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).
PARTNERSHIPS + GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Martin Rauchbauer is the 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 ADVISOR + LOGISTICS ON PLAYA
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 DIRECTIONGeorg 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.
PROJECT MANAGER + PARTNERSHIPS
Clara Blume, PhD is Deputy Director and Head of Art, Science, and Technology at Open Austria, the Austrian Consulate and innovation office in Silicon Valley, and President of the EU National Institutes for Culture Cluster in Silicon Valley (EUNIC Silicon Valley). She curates and promotes artistic projects at the intersection of art + tech while bridging Austria and the EU with the innovation ecosystem in the SF Bay Area. Prior to her new role in cultural diplomacy, she worked as a professional musician, songwriter, and internationally touring recording artist. As founder of The Singer Songwriter Circus in Vienna, a touring live music show providing a platform for international newcomers, she featured over 350 artists from around the world over 7 consecutive years. Blume has an academic background in fine arts, composition, comparative literature, cultural studies, and history.