I am a multi-faceted and independent artist, a member of the Association of Visual Artist in the Balearic Islands (AAVIB) and the Association for text and music writers in Germany (GEMA), and the manager of the Centre Cultural de Sant Joan / Ibiza.
The same week as I was born in 1953, one of the first TV sets in the neighbourhood came into our house. This makes it understandable why I prefer to work with modern and mixed media. I practised ever since my childhood cultural tourism across Europe with my parents, visiting cathedrals, castles, museums and so on - and from the age of nine with my own photographic camera.
I began my creative career in my teens, being inspired by the works of Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys. After graduating in Public Relations and Marketing, the debut of my first musical works was held in the Lutheran Cathedral of St. Peter in the city of Hamburg. Then I joined a multi-media and performing project, with one of Germany's most famous groups of that era: ‘Release Music Orchestra’. In 1977, I designed an action with objects, sounds and gestures, which was presented in the centre of Kassel during the Documenta, thus coordinating one of the first programme improvisations in an international art fair. The following year I moved to Ibiza.
During the 80s and 90s, I organized several innovative exhibition projects, like ‘Ein Kürbis voll Asche’ or ‘12 unter Null’. With the start of the new millennium I worked as a consultant for aesthetics and cultural relationship with the foundation TECSAL in Valencia (until 2005), where in 2000 I organized a symposium with key stakeholders of Europe on the subject ‘Prospects of Christian Art in the XXI Century’ and published the recompilation of the papers in 2003 as a book (German / Spanish).
In the fall of 2008 I was proclaimed with José F. Tauste the ELASTICISMO as a Nou Surrealism Pitius and started with my investigations on creative internet works. Since then I have been successful with my works on the digital distortion of photographs and have had several exhibitions in Spain and Germany. Also in 2010, I received the highest support by the ‘Institut Ramon Llull’ in the Balearic Island, for the realization of a huge installation in a floating museum, with interpretations of middle-age philosophy in contemporary images. In Spring, I presented my distortion-photography in the frame of the ‘Tiennale der Photographie’ in Hamburg 2011.
Maarten Ambaum is Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Meteorology at the University of Reading. His research interests span a wide range of topics in the physics and mathematics of the atmosphere and oceans. He has a degree in theoretical physics from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. His most recent work dealt with the influence of cosmic rays on cloud formation, statistical methods in climate science, thermodynamics of the climate system, and predictability of the jet stream. He is author of a textbook on thermal physics of the atmosphere. Some of his work was also part of an art-science collaboration between the Universities of Brighton, Reading, Exeter and Sussex.
Michelle Evans is an experienced, innovative and dynamic practitioner, currently working in the emerging field of Indigenous Leadership and Aboriginal Business Development. Michelle has worked in the post-secondary education, arts and cultural sectors in Australia for the past fifteen years, and recently moved into business education, working as a Research Fellow for the Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre at the Melbourne Business School. She was instrumental in the establishment of MURRA Aboriginal Business Master Class Program (MBS/Kinaway).
Leonard is a specialist drawing teacher. He teaches a novel haptico-visual observation and drawing method, to a variety of students including MBChB students studying the human anatomy. The purpose of this observation method is to facilitate deep observation and cognitive memorisation of the object being studied. This method crucially involves touch (haptics), in addition to sight. We gather a vast amount of information from an object when we explore it through touch. Note that the nerves of the hand occupy a large area of the somatosensory cortex of the brain. Studying the human anatomy involves observing it, and drawing it significantly enhances one’s observation of it.
Leonard holds BA Fine Art (Hons) degree from University of Cape Town (UCT), Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) and a Bachelor of Social Science (BsocSc) degree from UCT.
Ernesto Villalba is a researcher at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). Previously, he has worked as a consultant for the European Commission and assisted in the creation of the European Lifelong Learning Index for the Bertelsmann Foundation.