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Polina Zioga’s creative practice and research lies at the intersection of art, science and technology. By proving that interdisciplinary studies not only promote the advancement of the different fields involved, but also result in new observations, not made possible in isolation, her aim is to contribute in the greater discussion of applying creative methodologies in science and scientific methodologies in creative practices.
She has founded and is leading the Interactive Filmmaking Lab, and she is Lecturer in Interactive Media (Grade 8 - equivalent to Assistant Professor) at the Division of Communications, Media and Culture of the University of Stirling. Her research focuses on Interactive Media and Film, Neurocinematics, and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs); and she is an Advisory Board Member of the Interactive Film and Media Journal. Her Ph.D. Thesis, entitled 'Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance', funded by the Glasgow School of Art Global Excellence Initiative Fund and supported by MyndPlay, has been selected as one of the top-ranked thesis abstracts for 2017 by Leonardo (MIT Press), while she has written for The Conversation and has been appeared on The Guardian technology podcast and TechWorld.
In 2014, she was awarded the NEON Organization Grant for Performance Production for ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’, the first demonstration of a Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance, a term coined by Zioga. The project, in collaboration with the actress Anastasia Katsinavaki, the composer Minas Borboudakis and 20 in total contributors from 3 different countries, enabled for the first time the multi-brain interaction of one performer and two audience members in the frame of a live cinema performance. It was realised in the School of Simulation and Visualisation of the Glasgow School of Art, in collaboration with the School of Psychology of the University of Glasgow, the School of Art, Design and Architecture of the University of Huddersfield and with the support of the CCA Glasgow and MyndPlay. Following the successful first events (premiere in CCA Glasgow, 2015) and the peer-reviewed publications, Zioga has been invited to give talks and lecturers at prestigious institutions including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Research Exchange Talks Programme.
The same year, she initiated with Kalina Ntampiza the project ‘HOME network’, a portable, netless Wi-Fi network, transmitting within the urban environment of various cities during a series of specific time periods and events. The project explores the boundaries between the private and the public, the physical and the digital space and challenges the notion of surveillance in the urban environments, inviting the visitors to participate in and reflect upon our sense of belonging in both the private and the public sphere. The project was presented at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in collaboration with Natalia-Rozalia Avlona, at the International Academic Conference Places and Technologies 2014 (Belgrade) and as part of the European project ‘Connecting Cities: Participatory City 2014’ (Brussels), in collaboration with Alexandros Nikolaos Ziogas.
In 2016, she embarked on ‘Re-mark’, a new artistic research project in Dundee Contemporary Arts exploring how artists with disabilities can access interactive technologies that can limit the need for human intermediaries in their fine art practice. The aim is to investigate and improve the use of open-source Eye-Gaze Tracking Systems (EGTS) by print artists with Multiple Sclerosis. The project is awarded and funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities in collaboration with the Glasgow School of Art and supported by the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.
2021- (ongoing) Advisory Board Member of the Interactive Film and Media journal.
2020- (ongoing) Reviewer of the Frontiers in Psychology & Frontiers in Human Neuroscience journals.
2017- (ongoing) Director of the Interactive Filmmaking Lab.
2022 Panel Chair & Reviewer of #IFM2022. Interactive Film and Media Conference 2022: Interactive Epistemology, Listening, and Ecomedia, 8-10 June 2022, online.
2016-17 Co-Investigator of ‘Modern slavery: ‘Identifying barriers and solutions to reporting’ research project, led by the Secure Societies Institute of the University of Huddersfield. Funding Body: Kirklees Council.
2014-17 Principal Investigator, Project Manager, Producer/Director of 'Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling' Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance research project, co-produced with the Digital Design Studio of the Glasgow School of Art. Funding Body: NEON Organization. Sponsor: MyndPlay.
2016 SGSAH Doctoral Intern of "Re-mark. Enabling artists with disabilities to re-engage with their fine art practice using digital technology" research project at Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio. Funding Body: Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities.
2015-16 Scientific Committee Member & Reviewer of ICLI. ICLI 2016 - 3rd International Conference on Live Interfaces, 29 June - 3 July 2016, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
2014-15 Editorial Reviewer of ICLI. Proceedings of ICLI 2014 - INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces, 19-23 November 2014, Lisbon. Eds. Adriana Sa, Miguel Carvalhais, Alex McLean. Porto University, CECL & CESEM (NOVA University), MITPL (University of Sussex), 2015. ISBN 978-989-746-060-9.Selected Publications