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Varvara Guljajeva

Co-director / artist / researcher

Varvara & Mar

Dr Varvara Guljajeva is an artist and researcher. She holds a position of researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts and also at the ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering.She has been invited as a visiting researcher to IAMAS (Ogaki, Japan), LJMU (Liverpool, UK), Interface Cultures in the Linz University of Art and Design, Blekinge Institute of Technology (Karlshamn, Sweden).

As an artist she works together with Mar Canet forming an artist duo Varvara & Mar. Often duo’s work is inspired by the information age. In their practice they confront social changes and impact of technological era. In addition to that, Varvara is fascinated by kinetics, participation, and digital fabrication, which are integral parts of her work.

The duo has been exhibiting in international shows since 2009. Their works have been shown at MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, Barbican in London, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Ars Electronica museum in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and more.

Interests

  • Interactive art
  • Critical Interfaces
  • System interaction
  • Dataveillance, surveillance capitalism
  • Data activism
  • Hacktivism
  • Deep learning, machine learning
  • Post-human
  • Digital fabrication
  • Robotics

Education

  • PhD in Art

    Estonian Academy of Arts

  • Master in Digital media

    International School of New Media at the University of Luebeck

  • Bachelor in information technology

    Estonian IT College