Prof. DI MAAS Peter Droege is General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy and directs the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development in Vaduz and Berlin. During three decades of practice, research and teaching at MIT, Tokyo and Sydney universities, he has won many international prizes for visioary urban design, strategic city planning and sustainable development. He has published significant books and many articles developing and promoting advanced urban planning and regenerative design principles, encouraging the practical replacement of fossil and nuclear sources with renewable energy, while regenerating land and water systems to sequester atmospheric carbon.
Davina Jackson is a Sydney-based international writer and promoter of cultural advances across design, architecture, and digital arts. A visiting research fellow with the computing department at Goldsmiths College, University of London, she was a director of government-funded companies which produced the world’s first ‘smart light’ festivals in Sydney and Singapore, and has curated exhibitions and published internationally on ‘data cities’, ‘virtual nations’, ‘Digital Earth’ and other geospatial movements. A former editor of Architecture Australia, multi-disciplinary design professor with the University of New South Wales and a writer/editor for various books, blogs, newspapers and design magazines, she gained an M.Arch on digital home design theories and is publishing her PhD thesis on pan-Pacific modernist Douglas Snelling.
Prof. Mary-Anne Kyriakou chairs lighting design at the University of Applied Sciences Ost-Westfalen Lippe in Detmold, Germany. She created and directed the world’s first eco-ethical ‘Smart Light’ festivals in Sydney (Vivid) 2009 and Singapore (iLight Marina Bay) 2010 and 2012. A founding leader of the light art group with Australian and Asian engineers Meinhardt, she was named by ABC Carbon Asia as one of the world’s top 100 leaders of sustainability advances in 2012. After patenting a brainwave-activated lighting control device, she continues post-masters research on potential urban applications of both biological and technological luminescence factors. Mary Anne studied electrical engineering, lighting design and music composition at the University of Sydney, has won awards for both design and music and is a director of the Studio Kybra practice with German light architect Ingo Bracke.
Dr. Vesna Petresin is a time architect, space composer and performer. Currently a visiting research fellow with Goldsmiths College, University of London, and an artist-in-residence with ZKM Media Arts Centre in Karlsruhe, she earned her PhD for research on temporal composition in architecture, art and music. In 2004 she joined French artist Laurent-Paul Robert to establish the London-based Rubedo art collective, which integrates sophisticated themes and techniques from optics, acoustics, complex geometry, psychology and synaesthesia. The Rudebo team has delivered performances, immersive experiences, multimedia installations and artefacts to international festivals and venues including the Tate Modern, Vienna Secession, ArtBasel Miami, the Venice and Beijing Architecture Biennales, the Royal Festival Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schielke studied architecture at the University of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany, and now is an editor at the lighting manufacturer ERCO, where he leads lighting workshops and is designing an extensive online guide for architectural lighting. He is a co-author of the ERCO book Light Perspectives – between culture and technology, has published numerous articles on lighting design and technology and has lectured at leading European and American universities, including Harvard GSD, MIT, Columbia GSAPP and ETHZ.
Prof. Peter Weibel is Chairman and CEO of the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, and has been awarded Germany, France and Austria’s highest honours for arts and letters. Educated in literature, medicine, logic, philosophy and film in Paris and Vienna, he recently received two honorary doctorates from universities in Helsinki and Pécs, and has held professorial positions with leading European and United States universities. Since his 1986-1995 term as artistic director of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, he has curated many milestone exhibitions; including Light Art from Artificial Light at ZKM in 2005-06 and the 2015 lichtsicht 5 Projection Biennale in Bad Rothenfelde.