Francis Heylighen

Francis Heylighen received his PhD in theoretical physics in 1987 from the Free University of Brussels  (VUB). After his PostDoc there he become first a Senior Research Associate, then a research professor.

He then created the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition research group and the Global Brain Institute, which he both directs. The main focus of his research is the evolution of complexity: how do higher forms of organization originate and develop? How do systems self-organize, adapt and achieve some form of cognition? He has worked in particular on the development of collective intelligence or distributed cognition, and its application to the emerging “global brain”.

His work has received a wide international recognition from peers, students and the general public. This is shown by such indicators as his H-index (49), the number of citations of his work (over 8000) in the Google Scholar database of academic publications, and appearances in the national and international media. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, member of the Global Agenda Councils of the World Economic Forum, recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Technology Award from the Web Intelligence Consortium and his biography has been listed in Who’s Who in the World, Wikipedia, and other international directories.

Katarina Petrović

Katarina Petrović is an artist and researcher working at the intersections of art, science and humanities. Her ongoing research focuses on the process of creation (cosmogony) and the notion of generativeness. She works using media such as text, language, sound and code.

Currently doing theoretical research at the Center Leo Apostel, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Katarina holds a MMus degree from ArtScience Interfaculty, Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, as well as an MFA equivalent from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade. As a bursary of the French government, she also attended École Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. A co-founder of a podcast and art/media project Femkanje, Katarina works as a journalist, radio host and sometimes as a moderator. She also co-initiated the ArtScience Forum and is a member of artist associations: ULUS, Serbia and Stroom Den Haag.

Recent shows include My Practice, My Politics, Royal Academy of Arts The Hague at the Salone del Mobile, Milano and Stroom Den Haag (2018); The Story Within and Beyond, SeeLab, The Hague (2018) and Earth without humans II, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana (2017). As part of the Summer Sessions residency last year, she presented the work Origin at SONICA festival, Ljubljana and Test Lab: Summer Sessions Homecoming, V2_ Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam. Recent sound performances: Intermissions at Ground festival, The Hague and κατά at Operator radio, Rotterdam.

Karla Spiluttini

Karla Spiluttini is a media artist and researcher. Her artistic and scientific interests lie in diffuse locations, materials research, narrative spaces and the phenomenology of Maker Cultures.

Her installations have been awarded the Salzburg Media Art Prize and the Mandala Award of the European Institute for the Media. Among other things, she has worked with materials and applied experimentation as Research Resident at the V2_ institute for the unstable media in Rotterdam, and as an educator at various Austrian universities. She is currently working for the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.

Veronika Liebl 

Veronika Liebl is currently Director of Organization and Finance at the department Festival/Prix/Exhibitions of Ars Electronica. She studied economic and business science at Johannes Kepler University in Linz (graduated in 2010) with study visits at the Harvard University (US) and Université de Fribourg (CH).

Since 2011 she is in charge of cultural management for the department Festival/Prix/Exhibitions at Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & Co KG. Recently, she is mainly in control of European collaboration projects in the field of arts, research and eduction under Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ and executed in this position – together with her team – numerous EU projects both as project coordinator as well as partner (such as STARTS Prize, European Digital Art and Science Network).

María Heras

María Heras is a sustainability researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB) and a participatory theatre practitioner. She holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Technology, through which she explored the potential of participatory theatre for sustainability science.

Her research interests focus on social learning, participatory action-research methods and the potentials of Art/Science hybrid experiences for transdisciplinary dialogues and sustainability transformations. She has also research experience on the fields of food sovereignty and the agro-industrial food system conflict, sustainable consumption and lifestyle changes towards more sustainable futures. As a theatre practitioner, she’s been trained in the techniques of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, social theatre, experimental theatre, poetic body and corporeal mime. She is currently working in the PERFORM H2020 research project exploring the impact of participatory educational processes based in performing arts in students’ learning about and engagement in science. She is also actress and coordinator of the theatre company Projecta Teatre Social (Barcelona, Spain), since 2008.

Greg Gage

Greg Gage is the co-founder and CEO of Backyard Brains, a company started as a neuroscience graduate student at the University of Michigan. Greg is a published neuroscientist and engineer and develops tools, curriculum and experiments that allow the general public to participate in neural discovery.

Greg is an award-winning investigator at the National Institute of Health, a Senior Fellow at TED and the recipient of the White House Champion of Change award from Barack Obama for his commitment to citizen science.

Jasna Jovićević

Jasna Jovicevic- Educator, Improvising Musician-saxophonist, Composer Jasna graduated from “Franc Liszt” Music Academy in Budapest, Jazz saxophone performance and teaching, received MA in Music Composition from York University in Toronto.

Currently, she is enrolled in Doctoral Transdisciplinary Studies in Contemporary Arts and Media in Belgrade, focusing on free improvised music. She studied and won the grants to many Artist in Residency programs in New York, San Francisco, Banff, Graz, Brazil and Spain, as well as competitions in Milan, Budapest and Ljubljana. Jasna performed her original work around Europe, USA and Canada on many national and international festivals. “Invented Reality”, “The Sound of Birds”, “Travellers”-Dharma, and “Flow Vertical” published with British label FMR Records, are her solo albums. She teaches music and music methodology on University level, leads NGO projects in non-formal education and female artists’ affirmation. She is a yoga teacher, inventor of multidisciplinary approach in improvised art practices.

Igor Zarol

Igor Zarol, co-founder of Origin Tales, studio for IP development and production of animated content and VR experiences, economist, financial manager with over 9 years of experience in multiple areas of corporate practice.

Former Chief Financial Officer of Eipix Entertainment, a successful video gaming company from Novi Sad. Public speaker that and took part in numerous public presentations, panels and debates on startup culture, IT community, marketing management and innovative business approaches.

Ana Martinoli

Associate professor at Faculty of Drama Arts (University of Arts, Belgrade) and UNESCO MA Chair in Cultural Policy and Management. Her academic work is focused on media management, digital media, media policies. 

Worked for radio B92 as a journalist, programme producer and program director (1997-2014).

She was consultant and presenter for the TV docu-series “U mreži” (10 episodes) – production: Share Foundation, broadcasted on N1 regional cable channel. 

Selected published works on on media production, new media and media audience are available on https://katarina.academia.edu/anamartinoli

Author of the book “Commercial radio programming strategies” (Samizdat B92 & FDU, 2015)

Born in Belgrade, 1975. 

Uroš Krčadinac

Uroš Krčadinac (b. 1984) is a transdisciplinary creative researcher, author, and educator. His work was recognised by international art festivals, conferences, magazines, and scientific journals such as “re:publica”, “International Digital Media and Arts Association”, “Creative Review”, “IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing” i “IEEE Transaction on Human-Machine Systems.”

He holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Belgrade. Currenty, he works as an Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Computing at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade.

Milica Pekić

Milica Pekić, art historian and curator from Belgrade. Currently she is completing her doctoral studies at the Department of Modern Art at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade.

She is co-founder of KIOSK platform for contemporary art, and since 2002 has been actively engaged in creating and developing the platform’s curatorial and art projects. She was curator of O3ONE gallery from 2004 until 2007 and since 2013 has been program director of Gallery12HUB in Belgrade. As a curator she has participated in numerous projects on local, regional and international levels. Currently she is a member of the program board and mentor on the Nelt interdisciplinary educational program for students. She is also one of the founders of the Association of the Independent Cultural Scene of Serbia and KOOPERATIVA – a regional platform for culture. Her essays are published in numerous magazines, publications and catalogues.

Darija Medić

Darija Medić is a digital practitioner and researcher, working in the fields of media art and archeology, curating and production. Currently as Digital Art Project Coordinator at DiploFoundation, she works on creating links between digital/critical media art and digital policy.

Since 2012 she has been a core member of Interkultivator, an initiative that focuses on the decentralization of cultural production, gender and technology. Her work resides mostly in the context of the public domain and its shaping, language and its social practices, media and its archeology, technology and its philosophy. She lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Aleksandra Jovanić

Aleksandra Jovanić holds a PhD in Digital Arts and a BSc in Computer Science. In her research and artistic practice she combines various media, mainly focusing on interactive art, art games and generative art.

As an Assistant Professor, she currently teaches at all three levels of studies – the undergraduate programme of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, master studies of the Faculty of Applied Arts and art doctoral studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade.

As a designer and computer programmer, she worked successfully on the development of prominent web projects, mainly in the field of culture and arts. Beside web design, she has been active in the area of graphic design and also designed film, theatre and concert posters and title sequences. Since 2003, she has had several solo and group exhibitions.

Aleksandra won a European Digital Art and Science Network award, in national selection for 2015.

Christian Svensson

Christian Svensson is a teacher, crafter and maker with one foot in the arts and crafts movement and the other one in the maker sphere. With a background in Cultural Crafts and Intangible Heritage as well as Science and Chemistry he teaches at the Academy of Design and Crafts, a part of Gothenburg University.

With a background in Cultural Crafts and Intangible Heritage as well as Science and Chemistry he teaches at the Academy of Design and Crafts, a part of Gothenburg University. He also loves to work with children and and teach crafts, design and technology at an elementary school in Malmö. 

Outside of the academic sphere he works with different national NGOs collaborating crafts and science in “making”. He was one of the people behind the national makers movement in Sweden and one of the minds behind Malmö Makerspace, the first maker space in Sweden together with Oyuki Matsumoto and Matilda Isuls. 

Svetlana Maraš

Svetlana Maras (1985) is composer and sound artist from Serbia. She works at the intersection of experimental music, sound art and new media. Her musical work is finding adequate form of expression in different media, genres and representational contexts and encompasses live electronic music performance, electro-acoustic compositions, works for radio, sound and media installations. 

Maras has presented her work internationally, at venues, festivals and events such as CTM (Berlin), Espace Multimedia Gantner (Bourogne), Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens), Museum of Contemporary Art (Belgrade), Ausland (Berlin), ICMC (New York), International Rostrum of Composers (Wroclaw), ISEA (Dubai), International Music Institute (Darmstadt), Orpheus Institute (Ghent) and National Radios of Austria, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Slovenia and many other countries. 
Maras is currently director of the Radio Belgrade’s Electronic Studio.


Dragan Ilić

Serbian – Australian – American artist, living and working in New York and Belgrade. He participated in many group exhibitions and festivals, including solo appearances and exhibitions in Linz, London, New York, Tokyo, Koln, Belgrade, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Chicago, Melbourne, Sidney and Canberra, among others.

Dragan initiated and constructed the ITS-Z1 (International Test Site-Z1) in Ritopek as an independent art space/laboratory where artists and scientists of all levels from around the world will meet, brainstorm, experiment, create and ultimately promote new ideas in a vast array of fields. The goal of the art space/lab is to address the advancement of global cultural interaction.

This art space/lab has been created for extreme experimental activities, from planning sessions to workshops to the production and showing of finished work as well as works in progress. It is a laboratory where the combined talents of artists and scientists will produce cutting edge creative concepts and visions. The Test Site is located on a hilltop 13 miles from Belgrade, which features 5,000 square feet of interior and 15,000 square feet of exterior space. The site overlooks the Danube River and provides stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside.

Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski

Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Art History in Belgrade, in 1999 and finished her master studies at the same Faculty in 2003.

She defended her doctoral thesis at the Department of Art History – Museology and Heritology in September, 2016. Her research field involves the study of international and national art of the 20th century and issues on education, management and marketing in museums. Since 2001, she is employed in the Gallery of Matica srpska in Novi Sad and in 2010 became its director. Moreover, she is engaged in creating and publishing programs and editions of the Gallery, as well as in creation of educational programs for children. So far, she implemented numerous exhibitions and was the author of several books, catalogues and articles in professional journals. She is also a lecturer at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Department of Architecture and Urban planning for the subject History of Art and Curatorial Practices.  In 2017, she was elected for the president of the Executive Board of the Foundation Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture 2021.

Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović

Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović is a university scholar in cultural studies and cultural policy at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, deputy director at the Institute for Theater, Film, Radio and Television, and lecturer at Master and PhD studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade.

She gained a PhD in international cultural relations at the University of Arts in Belgrade in 2012. Ljiljana Rogač Mijatović has gained an extensive professional experience in the field of arts, culture and creative industry. In the past ten years, she was apointed president of the Supervisory Board of the Belgrade Cultural Center, advisor at the National Tourism Organization of Serbia, and member of the working groups for development of strategic plans for culture of municipalities in Serbia. She is the author of numerous researh papers and the influential study Cultural Diplomacy and Identity of Serbia. She is the member of the Council for Creative Industries founded by the Prime Minister of Serbia.

Vuk Radulović

Vuk Radulović is PhD Candidate in Law and EU Integrations. He has been working for European Capital of Culture project for the past six years. He is currently Head of Development projects of the Foundation Novi Sad 2021.

He took a part of a dozens of international and European cultural and artistic projects. He has conducted several researches in a field of democracy, EU Integration, reconciliation and international cultural cooperation. His expertise is international cultural projects.

Novi Sad 2021 is the biggest cultural project in Serbia and the only project officially declared to be the project of national significance for the cultural, economic and social development of Serbia. Winning the title of the European Capital of Culture Novi Sad became one of the 50 cities winning this title among more than 100.000 cities in Europe. Through this platform, Novi Sad 2021 Foundation is developing more than 500 new projects in field of arts, culture and creative industries and great cultural capital investment projects are being implemented.

Dušan Kaličanin

Dušan is a program director of Novi Sad 2021 – European Capitol of Culture, Board president of TECHNOKRATIA, Founder of INTERAKTIV & DIGITAL ST, Board Member of several companies, institutions, organizations and projects. He is famous Entrepreneur, Investor, Culture & Media manager, Tech Culture Community Leader and Activist.

He has lectured at several faculties of the Belgrade University, Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, Singidunum University Belgrade, and at a number of educational, scientific, research, business, cultural and media institutions around the world.  

Dušan is one of the founders of TECHNOKRATIA – International art organization – leading South East Europe organization for promotion of Techno culture. After successful DJ career, Dušan became one of the first European VJs (Video Jockeys), performing at big events, mixing, directing and producing video performances, music videos, movies, collaborating with worlds famous music televisions.

He was an editor, producer and author of several famous TV and radio shows and printed media. He co-founded and was Editor in Chief of TV Metropolis (the first Serbian music television), music and culture editor of print magazines.

Dušan worked on development of many big brands in creative industries.

Dimitrije Tadić

Dimitrije Tadić was born in 1973 in Belgrade. Holds a BA degree from the Faculty of Applied Art, Belgrade. He also holds a MA in Cultural Policy and Management (interdisciplinary master studies), University of Arts, Belgrade and University Lumière, Lyon, France. 

From 2001 works at the Ministry of Culture and Media, Republic of Serbia as the Advisor for Visual Arts and Multimedia in the Department for Contemporary Culture and Creative Industries.He has participated in numerous national and international cultural projects in cultural policy, cultural management and contemporary art production. Author of essays and editor of several publications. From 2014 he holds the position of Head of Creative Europe Desk Serbia.

Creative Europe Desk Serbia helps organisations, associations, companies, and networks from Serbia to apply for the main programme of the European Union for the cultural and audiovisual sectors – Creative Europe. The Desk consists of two offices: MEDIA desk Serbia established within the Film Centre of Serbia and the Culture desk Serbia established within the Ministry of Culture and Media. As a part of the Culture desk Serbia, Antenna office in Novi Sad implements the Culture sub-programme in AP Vojvodina..

The vision of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia is to be one of the key players of support and development of the cultural system in Serbia, a place of dynamic cooperation cultural institutions, civil society organisations, companies, networks and individuals, but also their representative and promoter within European frameworks. Moreover, we perceive the Creative Europe Desk Serbia as an initiator of some of the most important projects in the field of management and cultural policy in Serbia and beyond.

Milica Mastilović

Milica Mastilović is Data Acquisition Specialist at 3Lateral, leading the team in charge for primary collection of the data which are essential for the 3Lateral`s technology. Milica is also working as hardware development coordinator and intensively collaborate with research department for pushing the technology bounders.

3Lateral company develops innovative technologies that allow digitization of human appearance and motion at unprecedented level of realism.

Milica joined 3Lateral in 2015. and since then she has been working on various challenges, prior in 3D Modeling Team , Studio Management to 3D and 4D scan session directing.

She was born in Serbia where she finished her Master studies in field of Architecture and Urbanism, at University of Technical Science in Novi Sad.

3Lateral develops technologies empowering creation of digital life across digital mediums and experiences. Their solutions are specifically focused on digitalization of human face, where 3Lateral covers the full set of solutions like real life data capture systems (3D and 4D inputs), data processing and compression algorithms to recreate realistic facial deformations and HDR representation of facial data, data articulation through anatomically valid and user friendly bio-kinetic models of facial appearance and motion in the digital form.

Žarko Aleksić

Žarko Aleksić (*1985) was born in Knjaževac. He studied philosophy at the University of Belgrade, and later enrolls in the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he worked as a student assistant. Since the winter semester of 2018 he has been organizing and teaching the subject “Art and Cognitive Science.”

His interest lies in questions concerning cognitive neuroscience, such as the relation between perception and imagination, mind/body problem, intentionality, mental representation, construction of reality, stream of consciousness, empathy and neuroplasticity.

He is actively engaged in exhibition practice in Serbia and abroad, and the solo exhibition he would like to highlight are: Brain Pictures, States of Mind, Swimming Against the Stream of Consciousness, Forming and Education, Dreams of Reality and Hyperplastic. He is the founder of the informal group UMETNIK* which deals with theoretical and practical examination of the concepts ART and ARTIST in the ontological and socio-economic sense. He lives and works in Vienna.

Jessica Galirow

Jessica Galirow joined the Ars Electronica Team in January 2017 as a European Project Coordinator. In this position she is responsible for European collaboration projects under the Creative Europe programme and therefore also the management of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab (short: AI Lab).

A former university exchange student in Tokyo (JP), she has a Master Degree in European Studies from the University of Vienna and training in project management. Before her move to Linz (AT) she gained experience in various positions and fields and was also a trainee at the European Parliament at the Directorate-General for Communication.

Ivana Rusnáková

A cultural professional, producer, performer, huge theatre and contemporary dance lover. Coming to Košice, Slovakia in 2013 when the city held the title of European Capital of Culture, Ivana has been experiencing a significant cultural transformation of the city’s context and passionately reflected it in the events she had (co)organized and projects she’s facilitated.

Currently, Ivana is working in Creative Industry Košice, where she assists the local and international networking activities and media art projects connected with the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Creative Industry Košice (CIKE)

Non-profit organization, Creative Industry Košice (CIKE) sees its role in catalyzing sustainable development in the field of culture and creative industry brought about by the ECoC project, won thanks to the daring idea of Interface, designed by Michal Hladký, the director of CIKE.

CIKE’s activities are focusing mainly on educational and mentoring activities, creativity and business collaborations, mobilities, international networking and cooperations, artistic residencies, conferences and research. It also advices, consults and prepares strategic plans for the city and other partners in order to create ideal conditions for the growth and development of culture and the creative sector in Košice.

CIKE thus has a common vision to create a comprehensive strategy and development of the

city of Košice through the cultural and creative industries, innovations in all areas of life that can be based on suitable conditions for cooperation with the private sector and its involvement in urban cultural life.

In addition to continuing the existing activities of CIKE and due to the city’s successful

application to UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of Media Arts, the organization considers its most important planned activities to be focused primarily on the field of media arts.

Antoine Conjard

Antoine Conjard held the position of Artistic Director of Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences, Meylan (France) since 2001, a theatre of 600 seats dedicated to contemporary arts…. He is the instigator of Biennale Arts Sciences (since 2002, Grenoble Metropolis,France), of Atelier Arts Sciences – joint research platform shared by Hexagone and CEA research centre (since 2007, Grenoble, France) as well as of EXPERIMENTA, the Fair (since 2011, Grenoble, France).

He is the co-founder of the TRAS (Transversale des Réseaux Arts Sciences), a network of 20 organisations from France and Belgium involved in arts & sciences activities.

The Atelier Arts Sciences is a common research and creativity platform between Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences and CEA Grenoble. Since 2007, it has promoted creativity through encounters between artists and scientists at intersections between art, culture, technology and sciences. It offers residencies as a framework for joint research between artists and scientists and enable everyone to built its own vision induced by advances in scientific knowledge.

Hexagone, a multidisciplinary theatre promotes contemporary art in dance, music, circus, theatre and other new forms of live performances.

Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences, Meylan (National Theater) is located in the area of Grenoble, France, and welcomes in its 560 seats theatre about 30 shows (theatre, dance, circus, music,…) and 30 000 spectators a year. In addition to its traditional missions as a «Scène Nationale» (artistic production & presentation, cultural development), Hexagone has also developed since 2002 a research activity. Hexagone thus has created in 2007 the Atelier Arts Sciences, a common research and creativity platform shared with the French research centre CEA (The CEA Grenoble dedicates the main part of its researches to the development of the micro- and nanotechnologies). It has promoted creativity through encounters between artists and scientists at intersections between art, culture, technology and sciences. It organises residencies that made it possible for new ideas and disruptive innovations to emerge and new technologies to get integrated into performing art shows and enable everyone to built its own vision induced by advances in scientific knowledge.

Lea Deshusses

Lea Deshusses (Project manager at Atelier Arts Sciences / Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences, female) holds a French and German master degree in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lille (France) and the Westfälische Wilhelms University Münster (Germany).

After several experiences in various cultural fields (Coordinator at ARTE France/European cultural TV channel – Book Officer at the French Consulate in Toronto /Publishing – Head of Communications at MAGASIN – National Centre for Contemporary Art), she joined Atelier Arts Sciences in 2018 as project manager. Within this arts & sciences platform, she is in charge of European projects and of the organisation of EXPERIMENTA, an Arts Sciences and Technology Fair.

Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences, Meylan (National Theater) is located in the area of Grenoble, France, and welcomes in its 560 seats theatre about 30 shows (theatre, dance, circus, music,…) and 30 000 spectators a year. In addition to its traditional missions as a «Scène Nationale» (artistic production & presentation, cultural development), Hexagone has also developed since 2002 a research activity. Hexagone thus has created in 2007 the Atelier Arts Sciences, a common research and creativity platform shared with the French research centre CEA (The CEA Grenoble dedicates the main part of its researches to the development of the micro- and nanotechnologies). It has promoted creativity through encounters between artists and scientists at intersections between art, culture, technology and sciences. It organises residencies that made it possible for new ideas and disruptive innovations to emerge and new technologies to get integrated into performing art shows and enable everyone to built its own vision induced by advances in scientific knowledge.

Tanja Adnađević

Tanja Adnađević is currently head of the department for program activity in Centre for the promotion of science and researcher at the Institute for biological research “Siniša Stanković”, University of Belgrade.

She received her PhD in genetics in 2012 from the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade. Since 2010 she is actively involved in different kinds of science promotion and science communication events. Tanja coordinated several Researchers Night projects. She is currently working on engaging CPN as a new non-formal education incubator where the biggest contribution to the non-formal education scene in Belgrade would be Makers space as an integral part of Belgrade science club.

Mina Cvetinović Pavkov

Mina Cvetinovic Pavkov (1985)  is a Assistant Professor in the field of Animation and Visual Effects at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia. She has fifteen years of experience in the field of computer graphics. She has participated in the realization of over 40 promotional films and projects that contained computer-generated image (selected client list: Dolce&Gabbana, Tuborg, X factor, Telenor,…).

She was a member of a visual effects team making thirteen feature-length live action films (selection: (2016) “On the Milky Road” directed by Emir Kusturica, (2014) “Sunstroke” directed by Nikita Mikhalkov).

She held Izba’s animated film workshop during which is made movie “Klackalica” (Seesaw) who won award for the best animated movie at international animated film festival “See a Paris” 2015, Paris, France. Her animated film „Kafana“ (Tavern) won award for the best student film at international animated film festival BALKANIMA 2008, Belgrade, Serbia.

Virtual actor making

In the introductory part of the lecture, we will demonstrate a case study of the artistic approach and technical aspects included in the process of creating a virtual actor. The artistic, technical and legal aspects of creating a virtual actor resembling the late Ljuba Tadic will be fully presented. This will be followed by a presentation of our partners from 3lateral, a company who will explain the methodology of human face digitalization. 3Lateral covers the full set of solutions including real life data capture systems (3D and 4D inputs), data processing and compression algorithms to recreate realistic facial deformations and HDR representation of facial data, data articulation through anatomically valid and user friendly bio-kinetic models of facial appearance, and motion in digital form. Take One animation studio should follow up explaining the process of transferring or retargeting real actor motion captured performance to different types of  virtual characters. Understanding this process in depth should help actors and digital artists to extract full potential of motion capture technology. Take One animation studio from Belgrade specializes in body and face motion capture (mocap) in one of the largest mocap facilities in Europe.

Marjana Brkić

Marjana Brkic works as an advisor at the Department of International Cooperation, Center for the Promotion of Science. Parallely, she is a PhD candidate in the field of Neurobiology at the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia and at IRC, University of Ghent, Belgium.

From 2012. Marjana is actively involved in science communication through participation and organisation of various events, most importantly Researcher’s Night and Science Festival. Currently, she coordinates two EU projects with focus on STEM education.

Mariano Salvador

Mariano Salvador is a journalist, audiovisual and new media researcher and filmmaker. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and completed his studies at the School of Cinema and Audiovisual media of Madrid.

In the field of art, from 2008 to 2010, he worked as project coordinator in the Department of Audiovisual programs at the Reina Sofía Museum. In 2011, he was assistant curator of the exhibition Resonance: Looking for Mr. McLuhan at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York. In 2013 and 2014 was guest curator at the First International Art Biennial of Cartagena, Colombia. Since mid 2016 is Manager Director of the Zaragoza City of knowledge Foundation, a non profit private institution which aims for spreading knowledge society innovations among citizens in order to achieve a more open, inclusive, democratic and cooperative world. The Foundation is based in Etopia Center of Art and Technology, and venue in the city of Zaragoza, Spain, focused to develop art and technology programs, citizen science and digital culture projects.

Dragana Ilić

Dragana Ilić is an astrophysicist. She graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics University of Belgrade with the major in Astrophysics, where she also defended the MSc thesis. She holds the Ph.D. from the University of Belgrade and University of Padua. Currently she is an associated professor at the Faculty of Mathematics University of Belgrade.

She was awarded by the Astronomical Observatory in Belgrade for important scientific contribution in the category of young researchers in 2008, and she got the L’Oréal-UNESCO national scholarship «For Women in Science» for 2014. She is a member of the International Astronomical Union and the European Astronomical Society. Her research focuses on the spectroscopy of active galactic nuclei and the methods used in determining the parameters of the supermassive black hole in the center of galaxies. So far she has published more than 80 scientific papers, out of which more than 40 in the world leading scientific journals, and has given dozens of research talks at the international conferences, 4 out of which were invited lectures. The impact of her work is evident in the number of citations, as she was cited more than 450 times (h-index 12). She currently participates in two scientific projects funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, and is also involved in a number of international projects with Germany, Italy, Austria and Russia. She is working on development of joint international studies in Serbia and is a local coordinator for the University of Belgrade for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master program the Astromundus. Since 2015 she is the coordinator for international collaboration for the faculty of Mathematics. She has organized a great number of international meetings and conferences, and is particularly active in organizing student workshops and summer practices. She is involved in several projects on science popularization and communication, and is especially proud that she was one of the science mentors in the Art&Science project.

Mireia Bes Garcia

Mireia Bes is Public Engagement Associate at the University of Bristol, where her role involves working with academics and students wishing to get involved in public engagement activities by helping them design and develop their projects as well as connecting them to relevant partners in the city.

She’s been involved in a wide range of projects involving different audiences, partners and research fields, including several art science collaborations. She is particularly interested in the collaboration process and the new knowledge and ideas that arise from it. Before joining the University of Bristol, Mireia worked at the Barcelona Science Park coordinating public engagement activities and developing content for projects that aimed to engage young people with research in biomedicine and nanotechnologies. She has also previously worked in CosmoCaixa (Barcelona Science Museum) running activities with young people and as a communications researcher for the World Health Organisation. She holds a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona and an MSc in science communication from Imperial College London.

Heracles Papatheodorou

Heracles Papatheodorou joined the Onassis Stegi team in 2016 and currently he is the Digital Policy & Development Coordinator. As a digital creative and licensed architect (dipl. School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens), he has worked for several years both as a freelancer and within startups in the fields of design, architecture and web development.

Onassis Cultural Centre – Stegi

The Onassis Stegi is a cultural space which hosts events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music, cinema and the visual arts to digital and hybrid art and the written word.

Dora Vougiouka

Dora Vougiouka joined the Onassis Stegi team in 2015 as the Networking & Outreach Coordinator. In this position she is responsible for the coordination of the Centre’s participation in international and/ or local networks mainly focusing in the filed of culutre, art & education within the framework of European co-funded projects.

She is the project coordinator of the  INTERFACES Network, a large scale cooperation project co-funded by the Creative Europe Program and the iDance project, a strategic partnership co-funded by the Erasmus+ program while she is coordinating the Centre’s participation in other European collaboration projects.

She has studied International, European and Economic Relations and pursued a career in the non-governmental and philanthropic sector in Greece, France and the UK. She is a qualified fundraising and communications professional with extensive experience in submitting proposals to EU funding programmes and managing transnational projects (Creative Europe, FP7 – Research & Innovation Programme, Horizon2020, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, AMIF, National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF).

Onassis Cultural Centre – Stegi

The Onassis Stegi is a cultural space which hosts events and actions across the whole spectrum of the arts from theatre, dance, music, cinema and the visual arts to digital and hybrid art and the written word.