Kristof Timmerman is a designer and director of digital performances and installations, working in the field of live, interactive digital environments and virtual reality. He worked for several theater companies, including the experimental CREW. In 2006 he founded the digital artist collective studio.POC with whom he created theater performances and installations such as IPEX (2006), Kroes (2008), Bloggers (2010), EGG (2014), Bodymap (2015) and Empty Mind (2021).
Kristof is the chair and coordinator of MAXlab, the research group on the interaction between art and digital technology at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. He is involved as promoter and researcher in several research projects on virtual and augmented reality, mostly in a multidisciplinary context. He is connected to the Immersive Lab of the AP University College and organizes the annual summer school 'Storytelling in Virtual Reality. An Immersive Encounter'. He is a teacher and frequently consulted coach for VR productions and digital storytelling.
Janna Beck is a multidisciplinary artist based in Antwerp with a focus on cutting edge contemporary art and interactive media. She harvests the common ground around art and technology, between analogue and digital, always reflecting on conceptual ideas and how to bring them into reality.
She curates, conceptualizes and executes projects and lecturers interactive design at the Royal Academy Antwerp where she founded MAXlab, a research group about contemporary digital arts. One of her current research projects is GrowingGifs, an art project that combines the classical metier of drawing with 21st century tools (in collaboration with Wouter Steel, Steve Pille and Lab101).
Janna’s personal artistic research is inspired by the often digitally created perverted space between reality and fiction, translating them into an interaction between analogue and digital.
Belgian flutist and Doctor of Musical Arts, Ine Vanoeveren, is specialized in contemporary music performance and more specifically in the works of New Complexity-composer Brian Ferneyhough. She obtained her doctoral degree in Contemporary Music Performance at the University of California, San Diego (USA). She performed at numerous contemporary music festivals worldwide and won several international awards and prizes, including the Kranichsteiner Stipendienpreise for Interpretation by the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt in 2016.
In addition to performing, Ine is an assistant professor in contemporary music at the Royal Conservatory of Liège and coordinator of CREATIE (Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp). She is part of the digital arts collective studio.POC, where she focuses on hybrid digital performances in virtual surroundings.
Annelise Cerchedean is an Antwerp-based graphic designer with a focus on print and multimedia techniques, on the confrontation between the material and the digital. She studied Graphic Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts where she is currently pursuing an educational master.
3D graphic design
As a musician, performer and multimedia-artist Max Schweder works for the international, inclusive and interdisciplinary performing arts company Un-Label. They push towards a more diverse, mixed-abled cast on stage and challenge themselves to make their performances as accessible to anybody as possible. As a current researcher at the Academy for Theater and Digitality in Dortmund (Germany), Schweder is presently developing ‘SOUNDVISION’. He has worked for Red Bull Radio and as a freelance musician, producer and performer. He is one half of the electronic-music duo CYLVESTER.
Schweder studied ‘Pop Music Production’ for his Master’s degree and ‘Saxophone Jazz/Pop’ for is Bachelor’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (HfMT, Cologne, Germany) and ArtEZ Arnhem (Netherlands).
Lowie Spriet graduated in 2020 as a bachelor Electronics-ICT (AP University of Applied Sciences Antwerp). For his undergraduate thesis, he created a full-stack face recognition prototype for applications in the Port of Antwerp in collaboration with Rombit.
Since 2018, Lowie has been teaching programming classes at CodeFever. This is a non-profit organization that teaches young people and children to program with Scratch, Micro-Bit, Minecraft Education and Repel-IT.
Since 2021, he has been working as a researcher for the Immersive Lab (AP College), namely for the Tetra project AI-driven VR training (2021-2022) and for Merging Realities (2020-2024. As a 3D Unity developer, he develops solutions and training for Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality.