Curriculum Vitae Laura Beloff _____________________________________________________________________________
Laura Beloff is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been actively producing works and exhibiting worldwide in museums, galleries and art events since the late 1980’s. During recent years in Hamburg and in Helsinki 2012, in Vienna 2011, in Brazil 2008 and at the Venice Biennale 2007, current 2013 exhibition participations in Finland (Fiskars) and Norway (Kunsthalle Grennland). Beloff has received various grants, art residencies and awards. She is frequently publishing and lecturing about her artistic research practice in universities and various conferences. Research interests include practice-based investigations into a combination of various traditional materials and methods with technology, information, and organic matter, locating the core of the research into the cross section of art/design, technology and science. Her research has had a specific focus on a technologically enhanced human figure in the global society who is adapting to an increasingly complex world that includes technological, modified environments. Additionally to research papers, articles and book-chapters to various art-focused publications, the outcome of the research is in a form of process-based and participatory installations, programmed conceptual structures and networked wearable objects. The research engages with the field of art & design, science, biosemiotics, biomedia, and technology in connection to art, design, humans and has specifically strong connections to society. The research involves collaboration with various experts in their specific fields; scientists, artists, institutions, and universities. Employment history
2012–present Associate Professor IT University of Copenhagen, DK 2009–2010, 2011 Visiting Professor University of Applied Arts Vienna, AT 2007–2012 Visiting lecturer The Aalto University, School of Art & Design Helsinki, FI 2002-2006 Professor Of Art Oslo National Academy of the Arts, NO 1999 Visiting lecturer The University of Art and Design Linz, AT
Visiting lecturer, giving presentations, master classes and workshops at institutions such as: Turku Art School (FI), Linz Art and Design University (AT), Imatra Art School (FI), Trondheim NTNU (NO), Trondheim Art Academy (NO), Center for Design Informatics Edinburgh, Ars Electronica Center (AT), University of Applied Arts Vienna (AT), Oslo Art Academy (NO), Aalto University Helsinki (FI), Music Conservatorium Oslo (NO), IT University (DK) among others.
Artistic achievements and awards
2007 - 2011 Artist Grant 5-years Awarded by Finnish State 2003 - 2005 Artist Grant 3-years Awarded by Finnish State 1996 Fulbright Grantee California Institute of Arts, USA 1994 State’s Art Award Ministry of Culture, Finland
2009 Prix Ars Electronica, honorary The Next Idea-category, AT 2002 Vida 5.0, honorary Art and Artificial life, ES 2000 FILE-festival, 3rd place Media-Art, Sao Paulo, BR 1995 Top of the Year –design, honorary Design award, Helsinki, FI
2011 Artist-in-Residence Museums Quartier Wien, AT 2001 Artist-in-Residence Air-Haus Wien, AT 2000 Artist-in-Residence Magic Media Brussels, BE 1999 – 2000 Artist-in-Residence Ars Electronica Center, AT
2009–2012 PhD University of Plymouth 2006–2009 Mphil completed on route to PhD University of Plymouth 1996-1998 MFA Critical Studies & Integrated Media California Institute of The Arts 1989-1995 MFA & BFA in Photography University of Art & Design Helsinki (Aalto)
Doctorial Studies PhD awarded in 2012 at University of Plymouth, UK, Faculty of Arts, Planetary Collegium (Advanced Inquiry in the Integrative Arts). Supervisors: Professor Roy Ascott and Dr. Machiko Kushara (Waseda University, UCLA) Assessors: Professor Jane Grant and Dr. Sarah Cook
Thesis title: The Hybronaut and The Umwelt: Wearable Technology as Artistic Strategy The dissertation explores the use if irony in networked wearable art as a strategy to emphasize the complexity of conjunction between techno-organic human and the techno-organic world. The research addresses the relationship between technologically enhanced human and networked hybrid environment, and speculates on the impact of technological enhancements to the subjective construction of Umwelt through ironic practice-based interventions. In the background of the research is J.v.Uexküll’s concept of Umwelt (1934), which is a subjective perception created by an organism through its active engagement with the everyday living environment. The dissertation focuses on the Umwelt that is formed in an interaction between hybrid environment and the technologically enhanced human, the Hybronaut.
Grants and Funding Laura Beloff has regularly received funding from the Arts sector that has enabled professional artistic work, project development and research. Following are a selected list of primarily individual grants, that vary from 3000 euros to 21 000 euros. This short list covers the years 2000-2012, the years during the 1990’s are not covered; they show a steady flow of grants since 1993.
The last 5 years: 2012 – Finnish Cultural Fund 2011 – AVEK, and the Central Art Comite –travel grants. 2010 - The Art Council Of Finland –project grant. 2009 - AVEK production support for “80+1-project” (Anu Osva, Laura Beloff, Erich Berger & co) 2008 - The Art Council Of Finland -project grant.
Grants 2001-2007: The State Art Council Of Finland yearly grant 2007-2011, 2002-2004; The Art Council Of Finland 2003, 2002, 2001, FRAME 2007, 2000, AVEK 2002, Finnish Cultural Fund 2000, Bundeskanzleramt (AT) 2004, The Cultural Fund of Norway 2005. Additional grants by various organisations covering specific expenses in connection to exhibitions.
Exhibitions, public presentations and lectures relating to artistic research and practice
Selected Solo Exhibitions 2012 Galleri Friese, Hamburg (DE) 2011 Angewandte Schauraum / MuseumsQuartier, Vienna (AT) 2004 Kunstnerenshus, Oslo –“beta-testing” (NO) 2001 Passage Gallery Wien (AT) 2000 Ars Electronica Center Linz (AT) 1999 Gallery Hippolyte Helsinki (FI) 1995 Turku Art Museum Turku (FI) 1995 Gallery Artina Helsinki (FI) 1990 Gallery Arsenaali Seinäjoki (FI) 1989 W.Aaltonen Art Museum Turku (FI)
Selection of Group Exhibitions 2013 ICT & Art Exhibition, Bozar (BE) 2013 Foo, curated by Atle Barclay, Kunsthall Grenland (NO) 2013 Kipinä Fiskars –summer exhibition (FI) 2012 Exhibition on results of art & science collaboration Art & Henvi-project (FI) 2012 Pyhäniemen Kartano –summer exhibition (FI) 2011 Re-drawing Boundaries, curated Leonardo On-line Exhibition, http://www.leoalmanac.org/ 2010 Mäntän Kuvataideviikot, Mänttä (FI) 2009 Netherlands Media Art Institute (NL) 2009 80+1 project, Kilpisjärvi (FI), Linz (AT) 2009 Ich Maschine, Edith Russ Haus, Oldenburg (DE) 2008 Arte:mov exhibition, Belo Horizonte (BR) 2008 Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age / -screening, Kaliningrad (RUS) 2008 IX MediaForum 2008 / -screening, Moscow (RUS) 2008 Prototypisieren, Bremen (DE) 2007 Enter3 Exhibition, Prague (CZ) 2007 Urban Interfaces Exhibition, Oslo (NO) 2007 Mobile Journey Exhibition, 52. Venice Biennale Extras (IT) 2007 Urban Interfaces Exhibition, Berlin (DE) 2007 Lab Cyberspaces Exhibition, Gijon (ES) 2007 Digitally Yours Exhibition,Turku (FI) 2006 Article Biennale, Stavanger (NO) 2006 Lofoten International Art festival, Svolvær (NO) 2005 International Festival of Computer Arts, Maribor (SL) 2005 Wearable Futures / screening, Newport (UK) 2004 Trondelag Contemporary Art Center, Trondheim (NO) 2004 Ars Electronica Festival, Linz (AT) 2004 ISEAexhibition, Tallinn (EE) 2004 The Contemporary Art Museum, Oslo (NO) 2003 Gallery Otso, Espoo (FI) 2003 Russian Museum, St.Petersburg (RUS) 2002 Parson's School of Design-Gallery, New York (US) 2002 Electrohype-festival, Malmö (SE) 2002 Sonar-festival, Barcelona (ES) 2002 Baltic Art Center, Visby (SE) 2001 CYNET media-festival, Dresden (DE) 2001 nic01 conference/exhibition, Copenhagen (DK) 2001 Interstanding-festival, Tallinn (EE) 2001 Interaccess.org-gallery, Toronto (CA) 2001 KuenstlerHaus, Wien (AT) 2001 Joensuu Artmuseum Joensuu 2000 UCLA Gallery Los Angeles 2000 Continent Exhibition Helsinki, Brussles 2000 Siggraph conference/exhibition New Orleans 2000 F-scapes Exhibition Brussels 2000 Cluj Art Museum Cluj, Romania 2000 File Festival (third prize) Sao Paolo 2000 Microwave Festival Hong Kong 1999 Ars Electronica Festival Linz, Austria 1999 Borey Art Gallery St. Petersburg 1998 Kiasma, mediatek, Helsinki 1997 California Institute of the Arts,US 1996 Institut Finlandais Paris, France 1994 Suomenlinna -Northern Art Center Helsinki 1994 Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere 1993 The Month of the Photography Bratislava, Slovaky 1992 The National Museum of Finland, Helsinki 1992 Helsinki Art Hall, Helsinki 1988 Art Biennale,W.Aaltonen Art Museum Turku
Selected public presentations and lectures:
2013 Short presentation for European Comission round table discussion on ICT & Art, Brussels (BE) Presentation in connection to FOO exhibition, Prosgrunn (NO) Presentation at Media Art History conference, Riga (LV) Invited presentation at Evaporation of Things-symposium, Center for Informatics / the Centre for Design Informatics / New Media Scotland, Edinburgh (UK)
2012 Presentation at Mutamorphosis-conference,Prague (CZ) Keynote at Senses of Embodiment Research Seminar, Aalto University, Helsinki (FI) Presentation and moderation at Human Design lecture-series, Aalto University, Helsinki (FI)
2011 Presentation and panel participation at ISEA 2011 Istanbul (TR) Participating in Digital Hybridity project, Derby University (UK) Invited public lecture at Digitale Kunst-department of Universtität für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna (AT)
2010 Talk at the 11th Consciousness Reframed Conference; part of the Meta.Morf Biennal Trondheim (NO) Invited lecture about wearable technology + art; Body in Posse at the NTNU (NO) Invited lecture at a NTNU seminar; Art, Technology, and Dissemination to Children and Youth (NO) Jury member forLive2011 Grand Prix, in the OPEN-category (Turku Capital of Culture program) (FI) Participating in a panel and as a moderator in Art & Technoscience Conference, Helsinki
2009 Presentation at Re:live, Media Art History Conference, Melbourne (AU) Presentation at 10th Consciousness Reframed, Experiencing Design, Behaving Media, Munich (DE) Invited presentation at Researchers Forum in University of Art and Design, Helsinki (FI) Organizing an event, symposium and a project about climate change; a collaboration between artist and scientists. Main partners: Finnish Bioart Society, Kilpisjärvi Biological Station (Helsinki University, FI), and Ars Electronica Center (Linz, AT)
2008 Arte.mov symposium in Belo Horizonte and in Sao Paulo (BR) Presentation at Consciousness Reframed: New Realities: Being Syncretic, Vienna (AT) Presentation at Homo Ludens Ludens Conference, Gijon (ES)
2007 Presentation at Researching the Future-conference, Prato (IT) Artist presentation at Urban Void-seminar, Oslo (NO) Presentation at Mutamorphosis Conferenece, Prague (CZ) Presentation in Prague at CIANT (CZ) Presentation at Revisioning the Future at Montreal (CA) Artist presentation at SparwasserHQ in Berlin (DE) Artist presentation at Pixelache evening in Helsinki (FI)
2006 Lecture at University of Art & Design, Helsinki (FI) F. A. q.: Questions about art, consciousness and technology-conference, Sao Paulo (BR) Interface and Society conference, Oslo (NO) Waves Festival, Riga Contemporary Art Museum (LV) Consciousness Reframed; Art & Technology in a post-biological era, Plymouth University (UK)
2005 Wearable Futures, Newport Art School (UK) Space & Perception symposium, Riga (LV) International Computer Arts Festival, Maribor (SL) 2004 Matchmaking conference, Trondheim (NO) Art+Communication -Festival for New Media Culture, Riga (LV) Contemporary Art Museum, Oslo (NO) 2003 Ultima Festival-Oslo (NO) The Music Academy in Oslo (NO) Digital Art /Education- Conference in Shanghai (CH) 2002 Intermedia department, Oslo University (NO) Electrohype Festival, Malmö (SE) The University of Art and Design, Helsinki (FI)
2000 Siggraph Art Panel (USA)