Publication authors: Lucia Dubačová, Juraj Hoppan and Célia Bugniot
Publication editor: Alexander Scholz (HOLO)
Publication production: Carmen Salas Pino
Graphic Design: Terézia Denková
The publication emerges from a series of exclusive interviews conducted during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic with artists, thinkers and curators of the likes of Anna Dumitriu, Irini Mirena Papadimitriou, Daisy Kidd, Michaela Musilova, Lukas Truniger, Hyphen Labs, Saša Spačal and Iris Long.
In three chapters, authors Juraj Hoppan, Lucia Dubačová and Célia Bugniot reflect on the ways technology bends our reality, society and future. SFFT creates links between artworks and concepts from different fields and cultures. The texts blend the boundaries between personal observation, critical essay and stimulating conversation.
Carefully edited by Alexander Scholz, the founder and creative director of HOLO, the fittingly designed publication looks at the current crisis not only as an exclamation mark but as an opportunity – a catalyst for long needed change and development of new sensibility. This publication is an exploration of the present times which also reflects on speculative futures at the crossroad of art, technology, design and science.
ABOUT THE TEAM:
Lucia Dubačová is an international cultural manager and curator focusing on design innovation, digital arts and culture. In 2016 Lucia founded Sensorium Festival gathering an international community of experts in Bratislava to inspire, learn and celebrate within the realms of digital creativity in contemporary society. She received her M.A. degree at Goldsmiths University in London and is currently leading the candidacy of Trenčín for a European Capital of Culture 2026. Formerly she has been setting up Inolab, the R&D department at the Slovak Design Center. Her aim is to mindfully innovate the fields of art, design and digital culture in the country and foster international collaborations.
Célia Bugniot is an interdisciplinary curator and project manager from Paris, France.
She collaborates with hybrid teams on projects merging art, design and technology to explore new forms of creativity. Among others she has worked on applications of parametric design for architecture, 3D printing for construction, robotics for sculpture and AI for art. Her interests lie in the confrontation of old and new, sensual and digital, individual and global.
Since 2018 she co-curates and develops Sensorium Festival, with which she contributed to launching a pan-European alliance putting digital art and culture at the heart of social innovation and community empowerment.
Juraj Hoppan is a curator and cultural producer based in Bratislava, Slovakia. As a performance curator at the digital arts-focused Sensorium Festival, he explores intersections of media art, human and non-human music, and new sonic futurism(s) in a site-specific context. He also curates shows for Prague’s based art space Petrohradská Kolektiv and co-curates the programme at Bratislava based NEXT Festival, where his focus lies on the diversity of global club sounds.
Since 2017 he runs a series of events called Plnka that connects the dots between new sounds from the experimental, club, and sound-art spectrum – with significant help from the likes of Lorenzo Senni, Lea Bertucci, Lonnie Holley, Flora Yin-Wong, Holly Herndon, Meuko Meuko, M.E.S.H., Oli XL, Laurel Halo, Slikback, Ami Yamasaki, Kassem Mosse, Horse Lords, Low Jack, Tomoko Sauvage and many more. He is one of the founders of the label Proto Sites.
Alexander Scholz is a Berlin-based writer, artistic director, cultural worker, and publicist. As the founder and creative director of HOLO, an editorial and curatorial platform interested in emergent creative practice, he helps produce and disseminate knowledge on disciplinary interstices, artistic research, and cultural transformations in the digital age. Over the past few years, he curated exhibitions, conferences, and educational programmes for organizations and festivals including A.C.C. (Gwangju, KR), Mapping (Geneva, CH), MUTEK (Montréal, CA), and NODE Forum for Digital Arts (Frankfurt, DE).
Terézia Denková is a graphic and book designer based in Bratislava, Slovakia. She studied visual communication in studio Typolab at the Academy of Fine Arts, where she received her master degree. In 2019, she initiated the Typogaráž project – an alternative gallery for graphic design, typography and type design where she together with the team organizes lectures, workshops and exhibitions on a regular basis. She often collaborates with studios and freelancers between Vienna and Bratislava working on different projects varying from visual identities to exhibition design to small self-initiated experimental print projects.
Carmen Salas (http://carmensp.com/) is a curator and cultural producer currently based in Southern Spain. Carmen is the founding artistic director of Connecting the Dots, an international forum on creativity, art and digital culture that has been taking place in Mexico City since 2018. From 2017 to 2019, she curated the forum Paradigm Shift for the Mapping Festival in Geneva. In 2009, she co-founded Alpha-ville in London, an international festival dedicated to exploring the intersection of art, technology, society and digital culture through a series of conferences, exhibitions and audiovisual events. The festival became a curatorial agency and creative studio in 2011 and developed activity on a national and international scale until 2017. Her most recent projects and reflections explore the transformative potential of art and culture.