Mark Shepard is an artist and architect whose cross-disciplinary practice draws on architecture, film, and new media in addressing new social spaces and signifying structures of emergent network cultures. His research focuses on the impact of mobile and pervasive technologies on architecture and urbanism. His work has been exhibited and screened at museums, galleries and festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including Artists Space, New York; the ISEA 2006 | ZeroOne Symposium and Festival, San Jose, CA; the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida; The Sonar Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art, Barcelona, Spain; The Futuresonic Festival of Electronic Music and Media Arts, Manchester, United Kingdom; the Viper International Festival of Film, Video and New Media, Basel, Switzerland; the Impakt Festival, Utrecht, the Netherlands, among others. He is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture and Media Study at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where he is a co-director of the Center for Virtual Architecture.
Omar Khan is an architect whose work spans the disciplines of architecture, installation / performance art and digital media. His research and interests deal with responsiveness and performativity in architecture. In 1995 in collaboration with Laura Garofalo he established Liminal Projects, a practice that has developed performance spaces for video artists, dancers and musicians, gallery installations, domestic interiors and award winning competitions. Their work has been exhibited at The Kitchen, NYC; The Whitney Annex, NYC; The Urban Center, NYC; The Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC and The National Building Museum, Washington DC among others. They were winners in the Architectural League of New York's Young Architects Forum 1999. Omar is a co-director of the Center for Virtual Architecture at SUNY Buffalo. His current research projects include Machine Vision for Responsive Architecture and Variable Materials: Composite Elastomers. Omar received his BArch from Cornell University and SMArch from MIT. He was a member of the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab.
Trebor Scholz is as an artist, media theorist, activist, and organizer. His interests focus on media theory, networked sociality and education. In 2004 Scholz founded the Institute for Distributed Creativity (iDC). Scholz has facilitated several large-scale conferences such as Share Share Widely, Free Cooperation and Kosovo: Carnival in the Eye of the Storm. His collaborative and individual works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, the Sao Paulo Biennial and many other venues. Selected presentations included the Tate Gallery (London), ISEA (Helsinki, Tallin, San Jose), MAAP (Singapore), PS1, FILE (Sao Paolo), Stanford University, N5M (NYU and Amsterdam) and UCLA. Scholz has written on participatory cultures, new media education and activism for many periodicals such as Art Journal, FibreCulture Journal, Afterimage, and C-Theory. He is co-editor of the forthcoming book "Free Cooperation: The Art of (Online) Collaboration." Scholz is currently research fellow at the School of Art and Design (Zurich, Switzerland) as well as a professor and researcher at SUNY, Buffalo.