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Elisenda Ardèvol

Director of mediaccions Digital Communication and Culture Research Group at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

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Associate Professor in Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the Department of Arts and Humanities, at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She participates in different Master and Phd. Programs in media, digital and visual anthropology and has been Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Visual Anthropology of the University of Southern California, USA, and EU Visiting Fellow at the Digital Ethnography Centre at the RMIT, Melbourne.

She is also an active member of international research networks such as the Media Anthropology Network and the Future Anthropology Network of the EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) and the Section of Digital Culture and Communication ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association).

Her main research lines are related with digital culture, visuality and media in everyday life. Currently, she is exploring design, creativity and collaborative practices in digital technologies.

Her publications include “Digital ethnography and media practices” in Darling Wolf, Research Methods in Media Studies (2014); “Virtual/Visual Ethnography: Methodological Crossroads at the Intersection of Visual and Internet Research” in Pink, Advances in Visual Methodology (2012); Playful practices; Theorising new media cultural production in Brauchler and Postill, Theorising Media and Practice(2010); editor of Researching Media through Practices (2009) and the books (in Spanish) Key debates (2014); A Gaze’s Quest (2006) andRepresentation and Audiovisual Culture in Contemporary Societies (2004).

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Sarah Pink

Distinguished Professor and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University (Australia), a Swedish Knowledge Foundation funded International Visiting Professor at Halmstad University (Sweden), Visiting Professor at Loughborough University, UK.

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Her recent books include Digital Materialities (with Ardevol and Lanzeni, 2016) Digital Ethnography (with Horst, Postill, Hjorth, Lewis and Tacchi 2016), and Screen Ecologies (with Hjorth, Sharpe and Williams 2016). Her forthcoming books include Anthropologies and Futures (with Salazar, Irving and Sjoberg 2017) and Theoretical Scholarship and Applied Practice (with Fors ad O’Dell, 2017).

Current research projects include Sensing Shaping Sharing (Swedish Research Council), Human Expectations and Experience of Automated Driving(Vinnova, Sweden), and Locating the Mobile (Australian Research Council) and the DERC  initiative. She also collaborates with a number or companies to develop design ethnographic research and insight into digital and other everyday life and futures.

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Débora Lanzeni

Junior Researcher at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and member of Mediaccions Digital Culture Research Group. She holds a PhD in Information & Knowledge Society. Bachelor in Anthropology and a DEA in Political Anthropology from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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She taught in Methodology and Media Anthropology for 5 years in University of Buenos Aires and she was member of Media and Visual Anthropology Research Group in UBA and IDES (Institute of Economic and Social Development). Debora has been research visitor at the Visual Anthropology Department, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and at Design Ethnography Future Program of Research, RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), Australia and currently she holds a fellowship in Information and Media Studies in Aarhus University, Denmark.

She is currently focusing on developments at the interface of Smart City and Internet-of-things, the study of digital materiality, labor and moral order. She aims to collaborate in Design Anthropology and Anthropology of the Future. Her publication include “Digital visualities and materialities: paths for an anthropological walk” (2014); “Technology and visions of the future: imagination in the process of digital creation from an ethnographic approach” (2014) and “Smart Global Futures: designing affordable materialities for a better life” in Pink, Ardévol and Lanzeni, Digital Materiality: Anthropology and Design (2016).

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Antoni Roig

Doctor en Sociedad de la Información por la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Profesor agregado de los Estudios de Ciencias de la Información y de la Comunicación de la UOC y director del programa en Comunicación audiovisual.

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Gemma Sancornelio

Lecturer of New Media, design and aesthetics at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Researcher on digital culture, creativity, identity and #selfiestories.

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Pau Alsina

Professor d’Estudis d’Arts i Humanitats de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya on coordina i imparteix docència en els àmbits de les Arts i el Pensament Contemporani.

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És professor del Màster de Comissariat d’Art i Nous Mitjans de l’Escola Superior de Disseny de la URL. Doctor en Filosofia per la Universitat de Barcelona amb una tesi sobre els sistemes emergents en les pràctiques que interrelacionen art, ciència i tecnologia. Les seves investigacions s’han centrat en una anàlisi històrica, teòrica i estructural de l’art dels mitjans i en especial sobre les relacions entre art, biologia i tecnologia. En aquest sentit ha publicat els llibres “Art, Ciència i Tecnologia” (2007) i, juntament amb R.Rennó, “Entre monstres i quimeres: art, biologia i tecnologia” (2015), així com també ha publicat diversos capítols de llibre i articles sobre pensament, art i cultura digital. Des de 2002 dirigeix la revista acadèmica Artnodes, on ha coordinat diferents monogràfics sobre Art i Complexitat (2009) Arxius i Mediateques (2010) Historia(s) de l’Art dels Mitjans (2013) Art i Materialitat (2015) etc.. Ha impulsat i co-dirigit esdeveniments com “Sinergia: noves fronteres de la ciència, l’art i el pensament” (2011) la “Art Matters International Conference” (2014) així com la “Interface Politics Conference” (2016). És membre fundador de la xarxa mediterrània YASMIN dedicada a les interseccions entre art, ciència, tecnologia i societat, i membre del patronat de la New Art Foundation, així com també del patronat de la Fundació HANGAR, Centre de producció i investigació de les arts. Les seves línies de treball pivoten al voltant de l’Arqueologia dels Mitjans, el Nou Materialisme i l’aplicació de la Teoria de l’Actor-Xarxa a les Arts. Forma part del col·lectiu Art Matters i és membre dels grups de recerca Mediaccions de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Art, Arquitectura i Societat Digital de la Universitat de Barcelona i Estudos em Práticas Artísticas, Espacialidade e Ciências da Vida de la Universida de Federal do Reconcavo da Bahia, al Brasil.

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Vanina Hofman

Investigadora y productora cultural orientada al estudio de la preservación y archivo del arte de los medios, y los procesos de memoria y olvido en la cultura digital.

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Graduada en Diseño de Imagen y Sonido por la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) y  Master en Comisariado y Prácticas Culturales en Arte y Nuevos medios por MECAD/ESDi y Universitat Ramon Llull. Doctora por la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya y el Internet Interdisciplinary Institute con la tesis “Prácticas divergentes de preservación del arte de los medios. Recordar y olvidar en la cultura digital”.
Lleva adelante el espacio independiente Taxonomedia, desde finales del 2006.Parte del Art Matters, del grupo de investigación Arte, Arquitectura y Sociedad Digital de la Universitat de Barcelona y afiliada a Mediaccions.
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Guillaume Dumont

Researcher at OBS Business School. Guillaume holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 and the Autonomous University of Madrid. His current research focuses, broadly speaking, on the transformation of work and labour in the creative economy in North America and Europe.

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He has hold visiting fellowships at Colorado University Boulder, The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute at the UOC, and the Media and Management and Transformation Center of the Jonkoping International Business School. Guillaume’s past research is based on two years of fieldwork in the USA and Europe focusing on work and labor in professional climbing. This research shows how professional athletes can be analyzed as creative workers, and focuses on media production, self-promotion, branding, and reputation building by investigating the work relationship between climber, the media, and the climbing industry. After two years working as a Lecturer as Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, in France, Guillaume is back in Barcelona where he collaborates to the D-Future project and is about to start fieldwork in business settings.

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Matteo Ciastellardi

Senior researcher at the Department of Design at Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

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Ciastellardi was a researcher for 5 years at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), directed by Manuel Castells at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication at Politecnico di Milano (thesis on “bottom-up management of networked information”) after a degree in theoretical philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Milano (thesis on “liquid architectures”). Already McLuhan Fellow at the University of Toronto (2007) with a project on epistemology of digital culture, he served as a researcher for the Digital Culture Research Program at IN3 under the direction of Derrick de Kerckhove. He is editorial director of the McLuhan Studies series and executive director of the International Journal of Transmedia Literacy.

His research is mainly oriented to Media Studies, with a focus on Transmedia Literacy, Swarm and Cloud Intelligence, Connective Intelligence, Media Ecology, Marshall McLuhan and the Toronto School of Communication. Principal publications: Education Overload. From Total Surround to Pattern Recognition. (UOC Press, 2013); Ecologia del Testo. Esperienza del Pensiero (con M. Andreozzi, LED, 2013), Le architetture liquide. Il pensiero in rete e le reti del pensiero (LED, 2009).

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Melisa Duque

PhD Candidate from the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.

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Her research explores future possibilities for revaluing things at liminal stages. To do so she has been working at an opportunity/charity shop in Melbourne with a combined approach of ethnographic engagement and open ended participatory design interventions.

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Talia Leibovitz

Socióloga de la Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC).

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Master en Antropología Visual de la Universidad de Barcelona y Master en Sociedad de la Información y el Conocimiento de la Universiat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Entre sus líneas de investigación están las nuevas formas de producción cultural en la era digital, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, prácticas colaborativas, comunicación audiovisual y cine digital. En la actualidad prepara su tesis de doctorado sobre Crowdfunding en la producción cultural y es profesora colaboradora del grado de comunicación de la UOC. Ha dirigido documentales y cortometrajes en Chile y España.

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Fernanda Pires

PhD candidate of the Information and Knowledge Society program at Open University of Catalonia (UOC).

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She is also member of the Mediaccions, Digital Culture research group at UOC. Her PhD research concerns co-viewing and user-generated content practices. Her main research interests include varied subjects such as co-viewing, social media, new media practices, popular culture, and STS.

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Rosen Bogdanov

PhD candidate in the Open University of Catalonia, focusing on science and technology studies.

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His academic background is based in communication studies and, later, in the interdisciplinary field of media technology, electronic arts and science. His MSc thesis was an experimental research into the fields of plant electrophysiology and ecopsychology, exploring the effect that “musical plants” can have on human affection.

He is currently studying do-it-yourself science or any new cases of the social reproduction of hacking within that same process of techno-scientific production. As a graduate in art-science, he feels comfortable sitting in such hybridized environments and often thinks by himself: Exactly how new are such practices, and what [or who] supplies such novelty in an era of makerspaces, hackerspaces, hacklabs, hacktivism, collaborative economy, peer-to-peer sharing, and any other “innovation for change” scenario?
In his current research, he is exploring the modulations of the concept of openness and its meaning in the biohacker communities, specifically, in the European context

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Teresa Tiburcio

Graduate of Journalism and Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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At university, I spent time at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Sao Paul. My interests include anthropology and digital media, urban social movements and methodological innovation in the field of social sciences. I developed these interests thanks to the Masters degree I have completed in Media and Visual Anthropology at the Free University of Berlin.

I am currently a student at the Open University of Catalonia within the Doctoral Program of Information Society and Knowledge, and working as a researcher for the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) within the project ” ECOLOGIES IN BETA: AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF THE OPEN-SOURCING OF URBAN WORLDS (CSO2014-51970-R)”, for which I will do ethnographic fieldwork in the city of Sao Paulo.

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