Artists & Researchers

Darina Alster (Czech Republic) (Tarot Lab) is visual artist, performer, publisher and pedagog. She lives and works in Prague. From 2019 she is a Head of New Media 2 studio in Academy of Fine Arts Prague. She is mostly working with performance, spoken word, sound, video or multimedia installations. Main topics of her artistic interest are time, identity, spirituality, erotism, relation ships. In her performances, she exceeds borders of known reality , interupting real situations with unknown and iracional things, then they will become the subconscious. She is mostly experimenting with new media, combine them with archaic medias, as a Tarot, Mythology, Fairytales or other kinds of Archetypes. Her known projects are: Treasure, Piet, Personal Tarot, Naked Lunch, Bianca Braselli, Fembot, Thelematrix, Imago Dei, Theatrum Mundi, Tension.webs: http://www.darinaalster.tumbrl.com http://bludnykamen.cz/bk/darina-alster-tensi

Monika Alleweldt (GE/PG) ( Research Center Tamera)Originally trained as an agricultural engineer, she is a networker, writer and publisher of Tamera’s books through the project-owned Verlag Meiga publishing house. From the mid-’90s, she has worked in publication, communication and networking. She works for the Healing Biotopes Plan and coordinates Tamera’s publishing house, Verlag Meiga, and is especially dedicated to promoting the writings of Dieter Duhm and Sabine Lichtenfels. https://www.tamera.org/

Fabiane M. Borges ( Brazil) has more than 18 years of experience with clinical and art. Her research is about art, subjectivity and technology. She is a coordinator of networks such as technoshamanism and has participated in several creative projects with groups (speculative fiction, future hijacked vs. anti-hijacked of dreams, intergalactic commune, hyperorganic, etc.). Her work focuses on promoting different immersive experiences, group dynamics, work with collectives and networks. She has a PhD in Psychology (PUC / SP); Doctoral internship at Goldsmiths University; a postdoctoral degree in art and technology (PPGAV / EBA / UFRJ), has written various articles and organized publications on subjects related to subjectivity, art, technology: Dead Fish (2010), Technoshamanism (2014), Extremophilia (2018), etc. She develops projects with the Goethe Institute, Rio Art Museum – Brazil, Museum of Tomorrow – Brazil, Capacete – Brazil, Art University of Zurich – Switzerland, Transmediale – Germany, Digital Living Research Commons at Aarhus University’s Department of Information Studies & Digital Design – Denmark, Tarnac – France, Laboral Center for Industrial Art – Spain, Platohedro – Colombia, CAC – Center for Contemporary Art – Ecuador, etc. Her last work was the organization and curation of the Intergalactic Commune at the School of Astrophysics and Planetarium at Ibirapuera São Paulo. Now in march/2019 she started her second Post-phd in ECA/USP (School of Communications and Arts at University of São Paulo. web: www.tecnoxamanismo.wordpress.com

Johana Ciro (Colombia)is a Researcher and an entrepreneur since the age of 14, Johana is a storyteller by vocation, but her profession is a graduate in ADE, Specialist in Strategic Marketing, Master in Management and Promotion of Local Development and recently graduated as an International Doctor obtaining the cum laude in “Development Local and Territorial Innovation ”by the University of Alicante, nominated for extraordinary research awards. For her, this research was her way back to her roots and her mission “Unlearning to weave life, community, love and respect for Mother Earth” Proudly wears the tiple M: ​​Mujer, Migrant, Mestiza … And Martin’s mother. Owner of her life, she recognizes herself as indigenous, and proposes to the world a methodology of differential empowerment of which she is the author, especially inspired by the knowledge of native women, who seeks to reconnect with our true selves and contribute to the healing of mother Earth. She is currently ADL in the City Council of Carcaixent, Honorary Researcher of the University Institute of Social Studies of Latin America, visiting professor at several universities and institutions in Spain and Colombia; However, one of the tasks that excites her the most is to actively collaborate with the Nasa de Cali indigenous council in the axis of women’s empowerment and get involved in empowerment processes with migrants and refugees.http://iidesarrollolocal.org/

A.S.S.-Collective ( Japan/ Germany ) Mizu Sugai Born in Tokyo and raised in Malawi and Trinidad and Tobago, she has been predominantly living outside of her passport country since the age of 6. She’s recently graduated with the title of Meisterschuler from the class of Hito Steyerl at UdK Berlin. Prior to her current collaboration with Jonathan Jung, she’s also studied in the class of Michael Stevenson at AdBK in Nuremberg, where she became involved in producing sculptural and installation work as well as collaborative projects. Prior to Germany, she’s spent four years in the U.K. to complete herBA(Hons) in Moving Image at the University of Brighton. Due to her upbringing as a Third-Culture-Kid, she’s dealt with the transformative processes of language and identity, as well as their representation and the resulting power relations. Jonathan Jung is a recent graduate of Hito Steyerl’s lensbased class at University of the Arts, Berlin. He has a background in political science and he’s been engaged in political activism since his previous studies. During his time in art school, his focus aimed at developing a collective art production, mostly establishing an ongoing critical practice that questions the position of art and education within the social and economical politics of cultural production. Jonathan previously studied sculpture in the class of Manfred Pernice at UdK and completed his BA in Political Science and Art Pedagogy at the University of Bremen. Web: https://asscollective.org/

Markéta Dolejšová (Czech Republic) (Tarot Lab) is a design researcher with a background in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Food Studies. Her work combines the Research through Design (RtD) with ethnographic methods to investigate the growing role of digital and bio-technologies in everyday human-food practices. The aim of this work is to generate insights into the existing food-technology issues and gather ideas for preferable food futures. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, and a research fellow in New Media Studies at the Charles University (Czech Republic). She has co-founded several independent design research collectives, including the HotKarot & OpenSauce, Fermentation GutHub, Extreme Biopolitical Bistro, and ALTTAB. In 2018, she completed her doctorate in Interactive Media Design at the National University of Singapore, with a dissertation project Edible Speculations: Designing for Human-Food Interaction.

Ulises Eliza (Valencia). From my earliest age being a deep magnetism for two themes, the creative and the magical. In 1989 I study photography and in 1991 I created the Purgatori Cultural Center that closed in 1999, an artistic space destined for the exhibition of esoteric and initiatory art, in the year 200 and until the year 2011, I create Observatori, International Festival of Artistic Research of Valencia . In 2003 I created Pronostica, Meeting of people who build contemporary culture. In 2007, I created the Hermitage on the island of Formentera, a space for good works and good deeds. In 2008 I created Vilarcangel, Artist Residence and Ecomuseum. At the same time, I have been developing my work as an artist since 1989, dedicated to the exploration of consciousness through a process, resignifying the concept of shamanism to encompass it within contemporary creative processes. www.farmagia.org www.pronostica.org www.vilarcangel.org

Amalia Fonfara​ (Greenland) is an artist, healer and shamanic practitioner based in Trondheim. She holds a MA in Fine Art (2015), from Norwegian University of Science and Technology and a two-year counseling and therapeutic healing education (2015), from The Healing and Therapy School in Trondheim. Based in performance and new media her artistic work embarks on an ontological investigation of the crossings of inner and outer landscapes through introspection of animism and contemplative healing practices, where the essences of soul and materiality are entangled in a holistic comprehension of life. Her work is often socially engaged in local environments and has a on body, memory, architecture and landscape with a strong reference to Greenland. In 2018 Fonfara co-founded Qilaat (DK/GL), an association affiliated with the native drumming culture of Greenland. She is also a co-founder of Invisibledrum (NO) artist association, a platform investigating relationships and interconnections within technology, shamanism, and animistic systems in contemporary society. http://amaliafonfara.com/home.html

Garazi Gorostiaga (Euskal Herria) finds in languages such as electronic music, computers, synthesizers and ambient sound the ability to know, express and state freely her experiences, ideas and emotions whilst also experimenting with them. Although musical creation has indeed accompanied her for many years, it was not until 2016 when she first presents her work to a live audience, focusing on sounds and styles such as ambient, drone and industrial. In 2017, the music label Eclectic Reactions from Bilbao in Spain released her first work, “Irauten”. Since then she has taken part in festivals such as the ODD (Barcelona), Nokodek, Dantz, DobleCheck (Donostia-San Sebastián), Kubeats (Urretxu), Inmersiones (Vitoria-Gasteiz), The Alhóndiga Experimental Music Programme, Mem (Bilbao), and furthermore in projects and collectives like Le Larraskito Kluba, Gertrude Noise Meeting, Dena Nahi Dugu (Atari), Música Dispersa or Mise-En-Scène Productions. Despite her work methodology of constant change, her favourite areas of experimentation are field recordings, synthesis (especially granular) and digital processes in real time. An imaginary where there are no words. Compression/containment and expansion, chaos and order, calm and violence. Everything is in question, everything is the way in the cosmic, introspective and oneiric journey where identity and duality lose all their meaning. She explores notions of sound alchemy, thunderous coven, digital paganism and a necromantic spirit. Web: soundcloud https://garazigorostiaga.wixsite.com/disgrace/galeria

“Revolutionary is the idea that creativity will save the world”.

Marita Isobel Solberg (Norway) has been raised in Manndalen in North-Troms. Her works are often site-specific and relational, sensual and visual, often enhanced by a strong performative presence. She has a master degree from the Art Academy in Oslo. She has been as an artist in residence: The Watermill Center, the Art & Life Institute in Kingston, New York, Fordypningsrommet in Fleinvær and Pushkinskaya. 10 Art Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has received the award Nort-Norwegian Art Museum (NNKM) of the Year 2017. http://maritaisobelsolberg.virb.com/ http://maritaisobelsolberg.virb.com/

Satya Hinduja (USA/India) is helping bridge ancient practices of sound and energy medicine with emerging technologies, her work seeks to define the transformative power of sound. Since 2011, she has been researching and developing the ASE Method while exhibiting at various platforms such as Sages & Scientists Symposium, TEDx, Berklee India Exchange and the International Yoga Festival. BA Music in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music (Boston) and a Masters in Electronic Music Production from Dubspot (NY). www.satyahinduja.com

Øystein Kjørstad Fjeldbo (Norway), sound artist and musician based in Trondheim, Norway. He has a master’s degree in music technology from the music department at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2017), specializing in virtual sonic environments through motion tracking and realtime binaural spatialization. His main focus lies in examining the properties in what’s considered artificial and organic, searching for an android expression. Musically he is part of the multimedia group Future Daughter, involved in Trondheim’s club scene as a DJ, and also one of the initiators behind Lysthus – a concept aiming to merge the club with the art gallery. He is a founding member of the Lydi collective, working with interactive design for audiovisual exhibitions.

Nancy Mauro-Flude (Australia), her research is driven by the demystification of technology, and the ‘mystification’ that lie in and through the performance of the machinic assemblage. Gray magics, hijackings, driftings and seizures of power are the sensitive and subversive subterfuges by which she urges, twists and explores the aesthetic politic of the open-source spirit. Systems experimentation forms the basis of her work where the computer is approached as a theatre machine. Founder of Despoina’s Critical Media Coven home brewed since 2008 Tasmania. Currently coordinates HCI and Aesthetics studio, Digital Media, School of Design, RMIT University.

Verónica Mota (Mexico) is a professional sound artist currently working in Berlin. Her works encompass analogue and digital synthesis, field recordings and Musique Concrète techniques, often displaying her proficiency at playing a variety of instruments. She has produced a large body of soundtrack work for Radio, film and performance, and, with Twin Flame & Espectra Negra, as a solo artist in her own right. Verónica Mota is also the founder and curator behind Urban Arts Berlin, a non-profit arts organization based in Berlin, Germany. She works at bringing together excellent talents from all over the world. Her experience and hard work have found a fantastic global resonance in the field of sonic art. She has become one of the most important curators for supporting international female composers and musicians in Berlin. She does not, however, exclude male artists. At present Verónica Mota works as a mentor giving workshops for female identified subjects on electro-acoustic music based on music pioneers such as John Cage & Delia Derbyshire. She is currently also working on more ambitious projects which bring together live sound, vocalism, visuals and body art performance. Web: https://veromisscubop.wixsite.com/veronicamota

Nissa Nishikawa ( UK , Canada, Norway, Japan ) works with performance, painting, ceramics, glass, and film. Her practice interprets traditional forms of dance, ritual and craft in ways that illuminate the current crisis in ecology and community. She engages with alchemical and animistic practices through the use of elemental base materials, forging processes of transformation that are intuitively informed by a close observation of the intelligence of nature and the non-human as systems of navigation.This ongoing fascination extends to the embodied principles of movement while bringing together many disciplines in one space. http://www.nissa-nishikawa.com/

Noriko Okaku ( Japan ) completed BA Fine art media at Chelsea College of Art and Design, MA Animation at Royal Collage of Art. Her practice incorporates with not only Animation but also Audio Visual Performance, installation and everyday products. Her work focuses on the conversation that can be engendered in a relationship between ‘objects and observer’. It is to examine how we, as human, can enrich the comprehension of self and others. Web: https://www.norikookaku.com/

“My work explores the question of who we are by accompanying key elements, such as subconscious, memory, imagination and personal narrative.”


Daina Zalāne(LV) Arts manager from Latvia with a special interest in traditional culture. Born in Germany in a Latvian family, she moved to Latvia in 1994, where she studied at the Latvian Academy of Culture. After obtaining an MA in Arts Management at City University in London, U.K., she returned to Riga to work as a producer at the Latvian National Opera. Parallelly she founded together with her husband an NGO – the Culture Management Centre “Lauska”, that focuses on the promotion of Latvian traditional culture and music in particular. This has since developed into the biggest folk label in Latvia with 90 CD releases so far. Lauska also realizes different local and international cultural projects, such as artist exchanges, workshops, performances, and concerts. The most important event each year is the Ethno-Music Festival “SVIESTS”, taking place in mid-June, featuring Latvian and international contemporary folk music, as well as crafts, arts, design, culinary and other aspects of local traditions, that are carried forward into nowadays. In the past years Daina has obtained a certificate as sauna-master, a practice that represents knowledge about the healing nature of plants and herbs, working with the elements of fire, water, and air, exploring ancient traditions of spoken and sung words, melodies and rhythms. Recently she also became a Bowen practitioner thus deepening the understanding of the human body and its potential for self-healing.  https://lauska.lv/en/about-us/our-people/daina-zalane/

Jaime de los Ríos is born in San Sebastian and founder of Arteklab Art and Science Open Laboratory, his career focuses on the intersection of these disciplines and the Systemic, in relation to mechanisms, rhythms and natural patterns. His works concern the space between human aspirations and the political language of technological language, for that reason he is a specialist in Software and Free Hardware, finding in his work, a large part of which is collaborative, immersive environments as well as dynamic works that relate natural behavior with the computational In recent years, Jaime has explored the social implications of the media, cybernetics and the human-machine relationship, exposing, activating and developing open projects in work groups, providing support to international artists and developing horizontal creation and production protocols.

Maria Eva Russo (Argentina) is a textile artist and designer-maker with a background in sustainable textiles and broad experience in set and costume design for theatre. She worked as a research assistant for the B.R.I.D.G.E project at University of Brighton studying the use of local textile resources in circular economy. Her most recent work was alongside Argentinean artist Claudia Fontes at the Venice biennale in 2017 and at the 2018 Art Biennale in São Paulo. Web: https://thelookererscloak.wordpress.com/

Gabriel Santamarina (Mexico City ) Writer, filmmaker, psychotherapist. Studied Communication Science at the UNAM-Mexico City. After directing a series of documentaries on Japanese shamanism ( 2008 -2016), and writing the book “Kamidaari”, about the shamanic practices in three different regions in Japan, he turned the direction of his work towards the research and practice of Dr. Zivorad M. Slavinski’s methods of Spiritual Technology, focusing on the integration of Gnostic and Hermetic philosophy into psychotherapy. Web: gnosistec.wordpress.com

Ibrahima Seydi (Senegal) is an artist, sculptor and activist from the region of Casamance Ziguinchor. He emigrated to Europe at age 14, when his parents took him to live in Paris, where he later studied chemistry at the University of Notre Dame. In 1997 he visited his uncle who lived in Mataró, Catalonia and liked the way in which the people there were looking for life, so he decided to stay, having his papers in order since 1998. in 2010, he moved to  Barcelona from where he fights for the rights of African migrants and claims the dignified integration of Africans based in Barcelona and the entire Spanish state. In this sense, his most personal struggle is manifested from his art as a sculptor through the creation of his own style in carved recycled wood. The tradition of Senegalese sculptors, is a trade that since childhood, Ibrahima inherited from his family where he learned to make typical Senegalese sculptures, activity that he continues to practice in the city of Barcelona for 14 years. In addition to continuing with the family tradition, Ibrahima Seydi has reinvented his own wood carving technique which he has promoted through exhibitions in Barcelona and France.From his experiences as an immigrant, decides to create a project that helps combat the clandestine migration Senegal to Europe. That is why in 2015 he founded Zig Action Africa, a eco-entrepreneurship and self managed project that seeks to create job opportunities in Senegal to give new life opportunities to young Africans, for employment promotion to alleviate migration in the Casamance region of Senegal. Since he had land that his mother had given him, Ibrahima proposed to start farming and that is how the Zig Action Africa project began. https://zigactionafrica.wordpress.com/

Nazare Soares (Spain) is a performance and visual artist,she researches and curates around notions of Interiority and topographies of imagination. Her study When the Spell is Broken, from 2014 and onwards, is developed from her interest in systems of interconnectivity, mediation and translation processes within ontologies of psychoacoustic and cinematic spaces, how this coexist with body, language, landscape and (in)visible architecture. Her practice interweaves, sound technology, cinema, speculative design and performance arts, incubating spaces for ritual and purification means. She is granted a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2017. She is graduated from Brighton University with a First-class degree in Moving Image Arts in 2014; as part of this course, she spent three months studying in Ramallah at the Academy of Art of Palestine. She spent a year from 2006 living and working in Tokyo, after which she moved to UK where in 2010 she received The Ideas Taps and Magnum Photography Award. Currently, she is a curator at Fracto Avant-garde Film Encounter at ACUD Macht neu in Berlin and she has co-founded the art association Invisibledrum based in Norway, a platform investigating interrelationships and interconnections within technology, art, and animistic systems in contemporary society. Her work has been exhibited at numerous art venues and festivals worldwide, including amongst others, Art & Science Museum of Singapore, Palais des Congrès of Montréal, Metamorf Art & Technology Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art of Ethiopia, Brighton Museum, Fabrica Gallery Brighton, Indian Habitat Centre, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Centro Botín and Sonar Music & Technology Festival. Web: http://www.nazaresoares.com/