Zero-Th Association's founders:
Yon Visell is an artist, engineer, and physicist moved by the subtle dynamics of multisensory processes in interactive and lifelike, human-centered systems. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in the Shared Reality and Intelligent Environments group at McGill University's Center for Intelligent Machines. There, his research concerns learning dynamical systems models of families of continuous human action. He previously studied the physics and geometry of elementary interactions including superstrings at The University of Texas at Austin. His subsequent background includes interactive systems design, award-winning music software development at Ableton in Berlin, auditory signal processing, acoustic recognition, and auditory display at several research-minded companies, and interactive systems design at Zero-Th and elsewhere. He teaches in the Intermedia and Cyberarts program at Concordia University in Montreal, and in the faculty of engineering at McGill University. More about Yon's projects.
Karmen Franinovic is an architect, artist, and interaction designer focused on the creative, critical and active use of technology in architecture, public space and everyday life. In her projects, she seeks to stimulate social and bodily movements, and to raise awareness of interaction with/in the urban surroundings and its diverse ecologies. Her theoretical research on play, hospitality, participation and enaction manifests in responsive spaces, digital architecture, video and interactive installations. Currently, she focuses on tangible interaction and sonic feedback embedded in artefacts and spaces. Karmen leads sonic interaction design research projects at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) supported by European Science Foundation and European Commission Sixth Framework Programme.
Karmen received the Laurea degree with Honours from Istituto Universitario di Archittetura di Venezia, and Master's degree from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. She is the PhD candidate in School of Computing, Communications and Electronics at University of Plymouth. Karmen worked as an architect on large public buildings with AltenArchitekten, Studio ArchA, Arata Isozaki and Associates, and Arup. She has taught at Concordia University in Montreal and at Interaction Design department at ZHdK in Zuerich. Her projects have been presented / commissioned by at Ircam/Centre Pompidou (Paris), SF Camerawork (San Francisco), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Torino), Bienal Miami + Beach, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, Far Eastern Memorial Foundation (Taipei), DEAF (Rotterdam), The Junction (Cambridge), Interstices - Hexagram (Montreal) and others. Karmen's projects.
Zero-Th collaborators and partners:
- Department of Design and Institute for Cultural Studies in Art, Media and Design, Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste
- Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill University
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, McGill University
- Perception and Sound Design team at Ircam: Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, Paris
- Vision, Image Processing and Sound lab, Dip. di Informatica, University of Verona
- Department of Art and Industrial Design, IUAV, Venezia
- Neural Information Processing Group, TU Berlin
- Intersitices, Hexagram, Montreal
- Interaction Design Institute Ivrea
- boutiquevizique, Bruxelles / San Francisco
- parabolikguerilla, Montreal
- slow lab