Lev Manovich is a world-renown innovator and top influencer in many fields, including media theory, digital humanities, cultural analytics, and media art. He is a Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a Director of the Cultural Analytics Lab. Manovich was included in the list of “25 People Shaping the Future of Design” and the list of “50 Most Interesting People Building the Future”. He is an author of 180 articles and 15 books that include Cultural Analytics, Instagram and Contemporary Image, and The Language of New Media described as “the most suggestive and broad-ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan.” Manovich’s digital art projects were shown in over 110 international exhibitions in Centre Pompidou, ICA London, ZKM, KIASMA, and other leading venues.
Theater director and producer. Creative Director, Co-founder of the AXiiO VR Studio, Helsinki, Finland.
Graduated from the Theater College, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and State Theater Academy, St.Petersburg, Russia.
With twenty-seven years of work experience, Oleg has produced more than a hundred creative projects – theater performances, multimedia and fashion shows in France, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and Finland. For the past six years he has been working as a director and producer of VR projects: “Kalevala.Episodes” – nomination Experiment, Golden Mask Theater Award 2020, Moscow, Russia.
“Forgotten Kiss” – Tribeca Film Festival 2020, Cinema 360, New York, USA. “Cat’s Winter Tale” – GoEast Film Festival 2020, Open Frame Award, Wiesbaden, Germany. “Stella Maris” – 360 Film Festival 2020, Paris, France. “Proximity”, “Ukraine 24.02.22”.
Permanently resides in Finland since 2013.”
Arseniy Zhilyaev is an artist, writer and political activist who lives and works in Moscow and Voronezh. Zhilyaev’s artistic practice poses questions about the cultural production in the postsoviet condition.Using the exhibition as his medium, Arseny Zhilyaev (b.1984, RU/IT) works in the spaces between fiction and non-fiction. His projects examine the legacy of Soviet museology and the philosophy of Russian Cosmism that represents a broad range of philosophical, scientific and artistic programs, which aimed to overcome mortality, to achieve resurrection for all who ever lived and pursue space exploration. Zhilyaev produces artworks for a potential future provoking speculations on what historical context should have generated them.
LaJuné McMillian is a New Media Artist, and Educator creating art that integrates performance, extended reality, and physical computing to question our current forms of communication. They are passionate about discovering, learning, manifesting, and stewarding spaces for liberated Black Realities, and the Black Imagination. McMillian believes in making by diving into, navigating, critiquing, and breaking systems and technologies that uphold systemic injustices to de-commodify our bodies, undo our indoctrination, and make room for different ways of being.
McMillian has had the opportunity to show and speak about their work at Pioneer works, National Sawdust, Leaders in Software and Art, Creative Tech Week, and Art & Code’s Weird Reality. Previously the Director of Skating at Figure Skating in Harlem, they integrated STEAM and Figure Skating to teach girls of color about movement and technology. McMillian has continued their research on Blackness, movement, and technology during residencies and fellowships at the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, Barbarian Group, and Barnard College.
Ellina Gennadievna is an artist, who creates interactions between organic and inorganic nature, virtual and live environment, system and entropy, also experienced game mechanics professional. Makes an electronic music and playing DJ sets, has studied Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics in Kazan State University. Later relocated to Moscow where began to study contemporary art at the Workshop of Interactive Communication and Mixed Media at the Rodchenko School. She teaches “Computer Technologies Unity” at Rodchenko School, the HSE School of Design and online “Concept” & “Learning environment” schools. Currently based in Bangkok.
Vladimir Storm is a visual artist and filmmaker focused on AR/VR storytelling, NFTs and digital fashion, computer games and VFX. Vladimir has worked on various art/tech projects in 20+ countries worldwide with clients like Microsoft, Netflix, Nike, Valve, Snapchat, etc.
In his art practice Vladimir researches worldwide spiritual diversity and belief systems by collaborating with artists outside of the western world on a topic of digital shamanism, digitizing indigenous and traditional spiritual practices, as well as deconstructing and reframing western culture.
First formed as AES Group in 1987 by Arzamasova, Evzovich, and Svyatsky, the collective became AES+F when Fridkes joined in 1995. AES+F work at the intersection of traditional media, photography, video and digital technologies. They define their practice as a kind of “social psychoanalysis” through which they reveal and explore the values, vices and conflicts of contemporary global culture.
AES+F achieved worldwide recognition and acclaim in the Russian Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia in 2007 with their provocative, other-worldly Last Riot. The group had more than 100 solo exhibitions at museums, exhibition spaces, and commercial galleries worldwide. AES+F works have been shown in such prestigious venues as the ZKM (Karlsruhe), HAM (Helsinki), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Tate Britain (London), MAXXI and MACRO Future (Rome), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), Today Art Museum (Beijing), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Leeum Samsung Museum of Art (Seoul), The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Faena Art Center (Buenos Aires), and many others.
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An award-winning australian augmented reality designer, avant-garde movie producer, and multimedia artist, Sutu (aka Stu Campbell) is an architect of the digital, connected future. Whether it be augmented comics, virtual concerts, or extended reality (XR) filmmaking, he is designing the future of our meta world. He has lent his creative talents to projects spearheaded by Stephen Speilberg, The Weeknd, John Legend, Google, Marvel, and Disney. In the NFT world, Sutu is the creator of Neonz.xyz – a cyberpunk avatar projects where the NFTs unlock experiences in the Sutuverse – a web3 playground built on AR and WebGL.
During the Panel Blockchain Technology and NFTs Sutu will talk about his project Neonz.xyz