Martin Kaltenbrunner (*1972) is professor for Tangible Interaction Design and director of the Tangible Music Lab at the Institute of Media Studies at the University of Art and Design in Linz. Before his return to Austria he worked as researcher and lecturer at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona as well as further European institutions, such as the MIT Medialab Europe in Dublin. As co-founder of Reactable Systems he had been mainly working on the interaction design concepts behind the electronic musical instrument Reactable, which was awarded with a Golden Nica for Digital Music at the Prix Ars Electronica 2008. He received a Doctorate in Engineering from the Bauhaus-University Weimar, and his technical developments in the field of “Tangible User Interfaces” have been employed for the realization of numerous artistic and scientific projects.
Enrique Tomás (*1981) is a sound artist and PhD candidate researcher who dedicates his time to finding new ways of expression and play with sound, art and technology. His work explores the intersection between sound art, computer music, locative media and human-machine interaction. As an individual artist, Tomás’ activity is centered around “ultranoise.es” and focuses on performances and installations with extreme and immersive sounds and environments. He has exhibited and performed in spaces of Ars Electronica, Sonar, CTM, IRCAM, IEM, KUMU, SMAK, NOVARS, STEIM, Steirischer Herbst, Alte Schmiede, etc., and in galleries and institutions throughout Europe and Latin America.
Reinhard Gupfinger (*1977) is a university assistant and PhD candidate researcher at the Tangible Music Lab at the Institute of Media Studies, where he is undertaking a study in the context of Animal Computer Interaction (ACI) by designing musical instruments for grey parrots. He holds a Master of Arts and Mag. art. degree from the University for Art and Design Linz, Austria. His artistic work Sound Shifting seeks to push the boundaries of hybrid sound art, sculpture and technology to create an awareness of the sonic environment. Amongst other recognitions, he has received a grant of the Arts Division and the Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria for Video and Media Art (2014), the Alumni grant of University for Art and Design Linz (2010), and a grant from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (2008).
Jens Vetter (*1980) is a performer and research assistant at the Tangible Music Lab. He works in the intersection between sound art, stage performance and interactive sound objects. He is interested in developing new musical devices as well as employing them on stage. He uses various tools and media to convey his ideas, which at the same time reflects his interest in the tools themselves, as well as their technical or conceptual possibilities or limitations. On stage he performs in different constellations, sometimes solo or otherwise with projects such as the electro-duo Vetter_Huber or the costume performance Homo Restis. He exhibited and performed at Ars Electronica, C.Rockefeller Center, Speculum Artium, Ostrale, Festpielhaus Hellerau, Bar 25, DAVE, Kiblix Festival, CRACK Festival, Transnaturale, etc.