Liesbeth Huybrechts is doing a Phd research in Cultural Studies on the use of new media as critical things in participatory design and art projects. She is researcher and teacher in higher art education at the Media & Design Academy in Genk....
Stéphanie Bacquère, born in 1978 in Paris, is an IT engineer involved in promotion of digital creation and technological innovation. After previous experience in BNP Paribas and in several advertising agencies, she cofounds a creative studio in 2006, Elegangz Interactive. She initiates working groups prospecting on virtual worlds, produces artworks and co-organises several exhibitions on digital art (as in Galerie Bailly , Door Studios, Palais de Tokyo). She sets up and chairs in 2008 the Reality Festival, first international festival of virtual digital art. She is cofounder and organizer of art-techno RADART and Art Game Weekend, a new concept of interactive meeting. Since 2007 she is also administrator of Silicon Sentier, an innovative SMEs association in “Ile de France”. Silicon Sentier has given birth to The Cantine.
In 2009, she founds with Marie-Noéline Viguié the company Nod-A. Nod-A is dedicated to help innovators, clients and partners, experimenting and broadcasting their products and services, and finding new market access. Currently Nod-A is working on the forthcoming incubator of the CENTQUATRE and on the FabLabsquared project. This FabLab (x2) project is going to facilitate display of all future FabLabs in France.
Furthermore Nod-A launches in 2010 the Cabinet of Digital Curiosities, a nomad structure between a gallery and a user acceptance testing. The beta test was presented in July 2010 during LiftwithFING in Marseille. On December 1st, 2010 Nod-A organises the first Council with La FING and MCD that will take place in “la maison des métallos” in Paris.