Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung (lead artist)

was born in Hong Kong and is now living and working in New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Arts degree from San Francisco State University. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum, New York; Yerba Buena Center Of The Arts, San Francisco; Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California; Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; Postmasters Gallery, New York; Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, United Kingdom; Urbis, Manchester, United Kingdom; Hebbel Am Ufer theatre, Berlin, Germany. He has received several awards throughout his career, including Tribeca Film Institute Media Arts Fellowships, the “VIPER International Award- Internet” in Switzerland and “Honorary Mention- Net Excellence” in the 2002 Prix Ars Electronica. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art In America, The Village Voice, Libération, Le Monde, El Pais, Spiegel and La Repubblica among many others. He is also a very proud owner of a pitbull named Wiki.

Ben Abrams (programming & game design)

is a video editor, musician, programmer and advocate of radical democracy. Some of his music can be heard at


Noah Vawter (music producer)

is best known as a sound artist who designs electronic musical instruments with the specific intention of resuscitating listening contexts which technology has subtly diminished, such as parades. In the last few years, he has created Ambient Addition, the 1-Bit Groovebox, and PSPKick, all of which were sensations in the blogosphere. When not doing that, Noah relaxes by eating brunch, bicycling, experimenting with solar energy, and unintentionally provoking Google’s lawyers. Noah welcomed Gas Zappers as his first film score. His sound art has been presented in Rio De Janeiro, Los Angeles, Cambridge, and Portland (Maine), and he has an exhibition planned in June 2008 in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has taught sound art workshops in New York City, Taiwan, and Boston. He is developing Electronic Exertion Instruments at the MIT Media Lab for his Ph.D. thesis.


Gemma Shusterman (creative contributor)

Gemma has worked as a floral designer, actor, dancer, software engineer, dishwasher, webmistress, acupressure technician, PBX technician, cocktail waitress, pilates and Gyrotonic® instructor, dance teacher, choreographer, baker’s assistant and designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Art from Mills College in Oakland, California and a MS in Media Arts and Sciences from the Media Lab at MIT, in Cambridge Massachusetts where she worked with the Computing Culture Group.


David Esqueda Diaz (editor)

has worked with several publishers including Willamette Week, Softskull Press, TRANS> and various literary magazines in college. David joined PERFORMA in March to assist in the development of its publications and archives. He hails from the Bay Area where he studied Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


MC Paul Barman (creative contributor)

is an artist and language innovator based in New York City. His first record “It’s Very Stimulating” brought new life to hip-hop and garnered a four star review in Rolling Stone. The creator of theme songs, tag lines, and new products, he has performed extensively across America and a lil bit in Europe.


Noah Murphy-Reinhertz (creative contributor)

lives, practices and teaches industrial design in San Francisco. He is steadily progressing towards a state of design that leaves the world better for having been there.


Jessica Yamasaki (creative contributor)

is a once self-proclaimed author of the best novel never written. After several years of reality and trialled experience as an aspiring painter and photographer the exciting rally of life presents its future ambitions through technology. Jessica is now a systems engineer at a little software company named Linden Lab in San Francisco.