Mark Amerika is author of two literary novels, The Kafka Chronicles and Sexual Blood, and also the Founding Director of the Alt-X Online Network. The Alt-
X site has received positive praise in a variety of venues including Details, SPIN, Utne Reader and The Web magazine. Publisher's Weekly has called the site "the literary publishing model of the future." Founded in 1993, Alt-X includes an electronic book review, digital art exhibitions, a program, and a virtual imprint featuring out-of-print novels, story collections and scores of interviews with contemporary writers, artists and theorists. Mark Amerika's GRAMMATRON will be included in the Whitney Biennial 2000. The project was released in June 1997 and is one of the most widely accessed art sites on the World Wide Web. GRAMMATRON has received praise from numerous publications including The New York Times, Reuters International, Die Zeit, The Australian, The Village Voice, Wired, CNN Interactive, the Denver Post and Time Digital. The work has been exhibited internationally at Ars Electronica, the International Symposium of Electronic Art, SIGGRAPH 98, the Telstra Adelaide Arts Festival, and the "beyond interface" exhibition at the Museums On The Webconference in Toronto. His new web-project, PHON:E:ME, a streaming audio installation with an accompanying "hyper:liner:notes", was commissioned by the Walker Art Center with additional support from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. It was released at the Walker Art Center's Gallery 9 website in 1999. (Source and photo courtesy: Mark Amerika)

Victoria Vesna is an artist, professor and chair of the the department of Design Media Arts at UCLA. Her most recent collaborative work, Bodies INCorporated, was installed as a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Art Institute and the ArtHouse in Dublin.
Vesna's work has moved from performance and video installations to experimentalresearch that connects networked environments to physical public spaces. She explores how physical and ephemeral spaces affect collective behavior. Victoria is an artist fellow in an online Ph.D. program at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Arts (CAiiA) at the University of Wales. Vesna has initiated and produced a number of projects that address issues of art, science and technology such as the special issue of Artificial Intelligence & Society' Database Aesthetics: Issues of Organization and Category in Art', due out in April, 2000; a CD-ROM ' Life in the Universe with Steven Hawking' (a UCSB/MetaTools co-production), and a book/CD-ROM for Terminals, which deals with the cultural production of death. She is the director of the board of the David Bermant Foundation: Color, Light, Motion and teaches classes such as History of Art & Computing and Dynamic Networking in the Arts. Vesna's work has received notice in such prominent publications as Art in America, Artweek, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as Spiegel (Germany), The Irish Times (Ireland), Tema Celeste (Italy), and Veredas (Brazil). She has received numerous grants and sponsorships from various industries and educational foundations including Wavefront/Alias, MetaCreations, GTE Outreach, the UCSB Office of Research, the Getty, Intercampus Arts and the Ahmanson foundation. (Source: Photo courtesy: Victoria Vesna).

Simon Penny is an Australian artist, theorist and teacher in the field of Interactive Media Art. His art practice consists of interactive and robotic installations, which have been exhibited in the US, Australia and Europe. His current project "Traces" is a telematic interactive environment using networked CAVEs with machine vision sensing in each CAVE. This project is a development on directions pursued the machine vision driven interactive digital video installation "Fugitive", first shown at ZKM Multimediale5, Oct97 and again at EMAF98 (European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck). Other recent projects include the emergent complexity sound installation Sympathetic Sentience (I, II and III, with Jameison Schulte) and the autonomous robotic artwork Petit Mal.

He publishes and speaks on Culture and Technology and Electronic Media Art. His essays have been translated into seven languages. His recent publications include: "The Virtualisation of Art Practice: Body Knowledge and the Engineering World View" (CAA Art Journal Fall97), "The Darwin Machine: Artificial Life and Interactive Art", (New Formations UK,#29,Technoscience Issue, 1996), "Cyborg Art and Systems Aesthetics: the Legacy of Jack Burnham" (Sculpture Magazine, jan99) and "Agents as artworks and agent design as artistic practice" in Human Cognition and Social Agent Technology, Ed : Kerstin Dautenhahn , John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2000.

He curated Machine Culture (arguably the first international survey exhibition of interactive art) at SIGGRAPH '93 in Anaheim CA. He edited the anthology Critical Issues in Electronic Media (SUNY Press 1995). He is currently working on a manuscript to be published by MIT press. Recent awards include Cyberstar 98 (GMD/WDR, Germany) and a residency at the Institut fur Bildmedien, ZKM Karlsruhe, spring97. He is European Professor of Interactive Environments, a joint position at University of Portsmouth UK and Merz Akademie, Stuttgart. (Source and photo courtesy: Simon Penny)

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