Dr Polina Zioga

Lecturer in Interactive Media

Communications, Media and Culture Stirling

Dr Polina Zioga

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About me

I am Lecturer (Grade 8) in Interactive Media at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Director of the Interactive Filmmaking Lab. Throughout my career, I have worked in the creative industries, as freelance creative professional and in academia, teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of Film, Digital Media and Arts. I am also Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an affiliate member of national and international organisations for the creative industries and the new media arts.

My interdisciplinary background and studies have influenced my creative practice and peer-reviewed research, which has centred in the field of arts and the brain, combining creativity, technology and science. 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). My expertise lies in Interactive Media and Film with the use of innovative technologies, such as Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and Eye-Gaze Tracking systems (EGTS).

I have written for The Conversation, and I have been interviewed for The Guardian technology podcast and TechWorld. For my projects I have received grants and awards from international 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 context, I have 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) and Fournos Center for Digital Culture (Athens).

My creative work and research have been presented and published since 2004 in Europe, Asia, North and South America including: solo and group art exhibitions, video-art and film festivals, performances, international peer-reviewed conferences, invited talks and guest lectures.

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 & 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.

Professional qualification

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