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This session on maps features Julieta Aranda (E-flux), Rosa Barba (Artist), Peter Hirshberg (The Conversation Group), Alexander Kluge (Director), Aaron Koblin (Google Creative Lab), Philippe Parreno (Artist), Josef Penninger (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen), Anri Sala (Artist)
Dimitar Sasselov (Harvard Lab for Astrophysics) and Qiu Zhijie (China Academy of Art). Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery) moderates.
Born in Mexico City, currently lives and works between New York and Berlin. Central to Aranda's multidimensional practice are her involvement with circulation mechanisms and the idea of a "poetics of circulation", of a politicized subjectivity / politicized subject, the perception and use of time, and the power over the imaginary.
Julieta Aranda's work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as Solomon Guggenheim Museum (2009), Kunstverein Arnsberg (2010), New Museum (2010), MOCA Miami (2009), Witte de With, (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2007), 2nd Moscow Biennial (2007) MUSAC, Spain (2006), and VII Havanna Biennial; amongst others.
As a co-director of e-flux together with Anton Vidokle, Julieta Aranda put together Pawnshop (currently presented in Beijing, at Vitamin shop); and e-flux video rental, which started in the e-flux storefront in new York, and has traveled to more than 15 venues worldwide.
Rosa Barba is a Italian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. She studied Film and Visual Arts at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne followed by a residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her works deals with the aleatory and psychic dimensions of the image, the speculative narration that conjures invisible landscapes, landscapes with unseen histories, and the characteristic evocation of cinematic narrative through the use of moving and projected text and sometimes an off-site reference to a historic event in Modernist discourse.
Barba explores the artisanal and the industrial processes fused together in cinema with the waywardness of her machines, while the "cinematic mode of production" that brings these to bear on the attention and temporality of the viewer, is evoked on the small, diachronic and fictive scale of her archives and enigmas. These film-concrete practices are always somehow about jumping the species-barrier between that which transmits and that which perceives. In Rosa Barba's case, the mechanism dwells on itself to mimic a reader, trying to keep track of the wandering words and so becoming a projector of the sometimes invisible images they carry.
Solo exhibitions include: Centre International D'Art et du Paysage de l'ile de Vassiviere, France (2010) Center of Contemporary Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel (2010), Gallery GiÃ³ Marconi, Milan (2009)
Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden (2008), as well as Vertiginous Mapping (2008), a web project commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation, New York (www.diaart.org/barba). Recent group exhibitions include: H-Box (touring), New Museum, New York (2010) Film as a subversive Art, Lux, London (2009) New Acquisitions, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009) Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2009) Gothenborg Biennale (2009) Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2009/10) Rooms look Back, Kunsthalle Basel (2008); Italics, Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy; 50 Moons of Saturn, Torino Triennale, Turin, Italy (2008). She was also included in the exhibition Fare Mondi / Making Worlds, curated by Daniel Birnbaum for the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).
Peter Hirshberg is Chairman of Re:imagine Group which shapes strategies at the confluence of economic development, brands and cities. As co-founder San Francisco's Gray Area Foundation for the Arts where he's led initiatives at the forefront of citizen engagement in placemaking, open data and public art. These include San Francisco's Summer of Smart civic hackathon program with 16 mayoral candidates and Urban Prototyping initiatives in Singapore, London, San Francisco, Geneva and Zurich. As advisor to the United Nations Global Pulse project, he's developed addressed the U.N. General Assembly on real-time data for international development Peter is a frequent technology and media industry speaker, having presented at TED, the World Economic Forum, DLD, EG the Entertainment Gathering, and The Aspen Ideas Festival.
Alexander Kluge, born 1932 in Halberstadt, is a filmmaker, TV producer and author. He was legal advisor at the Frankfurter Institute für Sozialforschung and close trustee of Theodor W. Adorno. Siding 25 other filmmakers he published the Oberhausener Manifest in 1962; Movies like "Abschied von Gestern" and "Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos" are considered to be decisive milestones for the new German film and the German author's cinema of the 80s.
With the establishment of "dtcp" 1987 Kluge created a platform for independent programs in private German television. His latest project is www.dctp.tv, the Web-TV network from dctp. His most recent publication is Das Labyrinth der zärtlichen Kraft, Suhrkamp 2009.
Aaron Koblin is an artist specializing in data visualization. His work takes social and infrastructural data and uses it to depict cultural trends and emergent patterns. Koblin's work has been shown at international festivals including Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, OFFF, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and TED. He received the National Science foundation's first place award for science visualization and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
In 2007, Hans Ulrich co-curated Il Tempo del Postino with Philippe Parreno for the Manchester International Festival, also presented at Art Basel, 2009, organised by Fondation Beyeler and Theater Basel. In the same year, the Van Alen Institute awarded him the New York Prize Senior Fellowship for 2007-2008. In 2008 he curated Everstill at the Lorca House in Granada, and was the curator for Artpace artist residencies in Texas.
The Serpentine Gallery Marathon series of public events was conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 2006. The first in the series, the Interview Marathon in 2006, involved interviews with leading figures in contemporary culture over 24 hours, conducted by Obrist and architect Rem Koolhaas. This was followed by the Experiment Marathon, conceived by Obrist and artist Olafur Eliasson in 2007, which included 50 experiments by speakers across both arts and science, and the Manifesto Marathon in 2008.
In 2009 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Recent publications include A Brief History of Curating, JPP Ringier; The Conversation Series, volumes 1-20, Koenig; and Gerhard Richter Text, Koenig/Thames & Hudson.
Born in Oran, Algeria in 1964, Philippe Parreno creates works that question the boundaries between reality and fiction, exploring the nebulous realm in which the real and the imagined blur and combine. Working in a diverse range of media including sculpture, drawing, film, and performance Parreno seeks to expand our understanding of duration, inviting us to radically re-evaluate the nature of reality, memory, and the passage of time.
Josef Penninger studied Medicine in Innsbruck, Austria and then moved to Toronto where he worked for 13 years, at the end as Full Professor of Immunology and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. In 2003 he moved to Vienna to become the founding Director of the newly established Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA). Within a few years, IMBA has now become the largest and most successful "Max Plank/Howard Hughes-like" Institute in Austria.
Penninger has published more than 350 scientific papers and has been twice among the top 10 hottest researchers (most cited scientists) in all fields of science in the world. He received multiple awards, holds Professorships in Canada, Vienna, and China, is the youngest elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and also a member of the Young Global leaders of the World Economic Forum.
His discoveries range from the first genetic description of the key regulator of bone loss that affect millions of people to finding key genes that control pain, inflammation, of autoimmune disease and heart diseases, or the first report of a gene that controls electricity regulated wound healing. Recently his group has found an entirely new regulator of fever and - using whole genome system genetics - established the first global map of obesity.
Eric Rodenbeck is Stamen Design's founder and creative director. He is a 14-year veteran of the interactive design field, and has spent this time working to extend the boundaries of online media and live information visualization.
Rodenbeck led the interactive storytelling and data-driven narrative effort at Quokka Sports, illustrated and designed at Wired and Wired Books, and was a co-founder of the design collective Umwow. He has lectured and spoken at Yale University, the University of Southern California, numerous O'Reilly technology conferences, Esther Dyson's PC Forum, and South by Southwest, among others. Rodenbeck studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York City and received a B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Technology from The New School for Social Research.
Using a range of media including video, photography and installation his work has been featured at venues and exhibitions all over the world. Recent works among other are "Answer Me," shown at Johnen Galerie in Berlin in 2009, and "Why The Lion Roars," shown at 104 in Paris in 2008. With "Purchase Not By Moonlight," a choreographed group of installations, Anri Sala had his first major solo exhibitions in the USA at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami in 2008, the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and the CAC Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati in 2009.
Dimitar D. Sasselov
In 1988 Dimitar Sasselov acquired his PhD in Physics, in Sofia, being followed 1990 by his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Toronto. In 1999 Sasselov became an Alfred P Sloan Fellow. Currently he is also a Senior Advisor for the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in Harvard.
His research explores modes of interaction between light and matter. Recently he and his team discovered several planets orbiting other stars with novel techniques he hopes to use to find planets like Earth.
Qiu Zhijie was born in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province. P.R.CHINA in 1969 and graduated from China Academy of Art, Printmaking department, Hangzhou, China in 1992. He currently lives and works in Beijing and Hangzhou as an educator and artist.
As an artist, Zhijie is known for his calligraphy, photography and video-installation works. He has shown his works all over the world, including in New York, San Francisco, London, Berlin and Brazil. He is a professor of China Academy of Art in the Mixed Medial Art Department, a Mentor of MA, and Co-Director of the Visual Culture Center in China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.
Digital media artist Aaron Koblin shows off his animated visualizations of flight traffic mapping, text message usage and other illustrated projects, including an animated version of Thom Yorke's face created for an open source Radiohead video.
Graphic representation, drawn to scale and usually on a flat surface, of featuresusually geographic, geologic, or geopoliticalof an area of the Earth or of any celestial body. Globes are maps represented on the surface of a sphere. Cartography is the art and science of making maps and charts. Major types of maps include topographic maps, showing features of the Earth's land surface; nautical charts, representing coastal and marine areas; hydrographic charts, which detail ocean depths and currents; and aeronautical charts, which detail surface features and air routes.