Ksenia Fedorova


Ksenia Fedorova is a media art researcher and curator. She holds Ph.D in Philosophy/Aesthetics (St.Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, RU) and is a PhD candidate at the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, University of California Davis. Her research interests encompass media art theory and history, aesthetics, philosophy, techno-cultural studies, and curatorial studies. She is the co-editor (with Nina Sosna) of Media: Between Magic and Technology (Moscow-Ekaterinburg, 2014, in Russian, short-listed for the national Innovation and Kandinsky awards, 2014). She has taught classes on media art theory and history in Russia, the U.S. and Austria and participated in numerous international conferences and workshops. She has been an initiator and curator of the “Art. Science. Technology” program at the Ural branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts (Ekaterinburg, RU) and was a member of the Jury of Prix Ars Electronica 2012 and the selection committee for PRO&CONTRA 2012 symposium (Moscow).
In her work, she has explored the phenomenon of the ‘technological sublime’ in relation to media art as a notion that addresses the potential and the ambiguities arising from the power of media technologies, informing the debate with a historically grounded epistemological discourse. The focus of her current dissertation project is the potential of sensing technologies in transmedial affective interfaces and mixed reality settings. Her publications in peer-reviewed journals, such as Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Media & Culture Journal, Acoustic Space, touch upon the issues of transmediality, proprioception and augmented reality, plasticity, feedback schemas in cybernetic theories, interaction with artificial intelligence agents, embodiment, telepresence and virtual reality, as well as selfhood and affect in relation to wearable technology.

Paper presentation: "Mental Images and Neurointerfaces in Performance Art and Scientific Experimentation", at "Invisibility", The Third Nomadikon and Center for the Ethics of Seeing Conference, Memphis (Nov. 7-8, 2016)