István Szakáts is an artist, curator and cultural producer. He is president of the AltArt Foundation and president of Fabrica de Pensule (space for contemporary arts) in Cluj, Romania. He has been advocating for empowerment through culture, socially engaged art and active citizenship for more than 20 years. As a multimedia artist, István has co-designed and produced a series of works including Pata-Cluj documentary film and Samples – a sequel of mixed reality performances in public space. He has taught various media related disciplines at the Cinema, Media and Television Department of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and the Sapientia University from 2005-2015. István holds a university degree in Fine Arts (2003) and Computer Sciences (1992).