Esteban Agosin is a sound and electronic media artist originally from Valparaiso, Chile. He is currently based in Seattle, pursuing his PhD in Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington. His work engages with the question of how technology could provide a perspective to observe and understand our natural, social and political environments. Furthermore, his research asks how we might use art and technology to speculate on and re-imagine these environments. His work involves sound and media installations, robotic objects, and media performance, and it has been presented in art festivals and solo exhibitions in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the United States, Spain, Finland, and France. Esteban has worked as an educator at different universities in Chile, Argentina, and the United States, teaching and investigating the intersection of sound, media, and technology.
Nicolás Kisic Aguirre is an architect and transdisciplinary sound artist who creates machines that explore and illuminate the social and political nature of sound in public space. In 2018, he graduated from the MITprogram in Art, Culture and Technology. Informed by his background in architecture and a lifelong fascination with machines, Kisic Aguirre designs and builds sound instruments that explore the connection between public space, power, technology, and sound. His critical and aesthetic practice is open-source, collaborative, and deeply engaged with the public. Nicolás is currently a Ph.D. student in the DXArts program at the University of Washington Seattle.
Laura Luna Castillo is a Mexican multimedia and new technologies artist and composer. Through convergences of time-based media, music, sculpture and generative storytelling Luna explores personal and collective identities shaped by political and intimate spaces. With a passion for machines, generative narratives and the complexities of memory, Luna Castillo has developed audiovisual performances, installations and hybrid works for festivals such as MUTEK Montréal, CYNETART Festival, and EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center).
Eunsun Choi is a multidisciplinary and conceptual artist born in Korea, currently living in Seattle. She is a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in the DXARTS program. Recent solo installations and exhibitions include the Seattle Art Fair, Out of the Box gallery in Seoul, and the Thomas Hunter Project Space in NYC. Her work has also been featured in numerous group shows in New York State, Queens, Brooklyn, and South Korea. Choi has participated in the Sculpture Space Residency in Utica and the Hunter College Ceramic Residency. She was selected for the upcoming NY+20 Artist Residency in China, 2024 and at PLAYA in Oregon, 2024. Her artist team, Jeju Island Artist Collective, was a recipient of the NYFA Queens Art Fund and City Artist Corp Grant in 2021.
Chari Glogovac-Smith is a NY Emmy nominated composer, performer, scholar, and artist. With a dynamic, often experimental, and interdisciplinary approach, CHARI's work becomes a captivating canvas for examining the dynamic interplay between the human experience and society. In their recent works, CHARI's artistry transcends conventional boundaries, delving into profound questions that examine themes of empathy, conflict, catharisis, history, systems, and memory. Each artistic expression serves as a thought-provoking exploration, inviting audiences to immerse themselves in the complexities of these diverse facets.
CHARI works fluidly between mediums and methods of creation, often bringing in various artistic elements into the works that they create.
Umut Gunduz is a British born Turkish artist whose PhD research at the University of Washington focuses on the relationship between the living and the digital. Within his practice, he uses video game technologies, photogrammetry software, and other digital tools in order to create what he calls speculative anatomies—artificially rendering things dead as a kind of performance. For this, he uses the autobiographical, and specifically, self-portraiture as a means of meditating on his own existence post-mortem. These versions of himself are perforation through which the body, an element of which is digital, is leaked into the environment.
Wei Yang is a composer/sound artist from China. He works with different mediums, through which he often contemplates the body’s role in sound production, sound in space, as well as the integration of various data from the performance environment (reverberation, light, etc.). Wei composes both instrumental and electronic music, and often uses various sensors/physical computing to build performative systems that allow dynamic interaction among different components. His works have been presented in various places, including China, United States, Poland, Japan, Finland, Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Switzerland. Wei received his Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Washington under the supervision of Joël François-Durand. He is currently a PhD student at the university’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, working closely with Joseph Anderson and Richard Karpen.
Murphy Janssen is a recent graduate from UW with an M.M. in Jazz and Improvised music
(‘21). With an emphasis on composition, improvisation, and electro-acoustic music in his own work, he looks to pull from and build on the rich traditions of American Jazz, European
experimental/electronic and Orchestral/Concert Percussion musics. Murphy has studied under the tutelage of Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Steve Rodby, Chris Kachian, Matthew George, and has shared the stage with a wonderful array of performers (Tony Allen, Max Weinberg, King Sunny Adé, Chris Volpe, Jesus Santandreu). He continues to work with groups across the country in a diverse range of electronic, acoustic and improvised fashions and is always looking for ways to
push any and all conceptions of what music can be and mean for both performer and audience.