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Michael Lew
Research Fellow
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Michael Lew is a media artist / engineer from Geneva, Switzerland and also has the Uruguayan citizenship. His background is in electrical engineering, artificial intelligence, acting and filmmaking.

He is currently a Research Fellow at the Media Lab Europe in Dublin, where he's investigating what happens to the film form when the medium becomes computational. He works on real-time editing engines, expressive interfaces for video improvisation and multi-track video samplers for theatre performance.

Michael obtained his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). His master's thesis was carried out with the AI Lab at the Motorola Labs in Paris, France, for which he was awarded the Logitech 2000 prize. He also spent a year in Haifa, Israel, at the Technion Institute of Technology, where he developed architectures for MPEG-2 video streaming.

Before directing his first 16mm short films in film school in New York, Michael founded in Lausanne the hilarious "Avracavabrac" performance company, specialized in hoaxes for corporate events. He also started the Dublin Café philosophique, which regularly brings together people from different backgrounds to discuss philosophical topics. Since 2002, he has been doing experimental video performances in clubs and festivals across Europe and the US.