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Nidia Dias

Art Director & Designer

Nidia Dias is a passionate Art Director and Designer from Portugal currently based in Porto. Her work is focused mainly on styleframes and look development for motion. With a background in graphic design, combined with motion expertise she creates visually compelling images that tell a story. Her colorful and experimental style is characteristic of a great sense of abstraction and visual attractiveness. With over 10 years of experience, she had the pleasure to work with some great studios around the world, as well as a diverse client list including names such as Microsoft, HP, Adobe and Nike.

https://www.behance.net/nidia-dias

  • Talk - Confession of an Art Director

    Mon - 18:00 - room1
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Andreas Fraunberger

Junge Römer Managing Partner

Managing Partner of Junge Römer Creative Production Studio, Vienna. Media Theorist, Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Vienna. Together with his Team, Andreas is producing Virtual Stories and Experiences for all devices even those that you can wear on your nose.

Junge Römer has produced solutions for ProSieben Sat.1 Media Group Munich, Hilti, Red Bull TV, Vienna State Opera, ARTE, Tyrol Tourism Advertising Board and others. Their focus is to tell the stories of the customers in the form of meaningful and fun digital experiences making the audience the main focus of their work. Armed with the latest technology and a feeling for the right content at the right time.

jungeroemer.net

  • Interview - T.B.D. VR and AR

    Wed - 18:00 - room1
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[M]Dudeck

Religionvir.us Artist & Cultural Engineer

[M]Dudeck is an artist and cultural engineer who invents their own queer religion as art. In their performative and ritualistic talk “Hypericonography” cultural engineer [M]Dudeck and his artistic collaborator Javi Acevedo might turn even the atheists among you into believers: Their lushly staged queer & sci-fi religion – now almost a decade in the making – spans and transcends physical settings as well as various digital media formats, ever exploring new forms to re-invent, screen and perform religion as art (and art as religion) in the information age.

templeofartifice.com
religionvir.us

  • Talk - Hypericonography

    Thu - 18:00 - room1

    This project, called RELIGIONVIR.US, deploys ritual performance, museological installation of invented artifacts, ceremonial techno-sermons, web-based temples and lab-grown skin bibles to produce a hybrid, psychedelic new religion as art that performs how belief systems can be hacked and artistically repurpoused in the age of deep fakes and alternative facts.
    RELIGIONVIR.US has been performed, exhibited, screened and otherwise presented in over twenty five countries worldwide. After a decade of a largely performative artistic ritual, Dudeck began to feel the need to compose the RELIGIONVIR.US Bible. This has taken several forms including an online virtual temple (produced as part of HAMBURG MASCHINE), a graphic novel (in the form of a series of scrolls), Hypericons (large lightboxes that resemble stained glass windows) and an original soundtrack (OTS) featuring psalms composed and performed in Dudeck’s invented language. When Dudeck began their illumination/illustrative style after nearly a decade of constant ritual performance, they began to create a new method of creating digital images, one that is highly performative and process-oriented. RELIGIONVIR.US has since become a multi-media production team that collaboratively makes queer religion in multiple digital media. Hypericonography is a pseudo performative/ritual/lecture wherein [M]Dudeck and their collaborator Javi Acevedo will present the various hybrid ways they have worked together on RELIGIONVIR.US TRANSMISSIONS to produce a new hybrid, queer digital iconography.

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Kate Gabriel

The Mill CG Lead

Kate Gabriel is a CG Lead based at The Mill’s London Studio.

As a highly experienced VFX artist, Kate has worked on some of The Mill’s most challenging and high-profile projects, including the award-nominated Nike ‘Awaken The Phantom’ and The Chemical Brothers ‘Free Yourself’ directed by dom&nic, as well as Three ‘Free Your Puggerfly’.

Her creative highlights include leading jobs such as Smuckers, Winamax ‘Anything For Your Mama’ and recently released full CG trailer for Battlefield 2042 – ‘What A Time To Be Alive’, directed by Jorge Montiel.

Kate has also been a Chair of the London ACM SIGGRAPH for the past 5 years.

themill.com

  • Talk - Behind the scenes of Winamax - 'Anything For Your Mama'

    Mon - 19:30 - room1

    Take a look behind the scenes of this epic project! During the talk, we will cover all aspects of how we went about realising this very VFX heavy commercial. Starting with the shoot, through asset builds, VFX, lighting, until the final composites.

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Javi Acevedo

religionvir.us Artist

In their performative and ritualistic talk “Hypericonography” cultural engineer [M]Dudeck and his artistic collaborator Javi Acevedo might turn even the atheists among you into believers: Their lushly staged queer & sci-fi religion – now almost a decade in the making – spans and transcends physical settings as well as various digital media formats, ever exploring new forms to re-invent, screen and perform religion as art (and art as religion) in the information age.

templeofartifice.com
religionvir.us

  • Talk - Hypericonography

    Thu - 18:00 - room1

    This project, called RELIGIONVIR.US, deploys ritual performance, museological installation of invented artifacts, ceremonial techno-sermons, web-based temples and lab-grown skin bibles to produce a hybrid, psychedelic new religion as art that performs how belief systems can be hacked and artistically repurpoused in the age of deep fakes and alternative facts.
    RELIGIONVIR.US has been performed, exhibited, screened and otherwise presented in over twenty five countries worldwide. After a decade of a largely performative artistic ritual, Dudeck began to feel the need to compose the RELIGIONVIR.US Bible. This has taken several forms including an online virtual temple (produced as part of HAMBURG MASCHINE), a graphic novel (in the form of a series of scrolls), Hypericons (large lightboxes that resemble stained glass windows) and an original soundtrack (OTS) featuring psalms composed and performed in Dudeck’s invented language. When Dudeck began their illumination/illustrative style after nearly a decade of constant ritual performance, they began to create a new method of creating digital images, one that is highly performative and process-oriented. RELIGIONVIR.US has since become a multi-media production team that collaboratively makes queer religion in multiple digital media. Hypericonography is a pseudo performative/ritual/lecture wherein [M]Dudeck and their collaborator Javi Acevedo will present the various hybrid ways they have worked together on RELIGIONVIR.US TRANSMISSIONS to produce a new hybrid, queer digital iconography.

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Idea&Maker

Johana & Maxim Kroft

If there’s one definition of digital nomads, it would be Johana & Maxim Kroft – the creative duo behind Idea & Maker. Originally from Prague, they already called London, New York, Vancouver and Berlin their home. Soaked up with new inspiration, they create unique and mainly 3D visuals for clients like Google, Facebook, Adobe or Nike. Besides, they also operate in the art & exhibition space, and most recently also in the NFT space.

ideaandmaker.com/

  • Talk - T.B.D

    Sun - 14:30 - room1
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Viv Tanner

Illustrator & Comic Artist

Viv Tanner and Eliot Baum are an artist couple and duo located in Austria and working freelance as illustrators & comic artists.
Viv Tanner is passionate about illustrating characters in atmospheric settings for magazines, comics, books and more. They’ve been working for clients like Chronicle Books, Power & Magic Press and BOOM! Studios.
Together they’re working on longform projects such as their comic Heart of Gold, and on the tarot board game Sefirot in collaboration with Causa Creations.

heartofgoldcomic.com

vivtanner.com

  • Talk - Self-publishing & Social Media - An Experience

    Sat - 17.00 - room1

    In their talk, Eliot and Viv will share their artistic journey through the pitfalls and benefits of social media; the struggles and rewards of self-publishing and fostering a healthy relationship with your art in the fun, but often tough social media hellscapes.

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Eliot Baum

Illustrator & Comic Artist

Eliot Baum and Viv Tanner are an artist couple and duo located in Austria and working freelance as illustrators & comic artists.
Eliot’s been focusing on 2D/Sequential/Illustrative Art since 2017. They’ve been doing illustrations, comics and concept art for clients such as Titmouse, Mi’pu’mi Games, Chronicle Books and Polygon.
Together they’re working on longform projects such as their comic Heart of Gold, and on the tarot board game Sefirot in collaboration with Causa Creations.

heartofgoldcomic.com

elibaum.art

  • Talk - Self-publishing & Social Media - An Experience

    Sat - 17.00 - room1

    In their talk, Eliot and Viv will share their artistic journey through the pitfalls and benefits of social media; the struggles and rewards of self-publishing and fostering a healthy relationship with your art in the fun, but often tough social media hellscapes.

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Martin Gunnarsson

Martin Gunnarsson is a Freelance Rigging TD from Sweden, currently based in Portugal. He loves creating character rigs, but also developing tools to improve not only his own workflow, but also help the 3D workflow of others.

Besides his day to day job, he loves playing piano or just experimenting with his OP1, this when the time permits as now my main hobby is to chase his son around the house and hope he doesn’t tear apart any of Martin’s lego collections.

deerstranger.com

  • Talk - Confession of a Rigging TD

    Tue - 18:00 - room1
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Peter Diamond

Peter Diamond is an award-winning illustrator and poster artist. He works mostly in the fields of publishing & pop culture, and is most at home with themes of folklore, history and magic. He was born in England, raised in Canada and now calls Vienna home.

peterdiamond.ca

  • Panel - Panel Discussion

    Sat - 14:30 - room1

    Every artist can be a victim of their own bad habits. Distractions, procrastination, & crunch conditions can stifle creativity while working in the shadow of looming deadlines.

    With their panel discussion Heri Irawan, Brian Main, & Peter Diamond will discuss their strategies in combating such crippling vices. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, they will be calling on their insights as freelance artists as they attempt to define a new list of cardinal rules to guide both professional & burgeoning artists in their work lives.

    They will also be kicking off this year’s PIXELvienna challenge. Attendees will have the entire week to submit an original piece and compete against their fellow attendees.

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Heri Irawan

Freelance Concept Artist/Mentor/Lecturer

Since 2001, Heri Irawan began his career in the field of advertising in Austria. Eventually he also developed his skill and has been working in the field of movies and games as a concept artist and Matte Painting.

Heri Irawan received numerous awards from various austrian and international competitions.

https://www.artstation.com/irawan

  • Panel - Panel Discussion

    Sat - 14:30 - room1

    Every artist can be a victim of their own bad habits. Distractions, procrastination, & crunch conditions can stifle creativity while working in the shadow of looming deadlines.

    With their panel discussion Heri Irawan, Brian Main, & Peter Diamond will discuss their strategies in combating such crippling vices. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, they will be calling on their insights as freelance artists as they attempt to define a new list of cardinal rules to guide both professional & burgeoning artists in their work lives.

    They will also be kicking off this year’s PIXELvienna challenge. Attendees will have the entire week to submit an original piece and compete against their fellow attendees.

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Brian Main

Causa Creations

After years as a freelance illustrator & animator, Brian started picking up work in Vienna’s burgeoning independent game industry as a game artist & visual developer. A doomsday prepper – but for art supplies, he uses Causa Creations studio space to store his mounting collection of paints, brushes, & tools.
https://causacreations.net

  • Panel - Panel Discussion

    Sat - 14:30 - room1

    Every artist can be a victim of their own bad habits. Distractions, procrastination, & crunch conditions can stifle creativity while working in the shadow of looming deadlines.

    With their panel discussion Heri Irawan, Brian Main, & Peter Diamond will discuss their strategies in combating such crippling vices. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, they will be calling on their insights as freelance artists as they attempt to define a new list of cardinal rules to guide both professional & burgeoning artists in their work lives.

    They will also be kicking off this year’s PIXELvienna challenge. Attendees will have the entire week to submit an original piece and compete against their fellow attendees.

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Jan Urschel

Hendrix Design Studio Pte Ltd Creative Director

Jan Urschel is the founder and creative director of Hendrix Design Studio. The Singapore based studio contributed to projects like Rogue One, Ghost in the Shell, Captain Marvel and many other Hollywood Motion pictures, AAA video games, high-end commercials and architectural projects.

Hendrix Design Studio also offers tutorials and courses that help customers around the world getting the most out of cutting edge tools and discovering new workflows. Furthermore, Jan also initiated the ART DEPARTMENT PODCAST that features not only interviews with renowned artists but also episodes that help artists grow.

www.hendrix-design.com

  • Talk - NO TIME TO DIE

    Fri - 10:00 - room1

    Am I too old to become an artist?