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Collaborative Broadcasting  

Panel A
- Gerhard Fröhlich
- Simone Griesmayr
- Torsten Michaelsen
- Ingo Leindecker
- Yves Richter
- Matthew Smith
- Wolfgang Temmel
- Agnese Trocchi
- Georg Wimmer

Panel B
- Steve Buckley
- Robert Horvitz
- Eric Kluitenberg
- Armin Medosch
- Christopher Dawes
- N.N./RTR

Panel A  
Gerhard Fröhlich, Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz/A  

Culture and media theorist at the Institute for Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, A. Main research on culture and media theory, culture and media philosophy, philosophy of science, science ethics, science of information and information retrieval, qualitative and quantitative methods of evaluation (peer review, impact factors)

Simone Griesmayr, Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz/A  

Member of staff at Institute for Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, A.
Staff member at the Association for Cultural and Educational Policy
Publications: "Kunst und Wissenschaft - Verbindende Innovationskulturen?" (Art and science - connecting cultures of innovation?); "Section report", in Trans 15 (read); "Creative Contexts - Culture as an Agent of Change", in "Learning Solutions", Oxfordshire;
Organisation of the conferences:
"Forschungsethik - Fälschung und Wissenschaft" (Ethics of reseach - forgery and science) - Conference and exhibition "Black Box Science"; "The Unifying of Cultures", INST (Research Institute for Austrian and International Literature and Cultural Studies), World conference, Vienna; "Fälschungen und Visualisierungen in den Wissenschaften" (Forgery and visualisations within the sciences), for the Institute for Philosophy and Philosphy of Science
Symposium: "Ehrenamt und Leidenschaft" (Honorary office and passion)
Projects (abridgement): "v-stream 21". (see

Torsten Michaelsen, Gruppe LIGNA, Hamburg/D  

The free radio group LIGNA was set up in 1995 by the media theorists and radio artists Ole Frahm, Michael Hüners and Torsten Michaelsen, all working for "Freies Sender Kombinat (FSK)", community radio initiative, Hamburg. In various shows and performances they have examined the meaning of diversion in or of radio broadcasting by refering amongst other things to forgotten or discarded uses of this medium and developing thereby new practices and procedures (Mental Radio Show). Production of performative radio plays (Labyrinthe und Interferenzen. Ein nächtlicher Gang durch eine sterbende Stadt– Labyrinths and Interferences. A walk at night through a dying city) and development of concepts as to how the radio can intervene in public spaces that are under surveillance, so that the public there reemerges as a situation out of control (Radioballett: Übung in unnötigem Aufenthalt – Radioballet: An exercise in unnecessary loitering). With these different models they examine both theoretically and practically the limits of (liberal) media theory, of closed artistic space and of political intervention.

Ingo Leindecker, Radio FRO, Linz/A  

Ingo Leindecker has worked for Radio FRO as an active radio artist and content-producer since 1998. He is in charge of developing cross-media publishing technologies for radio / internet and he has launched and expanded the Cultural Broadcasting Archive, a digital audio-exchange data bank of all the Austrian free radio stations.

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Yves Richter

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Matthew Smith, Firstfloor, Vancouver BC/CA  

Born 1974 in Innsbruck,Austria, lives in Vienna and Vancouver. Trained as a Media Designer by Rens Veltman. 2 years at Veltman&Veltman involving work in various media. 1995 - 1997 Media Designer, Ars Electronica Center, Linz. Founding Member of FirstFlooR Electronix. Concept & Production of the Public Net Access at Tacheles, Berlin. Since 1997 on line project: Vehicles of Progress and Prosperity. With Sandra Wintner. (Artist Run Limousine Collective) Since 1998 FIRST FLOOR EASTSIDE, On line-installations, Matt Smith aka PC Omez has been producing a weekly radio show on CITR 101.9FM in Vancouver for the last 4 years, and participates in various audio art projects as a producer and technician.

Wolfgang Temmel, sinnlos/Blind TV, Graz/A  

Wolfgang Temmel, born in 1953, stays in New York and London, now living in Wies in Styria. Work in various media and art forms. In and through various projects temporally or spatially not simultaneous “works of art” emerge from shared authorship or joint processes of authorship. These works are not mainly intended to be objects of art, but ought to reflect the creative process itself. In the production of these works Temmel creates momentary systems based on prevailing contexts and mechanisms, which he takes up, goes over and transforms into a part of his work: “space” of art which cannot be depicted and which can only partially be grasped in finished “products” (video, book, radiowork, CD, brooch) as this is about forms of dialogue, the interplay of intentions and accidents, events that these projects provide a stage for without entirely defining them.

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Agnese Trocchi, Candida TV, Rome/IT  

Agnese Trocchi, born in 1971, Rome/Italy. Artist, writer and videomaker, active from 1995 in the field of ICT, developing practical experiences with television, internet communities and satellite broadcasting. Since 1997 organisation of Independent Film Festival in Rome (Overground Fiction Festival). Collaboration with Francesca da Rimini (AUS) and Diane Ludin From (USA) on the project „Identity_Runners“. ( . In 1999 co-founder of Candida TV. Invitation to various media conferences and events: Sydney, TILT festival 2001, Amsterdam Next 5 Minutes Festival 2003, Florence Firenze World Vision Festival 2003, etc. In 2003-2004 organisation of an international event on the issues of communication and information networks (Sample Image Workshop, Rome 2003; Wsis? We Seize event, Geneva 2003). 2002 Prize of the Critic at VideoMinutoPop (Italian competition for innovative videomaking) with the video „Discover your Future“

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Georg Wimmer, Radiofabrik, Salzburg/A  

Georg Wimmer, born in 1961, was one of the founders of Free Radio Salzburg, since 2002 he has been editor in chief and coordinator of programs at Radiofabrik, Salzburg. Before that, he worked as a free-lance journalist for various Austrian newspapers and magazines and studied journalism, educational theory and Romance languages and literature at the university. Numerous awards and nominations, (among others he won the Cultural Award for Integration and Human Rights sponsored by the Green Party Salzburg in 2003 and was nominated for the European Radio Award, the Prix Europe, in 2002)

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Panel B   
Steve Buckley, UK  

Steve Buckley is a communications activist with particular interests in communication for development, freedom of expression and communication rights. He has been a member of the International Board of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) since 1992 and was elected President of AMARC in 2003. He is also a member of the Organising Committee and the Executive Secretariat of the Communication Rights in the Information Society campaign (CRIS) and a member of the Council of IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange. He has been an external media consultant to UNESCO, UK Department for International Development, World Bank and Ford Foundation among others. He was a founder of the UK Community Media Association in 1983 and its chief executive from 1991 to 2004.

Robert Horvitz, Advisor for Media, Open Society Institute, CZ  

Robert Horvitz, born 1947, Massachusetts (USA) currently is creating a new nonprofit organization called Open Spectrum, International, which will try to persuade telecom regulators to let the public use more of the radio spectrum without a license. That will not exclude uses like broadcasting, but it is aimed more at allowing more low-powered wireless Internet networks (wi-fi, etc.). In the 1970s taught history of electronic media at the Rhode Island School of Design (USA). In the 1980s correspondent for Radio Netherlands World Service, reporting on American media politics. In 1985 registered as a public-interest lobbyist, became head of the Association of North American Radio Clubs, which represents the interests of unlicensed radio users (particularly listeners). In 1990 radio specialist at Internews, working on initial "needs assessment" for the development of local broadcasting in the post-communist countries, which was sponsored by the (US) National Endowment for Democracy. "Local Radio Handbook for East and Central Europe" (1990),republished many times and translated into 6 languages (Armenian, Czech, Hungarian, Macedonian, Romanian and Russian). Following Horvitz' recommendation Internews opened an office in Central Europe, he moved to Prague (1991) to do just that. Subsequently Horvitz was hired by the Soros foundations as their regional consultant for radio, the following 4 years he helped to start new local radio stations in Central Asia and SE Europe. 1995-1997 coordinator of the Soros foundation's Internet program. In 2000 Horvitz joined the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI), working first as regional manager for Central/SE Europe, then as field manager for the whole project.

Eric Kluitenberg, debalie, NL  

Theorist, writer, and organiser on culture and technology, currently based at De Balie - Centre for Culture and Politics in Amsterdam. He taught courses on culture and new media at the University of Amsterdam, the post-graduate education programs of Academy Minerva in Groningen (NL), and worked on the scientific staff of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. He lectures and publishes extensively on culture, new media, and cultural politics internationally. Since 1988 he has been involved as an organiser in a series of important media culture events in Europe. Kluitenberg is also involved in the establishment of a Science Commons.

Armin Medosch, UK  

media artist in Vienna; together with Antonia Neubacher and Urs Blaser he set up the group “Radio Subcom”; radio- and video-art, spacial installations, conceptual texts and short stories. 1992-1994 Rostock, Germany: co-initiator and artistic director of the project “Stubnitz Kunst-Raum-Schiff” (Stubnitz Art-Space-Ship); “Baltic Tour 94”. 1995 project manager, (with Florian Rötzer and Stefan Iglhaut) curator of “Telepolis – interaktive und vernetzte Stadt” (Telepolis – interactive city) in Luxembourg. 1996 / 1997 editor of the online magazine “Telepolis” of Heise publishers in Munich.Since 1997 editor and special correspondent of Heise publishers for Telepolis in London. Most recently: “Freie Netze. Geschichte, Politik und Kultur offener WLAN-Netze”, 2004 (Free networks. History, politics and culture of open WLAN networks). (book download)

Christopher Dawes, UK  

Head of Broadcasting Policy Division at the Department for Media, Culture and Sport in London. Expert on digital broadcasting for the Council of Europe, Media Division.

N.N., RTR – Rundfunk & Telekom Regulierungs GmbH  

The Austrian Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Broadcasting (RTR-GmbH) was established as the operative arm of Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria) to create a "convergence regulator". RTR is split up into two specialized sections (Broadcasting and Telecommunications) and among others fulfills the duties of arbitration procedures, the setup and management of a competence center especially for media and telecommunications convergence issues as well as the administration and allocation of grants from the Digitisation Fund and the Television Film Fund.