Klaus Obermaier 
concept, artistic direction, music and visuals

Since two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier creates innovative works in the area of performing arts, music, theatre and new media, highly acclaimed by critics and audience.

His performances are shown at major festivals and theaters throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia.
He worked with dancers of the Nederlands Dans Theater, Chris Haring, Robert Tannion (DV8), Desireé Kongerød (S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre Frankfurt),…
He composed for ensembles like Kronos Quartet, German Chamber Philharmonics, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Balanescu Quartet, among others.

Since 2006 he is visiting professor at the University IUAV of Venice teaching 'directing and new media'. Also since 2006 he is member of the jury of the international choreography competition 'no ballet' in Ludwigshafen/Rhein, Germany. In 2005 and 2008 he taught as an adjunct professor for composition at the Webster University Vienna. Since 2010 he holds courses for choreography and new media at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza di Roma and at IUAV.
He gives lectures at international universities and institutions.

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Desireé Kongerød
choreography, dance

Desireé Kongerød was born and grew up in Norway. She moved to London to study dance at London Contemporary Dance School and Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. Since then she has had a successful career as a contemporary dancer touring throughout Europe and the States working with amongst others Yolande Snaith Theatre Dance, Rosemary Butcher and S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre Frankfurt.

Rob Tannion
choreography, dance

Rob Tannion is a dynamic and visually creative director/choreographer and performer who works internationally across the genres of dance, circus, musicals, events, outdoor and site-specific theatre, commercials and film.

Previous work highlights have included: Collaborator and Performer with DV8 Physical Theatre (“Enter Achilles”, “Bound to Please”, “Happiest Day of My Life” and “Cost of Living” ) and for theatre company Complicite (“Noise of Time” & “Strange Poetry”), Performer/CoChoreographer in Klaus Obermaier’s stunning multimedia show (“Apparition”), Performer with Russell Maliphant Co (“Critical Mass”), Associate Choreographer on the musical “Lord of the Rings” (Toronto), Choreographer on commercials for clients such as Bacardi, Fosters and Baileys, Actor in films such as “Resident Evil”, and BBC television series “Stig of the Dump”. Since 2004 he has been joint artistic director of London based company Stan Won’t Dance, with Liam Steel. Their shows such as “Sinner”, “Revelations” and “Babel” have toured extensively throughout the UK and abroad to critical acclaim.
Other choreographic commissions include companies such as DanceNorth (Australia), StopGAP (UK), Karlik Danza Teatro (Spain), Excentrica Produciones (Seville), and Acadamy of Performing Arts (Hong Kong).

Since 2008, Rob has been working almost exclusively directing and choreographing contemporary circus. From 2008-2010 he directed 3 original creations for the project “CRECE” in Madrid’s prestigious Teatro Circo Price in association with Carampa. In 2011 includes: Acrobatic Director for new Chinese resident musical “Spiral”, Director/Choreographer of “Beautifully Imperfect” for NICA, Melbourne; Director of “Solo Mientame” for Transito 5 in Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico.
In June 2012, Rob will direct & choreograph the first edition of “Cresce Sur” in Rio de Janeiro, as part of the 1st International Festival of Circus, with 20 circus performers from South and Central America.

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is a dancer/teacher/choreographer from New Zealand. In Europe where he now lives he has worked with Random Scream of Belgium, Carol Brown Dances of London, company Willi Dorner and Theater Combinat of Austria. Now he is dancing with Impure Company of Norway. He also choreographs his own work. His last piece, for 11 dancers, was entitled "observing observing" and was presented at the ITS festival in Amsterdam.

Peter Brandl 
interactive design, technical development

Peter Brandl is a production manager at the Berlin based company q-bus Mediatektur. He holds a PhD in computer science from the Johannes Kepler University in Linz. Prior to his work in Berlin, he was a Research Associate at the Media Interaction Lab (MIL) at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences. He received a master’s degree in Media Technology and Design from the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg in 2003.

His core areas of expertise are computer graphics and human-computer interaction. He is interested in designing natural and multimodal interfaces and exploring emerging technologies. Coming from the Ars Electronica Futurelab, his other interests are interactive live performances and installations. His projects include collaborations with research institutes such as Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) as well as internationally featured live performances.

Jing He 
interactive design, technical development

Christopher Lindinger
project leader and co-ordinator at Futurelab

Christopher Lindinger studied Computer Science at the University of Linz and Cultural Management in Salzburg. He worked as scientist in the field of Virtual Reality research and supercomputing visualization in Chicago and as developer for the game industry. Since 1997, based on his activities in the field of digital art, he is affiliated with the Ars Electronica and currently holds the position of the director of research and innovation in the Ars Electronica Futurelab. Beside this activity he works as consultant for companies and governmental organizations, teaches at several universities in Germany and UK and is Guest Professor at the University of Art and Design, Linz.

Apparition  Klaus Obermaier and Ars Electronica Futurelab