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Derivart is an interdisciplinary art group located in Barcelona. Currently, it is constituted by a plastic artist, an interactive designer and a sociologists of finance.

Jesús Rodríguez, plastic artist, is the organizer of the 2004 Festival de Bellas Artes, promoter of experimental art with mass consumption materials (e.g., sculpture competitions with BIC plastic pens) and president of Barcelona Art Students Exchange (BASE).

Mar Canet, interactive designer, is adjunct professor at the Escuela Superior de Diseño (ESDI). He is interested in interactive visualization of large volumes of information. The latest work by Mar Canet and Jordi Puig, NodeMail.org, examines the complex relationship between technology, social networks and civil participation in the sms-based political mobilization in Madrid following the terrorist attack of March 11 th.

Daniel Beunza is assistant professor of management at Columbia Business School, New York City. Beunza's research studies various aspects of Wall Street from a sociological perspective. In one project, Beunza studied how a Wall Street bank organized its derivatives trading rooms to find profit opportunities. In another, he examined how securities analysts value companies whose future is radically uncertain. In yet another, Beunza observed how Wall Street traders recovered from the attack of 9/11, rebuilt their trading equipment and found meaning in work outside Lower Manhattan. His installation "Listening to the Spreadplot" was exhibited at the "Making Things Public" exhibition at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (Germany).

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