Špela Petrič, BSc, MA, PhD, is a Slovenian new media artist and scientific researcher currently based in Amsterdam, NL. Her artistic practice combines natural sciences, new media and performance. While working towards an egalitarian and critical discourse between the professional and public spheres, she tries to envision artistic experiments that produce questions relevant to anthropology, psychology, and philosophy. She extends her artistic research with art/sci workshops devoted to informing and sensitizing the interested public, particularly younger generations. In particular, she is interested in all aspects of anthropocentrism, the reconstruction and reappropriation of scientific knowledge in the context of cultural phenomena, living systems in connection to inanimate systems manifesting life-like properties, and terRabiology, an ontological view of the evolution and terraformative process on Earth. Her work has been shown at many festivals, exhibitions and educational events in Slovenia and around the world Kapelica Gallery (SI), (Touch Me Festival (HR), Pixxelpoint (IT), European Conference on Artificial Life (IT), Playaround (TW), Harvard (US), Ars Electronica (AT), National Center for Biological Sciences (IN), HAIP (SI), Arscope (DE), Mutamorphosis (CZ), Galleries de la Reine (BE)…).
Selected projects and collaborations:
Naval Gazing (installation, 2014), Plant Sex Consultancy (co-authors Pei-Ying Lin, Dimitris Stamatis, Jasmina Weiss), Voyager/140AU (installation, co-author Miha Turšič, 2013), Solar Displacement (installation, 2013), Humalga: Towards the Human Spore (art-research project, co-author Robertina Šebjanič 2012-), Circadian Drift (installation, co-author Maja Smrekar, 2012), MaSm Metatransformation (colaborator in the project of author Maja Smrekar, 2011), CTCAG recognition (performance, 2011), Futuro autopoeisis (collaborator in the project of author Robertina Šebjanič, 2010), Cladocera (instalation, 2010), Avtobiografija-diskografija (gallery perforance, author Samo Gosarič, 2008).Dr. Špela Petrič’s website