Liat Grayver

Liat Grayver (1986, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel) is a Berlin-based cross-disciplinary painter and media artist, investigating methods to redefine one of the primitive forms of art — painting — within the current technology-based era. She is an active member of SALOON — Network for Women of Berlin’s Art Scene, and an Associate with the Epistemologien ästhetischer Praktiken programme at the ETH Zürich. Since January 2016, Liat has been collaborating with the University of Konstanz on the e-David project, exploring various approaches to integrate robotic and computer languages in the processes of painting and creative image-making.

Her works have been exhibited in a range of international museums, galleries and institutions, including the Jewish Museum Berlin, Exgirlfriend Gallery, Weizmann Institute of Science, Kurt-Tucholsky-Literaturmuseum, Halle 14, NRW Forum, Steinhardt Museum of Natural History Tel Aviv, Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig and Chung-Ang University’s Gallery 301 (Seoul). She has been invited as a guest artist to give presentations on the use of robotics and technologies in the visual arts at a range of institutions, including Goldsmiths University of London, Centre Pompidou, Aalto University (Helsinki), MIT USA and the 35th Chaos Communication Congress (Leipzig), among others.

Xavi Bou

Xavi Bou graduated with a degree in Geology in 2003 from the University of Barcelona. In 2004 he went on to complete his studies in photography at Grisart International School of Photography, and for the next decade, Xavi worked in the advertisement and fashion industry combining it with
teaching photograpy.

However, Xavi’s love of nature was always present, so in 2012 he embarked on Ornitographies; photography inspired by his curiosity about the invisible patterns traced by birds in flight. “My intention is to capture the beauty of the bird’s flight in a single moment, making the invisible visible. Ornitographies moves away from the purely scientific practice of Chronophotography that 19th century photographers Eadward Muybridge and Étienne Jules Marey developed. It is the balance between art and science, a project of naturalist discovery, and, at the same time, an exercise of visual poetry.”

Xavi’s 2015 debut of Ornitographies instantly caught the attention of international publications and collectors, and his work has since been published in National Geographic, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Geo, and Sonntag, among many others. Xavi has exhibited Ornitographies in Australia, Holland, The United States, Spain, Switzerland, France, Russia, Greece, Germany or Mexico.

When Xavi is not setting up his tripod on a roof, rock or windswept plain, he is at work in his studio in the center of Gracia, Barcelona, preparing future exhibitions and editing a book of his work.

Instagram: @xavibou

Hubl Greiner & Mohamed Badawi  

Hubl Greiner ist ein musikalischer Grenzgänger, der sich mit Lust über den Abgrund beugt und manchmal auch weiter. Neben MU 無THE GUERILLA BOPSFRAU.BACHSequoia MønstarsHULU PROJECT (mit Luigi Archetti) und THE DJ HOERSPIEL ENSEMBLE (mit dem Schriftsteller Franz Dobler), kennt man ihn als ehemaligen Kopf der deutschen Kult-Band THE BLECH, sowie als Produzent zahlloser Acts und Projekte. Er hat sich über die Grenzen Deutschlands hinaus einen Namen als unkonventioneller, innovativer und experimentierfreudiger Musiker bzw. Komponist und Produzent gemacht. Mainstreams begann er Anfang der 1970er Jahre Schlagzeug und Bass zu spielen. Seine Einflüsse führen auf Bayerische Volksmusik, Jazz, Rock, Punk, Klangkunst und Neue Musik zurück.

Durch das Zusammentreffen mit anderen Musikern haben sich für Hubl neue Horizonte geöffnet. Prägend waren dabei vor allem die Begegnungen mit den Jazz- und Avantgardemusikern der europäischen Rock in Opposition-, Canterbury Szene, den Musikern des unabhängigen Musikernetzwerks „Schneeball“, Yoruba-Trommlern aus Nigeria, nordamerikanischen Indianern (Navajos, Northern Tutchones, Lakotas, Cherokees und O’odhams), Musikern aus dem asiatischen Kulturkreis, Underground-Musikern aus dem früheren Ostblock, Hip Hop Künstlern aus Frankreich, der einzigartigen Iva Bittová, dem sudanesischen Sufi Mohamed Badawi, dem legendären südindischen Tavil-Meister Paramashivam Pillai und der ebenso legendären schamanistischen Sängerin Stepanida Borisova aus Sibirien. durch West- und Osteuropa, Nord- und Südamerika, Kanada, Japan, Sakha/Sibirien, Russland, Sudan, Ägypten, Libanon, Kuba, Island, Estland. Er wirkt bei ca. 65 CDs als Musiker, Komponist und Produzent mit und veröffentlicht 7 Dokumentarfilme als Regisseur. dem Ziel, aktuelle Entwicklungen im gesellschaftlichen Dasein mit kritischem Blick fotografisch zu begleiten.

Mohamed Badawi is a composer and singer from Sudan. Besides oud, which is the main focus of his musical performances, he plays a specifically Sudanese bongo variant consisting of three drums. The roots of his songs can be found in Nubia, with the Bedouins and the Sufis. Mohamed Badawi comes from the well-known Sufi family of the Gadiriyya and has lived in Europe since 1984.

Already at the age of seven he learned the traditional Bedouin and Sufi rhythms, which still influence his music today. With his singing he covers an extraordinary range, from historical religious Sufi chants to the western musical culture of the present. Since 1987 he has also participated in numerous international projects with musicians.

Jürgen Richter-Gebert  

Jürgen Richter-Gebert, *1963 in Darmstadt. Is a full Professor for Geometry and Visualisation at Technical University Munich with former employments at ETH Zurich, TU Berlin, KTH Stockholm and TU Darmstadt. He is an expert in web-based real-time interactive visualization, and the author of several state of the art software projects. Among them the Interactive Geometry Software Cinderella and several Apps. Among them the pattern drawing app iOrnament that has been showcased in context of several worldwide Apple events.

Richter-Gebert lays a big emphasis on science communication and has co-designed and contributed to several math exhibitions. Among them are big institutions like the German Museum in Munich and the MoMath in New York, as well as several theme-based exhibitions like the Music and Math Exhibition LaLaLab. He is also running his own math museum ix-quadrat at the campus of TU Munich.

His works and teaching practices received a broad range of prices among them academic prizes like the European Academic Software award, the Trinational Multimedia Award Media Prix, the National Teaching award Ars Legendi as well more popular prices like as the User’s Choice of Educational Apps in the Tabby App awards.

Helena Sarin  

Visual artist and software engineer, Helena Sarin has always been working with cutting edge technologies, first at Bell Labs, designing commercial communication systems, and for the last few years as an independent consultant, developing computer vision software using deep learning. While she has always worked in tech, Helena has been doing commission work in watercolor and pastel as well as in the applied arts like fashion, food and drink styling and photography. But art and software ran as parallel tracks in her life, all her art being analog… until she discovered GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks).

Since then generative models became her primary medium. She is a frequent speaker at ML/AI conferences, for the past year delivering invited talks at MIT, Library of Congress, Capitol One, Adobe Research. Her artwork was exhibited at AI Art exhibitions in Zurich, Dubai, Oxford, Shanghai and Miami, virtual AI gallery at Nvidia GTC gallery and was featured in number of publications including the recent issue of “Art In America” magazine. She published an artist book “The Book of GANesis” that was immediately sold out and now working on “The Book of veGAN” and “GANcommedia Erudita”.

Instagram: @helena.sarin

Twitter: @glagolista

Naomi Leonard  

Naomi Ehrich Leonard is the Edwin S. Wilsey Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Council on Science and Technology at Princeton University. She studies and designs complex, dynamical systems comprised of many agents (animals, robots, humans) that move, sense, and decide together. Using mathematical models, she explores the role of feedback (responsive behavior), interconnection (who is communicating with whom), and heterogeneity (individual differences), in the behavior and resilience of groups in changing environments.

Naomi has investigated mathematical rules that help explain the collective behavior of killifish, starlings, honeybees, zebras, and desert harvester ants. And she has designed rules for distributed robotic vehicles to coordinate into motion patterns well suited for sensing and exploring their environment. These she used in two multidisciplinary adaptive ocean sampling field experiments in Monterey Bay, California, each of which featured a month-long deployment of a network of autonomous underwater gliders.

A former student of dance, Naomi has grown increasingly interested in intersections with dance and composition. In 2010 she co-created Flock Logic, an art-making project that explores what happens when dancers carry out the rules used in models of flocking birds. She subsequently collaborated on the rule-based improvisational dance piece “There Might Be Others”, which premiered in New York City in 2016. Naomi is a MacArthur Fellow and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Maike Sippel  

Maike Sippel ist an der Hochschule Konstanz (HTWG) Professorin für Nachhaltige Ökonomie. Sie ist überzeugt, dass es eine große Aufgabe unserer Generation ist, den Wandel hin zu einer klimafreundlichen Gesellschaft zu gestalten. Ihre Leidenschaft gilt dabei Projekten im Grenzbereich von Wissen und gesellschaftlicher Realität sowie dem Schaffen von Möglichkeiten und Nischen in denen konkret Wandel entstehen kann.

Ihr akademischer Weg führte sie über ein Architekturstudium (Universität Karlsruhe, jetzt KIT), eine Promotion in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Universität Flensburg, Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Institut) sowie Consultant- und  Post-Doc-Tätigkeit (letztere am Institut für Energiewirtschaft und rationelle Energieanwendung der Uni Stuttgart) zu ihrer jetzigen Tätigkeit – mit aktuellen Forschungen u.a. zum Thema Klimaschutzhandeln.

Während ihrem Studium begann für Sippel die inhaltliche Auseinandersetzung mit der Nachhaltigkeit wie auch die eigene Mitarbeit in Nachhaltigkeitsinitiativen.

Aktuelle Projekte sind:
– #climatechallenge ( –> 30-tägige Veränderungsexperimente im Footprint und Handprint für mehr Klimaschutz im Leben)

– (die Sichtbarmachung Konstanzer Helden, die heute schon mitten unter uns Erfolgsgeschichten des Wandels geschrieben haben)

– (Konstanzer Bündnis, das Mut zu raschem und ambitioniertem Klimaschutz in Konstanz macht)

Anke Hoeffler  

Anke Hoeffler’s research is in the areas of development and security. She is a widely cited social scientist and received an Alexander von Humboldt professorship, Germany’s highest award for international research. In February 2019 she left the University of Oxford and moved to the University of Konstanz in Germany where she has a chair in development policy in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. Prof. Hoeffler holds a DPhil in economics from the University of Oxford, an MSc in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London and a Diplom in Volkswirschaftslehre from the University of Würzburg. Her research interests are wide ranging and interdisciplinary. Broadly, she is interested in the social causes of excess morbidity and mortality and uses mainly quantitative methods in her academic quest. Current research projects focus on: (1) the impact of interpersonal violence on development, in particular violence against children and women (2) the relationship between interpersonal & political violence (3) costs of violence.