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Gretchen Andrew (born in California, 1988) is a Search Engine Artist and Internet Imperialist who programs her vision boards to manipulate the internet with art and desire.

She trained in London with the artist Billy Childish from 2012-2017. In 2018 the V&A Museum released her book Search Engine Art.

Gretchen’s work has recently been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Artnet News, Dazed, Hyperallergic, Artillery Magazine and The Financial Times.

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Helen Benigson is a multi-media British artist who creates moving-image and performance work concerned with the body, (m)otherhood and online identities.

Helen Benigson is the winner of the Procreate Mother Art Prize 2020 and part of the Zabludowicz Collection. Her work was shown at the Serpentine Galleries, London, Tate Modern, London, Kunst Museum, Bonn and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Helen Benigson has performed at Frieze Art Fair, London and Performa in New York.

She co-founded the Ruskin Centre for performance at Oxford University and she has just completed a practice-led PhD in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, supervised by Eve Ess, Corin Sworn and John Cussans.

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The founding members of The PLOT are Alex Coetzee (ssoft stuff), Ashleigh Killa and Max Mellvill (the MAAK).

ssoft_stuff  ssoft_Stuff  |  @ssoft_stuff  |  LinkedIn

ssoft_stuff is an art& architecture studio founded by Alex Coetzee in 2020. Alex views architecture as a form of cultural production in all its various mediums — drawings, models, buildings etc. The slippery territory between representation and the real is what he finds most interesting. As an artist, he has been pursuing a personal representational project that is concerned with ways of translating chance encounters with the outside world into images.

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Elif Eda was born in Istanbul. After studying Psychology and Sociology, she finished her Cognitive Psychology MA. Meanwhile, she has written and directed radio plays, also she has written children books, and short stories. In 2009 she moved to NY to start filmmaking MFA at Tisch School of Arts. She graduated in 2015 and moved back to Istanbul.

Elif Eda has written a feature-length period drama that was produced in 2017, has written-directed several short films, a web series, and has been giving scriptwriting classes at Istanbul Media Academy.

Her latest short movie, Void, was chosen for several national and international festivals’ competition selections and won the best short movie prize in 7th Bosporus Film Festival and the first runner up prize in STFF.

Filmography

  • The Thing Between Us, Video Art, 3’ (2020), Writer & Director & Performer
  • Zor Yıllar, Feature Length Period Drama (2019), Scriptwriter
  • Void, Short Movie, 15’ (2018), Scriptwriter & Director
  • Öcüler, Web Series (2015), Scriptwriter & Director & Producer
  • United Voice, Feature Lenght Documentary (2015), Scriptwriter
  • Boxed, Short Movie, 12’ (2012), Scriptwriter & Director
  • Games We Play, Short Documentary, 6’ (2011), Scriptwriter & Director
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Rayan Elnayal is a Sudanese Part 2 Architectural Assistant and Artist based in London. 

Her thesis project- ‘A Magic Realist Afrabia’ explored ideas on magic realism and multi-culturalism in Architecture and design. 

Since graduating from the University of Greenwich, Elnayal has held two solo exhibitions on the project and hopes to continue exploring these topics via her research and drawings.

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Snow Yunxue Fu is a US-based Chinese-born New Media Artist, Curator, and Assistant Arts Professor in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Using topographical computer-rendered images and installations, her practice merges historical, post-photographic, philosophical, and painterly explorations into the universal aesthetic and definitive nature of the techno sublime.

With a background in painting, Fu remains the youngest artist collected by the National Art Museum of China. She sees her transition into new media as a natural extension of her conceptual research in which she draws parallels between the physical, metaphysical, digital, and multi-dimensional spaces. Fu’s artwork has been shown internationally in solo shows, group exhibitions, screenings, and festivals including the New York Gallery of Chinese Art, New York; Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy; Pioneer Works, New York; NADA Art Fair, New York; Sedition, Hong Kong; Arebyte Gallery, London, UK; Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, Shenzhen, China; Current Museum of Art, New York, Thoma Art House, Santa Fe; Currents Santa Fe New Media Art Festival, New Mexico; The Wrong Biennale, the Internet, and etc. Her work has also been collected by the Currents Museum of Art in New York.

Her work reviews and interviews have been covered in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Arebyte on Screen, Sedition, the St. Louis Magazine Art Review, Guangzhou Today’s Focus in China, and etc. She participated in residencies such as the Hatch Residency through the Chicago Artist Coalition, Biocultura Residency in Santa Fe NM, Lexington and Concord Artist Residency in Illinois, and Estudio Nómada’s Mas els Igols Residency in Barcelona, Spain. She has given lectures and presented on her work and research in conferences, symposiums, and institutions around the world including International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia in Brisbane Australia, the Chinese-American Art Faculty Symposium, Veritas Forum, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago, and China Academy of Art.

You can find Snow Yunxue Fu artworks for sale on KnownOrigin.io ,

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The founding members of The PLOT are Alex Coetzee (ssoft stuff), Ashleigh Killa and Max Mellvill (the MAAK).

the MAAK   the Maak  |  @the.maak:

the MAAK is an award-winning spatial practice based in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Ashleigh Killa and Max Mellvill. With a core focus on public buildings and ‘public-space making’ the design-led studio is deeply engaged in what it means to be public and how this influences our everyday. Choosing to work predominantly in low-income and under-resourced areas, the MAAK is driven to renegotiate the inaccessible and elitist narratives surrounding ‘world-class’ design (whatever that means!) around the world.

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Ellie Niblock (Northern Ireland, 1993) is an artist living and working in London and has just finished an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, where she has been shortlisted for The Cass Art Prize. Ellie completed a BA Hons in Textile Art, Design and Fashion in 2015, receiving a First Class honours. She has participated in both solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including working with venues such as The Mark Rothko Centre, Tate Modern and The V&A. She was the first artist from Northern Ireland to be awarded an art residency to India in 2016, by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council. She recently sold work to The Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their permanent collection.

Ellie’s practice explores the relationship between the physical and the digital worlds and how they co-exist. It seeks to discover how tactility and digital technology can alter our perception of experiences through sculpture, 3D scanning, animation and sound.

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Paola Lucente is Co-director and Curator of Procreate Project, an art social enterprise that has grown to become a pioneering arts organisation driven by an ethos that strives for innovation and sociocultural impact. The main aim is to support the professional development of contemporary artists who are also mothers, working across multiple disciplines.

She has been the Gallery Manager at the Zabludowicz Collection from 2011 to 2016. She has a BA in Visual art and an MA in Art Management Psychology and has previously worked at the Guggenheim MuseumMarian Goodman GalleryScope and Volta art fairs in New York City.

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Doreen A. Ríos (Toluca, Mexico, 1992) is a curator and researcher. Her work focuses on curating and researching digital art, post-digital practices and new materialities.
Founder of [ANTI]MATERIA, an online platform dedicated to the research and exhibition of art produced through digital media, Ríos seeks to facilitate international exchanges between artists, curators, researchers and professionals interested in digital and post-digital practices through online/physical exhibitions. She graduated with honours from the Master of Contemporary Curation at Winchester School of Arts, specializing in digital cultures, and from the Bachelor of Architecture at ITESM. At the same time, she serves as chief curator of the Centro de Cultura Digital and teaches at the BA in Digital Art and the MA in Visual Studies at UAEMex.

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Patricia Siller (1989. Saltillo, Coahuila. Mexico)
She is interested in building bridges between curation and artistic production, and in how the boundaries between the two disciplines have
faded. Her current research is centred on the materialization of digital practices, focusing on contemporary art, specializing in Mexican
emerging artists.

She is currently co-founder and co-director of Janet40 and production manager for the Material Art Fair at CDMX. She has worked
for the galleries OMR and Marso and was in charge of exhibitions for Casa Maauad, all in Mexico City. She has collaborated for the digital
version of Código Magazine and for LAR Magazine and is the producer for Gallery Weekend’s Mexico Art and Technology annual exhibition by
Fundación Telefónica.

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Penny Slinger (born England, 1947) is an artist/author based in California.

A collage artist, she works in different mediums – including photography, film, sculpture and digital arts. A feminist surrealist, exploring the nature of the self.

Internationally exhibited, represented by Blum and Poe (LA) and Richard Saltoun Gallery, (London).

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Alaa Tarabzouni is a graduate of the NAAB accredited Master’s in Architecture (M.Arch) degree at Pratt Institute, after having completed the RIBA accredited B.A. of Architecture at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Alaa Tarabzouni has had a very diverse education and work experience both in scope and location. In her professional work she has steered towards cultural affairs, especially pertaining to visual art and architecture.

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Rebecca van Beeck is an emerging scenographer and artist from South Africa. Influenced by her background in architecture, her approach links across spatial design, urban and participatory research, stage and costume design, and live and visual art.

Her love for the theatre and performance grew out of many years of searching for what she originally self-termed as “making space”. She is interested in the relationship between ‘space’ and ‘performance’, with the notion of performance ranging from daily patterns of use to theatrical movements on stage. Rebecca considers the design process an ‘improvisation framework’ for collaboration and collective making.

As a designer, she is skilled in model making, technical drafting and rendering, video editing and illustration software.

Rebecca studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and is currently completing her MA in Scenography at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has an additional postgraduate degree in strategic brand and business management. She has worked and lived in Cape Town, Stockholm, Zurich, Bangkok, Los Angeles and now London.

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Nataliya Velykanova (planet Earth, 1982) is the Founder and Art director of Gate22 – an innovative project of a Museum of Digital Arts & Design in virtual reality. An architect, designer and visual artist, she is a citizen of the world and dreamer too, working to foster inspiration and imagination in our daily lives.

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Gabriella Warren-Smith is an independent curator and writer, whose research investigates the relationship between digital culture and society. She initiated Cognitive Sensations in 2018, following a desire to explore the neurological impact of handheld technology.

This project quickly turned into a career and a passion. She now enjoys working with artists and scientists on multidisciplinary projects exploring human development in a technological world. She has presented this research in organisations such FACT, The British Museum and Tate Liverpool, and is currently exploring the medium of the online sphere.

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Wade Wallerstein is an anthropologist from the San Francisco Bay Area. His research centres around communication in virtual spaces, new phenomenologies made possible by the digital, and the relationship between digital visual culture and contemporary art.

Wallerstein is the founder and Director of Silicon Valet, a virtual parking lot for expanded internet art, where he runs an exhibition platform and digital artist residency program. He is also Co-Director of TRANSFER Gallery in Los Angeles, which is an exhibition space devoted to simulation and other computational art forms. Wallerstein is a member of the UCL Multimedia Anthropology Laboratory, Clusterduck Research Network, and also serves as the Technology & Events Curator at the Consulate of Canada in San Francisco.

Most recently, he has curated an online exhibition alongside Faith Holland, Lorna Mills & designed by Kelani Nichole entitled “Well Now WTF?” featuring over 120 artists working with digital material. Wallerstein’s curatorial work has been featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Dazed, Canadian Art, AQNB, Elephant, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Vogue, 4 Columns, the Japan Times, It’s Nice That, and more.

About Silicon Valet

Founded in 2019, Silicon Valet is a virtual parking lot for expanded internet practice, serving as a global hub for artists working with the internet and digital materials. In addition to an online exhibition program and near-daily Instagram showcase platform, Silicon Valet offers a virtual residency program that provides one artist at a time the opportunity to experiment with algorithmically determined & feed-based display environments.

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Or Williams’ practice is based on her medical condition and it is predominantly acknowledged by its confessional nature.

As a surgeon of images, Or removes huge chunks of data from the digital file, as if she was removing organs or tissues from one’s body. This act which resonates with her recent surgical experience results in glitching and distorting in the original file and turning it into a reflection of her mental state. Williams no longer recognises her body and mind. She also seems to forget that not long ago she used to be “normal”. Folds and tips, discolourations and deformations took over her sponge-like body, a new muppet version of herself. 

Or Williams is a multidisciplinary artist based in the UK. Her work incorporates low tech imagery and aesthetic, constructs of Digital and New Media watercolour painting, photography and performance. With over 30 years of experience in ceramics and the 3D world, Or is currently in her final year of BFA from the University of Reading.

She has presented her works in Open Hands Open Space (2019), and Tate Exchange (2018/19) as part of Reading Art Lab. In these exhibitions Or focused on new media participatory performances.   

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Lilia Ziamou is a multimedia artist who uses digital technologies to liberate the female body from conventional forms and meanings. She creates sculptures, public artworks, photographs, clothing and digital drawings that evoke fragmented bodies and challenge preconceptions. 

Ziamou’s source fragments come from art history and her body, from anatomical models, mannequins, and her earlier sculptures. She works with materials ranging from traditional stone like marble, alabaster, and limestone to textiles of her own design. She applies 3D modeling, digital fabrication and other digital techniques to distort and manipulate the original fragments, transforming them into new entities. 

Her recent work was presented in a one-person exhibition, “Body Politic,” at NYU Kimmel Galleries in 2019. Additional solo exhibitions include Elga Wimmer (NY), Tenri Gallery (NY), the John Jay College Gallery (NY), the Consulate General of Greece in New York, and Gallery 7 (Athens Greece). 

Ziamou was artist in residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in 2014. She holds a BS from Aristotle University (Greece), an MPS from Tisch/NYU and a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. She is a professor at the City University of New York. A native of Greece, she now lives and works in New York. 

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