Keynote speakers

London panorama, from original photo by DAVID ILIFF (licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to welcome Kim H. Veltman, Sean Rogg and Bruce Wands as keynote speakers for EVA 2017. They present on the mornings of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the conference respectively. Details of keynote timings can be found in the conference programme.


Kim H. Veltman

Scientific Director of Virtual Maastricht McLuhan Institute

Keynote title: Perspective from Antiquity to the Present [Tuesday 11th July]

Biography: Kim is Scientific Director of VMMI (Virtual Maastricht McLuhan Institute, (2004- ); author and consultant on implications of new media for scholarship, culture and society. He has taught at the universities of Göttingen, Siena, Rome, Carleton; was Director of the Perspective Unit, McLuhan Program, Toronto (1990-1996), and Director of the Maastricht McLuhan Institute (1998-2004). Trained in history and philosophy of science, culture and art, he spent twenty years as a post-doctoral fellow focused on the history of perspective, and Leonardo da Vinci. Since 1980, he has been writing on new media with respect to scholarship, culture and access to knowledge. During the 1980s, he began studying new models of culture. Since 2004, he has focussed on the history of alphabets and cultures. His awards include the Silver Order: “Service for the Arts”, International Academy of Culture and Art (Moscow, 2009).

More information: http://sumscorp.com/cv/


Sean Rogg

Founder and Artistic Director of the The Waldorf Project


Keynote title: Exploiting Trauma as an Artistic Medium [Wednesday 12th July]

Biography: Sean is a British artist working in the field of video, photography and performance. His work has been exhibited at The Wapping Project, Bloomberg SPACE and ICA in London, as well as part of TinaB Biennale in Prague, at Modern Art Oxford, Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, The CCA in Tel Aviv, Galerie Mathias Güntner in Hamburg and Galleri Kleerup in Stockholm. The Waldorf Project (http://www.waldorfproject.com/) is a genre defying and radical immersive art performance that uses combined technologies and emotional manipulation to develop new ways of implementing algorithmic methods which manipulate a group in order to explore a creative vision.

More information: http://www.seanrogg.com/


Bruce Wands

Director of Computer Education at School of Visual Arts, New York

Keynote title: The Engagement of Digital Art with Contemporary Art  [Thursday 13th July]

Biography: Bruce Wands has been involved with digital media and music for more than thirty-nine years as an artist, musician, writer, curator and educator. His creative work explores the relationship between visual art, music, mathematics and the invention of new forms of narrative. Current projects include abstract digital images based on Buddhist geometry and electroacoustic multi-channel music installations. Time Out New York named Bruce as one of the “99 People to Watch in 1999”. His books are Art of the Digital Age, Thames & Hudson, and Digital Creativity, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Grants include the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, NYSCA, and NESTA UK. Bruce is Chair of the MFA Computer Art Department, Founding Chair of the BFA Computer Art Department, and Director of Computer Education at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is the Director of the New York Digital Salon, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013.

More informationhttp://www.brucewands.com/