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Petja Ivanova

Born in Shumen, Bulgaria and based in Berlin, Petja graduated from the University of Arts Berlin in the class for Computational Art/Generative Art in 2015. In her trans-disciplinary practice she combines archaeology, biology, physics, computation and the poetic in order to promote the ‘poetic method’ as a counterweight to the socially dominating ‘scientific method’, understanding this  practice in non-linear relation with Fluxus & Avantgarde. She runs Studio for Poetic Futures and Speculative Ecologies out of a little caravan in Berlin. Very early in her artistic work with electronics and sensors she began to include mythological approaches, the magical and non-quantifiable to analyses these connections in terms of deep time of media/technology. Being a bit frustrated by the simple causalities in quantification she turned to overcoming the conceptual divide of what is natural and what  is  technological by working with crystals and electronic circuits and latero n also with plants, microorganisms and now insects and bacteria. 



Artist Petja Ivanova wants to dismantle patriarchal ideologies through art & design. Therefore, she works with innovative technologies from a feminist technoscience perspective. In her latest work series 'meek is the warrior' she looks at exoskeletons of insects and how they have inspired and supported the design of armour and war gear, stemming from a desire for protection and separation within our cultures of domination. Insect exoskeletons are consist of chitin, as the second most abundant material on this planet, right after cellulose, chitin is used in sustainable design practices as a bioplastic and also has been discovered in medical innovations, its derivate chitosan being used for wound healing. Petja Ivanova builds suits inspired by knights’ armour out of this wound healing material which is extracted from fermented broken insect 'shells'. Rendering the broken shell equally valuable like its counterpart for protection, this artistic practice inverts the function of the exoskeleton as one for separation into one of connection as in its wound healing process the insect body and the human cells grow together, healed. 

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Meek as a warrior

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meek is the warrior

your skin might be soft

but you’ ve grown a shell underneath serving you no thing

definitely not connecting

i'm tracing the cracks in it

to let in

sink in my words

that become the scar of

your new memories

let me scar your portals

i'll move thru

negativity attracting me

until we grow to be

another you

Body Add Ons

Collaboration with Fashion Designer Julia Bajanova.

Tools to practice incorporating the ‘other’ non-human and abject matters 


Objects/ performance props

Styrofoam, mealworms, élastique, needle


approx. 20x20cm

memory trainers for admitting abject matter and practicing
co-living with the other
>> training for slow and gradual embodiment of the other.

transformation through ‚food‘ - more than human bodies v1

Performance / Make-up


Mask made of styrofoam and mealworms that live in styrofoam, part of the performance 'Transformat5ions
Tools for practicing living with and becoming the ‘other’ - more than human transformations.

Microalgae Lamp


This object includes bioluminescent  micro-algae that glow to your heart beat which is measured through an included heart rate monitor for the user to interact through touching the object.

Sculpture 15cmx40cm
Concrete, brass, glass, microcontroller, heart beat sensor, micro algea



Time Objects


Sculpture and Photograph
electronic circuit board and Aluminium crystals
silver-gelatine print dimensons variable (70cmx100cm)
2011-2017 Petja Ivanova



a fabulation of future tech fossils, the work series ‘time objects’ refers to different concepts and durations of

time. the time precision in technological objects in combination with the concept of emergence and a longue durée of the

formation of crystals. These are crystalized electronic waste objects, the electronic waste found on the street in my neighbourhood

in Weser Strasse in Berlin, taken to my studio, immersed into different chemical solutions and just waiting to have the crystals emerge,

the geometry combine. not being responsible for the creation of the object/artwork itself but having the natural process in its own time

take care of it. Who knows, maybe in hundreds of years from now those objects will be found in the environment, as crystals are also

part of electronic circuits, the elementsare in the matter, they could keep on growing.



Sculpture and Photograph

radio antenna and aluminium crystals, macbook charger and
aluminium cristals, 10x80cm & 20x20cm
silver-gelatine print dimensons variable (70cmx100cm)
2011-2017 Petja Ivanova



2011-2015 Computational Art/Generative Art bei Joachim Sauter und Alberto DeCampo Universität der Künste, mit Auszeichnung bestanden

2016 Meisterschülerin bei Nina Fischer, UdK Berlin





Promos Stipendium des DAAD & der Universität der Künste für künstlerische Vorhaben im Ausland 


Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Stipendium Max, Artists in Residency an Berliner Schulen


Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Kunst&Wissenschaft Stipendium 




Allah's Automaten, ZKM Karlsruhe (2015)

Katalog zum Stipendienprogramm Max, Artists in Residency an Berliner Schulen (2017)

Essay Publikation in Metamorfosa, Arts, Science & Technology Journal (2018)



Selected Exhibtions



Traces, Group Exhibiton Projektraum Schaufenster

Sculptures/Wearables >>Meek is the warrior<<, Berlin



V2 Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam

Exhibition Graceful Extinction, Skulptures >>Untitled Time Objects<<



Sympoiesis, Group Exhibition, SVA New York



Panke Gallery, Group Exhibition, Berlin   



Field Notes, Group Exhibition State Studio Gallery

Performance >>Styroworm<<, Berlin

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