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16-19 October 2013
Central Exhibition Hall "Manege", Moscow
Organizers — "Manege" and MediaArtLab
with the support of Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, ProHelvecia, the Cervantes Institute


Irina Aristarkhova (USA / Russia)
Aristarkhova is the author of “Hospitality of the Matrix: Philosophy, Biomedicine, and Culture” (Columbia University Press, 2012) and co-author, with Ana Prvacki, of Documenta 13 publication “The Greeting Committee Reports… .” She teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the Stamps School of Art & Design ( and LS&A.

Lubov Bugaeva (Russia)
/ Culturologist, a researcher of cinema, doctor of philosophical sciences, an associate professor of the Saint-Petersburg University. From 2002 to 2007 she taught at the Salzburg University, Austria, in 2007-2008 - a Fulbright stipendiat and a professor of the New York State University, USA, and in 2013 - a professor of the American University of Ras-al-Khaimah, UAE. She is the creator and the leader of the seminar “Cinema Text analysis” at the Philological faculty of the SPBSU. Author of the  monograph “Literature and the Rite of Passage” ( Petropolis in 2010) and more than 100 other articles.

Dmitry Bulatov
 (Russia) / An artist, curator and art theorist. His research focuses on different aspects of interdisciplinary art media (sci-art, techno-biological arts, etc.), as well as on submediality aesthetics. His artworks have been presented internationally, including 49th and 50th Venice Biennale (2001, 2003), Ars Electronica Festival (ORF, 2002) and many others. Bulatov has taken part in numerous international contemporary art conferences and given lectures in Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Singapore and Hong Kong. In 2007 his artwork has been selected by Wired magazine as the world’s 10 top innovations. In 2009 he has been awarded the National Innovation Award for Contemporary Visual Arts. He has curated about more than twenty major exhibitions and publishing projects in Russia and abroad. Since 1998 Bulatov is the curator at the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Russia).
Photo: Asya Ablogina

Andrey Velikanov (Russia)
/ Artist, philosopher, art theorist. Teacher of the Free Workshops of the MMOMA, Open School of MediaArtLab, associate professor of culturology of the philosophical faculty of the HSE (Moscow, Russia)

Dmitry Galkin (Russia)
/ Researcher and a theorist of digital culture, PhD, (2002, Tomsk State University) an associate professor of the Institute of Arts and Culture. a senior researcher of the Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies Centre. He published a monograph “Digital Culture: Horizons of Artificial Life” in 2013


Oliver Grau (Germany)
/ Grau is internationally renowned as a leading figure of the new discipline Image Science with a focus on Art&Science (Media Art Research). He was invited to give more than 250 lectures and has presented keynotes at conferences worldwide. In 2005, he was appointed the first Chair Professor of Image Science at Danube University Krems, Austria.  Grau's book “Virtual Art. From Illusion to Immersion” (MIT Press 2003) received more than 50 international reviews and became the most quoted book in Art History worldwide since 2000. He began developing the first international online archive for digital art (DVA) in 1999 that has become the complex scientific archive of the field.


Alexandra Dementieva (Russia, Belgium) / Artist. She focuses on social psychology and perception and their application in multimedia interactive installations. Her videowork integrates different elements including behavioral psychology, developing narrative using a 'subjective camera'. The projects explore the spectator’s depths of perceptual experience and the interaction of the individual spectator with her interactive installation projects attempt to widen the mind's potential for perception using different production materials: computers, video projections, soundtracks, slides, photography, etc

Polina Dronyaeva (Russia)
/ Has studied journalism in Moscow, art management in London, philosophy and social science in Edinburgh, has organized exhibitions in Moscow and Edinburgh, took part in exhibitions in Russia and abroad, was notified at international contests. Since 2009 she has worked with the Acoustic Images laboratory. The main subject of her research is Human Being in the interactive technology environment

Alexander Evangeli (Russia)
/ Worked as an editor of Art Magazine, Art,, Author of articles on the art of the 20th century in catalogues and media. Curated museum (MMOMA and MMAM) and gallery projects. Has organised international conferenceon Medialisation. Teaches a course in the theory of media at the Rodchenko art school and courses in history and theory of art at RMA (Winzavod) and the Institute of the history of cultures. where he is the head of the art critic and curatorship department

Elvira Zhagun-Linnik (Russia)
/ video artist, curator of the international poetry, sound nd video art festival Poetronics (2008-2013), graduated from the faculty of the history of Arts of the RSHU. She is a post-graduate student of RSHU in the field of "Cinema, TV and other screen arts". She is author of more than 20 video works“Artification”, created in the aesthetics of glitch (Rhizomatique publishing, Frankfurt-am-Main).

Ekaterina Lazareva (Russia)
/ Art critic, artist. Candidate of Art Criticism, senior associate researhcer of the State Institute of the History of Art. Graduate of the Rodchenko photography and multimedia school. Nominated for the Kandinsky Prize in 2012. Compiler, translator and commentator of a book “Second Futurism: Manifestos and Programs of Italian Futurism. 1915-1933” (Moscow, Gilea, 2013)

Moscow-born artist and animated GIF model Olia Lialina has, for the past decade, produced many influential works of network-based art: My Boyfriend Came Back from the War (1996), Agatha Appears (1997), First Real Net Art Gallery (1998), and Last Real Net Art Museum (2000), Online Newspapers (2004, 2008, 2013). Currently she is a professor at Merz Akademie in Germany. Lialina writes on digital culture, net art and web vernacular. Since 2002 Olia works together with German artist and musician Dragan Espenschied. Among their collaborations are Zombie and Mummy (2002-2003), Midnight (2006), , Digital Folklore Reader (2009).


Lev Manovich (USA)
/ Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a Director of the Software Studies Initiative at CUNY and California Institute for Telecommunication and Information (Calit2). Author of more than 110 articles which have been published in 30 countries and reprinted over 500 times.

Vitaly Paraschich (Ukraine)
/ PhD (2012), associate professor of media communication of the Faculty of Social Science of the Kharkov Karazin University. Author of courses “History and theory of media” and “New media and communicative strategies of the information society. Works on a research project studying perception and new forms of aesthetics

Alexandra Portyannikova (Russia)
/ Dancing artist. Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet the Lomonosov Moscow state university of subtle chemical technologies. She was a stipendiate of the program for cultural exchange iaab (Switzerland). Took part in the laboratories by Kirill Serebryannikov and Strelka institute

Nikolay Poselyagin (Russia)
/ PhD. (2010, MSU). In 2010-2011, received a grant [Lotmanovskaya scholarship] in the Estonian semiotic Heritage Foundation Tallinn University (Senior Research Fellow). Author of the articles on semiotics, film studies and philology.Editor of the Theory section of the New Literary Observer magazine. His principal interest lies in the field of semiotics and theory of cinema

Mikhail Stepanov (Russia)
/ Research associate of the SPB branch of the Russian institute of culturology of the MC of the RF, sector of fundamental studies of culture. He studies media, is a candidate doctor (2011, SPBSU). stipendiate OeAD in the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2009), associate professor of the Institute of business communications of the SPBSU of technology and design. editor of the International magazine for the studies of culture, the chief editor of the Machina Media book series.

Marta Heberle (Poland)
/ Theorist and critic of culture. She specializes in issues related to bio art. Heberle is an author of numerous articles concerning contemporary art and aesthetics, with a focus on transhumanist perspectives. Heberle is also an artist concentrated on transgressive sensory experiments located at the intersection of sound and performance


Sabine Himmelsbach (Germany, Switzerland) / Director of the House of Electronic Arts Basel in Switzerland. Before she has been exhibition director at the ZKM|Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany (1999-2005) and artistic director of the Edith-Russ-House for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany (2005-2011). Her numerous exhibitions include “Ecomedia”, “Landscape 2.0”, “Culture(s) of Copy”, “gateways. Art and Networked Culture’’ and “Sensing Place”. As a writer and lecturer she is dedicated to topics related to media art and contemporary culture.


Olga Shishko (Russia)
/ Art expert, curator. Her research activities focus on different aspects of contemporary media art (Art on the Net, Video, Cyberculture, etc.). Curator of exhibitions: TRANSITLAND: Video art from Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall 1989-2009 (2010), Gary Hill's videoart exhibition Viewer (2010,), Expanded Cinema — 3 (2011), Immersions: Towards The Haptic Cinema (2012), "Expanded Cinema — 3. Mocumentary: Reality Is Not Enough" (2013). Author and redactor of contemporary media art issues.


Andrey Shcherbenok (Russia)
Professor of practice at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, associate professor at St. Petersburg State University, honorary research fellow at the University of Sheffield. PhD (SPbSU, Russian Literature), Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, Critical Theory & Film Studies). In 2006-9 - lecturer and Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University, in 2009-11 – Newton international research fellow of the British Academy. Organized scientific program of «Innoprom-2011», curated the intellectual platform of the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (2012).