People behind Value of Values

Maurice BENAYOUN

VoV Founder

Maurice Benayoun (MoBen) is a conceptual media artist based in Hong Kong and Paris. Pioneer of new media art, his work has been a continuous attempt to redefine art practice and the place of the artist in Society. Through VR, AR, AI, and urban media art, MoBen explores the limits of the promises of advanced media, unveiling their societal impact beyond their technological and aesthetic potential. Creating from subtle to large scale interactive artworks, he has been exhibited in major international museums, biennials, and festivals in about 30 countries around the World. MoBen received close to 30 awards including 4 Ars Electronica awards (and the coveted Golden Nica). Since 2012, Maurice Benayoun is Professor of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. www.moben.net  wikipedia.org

Tobias KLEIN

VoV Founder

Tobias Klein works in the fields of Architecture, Art, Design and Interactive Media Installation. His work generates a syncretism of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific design narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references. His works are exhibited internationally at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Antwerp Fashion Museum, the London Science Museum, the V&A, the Bellevue Arts Museum, Museum of Glass, Museum of Moscow and Vancouver. He currently lives in Hong Kong and works as Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

Nicolas MENDOZA

VOV Co-founder and Chief Advisor

PhD in Blockchain Technology and Critical Theory at SCM City University of Hong Kong.

Nicolás Mendoza is a Colombian multidisciplinary scholar, architect, artist, researcher and investor. His PhD research explored the structures that support the emergence of non-state currencies, such as blockchain technology, from an anthropological perspective. His research engagement with Bitcoin and therefore with blockchain technology began as early as 2010, serving in the editorial board of Bitcoin Magazine, and co-editing the issue on P2P Currency of the Journal of Peer Production in 2013. His writings have been published in platforms such as Radical Philosophy and Al-Jazeera.

Prof. Jean-Baptiste BARRIERE

Music Composer, Media Artist, VoV sound interaction

Former director of Musical Research, Education and Production at IRCAM in Paris, the music of the composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière concentrates on the intersection of music, image, and mathematics. Jean-Baptiste Barrière creates visual concerts with the opera composer Kaija Saariaho, the film director Peter Greenaway and collaborates to many interactive art projects with Maurice Benayoun.

Dr. Tanya Toft Ag

Urban Media researcher, curatorial advisor

Tanya Toft Ag is a curator, researcher, writer and lecturer examining trajectories of media art(s) and urban change. Her curatorial practice evolves with media art and media architecture in urban environments, as curator of several international art biennials.

Alejandro Rodriguez

Technical Team Leader - software development

Alejandro Rodriguez, is a coder, animator, digital art and interactive artist, architect, and projection mapping expert. He creates special effects for cinema, video game content, and the design and execution of technological devices.

Shubham Yadav

Product

Shubham is a software engineer and an entrepreneur. He founded coindelta.com - one of India’s largest Cryptocurrency exchange. Coindelta acquired 100,000+ users and traded more than $500 million in its first operational year. Graduated from IIT Mumbai in 2015, he worked for target.com as a software engineer before starting his entrepreneurship journey. His expertise includes application of Blockchain Technology.

Manish Kumar

Full Stack Engineer

Manish is a full-stack software engineer and designer. Nothing goes on the web that he cannot understand. He co-founded coindelta.com - one of India’s largest Cryptocurrency exchange. Coindelta acquired 100,000+ users and traded more than $500 million in its first operational year. He graduated from IIT Delhi in 2017. His expertise includes designing and developing beautiful web products.

Michele Salati

Creative Director of the graphic team

Currently, Michele is the Creative Director and Head of Art of Ogilvy & Mather Advertising in Hong Kong. Michele considers himself a genuine visual thinker. He has worked across all media, creating global as well as local work. With 20 years of experience at different agencies across Europe and currently based in Hong Kong, He likes ideas which transcend cultural borders. He divides his time between advertising and personal artistic projects

Viet-Linh Ha Thuc

Managing Director, Head of Global Markets Asia Pacific, Natixis

Former director of Musical Research, Education and Production at IRCAM in Paris, the music of the composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière concentrates on the intersection of music, image, and mathematics. Jean-Baptiste Barrière creates visual concerts with the opera composer Kaija Saariaho, the film director Peter Greenaway and collaborates to many interactive art projects with Maurice Benayoun.

Dr. Christiane Paul

Curator, Advisor media and contemporary art

Christiane Paul is Chief Curator/Director of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School, Adjunct Curator of Digital Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Recipient of the Thoma Foundation's 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, She wrote: A Companion to Digital Art(2016);DigitalArt(2015); Context Providers – Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts(2011); and New Media in the White Cube and Beyond (2008). At the Whitney Museum she curated exhibitions including Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art 1965-2018, and she is responsible for Artport, the museum’s portal to Internet art.

Soh Yeong Roh

Founder and Director of Art Center Nabi

Curator and art writer, Soh Yeong Roh is the founding director of the Art Center Nabi, a private art institution that played an important role in the development of new media art in Korea. She initiated shows on robots, AI, EEG, Blockchain and became head of ISEA2019, Gwangju. She is an early supporter of MoBen's work and of the Brain Factory project leading to the official launching of VoV on June 5, 2019.

Prof. Beatrice de Gelder

Neuroscientist, neuroscience & BCI advisor

Beatrice de Gelder is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and a member of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC). Her current work focuses on the neuroscience of art. Her research has resulted in over 220 peer-reviewed articles and 22 invited chapters in professional books. www.beatricedegelder.com. 

Maria Grazia Mattei

Founder and President of MEET, the Italian Center for Digital Culture (Milan)

Former director of Musical Research, Education and Production at IRCAM in Paris, the music of the composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière concentrates on the intersection of music, image, and mathematics. Jean-Baptiste Barrière creates visual concerts with the opera composer Kaija Saariaho, the film director Peter Greenaway and collaborates to many interactive art projects with Maurice Benayoun.

Dooeun Choi

Independent art curator, early supporter of the Brain Factory and VoV

Based in New York and, Dooeun Choi, former curator in Chief of the Art Center Nabi since 2000, has worked as art director of Da Vinci Creative 2015/2017. As a curator, Choi treats the space as a laboratory for experimenting with the types of experience and aesthetics that can emerge from combining and recombining scientific knowledge, artistic practices, and historical narratives. 

Dr. Jean-Jacques Gay

Art critic, Curator, Researcher

co-initiator of synesthesie.com (the first French online art media), author and independent curator, Jean Jacques Gay is a researcher at CITU (U. Paris 8). Curator of solo exhibitions by Maurice Benayoun, Pierrick Sorin... As an art critic, JJ Gay contributes to Libération, France TV, Arte, Les Lettres Françaises, Muséart, MCD, Artension and Art World Magazine. He gives lectures (EESI, ENSBA, FRESNOY, ENSAD). JJ Gay curated the first Brain Factory show in 2016.

Wang Xiao

PhD Candidate, Brain Computer interface researcher

Wang Xiao is a computer scientist with a special interest in Brain Computer Interface technologies, calibration methods, and signal Processing. Wang Xiao has been working for 6 years with MoBen as a senior researcher.

Piero Di Biase and Alberto Moreu

Graphic and typography design

Piero di Biase and Alberto Moreu founded Think Work Observe, an independent graphic design studio based in Udine (Italy), in 2011. They work on commissioned projects in the commercial, cultural and editorial sector, with a strong focus on typographic treatment, including the design and distribution of a range of original typefaces.Piero Di Biase is a graphic and type designer. In 2011 he co-founded Think Work Observe with Alberto Moreu. TWO participated in international exhibitions over Europe and the United States. 

Agnes Lin

Asia operating gallerist, art advisor

Agnes Lin is the founder and Director of the Osage Art Foundation. Founded in Hong Kong in 2004, the Osage Art Foundation is an international not-for-profit philanthropic organisation devoted to building creative communities and promoting cultural cooperation. Agnes Lin is one of the leading personalities of Hong Kong and South East Asia Art World.

Ann Mak

PhD Candidate, Exhibition & Production Management

Wai-yee Mak, aka Ann Mak, is a Hong Kong-based artist, curator, and exhibition producer. Her works are shown internationally. Her expertise in the field of curation and exhibition production spans over 20 years including international photography exhibitions, poetry Festivals, co-curator of "On the Road, Young Media Artists in China" Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Chongqing.

Chris Kelley

Blockchain community advisor

Chris Kelley is a self-taught enthusiast of the ethereum ecosystem and has been participating in it since the network first went live. Alongside this, he maintains and pursues interests in procedural and generative 3D art, and has spent the last few months building and experimenting with bio-feedback systems. 

Christian Clark

Brain Factory software development

Christian is a computer engineer, keen on new media arts, interaction design. Founder of Shaman, a software development studio, he develops bespoke visual and interactive software solutions. Shaman developed the "Prototype 2" version of the Brain factory and the Brain Cloud.

Sydney Ehrmann

Art Community Advisor

Sydney Ehrman is a board member and long term collaborator of ARTPRICE.com. Sydney Ehrmann has been in charge of the Artprice store, market place and econometrics. Sydney manages Artprice community since 2015. He is also Social Network leader for Groupe Serveur. 

Vincent Read

Digital Marketing Advisor

Vincent is a digital marketing MBA student, passionate about the developments that blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies bring to the digital economy. He now dedicates his efforts towards leveraging web communication methods towards creating and growing online communities and around the Value of Values project.