Dr Polina Zioga
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Polina Zioga is an award-winning multimedia visual artist, lecturer and researcher. She joined the School of Art, Design and Architecture of the University of Huddersfield in September 2016 as Lecturer in Graphic Design and Animation. Throughout her career, she has worked in the creative industries, as freelance creative professional and in academia, teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate level on the areas of Graphic Design and Animation, Film and Visual Arts. Additionally, she is an affiliate member of national and international organisations for the creative industries and the new media arts.
Her interdisciplinary background and studies in Visual Arts and Health Sciences has influenced her creative practice and peer-reviewed research, which for more than ten years has centred in the field of arts and the brain, combining creativity, technology and science. Her expertise lies in the use of innovative technologies, with a focus on Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and Eye-Gaze Tracking systems (EGTS), Interactive and Digital Media and Moving Image technologies. For her work and excellence, she has received grants and awards from prestigious sources, like the NEON Organization, Glasgow School of Art Global Excellence Initiative Fund, Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab as part of the European project ‘Connecting Cities: Participatory City 2014’, MyndPlay, the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Athens, The Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry (He.D.A.), the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic and others. In this frame, she has collaborated with esteemed organisations including the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Northern Video Art Network (Finland, Norway, Greece, Hong Kong), iMAL (Brussels), Fournos Center for Digital Culture (Athens) and others.
Furthermore, her creative work and research has been presented and published since 2004 in Europe, Asia, North and South America including: solo and group art exhibitions, performances, art fairs, exhibitions in museums and centres for the new media and digital culture, video-art and film festivals, international peer-reviewed conferences and invited talks and guest lectures.
Research and Scholarship
Polina Zioga’s creative practice and peer-reviewed 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.
Her PhD research, funded by the Glasgow School of Art Global Excellence Initiative Fund and supported by MyndPlay, has focused on the use of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and application development in live cinema and mixed-media performances.
In 2014, she collaborated with Kalina Ntampiza, in 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.
The same year 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.
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.
Polina is also a member of the Innovative Design Lab (IDL) of the University of Huddersfield and the Perception Action Cognition (PACo) Lab of the University of Glasgow.
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M. and Pollick, F. (2016) ‘Enheduanna A Manifesto of Falling: first demonstration of a live brain-computer cinema performance with multi-brain BCI interaction for one performer and two audience members’ Digital Creativity . ISSN 1462-6268
Bir�, E., Butler, J., Calvo, M., Coelho, I., Keehan, A., MacLellan, F., Weir, C., Worsley, D., Zakari, H., Zioga, P. and Checchia, V.(2016) Whereabouts you are [Show/Exhibition]
Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M. and Pollick, F. (2015) ‘A hypothesis of brain-to-brain coupling in interactive new media art and games using brain-computer interfaces’. In: Serious Games: Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Serious Games (JCSG 2015). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. pp. 103-113. ISBN 978-3-319-19125-6
Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M. and Pollick, F. (2014) ‘A Wireless Future: performance art, interaction and the brain-computer interfaces’. In: International Conference on Live Interfaces 2014, 20th - 23rd November 2014, Lisbon, Portugal
Ntampiza, K. and Zioga, P. (2014) ‘The Interconnected Object: Are You at Home in a Network?’. In: Proceedings of 1st International Academic Conference Places and Technologies 2014. Belgrade, Serbia: University of Belgrade Faculty of Architecture. pp. 936-943. ISBN 978-86-7924-114-6
Polina Zioga has won a number of awards, grants, funding and commissions for both her creative work as well as her research including:
2015: MyndPlay Sponsorship for ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance.
2014: NEON Organization GRANTS SCHEME 2014/2015 - Grant of €10,000 for the commission of ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance.
2014: Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab as part of the European project ‘Connecting Cities: Participatory City 2014’ – commission for the event ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ of the project ‘HOME Network’.
2014: Glasgow School of Art Global Excellence Initiative Fund for PhD Research.
2007: Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Dora Bakoyannis - Aegis and Grant for the exhibition ‘Conversing with Rembrandt - Young Greek Artists are inspired by the great master’s work’ (The Netherlands).
2006: Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Athens & The Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry (He.D.A.) - Aegis and Grant for the exhibition ‘Conversing with Rembrandt - Young Artists are inspired by the great master’s work’ (Greece).
She has been an Invited Speaker and Guest Lecturer at academic and art institutions, including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Research Exchange Talks Programme, the Glasgow School of Art Interaction Design Guest Lecturers Programme, the ‘Art-Act’ art space (Athens) and others.
She is also an invited member of scientific committees, peer- and editorial- reviewer of international conferences, such as the biannual International Conference on Live Interfaces.
Additionally, her work and research have been cited in esteemed academic journals, like Digital Creativity and Empirical Musicology Review, in proceedings of international conferences, like the Foundations of Augmented Cognition: Neuroergonomics and Operational Neuroscience, Serious Games Joint International Conference, International Conference on Live Interfaces, the BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference and others. Her work has also been featured in press in Australia, USA, UK and Greece.
Research Degree Supervision
Full-time PhD and MRes supervision is available in the following, but not limited, research areas:
- Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
- Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)
- Interactive and Digital Media
- Expanded and Live Cinema
- Performance Art
- Creativity and Cognition
PhD projects are offered in the following research topics:
- Design of Interaction and User Interface Software for Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performances
- Hybrid Brain-Computer Interfaces in Performing Arts
- Biometric control of virtual objects and agents in Mixed-Reality settings
- Audience attention and emotional engagement during live performing arts events
- Brain-to-brain coupling of performers and audience during live performing arts events
- Hybrid Brain-Computer Interfaces and Eye-Gaze Tracking Systems for artists with disabilities
Teaching and Professional Activities
Driven by her interdisciplinary background and experience in academic as well as industry settings, Polina Zioga’s approach to teaching aims to bridge theory and practice through research. She is currently contributing in the Department of Art and Communication of the School of Art, Design and Architecture. She is leading the ‘Theory as Practice’ intermediate module in the Graphic Design and Animation BA (Hons) Programme, while also teaching in the ‘Studio’ intermediate module and supervising final year dissertation students. She helps students to identify their areas of interest, discover their seeds of originality and gradually become independent creative practitioners and thinkers. Her students have won awards in international competitions including the Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival (Finland), the European Meeting of Youth Audiovisual Creation (Greece) and others.