Research Statement

Interests and Approach

My research has been combining mutually inspired artistic and theoretical work, with a focus on theory at this point in my career. It is motivated by my interest in heterogenous phenomena relating to visual arts, experimental new media art, science, technology and culture. It includes generative art, interactive art, video art, animation, sound art, game art and other related fields. I approach these fields with a critical view on their diverse contexts, values and implications. Appreciating human inventiveness in the arts, science, technology and in everyday life, I aim to recognize its qualities, to assess its consequences, and to identify its perspectives. My research involves scholars, artists and scientists in various disciplines, and welcomes the students' participation, giving them the opportunity to expand their skills and understanding of new media art, technology and digital culture.

Artistic Research

In art projects, I address the creative, technical and relational aspects of the concept-, event- or data-driven generative systems. This exploration explores generativity by defining new ways to integrate the renderings in various media with the specific expressive, narrative, experiential and reflexive values of emergence. Combining my earlier technical training with thorough education in visual arts disciplines (drawing, painting, photography, video and installation), my practice in new media is founded on research, and stylistically open. I make art through learning, by facing the challenges of my imagination, flexibility, and sense of humor.

My creative methodology integrates study and introspection with concept development, technical experiments and production. It employs the principles of reduction, clarification and optimization for making compact, effective projects, and for presenting them clearly and concisely. Both theoretical knowledge and technical skills are essential for realizing my ideas, and I access them by questioning their creative scopes, ideological imperatives, shortcomings and contradictions. This includes the exploration of relevant tools, techniques and technologies, the inquiry into related artistic approaches and poetics, and the critical assessment of historical, economic and political contexts.

Currently, I am collaboratively developing three art projects.

Theoretical Research

I have been developing an independent research program which examines generative art and creative AI within the conceptual, cognitive and ethical frameworks of visual arts, new media art and digital culture. Drawing on well-established discourse in new media studies and digital humanities, my theoretical approach integrates exploration of literature with inquiry, reflection and my artistic experience. Practical insight into the methodologies, requirements, and limitations of these related activities is an asset that enhances the critical viewpoint and improves the efficiency of reasoning. It is informed by computer science, physics, biology, evolutionary and cognitive sciences, so it combines empirical assessment with critical thinking, and cultivates an awareness for fallacies and biases which manifest in the arts, science and technology.

Developing my authorial style, I appreciate the unnaturalness of writing as a communication tool, and the more general limitations of language as a system for relating events, knowledge, beliefs and emotions. I write in order to share my ideas, views, observations and insights in a straightforward way, so I strive to make clear statements, and to support them with concrete examples, sources and references.

Since 2015, my publication portfolio includes 34 contributions to peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and conference proceedings.

Research Agenda

My intermediate-term research agenda integrates four project tracks which can be expanded into independent grant proposals. It is available upon direct inquiry.