The becoming of Styroworm - food for thought on how to respond


  • Petja Ivanova Berlin University of the Arts


Styroworm's emergence is an incarnation of new materialist philosophies and as foodstuff t challenges its surroundings to deal with their responseabilities.


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Biografia do Autor

Petja Ivanova, Berlin University of the Arts

Petja Ivanova is a creative researcher with Bulgarian background based in Berln. She received her Master's degree at the University of Arts Berlin in the field of Computational Art/Generative Art and conducts independent artistic research since then with her studio Petluv_3000. As a data analyst in creativity research she contributed to studies on how ideas emerge in design team interactions and furthermore has facilitated creative collaboration and innovation in the public sector.



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