Virtu(Re)Al Playgrounds

How to digitally expand a city


Wednesday 30.6.
Panel 1  _  10.30am – 12am > Margarete Jahrmann, Stephan Doesinger, Deepa Mann-Kler
Panel 2  _  1pm – 2.30pm > David Han, Hilda Tellioğlu, Florian Bettel, Ramón Reichert
Panel 3  _  3pm – 4.30pm > Liron Efrat, Nina Glockner, Thomas Jelinek

Thursday 1.7.
Panel 4  _  10.30am – 12am > Tobias Gremmler, Gabriella Chihan Stanley, Alex Checcetti
Panel 5  _  1pm – 2.30pm > Gabrielle de la Puente, Tom Jubert, Sophie Publig
Panel 6  _  3pm – 4.30pm > Oliver Schürer, Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Michael Loizenbauer

Friday 2.7.
Panel 7  _  10.30am – 12am > Max Hattler, Valerie Messini, Mark H. Ramos

Panel 4

Panel 5

Panel 6

Panel 4

Thursday 1.7.

10.30am – 12am > Tobias Gremmler, Gabriella Chihan Stanley, Alex Checcetti


Tobias Gremmler   ©  Tobias Gremmler

© Jonny Au

10.30 – 10.45am

Tobias Gremmler

(Digital Media Artist)


Tobias Gremmler is a pioneer in digital art and design, since 1991. He fuses digital art with theatre, music and dance in pathbreaking collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, Björk, Einstürzende Neubauten, Tim Yip. His work has been exhibited at museums and art festivals such as Ars Electronica and V&A. He wrote books on digital design, cyberbionic and education and worked researcher, lecturer and visiting professor.

10.45 – 11.00am

Gabriella Chihan Stanley

(Co-Founder and CCO of vrisch, Founder of XRVienna)


Gabriella (Gabs) is the co-founder and CCO of vrisch, as well as the founder of XRVienna. Her award winning work at vrisch focuses on improving people’s lives using applied immersive entertainment, helping people learn, understand, and have fun with VR and AR with the sole aim of improving their lives through purposeful virtual experiences. Through XRVienna, she helps both VR/AR creators and users to have an egalitarian, respectful, and cozy platform for dialog. Her motto? No ego, no shame. Under our roof we’re all equal.

Gabs has been working as a project and communications manager in the field of technology and advertising since 2002, adding VR to her field of work in 2013. In 2018, she was selected as one of Europe’s top 20 Women Founders by Forbes. She’s also an active member of the Women in Immersive Tech (WiiT) and The Female Factor international organizations, as well as a supporting member of the Guiding Light Center for Ethics and Sustainable Technology

(c) Alex Checcetti

11.00 – 11.15am

Alex Checcetti

(Artist, Poet, Gardener, Choreographer)


Alex Cecchetti (Born between 1973 /1980 – died for the first time in 2014) was an artist, a poet, a gardener and a choreographer. Difficult to classify, his work can be considered as the art of the un-representable: tactile and poetic, aesthetic and materialistic, it creates mental and physical environments in which the spectators are often part of the work.


Panel 5

Thursday 1.7.

1pm – 2.30pm > Gabrielle de la Puente, Tom Jubert, Sophie Publig


Gabrielle de la Punte   © Gabrielle de la Punte

1.00 – 1.15pm

de la punte

(Critic, Curator)


Gabrielle de la Puente is a critic and curator from and based in Liverpool. She writes about video games on The White Pube, and she also runs OUTPUT gallery.

Tom Jubert   ©  Tom Jubert

1.15 – 1.30pm

Tom Jubert

(Intergalactic Energy Patter, roleplaying a human being)


Tom is an intergalactic energy pattern, roleplaying a human being, roleplaying a freelance computer game narrative designer, specialising in interactive philosophical scifi about aliens and AIs. The latter’s credits include Subnautica, FTL: Faster Than Light, and The Talos Principle. The former’s credits include enjoying smoked foods and revelling in the inherent divinity of conscious experience.


1.30 – 1.45pm

Sophie Publig

(Senior Scientist WID)


Sophie Publig is a historian of art and culture and is currently writing her PhD thesis on posthuman notions of life at the University of Applied Arts. She studied art history and contemporary history at the University of Vienna, Free University Berlin and University of Warsaw. Her research interests range from the Anthropocene and the nature-culture-dichotomy to memes and digital cultures. As a member of the collective Contemporary Matters, her practice is heavily influenced by collaboration and the de-hierarchization of knowledge.

Panel 6

Thursday 1.7.

3pm – 4.30pm > Oliver Schürer, Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Michael Loizenbauer


Oliver Schürer   © Oliver Schürer

© Oliver Schürer

3.00 – 3.15pm

Oliver Schürer

(Vienna University of Technology)

Oliver Schürer is a researcher, curator, editor and author as well as senior scientist and deputy director at the Institute for Architecture Theory and Philosophy of Technology at the Vienna University of Technology.
His work is an oscillation between developing theory and techno-aesthetic experiments. To research in on cultural aspects of social robotics and social AI in the lifeworlds he founded H.A.U.S. in 2014.
H.A.U.S. (Humanoids in Architecture and Urban Spaces) is a transdisciplinary group of researchers coming from the domains of architecture, automation technology, HRI, computer science, AI research, music, media arts, dance, psychology and philosophy.

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin   © JoAnn Kuchera-Morin

3.15 – 3.30pm

Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin

(Critic, Curator)


Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is a composer, Professor of Media Arts and Technology and Music, and a researcher in multi-modal media systems, content and facilities design. Her years of experience in digital media research led to the creation of a multi-million dollar sponsored research program for the University of California—the Digital Media Innovation Program. She was Chief Scientist of the Program from 1998 to 2003.  The culmination of Professor Kuchera-Morin’s creativity and research is the AlloSphere, a 30-foot diameter, 3-story high metal cylinder inside an echo-free cube, designed for immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets. Scientifically, the AlloSphere is an instrument for gaining insight and developing bodily intuition about environments into which the body cannot venture—abstract higher-dimensional information spaces, the worlds of the very small or very large, and the realms of the very fast or very slow.  Artistically, it is an instrument for the creation and performance of avant-garde new works and the development of new modes and genres of expression and forms of immersion-based entertainment. Professor Kuchera-Morin serves as the Director of the AlloSphere Research Facility located within the California NanoSystems Institute, Elings Hall, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin earned a Ph.D. in composition from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Michael Loizenbauer

© M. Loizenbauer

3.30 – 3.45pm

Michael Loizenbauer

(Senior Scientist WID, Director, Digital Media Artist)


Michael Loizenbauer is a director, digital media artist, musician and researcher at the Peter Weibel Research Institute for Digital Cultures at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He is interested in systems per se with a focus on economic and autonomous systems and their digital representation. As a researcher, he is interested in artificial intelligence and the question of the necessity of errors in systems and the synchronisation and desynchronisation of societies in the context of digital media and culture. He is a long-time member of the award-winning dance company Liquid Loft and the open theatre project nomad theatre, which seeks new and digital forms of collaboration in performative contexts.