Prof. Henning Eichinger studied Visual Communication at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany. Since 1997 he has been Professor for Drawing, Painting and Fine Art Conception with the faculty of Textiles and Design at Reutlingen University. As a painter and University Professor, he has worked for many years with themes which cross over the borders between art and science or art and technology. He investigates the intuative and emotional components of scientific and technological developments. In his artwork and with his students at the university he works on artistic responses to the important developments within society such as the impact of digital tools and networks on art and design. Since 2012 he is a member of the Design Research Institute of RMIT University at the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST). His work has been shown in many exhibitions in Germany and internationally, and is represented in both national and international collections. He has also received many grants and residencies.
Dr. Maggie McCormick is Program Manager, Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) at the School of Art at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and is a Core Member of the RMIT Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST). Her research focus centres on the relationship between urban consciousness and cultural conceptualization and how this is evidenced in contemporary art practice. The research forms the basis of exhibitions, presentations and publications in Australia, Asia and Europe. She has a particular interest in China, where she has undertaken a Red Gate Gallery residency and exhibited at the 798 Art District in Beijing and undertaken exhibitions, presentations and projects in Hangzhou and Shanghai. Her doctoral thesis, 'The Transient City: Mapping urban consciousness through contemporary art practice' 2009, investigates the changing nature of urban consciousness through a study of contemporary Chinese artistic and curatorial practice. Her most recent published work is 'The Transient City: The city as urbaness' in Re-Imagining the City: Art, globalization and urban spaces, edited by Elizabeth Grierson and Kristen Sharp, Intellect Books UK 2013.