Spring 2022 – CMA seminar

Week 3 - Practice-based research through my own experience

Time: 16th Feb 2022 03:00PM HKT


What is practice-based research, and what value does it have in the academic context? Based on her own experience, Prof. Varvara Guljajeva will discuss the dynamics and outcomes of artistic research.

Practice-based dissertation “From interaction to post-participation: the disappearing role of the active participant” will serve as a case study for this presentation. The thesis analyses and contextualizes passive audience interaction through the lens of post-participation. Research explores the shift from active to passive participation in interactive art. By exploring interactive art history and the discourse of identity within the field, this dissertation investigates how artworks that demonstrate no audience involvement but still incorporate an internal system interaction with a data source are addressed. In other words, the research tracks down the interest shift from human-machine to system-to-system interaction and explores the reasons behind this.

Practice-based dissertation “From interaction to post-participation: the disappearing role of the active participant” download here:


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Varvara Guljajeva has a PhD in Philosophy from the Estonian Academy of Arts, a master’s degree in digital media from ISNM, the University of Lübeck in Germany, and a bachelor’s degree in IT from Estonian IT College. Varvara Guljajeva is an artist and researcher in the field of art and technology. She has taught and conducted research in several universities, like the Estonian Academy of Arts, Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Interface Cultures in the Art and Design University of Linz, and more. Varvara has been invited as a visiting researcher to XRL, Hong Kong City University, 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 the impact of the technological era. 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.

Reference: www.var-mar.info

Zoom Meeting Information:

Topic:  CMA seminar - Spring2022 - w3 - Varvara Guljajeva

Time: Feb 16, 2022 3:00 PM Hong Kong SAR

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