Meet the Judges

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Janek Schaefer

Janek Schaefer studied Architecture at the Royal College of Art where he worked with Brian Eno and Artangel, creating “Recorded Delivery” in 1995, and discovered how important sound is in perceiving space, and place. His foundsound concerts and installations explore the spatial, social and emotional qualities that sound can communicate, through the twisting of old and new technology. The context of each idea is central to its development and resolution, often exploring themes of appropriation, accident, and alteration.

Janek has exhibited, lectured, and performed widely, in every country in Europe [Sonar, Tate Modern, Pompidou, ICA, Strasbourg Museum of Modern Art], Japan, USA, Canada, [XI, Walker Art Center, Mutek, Princeton], and Australia [Sydney Opera House]. He has released 30 albums with labels around the world, and in 2008 he won the British Composer of the Year Award in Sonic Art, and a Paul Hamlyn Award. The Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool exhibited a Retrospective of his career to date in 2009. He is represented by the Agency gallery, London, and is a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes Sonic Art Research Unit. He lives and works in Walton-on-Thames, UK.

For more information visit Janek Schaefer’s website

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Annie Mahtani

Annie Mahtani is a composer and sound artist working and living in Birmingham. After completing her doctoral studies in composition in 2008 she has worked as a freelance composer, performer, curator and educator.

As a composer, Annie has collaborated with dance and theatre and worked on a number of site-specific installations. Her work has been performed extensively in concerts, conferences and festivals internationally.

Annie is a lecturer in Electroacoustic composition at The University of Birmingham. She is also co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a Birmingham based organisation which she founded in 2010, dedicated to promoting local sound artists and composers.

For more information visit Annie Mahtani’s website

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Tony Herrington

Tony Herrington is the publisher of The Wire

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Lena Augustinson

Lena Augustinson has worked at Morley Gallery since leaving Goldsmiths College, London in 1997 and was instrumental in organising Morley’s first sonic exhibitions Strange Attraction (1999) and Another Strange Attraction (2000) featuring Max Eastley, Dominic Robson and others. Outside Morley she is part of Informal, a non-profit organisation, making public music performances with data from natural occurrences.

At Morley Gallery she has been a founding team member organising international and national competitions including Inspired by…the V&A,  Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Competition as well as smaller group and solo exhibitions in the gallery. With keen ears and eyes she is particularly looking forward to this year’s Engine Room as she missed the last exhibition while project managing a five month sonic exploration of Europe by sailing boat Floodtide Navigate.

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Camilo Salazar

Camilo Salazar is the Programme Manager for Music Technology and Recording Studio Manager at Morley College London. Camilo is a guitarist, composer, sound artist and sound engineer. Before joining Morley College in 2009, he spent a year as an artist-in-residence at MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) of University of Manchester, where he was commissioned to create a new work based on materials from the Delia Derbyshire archive.

His electronic works have been performed internationally at the International Computer Music Conference (Denmark and USA), SEAMUS (USA), Electronic Music Midwest Festival (USA), Electric LaTex (USA), Vientos Cruzados (Colombia), Synthèse (France), Sanctuary Loop (USA), OK Electric (USA), Short Circuit at the Roundhouse (UK), and the Sensoria Festival (UK).

Camilo is an active promoter and curator of sound art. While living in the USA, he curated a series of events to promote Colombian sound artists (ColombiAcústica). Since relocating to the UK he has curated several sound art exhibitions. He is currently coordinating and curating The Engine Room Sound Art International Competition and exhibition.

Camilo currently teaches courses in sound engineering and sound art.