lecturer.
Benjamin Gaulon is an artist, researcher and art college lecturer. He has previously released work under the name “Recyclism”. His research focuses on the limits and failures of information and communication technologies; planned obsolescence, consumerism and disposable society; ownership and privacy; through the exploration of détournement, hacking and recycling. His projects can be softwares, installations, pieces of hardware, web based projects, interactive works and are, when applicable, open source.
He is currently lecturer at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and and associate researcher at CTVR / the telecommunications research centre (Trinity College). He is also leading Data 2.0 (Dublin Art and Technology Association) and a member of the Graffiti Research Lab France.
Since 2005 he has been leading workshops and giving lectures in Europe and US about e-waste and hardware Hacking / Recycling. Workshop participants explore the potential of obsolete technologies in a creative way and find new strategies for e-waste recycling.
In 2011 he has created the Recyclism Hacklab – a collaborative workspace focused on contemporary DIY and hacking practices. Within this multidisciplinary space he facilitates and teaches both workshops and mentoring sessions in physical computing, hardware hacking and 3D printing. The Recylism Hacklab provides a wide range of creative practitioners an informal environment where they can engage in critical making, and receive support for self directed research and autonomous learning.
Rachel O’Dwyer has a diploma in Sound Engineering from City and Guilds, a BA in Fine Art from IADT and an M.Phil in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin. She teaches on the MSC for Interactive Digital Media in the Computer Science Department and is currently undertaking a PhD in the Department of Electronic Engineering on the sociotechnical challenges of urban computing, funded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). She is an associate researcher in the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCam) where she leads a postgraduate seminar on audio cultures.
Her practical work includes experiments with locative media, audio installation and electroacoustic composition. She has curated panel discussions, workshops and exhibitions on subjects such as mobile computing, contemporary soundscape ecology, and electromagnetic spectrum.
She has published essays on audio culture and various aspects of technology studies, including a book chapter in a recent Cambridge Scholars Publication Performing Technology: User Content and the New Digital Media and is currently launching Interference, an online open access journal on acoustic and cultural practice in association with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).
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Jonah Brucker-Cohen is a researcher, artist, and writer. He received his Ph.D. in the Disruptive Design Team of the Networking and Telecommunications Research Group (NTRG), Trinity College Dublin. He is an adjunct assistant professor of communications at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and in the Media, Culture, Communication dept of NYU Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development. He worked as an R&D OpenLab Fellow at Eyebeam in NYC from 2006/7. From 2001-4 he was a Research Fellow in the Human Connectedness Group at Media Lab Europe. He received his Masters from ITP in 1999 and was an Interval Research Fellow from 1999-2001. His work and thesis focuses on the theme of “Deconstructing Networks” which includes projects that attempt to critically challenge and subvert accepted perceptions of network interaction and experience. He is co-founder of the Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA Group) and a recipient of the ARANEUM Prize sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Art, Science and Technology and Fundacion ARCO. His writing has appeared in numerous international publications including WIRED Magazine, Make Magazine, Neural, Rhizome.org, Art Asia Pacific, Gizmodo and more, and his work has been shown at events such as DEAF (03,04), Art Futura (04), SIGGRAPH (00,05), UBICOMP (02,03,04), CHI (04,06) Transmediale (02,04,08), NIME (07), ISEA (02,04,06,09), Institute of Contemporary Art in London (04), Whitney Museum of American Art’s ArtPort (03), Ars Electronica (02,04,08), Chelsea Art Museum, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art (04-5),Museum of Modern Art (MOMA – NYC)(2008), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) (2008).
Nicky Gogan set up the Darklight Film Festival in 1999 (http://www.darklight.ie), with Sue Patterson of Sink Digital Media (http://www.sink.ie). The festival has a broad range of commitments to Irish and international film makers and artists working in interesting ways; providing a screening platform for new work, facilitating seminars, providing network opportunities for film makers and artists and running a national an international touring programme. The festival also encompasses the Straylight visual art exhibition which is curated by Nicky Gogan in collaboration with Pallas Studios each year (http://www.pallasstudios.org). Nicky is producer and director on short and feature length works with her production company Still Films (http://www.stillfilms.org). She is currently working with Paul Rowley (http://www.condensate.net) on their first collaborative feature project as co-directors, a feature documentary titled Uisce Marbh which examines the newly developing cultural diversity of a rapidly changing Ireland. She is currently developing other film productions with animation company Delicious 9 (http://www.delicious9.com) and film collective Dog Media (http://www.thedogmediawebsite.com). Nicky, along with Jonah Brucker-Cohen (http://www.coin-operated.com), is a founding member of DATA the Dublin Art and Technology Association, (http://www.data.ie) Nicky has most recently launched Ireland’s first 3G mobile channel for short films and animation, The Wildlight Channel (http://www.wildlight.tv).
Tim Redfern is an artist working in the field of New Media based in Dublin, Ireland. His interests include programming generative graphics systems and their applications in performance and installation. He has been involved in new media in Dublin since the mid 90s, producing interactive, networked 3D VRML installations such as ‘Pantheon’ (1997) and ‘Lightbox’ (1999) and theatrical CGI projections for productions such as ‘Soul Survivor’ with Dance Theatre of Ireland (1998) and ‘Equivalents’ with Temenos (2000). He has lectured in new media at DLIADT, TCD and DIT on various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Since 2001 he become involved in programming effects for a live computer graphics show ‘Pixelcorps’, performing with live electronic music acts Decal, Americhord and Ambulance at numerous gigs, festivals and clubs in Ireland and the UK. This has in turn led to an innovative, performance based video production paradigm, used to make a number of broadcast quality, abstract music promos. He has also utilised these programs in public art installations such as ‘octree’, ‘mysaic’ and ‘milieu’ and for print work such as the cover of Roger Doyle’s ‘Passades’ album. In 2003-2004 he collaborated with 2 friends to produce ‘SimpleTEXT’ a collaborative mobile phone driven audiovisual performance. SimpleTEXT has been shown in 6 European countries to date. He has also coordinated visuals for the DEAF and Mor festivals is a supporter of the Darklight Digital Film Festival. He is presently pursuing a Phd in the Distributed Systems Group of TCD computer science.
Leah Hilliard is an artist whose practice is in rooted performance—from spoken word to digital image. She the co-ordinator, lead researcher and writer for the MA Art in the Digital World at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and a Public Art consultant. She has shown at the Liverpool Biennale and the Dublin Fringe Festival, and has represented Ireland at art and performance events, both national and international. Leah continues to be active as artist, curator, researcher and public art consultant. Leah also finds time to manage the stage production manager of the Alternative Miss Ireland annually charity event and has worked for a number of years on the Festival of World Cultures. Leah was the Artistic Programme co-ordinator and a curator of Arthouse Multimedia Centre for the Arts, creating events such as SEED, Aspidistra and FREEZE (Winter Projection Festival). An experienced event manager and a friend of Dolly Parton, Leah always carries a power drill and video camera in her handbag, just in case.
Conor McGarrigle is a Dublin based artist and researcher. He holds a Bsc from UCD and a MA in Virtual Realities from NCAD and is currently a Reseach Scholar at the Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (GRADCAM). He has been creating artworks for the web since 1999 and is well known for works such as Spook… (2000-2002) and The Bono Probability Positioning System (2006) which have crossed into mainstream internet culture garnering huge audiences in the process. Recent participatory projects such as Joyce Walks (2007-2008), the Tulca Freedom Trail (2007) and the Manchester Freedom Trail (2008) concentrate on mapping and urban interventions, operating in a hybrid space between the web and the street. His Bloomsday 2008 project involved collaborators creating urban interventions in 39 cities around the world on a single day. He established online arts space Stunned.org in 1999 and has since then pioneered net.art in Ireland. Between 2002 and 2006 he curated a well regarded experimental series of Net Art Open exhibitions which explored the possibilities and limitations of online curatorial practice. His work has been exhibited in Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, UK, USA , Brazil, Japan, Korea and Australia. Notable exhibitions include EV+A (07), SIGGRAPH (00, 99), D/art Sydney (07, 00), Lightwave(07), Stuttgart Filmwinter (07), Fundacio La Caixa (05,03), FILE Brazil (08,07,06,05,02), The Boston Cyberarts Festival (01), Seoul Net Festival (07), Art on the Net Tokyo (00,99) and the Werkleitz Biennale (00). In 2007 he was an invited participant in the Documenta 12 Magazine project.