Janez Strehovec

Dr. Janez Strehovec is associate prof. of new media art theory and director of Institute of New Media Art and Electronic Literature. He is the author of eight scientific monographs in the fields of cultural studies, digital literature, literary criticism, and aesthetics. The most recent is Text as Ride (2016). His English essays are included as book chapters in several reference books and published in scientific journals (e.g. Digital Creativity, CLC Web, CTheory, Journal of Popular Culture, Afterimage, Cybertext Yearbook, Electronic Book Review, Cultura, First Monday, Teksty Drugie). His recent publications include “E-Literary Text and New Media Paratexts,” Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture (eds. Nadine Desrocher and Daniel Apollon, 2014), “The E-Literary Text as an Instrument and a Ride,” New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression (ed. Marcel CornisPope, 2014), “E-Literature, New Media Art, and E-literary Criticism”, CLC Web, vol. 16/5 (2014), “Po hipertekstni fikciji: remediirana in konceptualna besedila in zgodbe” [After the Hyperfiction: Remediated and Conceptual Textuality and Narrative], Primerjalna književnost [Comparative Literature], 40/1 (2017), and “Vanishing letters in text-based digital installations”, First Monday, vol. 22, no. 2, February 2017.

The following key concepts and theoretical devices coined and discussed by Strehovec are introduced in his essays: the word-image-virtual body, post-hypertext e-literature, conceptual phase of e-literature, expanded concept of text, digital tangible, nomadic cockpit, text as ride, derivative artmaking, techno-suspense, techno-surprise, new media paratexts, closeness that grows toward the user, e-literary service, e-literariness, poetics of elevator pitch, McDonaldization of language, blockchain technology as conceptual art, not-just-politics, not-just-science, center-framed tweet, story as application, visual cogito, and the madness through arts and culture.

His most recent research include:

  1. hidden forms of recent Fascist segregation, Asian Proto-Fascism, Academic Fascism (e.g. the topic of researcher as scapegoat Other vs. all-powerful leader), micro and molecular Fascism, and new modalities of blood and soil (Ger. Blut und Boden) ideology;
  2. madness through arts and culture;
  3. critique of literary Nationalism;
  4. social media textuality and storytelling.


Maja Murnik

Dr. Maja Murnik is founder of the Institute and researcher. She holds PhD in philosophy and theory of visual culture (at Faculty of Humanities Koper, Slovenia). She graduated in comparative literature and in theatre studies in Ljubljana. She worked as Assistant at Faculty of Humanities Koper, and as editor-in-chief of the Slovenian bilingual journal of performing and new media arts “Maska” and its book editions. Currently she is independent scholar and freelance art reviewer.

She conducts research in phenomenological aesthetics (Merleau-Ponty), new media art, performance art, philosophy of the body, art and science. Her papers were presented on several conferences (Ljubljana, Koper, Paris, Beijing, Ankara, Puebla (Mexico), etc.). She is also member of editorial board of the journal Virtual Creativity (publ. by Intellect Ltd.).

Her recent essays include:

  • Murnik M.: “Art in weightlessness: From outer space to virtual worlds”. Virtual Creativity, 7:1, 2017, pp. 29–40.
  • Murnik, M.: “’Follow me, comrades in flight, into the depths!’: body-related performance art in Second Life”. In: DOYLE, Denise (ed.): New opportunities for artistic practice in virtual worlds, Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, an imprint of IGI Global, 2015, pp. 216–231.
  • Murnik, M.: “Od teksta k telesnemu: problematika telesa v Bouchardonovem in Volckaertovem delu Loss of grasp”. In: Zorman, Barbara, Vaupotič, Aleš (eds.): Literatura in gibljive slike: tematski sklop = Literature and moving images: thematic section. Primerjalna književnost, 37:2, 2014, pp. 135–149.
  • Murnik, Maja, Petrič, Špela, and Turšič, Miha: “Beyond life cycles”. In: LIÒ, Pietro (ed.). Advances in artificial life : ECAL 2013 : proceedings of the twelfth European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems, 2-6 September 2013, Taormina, Italy. [S. l.: MIT Press], 2013, pp. 258–259.
  • Murnik, M.: “Drobljenje celovitosti telesa v performativnih umetniških praksah = Fragmenting the integrity of the body through performative art practices”. Maska, 27:145/146, Spring 2012, pp. 48–55.

Mojca Puncer

Dr. Mojca Puncer is founder of Institute and researcher. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana. She is Assistant Professor for Philosophy at the University of Maribor. She teaches at the Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Education, at the Department of Art History at the Faculty of Arts (University of Maribor) and at the Faculty of Design in Ljubljana. She works also as a freelance curator, critic and theoretician in the field of contemporary arts, cultural educator and writer. She has been published in numerous publications in Slovenia and abroad. She is the author of the book Contemporary Art and Aesthetics (2010). Her upcoming book is Interspaces of Art (Sophia, Ljubljana).

She conducts research in philosophy of art and culture, aesthetics, contemporary art history, art theory, fine art, visual culture, and new media theory. Her main interest is in artistic research, participation, performativity, body, space, art in social space, new media art, art and science.

Her recent essays include:

  • PUNCER, Mojca. The politics of aesthetics of contemporary art in Slovenia and its avant-garde sources. Filozofski vestnik, 2016, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 133-156, 226-227.
  • PUNCER, Mojca. Advanced constructivism and postgravity art: theoretical and philosophical implications. Leonardo: journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, 2016, pp. 1-18, ilustr., doi: 10.1162/LEON_a_01383.
  • PUNCER, Mojca. Articulations of space, community, neighborhoods – poetics, micropolitics in contemporary art: a few examples. In: LANG, Ye (ed.). Diversities in Aesthetics: selected papers of the 18th Congress of International Aesthetics. Beijing: Chinese Society for Aesthetics, 2013, pp. 710-721.
  • PUNCER, Mojca. Artistic research on life forms: exploring the intersections of science, art and life in the context of globalization. Leonardo, 2008, vol. 41, no. 5, pp. 469-477.
  • PUNCER, Mojca. Moments of decision: rethinking past stories for the future. In: GRŽINIĆ, Marina (ed.), VELAGIĆ, Tanja (ed.). New-media technology, science, and politics: the video art of Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid. Wien: Löcker, 2008, pp. [19]-37.