Born and raised in Italy, Giorgio Magnanensi currently lives in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. His diverse artistic practice includes composition, conducting, improvisation, circuit bending and video art. He is artistic director of Vancouver New Music and Laboratorio, and lecturer at the School of Music of the Vancouver Community College. He received the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Music.
Christopher Anderson is a developer, composer, musician, artist, and instructor from Vancouver Canada. His works investigate alternative approaches to music composition and performance using generative and computationally assistive systems. His compositions for electronics and trombone explore embedded generative processes in live performance and improvisational systems. His works have been performed at the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2015) Vancouver, and the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES2014). Chris is a Master of Fine Arts graduate from the School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and has a BMus. in Jazz Studies from Capilano University. He has worked at SFU as a research assistant on generative music projects, as a sessional instructor, and as a music instrument prototype developer.
Alysha Seriani (alyshaseriani.com) is a filmmaker and educator and has been a proud VIVO instructor since 2017. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ film program, she has directed, filmed and produced independent films and artist projects that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries such as the Berlinale, Vancouver International Film Festival, Images Festival, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, the Contemporary Art Gallery and others around the world.
Siying Duan is a postdoc fellow at School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. Her research interest focuses mainly on the study of media arts from a perspective of Chinese Aesthetics. She has earned her Ph.D. in Art Theory at Shanghai Film Academy, Shanghai University. She is also the producer of the podcast channel “Elephant says” at the platform Creative Disturbance and the editor of the bilingual journal Critical Theory. Her publications include several articles on Chinese Media Art research, comparative aesthetics, and art psychology.
Laura Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. Her most recent books are Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015) and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010). She programs experimental media for venues around the world. She was a visiting professor in the department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University in the fall of 2018. As Grant Strate University Professor, she teaches in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, on unceded Coast Salish territory.
Victoria Gibson is an Integrated Media Artist who blends sound + light + motion to create amazing art experiences. Making magic from advanced techniques to spark curiosity. Involving audiences with interactive technology such as gesture control resulting in complex, experimental works that emerge from the nexus of art and technology, but remain accessible and fun. Gibson holds a BA in Music from the University of British Columbia.
Devan Scott’s passion for visual storytelling inspired him to co-found Sad Hill Media, and has led to a portfolio of work as a director, cinematographer, and colourist that has been growing ever since. His work as a writer, director, cinematographer, and colourist has given him a comprehensive and reliable understanding of the creative decision-making involved throughout the production process. To see his portfolio, visit sadhillmedia.com