Joel Slayton is an independent artist, curator, and educator and is currently strategic advisor and media art curator for If So, What? (ISW). From 2008 to 2016 Joel was Executive Director of the Silicon Valley based ZER01 and was responsible for realization of 4 international contemporary art biennials. He is Professor Emeritus and Founder of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, an interdisciplinary academic institute in the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University. Joel is a Senior Fellow of the Silicon Valley American Leadership Forum and serves on the Board of Governors at LEONARDO/International Society for Art, Science, and Technology. SAST. His artworks have been exhibited internationally.