The authors

Maja Smrekar‘s work has been established in the international art and science milieu. Grounded insculpture and contemporary arts she develops cross-conceptual productions that include performances, installations, site-specific art, drawings, videos, sound, workshops, lectures, talks, and texts. Her work has been exhibited and presented at: MSUM, Ljubljana; ZKM Karlsruhe; Musée de l’Homme Paris; Vienna Art Week; Het Neuwe Institut, Netherlands; Latvian National Arts Museum; Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana; Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing; Zuercher Gallery / Frieze New York; RMIT Gallery Melbourne; and festivals Ars Electronica, Linz; Click festival, Denmark; Transmediale, Berlin; Rencontres Bandits-Mages, France. Among other awards Smrekar received the Golden Nica Award (Prix Ars Electronica, 2017) and Prešeren Foundation Award (Slovenian national award, 2018).

Gjino Šutić is a multidisciplinary researcher and innovation developer in several fields of science (biotechnology, bioelectronics, experimental electronics, ecological engineering etc.) and postmodern new media art (Bio Art, Digital art, Installation art, Multimedia Art & Hybrid Art). Even though he has an academic background in biotechnology, educational psychology and medicinal chemistry, he strongly uses and promotes DIY (Do-It-Yourself) and experimental approach to science and biotechnology (biohacking). He founded non-profit civilian Universal Research Institute (UR Institute, 2013) for applied scientific research and development of related culture, where he does most of his work. He is strongly involved in promoting STEAM, citizens science & literacy, innovative art, innovative applied science & sustainable biopolicies – through teaching, supporting investment in kids & youth, and development of strategic projects on local and international levels.