LAPTOPSRUS conference Museo Nacional Centro
de Arte Reina Sofía
June 4 & 6, 2010
Auditorium 200, New Building, Plaza del Emperador Carlos V, s/n, 28012 Madrid
LaptopsRus - Generation Laptop Real Time
SESSION 1 - IN PROCESS: coding AV live performance
Jose Luís Brea (Spain) -
Professor of Aesthetics and Theory of Contemporary Art at the Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Brea is the editor of
Estudios Visuales Magazine, founder editor of aleph, arts.zin and Acción Paralela. As a free lance art critic, he
contributes to spanish and international art magazines - Frieze, Flash Art or Parkett among them. Selected
publication includes Las 3 eras de la imagen (2010) and cultura_RAM (2007) among others.
Things Happen (Spain) - http://www.thingshappen.es
Things Happen is a group formed by Itziar Arriaga and Iván Gómez-España working in the area
of live video and new visual performance structures in real time. They develop site-event-specific
projects with original materials that immerse the viewers in a unique and unrepeatable experience.
Recent works include Leisure Time Activities, Dance etude, and Luminous Projections.
José López-Montes (Spain) - http://www.lopezmontes.es
López-Montes investigate, as an autodidacta, the synthesis of vídeo. Recent project Badlands to the Skies,
is a composition-improvisational work for viola, voice, spatial score, surround sound and panoramic projection.
Currently professor at Conservatorio Superior de Mœsica de Granada and a frequent collaborator with la Orquesta
Ciudad de Granada.
Cornelia Lund (Germany) -
An art historian and curator based in Berlin, together with Holger Lund, Lund has been co-managing
fluctuating images (Stuttgart/Berlin), a platform for contemporary media art. Currently working on a
DFG research project on documentary film at the HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg, focusing on
mediality and intermediality, as well as audiovisual art forms.
SESSION 2 - RIOT GIRLS TECHNO QUEEN: the rise of laptop generation women
Claudia Ossandón (Chile) -
As a performer, vj and activist, Ossandón has since 2007 been organizing generatech
which holds frequent workshops on AV free software and debates on feminism, gender and open source.
Based in Barcelona, Ossandón is associated with minipimer.tv and Ningun Lugar, respectively a
streaming video lab and a performance collective with free software.
Julianne Pierce (Austrlia) -
A co-founding member of the Australian artist group VNS Matrix who wrote the influential Bitch Mutant Manifesto in 1996,
Pierce is also a curator, writer and producer of digital and media arts. She was the executive director (2000-2005)
of ANAT (Australian Network for Art and Technology). Currently she is executive producer with Blast Theory (UK).
soni riot (Germany) - http://soni-riot.com
audiovisual live act since 2006
RAW TO THE BONE, MINDBLOWING BUST-A-FLEX FUTURE BEATS
DRIFTING ACROSS AN UTTERLY FREAKING SICK, HARDLY DECIPHERABLE CLIP-COLLAGE,
STRICTLY MADE FOR TRIP UP DANCERS, DELIVERING A TASTE OF BERLIN-BASED
RBAN BAD GIRL SONI RIOT AND HER SPECIAL INCENDIARY SKILLS TO BOMB THE DANCEFLOOR,
FORCING THE CROWD TO BEG FOR MORE PITCH-SHIFTING SHOCK-FOR-THE-SYSTEM PURIFIED
Miriam Ruiz (Spain) -
Miriam Ruiz is a Free software advocate, Debian Developer and Feminist, as well as the only
female editor of Barrapunto (the Spanish equivalent of Slashdot). She has worked in asynchronous
electric motors and Linux-based embedded systems. She is associated with several groups of women in Free Software -
Debian Women, Ubuntu Women, WoMoz and LinuxChix.
Remedios Zafra (Spain) -
A writer and professor at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, Zafra is director of research groups - X0y1,
art and research on internet identity and net culture and Género, on Arte y Ciberespacio (Gender, Art and Cyberspace).
She directs the journal Mujer y Cultura Visual (Woman and Visual Culture) and curated with Museo Nacional
Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Violencia sin Cuerpos (Violence without Bodies), 2005-2006.
SESSION 3 - IN ACTION: patching the networks
Jay Barros (Spain) -
Based in Madrid, Jay Barros was one of the founders of "Sinantena," an online multimedia streaming service,
in order to bring technology to the people. In recent years, Jay has divided his time between
advocating open source software and his artistic and sound work, amongst
his current projects was the Free(k)Culture series of events for Matadero
Madrid, the Development of Fluxstudio an opensource Multimedia debian based
distro, and participation in MediaLab Procomons Lab.
Alba G Corral (Spain) -
A visual creator and uses programming in real time to create abstract digital landscapes.
She is the founder of visualp5.net, the forum online for processing in Spanish, and gives workshops and
conferences both online and offline. Currently she has been performing live with musicians from the
electronic music scene in Barcelona. She works at the design studio Mariscal in the interactive
department and also teaches programming in various schools around Barcelona.
Digicult (with Marco Mancuso and Claudia D'Alonzo) (Italy) -
DIGICULT is an online/offline Italian cultural and editorial platform, created with the aim to
spread digital art and culture worldwide. DIGICULT focuses on the impact of new technologies and
modern sciences on art, design, culture and contemporary society.
Marco Mancuso, Digicult's founder and director, is an art critic, curator, lecturer in
the field of digital and audiovisual art. His art-agency Digimade acts as guest curator
and media partner in art festivals & events.
Claudia D'Alonzo, in charge of press office activities and curatorial projects in digicult, writes in
the audiovisual experimental cinema section at Digimag magazine and contributes in “Exibart” and
“Luxfluflux Prototype” contemporary art magazines.
Javier Duero (Spain) - http://www.pensart.org
Javier Duero leads Pensart, a cultural mediation agency, focusing on contemporary art, social practices and art education.
He is an active agent in generating artistic and cultural projects, in networking institutions while advocates the involvement
of public institutions in cultural production process. In 2010, he curated the Performing Los Angeles program for
ARCO International Fair of Contemporary Art in Madrid.
Anne roquigny (France) -
A media arts curator of hybrid digital projects linked to flux, networks and the internet. Roquigny leads the web performances
project WJ-S and co-coordinates Locus Sonus, a research audio art lab. In 2009, she launched WJ-SPOTS #1 "15 years of artistic
creation on the internet"_ a special edition of MCD (Musiques et cultures digitales Magazine) _ in which artists, critics, thinkers,
inventors, researchers, curators, organizers and producers of cultural events _ look back on 15 years of
laptopsRus Reina Sofia conference curation & organization
Maite Cajaraville (Spain) - http://maitecajaraville.org
With a focus on interdisciplinary art, video creation and digital art, Cajaraville has exhibited wildly internationally.
Selected exhibitions include BerlinFest, Kunstverein de Frankfurt, Venice Biennale, Sónar and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
Her video works has been shown in cultural TV programs, such as Metrópolis, La Mandrágora, Antiestático, Miradas.
She receives commission for her work "Body and Sexuality" from the Film Museum in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and “Mediarama”,
Art and New Technologies festival.
Shu Lea Cheang (USA) - http://www.mauvaiscontact.info
A media artist, conceptualist and filmmaker, noted for her one year web project BRANDON, commissioned and collected
by Guggenheim Museum, New York, Locker Baby Project and the cyberpunk porn feature 'I.K.U'. Cheang has conceptualized
participatory networked performances including Tranjam Rush Hour, MobiOpera and Moving Forest. She is currently working on
UKI, a live cinema live coding and a viral game venture.
Performance Matadero (June 4 & 5)
Workshop Medialab Prado (June 5)