Data Loam was able to bring together a wide range of scientists, researchers and artists. Here you will find a small selection of the wonderful people and institutions that have contributed to the project.
virgil widrich, *1967 salzburg
from 2007 to 2010 virgil was a professor of digital art at the university of the applied arts in vienna, and since 2010 he has lead the “master of art and science” at the same university. the objective of the art & science master’s degree programme is to investigate the relationships between different artistic and scientific representational cultures and their respective cognitive and research methods. the data loam project will collaborate closely with the programme on various levels – among them seminars, discussions and roundtable discussions with students and the collaborators and lecturers that are involved in the project.
Virgil Widrichproject leader
martin reinhart, *1967 vienna
as the pi of the data loam project martin is “head of the laboratory” and the main coordinator between the core team and the partner institutions. it is martin’s responsibility to prepare, conduct, and administer the implementation of the “data loam project”. he oversees the progress and bridge between its artistic, philosophical and technical aspects.
Martin Reinhartprincipal investigator
johnny golding, * 1958 new york
is currently professor and senior tutor in contemporary art practice and pathway leader for the ma public sphere in cap at royal college of art london. as professor in philosophy and fine art, she also leads the phd research group:entanglement. previously, golding was professor of philosophy and fine art and director of the international centre for fine art research at birmingham school of art . she was previously director of the institute for the converging arts and sciences at the university of greenwich and head of theory at the jan van eyck akademie in maastricht.
Johnny Goldingprincipal investigator
RIAT – institute for future cryptoeconomics
is an independent organization established in vienna in 2012. it consists of an international network of researchers, developers and experimentalists who seek to advance the adoption of cryptography and privacy technology across disciplines. RIAT works with experimental technology and open hardware to explore and actively stress-test the role of research and development in the age of zero-trust. through novel forms of presentation, discussion and publication, they examine the global cryptoeconomic condition and its effects on culture and society. they aim to create an open and interdisciplinary discourse that improves crypto-literacy for the decentralized society of tomorrow.
writer, technology theorist & designer for speculative futures. project developer and enthusiast for immutable and unstoppable code. researcher in future cryptoeconomics, privacy and decentralisation. he is founder and director of the riat institute in vienna, Austria and publisher of future cryptoeconomics, a quarterly magazine about the future of decentralisation. he also works as consultant, research designer and technology communicator.
leonard coster, * 1967 new south wales
is a physicist and mathematician. in the [data loam project, he focus is on modeling and writing software to allow a more fluid and “fuzzy logic” interaction between long form text data objects. by modeling them as a physical system and defining their modes of interaction, a process of self-organization follows and already we are seeing emergent patterns and connections driven by the data itself. this process is both scalable and algorithmic, meaning that it does not require human guidance or effort and can be deployed on larger computing hardware to match larger data organizational tasks.
matthias strohmaier, *1974 vienna
his work covers the interdisciplinary terrain of contemporary art, philosophy and non-linear physics (chaos, complexity, diffraction). both lines of investigation converge on the concept of dimensionality where „how the apparatus matters“ becomes a dimension intrinsic to the emergence of sense. he currently is working on a single authored manuscript on the concept of dimensionality.
investigates elaborately, works passionately, quotes vigorously, writes peripatetically, communicates epistemologically, but not exclusively insightfully, holds as many degrees as names and never signed up to facebook. currently co-editor of the journal for research cultures and project manager of the onb lab at the austrian national library. recent publications include “poietry: challenging solitude and the improbabilities of communication” (2017) and “programming is law – can i be a feminist if i don’t want to become a programmer’ (2018).
Sophie-Carolin Wagnerartist & researcher
is an artist and researcher drawing attention to the insidious threat posed by the rise of algorithmically-managed societies. by developing a series of short, moving image artworks (called “tactical fictions”), she is dramatizing concerns about the “quantified society,” including the private ownership of data relevant to human rights and the practice of democracy. based on in-depth research and developed through a series of exploratory group sessions, the artworks will visualize and dramatize datasets and scenarios to render algorithmic management tangible, and engage a wider audience in critical reflection.
Manu Lukschartist & researcher
AIL – angewandte innovation lab
the angewandte innovation laboratory, AIL, founded in autumn 2014 is an initiative of the university of applied arts vienna. for the first time in austria art and artistic research is seen as the driving force of innovation. together with partners from the fields of business, science, arts and research and the varying positions, sources and resources of the university of applied arts vienna AIL offers space and time for exchange, networking, experiments of thoughts and the opportunity to get inspired by new perspectives.
Monica C. LoCascio
monica c. locascio, * 1984
is a multi-media artist-researcher focusing on questions of resonance, connection, and interference, particularly within and between bodies. her work is inspired by such topics as biophotonics, somatic therapy, and quantum theory, to memory, non-linear time, and geometric principles. unattached to a particular medium, she uses research techniques to inform her explorations of form.
Monica C. LoCascioartist
maurice ernst, * 1992 san salvador
maurice ernst studied art & science at the vienna university of applied arts and architecture at the université libre de bruxelles. nomadic and curious by nature, he does not like to obey or follow conventions. he explores spatiality as a way of understanding the world. if he has an obsession, it is collecting data and curiosities thus making his own wunderkammer.
marthin rozo castaño, * 1991 bogotá
marthin’s work revolves around nature and its paradoxical relationship with mankind. for him, observation consists of recognizing the rhythm of the existence of other beings. this is the first step in his process of artistic creation. his motivation resides in revealing natural events that go unnoticed. he wants to transmit scientific knowledge and his fascination for the living. to show other everyday life parallel to human’s as a mirror to recognize their own.
marc schuran *1989 vienna
studies at the new design university in st. pölten. this program focused not only on the learning of a craft, particularly on a cultural-scientific understanding of the material culture, but also on the understanding of connections between objects and the human being. after graduation, he started his own business as a designer and freelance artist, a profession that he practices concurrently with his studies at the art & science master program. there, he merges his passion for design with his urge to research, combining the study of current scientific achievements with creative processes.
laura stoll, * innsbruck
she has lived in china for some time, which has changed her way of seeing the world and thinking about it greatly. in her projects, she is working on the borders of medicine, psychology and philosophy and applies the methods of those fields to her artistic practice. using different formats, she has been researching questions of personal identity, therefore investigating what constitutes our sense of being a person, and how we conceptualize this subjective quality in scientific and artistic terms.
julian palacz, *1983 leoben
studies in digital art 2003-2010 at the university of applied arts vienna under peter weibel and virgil widrich. co-founder of the publishing house traumawien for digital poetry. his conceptual works deal with the aesthetics of data and information traces left behind both digitally and physically. customized software and algorithms build the basis of his process in reference to their usage in contemporary politics and society.
is a performance artist, poet, techno-futurist, phd researcher, working at the intersection of art, science, philosophy and technology, with particular focus on brainwaves, ai, robotics (drones) and new materialities. within live digital-physical performance my work addresses questions of artificial or ana-radical forms of intelligence and liveness in relation to quantum ghost-ing (nonconscious cognition) and the problem of the supra-sensuousness; that is, something that goes beyond our perceptive apparatus but is a significant part of the world we inhabit.
florian unterberger, *1973 bad ischl
studies at the university of applied arts vienna with wilhelm holzbauer, zvi hecker, zaha hadid. lives and works as a visual artist in vienna and bad ischl, working on architectural and conceptional drawings. since 2011 he has been working on the work block “total library”, a comprehensive and constantly growing series of drawings, whose common basis is the geometric translation of the alphabet into an abstract matrix of colours and forms.
maximilian gallo, *1994 göttingen
studied cultural studies and artistic practice – an international comparison of cultural policies at the university of hildesheim in germany. 2016-17 residency coordinator for the rupert artist residency in vilnius, lithuania. 2017 art mediator at the documenta 14. 2018 he curated the mediation program for the transeuropa fluid festival in hildesheim. since 2018 he is studying the master course art & science at the university of applied arts in vienna.
johannes frauenschuh, *1981 salzburg
study of sociology (cultural focus, specification on epistemology of cultural_social science, sociology of art, sociology of work) at the university of vienna, diploma-thesis (2016) on aspiration of educational level and recent family based cultural parameters, study at the academy of fine arts vienna, since 2017 art & science mastership at the university of applied arts vienna, master-thesis on human_subject-nature_object-relationship in the context of digital data and digital dispositives.
istem özen, *1976 ankara
after working as a researcher of materials science for many years while keeping her artistic passions alive and searching for ways to connect the two worlds, istem recently started the art & science masters program. she inquires the limits to how much the concepts and methods in basic sciences can diffuse into social sciences and arts (and vice versa), aiming for a continuum encompassing all. she looks closely at things in very small and very large dimensions, collects images, installs, writes, acts, teaches, learns
marc studied cultural and visual anthropology at the university of vienna and political science at the university of trieste. his work focused on the power of pictures and film stills from the 30ies. his current research deals with meta data in digital photography and its impact on society.