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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

2018

approx. 20x20cm







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




<< TOOLS & TRANSFORMATIONS > >
transformation through ‚food‘ - more than human bodies v1

Performance / Make-up

2018

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



          

i-Pet
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
2015 

 

 




Time Objects


   

Sculpture and Photograph
electronic circuit board and Aluminium crystals
20x20cm
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





CV

2009-2011 VISUELLE KOMMUNIKATION UNIVERSITÄT DER KÜNSTE BERLIN

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

 

 

Stipendien/Residencies 

03/2014-10/2014

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

10/2015-06/2016

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

10/2015-12/2015

Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Kunst&Wissenschaft Stipendium 

 

 

Publikationen

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

 

02/2020 

Traces, Group Exhibiton Projektraum Schaufenster

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

 

07/2019 

V2 Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam

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

 

06/2019

Sympoiesis, Group Exhibition, SVA New York

 

05/2019

Panke Gallery, Group Exhibition, Berlin   

 

10/18

Field Notes, Group Exhibition State Studio Gallery

Performance >>Styroworm<<, Berlin

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