Andy and Merja have been creating art and media projects together since 1993. They were amongst the first artists working online, and during the mid to late 1990’s created beautiful, but provocative multiuser 3D worlds on the internet. Their company Meetfactory has developed a web-based 3D multiuser community platform as well as virtual pet and e-learning applications for mobile phones. They now focus on developing playful, physically engaging installations, robotic, and interactive works using physical computing techniques. Andy and Merja have presented works and papers at many international conferences and festivals of new media, art, and technology. They are experienced curators, producers and educators. Merja Puustinen is completing doctoral research at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki and Andy Best is currently lecturer in sculpture and a PhD student at Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture, Helsinki. http://www.andyandmerja.com

Victor X is a painter and computer programmer. Originally from Russia, he studied audio engineering at the Leningrad Motion Picture Institute. Since the early 1980’s he has worked as a software developer for state research institutes and commercial companies in Russia and Finland. He has personally developed a number of unique audio applications which are available on his website. Victor X is also an accomplished surrealist painter. http://victorx.eu

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