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Fran Ilich is a media-artist, essayist and novelist. He is the author of the novels Metro-pop and Tekno Guerrilla. His forthcoming novel Circa 94 won the binational award Frontera de Palabras / Border of Words and his book-length essay Otra narrativa es posible will also be published this year. He is currently working on a book about the material and ideological possibilities for narrative in the digital age with a year-long fellowship from FONCA.
Ilich is the founder of Borderhack; he headed the Literature department at Centro Cultural Tijuana; he was the screenwriter for Interacción, a television program for Discovery Channel Latin America; in Mexico City he was Editor-at-Large for Sputnik Cultura Digital magazine and worked as a researcher at Centro Multimedia; and he directed seminars on narrative media for the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía in Sevilla. He has participated in Berlinale Talent Campus, Transmediale, ARCO, Documenta 12, How Latitudes Become Forms at the Walker Art Center, Streaming Cinema Festival, Antídoto and the EZLN's Festival Mundial de la Digna Rabia (by personal invitation of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos). He is studying an M.A. in Media Art Histories at Donau-Universität Krems, in Austria with a scholarship from the Leonardo Foundation.
He is currently working on Diego de la Vega, a cooperative media conglomerate that includes a web server (Possibleworlds.org), a virtual community investment bank (http://Spacebank.org), a research and development initiative on narrative media (http://Ficcion.de), a collective online radio (http://Radiolatina.am), a community newspaper from Tijuana (http://elzorro.org), the think-tank Collective Intelligence Agency (http://ci-a.info) and the Brooklyn Stock Exchange, among other enterprises.