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Polina Zioga (based in UK, born in Greece) is an award-winning multimedia visual artist, lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and PhD candidate at the Glasgow School of Art, while she participates as affiliate member in national and international organisations for the visual and new media arts.
Her interdisciplinary background in Visual Arts and Health Sciences has influenced her creative practice, which combines art, technology and science. Her doctoral research, awarded with the Global Excellence Initiative Fund PhD Studentship, focuses on the use of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and application development in real-time audio-visual and mixed-media performances and is supported by MyndPlay. In 2014 she was awarded the NEON Organization Grant for Performance Production for ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance (premiered in CCA Glasgow, July 2015), while in 2016 she embarked on a new artistic research project in Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), awarded and funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH).
Her work has been presented since 2004 internationally, in solo and group art exhibitions, art fairs, museums, centres for the new media and digital culture, video-art and film festivals and international peer-reviewed conferences.
2014- Ph.D. Full Time, Glasgow School of Art, Digital Design Studio.
Global Excellence Initiative Fund PhD Studentship.
2002-2007 Athens School of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Department. Graduated: Magna cum laude.
1997-2002 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Nursing.
Selected Awards, Grants & Scholarships
2015 MyndPlay: Sponsorship for ‘Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling’ Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance and PhD research.
2014 NEON Organization: 2014-2015 Grant for Performance Production "Enheduanna - A Manifesto of Falling" Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance.
2014 Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival (Vaasa, Finland): Award in the Children Animations category for the ;;;->->?!?!(1,2,3...15)!!! short stop motion film. Directors: 17 students of the 9th Elementary School of Ag. Dimitrios, Attica, Greece. Producers: Polina Zioga & 9th Elementary School of Ag. Dimitrios, Attica, Greece.
2014 The Glasgow School of Art: Global Excellence PhD Studentship for PhD Full time study at the Digital Design Studio.
2013 13th European Meeting of Youth Audiovisual Creation – Camera Zizanio (Ilia Prefecture, Greece): 3rd award in the A category (4-12 years old) for the ;;;->->?!?!(1,2,3...15)!!! short stop motion film. Directors: 17 students of the 9th Elementary School of Ag. Dimitrios, Attica, Greece. Producers: Polina Zioga & 9th Elementary School of Ag. Dimitrios, Attica, Greece.
2005 State Scholarships Foundation (IKY): Scholarship for excellence in studies at the Visual Arts Department of the Athens School of Fine Arts.
2016- Creative Industries Federation, UK.
2015-2016 International Conference on Live Interfaces 2016 Scientific Committee.
2013- Northern Video Art Network, NOVA.
2012- ArtUP! Digital Collection of the Goethe-Instituts in Ankara, Athens and Sofia.
2007- Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.
Performances & Interactive Works Presentations
2015 “Enheduanna - A Manifesto of Falling” Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK.
2014 “HOME network: HOME SWEET HOME”, as part of the European project "Connecting Cities: Participatory City 2014", Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab, Place Sainte Catherine, Brussels, Belgium.
2014 “HOME network: Connect and Pray_”, AUTH Faculty of Engineering, Thessaloniki, Greece.
2010 “tasman - live visuals”, Athens, Greece.
2012 “The Shelter”, Fournos Center for Digital Culture, Athens, Greece.
2008 “Pro-Art” art gallery, Athens, Greece.
Selected Screenings in Video-Art and Film Festivals
2014 "Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival 2014", Vaasa, Finland.
2014 "Digital Art Collections" Video Art Exhibition, "Ionikes Giortes 2014" Cultural Festival, Nea Smirni, Greece.
2014 “Festival Miden 2014”, Kalamata, Greece.
2014 “Oslo Screen Festival 2014”, Oslo, Norway.
2013 "13th European Meeting of Youth Audiovisual Creation – Camera Zizanio", Ilia Prefecture, Greece.
2013 "10th Naoussa International Film Festival", Naoussa, Greece.
2013 "Time is Love.6" international video-art program: TEA Museum (Tenerife, Spain), Contemporary Hotel Bloom! (Brussels, Belgium), STIFTELSEN 3,14 International Contemporary Art Foundation (Bergen, Norway), KULTER. Gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Peanut Underground Art Projects (New York City, USA), Sazmanab Platform for Contemporary Arts (Teheran, Iran), Mori+Stein Gallery (London, UK).
2011 "8th Naoussa International Film Festival", Naoussa, Greece.
2011 "3rd Moving Frames Festival", Mytilene (Lesvos island), Greece.
2010 "ProjectOroom - Short Night II", London, UK.
2010 "International Film Festival of Patras City - 12th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers", Patras City, Greece.
2010 "2nd Moving Frames Festival", Mytilene (Lesvos island), Greece.
2010 "Festival Miden", Historic Center of Kalamata, Greece.
2010 "Visions from the Future, International Video Contest, second edition 2010 .:Iridescent Worlds:.", Torino, Italy.
2009 “1st Moving Frames Festival”, Mytilene (Lesvos island), Greece.
2009 "Videologies", Tripoli, Greece.
2008 “Platforma Video 08 International Film Festival” , “Technopolis” of Municipality of Athens, Greece.
2008 “Festival Miden”, Historic Center of Kalamata, Greece.
2008 “Athens Video Art Festival”, “Technopolis” of Municipality of Athens, Greece.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 "Whereabouts you are?", Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, UK.
2013 "BLIKSEMEDITIE" presented by KULTER. gallery, St Joseph Church [Vluchtkerk], Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2012 "Ambientarte III: Il mediterraneo, un mare che unisce, un mare che divide", Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art “Giovanni da Gaeta” & “Associazione 900”, Gaeta, Italy.
2011 "Undisclosed Recipients", the Art Foundation (taf), Athens, Greece.
2010 "DEPARTURES", Athinais Cultural Center, Athens, Greece.
2010 "ART-ATHINA 2010", Arteshop - Booth Μ2, Faliro Pavilion (TaeKwonDo), Faliron Delta, Athens, Greece.
2009 “Graduating Class 2006-2007”, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece.
2008 “Picture-Space-Action 2”, “Technopolis” of Municipality of Athens, Greece.
2007 “Child”, “Paidon-Agia Sofia” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece.
2007 “Conversing with Rembrandt - Young Greek Artists are inspired by the great master’s work”, under the Aegis of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Dora Bakoyannis, “De Haagse Kunstkring”, The Hague, The Netherlands.
2006 "Conversing with Rembrandt-Young artists are inspired by the great master’s work”, under the Aegis of the Royal Netherlands Embassy, exhibition hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Athens, Greece.
2006 “Child”, Chantzikyriakeio foundation, Piraeus, Greece.
2005 “December 1st and every single day… a day against AIDS”, under the Aegis of the Municipality of Athens, Metro Syntagma exhibition area, Athens, Greece.
2004 “Body and Ancient Drama”, Kronos Factory, Elefsina, Greece.