Anselm Caminada (*1964) studied Visual Design at the School of Art and Design Zürich. MA in Sonic Arts at Middlesex University, London.
He teaches in audio-visual contexts at the Zurich University of the Arts, in Arts Education, and at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art, in multidisciplinary modules.
He works self-employed as a sound designer and musician mostly in teams with partners from other timebased media, such as theater, dance, performance, art, audioguides, audio walks and scenographical exhibitions.
Adrian Demleitner (*1981) studied Postindustrial Design at Hyperwerk Basel. He currently works as Senior Webdeveloper in Bern and Researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures in Basel.
As a true Hyperwerker he is a generalist with interests in the fields of critical though on software and digitality, the multi-species discourse and anthropodecentric movements. He is active in these fields of inquiry through curational practices and workshops focusing on knowledge transfer and participation.
He is initator and co-organizer of ckster, a festival on contemporary hacking practices.
Jonathan Kemp is a visiting reearcher at the Critical Media Lab as part of the project Shift/Register. He has a degree in Philosophy, MSc’s in Stone Conservation and Electronic Imaging and a PhD in Experimental Media Art from the University of Westminster, UK.
Jonathan has a vast practical experience in conceptualising and executing novel projects that interrogate and defract technology through various strands of materialism. These explorations of the material, theoretical and social settings of new media art are complemented by over 20 years work in stone conservation and related materials science.
Previous collaborative research includes Psychogeophysics and The Crystal World, both long term projects involving practical and aesthetic explorations into how geology, technology and psyche under/overwrite or détourn each other. These projects have been supported and demonstrated via an international network of media art organisations and heavily referenced in various journals and books in new media theory, including media archaeology.
Current research invests in gnostic approaches to technology and the earth via projects in co-constitutions of earth, gut and technology; earth-to-earth signalling systems; expanded STS-related studies of substrate materials; as well as studies in process, procedure and the framing of ‘the ecological thought’.
Jonathan is a consultant on various cultural heritage preservation projects, editor of the Journal of the Institute of Conservation and peer reviewer for publications including Springer’s Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment and Royal Society Open Science
Dr. Marion Mertens
Dr. Marion Mertens, studied environmental sciences at the Technical University of Brunswick/Germany and specialized in water quality assessment and fish ecology. PhD about a lake restoration project in northern Bavaria at the University of Bayreuth. From 2004 to 2008 she worked at the Eawag (the swiss water research institute) and developed an action plan to protect brown trout in Swiss rivers.
Since 2008 she is a collaborator at the Basel consultant agency “Life Science AG”, mainly concerned with aquatic ecology. Between 2010 and 2013 she was part of the RhyCycling-team (for further details see www.rhycycling.ixdm.ch).
Noëmi Schäfer (*1976) is in a charge of the administrative and organizational work at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures.
After her studies of work and organizational psychology at the University of Berne she worked as an editorial assistant in a psychology editorial office in Berne. Having a strong interest and affinity for Mexico she stayed between 2008 and 2009 for several months in Mexico. Being back in Switzerland she worked in an editorial office in Basel, taught German classes for foreigners and Spanish classes for beginners. Since 2011 she works at the Institute for Experimental Design and Media Cultures.
Andreas Simon (*1966) was senior researcher at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, he is a computer scientist and interaction designer.
He studied Computer Science at the Technische Universität Berlin and the MIT Media Lab. He holds a diploma degree in computer science (TU Berlin 1996).
Andreas Simon lectured new media at HGK FHNW and is coaching master thesis projects. Before coming to HGK FHNW, Andreas has worked as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute (IAO) in Stuttgart and as a senior researcher for the Gesellschaft für Mathematik and Datenverarbeitung (GMD) in St. Augustin, Germany.
He has developed software systems, large immersive display systems and novel spatial and multisensory interaction techniques and interaction devices. In collaboration with industrial partners such as BMW, Audi and BP he has designed and developed advanced visualization applications. His interest is in interaction design, collaboration, and the evaluation of interactivity and new media.
Dr. Yvonne Volkart
Dr. Yvonne Volkart is a researcher of the project “Times of Waste” at IXDM, instructor for art theory and cultural media studies at the IAep of the Academy of Art and Design, FHNW Basel, and at the Master of Arts in Art Education, Zurich University of the Arts. She was research fellow of the project “RhyCycling – Esthetics of Sustainability in the Basel Border Area“ (2010-13, SNSF/DORE: rhycycling.ixdm.ch / www.explore-rhycycling.ixdm.ch) and was project leader of the research project “Cyborg Bodies” at “Mediaartnet” (2003-06, ICS/ZHdK/ZKM Karlsruhe: www.medienkunstnetz.de/).
She held a wide range of lectures, seminars and workshops in various art academies and universities in Switzerland and Europe. Her dissertation „Fluide Subjekte. Anpassung und Widerspenstigkeit in der Medienkunst“ (“Fluid Subjects. Adaptation and Defiance in Media Art“) has been published by [transcript], Bielefeld 2006.
Furthermore, she is a freelance author, art critic and curator based in Zurich. From 2009-11 she was curator at Shedhalle Zurich (with Anke Hoffmann), and realized several group exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and books (http://archiv2012.shedhalle.ch/en/ausstellungen). From 2007-09 she curated the touring exhibition and the book “Ecomedia. Ecological Strategies in Today’s Art” (together with Sabine Himmelsbach and Karin Ohlenschläger), presented at Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg; [plug.in], Basel; Sala Parpallò, Valencia).
She received the art critic’s grant of the City of Zürich (2010), the Swiss Art Award for Criticism (1998), and in 1996 she was Art Critic in Residence in Vienna.
Her main interests are ecological, political and digital aesthetics; the Anthropocene; garden, landscape, nature, and technology; the non-human; trans- and intermedia; history of modernity; art and science; curatorial practices; queer and gender theory; history and performativity in the arts.
Her current concerns are about the significance of technology for ecological awareness and aesthetics in the arts.
Ludwig Zeller holds an M.A. in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art London and a Diplom in Audiovisual Media from the Academy of Media Arts Köln. Ludwig explores the relationship between technologies and culture through a multitude of artistic and scientific methods. In his practice he blurs the supposedly clear, disciplinary borders between art and design.
As a docent at the Academy of Art and Design Basel (FHNW) he examines with his students the poetic dimensions of our data culture through audio-visual translations between analogue and digital domains. His personal research puts a special emphasis on the narrative qualities of fictional design artefacts and scenarios. Strategies for creating awareness and reflection of our status quo as well as the discussion of the relationship between society and technology are key points of investigation.
Ludwig has worked as a designer and artist since 2005 and joined the academic board of the Academy of Art and Design Basel in 2011. His work has been exhibited internationally at V2_ Rotterdam, FILE Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, MU Eindhoven, Arnolfini Bristol, PLATINE Cologne, Barbican London, technarte Bilbao, SIGCHI Boston and written about in PAGE, De:Bug, Fast.Co Design, wemakemoneynotart, Beyond the Beyond and CAN.