– Lighting and Visual Designer, creative direction -
Born 1983 | Nationality: Italian | www.alessandraleone.com
As a trained (motion) graphics designer and self taught programmer, Leone is highly fascinated by perception, consciousness and reality, and creates visually striking and challenging work. After studying classical music as a pianist and flutist, she graduated from Politecnico di Milano with an M.A. in Communication Design, and a B.A. in Product Design, writing her Master's thesis on Neuer Deutscher Film (New German Cinema). As a live visuals artist, Leone has performed at a range of live events such as the Geneva Mapping Festival, B-Seite - festival für visuelle Kunst und Jetztkultur in Mannheim, and Month of Performance Art Berlin, exploring new solutions for interactivity on stage and immersive environments. Leone is currently motion graphics teacher and freelancer, collaborating with different advertisement and design studios as animator and editor, as well as developing personal projects.
Hen Lovely Bird StratoFyzika founder
– Dancer/Choreographer, creative direction -
Born 1977 | Nationality: Korean-American | http://henlovelybird.tumblr.com/
After performing and presenting dance, sound, and video art in San Francisco for over 10 years, Hen immigrated to Berlin, Germany in 2010, where she co-founded StratoFyzika with Alessandra Leone and Lenka Kocisova. As a collective that creates audiovisual, movement-based interactive performances, StratoFyzika has presented original works throughout Europe and Brazil at venues including Cynetart Festival, Uferstudios (Month of Performance Berlin), Platoon Kunsthalle Berlin, and Galeria de Arte Digital do Sesi-SP/FIESP in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In addition to StratoFyzika, Hen has been a founding member of three other performance collectives, primarily centered in San Francisco: A.R.G. (Anomolous Research Group), Suki Tawdry, and The Black Cactus Choir. She has performed with these groups mostly as a dancer/choreographer, but also as a sound artist and physical/narrative actor. In addition, Hen has been a performance artist in fashion shows, music videos, and dance-for-camera films. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Intermedia Arts from Mills College (Oakland, CA), where she was the recipient of the “Innovative Choreography” award.
Lenka Kocisova (aka Akkamiau), creative direction
– Sound Composer -
Born 1976 | Nationality: Czech | akkamiau.weebly.com
Akkamiau is an audiovisual artist, experimental musician, and performer. In 2014, she received her PhD in Audiovisual Performance from FaVU Brno University of Technology (CZ), where she also studied Performance Art under Professor Tomas Ruller, pedagogy, multimedia and arts management. Living and traveling throughout Europe, collecting experiences in art and music club subculture, she has been a member and/or coordinator of female: pressure (Berlin, DE), new media festival Multiplace, Czech it!, Anymade Studio, and Fauchmiau. She was also Art Director of site-specific projects L to the B and Zbrojovka. She has performed experimental audiovisual shows since 2006, and experimental techno since 2014.
Thomas Van Ta
– Creative Coder -
Born 1983 | Nationality: Spanish | www.thomasvanta.net
After studying Environmental Sciences, VanTa discovers his passion in creating small pieces of software with beautiful malfunctions. He combines coding for artist as his main occupation with occasional VJing in European festivals and for selected musicians.
Since 2012, VanTa also teaches programming to designers, artist and technicians in various schools of Spain.
- Sound Designer -
Nationality: Spanish | www.davicnod.com
Barcelona’s home town, Berlin residence, drones, noises and the darker aspects of electronics as a sound universe in which to move, where rattle, as they explore the barriers of perception. An original formation as a classical pianist, a great ability to detect inputs and cues in the web world and artists similar to him, an open mind, curious, able to flirt with other forms of artistic expression. In short, one of the contemporary music artist that can face the world with an air, with force, with personality, with sharp curiosity.
Daria Kaufman -Dancer/Choreographer -
Born 1983 | Nationality: American | www.dariakaufman.comDaria Kaufman is a contemporary dancer and choreographer whose work deconstructs notions of perception, gender, and how the body conveys meaning. Her pieces have been presented throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Portugal, at venues including ODC Theater (SF), the Joe Goode Annex (SF), Escola Superior de Dança (Lisbon), and Atelier Concorde (Lisbon). In 2015, she was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (“Izzie”) for Individual Performance for the show In her tower. Her work has been generously supported by the Gulbenkian Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. She has also been awarded many Artist-in-Residencies throughout the SF Bay Area and Europe, including Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (Berkeley, USA), Devir Capa (Faro, Portugal), and ÇATI Dans (Istanbul, Turkey). Since 2014, she lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.