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Language & Encoding
A Symposium for Artists, Programmers, & Scholars

Participant Bios
Cory Arcangel (http://www.beigerecords.com/cory/) is a classical guitarist and 8-bit computer artist. He founded "Insectiside", a Buffalo New York punk group in 1989 with sister Jamie [he grew up in WNY] and is a member of "the slowes", an Earworm UK recording artist. In 1999, he founded The 8-Bit Construction Set and the Beige Programming Ensemble with Paul Davis, Joseph Beuckman, and Joseph Bonn. In 2000 he graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying Electronic Music, classical guitar, and computer programming. He has recently been awarded grants by The New York State Council on the Arts (for a collaboration with fellow BEIGE member Paul Davis on reconfigured Super Mario Brothers Carts sponsored by Harvestworks), and by turbulence.org (for his project "Urbandale"). His most recent work can be seen linked to off of a May Whitney Artport page @ http://artport.whitney.org.

Beige Records. See Cory Arcangel and Paul Davis

Marc Böhlen is an artist working in the domains of contemplative
robotics and site-specific data, material and cultural analysis. His
practice combines the structured approach of scientific investigation
with artistic intuition and good or bad taste. After studies in Stone
Masonry, Art History and Electrical Engineering he worked at IBM
Research Laboratories in Zürich. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon
University in Fine Arts and Robotics, he was appointed Research Fellow
at the University of California at San Diego at the Center for Research
in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). He is currently faculty member at the
University of Buffalo in the Department of Media Study. His work
centers on subjectification of advanced technologies and the re-
appropriation of efficiency into the poetic. The reclaiming of the
unexpected from automation processes serves as Leitfaden in Böhlen's
work. His work has been supported by grants from Arizona State
University, the University of California at San Diego, and Carnegie
Mellon University. Marc Böhlen's work is acknowledged in the Arts and
in the Sciences. He has presented papers and exhibited artwork
nationally and internationally including at the New York Digital Salon
the Warhol Museum, AAAI, CHI, ACM and IEEE. Recent work is featured at
the iMAGES International Film Festival Toronto, ISEA2002 in Nagoya and
IROS2002 in Lausanne (http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~mrbohlen).

John Cayley. London-based Anglo-Canadian poet John Cayley is a translator from Chinese and the founding editor of The Wellsweep Press. He is known internationally for his writing in networked and programmable media (http://www.shadoof.net/in). His background in computing dates from 1978 when he undertook post-graduate work on the linguistic analysis of classical Chinese style. Cayley is the recent winner of the Electronic Literature Organization's Award for Poetry 2001. Wellsweep has published pioneering selections from individual Chinese poets and the first ever English translation of a Chinese martial arts and fantasy novel. His last book of poems, adaptations and translations is Ink Bamboo (London: Agenda & Belew, 1996). Cayley has lectured on the writing programme at the University of California, San Diego, where he was also a Research Associate of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA). He is now an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of English, Royal Holloway College, University of London, and an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Arts, in close association with their degree-level course on Performance Writing.

Paul Davis (http://www.post-data.org/) is a composer, record label owner, and obsolete media artist. Founded Beige Records with Joseph Beuckman in 1997 and The 8-Bit Construction Set and BEIGE Programming Ensemble with Cory Arcangel, Joseph Beuckman, and Joseph Bonn in 1999. Graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2000, post-graduate study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently created/curated The BEIGE 2002 World Cassette Jockey Championships and released a solo EP on BEIGE records entitled the "Pretty" EP. Currently completing a 7- inch single for Wobblyhead Records, performing music and wizardy in a duo with DJ LeDeuce known as The Potions, and co-curating Camp Gay, a Chicago performance venue.
Alex Galloway is an artist and computer programmer. As the founding member of RSG, he is the creator of Carnivore, a networked surveillance tool based on the notorious FBI software of the same name. Alex's first book, PROTOCOL, or, How Control Exists After Decentralization,will appear next year from The MIT Press.
Loss Pequeño Glazier (http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/authors/glazier/) is a poet, professor of Media Study, a Poetics Program Core Faculty member, and Director of the Electronic Poetry Center (http://writing.upenn.edu/epc) at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is author of the award winning Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries (Univ. of Alabama Press, 2002) and was the organizer of E-Poetry 2001, the first digital poetry festival ever held (Buffalo, 2001). He is the author of several books of poetry and numerous digital poetry projects. His work has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum and he has lectured and performed throughout the U.S. and in London, Paris, Berlin, Norway, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, and other countries.
Lisa Jevbratt is a Swedish systems/network artist working primarily with the Internet. Her work has been exhibited and presented nationally and internationally; in venues such as The New Museum in New York, SFMOMA, The Walker Art Center, Ars Electronica in Linz, Transmediale in Berlin, and the 2002 Whitney Biennial. The projects explore information filtering/mapping, organizational structures and other aesthetic, political and cultural implications of the languages and protocols constituting information technologies. She is a member of the Silicon Valley collaboration/corporation C5, and a board member of the New Langton Arts Gallery in San Francisco where she is curating the Net Work program. She has been teaching in the digital media program (former CADRE) at San Jose State University since 1997 but will soon be moving to Santa Barbara for an assistant professor position at UCSB.
Lev Manovich. (http://www.manovich.net) is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego where he teaches courses in new media art and theory. He is the author of The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001), Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture (Chicago University Press, 1993) as well as 50+ articles which have been published in 20+ countries. Currently he is working on a new book Info-aesthetics and a digital film project Soft Cinema.
Michael Mateas. Michael Mateas' work explores the intersection between art and artificial intelligence, forging a new art practice and research discipline called Expressive AI. He is currently at Carnegie Mellon, where he is an adjunct faculty member in the Entertainment Technology Center, a Research Fellow in the art department's Studio for Creative Inquiry, and a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. Starting in January 2003, Michael will be an assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a joint position in the department of Literature, Communication and Culture and the College of Computing. He is currently working with Andrew Stern on Facade, an interactive drama which uses AI techniques to combine rich autonomous characters with interactive plot control to create a first-person, graphical interactive story. Michael has presented papers and exhibited artwork nationally and internationally including at SIGGRAPH, the New York Digital Salon, AAAI, the Carnegie Museum, the Warhol Museum, and Sonic Circuits (the Walker Museum entry). Michael came to Carnegie Mellon from Intel Laboratories where he co-founded GEAR (Garage Ethnography and Applications Research), a research group employing ethnographic techniques to understand how new computing technology fits into people's lives. Michael received his BS in Engineering Physics from the University of the Pacific and his MS in Computer Science (emphasis in Human-Computer Interaction) from Portland State University.
Jonathan Minton has had his projects published in the the literary journals xStream, Drunken Boat, and archived at the Electronic Poetry Center. He is the co-editor of the online literary journal Word For Word. He teaches in Albany, NY.
Judd Morrissey is a writer and developer of digital literature. He received his MFA from Brown University. His work has been widely and internationally exhibited and it has been reviewed in The New York Times and The New Republic (www.eastgate.com/catalog/Captain.html).
David Rokeby (http://www3.sympatico.ca/drokeby) has been creating interactive sound and video installations with computers since 1982. His works explore time, perception, intelligence (both human and "artificial") and the relationships between humans and interactive machines. His installations have been exhibited extensively in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He was awarded the first Petro-Canada Award for Media Arts in 1988, the first B.A.F.T.A. award (UK) for interactive art in 2000, the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica (2002) and Awards of Distinction for Interactive Art (1991 and 1997) (Austria), and a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2002 (Canada).
Phoebe Sengers is an assistant professor in Computing and Information Science and Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Her work synthesizes cultural studies and computer science, by building new technology based on a cultural critique of existing research practices and assumptions. Results of this work are in 3 areas: technical advances in artificial intelligence (AI), human-computer interaction, and media research, cultural analyses of technical practices, and explorations of strategies for interdisciplinary synthesis between the two cultures of the humanities/arts and the sciences/technology. Her work in AI has focused on the implicit assumptions about human life which are embedded in AI technology, and the development of new technologies based on an understanding of AI as creating stories about, rather than scientifically modelling, human existence (http://www.cs.cornell.edu/people/sengers/).
Lori Talley holds a BA in experimental music from Bard College, where she worked with composer and theorist Benjamin Boretz. She earned her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Talley's work in electronic literature and composition is widely recognized and has been included in several international exhibitions including ISEA97, P0es1s: International Exhibition of Digital Poetry, and DAC2001. Talley teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (www.eastgate.com/catalog/Captain.html).