Polona Tratnik

EDUCATION

  • 07/12/2007    PhD / PhD program Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture / Faculty of Humanities / University of Primorska
  • 08/01/2002    Master of Arts / Academy of Fine Arts / University of Ljubljana
  • 28/09/1999    Bachelor of Arts / Academy of Fine Arts / University of Ljubljana

CURRENT POSITION:

  • Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitiatis, Dean, full professor, scientific councillor; Nova Univerza – Faculty for Slovenian and International Studies (10%), scientific councillor; Institute IRRIS, scientific councillor (10%)

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

  • 2016–2024 principal investigator of the national research program: Investigation of Cultural Formations, support: Slovenian Research Agency, institute: Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis
  • 2018 project member: Medio y especie: ecologia y ecolucion desde la filozofia natural, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, PI: María Antonia González Valerio
  • 2018–21 project member: Culture of memorizing the building of Slovenian nation and state, support: Slovenian Research Agency, institute: Institute for Research, Development, and Strategies of the Societies, Culture, and Environment (IRRIS), PI: Darko Darovec
  • 2015–17 project member: Complejidad y filosofía natural en el cruce de arte y ciencia, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, PI: María Antonia González Valerio
  • 2011–14 project member: Intervención de organismos vivos: Los límites del arte en el entrecruzamiento con la ciencia y la tecnología, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, PI: María Antonia González Valerio
  • 2012 research fellowship: Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award – research: Aesthetics, Culture and Avant-Garde Art after the Postmodern Turn, University of California Santa Cruz, support: USA
  • 2011–13 project member: Animal Ethics as a Paradigm of Sustainable Development Ethics, support: Slovenian Research Agency, institute: Science and Research Centre, University of Primorska, PI: Lenart Škof
  • 2010–13 project member: Eco-Feminist Theology and Contemporary Ecological Crisis, support: Slovenian Research Agency, institute: Science and Research Centre, University of Primorska, PI: Nadja Furlan Štante
  • 2010–13 principal project investigator: Bios In Vitro, interdisciplinary research project, Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, institute: Horizonti in collaboration with Blood Transfusion Center of the Republic of Slovenia
  • 2008–11 individual postdoctoral research fellowship: Critical, Resistant and Activist Strategies in Contemporary Art and Culture, postdoctoral fellowship, support: Slovenian Research Agency, institute: Science and Research Centre, University of Primorska

UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR PhD STUDENTS SUPERVISIONS

  • Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitiatis:
    * Maja Hawlina, Interpellation in the Nexus of Creative Industries, thesis confirmed: 27. 9. 2018.
    * Gašper Bakač, Video Games in Art, thesis confirmed: 27. 9. 2018.
    * Rosangela Barcaro, thesis not yet confirmed
    * co-supervision: Gorazd Bence, Donor Portraiture in the 14th and 15th Centuries in Styria, defended: 19. 5. 2017.
  • Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska:
    * Monika Vrečar: Theory of a Medium: Vilém Flusser and Marshall McLuhan, defended: 24. 10. 2018.
    * Mirjana Batinić, Discursive Analysis of Space and Time in Artwork of Fiona Tan, defended: 24. 10. 2018.
    * Jan Babnik, Contemporary Documentary Photography and Participation, defended: 9. 10. 2018.
    * Špela Trošt, Genealogy of the Notion of Presence in Performative Arts, defended: 29. 3. 2016.
    * Petra Bole, Jewellery as Art, defended: 30. 9. 2015.

UNIVERSITY LECTURING

  • Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitiatis, PhD courses, 2016 –:
    * Humanities II
    * Communication and Society
    * Art and Culture in the Age of Neoliberalism and Post-Transition
    * Interdisciplinary Methodologies
  • Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, BA and MA courses, 2016–:
    * Media Theory, MA
    * Contemporary Theory of Contemporary Art, MA
    * Theory of Media and Media Art I–IV
  • Faculty for Media and Communication Studies, Singidunum University, PhD, 2019–:
    * Theory of Experimental and Research Art
    * Performance Art and Participatory Art
    * Theories of Global Modernisms and Arts
    * Theory of Contemporary Exhibition Practices
    * New Genres in Art and Media
  • Faculty of Education, University of Maribor, BA and MA:
    * Intermedia Art, MA, 2014–
    * Intermedia Art I–III, 2015–
    *  Aesthetics, 2015–16
  • University of Primorska, Faculty for Design, BA and MA:
    * Culture of Contemporaneity, MA, 2015–
    * Humanistic Methodology for MA thesis, 2014–16
    * Creativity, 2014–17
    * Drawing and Painting, 2014–17
    * Visual Communication, 2015–
    * Philosophy of Design, 2015–
  • University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, Dep. for Cultural Studies, 2008–16:
    * Contemporary Experimental Art, Film & Photography in Global Conditions, PhD, 2009–16
    * Contemporary Visual Art and Culture of Europe, PhD, 2009–16
    * Introduction to Cultural Studies, 2008–14
    * Media Culture, 2010–13
    * Body and Contemporary Culture, 2012–13
    * Selected Themes from Culture in Slovenia, 2007–13
    * Transcultural Aesthetics, 2008–09

VISITING PROFESSOR AT FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES

  • University of California Santa Cruz, Department History of Art and Visual Culture, course Media History and Theory, undergraduate, 1. 2.–31. 8. 2012.
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Faculdad de Filosofía y Letras, Transart and Transdisciplinarity, México C.: 16.–30. 9. 2009
  • Capital Normal University, College of Literature, course Introduction to Cultural Studies, undergraduate, Bejing: 8. 4.–3. 5. 2009
  • University for Art and Design Helsinki Taik, School of Visual Culture, lecture series After the End of Art and Contemporary Art, postgraduate, 31. 1.–8. 2.2009

INVITED LECTURES AT UNIVERSITIES ABROAD

  • Bioart in the public sphere: vabljeno predavanje na the University of Buffalo, Department of Art, Office of Inclusive Excellence and Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence (GEM), New York, May 1st 2019.
  • Art, biotech, power: vabljeno predavanje na The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), Toronto, Ontario, April 30th 2019.
  • Convergences and divergences of art, science, and philosophy: vabljeno predavanje na the Rensselaer Institute, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Troy, New York, April 25th 2019.
  • Art and biology, biomedia lecture: convergences and divergence: art, science, and philosophy: vabljeno predavanje na Marist College, the Department of Film, TV, Games, and Interactive Media, the Department of Art & Digital Media and the Marist Honors Program, Poughkeepsie, New York, April 24th 2019.
  • Semiotics of the Uncanny: course at the Summer School in Hybrid Arts at the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, May 29th to June 11th, 2017.
  • Human and art in the convergence with biotechnology – case study: Slovenia. Köln: Kunsthochschule für Medien, 20. 12. 2012.
  • Body and Art at the Intersection with Biotechnology, Salamanca: Universidad de Guanajuato, División ingenierías, Mexico, 26. 11. 2012
  • Body Bio Art, University of California Santa Cruz, Art Department, 8. 5. 2012
  • Biotechnological Art: a New Link Between Art and Science, Milwaukee: Marquette University, 16. 4. 2012.
  • Resistance art in the context of capitalism and globalization. Milwaukee: Marquette University, 16. 4. 2012.
  • Body Traversed by Biotechnology and Art, Media Arts and Teh. PhD Program of University of California, Santa Barbara, 1. 5. 2012
  • Intersection of art and biotechnology, University of Greenwich, PhD study course at the Institute for Converging Arts & Sciences, London, 28. 10. 2010
  • Transart: Art and the Features of Contemporaneity, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Faculdad de Filosofía y Letras, 28. 9. 2009
  • New Media Art, University of Science and Technology of China, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hefei, 30. 4. 2009
  • Contemporary Art, China Youth University for Political Sciences, Peking, 24. 4. 2009
  • Globalized Experimental and Bio Art, Normal University Beijing, College of Literature, 15. 4. 2009
  • (Bio) Art and Life Sciences, Centro Multimedia National de las Artes, Mexico City, 20. 11. 2008
  • Understanding the End of Art – from Hegel to Danto, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Faculdad de Filosofía y Letras, 18. 11. 2008

BOARDS, COMMISSIONS OF TRUST, POSITIONS

  • 2018– President / Ljubljana Society for Innovators (2006–18 secretary)
  • 2017– Executive Committee / European Summer School in Cultural Studies (ESSCS)
  • 2016– Dean, Head of Research / Alma Mater Europaea Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis
  • 2017– International Association of Aesthetics Executive Committee (2006– association member)
  • 2011– President / Slovenian Society for Aesthetics (2005–11 secretary, 2000– executive committee)
  • 2011–  Advisory Board / Society for Phenomenology and Media / U.S.A. headquarters
  • 2005– Director / Horizonti, Institute for Art, Culture, Science, and Education
  • 2012–13 Head of the Department for Cultural Studies & Coordinator of the PhD Program Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture, senate member at Faculty for Humanities, University of Primorska
  • 2009–12 National Board for National Education Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Media Art, National Education Institute in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia
  • 2005 Director / International Media Art Festival Break 2.3 New Species

EDITORIAL WORK

  • 2018 Editor: 10th European Society for Aesthetics Conference 2018. Art and life, Maribor, 14th-16th June 2018, Glasnik ISH = Herald of Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis. ISSN 2464-0557. vol. 2, nr. 2 (2018), 80 pp.
  • 2017– Managing Editor / Monitor ISH, Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, De Gruyter. ISSN 1580-688X.
  • 2016 Editor: 44th International Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics. Art and aesthetics under post-transition, Ljubljana: October 20-21, 2016, Glasnik ISH = Herald of Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis. ISSN 2464-0557. vol. 1, nr. 1 (2016), 28 pp.
  • 2016– Editor-in-Chief / Glasnik ISH = Herald of Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis. ISSN 2464-0557.
  • 2012– Editorial board /AM Journal of Art and Media Studies Beograd: Fakultet za medije i komunikacije = Faculty of Media and Communications: Orion art, 2012-. ISSN 2217-9666.
  • 2011 Editor: ŠUVAKOVIĆ, Miško, Surplus Life: Philosophy of Contemporary Transitional Art and Form of Life: with Regards to the Artistic Productions of Polona Tratnik, (Transars, 2). Ljubljana: Horizonti, 2011. 110 pp., illustr. ISBN 978-961-92963-2-5.
  • 2012 Editor: 40th International Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics, Ljubljana, October 10-13, 2012. Surplus art: art, science, philosophy, Glasnik UP ZRS = Herald of Science and Research Center of the University of Primorska, vol. 17 (2012), nr. 4. Koper: Science and Research Center University of Primorska, 2012. 48 pp.
  • 2011 Editor: 39th International Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics, Koper, June 2-3, 2011. Contemporaneity in art, Glasnik UP ZRS = Herald of Science and Research Center of the University of Primorska, vol. 16 (2011), nr. 4. Koper: Science and Research Center University of Primorska, 2011. 40 pp.
  • 2010–11 Editorial Board, Maska, magazine for performance art, Ljubljana: Zveza kulturnih organizacij Slovenije, 1991–, ISSN 1318-0509.
  • 2010– Editor-in-Chief / Horizonti Publishing House, Transars series, ISSN 1855-9980
  • 2009 Editor: Art: resistance, subversion, madness = Umetnost: odporništvo, subverzija, norost, Monitor ZSA, vol. 11, no. 1-2. Koper: Science and Research Center University of Primorska. 237 pp., ilustr. ISBN 978-961-6328-73-9.
  • 2008–13 Editorial Board, Field Editor / Monitor ZSA: journal for historical, social, and other sociologies, 2004-2010 / Ljubljana: TROPOS – Društvo za zgodovinsko, socialno in druge antropologije ter kulturne dejavnosti; Koper: Science and Research Center University of Primorska. ISSN 1854-0376
  • 2004 Founder & Editor-in-Chief: Horizonti: supplement of the journal Likovne besede for philosophy and theory of art, priloga revije Likovne besede za filozofijo in teorijo umetnosti. Ljubljana: Zveza društev slovenskih likovnih umetnikov. ISSN 1581-9167.
  • 2003–04 Editorial Board, Editor-in-Chief, Likovne besede nr. 63–68, art magazine, 1985-, Ljubljana: Zveza društev slovenskih likovnih umetnikov. ISSN 0352-7263.
  • 2005 Editor / New species: [accompanying publication to the Festival Break 2.3, (7th-21st November 2005)]. Ljubljana: Zavod K6/4, 2005. 197 pp., illustr.
  • 2002 Co-Editor: Prostori umetnosti = Spaces of Art, Ljubljana: Društvo inovatorjev Ljubljana. 231 pp. ISBN 961-238-110-0

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIA COMMITTEE (selection of 18, 36 in total)

  • 2019 21st World Congress of Aesthetics: Possible Worlds of Contemporary Aesthetics: Aesthetics Between History, Geography and Media, International Association for Aesthetics, Belgrade, July 11–26, steering committee.
  • 2019 7th Scientific Conference with International Participation: All About People: Future Fit, Alma Mater Europaea – European Center Maribor, March 15–16, program committee, organization of the humanities section.
  • 2018 6th Scientific Conference with International Participation: All About People: Challenges for Science and Education, Alma Mater Europaea – Europsean Center Maribor, March 9–10, program committee, organization of the humanities section.
  • 2018 10th Annual Congress of the European Association of Aesthetics, host organizer.
  • 2018 3rd Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science, National Autonomous University Mexico in collaboration with Ionian University, Mexico, steering committee.
  • 2017 5th Scientific Conference with International Participation: All About People: Interdisciplinarity, Transnationality, and Building Bridges, Alma Mater Europaea – European Center Maribor, March 10 –11, program committee, organization of the humanities section.
  • 2017 2nd Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science, Ionian University, Corfu, steering committee.
  • 2016 44th conference of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics: Art and Aesthetics in Post-Transition, program and organization committee president.
  • 2015 43nd Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics: The aesthetic regime of art: dimensions of Rancière’s theory, program and organization committee.
  • 2013 19th World Congress of Aesthetics, Krakow, invited plenary panel organizer and chair.
  • 2013 41st conference of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics: Space and Aesthetics, program and organization committee president.
  • 2012 Philosophy of Media. Art and Media, Croatian Society for Philosophy, program committee.
  • 2012 40th International Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics: Surplus Art: Art – Science – Philosophy, Ljubljana, program and organization committee president.
  • 2011 39th International Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics: Contemporaneity in Art, program and organization committee.
  • 2010 38th International Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics: Artistic revolutions, program and organization committee.
  • 2009 37th International Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art and Literature Today: Slovenia, China, program and organization committee.
  • 2008 36th International Colloquium of the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics: Art, Subversion, Madness, program and organization committee.
  • 2006 III Mediterranean Congress of Aesthetics, Portorož, organization committee.

AWARDS, AND DISTINCTIVE RECOGNITIONS

  • 2012 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award
  • 2010 documentary portrait of an artist, Seducing the View, director: Amir Muratović, production: Radio Television Slovenia
  • 2009 review portrait of an artist, journal Art Today (China)
  • 2008 documentary film portrait of a featured artists from the Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, German–French TV ARTE
  • 2008 artistic research fellowship, Slovenian Ministry of Culture
  • 2008 Bartol Award for the PhD thesis / University of Primorska
  • 2007 Preglej award for a drama text Waiting Room
  • 2006 Golden Bird Award for work in visual culture (directorship of Break 2.3 Intermedia Art festival and other achivements) / Liberal Academy
  • 2005 Spletno pero (Web Pen), award for a short prose
  • 2004–06 grant for promising students in art theory, Slovenian Ministry of Culture
  • 2001 Rotary Club grant for perspective students
  • 2000–01 grant for promising students in art, Slovenian Ministry of Culture
  • 2000 Prešeren Student Award / University of Ljubljana, painting
  • 1990 Silver national Vegova award for mathematics

STUDIES ABOUT THE WORK OF TRATNIK

  • KREFT, Lev, “Kaj še preostane umetnosti?” = “What is Left for Art to Do?”, in: TRATNIK, Polona, Umetnost kot intervencija = Art as Intervention, Ljubljana: Sophia, 2017, pp. 231–245. ISBN 978-961-7003-09-3. Trans. to Serbian as “Šta još preostaje umetnosti?” in
  • TRATNIK, Polona, Umetnost u savremenosti = Art in Contemporaneity, Beograd: Orion, 2018, pp. 139–147. ISBN 978-86-6389-080-0
  • María Antonia González Valerio, “Prologo”, in: Hacer la presencia. Fotografía, arte y (bio)tecnología = To Do the Presence. Photography, art, and biotechnology, Mexico City: Herder, 2013, pp. 9–26. ISBN 978-607-7727-28-6
  • WIESINGER, Anja, “Introduction to Polona Tratnik”, Posted on January 12th, 2012 by Alan N. Shapiro | in the Category: The Illusion Beyond Art, <http://www.alan-shapiro.com/introduction-to-polona-tratnik-by-anja-wiesinger/>
  • ŠUVAKOVIĆ, Miško, “O biologiji, tehnologiji in umetnosti – Polona Tratnik” = “On Biology, Tehnology, and Art – Polona Tratnik”, in: Slovenska filozofija dan pozneje: izbrani kratki eseji, rezi, razprave, montaže, simulacije in kadriranja o teritorializacijah in deteritorializacijah v sodobni hibridni teoriji, filozofiji in estetiki v Sloveniji = Slovenian philosophy a day after, Koper: Hyperion, 2012, pp. 219–226. ISBN 978-961-6382-78-6
  • ŠUVAKOVIĆ, Miško, Surplus Life: Philosophy of Contemporary Transitional Art and Form of Life: with Regards to the Artistic Productions of Polona Tratnik, (Transars, 2). Ljubljana: Horizonti, 2011, 110 pp., illustr. ISBN 978-961-92963-2-5
  • KOLŠEK, Katja, “Trenutek prehoda med živim in mrtvim: biopolitka, meje sodobne znanosti in umetnosti” = “The Moment of Passing Between the Living and the Death: Biopolitics, Boundaries of Contemporary Science and Art”, in: TRATNIK, Polona, In vitro: živo onstran telesa in umetnosti = In Vitro – the Living Beyond Body and Art, Ljubljana: Horizonti, 2010, pp. 9–21. ISBN 978-961-92963-0-1
  • Yanxiang, Zhang, XUEPING, Shi, “The Expanding of Art and the Application of Science: Polona Tratnik and Bio Art”, in: Art Today, Nr. 4, 2009, pp. 116–121. ISSN 1997-4515.
  • PUNCER, Mojca, “’Konec umetnosti’ v teoretskem delu Polone Tratnik: Polona Tratnik: Konec umetnosti: genealogija modernega diskurza: od Hegla k Dantu” = “’The End of Art in the Theoretical Work of Polona Tratnik”, Dialogi. ISSN 0012-2068. Letn. 45, št. 11/12 (2009), pp. 203–207.
  • ERJAVEC, Aleš, “Od konca umetnosti do konca modernosti” = “From the End of Art to the End of Modernity”, in: TRATNIK, Polona, Konec umetnosti – genealogija modernega diskurza: od Hegla k Dantu = The End of Art – Genealogy of Modern Discourse: from Hegel to Danto. Koper: University of Primorska, ZRS, Annales, 2008, pp. 417–427. ISBN 978-961-6732-06-2
  • PUNCER, Mojca, “Artistic research on life forms: exploring the intersections of science, art and life in the context of globalization”. MIT: Leonardo (Oxf.). [Print ed.] ISSN 0024-094X. 2008, vol. 41, no. 5, ilustr. pp. 469-477.
  • PUNCER, Mojca, “Zgodba o laseh, Story About Hair”, in: Lasje = Hair: odprti termin, Mala galerija, open competition Galerija Miklova hiša, [Ribnica], oktober 2005 : Moderna galerija, 22. april – 12. junij 2005, 12 April – 12 June 2005 : Galerija Miklova hiša, oktober 2005, October 2005 / Polona Tratnik, pp. 2–14.
  • PUNCER, Mojca, “Polona Tratnik: ko fragmenti telesa postanejo skodelice za zajemanje mikrokozmosa = when fragments of the body become cups for capturing the microcosmos”, 7 grehov: Ljubljana – Moskva : Arteast razstava : [Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 20. december 2004 – 13. marec 2005] = 7 sins: Ljubljana – Moscow: Arteast exhibition: [Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, 20 December 2004–13 March 2005]. p. 175

ART & RESEARCH RESIDENCIES

  • 2010 Creative Art Residency, London
  • 2003 Symbiotica, University of Western Australia, Perth, biotechnological art research
  • 2002 EIGEN+ART, Chemnitz

Career breaks: April 26th 2013–October 11th 2013 / illness, October 12th 2013–October 11th 2014 / maternity leave