Fran Ilich

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Eyebeam art and technology center
Alliant International University, 2003, B.A. in Latin American studies
Donau-Universitát Krems, 2010, M.A. in MediaArtHistories
Experimental Economics + Finance, hacktivism, Narrative media mixed-media, performance, digital, conceptual

Writer & media-artist working in creative practices of hacktivism, investment banking & narrative media. He's currently a fellow at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. He's a CEO of the cooperative media conglomerate  Diego de la Vega, he is studying Media Art Histories at Donau-Universität Krems, in Austria where he is the recipient of the Leonardo Foundation 2010 scholarship. He's author of the novels Metro-Pop (award winning), Tekno Guerrilla and Circa 94 (winner of the binational Mexico-USA award border of words 2010), and the book-length essay Otra Narrativa Es Posible (another narrative is possible, published by the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, and in Argentina and Chile), as well as of many works of net art and audiovisual and literary works made for the internet. He was editor @ large of the Sputnik Cultura Digital magazine, screenwriter of Interacción (Discovery Channel), researcher at Centro Multimedia del Centro Nacional de las Artes and manager at the literature department of Centro Cultural Tijuana. He has participated at Berlinale Talent Campus, Documenta 12, Transmediale, Berlinale Talent Campus, Documenta 12, MIT Media In Transition, Electronic Literature Organization symposium, Hybrid Storyspaces en Cornell University, and Festival Mundial de la Digna Rabia del Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (by personal invitation of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos). He has led narrative media seminars at Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (Seville), Kunst Akademi Finske (Denmark) and Arteleku (Donostia). He also directed the festivals Cinemátik 1.0, <> (MOCA y CalArts) y Borderhack, all of them in Tijuana, Mexico.