Lev Manovich is a professor at The Graduate Center, City University of New York and founder and director of Software Studies Initiativewhich works on the analysis and visualization of big cultural data. Manovich is the author of Software Takes Command (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (The MIT Press, 2005), and The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001) which was described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan."
Eleanor Gates-Stuart (United Kingdom)
Eleanor Gates-Stuart is a Researcher with the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) at the Australian National University and associated with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Eleanor's ongoing research focus specialises on Science and Art having spent the last five years working with major research organisations on special projects. Her more recent successful project, StellrScope, was awarded to Eleanor by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government, the prestigious Centenary of Canberra Science Art Commission, supported by the Australian Federal Government and the CSIRO.
The CSIRO was the host for this research, engaging Eleanor as the Science Art Fellow with the Food Futures Flagship and the Transformational Biology Capability Platform (TBCP) based at the Computational Infomatics (CIS) Research Division.
Eleanor’s interests firmly crossover arts, science, technology and communication. Having received numerous awards, grants, and commissions in her career, Eleanor maintains an active international artistic profile continuing her own research and roles such as curator, exhibitor and director of media and science arts events. She was made an honorary Associate Research Professor (2010-14) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) having successfully completed an International Residency at UCSC and exhibition of her “Finger Codes” Collection. She is a regular contributor to numerous professional associations, enjoys working on collaborations and publishing and presenting papers at various conferences in the UK, USA, Taiwan and Australia.
Erkki Huhtamo (Finland)
Erkki Huhtamo holds a PhD in cultural history. He works as professor of media history and theory at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). His international career as a theorist and practitioner on the fields of media culture and media arts spans more than three decades. He has curated numerous exhibitions of new media art, and been a member of many festival committees and juries worldwide. He is widely acknowledged as one of founders of a new field of study known as media archaeology. His most recent book is a large monograph titled Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013).
Machiko Kusahara (Japan)
Machiko Kusahara is Professor at the School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University and holds a Ph. D. in Engineering from University of Tokyo for her theoretical study on interplay between media culture, technology, art and society. She came into the field of digital media in early 1980s as a curator, critic and theorist in computer graphics and digital art. Since then she curated and wrote internationally and served as a jury for Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, among many others. Currently her research is focused in two related fields. One is media art in Japan today including Device Art, and Japanese postwar avant-garde art. The other is early Japanese visual entertainment from Edo era utsushi-e (magic lantern show), late 19c panorama, to prewar optical toys.
Essays in English include “Telerobotics and Art: Presence, Absence, and Knowledge in Telerobotics Art” (The Robot in the Garden, MIT Press, 2000), “From Ukiyo-e to Mobile Phone Screens: A Japanese Perspective” (Migrating Images, House of World Cultures, 2004), “They Are Born to Play: Japanese Visual Entertainment from Nintendo to Mobile Phones” (Art Inquiry, 2004), “Panorama Craze in Meiji Japan” (2006), “Device Art: A New Approach in Understanding Japanese Contemporary Media Art” (MediaArtHistories, MIT Press, 2007). “ ‘ We Will Open the Panorama-kan’ , The Beginning of the Panorama Craze in Meiji Era” (The Panorama in the Old World and the New, International Panorama Council, 2010), and “The ‘Baby Talkie’, Domestic Media, and the Japanese Modern”(Media Archaeology, UC Press, 2011).