Principal Art & Science Collaborators:
Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., is a media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).
She is currently Visiting Professor at the Empowerment Informatics Program (EMP), University of Tsukuba, Japan and Interface Cultures, University of Linz, Austria. Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. With her installations, she explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation.
Victoria has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions, more than seventy group shows, has been published in excess of twenty papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is the North American editor of AI & Society and in 2007 published an edited volume – Database Aesthetics: Art in the age of Information Overflow, Minnesota Press and most recently an edited volume entitled Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy). Intellect Press, 2011.
Alfred Vendl | Science Visualization Lab Angewandte – Digital Art,
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Dr. Vendl is director and writer with a background in chemistry.
Science and Research: Studies of Material Science at Technical University of Vienna, PhD, Research Scientist at: Imperial College /University of London, England, University Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, University of California – San Diego La Jolla, USA , Max-Planck-Institut of Metal-Research Stuttgart, Germany. Since 1981 Full Professor at University of Applied Arts Vienna, head of the Institute of Art and Technology, Associative Professor at Technical University Vienna. Since 2016, head of Science Visualization Lab Angewandte – Digital Art. Around 80 scientific publications in Material Science, Archaeometry and Art Technology.
Film and Television: Education as Cameraman in Vienna, Freelance Cameraman since 1968, since 1970 work for ORF (Austrian Television) as cameraman, writer, director, producer and host of scientific talk-shows. Writer, director and/or producer of more than 200 prime-time documentaries for ORF, ARD, ZDF, WDR, BR, ARTE, BBC, Discovery, Smithsonian, WNET, etc.
Martina Fröschl | Science Visualization Lab Angewandte – Digital Art, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Martina R. Fröschl, MSc is a digital artist focusing on computer animation and artistic science visualization. She studied Media Technique in St. Pölten and Media Design in Hagenberg, Austria and graduated in 2009. For her various project participations as visual effects and 3D artist in film and tv productions, she obtained practice experience already during her student days and ever since. Besides her visual effects and graphics projects, she engages in the organization team of PIXELvienna conference and has led some workshops. Currently, she is a doctoral researcher in a science visualization project in Science Visualization Lab Angewandte at University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Stephan Handschuh | VetCore-Facility for Research, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
Stephan Handschuh is a biologist with a technical focus on microscopic imaging and 3D visualization. He has a broad biological background in diverse fields such as evolutionary biology, comparative and functional morphology, microscopic anatomy, developmental biology, and theoretical biology. He obtained his Magister in biology at the University of Vienna in 2007. After a fellowship at the KLI Altenberg he became a staff scientist in the imaging facility at University of Veterinary medicine Vienna in 2012. There he has a strong technical focus on quantitative microscopic x-ray imaging and 3D data visualization and analysis. Since 2010 he is also a member of the Science Visualization group of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where he works on creating scientifically meaningful 3D models of microscopic animal samples.
Thomas Schwaha | Department of Integrative Zoology, University of Vienna
Dr. Thomas Schwaha is a zoologist with particular focus on animal morphology and evolution as well as imaging techniques. He studied biology with a focus on zoology, particularly animal morphology, at the University of Vienna and completed his education with a doctoral degree on soft-body morphological aspects of bryozoans, a not-too-well-known of colonial invertebrates. Since 2011 he has a post-doc position at the Department of Integrative Zoology at the same university where he is responsible for all microscopes and imaging facilities of the department but also is active in teaching undergraduate and graduate students as well continue research on primarily bryozoan morphology. Due to his strong imaging background, he also focuses on new developments in imaging and actively aids other researchers with new approaches towards research questions. Along with his broad teaching experience, this has allowed him to gain detailed knowledge into the morphology of various animal phyla such as e.g. arthropods, mollusks or annelids.
Ruth Schnell is a media artist based in Vienna.
Since 2010 she is Head of the Digital Art Department at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
She has been working with computer-aided tools since the mid-1980s. Her corpus of work, which includes video installations, interactive video environments and light installations, explores the nature of human perception as well as the relationship between perception and the body. She is considered an expert in dynamic projection in particular. Moreover she has done pioneering work by investigating spatial and contextual implications of the after-image phenomenon in different series of works using LED light sticks.
Olivia Osborne | UCLA Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
Dr. Olivia Osborne is an interdisciplinary research scientist and artist with a forte in educational entertainment. She is a bold adventurer with a passion to spread virtue and knowledge across the globe. From guest lectures to undertaking terrestrial conservation work in the jungles of Honduras, her love for nature has made Olivia the dedicated environmental toxicologist that she is and an admirable advocate for environmental issues. Currently a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA at the multidisciplinary University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN), she is working on the hazard assessment of nanoparticles in the environment for which her research has received widespread media attention. She obtained her BSc, Hons, Exon and PhD from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom; specializing in developmental biology and ecotoxicology. Aside from her science credentials, she is an acknowledged bio-artist known for her experimental techniques.