Matt Adams co-founded Blast Theory in 1991, an artists’ group renowned for its multidisciplinary approach pioneering the use of new technologies within performance contexts. The group has collaborated with scientists at the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham since 1997. Blast Theory presents work internationally and has been nominated for four BAFTAs and won the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica. Matt has curated at Tate Modern and at the ICA in London and has taught widely. He was a Thinker In Residence for the South Australian Government in 1994. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter, a Visiting Professor at the Central School of Speech and Drama and a Regional Council Member of Arts Council England.
Alexandre Brachet, 37 years old, is the manager of Upian, a company he founded in 1998. Over the last years, Upian has produced or co-produced some of the most regarded web-documentaries, like lacitedesmortes.net, Thanatorama.com and Gaza-Sderot in 2008. In Spring 2010, Upian presented Prison Valley, an interactive road movie of a new kind, a journey into the american prison industry, directed by Philippe Brault and David Dufresne, and co-produced by french TV channel Arte. Along its producing activities, Upian is also a successful web agency, creating websites for brands and medias. In June 2008, Upian also opened a contemporary art galery next to its offices
Nick Cohen is the BBC’s multiplatform commissioner for factual and documentaries, a role that encompasses finding, developing and commissioning innovative online and cross-platform projects, as well as overseeing a portfolio of genre websites, such as BBC Food, BBC Health and BBC Arts.
Nick has been working at the forefront of digital media for over a decade and his productions have won a number of industry awards, including two Digital Emmys. His ground-breaking interactive documentary commissions include Britain From Above, The Truth About Crime, Stephen Fry’s Last Chance to See, Born Survivors and Adam Curtis’s It Felt Like a Kiss.
Prior to his current role he was Commissioning Editor for the BBC’s interactive TV services, Assistant Editor at BBC News Interactive and Director, Broadband & Interactive TV Development for Turner Broadcasting Europe (CNN and Cartoon Network). He began his career in the late 90s as an online journalist and web designer.
Born in Bavaria (1972). Lives and works in Berlin. 2005-2006 guest-professor at the German Literature-Institute Leipzig (DLL), University of Leipzig. 2001-2004 lecturer at the University of the Arts, Department of Experimental Media-Design. Inventor of the [korsakow system], a software to create database narratives. Motorbike test rider since 2004. Thalhofer studied at the University of the Arts Berlin (MA and Meisterschüler) and at the UCLA, Los Angeles.