Greg Niemeyer:

Greg Niemeyer is a data artist who seeks to represent the human element in the database.

Born in Switzerland in 1967, Niemeyer studied classics and photography before arriving in the SF Bay Area in 1992, where he has lived and worked since. In 1997, he received his MFA from Stanford University in New Media, and simultaneously founded the Stanford University Digital Art Center. Since 2001, Niemeyer has been a professor of New Media at UC Berkeley in the Department of Art Practice.

Niemeyer’s work has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Cooper Union, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Zentrum fur Kunst und Medien (Karlsruhe), and at many international arts biennials including La Villette Numerique (Paris), National Art Museum of China (Beijing); Centro de Cultura Digital (Mexico City), and the Venice Biennale in 2013 (Maldives Pavilion). His work has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Intel Technology Innovation Grants.

The Network Paradox is his first major gallery-based project. Collaboration is central to Niemeyer’s’ practice. He has previously worked with Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky). For QUANTOPIA he collaborated with Roger Antonsen and MEDIUM Labs to realize the visual design for the performance work. The Network Paradox scroll and attendant collaborative installations and projects (with Roger Antonsen) offer a permanent reckoning with the impact of information technology on the way communities form.

Roger Antonsen:

Roger Antonsen is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo in Norway, and Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, California. With a PhD in mathematical logic and proof theory, and the author of the book Logical Methods: The Art of Thinking Abstractly and Mathematically, he is considered a logician, mathematician, computer scientist, public speaker, author, and artist. Through his numerous projects, he creatively combines mathematics and computer science with entertainment, philosophy, and engaging visualizations. He received the Best of Show Award for 2-D Art Work at the Bridges Stockholm 2018, an annual conference on mathematics and art. Antonsen is also an award-winning science communicator, whose 2015 TED talk, “Math is the hidden secret to understanding the world”, is one of the most popular TED talks on mathematics.

The Network Paradox is also Antonsen’s first major gallery-based project. For The Network Paradox, Antonsen has collaborated with Greg Niemeyer on realizing several aspects of the gallery installation, and with DJ Spooky on the visual design of QUANTOPIA.