Zarinah Agnew is a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, who uses noninvasive neuroimaging and brain stimulation techniques to probe how the brain controls complex voluntary movements. Outside of neuroscience, her interests lie in designing new cultural behaviors and encouraging discourse and critical thinking for an improved society. As a speaker and demonstrator, she is heavily involved in public engagement of science as a way to forge links between academia and the public.
Raphaël Bastide is an artist, independent graphic designer, and teacher based in Paris. He studied digital art and typography in Brussels, where he began to delete the proprietary software from his hard drive. He recently had solo exhibitions in Belgium that showed Branch (2013) and Diff (2015), two installations inspired by versioning and revision control systems. He is also involved in several collectives related to free culture, design, and typography.
Carson Chan is an architecture writer and curator pursuing a Ph.D. in architecture at Princeton University. In 2006 he cofounded PROGRAM in Berlin, a nonprofit initiative for art and architecture collaborations. In 2012 he cocurated the Marrakech Biennial, and he was Executive Curator of the 2013 Biennial of the Americas in Denver. He served as Guest Curator for Aurora Dallas 2015, an outdoor public art biennial. Chan is Contributing Editor at Kaleidoscope, and Editor-at-Large at 032c.
Douglas Coupland is a Canadian writer and visual artist whose practice involves crossing the borders of all media, as well as the creation of cross-media projects. He exhibits internationally and currently has a solo exhibition at Rotterdam's Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art.
Diakron is a platform and studio for transdisciplinary research and practice located in Amager, Copenhagen. Diakron is based on exploratory research as a core value and is currently interested in creative ways of identifying and dealing with changes that invisibly permeate or unavoidably overwhelm ways of life. This work is tied to concerned interests in various pervasive ecological, humanitarian, existential, digital, or economic shifts.
Louise Drulhe is a graphic designer working in Paris. She authored Critical Atlas of the Internet (an adaption of her thesis project at École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris), which uses spatial analysis as a tool for political and social purposes.
Keller Easterling is an architect, writer, and professor at Yale University who considers space as a heavy information system, a portfolio of assets, and a medium of global polity. Two of Easterling’s most recent books are Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (2014) and Subtraction (2014). Her research and writing were included in the 2014 Venice Biennale.
FOAM is a decentralized architecture office (ĐAO) working to apply blockchain technologies to the production of the built environment and office form. FOAM recently realized an installation, Tropical Mining Station, and symposium, The Art of Economy, for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015). Tropical Mining Station is a prototype spatial product that extracts surplus value from the process of cryptocurrency mining to produce space. FOAM was founded in 2015 by Ryan John King, Ekaterina Zavyalova, and Nick Axel.
Patri Friedman, former Google engineer and grandson of Nobel Prize–winning economist Milton Friedman, wants to build “start-up countries”: autonomous dwellings in the middle of the ocean. An American libertarian activist and theorist of political economy, Friedman founded the nonprofit Seasteading Institute, which explores the creation of sovereign ocean colonies. He later cofounded the Future Cities Development Corporation, a project to establish a self-governing charter city within the borders of Honduras.
“Our lives are hyperreal, and we feel the urge to continuously pimp, remix, recollect our own identity,” says Pieterjan Ginckels. “As such, I see myself as an embedded outsider, playing with ambivalences in speed and authenticity.” The Belgian artist and designer’s work is concerned with the acceleration of modern life. As a member of the collective duo SPEEDISM, he proposes anti-methods for an increasingly theme-based, spectacular, and accelerated society.
Vinay Gupta works at both the theoretical level, building models and mapping tools such as Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps, and at the completely practical level. He is best known as the designer of the hexayurt, an award-winning replacement for the disaster relief tent. Gupta helped start the U.S. National Defense University STAR-TIDES program on humanitarian assistance, consulted on urban resilience for Arup, and is an Associate Fellow at the University College London’s Institute for Security and Resilience Studies.
Sam Hart is a scientist, publisher, and artist who concentrates on complex systems modeling and developing strategies advancing a more ethically sound technoculture. Hart works as a Bioinformatician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Jorge S. Reis Lab, where he investigates mechanisms of cancer evolution. He is also Cofounder + Editor-in-Chief of AVANT.org, an Internet project space for critical interdisciplinarity.
IF is a design collective that is proactively engaged with the evolution of the Internet. They imagine, build, and test radical tools that are capable of providing more democratic futures, seeking to unlock the potential of emerging technologies by focusing on real user needs. Through these technologies and their civic frameworks, IF interrogates the issues of governance, ownership, and control that sit behind products and services.
Zoltan Istvan is a San Francisco–based futurist and journalist, and the author of the novel The Transhumanist Wager. He is also the 2016 U.S. Presidential candidate of the Transhumanist Party, a political organization dedicated to putting science, health, and technology at the forefront of American politics. He is driving the Immortality Bus—a 40-foot vehicle that looks like a giant coffin—across America to draw attention to issues around life-extension science.
Indy Johar is an architect; cofounder of 00, a collaborative group focused on designing outside of traditional borders; and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation. Johar, on behalf of 00, has cofounded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy. Johar is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a Director of WikiHouse Foundation and Civic Systems Lab.
Marvin Jordan is a DIS magazine Editorial Assistant and cofounder of Black Market, a program highlighting the practices of mostly under-recognized young artists of color. Black Market “focuses on deconstructing and reinventing current themes central to hip hop—such as finance, determination, and celebration—in the context of contemporary art.” The project was conceived in collaboration with artist James Allister Sprang, who raps under the name GAZR.
Martti Kalliala is an architect based in Berlin and Helsinki whose work focuses on the intersection of technology, architectural form, and social innovation across a variety of mediums and practices: architectural and urban design, writing, curating, video, software, and sound. Alongside his work as an architect, he has sustained an international career in electronic music for the past ten years under several aliases.
Daniel Keller is an American artist based in Berlin. His wide-ranging output engages with issues at the intersection of economics, technology, culture, and collaboration from the perspective of the prosumer imagineer artist operating within global networks. He has exhibited internationally as part of art collective Aids-3d (since 2007) and independently (since 2012). He co-organized TEDxVaduz in 2012 and is Director and CEO of Absolute Vitality Inc., a Wyoming-based corporation that functions as a vehicle for his artistic projects.
Nora N. Khan
Nora N. Khan explores issues in technology, literature, games, and electronic music through fiction, essays, and reviews. A contributing editor at Rhizome, she writes regularly for both Rhizome and Kill Screen and has published most recently in Conjunctions, DIS, After Us, AVANT.org, and American Literary Review. She studied literature, history, and theory at Harvard University and fiction writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Nick Land is an English philosopher and writer. The most recent of his writings can be found in various issues of Collapse, an independent UK-based journal for philosophical research and development, and #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader. Land is the founder of two electronic presses, Urbanatomy Electronic and Time Spiral Press (with Anna Greenspan). He currently works as a freelance writer and editor and teaches at the New Centre for Research & Practice.
Metahaven operates on the cutting edge between aesthetics and (geo)politics. Recent books include Black Transparency (2015), Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? (2013), and Uncorporate Identity (2010). They have created products for WikiLeaks and music videos with progressive EDM (electronic dance music) composer Holly Herndon, and are currently finishing a moving image project about perception, propaganda, and the Internet that will be released online in early 2016.
Marina Otero Verzier
Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut and Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016 together with After Belonging Agency. Previously, she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Her work has been published in Arquitectura Viva, The Avery Review, Domus, and SQM: The Quantified Home.
Nick Pinkston is the founder of Plethora, a rapid-manufacturing service that allows inventors and engineers to go from computer-aided design (CAD) software designs to physical parts faster than ever before by using a flexible manufacturing system. Previously, Pinkston started CloudFab, the world’s first manufacturing-as-a-service API and HackPittsburgh, a collective workshop for the makers of Pittsburgh. Pinkston’s mission is to democratize the means of production, making developing hardware as easy as developing software.
Sascha Pohflepp is a German-born artist, researcher, and writer. Notable exhibitions include Talk To Me, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hyperlinks, Art Institute of Chicago; Micro Impact, Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Pre-History of the Image, STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, Belgium; and Science Fiction: New Death, FACT, Liverpool. Pohflepp’s work has won two Honorary Mentions from the VIDA Art and Artificial Life Awards, and in June 2015 he was shortlisted for the Berlin Art Prize.
PWR is a studio for research, design, and development. They are occupied with practical investigations into the Cloud and the Dirt. Current themes include trustlessness, home-mining, and the wheezing metabolism of Capital.
Venkatesh Rao is a Seattle-based independent researcher and technology consultant. He is the founder of the popular Ribbonfarm blog, and the author of three books on decision-making and organizational behavior. He earned his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering with a focus on systems and control theory from the University of Michigan in 2003.
Carson Salter is an American artist and strategist based in New York. His early work dealt with alternative models of publishing and education in contemporary art. In 2013 Salter earned a master’s degree in art, culture, and technology at MIT and has since focused on knowledge-based artist enterprises. Salter currently works as a Strategist for a creative agency specializing in brand-driven collaborations.
Jessy Kate Schingler
Jessy Kate Schingler is a space geek turned computer scientist who designs human settlements on a planet called Earth. She is a founding member of Embassy Network, a collective of people and places using physical place and the built environment to experiment with new modes of human organizing and push the boundaries of how we live.
Emily Segal is an artist and brand consultant based in New York. She co-founded K-HOLE, a trend forecasting group and art collective. Previously, she was a strategist for corporate branding projects at Wolff Olins and a contributing editor at the contemporary culture magazine 032c in Berlin. She has lectured on branding and consumer culture at the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference; MoMA PS1, New York; Serpentine Gallery, London; and TEDxVaduz,Liechtenstein, among other venues.
Benedict Singleton is a designer based in London. His work, both self-directed and commercial, uses design, film, and writing to address contemporary questions of strategy and narrative. He authored the forthcoming book The Long Con and runs a graduate architecture studio at the Royal College of Art. He also speaks on his work widely, most recently at Tate Britain, Brighton Lighthouse, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Nick Srnicek is the author of two forthcoming works, Postcapitalist Technologies and Inventing the Future: Postcapitalismand a World Without Work (with Alex Williams), both of which investigate the possibilities of life after capitalism and neoliberalism. He is also an editor of The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism (2011), an anthology that explores continental philosophy.
Molly Wright Steenson
Molly Wright Steenson is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. She researches the history of design, architecture, computation, and artificial intelligence and is completing a book titled Architecting Interactivity that explores these linkages with a focus on the practices of Christopher Alexander, Nicholas Negroponte, Cedric Price, and Richard Saul Wurman.
Jenna Sutela is an artist and writer based in Berlin and Helsinki. Her projects seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments—most recently, the relationship between the body and its technologically mediated environment. She is a contributor to several international publications such as Frieze and Harvard Design Magazine, and her work has been presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; and the South London Gallery.
Morgan Sutherland works between the art and tech worlds as consultant, researcher, designer, and developer. Currently he works with Diakron, and OS Fund. Previously he was an Artist-in-Residence at Intel Labs, a UX Designer at Octopart, and a Research Assistant developing responsive environments with the Topological Media Lab.
Dan Taeyoung operates at the intersection of architecture, technology, community, and believes that radical architecture is achieved through applied anthropology, activist real estate, and critical engineering. He is a Co-founder of Prime Produce, an intentional guild for social good in New York City, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he teaches on representational strategies and experimental design tools.
Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, technologist, and Luddite. Currently Curator of Digital at the Serpentine Galleries, he is also Codirector of LIMAZULU Project Space, Cochair of Transmediale 2016, a Near Now Fellow, and Facilitator for the open-source development of unMonastery, a new civic-minded social space. This space was prototyped in Matera, southern Italy, in 2014 and is now set to replicate throughout Europe and further afield in 2015–16.
McKenzie Wark is an Australian-born writer and scholar. Wark is known for his writings on media theory, critical theory, new media, and the Situationist International organization. His best-known works are A Hacker Manifesto (2004) and Gamer Theory (2007). He is Professor of Culture and Media Studies, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School for Social Research.
Damon Zucconi is an artist who lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. He has presented solo exhibitions at JTT, New York, and Gentili Apri, Italy. Most recently his work has been included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.