Chiara Mazzatorta is a big fan of DIY and self-organization. In Barcelona she founded Pedal Power, a micro company working with bicycle-powered devices for events, and builds interactive installations together with LaInteractiva engineering studio. The same lure for independence and self-management later brought her to teach herself C and HTML; she’s currently biting into Python.
She loves exposing links and correlations and has quite a strong background in research from her academic studies in psychology (MA in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Padua). She’s always been particularly interested in how stuff affects people’s perception and action – a post-it saying la decisione dipende dalla percezione has been on her laptop for years, constant reminder. Perception was thus a main focus in university (her two main experimental works researched how different formats of communication affect the perception of risk, and the different acceptations of intentionality) together with cognitive ergonomics.
In the last couple of years this interest opened to the field of digital interfaces and social and ethical implication of their design (also thanks to some fortunate occasions in Barcelona, such as the Interface Politics Conference and Joana Moll’s workshops).
She has a problem with typos. She believes in activism.
Chiara is based in Barcelona but keeps strong links with the city she grew up in: Milan, Italy.
Mika Barreto is a music composer, singer, and contemporary dance student. He nourishes a central interest for the body, its malleability, and for the great potential of performative arts to unlock inner valves of sensations and expression. He studied arts and sciences of communication (MA) at University of Liège in Belgium where his research gravitated around reception studies, concept of contrat de lecture and discursive analysis. Since then remains a vivid fascination for the tangle of unpredictability and pleasure inside the aesthetic experience, the in-between spaces – powerful places of friction, conflicts, mediations, innovations –, as well for the aesthetic of accident, later explored through practises of databending and glitch'art, musical improvisation, cut-up writing technique. For a couple of years he's been writing for diverse publications of the University of Liège including Reflexions, a popularization science website. After some important trajectory's inflections and having spent 4 years in Lisbon, as a piano, keyboards and afro-brasilian percussions player, he came to Barcelona where he discovered the festival The Influencers and little by little parts of the vast field of researches there introduced. His curiosity has mostly been dragged to cyborgism and digital surveillance: the “interpenetrations” of technological devices and body whether to control people or to expand the self sensitive experience.
He learnt programming about a decade ago, recently became a Linux newbie and enjoyed the special space-time opened by the coronavirus pandemic to start a course on AI at Columbia, doubled by another one on Bias and discrimination in AI, at Université de Montréal, as an online student.
He's based in Barcelona.