Dr Polina Zioga

Lecturer in Interactive Media

Communications, Media and Culture Stirling

Dr Polina Zioga

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About me

About me

I am Lecturer (Grade 8 - equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Interactive Media at the Division of Communications, Media and Culture, Director of the Interactive Filmmaking Lab, an Advisory Board Member of the Interactive Film and Media Journal, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK. My interdisciplinary background in Visual Arts, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Health Sciences has influenced my creative practice and research, in Interactive Media and Film, Neurocinematics, and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs).

I hold a Ph.D in Interactive Media and Film from the Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow, selected as one of the top-ranked thesis abstracts for 2017 by Leonardo (MIT Press). I have received grants and awards from international organisations, 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.), and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, amongst others. For my projects, I have collaborated with established organisations including the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Northern Video Art Network (Finland, Norway, Greece, Hong Kong), iMAL (Brussels) and Fournos Center for Digital Culture (Athens). While my work has been presented and published since 2004 worldwide in: high impact journals, books and international conferences; invited talks and guest lectures; art exhibitions, video-art and film festivals. I have written for The Conversation, and I have been appeared on The Guardian technology podcast and TechWorld.

Award

Top-Ranked LABS Abstracts 2017 (MIT Press)

https://www.leonardo.info/labs-2017
The Ph.D. Thesis abstract, 'Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance', was selected by Leonardo (MIT Press) as one of the top-ranked for 2017.

Kirklees Council Grant

Grant of £10,000 for the research project ‘Modern slavery: Identifying barriers and solutions to reporting’ project, led by the University of Huddersfield Secure Societies Institute (UK). Principal Investigator: Dr Maria Ioannou. Co-Investigators: Dr Dagmar Heinrich and Professor Rachel Armitage. Design Co-Investigator: Dr Polina Zioga.

Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities Doctoral Internship

http://www.polina-zioga.com/…rt/2016-re-mark/
Award and Funding for ‘Re-mark. Enabling artists with disabilities to re-engage with their fine art practice using digital technology’ project at Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio (UK), supported by the Glasgow School of Art, and the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

MyndPlay Sponsorship

http://www.polina-zioga.com/…esto-of-falling/
Sponsorship for ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance and PhD research.

NEON Organization: 2014-2015 Grant for Performance Production

http://www.polina-zioga.com/…esto-of-falling/
Grant of €10,000 for the commission of ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance.

Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab Commission

http://www.polina-zioga.com/…14-home-network/
Commission of ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ event of the project ‘HOME Network’, as part of the Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab of the European project ‘Connecting Cities: Participatory City 2014’.

Global Excellence Initiative Fund PhD Studentship
Glasgow School of Art

http://www.polina-zioga.com/…esto-of-falling/
Awarded for PhD Full time study at the School of Simulation and Visualisation (formerly known as Digital Design Studio).

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic - Aegis & Grant

Aegis and Grant for the exhibition ‘Conversing with Rembrandt - Young Greek Artists are inspired by the great master’s work’ (The Hague, The Netherlands).

Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Athens & The Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry (He.D.A.) - Aegis & Grant

Aegis and Grant for the exhibition ‘Conversing with Rembrandt - Young Artists are inspired by the great master’s work’ (Athens, Greece).

Greek State Scholarships Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship for excellence in studies at the Visual Arts Department of the Athens School of Fine Arts.


Event / Presentation

Digital Art and Neurosciences

Invited talk by the Chicago Athenaeum: Μuseum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, as part of the exhibition 'Digital Art, A New World', at the Contemporary Space Athens, 20 May 2022.

Multi-Brain BCI Interaction for Live Cinema: Performer and Audience Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement
University of Nottingham

Invited Talk at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, 15 June 2018.

Art, Science and The Brain: A Personal Perspective
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Invited Lecture at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Exchange Talks Programme, Fyfe Lecture Theatre, 7 November 2016.

Real-Time Passive Multi-Brain Interaction in “Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling” Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance
University of Glasgow

Talk at the University of Glasgow, School of Psychology, Perception Action Cognition Lab, 13 November 2015.

The use of brain-computer interfaces and application development in real-time audio-visual performances
Glasgow School of Art

Talk at the Glasgow School of Art, Digital Design Studio, 10 April 2014.


Professional Career

Interactive Media and Film Journal Advisory Board
https://journals.library.ryerson.ca/…ut/editorialTeam


Professional qualification

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
Higher Education Academy


Research

My creative practice and research lies at the intersection of art, science and technology. By advocating that interdisciplinary studies not only promote the advancement of the different fields involved, but also result in new observations, not made possible in isolation, my aim is to contribute to the greater discussion of applying creative methodologies in science and scientific methodologies in creative practices.

I have founded and am leading the Interactive Filmmaking Lab, a research and production group that facilitates interdisciplinary research and development in the area of interactive filmmaking and related media, combining creativity and cognitive sciences, with the use of innovative interactive technologies. My research interests focus on Interactive Film and Media, Neurocinematics, and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs); and I am an Advisory Board member of the Interactive Film and Media Journal.

In 2014, I was awarded the NEON Organization Grant for Performance Production and a sponsorship by MyndPlay for the commission of ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’, the first demonstration of a Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance. 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, and with the support of the CCA Glasgow.

The same year, I 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. It was presented at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), at the International Academic Conference Places and Technologies 2014 (Belgrade), and in Brussels (Belgium) - the latter commissioned as part of the European project ‘Connecting Cities: Participatory City 2014’, in collaboration with Alexandros Nikolaos Ziogas.

In 2016, I 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 was 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.

In 2016-17, I was involved as Design Co-Investigator in the project ‘Modern slavery: Identifying barriers and solutions to reporting’, led by the University of Huddersfield Secure Societies Institute and funded with a grant by the Kirklees Council.

Outputs (19)

Outputs

Conference Proceeding

Zioga P & Vélez-Serna MA (2022) Interaction Design for Audiences: A Proposition for Building Resilience and Recovery for COVID-safe Independent Cinemas. In: Tsitsou L, Rana H & Wessels B (eds.) The Formation of Film Audiences: Conference Proceedings. Studies in the Digital Humanities. Audiences beyond the multiplex: understanding the value of a diverse film culture, Online, 02.03.2021-03.03.2021. Sheffield: Digital Humanities Institute. https://www.dhi.ac.uk/books/film-audiences/interaction-design-for-audiences/

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Clarke A & Zioga P (2021) Scriptwriting for Interactive Crime Films: The Case of Scapegoat. Interactive Film and Media Conference 2021: New Narratives, Racialization, Global Crises, and Social Engagement, Online, 05.08.2021-07.08.2021. https://interactivefilm.blogspot.com/2021/07/scriptwriting-for-interactive-crime.html

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Zioga P & Vélez-Serna M (2021) Interaction Design for Audiences: A Proposition for Building Resilience and Recovery for COVID-safe Independent Cinemas. Audiences beyond the multiplex: understanding the value of a diverse film culture, Glasgow, 02.03.2021-03.03.2021. https://www.beyondthemultiplex.net/session-9-audiences-accessibility-and-responding-to-the-pandemic/

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Bennett M & Zioga P (2020) Interactive Film History: The Challenge of Classification. MeCCSA Brighton 2020 ‘Media Interactions and Environments’, Brighton, UK, 08.01.2020-10.01.2020. https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/ahs/Publicdocs/FULL%20PROGRAMME%20MeCCSA.pdf

Article

Zioga P, Pollick F, Ma M, Chapman P & Stafanov K (2018) "Enheduanna - A Manifesto of Falling" Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance: Performer and Audience Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement Using Multi-Brain BCI Interaction. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, Art. No.: 191. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2018.00191

Article

Zioga P, Chapman P, Ma M & Pollick F (2017) 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, 28 (2), pp. 103-122. https://doi.org/10.1080/14626268.2016.1260593

Exhibition

Biró E, Butler J, Calvo M, Bento Coelho I, Keehan A, MacLellan FJ, Weir CM, Worsley D, Makki Zakari H, Zioga P & Checchia V (2016) Whereabouts you are.

Conference Proceeding

Zioga P, Chapman P, Ma M & Pollick F (2015) A Hypothesis of Brain-to-Brain Coupling in Interactive New Media Art and Games Using Brain-Computer Interfaces. In: Göbel S, Ma M, Baalsrud Hauge J, Fradinho Oliveira M, Wiemeyer J & Wendel V (eds.) Serious Games. JCSG 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9090. Serious Games First Joint International Conference, JCSG 2015, Huddersfield, UK, 03.06.2015-04.06.2015. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 103-113. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-19126-3_9

Conference Proceeding

Zioga P, Chapman P, Ma M & Pollick F (2014) A Wireless Future: performance art, interaction and the brain-computer interfaces. In: Sa A, Carvalhais M & McLean A (eds.) Proceedings of ICLI 2014 - INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces. ICLI 2014 - INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces, Lisbon, Portugal, 19.11.2014-23.11.2014. Porto University, CECL & CESEM (NOVA University), MITPL (University of Sussex), pp. 220-230. http://users.sussex.ac.uk/~thm21/ICLI_proceedings/ICLI-2014-Proceedings.pdf

Conference Proceeding

Ntampiza K & Zioga P (2014) The Interconnected Object: Are You at Home in a Network?. In: Vukmirović M, Đukić A, Krstić-Furundžić A & Vaništa Lazarević E (eds.) Proceedings of 1st International Academic Conference Places and Technologies 2014. 1st International Academic Conference Places and Technologies 2014, Belgrade, Serbia, 03.04.2014-04.04.2014. University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture, pp. 936-943. https://www.placesandtechnologies.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Book_of_Proceedings_PT2014.pdf

Authored Book

Fragoulopoulou Z & Zioga P (2012) Polina Zioga - The Shelter [Πωλίνα Ζιώγα - Το Καταφύγιο]. Athens, Greece: Pavlidis Creative Publications.

Teaching

Teaching

I have experience in high quality teaching across a range of programmes at Under- and Post-graduate Taught and Research level, including supervising final year projects, dissertations, MPhil and Ph.D. students, in the areas of Interactive and Digital Media, Media and Film Production, Experimental Cinema, Augmented Reality and Games, while providing academic counselling and personal tutoring. I am currently contributing as Lecturer (Grade 8) in Interactive Media to the Division of Communications, Media and Culture, of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Previously, I have worked as a Lecturer at Staffordshire University and the University of Huddersfield, while I have also taught at the Glasgow School of Art.

Driven by my interdisciplinary background and experience in academic as well as industry settings, my approach to teaching and research supervision aims to bridge theory and practice through research. As evidence of my sustained record of effectiveness in relation to teaching and learning, as well as my impact and influence through leadership and mentorship of other staff, I have achieved the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

I help students to identify their areas of interest, discover their seeds of originality and gradually become independent creative practitioners and thinkers by equipping them with a range of transferable skills that promote graduate employability. My students have won awards in European and International competitions, including the Royal Television Society Midlands Student Awards (UK), Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival (Finland), and the European Meeting of Youth Audiovisual Creation (Greece).

Ph.D. , MPhil and MRes supervision is available in the following, but not limited to, research areas:

  • Interactive Filmmaking and Media
  • Expanded and Live Cinema
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)
  • Neurocinematics

Ph.D. projects are offered in the following research topics:

  • Curation and Exhibition of Interactive Cinema Experiences in Film Venues
  • Post-Pandemic Innovations for Independent Cinemas
  • Interaction Design and Storytelling for Interactive Films with Group Audience Participation
  • User Interfaces and Experience for Interactive Films and Live Brain-Computer Cinema
  • Interactive Music Videos
  • Audience and Performers Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement in Live Cinema
  • Biometric Control of Virtual Objects and Agents in Mixed-Reality Settings
  • Hybrid Brain-Computer Interfaces for artists with disabilities