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

Jorge Barco (Fresno, Colombia)  develops his body of work around electronic arts, sound art, and experimental laboratories.  Constructs objects, installations, and projects oriented by the notions of low tech and mestizo. He has done exhibitions, live acts, and workshops in different museums and festivals dedicated to the wide circulation of electronics arts in Latin America. mixing object-oriented construction, theoretical and curatorial production and the active promotion of the experimental scene. Artistic practices associated with noise as a field of research and creation, with aesthetic and ontological nature, as well as critical reflection about technologies. Sound objects, projects, and live performances. Web

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 Ph.D. 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 the 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/

Karel Doing (UK) is an independent artist, filmmaker, and researcher. His interest in experimental film and expanded cinema is reframed within a critical approach toward modernity and post-modernity, in search of new meanings of the real and the material. Through the study of (Phyto)chemical process, the recording of oral history, and the (re)use of cinematic heritage he explores alternative knowledge systems. In many of his works, the rhythmical, painterly, and performative qualities of the analog film medium are foregrounded. In 2017, he received his Ph.D. from the University of the Arts London in Animation, Interactive, Film & Sound. In his thesis, he proposes new forms of humility, doubt, and listening to be advanced in today’s over-confident and exploitative human culture. www.kareldoing.net

Ulises Eliza (Spain). 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

Tal Eshed (Israel) Studied photography and interior design at the SVA New York. B.F.A Graduate at Bezalel academy majored in photography and video art. M.A in art therapy, Lesly university (the Israeli extension). Worked with Rosenfeld Gallery – Tel Aviv, was represented by Tanja Grunert gallery, New York City. She works with materials such as the human body, nature and enigmatic surrealistic images, as she strives to study philosophical and spiritual issues involving the delicate relations between all creation. Her travels and personal philosophy are reflected in her art. Eshed’s work deals with the connections between art and spirituality in a conscious way. She works in different dimensions simultaneously bringing up inner dialogues and raising questions about the mystery of creation. She is influenced by the philosophies of both East and West, looking for balance and links between the ongoing cycle of life – death – rebirth and beyond. Tal Eshed is on a never-ending journey to find the in-between space where consciousness is present in the creative and meditative process. Web

Amalia Fonfara​ (Greenland) is an artist, healer, and shamanic practitioner based in Trondheim. She holds a MA in Fine Art (2015), from the 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 on 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 an 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 favorite 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”.

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

Lise Hovik (Norway) is a drama educator and associate professor of drama at Queen Maud’s Memorial College of Nursery Education, DMMH. In 2014, she completed a PhD in theater for the youngest. The project was an artistic and theoretical study of the children’s theater’s interactive and performative aesthetics, with a focus on play and improvisation. The performance The Red Shoes formed the artistic starting point for the research work. Lise Hovik has served on a number of academic committees (Cultural Council 2016-17) and led artistic research on children and the arts, such as SceSam – interactive dramaturgies in children’s performing arts from 2012-15 (together with Lisa Nagel), Animalium – on the importance of effect in the art for kindergarten children from 2018-2020 and LYDHØR in
Lise Hovik Kongsgården, Trondheim from 2019-21. LYDHØR collaborates with ReMida – Center for Creative Reuse to investigate sympathetic interaction in the meeting between nature, the environment, artists, young children, educators and researchers. http://teaterfot.no/english/

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 writer, sound artist, musician, body art performer, activist, and teacher based in Berlin. After doing Philosophy studies in Mexico City, she/they worked as a journalist and radio producer in Mexico, the US, and Germany focusing on socio-political, Gender & cultural themes. Currently, she/they work as part of the AHACk: Sarah Connor Has a Dream zine collective which publishes their/her written text on technology, transhumanism, cyberpunk, feminism & Capitalist Realism. She operates also under the name Espectra Negra in the dark ambient, ritualistic, techno, and post-industrial music scene Berlin’s. As activists, she/they work mainly spreading technological, critical, and political content online as well as giving community-based workshops on music production, collective healing, and Techno-shamanism. 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 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 College of Art. Her practice incorporates 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 humans, 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.”

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 workgroups, providing support to international artists and developing horizontal creation and production protocols.

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, an 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, he decides to create a project that helps combat the clandestine migration Senegal to Europe. That is why in 2015 he founded Zig Action Africa, an 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/

Aleksander K. Smakosz (Poland) is a postgraduate student in pharmacy. He specializes in the identification, interpretation, and re-creation of former drugs (15th-19th century) from apothecary recipes and formulas. His other areas of expertise are: economic botany, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, plant toxicology, and herbalism. From childhood, he is interested in the history of alchemy, and the impact on branches of science. In research, he combines contemporary phytochemical and pharmacological knowledge with traditional and historical methods of world exploration. In free time develop his collection of antique apothecary bootles and preparing herbarium specimens. http://www.gulosus.pl/https://www.instagram.com/alexander_gulosus/

Nazaré Soares (Spain) works around notions of invisibility, imperceptibility, and magic engineering. Her research and practice When the Spell is Broken, from 2014 and onwards, is developed from her interest in systems of interconnectivity and topographies of the imagination. How mediation and translation processes within ontologies of these systems coexist with the body, language, landscape, and invisible architectures. Her practice interweaves, psychoacoustic and cinematic spaces, speculative design and performance arts, incubating spaces for ritual and incubation means. She is granted a Masters’s Degree in Fine Art from the 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 wherein in 2010 she received The Ideas Taps and Magnum Photography Award. She is a founder of the art association Invisibledrum based in Norway, a platform investigating interrelationships and interconnections within technology, art, ecologies, and animistic systems in contemporary society. Currently, she is undertaking a research grant at LAV Laboratorio Audiovisual Creación Práctica Contemporánea in Madrid. 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/

Marita is a chanter, a musician, a performing and visual artist with sámi and kven heritage from Manndalen in North-Troms, Norway. She has a base in Tromsø, Norway, but lives a nomadic life on the Norwegian and international art and music scene. Over the years, she has performed and done projects around the world -alone, in various collaborations or with her earlier project Mara and the Inner Strangeness, she is currently working with her solo projects, the collaboration Tara Morhua with Trond Ansten and with her ensemble M M M M a R a S. The common denominator for all her projects is the intention to challenge the audience – and herself, to try reaching into the basic feelings of man and create vibrations that have repercussions http://maritaisobelsolberg.virb.com/

Markéta Solejšová (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.

Alexandre Tannous (LBN/USA) is an ethnomusicologist, sound therapist, and sound researcher. He has been investigating the therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from three different perspectives – Western scientific, Eastern philosophical, and shamanic societal beliefs – to gain a deeper understanding of how, and to what extent, sound has been used to affect human consciousness. This search has led him to the intersection of art, science, philosophy, and spirituality. 
The material he transmits about sound is based on multidisciplinary research over 17 years: observations he made during his fieldwork in over 40 countries, scientific studies, personal experiences, and data collected from thousands of people he has worked with doing sound therapy. This has led him to a deeper understanding of how sound reveals and unlocks hidden powers we have within us to promote profound inner transformation and healing. www.soundmeditation.com

Jessica Ullevålseter (NO) was born in Norway but lived out of the country from 2003 – 2017 in the UK, Spain, and Mexico. She received her Licenciatura/extended bachelor in art by the University of Barcelona but studied 2 years at the independent workshop la Colmena in UNAM, Mexico City. There she was influenced by situationism and performative art.
Her work is inspired by change and the possibility to change, in particular by the meeting. She incorporates deep personal questions to her art, such as colonialism- being the mother of a young Mexican boy, imperialism- whiteness, by her personal family heritage: that of resistance against the
Nazis at Ullevålseter in the Oslo forest- on one side of the family, and colonization and racism on another side of the family. Her return to Europe in 2017 was shocking and has since worked on the meeting between people in a very isolated world. Her art is to create a platform. She believes that we should in our common meetings be bold and make new ways into the future, but it is our independent or echoes chambers ́- duty and responsibility to dig into history and family heritage actively to heal the past. Her work is often inspired in shamanism or alchemical questions, as she is a knower of the tarot and symbolism as well as a DUP teacher (dances for universal peace) and a Sufi, she believes in perennial philosophy and bridging universally.

Susanne M. Winterling (DE)  works across a range of media to explore the sentient economy, digital cultures and the social life of materials in the environment. Winterling’s practice reflects upon political as well as aesthetic entanglements and power structures among human/animal/matter. Forms and materials narrate about species and the elements in today’s challenging geopolitical context. She also remains focused on historical feminist practices and the commons and puts a spotlight on different ways of knowledge through embodiment and cosmologies. Winterling is primarily known for her time-based installations critically engaging the representation of reality. Prevailing modernistic concepts, power structures, and hierarchical historiographies are captured and investigated in her work in the form of spatial constellations. Her practice emphasizes what pure information and form leave out – including a sensual approach to media and material informed by the understanding of immersion and power as energy flows. With an emphasis on enhancing our perceptual and critical consciousness, Winterling undertakes affective and material-based research that highlights the subjective interaction between producers, viewers, materials, and species in our ecology. Winterlings artistic research into ecology, epistemology, and science on the particular theme of bioluminescence developed by now into the larger scientific and artistic research network Planetary sensing: navigations below the surface https://planetarysensing.com/ which amongst other things aims to set up an infrastructure for a research and education lab in Jamaica where humans and non-humans work together and support each other. This and other research reflect within Winterlings project Pandora’s Box http://pandorasbox.susannewinterling.com/. a platform and archive of investigation stories and interviews around aesthetic solidarity and empowerment. www.susannewinterling.com

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/