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Lecturer in Interactive Media and Director of Interactive Filmmaking Lab, University of Stirling

Dr Polina Zioga is an award-winning hybrid artist, Director of the Interactive Filmmaking Lab and Lecturer (Grade 8) in Interactive Media at the University of Stirling. Her areas of expertise are Expanded and Live Cinema, Interactive Filmmaking, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs), and Neurocinematics.

Her interdisciplinary background and studies have influenced her peer-reviewed research and creative practice, which for more than ten years has centred in the field of arts and the brain, combining creativity, technology and science. She holds a Ph.D from the Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow, selected as one of the Top-Ranked LABS Abstracts for 2017 by Leonardo (MIT Press). She has written for The Converation and has appeared on The Guardian technology podcast, while for her work and excellence, she has received grants and awards from international sources, like the NEON Organization, Glasgow School of Art Global Excellence Initiative Fund, Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab as part of the European project ‘Connecting Cities: Participatory City 2014’, MyndPlay, the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Athens, The Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry (He.D.A.) and others. In this frame, she has collaborated with esteemed organisations including the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Northern Video Art Network (Finland, Norway, Greece, Hong Kong), iMAL (Brussels) and Fournos Center for Digital Culture (Athens).

Her creative work and research has been presented and published since 2004 in Europe, Asia, North and South America including: solo and group art exhibitions, video-art and film festivals, performances, international conferences, academic journals, invited talks and guest lectures.


  • 2017–present
    Director, Interactive Filmmaking Lab
  • 2020–present
    Lecturer (Grade 8) in Interactive Media, University of Stirling
  • 2017–2020
    Lecturer in Media/Film Production, Staffordshire University


  • 2017 
    Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow, Ph.D. in Interactive Media and Film


  • 2018
    Zioga, P. (2018) Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance, Leonardo. 51(5): 531. doi: 10.1162/leon_a_01671
  • 2018
    Zioga P., Pollick F., Ma M., Chapman P. and Stefanov K. (2018) “Enheduanna—A Manifesto of Falling” Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance: Performer and Audience Participation, Cognition and Emotional Engagement Using Multi-Brain BCI Interaction, Front. Neurosci. 12:191. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00191
  • 2016
    Zioga, P., Chapman, P., Ma, M., Pollick, F. (2016) Enheduanna – A Manifesto of Falling: first demonstration of a live brain-computer cinema performance with multi-brain BCI interaction for one performer and two audience members, Digital Creativity. [Online]. Available from:
  • 2012
    Fragoulopoulou, Z. and Zioga, P. (2012) Polina Zioga - The Shelter, Pavlidis Creative Publications, Athens 2012

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy