LEAD ARTIST + STRUCTURAL DESIGN
Philipp Blume founded Papertown (Green Design Studio and Production Company) in 2012. This company acts as a conceptual development studio, designer’s training academy, full service agency in various business areas: The event/trade fair business, structural engineering and architecture, education, exhibition and entertainment business. He studied Architecture & Structural Engineering at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Madrid University of Technology (ETSAM), Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts and Music (GEIDAI), culminating in a Master’s degree in Architecture (DI / MSc). Philipp's master thesis ‘Cardboard Art House’ won the IF Design Award (Communication Design, 2016), German Design Award (Exhibition Design, 2017), Iconic Award: Architecture (2017).
PROJECT MANAGER + PARTNERSHIPS
Clara Blume, Ph.D. works as a European cultural diplomat and artist in Silicon Valley, heading the Open Austria Art + Tech Lab to explore the interplay of human and artificial creativity. Set out as a laboratory for open and interdisciplinary collaboration, Blume curates, commissions, and promotes art projects that redefine what it means to be human in the age of artificial intelligence. In concert with Austria’s efforts in tech diplomacy, the Art + Tech Lab is working with policy makers from Europe and the US to advocate for a new digital humanism in tech. As President of the EU National Institutes for Culture Cluster in the Bay Area (EUNIC Silicon Valley) in 2019 and 2020, Blume co-founded and is president of SF-based art + tech + policy non-profit The Grid (Art Powers Technology), supported with funding by the European Commission and Salesforce. She most recently launched and curated the first edition of the San Francisco based art + tech festival The Grid: Exposure - Art + Tech + Policy Days in September 2020. She was a jury member at Ars Electronica (STARTS Prize 2020, Digital Humanity Award 2021), the Immersive Van Gogh AiR SF 2021, the Protest Song Contest (2015, 2016), and many more. She was a featured speaker at international conferences like SXSW, Ars Electronica, Tokyo Midtown: School of the Future, EUNIC Global AI/DX Week, Texas/EU Business Summit, etc. Prior to her new role in cultural diplomacy, she worked as professional musician and artist, touring mostly the EU and the US, appearing several times on national television and headlining international festivals. As founder and manager of the non-profit organization and Vienna-based performance platform “The Singer Songwriter Circus”, Blume promoted songwriters from around the world and helped jumpstart the careers of many Austrian newcomers over 7 consecutive years. She was nominated for “Artist of the Year” in 2016 and “Woman of the Year” in 2015. Blume studied music composition and fine arts at Academia de Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). She holds a M.A. in comparative literature and a Ph.D. in cultural studies and history from the University of Vienna. Her book 'History is written by the victors' (Original German: Die Sieger schreiben Geschichte) on historical revisionism about the Spanish Civil War is based on her dissertation and was published at Peter Lang Verlag Berlin in 2019.
Martin Rauchbauer is the first Austrian Tech Ambassador in Silicon Valley, Austrian Consul in San Francisco, and Co-Director of Open Austria, the Austrian Consulate and innovation office in Silicon Valley. Before moving to SF, he was Deputy Director of the Business Support Service and Head of the UNESCO unit at the Austrian Foreign Ministry in Vienna. In 2014, he was briefly CEO at the Österreich Institut GmbH in Vienna. Between 2011 and 2014 he was Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU in New York City. From 2007 until January 2011 he was the Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. Martin also served as Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Mexico City and as Desk Officer at the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Throughout his career, Martin designed and implemented numerous high-profile academic, cultural and business-related events in North America. He also worked as a journalist for Austrian Radio and Television (ORF) and the Viennese weekly news magazine “Format”. Martin received his M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C. He also holds a degree in Philosophy and German Studies from the University of Vienna.
PROJECT MANAGER + BURNING MAN LIASION
Peter Platzgummer, PhD has been a researcher and management consultant focusing on security economics in Switzerland before deciding to focus full-time on art in 2016. He’s currently living in San Francisco, managing the fabrication and production of multiple immersive large-scale art sculptures, several of which have been exhibited at Burning Man.
CREATIVE CONSULTANTGeorg Blume studied cultural anthropology and travelled the world, before absolving his degree as an actor. Writing plays and acting on stage and in movies for almost 10 years, he then decided to focus more on music production, producing artists like his sister, movie scores and commercial music and sound design. Having entered the creative industry that way, he chose to unite all these aspects of his personality in founding his own creative production studio as a director, writer and creative director.