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The Interface Cultures Doctoral Program is conducted in collaboration  with the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) Departments of Interaction  Design / Game Design (Prof. Dr. Gerhard Buurman) und dem Department of Art & Media (Prof. Giaco Schiesser)

César Escudero Andaluz

César Escudero Andaluz (LIC, MA, MFA) studied Fine Arts and Architecture & Design at the University of Salamanca, Visual Arts and Multimedia at the Politechnical University of Valencia.
Since 2011 he is researching at the Kunstuniversität Linz in Interface Culture LAB. Working in the field between users and interfaces.
-2017.* AARHUS UNIVERSITY.  Data Polluters, Guest lecturer on Digital Aesthetics.
-NEXT. UPV, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Interface Dissidence. AVM master.
-2017.* NODE Forum for Digital Arts, DESIGNING HOPE, Frankfurt (Germany). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* ARTS SANTA MONICA. Diffractive Interfaces, Barcelona, (Spain).
-2017.* AARHUS UNIVERSITY. Interfight Kit NETBOTS, on Digital Aesthetics Master.
-2017.*RE:TRACE The 7th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology (Austria). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
SCREENING GRANT. Aarhus University, (Denmark, 2017).
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Colombia National University
-2017.* ARTIST RETHINKING BLOCKCHAIN  (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* EXSTRANGE: A CURATORIAL INTERVENTION IN E-BAY (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Mediem Karlsruhe, Open codes (Germany). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* INJUVE Estudio Escritorio, curated by Antonio Ferreira (Spain).
-2017.* NODE Forum for Digital Arts, DESIGNING HOPE, Frankfurt (Germany). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* SOBREEXPOSICIÓN Espacio de Arte Contemporaneo. Curated by Juan José Santos, Montevideo (Uruguay).
-2017.* PLASTIC PLANET Azkuna Zentroa. Curated by Jaime de Los Rios, Bilbao (Spain).
-2017.* ADAF 13th Athens Digital Art Festival, #POSTFUTURE, Athens (Greece). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)
-2017.* WRO 17th Media Art Biennale, DRAFT SYSTEMS Wroclaw (Poland). (in collaboration with Martín Nadal)

Ulrich Brandstätter

lives and works Linz, Austria.
His practice include sound, interactive installations, and particularly digital games. The topic of his PhD project is Productive Gaming - video games that yield productive results by being played: playing activities are transformed into creative processes, facilitating creations with validity beyond game virtualities.

Alessio Chierico

is an artist and researcher with a theoretical background in contemporary art, design theory and media studies. He is currently PhD candidate at Interface Culture department of Kunstuniversität Linz (AT) and graduated in the same university. Chierico has been visiting student at IAMAS Institute of Advanced Media Art and Sciences in Ogaki (JP), and former student at NABA in Milan (IT), and in the art academies of Carrara and Urbino (IT). In the last ten years of activity, he had more than sixty exhibitions and regularly contributes to conferences talks and academic publications. In 2014 Chierico won the Lab Award (Augsburg, GER) and in 2008 Milano in Digitale (Milan, IT). Passing though topics like digital ontology and media aesthetics, his current research focuses on the relationship between contemporary art and Media Art fields, with a special attention on their specific cultural economy.

Harald Moser

Harald Moser is a media artist (co-founder of wollle) and studied Interface Culture at the University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz (AT) and at the Institute of Advanced Media Art s and Sciences, Ogaki (JP). He worked as Interface- and Exhibit Designer, Project Manager and Consultant for remarkable clients and institutions national and international. His relation to Ars Electronica was affected by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau who lead him through his MA. From 2010 till 2012 he was Part of the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Then he established a new unit within Ars Electronica Solutions called Urban Media Development. 2014 he was travelling around the world to research for his Phd focussed on cities development.

Tina Sauerländer

Curator (peer to space)  
Tina Sauerländer studied art history, business economics and Bavarian ecclesiastical history at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She works as a curator and writer based in Berlin. She focuses primarily on the impact of the digital and the Internet on individual environments and society. With her exhibition hub peer to space she has been organizing and curating international group exhibitions in various institutions throughout Europe. She is the author of many comprehensive texts on contemporary artists. She is co-founder of Radiance, an international online research database for artistic Virtual Reality experiences. And she is the founder of the SALOON, a network for women working in the art field in Berlin, Paris and Vienna. She is currently engaged in doctoral studies at Kunstuniversität Linz about artistic self-staging in digital art.

Enrique Tomás

Enrique Tomás (Madrid, 1981) is a sound artist and researcher who dedicates his time to finding new ways of expression and play with sound, art and technology. His work explores the intersection between sound art, computer music, locative media and human-machine interaction.
As an individual artist, Tomás’ activity is centred around "ultranoise.es" and focuses on performances and installations with extreme and immersive sounds and environments.
He has exhibited in spaces of Ars Electronica, Sonar, IEM, KUMU, SMAK, NOVARS, Laboral, STEIM, Steirischer Herbst, Alte Schmiede, etc., and in galleries and institutions throughout Europe, Brazil and Mexico. Also an educator, since 2005 he is a frequent lecturer on the use of technologies for creative expression in sound and music.

Stefano Vannotti

After completing his studies in New Media Art at the HGKZ in Zurich, where he graduated in 2003, and at the UDK Berlin, Stefano Vannotti was engaged in several projects as a freelance web designer. Since 2004, he has been working as a research associate and assistant lecturer for the Interaction Design Program at the School of Art and Design Zurich. He teaches and advises undergraduate students in the fields of user interface design, information architecture and web development. In his research activities, Stefano Vannotti focuses mainly on the design of user interfaces for digital libraries and, in particular, institutional repositories. Beyond that, his main concern lies with the impact of a design-oriented approach to the broad field of human-computer interaction.



Mahir M. Yavuz

Researcher / Designer

Yavuz received his BA degree in visual Communication Design at the Istanbul Bilgi university in 2003. He then decided to work as a designer and also started giving lectures. In Fall 2002, he designed the posters of Turkey´s advertisement campaign. Between 2002-2004, he designed website interfaces for online banking B2B and B2C sites. Between 2005-2006, he was engaged in projects as Santral Istanbul: Contemporary Museum of Arts, Turkish Brands Project carries out by the Turkish Assiciation od Advertising Agencies. Besides working as an art director an an instructor in istanbul, until September 2006, Yavuz has been working in the coordination and art direction of several exhibitions including "Relocate-Retro Tracks" at the Ars Electronica 2005 Festival in Linz. After completing his MFA in visual Communication Design in July 2006, Yavuz moved to Linz, Austria. He is currently engaged in doctoral studies at Kunstuniversität Linz. He also works as a freelance designer and performs live video-mixings.