The Facilitators

Alessandro Ludovico

Is a media critic and editor in chief of Neural magazine from 1993,
(Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica 2004). He is the author of:
‘Virtual Reality Handbook’ (1992), ‘Internet Underground.Guide’
(1995), ‘Future Digital Sounds’, (2000) and co-edited ‘Mag.Net
Reader’ (2006). He’s one of the founding contributors of the Nettime
community and one of the founders of the ‘Mag.Net (Electronic
Cultural Publishers organization). He is also an advisor for the
Documenta 12’s Magazine Project. He teaches ‘Computer Art’ and
‘Interface Aesthetics’ at the Academy of Art in Carrara. Since 2005
he collaborates with Ubermorgen and P.Cirio on projects such as
‘Google Will Eat Itself’ (Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica 2005,
Rhizome Commission 2005, nomination Prix Transmediale 2006) and
‘Amazon Noir’ (1st prize Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2007, Honorary
Mention Share Prize 2007) projects.

Beatriz da Costa


Beatriz da Costa is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. She is dedicated to a participatory practice and interactions with non-academic publics represent a key component of her work. She is a former collaborator of Critical Art Ensemble and a co-founder of Preemptive Media, an arts, activism and technology group. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Andy Warhol Museum, the Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medien in Germany, and the Natural History Museum in London. Recent media coverage includes the New York Times, Reuters and the New Scientist. Beatriz is an Assistant Professor of Arts, Computation, Engineering at the University of California, Irvine.

Andy Nicholson

Andy Nicholson is a free software hacker and new media activist. Currently part of the EngageMedia collective (, and consultant computer engineer, working across a range of technologies including Python and Java.

He is a past member of the CAT collective who were collectively responsible for online projects including, and the initial network software ‘active’. He was a facilitator at the Asia Source FLOSS conference held in Bangalore, India, (Jan 2005) and was recently in residency at the MultiMedia Institute “mi2″ in Croatia, working on free software projects. (June 2005 - Feb 2006). He was involved in the organising for the international video activist meeting Tranmission, in Roma (June 2006).

He has a First Class Honours degree in Computer Engineering, from Newcastle University.