Klaus Obermaier 
concept, artistic direction, choreography

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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Julia Mach
dance

Julia is a freelance dancer and choreographer. After completing her diploma at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School in 1997, she studied Philosophy at the University of Vienna and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the “Hogeschool voor Muzeik en dans” in Rotterdam, Holland. In April 2010 she finished her Master degree in “Movement Studies & Performance” at the Bruckner University Linz, Austria.

In 2002, she held a danceWebEurope scholarship for contemporary dance. Her first engagement as a soloist at the Opera House in Graz, Austria, was followed by freelance work in Vienna with, amongst others, Chris Haring (liquid loft), Liz King (Tanztheater Wien), Georg Blaschke, Rose Breuss, Doris Ebner and Roderich Madl (Pilottanzt), Elio Gervasi and Catherine Guerin. Having been awarded a foreign scholarship by the Office of the Federal Chancellor of Art in Austria, she collaborated with the “Dada von Bzduelow” Theatre in Poland on the award-winning production “Eden”.

In 2005, she was nominated as the “most interesting young dancer to watch” in ‘ballet-tanz-international’. Lately she was also nominated for the ‘Rolex-Mentor-Protégé Arts Initiative’. In 2007 she showed the premiere of her own piece “Visitores” in collaboration with the Polish dancer and choreographer Filip Szatarski in Gdansk (PL), which had its Austrian premiere in 2009 at the ‘tanz ist’ festival. Her subsequent solo piece “the fishinyou” was premiered at the ‘Burgenlaendische Tanztage’ (A) and received an award by the Federal Ministry of Arts after being shown at the ‘tanzwut’-festival in Vienna. In 2010 she cooperated with the Polish choreographers Leon Dziemaszkiewicz and Joanna Czajkowska. Besides, she premiered her latest work “alien anonymous” in Vienna.

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ARS ELECTRONICA FUTURELAB

Chris Sugrue 
interactive design, technical development

Chris Sugrue is an artist and programmer from the United States whose interactive and audiovisual works experiment with the magical and illusory possibilities of digital technology. Her works have explored topics in artificial life, computer vision, electromagnetism, optical effects, and augmented video, and she her collaborators have included graffiti artists, dancers, musicians, jugglers and architects. Sugrue has exhibited and performed internationally in such festivals and galleries as Ars Electronica, Sónar Festival, Pixel Gallery, Medialab-Prado, Matadero Madrid, and La Noche En Blanco Madrid.
Sugrue’s interactive installation, Delicate Boundaries received an honorary mention from Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards and first prize from Share Festival. In 2009, she collaborated to help develop the EyeWriter, a low-cost eye controlled drawing tool for ALS patients. The EyeWriter was honored with Design of the Year award for interactive category, the Future Everything Award, and a Golden Nica from Ars Electronica.

Sugrue holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design. Sugrue was the recipient of a year-long fellowship at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York, and has held artist residencies with Hangar in Barcelona, La Casa De Velázquez in Madrid and Harvestworks in New York. She has taught courses in the Design and Technology department at Parsons School of Design, the Interface Culture program at the KunstUniversitat in Linz, Austria, and numerous workshops on visual and creative programming.

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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.









Matthias Bauer
interactive design, technical development

Matthias Bauer is a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg where he studied Media Technology and Design. For his diploma thesis he was awarded the 'Wuerdigungspreis des Bundesministeriums fuer Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur'.

His activities in the field of computer graphics programming include numerous projects such as games, media installations and augmented reality research. Recently he has worked at the Wearable Computer Lab at the University of South Australia and at Videoplugger in London, before becoming a member of the Ars Electronica Futurelab team in 2005.

Since 2009 he is co-owner of Pulpmedia, an online marketing agency in Linz, and works there as Technical Director.

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Rainer Eilmsteiner
portfolio manager for music- events and theatre

Rainer Eilmsteiner has been working as the Portfolio Manager for multi-media event and theatre production at the Ars Electronica Futurelab since 2005. He has a degree in Economics which he received from the Johannes Keppler University, Linz.

Rainer has been in charge of music visualizations, pan-European conferences and has also also served as technical director for the annual Ars Electronica Gala.


Claus Zweythurm
tour manager and co-ordinator

Klaus Obermaier and Ars Electronica Futurelab

Le Sacre du Printemps . Igor Stravinsky

an interactive real-time generated stereoscopic dance and music project