Bernadine Bröcker Wieder is CEO and Co-Founder of Vastari Group, an online platform securely connecting private collectors of art, exhibition producers, venues and museums for exhibition loans and tours. Bröcker Wieder is a member of the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market, the Association of Women in the Arts and the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.
Bernadine holds a M.A. in art history and art-world practice from Christie’s Education/The University of Glasgow and a B.A. in fine arts from Parsons School of Design, New York. In 2018 she was selected for Apollo Magazine's 40 under 40 Europe, and was shortlisted, along with co-founder Francesca Polo, for the NatWest Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2017. In July 2018, Vastari helped co-organise the inaugural Christie’s Art+Tech Summit in London, focusing on blockchain technology.
Anne Bracegirdle is an Associate Vice President and Specialist in Christie's Photographs Department. Separately, she co-organized Christie’s inaugural Art + Tech Summit in July 2017, ‘Exploring Blockchain’, and is spearheading Christie's Art + Tech initiative.
Anne speaks widely on the topic of art and blockchain and has been cited in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Forbes and The Art Newspaper, among others. Anne has 10 years of experience at Christie's and received her Master's degree at the Sotheby's Institute of Art on the History of Photography.
Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the United Kingdom and studied physics and the philosophy of science.
Sometimes described as a ‘business poet’, Amy Whitaker holds both an MBA and an MFA in painting. She is the author of Art Thinking and Museum Legs. Whitaker has lectured and led workshops at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Meaning Conference and TEDx, as well as at Claremont University, Williams College and the Barnes Foundation. Whitaker is also an assistant professor in Visual Arts Administration at New York University where her research focuses on blockchain technology and compensation for creative labor using fine art as a test case. Her writing has appeared in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and various academic publications. Her teaching and research have been referenced widely, including in Vanity Fair, the Financial Times, the Atlantic, Harper’s, Artsy, The Art Newspaper and Forbes.
Jason Bailey is an art nerd trying to trigger an art analytics revolution. Concerned by the lack of good data on art and the frequency of forgery and misattribution, Jason developed the world’s largest analytical database of complete works by many of our most important artists. Jason founded the blog Artnome.com to share previously unobtainable insights from his one-of-a-kind database. He has expanded the blog’s coverage to include articles and interviews with artists working at the intersection of art and technology whom he feels are undervalued and frequently misunderstood.
Jason has a BA from Framingham State University (2001) where he studied studio art and art history and an MFA in digital art from the Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2010). A serial entrepreneur, he has worked at startups in the Boston area on the cutting edge of technology for the last 20 years. Most recently, Jason worked for the machine learning startup Tamr that was launched out of MIT by Turing Award winner Dr. Michael Stonebraker and his business partner Andy Palmer. Jason is mission-driven to use technology and data to improve the world's art historical record and to improve opportunities for artists from historically underserved or marginalized groups.
Dr. Ahmed Elgammal is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Executive Council Faculty at the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. He is the founder and director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Rutgers, which focuses on data science in the domain of digital humanities. Dr. Elgammal is the founder and CEO of Artrendex, a startup that builds innovative AI technology for the art market. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and books in the fields of computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence. His research on knowledge discovery in art history and AI art generation has received worldwide media attention, including reports in the Washington Post, New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, Science News and many others. Dr. Elgammal received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2000 and 2002, respectively.
Vanessa Grellet is a global executive with over 18 years of expertise in the financial services and tech industry. At ConsenSys she focuses on enterprise and strategic initiatives and financial services, retail, the arts and social impact. She supported the creation of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), sits on the Board of the Accounting Blockchain Coalition (ABC) and is the President of the Board of the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC). Grellet founded the Nexus Working Group on impact investing and is now the co-chair of the blockchain group dedicated to empowering and connecting next-gen impact investors, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. She is an Advisory Board member of Cornerstone Capital, an ESG asset manager, an Advisory Board member of The Resolution Project and is a partner at Acumen. Grellet is a Milken Institute associate and a Young Leader Board member. She graduated cum laude from Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) University and from HEC Paris
Mike Tyka studied biochemistry and biotechnology at the University of Bristol, and earned a Ph.D. in biophysics in 2007. In 2012 he joined Google to work on neuroscience and machine learning. In 2009, Tyka helped design and construct Groovik’s Cube, a functional, 35-foot-tall multiplayer Rubik’s cube. He also co-founded ALTSpace, a shared art studio in Seattle, and started creating sculptures of protein molecules in cast glass and copper. In 2015, Tyka began working with artificial neural networks as an artistic medium and tool, creating some of the first large-scale artworks using neural networks with a technique called IterativeDeepDream. In 2017, he collaborated with media artist and director Refik Anadol to create Archive Dreaming, an immersive-projection installation, pioneering the use of Generative Adversarial Networks. Tyka’s latest generative-portraits series titled Portraits of Imaginary People was shown at ARS Electronica, Austria; the Karuizawa New Art Museum, Japan; and the Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea.
Martha Fiennes is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and artist. Fiennes has directed two feature films: Onegin (1999), which won her the Best Director Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival 1999 and for Best Newcomer at the London Critics Circle Film Awards in 2000, and Chromophobia (2005). Since 2011, she has been creating large-scale ‘film-works’, which use a pioneering form of generative computer technologies. Her latest AI-driven work Yugen (2018) features the actress Salma Hayek Pinault and premiered to wide acclaim at the Venice Film Festival in 2018. It was shown at the Serpentine Gallery during Frieze London and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for the first Frieze LA in February 2019. Fiennes is an active member of the UK film industry and has served on several BAFTA juries. She headed the Film Jury at the annual Film Festival in Georgia 2015 and at the Haifa Film Festival in 2016.
Edward Klaris is the Managing Partner of Klaris Law, a media, entertainment and intellectual property law firm based in New York. In addition to his law practice, Ed is Chief Executive Officer of KlarisIP, a 31-person consulting and managed services firm focusing on intellectual property rights and clearances, content supply-chain management and royalties and participations in the media & entertainment business. Ed is also an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School where, since 2005, he has taught an upper-level Intellectual Property and Media Law seminar. Ed recently authored the American Bar Association’s guide to intellectual property due diligence; and he speaks around the world primarily on A.I., virtual reality and blockchain in media.
Marion Maneker is the Founder of Art Market Monitor, which publishes two regular newsletters (Art Market Monitor and AMMdaily). He also produces the Artelligence podcast and runs the AMM Fantasy Collecting Game. Maneker has been a frequent commentator on the art market on National Public Radio and CNBC.
Brendan Ciecko is the founder and CEO of Cuseum, a platform that helps museums and cultural organizations engage their visitors, members and patrons. Ciecko has been building technology since the age of 11 and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as being one of America’s top entrepreneurs under 30. Ciecko has been featured in The New York Times, WIRED, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Esquire and PC Magazine for his work in design, technology and business. In addition, Ciecko currently sits on the Steering Committee of the Museum Council at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Digital Advisory Board at the Neue Galerie New York; and the Community Advisory Board for the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. He holds four patents in the area of mobile technology.
Ben Fino-Radin is the founder of Small Data Industries, a private conservation lab and consultancy that supports and empowers people to safeguard the permanence and integrity of the world’s artistic record. Before founding Small Data Industries, Ben served as Associate Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where in addition to the conservation of digital art, he managed the design and development of the institution’s digital repository. Prior to this, Ben led preservation initiatives at Rhizome as their Digital Conservator. He holds a MSLIS and MFA in Digital Art from Pratt Institute, and has served as an adjunct at NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program.
Kelani Nichole is the founder of TRANSFER, an experimental gallery supporting emerging formats in contemporary art. At TRANSFER, she designs immersive exhibitions of computer-based artworks like animated GIFs, software, algorithmic art, virtual and augmented reality, and online public and performance art. Her virtual exhibition format, the TRANSFER Download, has been presented at Minnesota Street Project (SF), Haus der Elektronische Arts (Basel), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), NADA Art Fair (NYC) and SPRING / BREAK Art Show (LA), among others. Nichole is a trustee at The Current, a non-profit museum collection that is rethinking patronage and access for contemporary media art, with a focus on conservation. In the past year, she has participated in panels and symposiums at Art Basel Conversations, Kiasma Museum Helsinki, Australian Center for the Moving Image and BAMPFA.
Marc Glimcher is President and CEO of Pace Gallery. As Pace approaches the start of its seventh decade, the gallery’s mission continues to be inspired by its drive to support the world’s most influential and innovative artists and to share their visionary work with people around the world. Under Marc Glimcher’s leadership, Pace has greatly expanded the scope of its artist representation, adding major international contemporary artists as well as prominent artist estates to its roster. Glimcherhas also spearheaded Pace’s strategic geographic expansion, opening new galleries in Hong Kong, Geneva, Seoul, Palo Alto, London and Beijing over the last decade. Pace will open a new flagship gallery at 540 West 25th Street in New York in September 2019.
Maria Kessler is a digital media veteran with a background in partnerships, content strategy and business development. She currently leads strategy, planning and partnership development to enable users around the world to access The Met’s collection whereever they are. She is also responsible for increasing the reach and relevance of Met content through strategic distribution partners. Maria has worked in the start-up world with an image recognition software company, as well as a videoclip company. She is an alum of Consumer Reports’s business development, where she syndicated content to Yahoo!, MSN, Fox News and others. Prior to joining The Met Maria headed up content syndication at ValuePenguin, a personal finance site, and she has been a speaker/evangelist for developments in blockchain for the photographic industry.
Kenric McDowell has worked at the intersection of culture and technology for over twenty years. Kenric co-leads the Artist + Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts & Culture, where he facilitates collaboration between artificial intelligence researchers, artists and cultural institutions. Kenric is a regular conference speaker and consultant to think tanks and arts organizations, helping groups connect artistic practice and technology production with larger traditions of human understanding.
Stephanie Pereira is a community engagement expert with over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of arts and business. Prior to joining NEW INC. as Director, she was a senior leader at Kickstarter where she worked for over six years, first as the inaugural Director of Arts, and ultimately as Director of Creator Engagement where she oversaw strategic growth and management of a global community of over 100K people.
Prior to working at Kickstarter, Pereira was an Associate Director at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. She has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a B.F.A in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Rachel M. Ward is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on media art, artist archives, legacy and technology. She is a Research Associate at Small Data Industries — a media art conservation practice in Brooklyn — as a National Digital Stewardship [NDSR Art] Resident. Following her studies in Social Anthropology [M.Sc.]and Visual Anthropology [G.Dip.], Rachel is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Interactive Arts & Technology with an emphasis on Digital Anthropology. Her doctoral research centers on NYC women artists who pioneered new forms of technology from the 1970s to the 1990s and are now in the process of archiving their work.