LEADERS

GeoTales will be led by Esther Polak (NL) assisted by Tijmen Schep (NL).
The first day will features project presentations and discussions on locative media by Daniel Belasco Rogers from Plan B (UK/DE), Matthias Stevens (BE), Gwenola Wagon (FR) and Esther Polak (NL). This session is open to the public on Monday 23 Feb, 2009 at 2 p.m.

Esther Polak (NL)
>http://www.estherpolak.nl
>http://www.beelddiktee.nl/

Esther is a visual artist working with locative media. Using GPS technology to research on contemporary landscape, her projects have been showing internationally. She received a Golden Nica at Ars Electronica, Linz (2005) for her project MILK and was nominated for the Open Doors Grant Prix, Amsterdam (2002).
She is also founder of the foundation Beelddiktee supporting art and culture projects that include research on mediation as an integral part of the concept.
Teaching at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, she is especially good at giving conceptual feedback, realistic project design and critical brainstorming with programmers.

Tijmen Schep (NL)
>http://www.netniet.org

Tijmen works as designer, developer and technology consultant. He is also a media theorist fascinated by the intertwining of notions of public space and wireless media. He graduated with a MA in Digital Media Design at the Higher School of the Arts (HKU), Utrecht, and received a second MA on New Media and Digital Culture from the University of Utrecht.
He is chairman of non-profit organization NetNiet.org. This foundation promotes wireless media art in public space. Examples of this work have been the Wireless Festival 2006 in Utrecht, as well as the creation of various installations, workshops and lectures.
Tijmen will help participants in the street experiments: he is really good at figuring out how to use and combine hardware devices such as mobile phones, Bluetooth devices, photo camera’s and online platforms.

Daniel Belasco Rogers / Plan B (UK/DE)
>
http://www.planbperformance.net/dan/
>http://www.planbperformance.net/

Daniel is an artist who works with psycho-geography and personal history through performance, drawing, video, locative media and writing.
Since 2003 he has recorded every journey using a GPS (Global Positioning System) and has collected the traces into large maps, usually printed out to show a city such as Berlin or London and how they accumulate over time.
In 2004 Daniel was the recipient of a research commission from the University of Bristol and Hewlett Packard which led to working with handheld computers attached to GPS, primarily to build audio environments.
He formed the performance art company ‘plan b’ with his partner, the video maker and performer Sophia New in 2001. As plan b, they have been resident artists at the Podewil and performed in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and the UK. They have worked together on locative media project such as soundscapes and collaborative GPS drawings.

Gwenola Wagon (FR)
>http://walking-the-edit.net/
>http://www.nogovoyages.com/
>http://cela.etant.free.fr/

Gwenola is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Paris at St. Denis (Paris 8), where she completed her thesis entitled Utopias of an Interactive Cinema and the Accessibility of Moving Images. She has taught digital video in the Art department of the University of Paris (8) since 2001 in addition to teaching numerous workshops in schools of art in France and abroad.
Gwenola also collaborates with the Cela Etant collective with whom she has coauthored a number of video, sound, and interactive installations. Her interests are centered around the impact of new technology on cinema.
With the collaborative projects nogo voyages and walking the edit, she implements gps technology for the creation of experimental travels (Moillesullaz 1:1) or films.

Matthias Stevens (BE)
>http://prog.vub.ac.be/~mstevens
>http://noisetube.net/
>http://www.locationaware.eu/

Matthias has a Master degree in Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He holds a PhD grant from the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research and works as a PhD student at the VUB and has worked as a research trainee at Sony Computer Science Lab (CSL) in Paris. His principal research interests are geo-localisation, location-based services, participative sensing and mapping, ubiquitous computing and geographical information systems. At Sony CSL, Matthias was involved in the creation of NoiseTube, an ongoing research project focused on creating a collaborative platform for monitoring urban noise pollution. Furthermore, Matthias  collaborates with artists for their locative media projects. During his stay in Paris, Matthias worked with Gwenola Wagon and the Nogo Voyages team on Moillesullaz 1:1, a locative soundscape installation. They currently continue working together for new locative projects in Paris and Munich.