Guest Speakers

We are happy to announce Nordes PhD Summer School 2014 initial guest speakers already confirmed:


Andrés Burbano explores the interactions of science, art and technology in various capacities: as a researcher, as an individual artist and in collaborations with other artists, designers, scientists and engineers. Burbano’s work ranges from documentary video (in both science and art), sound and telecommunication art to the exploration of algorithmic cinematic narratives. The broad spectrum of his work illustrates the importance, indeed, the prevalence, of interdisciplinary collaborative work in the field of technological arts.

Andres Burbano is assistant professor in the Design and Architecture School at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, he holds a PhD in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California, his doctoral dissertation is focussed on the history of media technologies in Latin America.

Andrés Burbano: Inventions at the Borders of History


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María Fernández is Associate Professor of Art History at Cornell University. She received her doctorate in art history from Columbia University in 1993. Her research interests include the history and theory of digital art, postcolonial and gender studies, Latin American art and architecture and the intersections of these fields. Her book, Cosmopolitanism in Mexican Visual Culture was released released in January 2014 by Texas University Press. Her work appears in several volumes including The Art of Art History edited by Donald Preziosi (Oxford University Press, 2009) the Companion of Contemporary Art since 1945 edited by Amelia Jones (Blackwell 2006) and At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet edited by Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark (MIT Press, 2005.) With Faith Wilding and Michelle Wright she edited the anthology Domain Errors: Cyberfeminist Practices published by Autonomedia in 2002.  Recently she completed an edited volume of essays titled, “Latin American Modernisms and Technology,” which explores diverse engagements of Latin American intellectuals and artists with modern technologies and currently she is working on a book on the work of the British cybernetician, Gordon Pask.

María Fernández: “Aesthetically Potent Environments,” or How Gordon Pask Detourned Instrumental Cybernetics



N. Katherine Hayles is Professor of Literature at Duke University. She teaches and writes on the relations of science, technology and literature in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Her book How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Informatics and Literature won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-99, and her book Writing Machines won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship.  Her recent research follows the trajectory of her recent book How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis, re-defining cognition in humans, animals, and technical devices.

N. Katherine Hayles: Cognition Everywhere: The Rise of the Cognitive Nonconscious and the Costs of Consciousness



Perttu Hämäläinen is a tenure track assistant professor in computer games at Aalto University, Finland. His research interests include animation tools and technology, computer vision, bodily human-computer interaction, game user experience, and experimental psychology using games as stimuli and research instruments. Hämäläinen has both a doctorate in computer science and an M.A. degree in interaction design, and his award-winning interactive installations and software have been widely exhibited internationally, e.g., at Ars Electronica Center (Austria) and WIRED NextFest in the U.S. Before starting at Aalto University in 2012, Hämäläinen spent several years in the game industry as the CTO of Virtual Air Guitar Company, the creator of Kung-Fu Live, which has been called “The best Kinect game on PlayStation 3”. Hämäläinen’s showreel, publications, and projects can be found at



Kumiyo Nakakoji is Professor at Unit of Design, Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research, Kyoto University, Japan. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science, Certified in Cognitive Science, from University of Colorado, Boulder, USA in 1993. She has been engaging in the field of human-computer interaction design, creativity support, and developer-centered software development environments. She has been playing a leading role in promoting the area of design and software, through her academic career at University of Colorado, Boulder, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, and University of Tokyo, before joining Kyoto University. Her primary research interest is knowledge interaction design, which is a framework for the design and development of computational tools for creative knowledge work, and interaction design for collective creativity. Her recent projects include the understanding of social capital through multi-dimensional visualizations of interaction histories, visual interactivity design for communicating weight, and inspirational service experience design for museums.



Jack Whalen is Adjunct Professor, Design and Ethnographic Research, in the Department of Design at Aalto University in Helsinki. He is also a programme director for Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, an international NGO, in their Systems Division, where he is leading the design work for FishSource and FisheriesWiki, web-based resources on the status of fish stocks and fisheries, and Seafood Metrics System, a web-based application using scientific data to advise the seafood industry. Previously, Jack was a Principal Scientist at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC) where he led ethnographic studies of workplaces and customer sites, along with the design and implementation of knowledge systems, work processes and services. And prior to that, Jack was Associate Professor and Department Head in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon, where he carried out participant observation studies of police and fire emergency communications centres. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jack Whalen, Marilyn Whalen & Kathryn Henderson: Improvisational Choreography in Teleservice Work



Siegfried Zielinski is professor of media theory, archaeology & variantology of the media at the Berlin University of the Arts (DE), Michel Foucault Professor for techno-aesthetics and media archaeology at the European Graduate School Saas Fee (CH), and director of the Vilém Flusser Archive in Berlin. He was co-inventor of the first course for media studies and media consulting in Germany (1982) and was Founding Rector of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (1994–2000). He is the author of numerous books and articles as well as editor of the series Variantology: On Deep Time Relations between the Arts, Sciences, and Technologies, of which five volumes have been published so far (2005–2011). Siegfried Zielinski is a member of the North-Rhine-Westphalia Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts, the Academy of the Arts Berlin, the European Film Academy, the Magic Lantern Society of Great Britain, the Kuratorium of the ZKM | Karlsruhe, and Honorary Senator of the Institute of Media Archaeology Hainburg (AT).


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