Jury

Our great jury for 2021:

Martina Mara
Martina Mara gratuated in Communication studies at the University of Vienna and earned her doctorate in Psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau with a dissertation on the user acceptance of anthropomorphic machines. After having worked for non-university research institutions such as the Ars Electronica Futurelab and the Institute of Design Research Vienna for more than a decade, she became Professor of Robopsychology at the Johannes Kepler University Linz in April 2018. Her current research interests include public attitudes towards robotics and AI, psychological effects of simulated human-likeness and intention signaling of mobile and collaborative robots. Mara is a member of the Austrian Council for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and a board member of the Ludwig Boltzmann Society.
Moritz Simon Geist is a performer, musicologist, and robotics engineer. He started because he wants to invent the future of electronic music – with robots! Moritz projects range from robotic music performances to robotic sound installations. His robotic instruments and performances have been shown in numerous European festivals and exhibitions throughout the last years and were awarded numerous international awards. From 2015-2020 Moritz taught on the progression of technology and society at the NYU Berlin, Clives Davis Institute.
Yasemin Keskintepe is a curator who investigates the politics and poetics of technology in contemporary art and exhibiting practices. Currently, she is curator at the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden working on a special exhibition on Artificial Intelligence. Previously she worked at ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2016 – 2018), where she co-curated the exhibition Open Codes and Digital Culture Techniques. Other projects include the 2018 edition of the Impakt Festival entitled Algorithmic Superstructures in Utrecht and Non-Aligned Networks (2019) at Valetta Contemporary. Yasemin finished her studies in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldmisths College London, having previously studied Cultural Policy and obtaining an undergraduate degree in law.
Joseph Herscher is a kinetic artist, best known for his channel Joseph’s Machines. He specializes in making comical chain-reaction machines. Joseph made his first machine when he was five years old, the Lolly Machine, a device for storing his candy. Joseph grew up in New Zealand and now lives in London, where he continues to create his machines for film, television and art festivals around the world. He is also a public speaker and gives talks about creativity and play at international design and business conferences.