• Speaker Biographies


    Amanda McDonald Crowley
    Independent Cultural Worker; Former Executive Director, Eyebeam; Former Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology; currently Curator for Our Haus, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

    A native of Australia now based in New York, McDonald Crowley is a cultural worker, curator, and facilitator who specializes in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. She has worked in the US, Australia, and throughout Europe and Asia. She was the Executive Director of Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City from late 2005 to 2011. Prior to that McDonald Crowley was executive producer for ISEA2004 (the International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2004) held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic sea. In 2002, she was Associate Director of the Adelaide Festival in Australia, and in this position was also co-chair of the working group that organized the exhibition and symposium 'conVerge: where art and science meet'. From 1995 to 2000 she was Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) where she made significant links with science and industry by developing a range of residencies for artists in settings such as science organizations, contemporary art spaces and virtual residencies online. She previously worked with a range of arts organizations in Australia including the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Training Australia, and Electronic Media Arts Australia. She has done residencies in Berlin, Germany; Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; and at Sarai in Delhi, India. She regularly speaks at international conferences and festivals, occasionally writes for journals such as Artlink, RealTime, the Sarai Reader, and Art Asia Pacific; and lurks on a lot of media, technology and culture related email lists. McDonald Crowley is also a Board member of the National Alliance for Media Art + Culture (NAMAC).


    Andrew Baden
    Chairman Physics Department, Professor, University of Maryland
    College Park, Maryland

    Dr. Andrew Baden is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Baden has worked in many aspects of high-energy physics over the past 20 years, and was part of the D0 collaboration at Fermilab which, along with the CDF team, discovered the top quark in 1995. Since the late 1990s, he has been part of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration at the Large Caldron Collider. He and his team are specifically responsible for designing, prototyping, testing and manufacturing the "trigger" electronics for the CMS hadron calorimeter.

    Liz Lerman
    Choreographer, MacArthur Fellow
    Baltimore, Maryland

    Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker. Described by the Washington Post as "the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art," her dance/theater works have been seen throughout the United States and abroad. Her aesthetic approach spans the range from abstract to personal to political. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company's unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011, when she handed the artistic leadership of the company over to the next generation of Dance Exchange artists. Now she is pursuing new projects with fresh partnerships, beginning with a recent semester at Harvard University as an artist-in-residence. Other projects involve genre-twisting performance with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, of Urban Bush Women; a new work with David Gordon; an investigation of the impact of war on medicine; work in London with Sadler's Wells Theatre and the London Sinfonietta; comic book structures as applied to narration in performance; and an online project called "The Treadmill Tapes: Ideas on the Move." Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, Liz's collection of essays, was published last year by Wesleyan University Press. Liz has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. Her work has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy Center among many others. Her newest performance, The Matter of Origins, examined the question of beginnings through dance, media and innovative formats for conversation.

    Soo-Siang Lim
    Director, Science of Learning Centers Program, National Science Foundation
    Arlington, Virginia

    Soo-Siang Lim is the Lead Program Director and Chair of the Coordinating Committee for the Science of Learning Centers (SLC) Program at the US National Science Foundation (NSF). She has led this Program since 2004, when the first SLCs were established to provide intellectual, organizational and physical infrastructure for addressing large-scale, complex problems about learning in humans, other animals and machines. Related to these interests, she was a member of a NSF Task Force for Innovation in Learning and Education, and is a member of the Interagency Task Force on Arts and Human Development spearheaded by the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Lim is a member of the Peer Review Team for the UNESCO Division of Basic and Higher Education, and has participated in a number of activities with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including most recently, the co-organization of a NSF-OECD workshop to discuss advances in our understanding of learning and their implications for educational practice and policy. Prior to her leadership of the SLC Program, Dr. Lim served as the Cluster Leader for the six Neuroscience programs in the Biological Sciences Directorate at the NSF, and as Program Director of the Neuronal and Glial Mechanisms Program. Other previous and present responsibilities include active roles in a number of large-scale, cross-disciplinary efforts such as the Engineering Research Centers Program, the Science and Technology Centers Program, Cyberlearning Transforming Education Initiative, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program, Nanoscience and Engineering Initiative, and the Research Coordination Networks Program. Prior to joining the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1999, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Indiana University, School of Medicine, where she led an active research program in cell biology and neuroscience. She received her Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of North Dakota, followed by post-doctoral training and subsequent scientist appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Joan Shigekawa
    Senior Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
    Washington, DC

    Joan Shigekawa, currently the Senior Deputy at the National Endowment for the Arts, is the former Associate Director for Foundation Initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation. She led the NYC Cultural Innovation Fund and was the founding officer for the Southeast Asia Cultural Exchange program and for the Creativity in a Digital Age area of work. Shigekawa was the first Director of the Arts Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York. Prior to that, Shigekawa was with the staff of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she directed the international Production Laboratory of the Program for Art on Film, a joint venture of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Shigekawa has 20 years' experience in film, television and the theater, and has served as an arts advisor for a broad range of projects in the visual, performing and media arts. She has served as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Grantmakers in the Arts, a national organization of foundation executives in the arts and is the former Chair of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media, an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. In addition she has served as a trustee of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Muse Film and Television, the New York Council for the Humanities, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS).

    Clare Shine
    Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar
    Salzburg, Austria

    Clare Shine was appointed vice president and chief program officer of the Salzburg Global Seminar in January 2012. A firm believer in multi-disciplinary thinking, her background spans law, business, sustainability and the arts. Shine is a UK-qualified barrister bilingual in French with 20 years' experience as an international environmental policy analyst for the UN and regional organizations, governments, the private sector and NGOs. Her work and publications have focused on biodiversity and ecosystems, international trade, trans-boundary cooperation and conflict prevention, and she has extensive experience of governance and capacity-building across Europe, Africa, South-East Asia and the Austral-Pacific. Shine has played an influential role in bio-security strategy development since 1999, working as legal adviser to the Global Invasive Species Programme/World Bank, the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Convention on Biological Diversity. She co-authored the European Strategy on Invasive Alien Species endorsed by 43 countries and jointly led the team advising the EU on implementing the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing for Genetic Resources. Shine was made an Associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy in 2008 and is a long-standing member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. She began her career in industry and the media after studying literature at Oxford University and has written regularly for the Financial Times arts section since 2003.

    Joel Slayton
    Executive Director, Zero 1
    San Jose, California

    Joel Slayton took the helm of ZER01 in June of 2008 after serving as both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural ZERO1 Biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, from 1986-2010 Joel Slayton was Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, an interdisciplinary academic program in the School of Art and Design of San Jose State University. The program is dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious media art centers in the United States. Joel has also served on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology) from 1999 to 2008, and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book. Most recently, he served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. His research explores social software, cooperation models and network ontology. As an artist, Slayton's works have been featured in over one hundred exhibitions internationally. Considered a pioneer in the field of art and technology his artworks engage with a wide range of media technology including information mapping, networks and interactive visualization.

    Manuela Naveau
    Director, Ars Electronica Export
    Linz, Austria

    Manuela Naveau was born in 1972. She lives and works in Linz, Austria. Since completing her studies at Linz Art University, she has worked as an artist and curator in Austria and abroad since 1997. She returned to Linz in 2003 to assume curatorial and project management responsibilities at Ars Electronica. In collaboration with Gerfried Stocker, artistic director of Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, Manuela Naveau developed the Ars Electronica Export division, which she has headed since its inception. In addition to curating, producing and placing Ars Electronica exhibitions at museums and institutions worldwide, her interest is focused on the manifold manifestations of contemporary artistic practice. Manuela Naveau is currently working on "Crowd & Art;" her PhD thesis research investigates new forms of internet-based participation in the artistic process and their influence on artistic practice that is currently in a phase of flux.


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    3524 International Court, NW DC 20008 Washington, D.C. United States of America



    Red Line, exit at Van Ness/UDC Station. Walk uphill on Van Ness. Pass the University of the District of Columbia on your right. Turn right on International Court and turn right again at the fork in front of the United Arab Emirates Embassy. You will see the Austrian Embassy on your left at the end of the dead-end street.
    Visitor parking at the Embassy is limited. Additional parking is available on International Court (easy walking distance) or behind the Embassy on 36th Street with access to the Embassy through the park. Parking is also available at the University of The District of Columbia on Van Ness Street. Parking fees may apply.
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