Manuel Heitor is Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, the engineering school of the Technical University of Lisbon and director of the IST ́s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”. From March 2005 to June 2011 he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education in the Government of Portugal. Most recently, in the 2011-12 academic year he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard.
He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post- doctoral training at the University of California San Diego. Then he pursued an academic career at IST, in Lisbon, where he served as Deputy-President for the period 1993-1998. Since 1995, he has been Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC.
Jon Wozencroft has taught at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design, The London College of Printing, and has given lectures at numerous art colleges and universities around the world. He is presently Senior Tutor in sound and moving image in the School of Communication at the Royal College of Art.
Jon started Touch during the last few months of a postgrad course at the London College of Printing. The idea was to extend the scope of a record label by combining music pub- lishing with the level of curation afforded to fine art. On graduation he got a job at the Reader’s Digest as an art editor working on special books. He spent a few years working occasionally in the print business whilst dedicating as much time to Touch as possible, producing a series of audiovisual magazines, and getting the chance to collaborate with New Order, Derek Jarman, Tuxedomoon, Joseph Beuys, Cabaret Voltaire amongst others.
In 1983 Wozencroft met Neville Brody and worked with him in various guises on book projects, exhibitions, corporate commissions and especially FUSE, one of the first magazines to critically engage with digital culture. He is the author of The Graphic Language of Neville Brody 1 & 2, published by Thames & Hudson in 1988 and 1994, and the curator of the exhibition of the same name, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1988 and ultimately at Parco in Tokyo in 1990. In 1994, 1995 and 1998, Wozencroft organised the programme for the 3 FUSE Conferences held thus far in London, Berlin and San Francisco.
Alongside Touch, Wozencroft’s photography and design work has appeared in a number of publications, including Fax Art, Sampler, G1, Merz to Émigré and Beyond, and Shape- shifters. He was the publisher of Vagabond (magazine co–edited with Jon Savage, 1992), and the editor/designer of Joy Division’s Heart and soul box set in 1997. In 2005–2007 he co–curated the rereleases of Joy Division’s back catalogue and participated in Grant Gee’s acclaimed documentary film of the band.
A book of his work, Touch & Fuse, was published in 1999 by The University of Porto. He also makes moving image work that has been showcased at the BFI, Sonar, Transmediale, Avanti and numerous other festivals. In 2012, Taschen will publish a full documentation of the FUSE project, From Invention to Antimatter: Twenty years of FUSE.
Touch has since developed into one of the most influential music publishers in the world, working with a small roster of artists who transform the perception of sound and its visualization – Fennesz, Philip Jeck, Chris Watson to name just three. Wozencroft, with his partner Mike Harding, now celebrate 30 years of independent activity with a series of special events and releases – 30.touchmusic.org.uk
Carlos Martins was the Executive Director of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture 2012, Member of the National Council of Culture in Portugal, Founder and Managing Partner at Opium – Cultural and Creative Planning Company and Chairman at ADDICT – Agency for the development of the Creative Industries.
Previous positions include Executive Director of ‘Festival do Norte’ for the Regional Tourism Agency and Cultural Programme Manager at Euro 2004, the European Football Championship.
As consultant, he contributed to the Porto Metropolitan Region Development Strategy and published Development of a Creative Industries Cluster in the Northern Region, a macroeconomic survey. Carlos Martins is currently pursuing a PhD in Economic Geography at the University of Porto about Creative Clusters Development in Urban Areas.