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Founded in 1996 by artists Stéphane Claude and Gisèle Trudel, Ælab is a research collective that invites other collaborators to participate on a regular basis.
Javier Alvarez has been using extensively electroacoustic media in his musical compositions.
Juan Amenábar Ruiz
Juan Amenábar Ruiz, engineer and composer, began experimenting with electroacoustic music techniques in 1953.
Jorge Antunes composed his first electroacoustic piece in his home studio in 1961 and since then has been very active working with these media.
Barry's education includes training in architecture, art, literature, film theory and computer graphics.
Born in Israel in 1957, Irit Batsry has lived and worked in New York since 1983.
Oscar Bazán, composer and educator, was among the small group of composers who created the Experimental Music Center of Córdoba.
After studying fine art at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada), Philip Beesley completed a degree in architecture at the University of Toronto (Canada).
Samuel Bianchini combines practice, theory, collaborations, and teaching.
Pat Binder is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in 1960 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and now lives in Berlin, Germany.
After completing his military service in Denmark, Per Biorn studied electrical engineering, then emigrated to the United States in 1962.
Avoiding the trap of the didacticism often linked with political art, Blain explores themes of war, racism, slavery, mass indoctrination of children and adults, and other relationships of domination.
Juan Blanco has been the driving force in the development of electroacoustic music in Cuba.
Peter Blasser has definitly followed a very singular path: a degree in Electronic Music and Chinese, with minors in Computer Science and Ancient Greek.
César Bolaños studied music in Lima at the National Conservatory of Music before travelling to the United States.
Natalie Bookchin received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the State University of New York in 1984 and a master of fine arts degree in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990.
From 1934 to 1937, John Cage studied composition with Arnold Schoenberg in California.
Robert Cahen’s work with video first developed as the result of his studies of electroacoustic composition.
Originally a filmmaker, Campbell turned to science after having worked for several years on a personally difficult film on mental illness.
Sandro Canavezzi de Abreu
Sandro Canavezzi de Abreu has studied architecture and urbanism at the University of São Carlos in Brazil and worked as an architect.
Pedro Caryevschi was among the group of composers who received scholarships during the 1969-1970 biennial to study at the CLAEM.
Otto Castro is an active composer working with electronic and
music in Costa Rica.
In the early 1960s, Lucinda Childs studied dance with Merce Cunningham and Robert Dunn.
In 1994, Choinière founded Le Corps Indice, a dance company dedicated to explorations in performance and new technologies.
Marie Chouinard is a choreographer, dancer, performer, and occasional set, costume, sound and light designer.
Cecil H. Coker
At Bell Labs, Cecil H. Coker focused primarily on researching articulatory speech synthesis.
Luc Courchesne was born in 1952 in Saint-Léonard d'Aston, Québec, Canada.
James P. Crutchfield
In the late 1970s, James Crutchfield was part of a group of rebels at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which played a major role in the development of chaos theory.
Chris Csikszentmihályi teaches electronic arts at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, USA).
An independent media artist, curator and writer, Nina Czegledy divides her time between Canada and Europe.
Ricardo Dal Farra
Ricardo Dal Farra has been conducting activities in the merging fields of the arts, sciences and new technologies for more than 25 years.
Sharon Daniel is a video and new media artist working in database aesthetics and interface design.
Originally a painter, Davies became interested in the possibilities of computer graphics and animation and in 1985 joined Softimage, shortly after its founding.
Constance DeJong has cultivated a career as a writer and a performance, video, and new media artist since the late seventies.
Sara Diamond was born in 1954 in New York City and later moved to Canada with her family.
Since the early 1990s, she has produced works that redefine the form of the traditional narrative through the use of interactive components.
Renowned composer, theorist, sound engineer, professor, speaker, researcher and current director of the Art and Science Laboratory, David Dunn is also the recipient of several awards.
Alan Dunning lives in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) where he heads up the department of media arts and digital technologies at the Alberta College of Art.
ECOS, Siraj Izhar, Dominique Leroy & Benjamin Larcher
Izhar is a London artist, writer and social activist.
With Sunstone, Ed Emshwiller developed one of the earliest computer animation works in the Computer Graphics Lab.
Manuel Enriquez, composer, conductor and performer, was one of the biggest names in new Mexican music during the late 20th century.
Milton Estévez majored in classical guitar and music theory at the National Conservatory of Music in Quito, Ecuador.
Born in São Paulo (Brazil) to Scandinavian parents, Öyvind Fahlström spent a portion of his adult life in Sweden. He moved to New York in 1961.
After studying new media at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto, Canada, Jessica Field pursued her interests in electronic arts and in micro-controller programming.
He is co-founder and co-president with Ginette Major, of La Cité des arts et des nouvelles technologies de Montréal.
At Bell Labs, Ralph Flynn focused primarily on researching the amplification of electrical signals.
Marc Fournel has been working in media arts since 1995.
Ichiro Fujinaga is an Assistant Professor of Music Technology at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
Arturo Gervasoni, composer, guitar performer and educator, graduated in Musical Composition at the National University of Córdoba.
Though Juan Geuer was born in 1917 in the Dutch city of Soest, he has adopted several countries as his home and they have all marked his art, science and sensibilities toward human perceptions of space and time.
Beatrice Gibson is an artist based in London. Born in 1978 she received a degree in philosophy from Manchester university. From 1999-2003 she lived in Bombay, India.
"I work from the insight that sculpture is a form of social material and that my exhibitions involve the production of artwork that can be viewed as a form of cultural research."
Dante Grela composed his early
pieces on tape during the '60s working at his private studio in Rosario.
The London-based architect and artist Usman Haque designs interactive architectural systems and is interested in the ways that people relate to each other and to their surrounding space.
Born in 1952 in the Magdeburg region in Germany, Gerhard Haupt lives and works in Berlin.
In his 1960’s paintings and sculptures, Alex Hay depicted the formal properties of everyday objects.
Along with her collaborators, she attempted to blur the line traditionally separating trained and untrained dancers.
At Bell Labs, Larry Heilos focused primarily on laser research.
Saskatchewan native Steve Heimbecker studied fine arts at the Alberta College of Art and Design (Calgary, Canada).
Lynn Hershman Leeson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where her father had immigrated from Montreal.
Gary Hill believes it fundamental to deconstruct video on all possible levels in order to articulate an electronic language.
At Bell Labs, Peter Hirsch focused primarily on researching underwater sound output and radar technologies.
Harold Hodges began his career as a clockmaker. At Bell Labs, he focused mainly on laser research.
Nan Hoover, initially trained in fine arts, has worked in video since the early 1970s.
Natalie Jeremijenko is a design engineer and technoartist.
The group Jodi ‘scratch’ computers and deconstructs what is already installed on the computer.
Video used in Joan Jonas’s work is integrated into a broader concept of performance.
Caitlin Jones and Paul Kuranko
From 2001 to 2006, Caitlin Jones held a combined research position in both the Curatorial and Conservation departments at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Alejandro José has been crossing the sea, living alternatively between his homeland and Puerto Rico most of his life.
Kac began his artistic career as a traditional performance artist but eventually moved on to investigate technology artistically through an exploration of poetry.
At Bell Labs, Bill Kaminski focused mainly on research into wireless radio transmission.
Robert V. Kieronski
At Bell Labs, Robert Kieronski focused primarily on digital information processing systems.
After working for major computer firms like Microsoft, Klima decided to devote his time to creating complex interactive environments using the knowledge he’d acquired on the job.
Billy Klüver was born in 1927 to Swedish and Norwegian parents. In 1951, he earned an electrical engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Through her work, Susan Kozel researches the physical and philosophical vocabularies emerging from the convergence of dance and media technologies.
Born in Austria in 1964, Martin Kusch became involved in the media arts after studying art history, philosophy and painting at the Technical University and Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin (1982-1989).
alcides lanza is an active composer, conductor, pianist, teacher and concert organizer.
David Larcher has focused on radically deconstructing image information into an ‘emptied image’ that is ‘video void’.
George Legrady was born in 1950 in Budapest, Hungary. In 1956, after the Soviet invasion of his country, his family immigrated to Canada where they settled in Montreal.
Golan Levin is an artist, composer and designer whose work focuses on new modes of interactive audiovisual expression.
"Is there room in the global arena that is the net for the small, the domestic and the whims of a neurotic woman?"
Well known for his large-scale, interactive installations in public spaces, he has participated in many important events since 1990.
Born in 1941 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Mike MacDonald is of Mi’kmaq ancestry.
MacMurtrie's use of remote-controlled robots reminds us of our ever more interdependent relationship with the machine world.
Frank J. Malina
The Editors of
are deeply grieved to announce that Dr. Frank J. Malina, the Founder-Editor of
died of a heart attack on 9 November 1981.
Jônatas Manzolli, a composer and mathematician, is the research leader of NICS.
Ariel Martinez, a composer, bandoneón player and educator, moved from his homeland to Argentina many years ago.
At Bell Labs, Jim McGee focused mainly on research into holograms.
Awa Meité is a filmmaker, painter, jeweller, stylist and designer working both in Bamako (Mali) and France.
Alfredo del Mónaco
Alfredo del Mónaco is one of the biggest names in Venezuela's contemporary music scene.
Founded in 1991 by Keith Khan and Ali Zaidi, motiroti brings together artists who are devoted to multidisciplinary exploration and whose work has been presented internationally.
Lizzie Muller is a curator and writer specialising in interaction, audience experience and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Joaquín Orellana Mejía
Joaquín Orellana Mejía studied violin and composition at the National Conservatory of Music in Guatemala between 1949 and 1959.
Nam June Paik
Korean musician and composer Nam June Paik made his mark as the most prominent video pioneer.
In the early 1960’s, Steve Paxton was a dancer with the Jose Limon company.
Born in 1955, Simon Penny is an Australian artist, theorist and professor in the field of robotic and interactive art.
Andrés Posada, a prolific composer of instrumental music, has also composed using electroacoustic media.
Born in Quebec in 1967, Marie-Claude Poulin entered the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1991 to study dance performance and choreography.
Héctor Quintanar created several pieces using electroacoustic media during the '60s and '70s.
Established in 1998 in Australia, radioqualia is an artist collective cofounded by Honor Harger and Adam Hyde, both from New Zealand.
After spending her childhood and adolescence in San Francisco, Yvonne Rainer moved to New York in 1956.
In 1947, Robert Rauschenberg studied at the Académie Julian, in Paris, before returning to the United States.
Kurnal Rawat specializes in computer animation and multimedia design as well as in illustration and calligraphy.
In 1995, Vishal Rawlley earned a diploma in film and video production from Xavier's Institute of Communication in Bombay.
Juan Reyes obtained degrees in Mathematics and Music Composition from the University of Tampa, Florida, United States.
Alain-Martin Richard is a performer, artist, editor and critic who has been working in theatre, literature and performance since the late seventies.
Catherine Richards lives and works in Ottawa, Canada, where she is an assistant professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.
At Bell Labs, Robby Robinson focused primarily on researching cellular telephony.
David Rokeby is an interactive sound and video installation artist based in Toronto, Canada.
Juliana Rosales is a video, net art, noise and installation artist, architect, photographer and curator working in Montevideo, Uruguay.
®™ark (RTMArk), an activist group, was founded in 1991 with the goal of subverting corporate power and monopoly.
Surajit Sarkar is a filmmaker working in Delhi, India. He has held a myriad of positions as varied as photocopier salesman, bank officer...
Alfons Schilling was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1934. From 1956 to 1959, he studied at the Akademie für angewandte Kunst.
Thecla Schiphorst lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is a computer media artist, computer systems designer, choreographer, and dancer.
Andrew Schloss, a pioneering artist in new and electronic music, is developing and expanding the Radio Drum, an instrument with which he first experimented at IRCAM in the late 1980s.
Herb Schneider studied in Bebek, Turkey, and in the U.S. He joined Bell Labs while still a university student.
Federico Schumacher studied music at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chileand at Évry Conservatory in France.
Through his various works, Bill Seaman has developed a cinematic language with the help of new technologies.
Sha Xin Wei
After studying mathematics at Harvard and Stanford universities, Sha Xin Wei completed an interdisciplinary doctorate in mathematics, computer science, and the history and philosophy of science.
Sonia Sheridan, Biography
Sonia Landy Sheridan was born in Newark (OH) on April 10, 1925. From 1929 to 1947, she lived in New York City and in Cleveland (OH).
Conrado Silva, composer and educator, became interested in new music during the 1950s.
John F. Simon, Jr.
Every Icon by John Simon Jr. presents the matrix of every image in endless variability.
Born in London, England, Canadian sculptor Geoffrey Smedley studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College in London and served in the army from 1945-48 with the Royal Engineers.
Michael Snow was born in Toronto not so long ago, and lives there now – but has also lived in Montreal, Chicoutimi and New York
The Stealth Group is a collective of architects (Ana Dzokic, Ivan Kucina, Milica Topalovic and Marc Neelen) from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Born in Iceland and trained as a violinist, Steina is a major figure, considered legendary, in the field of electronic and video art.
David Stout, who studied with Ed Emshwiller, works with interactive media forms.
Wilson Sukorski describes himself as a "composer, musician, performer, producer, designer, builder and researcher."
Atau Tanaka, a composer and performer in the field of technology and music, was born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in New England in the United States.
Ricardo Teruel began teaching electronic music at the Instituto de Fonología of Centro Simón Bolívar in Caracas in 1983.
Virgilio F. H. Tosco was a professor of Composition, Harmony, Fugue and Musical Forms at the National University of Córdoba.
As a child, Tudor studied the piano, and in 1942, he passed the exam to become a member of the American Guild of Organists.
Formed in 1997, [The User] is an artists' collective made up of the architect Thomas McIntosh and the composer Emmanuel Madan.
Horacio Vaggione is an internationally recognized composer with an impressive catalog of electroacoustic music works.
Edgar Valcarcel lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the early '60s, working at CLAEM-Instituto Torcuato Di Tella (1963-1964).
His work takes the form of strategic interventions in public sites and electronic networks.
Elizabeth Vander Zaag
Born in 1952, artist Elizabeth Vander Zaag has been working in video and computer arts since the 1970s.
Beginning in the 1960s, Stan VanDerBeek worked with multiple projections on movable screens.
With Steina, Woody Vasulka worked to explore the nature of electronic image and sound.
Carlos Vázquez is a very active and prolific composer who has taught and worked extensively with electroacoustic media in his music.
In her recent research projects, she develops cryptographic systems based on embedded micro-processors and is particularly interested in the integration of those devices in architectural space.
Alberto Villalpando is considered one of the main driving forces of contemporary music in his country, Bolivia.
Bill Vorn and Louis-Philippe Demers
Born in 1959, Bill Vorn is a media artist who has been working since 1992 in robotic art.
Fred Waldhauer earned an engineering degree from Cornell University (N.Y.) and a master’s degree from Columbia (N.Y.).
At Bell Labs, Martin Wazowicz focused primarily on microwave research.
Between 1953 and 1957, Robert Whitman completed a degree in English literature at Rutgers (N.J.), and studied art history at Columbia (N.Y.).
John and James Whitney
Using abstract film and computers, John and James Whitney experimented with image and perception from the 1940s to the 1960s.
At Bell Labs, Witt Witnebert focused mainly on research into lasers.
At Bell Labs, Dick Wolff focused mainly on research into superconductors.
Edson Zampronha works with contemporary music, musical semiotics and musical technology.
Adam Zaretsky is an artist, or "bioartist," working as a research affiliate in Arnold Demain's Laboratory for Industrial Microbiology and Fermentation.
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