Arse Elektronika San Francisco 2011
Jesse Darling is an artist of many media working in street art, installation, performance, photography, sound and video. Originally trained in dance and physical theatre, JD also studied at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and holds a BA in sculpture from Central St Martins in London. JD is interested in experimental living, or dasein by design; the performance of everyday life as manifested in the meta, and the space in which manifestation/performance becomes an unmediated experience. http://bravenewwhat.org
David Fine is a Sex Robot from the 25th century. He spends his time in our era guiding technology in useful, or at least interesting, directions
Johannes Grenzfurthner is an artist, writer, curator, and director. He is the founder of monochrom, an internationally acting art and theory group. He holds a professorship for art theory and art practice at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. He is head of the "Arse Elektronika" festival in San Francisco, host of "Roboexotica" (Festival for Cocktail-Robotics, Vienna and San Francisco), and co-curates the Paraflows Symposium in Vienna. He or his project were featured in New York Times, Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Reuters, Slashdot, Boing Boing, LA Times, NPR, ZDF, Gizmodo, Wired, Süddeutsche Zeitung, CNet or the Toronto Star. Recurring topics in Johannes' artistic and textual work are contemporary art, activism, performance, humor, philosophy, postmodernism, media theory, cultural studies, sex tech, popular culture studies, science fiction, and the debate about copyright.
Jonathan Mann is best known as the "song a day guy". He's been writing, recording, producing and posting a song and video a day since January 1st 2009. His videos have appeared all over the web from Boing Boing to the Huffington Post to Tech Crunch, and on national television, such as a live performance on the Rachel Maddow show. In addition, Steve Jobs opened his "Antennagate" press conference with a video and song created by Mann. Previously, he was known as the creator and producer of The Mario Opera and of the online character GameJew, who was best known for singing to Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
Aaron Muszalski is a professional visual effects artist and educator with over twenty years of experience. A veteran of George Lucas' Academy Award-winning visual effects facility, Industrial Light + Magic, he has worked on such films as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Sleepy Hollow, Galaxy Quest, The Mummy Returns and Star Wars: Attack of The Clones. As a Visual Effects Supervisor he has overseen shots on The Last Mimzy, Grindhouse and Synecdoche, New York. A passionate futurist, he frequently consults with companies on visual effects, media and technology.
Rose White is a sociologist and lives and works in San Francisco. In 1997 she had a story anthologized in Best American Erotica, which means it's about time for her to write some new porn.
X&Y is an interdisciplinary collaboration between two artists from different backgrounds whose work explores themes of sex, gender, auto-ethnography and trash culture. The work consists in live intervention and body-based performance, in which individual viewers in isolation are invited to engage with the dynamic. Documentation plays an integral part in the practice: this archive may take the form of video, photographs or sculptural installation, usually working with found and incidental materials.