Petja Ivanova

Born in Shumen, Bulgaria and based in Berlin, Petja graduated from the University of Arts Berlin in the class for Computational Art/Generative Art in 2015. In her trans-disciplinary practice she combines archaeology, biology, physics, computation and the poetic in order to promote the ‘poetic method’ as a counterweight to the socially dominating ‘scientific method’, understanding this  practice in non-linear relation with Fluxus & Avantgarde. She runs Studio for Poetic Futures and Speculative Ecologies out of a little caravan in Berlin. Very early in her artistic work with electronics and sensors she began to include mythological approaches, the magical and non-quantifiable to analyses these connections in terms of deep time of media/technology. Being a bit frustrated by the simple causalities in quantification she turned to overcoming the conceptual divide of what is natural and what  is  technological by working with crystals and electronic circuits and latero n also with plants, microorganisms and now insects and bacteria. 
Petja Ivanova wants to dismantle patriarchal ideologies through art & design. Therefore, she works with innovative technologies from a feminist technoscience perspective. In her latest work series 'meek is the warrior' she looks at exoskeletons of insects and how they have inspired and supported the design of armour and war gear, stemming from a desire for protection and separation within our cultures of domination. Insect exoskeletons are consist of chitin, as the second most abundant material on this planet, right after cellulose, chitin is used in sustainable design practices as a bioplastic and also has been discovered in medical innovations, its derivate chitosan being used for wound healing. Petja Ivanova builds suits inspired by knights’ armour out of this wound healing material which is extracted from fermented broken insect 'shells'. Rendering the broken shell equally valuable like its counterpart for protection, this artistic practice inverts the function of the exoskeleton as one for separation into one of connection as in its wound healing process the insect body and the human cells grow together, healed. 





Thinking of you, 2021.

Thinking of you. 2021, Courtesy of the artist

The artwork is an interactive e-textile and fountain piece that celebrates emotional expression through bodily fluids. It is a series of pants with moisture sensors that trigger the flow of water from a nearby table fountain. The private wetness of the wearer's crotch is expressed in the flow of water from a decorative fountain - a romantic expression of possible longing or thoughts of someone present or absent.

Edition of 3 e-textile pants and 3 fountains bespoke electronics, 3D printing, fabric and embroidery. (2021)

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Shedding Skin #2 Vulnerability and Connection. 2020.

Cast of a torso, with chitin-soaked bandages inscribed with lines of plastic.

Shedding Skin & Meek Is The Warrior are work series around dismantling cultural narratives in support of patriarchy. The sculptures imitating armour wear are made of Chitosan-based wound healing bandages that solidify as bio-polymers (plastic). Chitin, the second most abundant bio-polymer after Cellulose can be found in the exoskeletons of insects and crustaceans. The exoskeletons that have inspired armour and robotics, are used in this case in their broken down form, when outgrown, when shed or broken, one new study shows that they can be fermented into Chitin and Chitosan. Medical innovations pick up on one of the oldest technologies, fermentation for wound grafting or intravenous drug delivery based on Chitosan. The title Shedding Skin refers to transformative processes, a metaphor for change and outgrowing old habits, urging society to revisit beliefs that need to be outgrown, such as the histories and definitions of technology, the social status of vulnerability and our interconnectedness with the environment and how much we need to rely on other species. The sculptures are inscribed with quotes about cultures of domination taken from bell hooks feminist publication on love ethics All About Love.

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Shedding Skin#1- Fear and Obedience

Meek as a warrior

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Petja Ivanova - I trace the cracks in it.

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Petja Ivanova - Nothing can protect you

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Petja Ivanova - Skin of a warrior

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Petja Ivanova - Meek is the warrior - heeling and growth.

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meek is the warrior

your skin might be soft

but you’ ve grown a shell underneath serving you no thing

definitely not connecting

i'm tracing the cracks in it

to let in

sink in my words

that become the scar of

your new memories

let me scar your portals

i'll move thru

negativity attracting me

until we grow to be

another you

Body Add Ons

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Collaboration with Fashion Designer Julia Bajanova.

Tools to practice incorporating the ‘other’ non-human and abject matters 

Objects/ performance props

Styrofoam, mealworms, élastique, needle


approx. 20x20cm

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memory trainers for admitting abject matter and practicing
co-living with the other
>> training for slow and gradual embodiment of the other.

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transformation through ‚food‘ - more than human bodies v1

Performance / Make-up


Mask made of styrofoam and mealworms that live in styrofoam, part of the performance 'Transformat5ions
Tools for practicing living with and becoming the ‘other’ - more than human transformations.

Microalgae Lamp


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This object includes bioluminescent  micro-algae that glow to your heart beat which is measured through an included heart rate monitor for the user to interact through touching the object.

Sculpture 15cmx40cm
Concrete, brass, glass, microcontroller, heart beat sensor, micro algea


Time Objects

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Sculpture and Photograph

electronic circuit board and Aluminium crystals
silver-gelatine print dimensons variable (70cmx100cm)
2011-2017 Petja Ivanova


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A fabulation of future tech fossils, the work series ‘time objects’ refers to different concepts and durations of

time. the time precision in technological objects in combination with the concept of emergence and a longue durée of the

formation of crystals. These are crystalized electronic waste objects, the electronic waste found on the street in my neighbourhood

in Weser Strasse in Berlin, taken to my studio, immersed into different chemical solutions and just waiting to have the crystals emerge,

the geometry combine. not being responsible for the creation of the object/artwork itself but having the natural process in its own time

take care of it. Who knows, maybe in hundreds of years from now those objects will be found in the environment, as crystals are also

part of electronic circuits, the elementsare in the matter, they could keep on growing.


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Sculpture and Photograph

radio antenna and aluminium crystals, macbook charger and
aluminium cristals, 10x80cm & 20x20cm
silver-gelatine print dimensons variable (70cmx100cm)
2011-2017 Petja Ivanova


Fermenting Feminism, Medical Museum Copenhagen, Copenhagen
October 2018 — October 2018
Fermentation of Insect Bodies and Social Healing
Radical Relevances, Aalto Unversity Helsinki, Helsinki
May 2021 — May 2021
Panel Hybrid Ontologies: ‘The becoming of Styroworm - food for thought on how to respond’
Master of Arts, University of Arts Berlin, Berlin
April 2011 — July 2015
Master of Arts in Computational Art/Generative Art

Experimenting with Bio-Materials, Hamburg College of Applied Sciences
September 2020 — March 2021
The Cultural History of Tarot and the Science of Magic, Hamburg College of Applied Arts
April 2021 — July 2021
Speculative Design, Linnaeus University Växjö
March 2021 — April 2021



2011-2015 Computational Art/Generative Art bei Joachim Sauter und Alberto DeCampo Universität der Künste, mit Auszeichnung bestanden

2016 Meisterschülerin bei Nina Fischer, UdK Berlin



Promos Stipendium des DAAD & der Universität der Künste für künstlerische Vorhaben im Ausland 


Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Stipendium Max, Artists in Residency an Berliner Schulen


Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Kunst&Wissenschaft Stipendium 


Allah's Automaten, ZKM Karlsruhe (2015)

Katalog zum Stipendienprogramm Max, Artists in Residency an Berliner Schulen (2017)

Essay Publikation in Metamorfosa, Arts, Science & Technology Journal (2018)

Selected Exhibtions


Echo-Chambers , 3hd Festival 2020, Berlin
October 2020 — October 2020
Installation with Cammack Lindsay 'Love Spits Revolting'
The event exhibition features a multi-sensory and interdisciplinary show spanning the four
different rings circling the Prenzlauer Berg’s water tower, where a limited number of audience
members can walk through and experience this crossover of visual arts, storytelling, and
post-club sounds in the cyclic structure of the space, mirroring the cyclic nature of life, cultural
movements and social progress.

On Frail Ground, Art Claims Impulse, Berlin
May 2020 — May 2020
Duo Show with Mihai Grecu curated by Art Claims Impulse
Installation and wearables 'Second Skin- transforming and healing with the Other'
The undertone inherent in the artworks could be described as the 'generation of a basic
existential feeling'; a sense of fragility, of impending collapse. Rigid monuments of an ideology
expressed in cement are attacked by natural forces and show their last absurd steadfastness.
Barren surfaces show fragile luminous traces of human existence. Delicate derma structures
are clothed and protected by a polysaccharide material inherent to fungi, arthropods, and
mollusks, which leads to the emergence of a new hybrid. Are we at the beginning of a changing
materialism and repositioning in the Anthropocene?


Traces, Group Exhibiton Projektraum Schaufenster

Sculptures/Wearables >>Meek is the warrior<<, Berlin


V2 Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam

Exhibition Graceful Extinction, Skulptures >>Untitled Time Objects<<


Sympoiesis, Group Exhibition, SVA New York


Panke Gallery, Group Exhibition, Berlin   


Field Notes, Group Exhibition State Studio Gallery

Performance >>Styroworm<<, Berlin

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