Dr. Roger Malina
Physicist and astronomer. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Art and Technology, Professor of Physics, and serves as the Associate Director of Arts and Technology Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Executive Editor of Leonardo Publications at M.I.T Press. He has also been Directeur de Recherche of the C.N.R.S. at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille. His specialty in astrophysics is space instrumentation. He is one of the biggest drivers of the intersection between art and scientific knowledge, but this intersection beyond the models that art history has classified, for Roger Malina, involves a very personal comprehension of what we now understand as interdisciplinary, and active social positioning.
Dr. Christa Sommerer
Biologist, botanist, and artist. Currently she is director of the Master Program Interface Culture at Kunst Universität in Linz, Austria. Her art projects, made with Laurent Mignonneau, are pioneers in interactive electronic art. Sommerer and Mignonneau previously held positions as Professors at the IAMAS International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan and as Researchers and Artistic Directors at the ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Lab in Kyoto Japan. Through interdisciplinary research, they develop new features in interface design that include the role of science, from nanotechnology —in its cultural and social applications— like NanoScape (2002), to big membrane surfaces that open an ecological and non-intrusive possibility to display digital content on the facades of buildings, such as Solar Display (2008).
Dr. Miguel Morey
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Universitat de Barcelona (University of Barcelona). He is Member of the Maria Zambrano Foundation, Honorary Member of the Spanish Society for the Study of F. Nietzsche. His specialty is French philosophy, and has translated works of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Giorgio Colli and Pascal Quignard. He is author of Lectura de Foucault (1983), El orden de los acontecimientos (1988), Deseo de ser piel roja (XXII Anagram Essay Prize, 1994), Robert Wilson (in collaboration with Carmen Pardo Salgado in 2003) and more recently Pequeñas doctrinas de la soledad (2007), Hotel Finisterre (2011), and the revised edition of Lectura de Foucault, published simultaneously with Escritos sobre Foucault (2014). Highlights the PhD Program Debate sobre la experiencia: El Ojo Utópico, at the University of Barcelona, where the sense of representation, light, vision organs, and how these concepts were considered in the priority optical vocabulary of classic rationalism were analysed.
Dr. Andrés Jaque
Architect and thinker. Currently he is faculty member at Columbia University GSAPP. In 2003 with a team of sociologists, economists, and journalists, he created the Office for Political Innovation, an urban lab focused on the development of a democratically centered architecture, considering objects as material actors of egalitarian societies. In 2014 he won the Silver Lion to the Best Research Project at the 14th Venice Biennale. His work has also been exhibited in Gwangju Biennale (2011), Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum in Basel, Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, or Mak in Vienna (2013). His work 'IKEA Disobedients' (Madrid, New York 2012) was the first architectural performance to be included in the MoMA's collection.
Dr. Martí Domínguez
PhD in Biology, Professor of Journalism at the Universitat de València (University of Valencia), and director of the journal Mètode. He writes in different media as El Temps, La Vanguardia, Ara and El País. Some of his articles are gathered in the compilations Bestiary, and Peiximinuti. He has been awarded with the National Journalism Award for his work as editor of the journal Mètode. As a novelist, is the author of Las confidencias del conde de Buffon, winner of Crexells, and Andromina awards; El secreto de Goethe, Award Prudenci Bertrana and the critics of the Universitat de València; El retorno de Voltaire, award Josep Pla; and the recently published El fracasado, about the painters Cézanne and Pissarro.
Dr. Fernando Sapiña Navarro
PhD in Chemistry, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry Department, and Research of Materials Science Institute, Universitat of València (University of Valencia). His research is focused on the design of synthesis routes for materials with composition, microstructure and controlled properties. He has worked, among other topics, on molecular magnetism, high critical temperature superconductors and magnetoresistive materials. He teaches the open courses Chemistry kitchen and We are what we eat, within the framework of the activities organized by CADE and the Science Department of the Universitat de València. He is author of ¿Un futuro sostenible?, and El reto energético, published by the University of Valencia. He is the director of the book collections Sin Fronteras and Ciencia entre Letras.