Speakers Angela Beesley Geke van Dijk Rosalind Gill Michael Indergaard John Chris Jones Olia Lialina Peter Luining Peter Lunenfeld Adrian Mackenzie Franziska Nori Danny O’Brien, NTK Steven Pemberton Helen Petrie Schoenerwissen/OfCD Hayo Wagenaar
Angela Beesley is one of five directors of the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent organization of Wikipedia, where she is Executive Secretary and Volunteer User Representative. She is Vice-President of Wikia, Inc. which runs the Wikia search engine and Wikicities, a collection of freely-hosted wiki communities. Angela also serves on the Advisory Board of ourmedia, a grassroots media archive. Angela has recently worked as a consultant for the BBC and was formerly a researcher and test developer for the National Foundation for Educational Research.
Geke van Dijk
Geke van Dijk works as a PhD researcher at the Department of Computing of the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). The focus of her work is investigating the ways in which consumers move between online and offline channels while searching for information and deliberating a purchase. From the early nineties until 2002 Geke worked in the internet industry in The Netherlands. As managing director of Lost Boys content & usability she was responsible for research and consultancy on user experiences and online communication strategies. Geke combines her current academic work with being co-director of STBY, a new media research company based in Amsterdam and London.
Geke van Dijk
Rosalind Gill works at the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she runs a Masters programme in Gender and the Media. She is a member of the Media@lse team, and her broad interests are in social theory and methodology, post-modernism and feminist theory. Her work is centrally concerned with the new forms that discriminatory practices take in these ‘flexible’ and ‘post’ times. Her PhD was concerned with ‘new racism’ and ‘new sexism’ in British pop radio, and more recently she has looked at similar issues in new media, sceptically examining its claim to be an industry that is ‘cool, creative and egalitarian’.
Michael Indergaard is an associate professor of Sociology and Anthropology at St. John’s University, New York. His areas of special interest are urban sociology, economic sociology, technology and culture. He published in Social Problems, Urban Studies, Urban Affairs Review and Economic Development Quarterly. He is the author of a key study, from a socio-economic perspective, of work in the web-design industry, Silicon Alley: The Rise and Fall of a New Media District. He has a forthcoming book (along with Robert Tillman) on problems of corporate governance and financial crimes entitled, Pump and Dump: The Rancid Rules of the New Economy. (Rutgers University Press).
John Chris Jones
John Chris Jones is one of the leading figures in design theory and author of several key books such as Design Methods, published in 1962. He was appointed as the first professor of design at the British University and has been writing and lecturing independently since 1974. More recently he has established a unique web presence via a peripatetic and mobile blog. He is the author of The Internet and Everyone, Ellipsis, London, 2000.
Author of First Real Net Art Gallery, Last Real Net Art Museum, The Most Beautiful Web Page. Co-author of Zombie&Mummy episodes. Net Art pioneer and entrepreneur. Animated GIF model. Wife of rockstar. Since 1999 Professor of Merz Akademie (New Media Pathway), Stuttgart.
Peter Lunenfeld is professor in the Media Design Program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He works, writes, and teaches at the intersection of art, design, and technology. Lunenfeld is the editorial director of the highly designed Mediawork pamphlet series and associated Web site for the MIT Press. They include Writing Machines (2002) by N. Katherine Hayles, designed by Anne Burdick (who also did the Web Supplement), Rhythm Science (2004) by Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky that Subliminal Kid, designed by COMA. Next up in the series is Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling, designed by Lorraine Wild. Lunenfeld has lectured at Harvard, Yale, the MIT Media Lab, the Royal College of Art, the University of Stockholm, the Getty Research Center, UC Berkeley, and the Interaction Institute Ivrea in Italy.
Adrian Mackenzie is a member of the Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University and the author of Transductions, bodies and machines at speed (Continuum, 2002). Currently he is working on a cultural and ethnographic study of programming, including Java, asking how new media infrastructural objects such as databases, protocols, image codings and frameworks can be read as collectively embodied imaginings.
Franziska Nori is head of research of the digitalcraft.org Kultürburo. From 2000 – 2003 she was curator in chief of the department for digital culture at the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in Frankfurt, for which she conceived exhibitions as well as a collection of digital objects (games and websites). Franziska Nori curated exhibitions such as ‘I Love You’ exploring the worlds of hackers and viruses, ‘adonnaM.mp3’ devoted to the phenomenon of filesharing in the Net, ‘Origami digital’ about the so-called demo. In 1998, she was appointed by the European Commission to deliver an appraisal of future strategies for European museums working with new media. Prior to this, she worked as an independent curator of modern and contemporary art, at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Vienna, the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid, and the Fundación la Caixa in Palma de Mallorca.
Danny O’Brien, NTK
Danny O’Brien is is chiefly known as the editor of Need To Know, ntk.net the satirical web-weekly that has tracked, fed and parodied internet culture and web-design for over seven years. O’Brien is involved in stand.org, a group of volunteers disseminating information about issues around privacy and censorship, particularly with respect to the Internet. He also writes for the London Sunday Times and the Irish Times.
Steven Pemberton is a researcher at the CWI, Amsterdam, the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science, and chair of the W3C HTML and Forms working groups. At the end of the 80’s he designed and built a browser with extensible markup, stylesheets, vector graphics, and client-side scripting. He has been involved with the Web from the beginning, organising two workshops at the first Web conference in 1994, and chairing the first W3C Style Sheets Workshop in 1995. He is co-author of amongst others HTML 4, CSS, XHTML, XForms and XML Events. He is editor-in-chief of ACM/interactions, the journal of ‘new visions of human computer interaction’.
Helen Petrie has degrees in computer science and psychology. Her main research interests are human-system interaction and the psychology of technology use. She is professor of Human Computer Interaction at City University, London, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a leading figure in the design of the websites for maximum accessibility and the author of the UK Government’s Disability Rights Commission’s recent landmark report, The Web, Access and Inclusion for Disabled People.
Schoenerwissen/OfCD conducts research and development in computational design. This includes original interdisciplinary research in information technology, human-computer interaction and social sciences. Their projects oscillate between web applications, visual software and communication design – for a broad range of public institutions and private clients. The award-winning nomad design office is led by Anne Pascual and Marcus Hauer and is currently based in California, where both pursue research in the Media Arts and Technology Program at UC Santa Barbara. Furthermore they are regular contributors to the design section of De:Bug Magazine in Berlin.
Hayo Wagenaar was trained as interactive designer, and developed early a practice in designing animation and interactive elements. He worked for the software company Origin, designing graphics, icons and general interfaces for Rabobank telebanking. He collaborated on the design of the Dutch parliaments’ website and in 1997 he co-founded IJsfontein, an Amsterdam based interactive design company. As the current art director of the company, he is mainly involved in the conceptual translation from any client’s message to a truly interactive concept.