Arse Elektronika San Francisco 2014
Adam RothsteinAdam is an insurgent archivist and writes about politics, media, and technology. He is most interested in the canons of history and prediction, the so-called "Future-Weird", and the unstable ramifications of today's cultural technology.
Rosalynn RothsteinRosalynn is a bureaucrat, trade unionist and arranger of natural materials. Together they make up 2/3 of the organizing team of the Weird Shift Storefront in Portland, Oregon, a place where the aggregation of cultural arcana, speculative theories and the pursuit of sideline knowledge areas is encouraged.
Andi WallwhoreDr. Andi Wallwhore is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). Andi runs a public life arts school (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd. or VASTAL), a biotech research corporation (NADL Inc.), a psychic fertility clinic (PsyFert), a religion (Lineago) on a micronation (name withheld from public) and a rubber stamp bioethics consortium (Bioart Ethical Advisory Kommission or BEAK). Radical Sexology and New Reprotech inform his otherwise humdrum role as Brooklyn's MENSA Overlord and pornomics subprogramming dom for hire.
Chris GoreChristopher Patrick "Chris" Gore is a speaker and writer on the topic of independent film. He is the main writer and the founder of Film Threat, a project dedicated to covering independent and underground movies which he started in 1985. He was also the editor in chief of Videogames Magazine from 1993-1995.
In 2009, Gore signed on to host a reality talk show called Hollywood on the Rocks produced by Mini Movie Channel and distributed by Ovation TV.
Clakula (Clark & Vakula)Ashley Bell Clark and Matej Vakula had been collaborating together since since 2011 as Duo Clakula.
Duo Clakula has been exhibiting internationally in Europe and also in the US. They play with visually showing and re-imagining love, through many different mediums and platforms.
It is an open ended process exploring what they can make together based on their manifesto of love.The work begin as videos from films made with Matej's father's (USSR made) Super 8 camera in Slovakia and evolved into different mediums such as painting, photography, and digital media.
Image of their bodies generated through different technologies questions who they are when rendered through these different technologies and visions, which are at the same time distancing them and keeping them together. Clakula's productions are a version of a family album that expresses their commitment to sharing their freedom together. This album was submitted as evidence of their love to the US government.
ComingleComingle develops open-source sex toy platforms. We target innovations in interaction, stimulation, and DIY. The goal is for individuals to be able to safely customize their sexual experiences in ways previously only imaginable. Comingle is Andrew Quitmeyer, Paul Clifton, and Craig Durkin. We are based in Atlanta, GA.
Dianna AndersonDianna Anderson is a writer from Sioux Falls, SD. She has a bachelor's in theology/philosophy from the University of Sioux Falls and a Master's in English literature from Baylor University. Her first book, Damaged Goods: New Perspective on Christian Purity, is forthcoming from Jericho Books in February 2015. Dianna has lived all over the world, doing a semester abroad at Oxford during undergrad, and spending 10 months in Japan as an English teacher at a university in Shimonoseki. She grew up in the Baptist church and has been studying the evangelical purity movement from the inside out for most of her life.
Griffin BoyceGriffin is a researcher living in Washington, DC. He tries not to date spies -- a difficult feat, given that he lives in the City of Spies.
Rosa Maria QuiñonesRosa Maria Quiñones is a transcendental code-switching cyborg who lives in San Francisco, was born in Arkansas, schooled in Louisiana, Connecticut, and New York, and keeps a tendril in Central European Time. A city gal born in the deep South, she started mixing up categories at conception and doesn't intend to stop anytime soon. She can be found online most places as @yarnivore
James P. AscherJames P. Ascher is doctoral student in the history of English Literature at the University of Virginia where studies bibliography and 18th century literature, particularly focusing on libertinism, censorship, and the history of obscenity. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at University Colorado Boulder where he cataloged rare books, taught book history, and directed the ScriptaLab colloquium, faculty seminar, and lecture series. He publishes on bibliographical methods, issues in diplomatic transcription, processes for collection surveys, and methods training and recruiting librarians; he also teaches descriptive bibliography as a lab instructor at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. He organized the 54th Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Preconference, serves as the Vice-President for Publications of the American Printing History Association, and serves as Treasurer for the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies. More information is on Academia.edu.
Jason WilsonFounder of Outerbody Labs.
Kuang-Yi KuCo-founder of TW BioArt (Taiwanese bioart community). Currently studying in MA Communications Design, Shih Chien University, and Master of Dentistry in Department of Dentistry, National Yang-Ming University. He is working as a professional dentist and artist at the same time. Has got his work exhibited in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Tina GongTina Gong is a user interface designer, illustrator, and front-end developer. She is the founder of HappyPlayTime, a sex education game whose aim is to eliminate the stigma around female masturbation. She graduated with a degree in individualized studies from Gallatin NYU, with a concentration in linguistics. She really digs symbols and logic and shit: brands basically make up our modern-day symbology and code expresses the backbone of language, making them both pretty damn spiffy.
Varka (aka Jan Mulders)Varka (aka Jan Mulders) is the cofounder of the fantasy adult toy company Bad Dragon. A business executive by trade but an electronic/software engineer by training, he has spent the last 20 years completely unable to stop making things. Originally hailing from Scotland, he discovered while at university the only thing he could sculpt with any degree of competence was dragon dicks - and the rest, as they say, is history.