Luftwerk is the collaborative vision and artistic practice of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. The duo have been working together for over 10 years, creating art installations that merge the elements of light and video with the sculptural aspects of architecture and design. In 2010 Luftwerk was commissioned to create a new media exhibit for Frank Lloyd Wright’s centennial celebration of The Robie House. Since then Bachmaier and Gallero have discovered a resonance with architecture and the experience of space and site, developing several projects that transform architecture into a canvas of light and motion. Their projects open a new dialogue of rediscovery that bridges history and contemporary media of public spaces and landmark structures. Currently they are engaged with The National Trust of Historic Preservation to create an immersive site-specific exhibit for the Farnsworth House in Plano, IL.
Iker Gil is an architect and director of MAS Studio, a collaborative architecture and urban design firm based in Chicago. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the design journal MAS Context and the Associate Curator of Dimensions of Citizenship, the US Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennalethat took place in 2018. He has curated severalexhibitions, including BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicagoas part ofthe inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, a gallery as part of the exhibition Chatter Architecture Talks Balkat the Art Institute of Chicago, Shanghai Transforming at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Virginia Tech, and Synchronizing Geometry held at S.R. Crown Hall (IIT). In addition, he teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was the co-director of the Chicago Expander program. He is the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club.
Back in Spain, he worked with Guillermo del Toro on The Devil’s Backbone (2001) and with fellow ESCAC graduate Juan Antonio Bayona on Bayona’s first short films. He then moved to New York, where he studied film postproduction at New York University (NYU), and on to London to work as a sound editor.
He returned to Barcelona to do The Orphanage (2007) with Bayona and began to work for directors such as Jaume Balagueró, Kike Maíllo, Denis Villeneuve or Daniel Monzón, Edmón Roch, as well as for Juan Antonio Bayona’s subsequent films. The sound designer of many Spanish and international films such as [REC] (2007), The Impossible (2012), Enemy (2013) Crimson Peak (2015), Penny Dreadful (2014), Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom (2018) he has received
four Goya awards from the Spanish Film Academy, seven Gaudí awards from the Catalan Film Academy and one Golden Reel Award from the Motion Sound Picture Editors (MPSE).
In 2018 he was awarded Best European Sound Designer by the European Film Academy.
He now combines his work in sound postproduction at his own studio Coser y Cantar with his teaching activity at ESCAC and other University of Barcelona programs. He is member of the “Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas of Spain and the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of the United States (Academy of Hollywood) and he is also involved in other projects in studios in the U.S., Canada and the U.K