An interdisciplinary team consisting of authors and artists/scientists in the fields of direction, media art, drama, dramaturgy, composition and media technology explores the connections between art and technology, immersion and empathy as well as virtual reality and literature in form of an experimental research lab over the period of three years.
MARKUS WINTERSBERGER °°° Project leader and media artist (* 1968 in Krems, Lower Austria). Since 1995 he has worked as a freelance artist in the fields of media art and experimental media. Since 1996 he has occupied various teaching positions at Austrian art institutions. Since 2007 Markus Wintersberger has been Professor of Experimental Media Art and Technology at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences.
MARCUS JOSEF WEISS °°° Director, author and arts researcher (*1976 in Steyr, Upper Austria). Since 2003 he has worked as a director and actor in various theatres in Austria andGermany. He has written and directed for the Volkstheater in Vienna and the Landestheater NÖ (amongst others). His documentary film dealing with the themes of “Dementia and Validation” was awarded the TELEIOS State Prize (for Innovation and Longterm Improvement in Geriatric Care in Austria) in 2015.
COLLEEN RAE HOLMES °°° Actress, musician and stage designer (* 1962 Johannesburg, South Africa). Since 1992 she has performed in opera houses, theatres and festivals throughout Europe. Colleen Rae Holmes is currently the director of the OAA – Conservatorium for Acting, Vienna; which she co-founded the with the theatre methodologist, Stephan Perdekamp in 1993. In recent years she has added stage directing to her range of credits.
HANNES RAFFASEDER °°° Composer and media artist (* 1970 Freistadt, Austria). He is member of the managing board of the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and was head of the Institute for Creative\Media/Technologies until December, 2014. He has led research projects funded on a European level and published papers in research areas such as Sound and Music Computing, Soundscape-Studies and Sounddesign.
CHRISTIAN MUNK °°° (* 1982 in St. Pölten, Lower Austria). He has been lecturer at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in the field of experimental media and art technical development since 2012. Christian Munk uses his technical knowledge in art installations and product development, and has created the progressiveFACTORY for experiments and developments in Sound, Video, Photography, and Electronics.
THOMAS WAGENSOMMERER °°° (* 1987 in Krems, Lower Austria). He lectures in Experimental Media at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, in Theory and Practice of Media Art at the Vienna University of Technology and is a member of research/artistic staff at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Thomas Wagensommerer works as a media artist.
ULRICH KÜHN °°° (* 1982 in Amstetten, Lower Austria). He exhibits, performs or participates as a sculptor, media artist, musician and theoretician. Ulrich Kühn lectures at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and is working on the boundaries between music, media art, performance and experimental digital film production – specifically real-time visualization and interactivity with open source technologies.
JULIA PÜRINGER °°° (* 1985 in St. Pölten, Lower Austria). Since 2011 she has worked as a junior researcher in the field of media production and as a lecturer in experimental media and postproduction at the Institute for Creative\Media/Technologies, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Julia Püringer has been project leader of research projects in the fields of media creation and format/content development.