Dušan Barok is an artist, writer and cultural activist involved in critical practise in the fields of software, art, and theory. Born in Bratislava, he graduated in information technologies from the University of Economics, Bratislava (DI, 2002), and Networked Media from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (MA, 2012).
He founded and ran the online culture portal Koridor (in Slovak, 1999-2002). In 2003 he co-founded BURUNDI media lab and organised there the Translab evening series. Developed the open source tool for online group-help backstage, and number of websites and online databases for artistic, cultural and educational organisations. Together with Magdaléna Kobzová he organised the two-week long workshop-based event Summer Open Academy, bringing together people from the arts, technology, media and humanities (Bratislava, 2006 & 2007). Since 2004 he has been involved in the organisation of Multiplace network culture festival, in 2007-09 as festival coordinator. Since 2008, together with Peter Gonda he has been running the free art server Sanchez. In 2004, he initiated Monoskop, a wiki-based portal for collaborative research of media art and culture; and in 2009, together with Tomáš Kovács, the open access living archive of writings on art, culture, and media technologies, Monoskop Log. He has conducted research of history of media art and culture in East-Central Europe.
In 2012 he co-founded the artist collective La Société Anonyme. Collaborations with OKNO, Atrakt Art (3/4 magazine), 13m3,Col-me, Satori, Artlist, and others. Taught interactive media at Prague College (2006). Guest lectures at AKU Banská Bystrica, MU Brno, FaVU Brno, FAMU Prague, VŠVU Bratislava, and elsewhere. He had lived in the States (2002-03), Prague (2004-08), Berlin (2008-10), Rotterdam (2010-12), and currently resides in Bergen and Bratislava.