Dr. Katrin Preller (PhD) received her M.Sc. (Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology) from University of Konstanz, Germany. She joined the University of Zurich where she investigated the neurobiological long-term effects of cocaine, MDMA, and heroin use. After completing her PhD, she investigated the effects of psychedelics on self-perception and social cognition at the Neuropsychopharmacology and Brain Imaging Lab. She received a SNSF PostDoc mobility fellowship and worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL, London, and Yale University, New Haven. Subsequently, she was appointed as Junior Group Leader at the University of Zurich, and holds a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University.
Vincent Moon is an independent french filmmaker and radical sound explorer. He was the main director of the Blogotheque's Take Away Shows, a web-based project recording field work music videos of indie rock related musicians as well as some notable mainstream artists. For the past ten years, Vincent Moon has been traveling around the globe with a camera in his backpack, documenting local folklores, sacred music, trance ceremonies and experimental music, for his label Collection Petites Planètes (www.petitesplanetes.earth), always releasing the material (more than 1000 films so far) under open source licences on internet.
Vincent Moon’s “live-cinéma” is a performance improvising with live-edited images, music on stage and in the films screened, and a research towards new forms of ceremonies. Each performance is a unique combination of films and music, based on the recordings of his own Collection Petites Planètes, partly in collaboration with writer and explorer Priscilla Telmon. All the performances are site-specific and sometimes involve local musicians and participants, leading to a new film being created on the spot every time.