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Monika Dorniak (*1988)


I analyse contemporary and traditional sciences (incl. philosophy and somatics) by considering technological changes in our epoch, the Anthropocene. My background in design, psychology, neurology and choreography merges in my multi-medial projects that embrace a reduction of materialities and focus on research process. The upbringing in an artisanal, social scientific and agricultural family influenced my practice just as my german-polish-lithuanian roots that are marked by the trauma of sociopolitical events. 

In 2017 I graduated from MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, UAL  with a dissertation and artistic work suggesting possibilities to reclaim the alienated -self-.  Frequent research topics include agency, body and mind, collective and self-consciousness, communication, control, gender equality, identity, senses, tradition, trauma.

Between 2008-2015 I spent time researching in departments in fashion design, contemporary dance/choreography and psychology/neurology. In 2012 I founded the rhizomatic, interdisciplinary network WCOMTC, and curated various interdisciplinary events between 2011-2013 including exhibitions, lectures and philanthropic projects with children and youth at theatre- and educational- institutions.



Previous collaborators include: Baserange, Rory Pilgrim (1 / 2). I developed projects for a.o. Anti-University Festival at The Red Gallery, London, Tate Exchange, Arts Catalyst and The Performance Studio, Festival Do Disturb at Palais de Tokyo (Group Work), Foreign Affairs Festival Berlin (Haus der Berliner Festspiele), 100 Grad Festival at Sopehiensaele Berlin, CTM Hacklab in Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

I performed in works from a.o. Robert Whitman 9 Evenings Revisited, Curated by Arts Catalyst, 2016, David Rothenberg Berlin Bülbül (recorded on CD) 2015; Aernout Mik Speaking Tongues exhibited at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in 2013-14; Elisabeth Wood Gray Voices Choir debut-performed in Berlin in 2013, Antje Majewski Rausch, in Kunsthaus Dresden 2008.

Selected Publications:
2017
•Print and Online
Issue 04, Color, Terra Firma Magazine
2016
Interview for Metal Magazine (online)
2015
Interview by Ariana Miliorini for Grudde Magazine (online)
2011
Image, Der Greif, Issue 5, Magazine
Image and Text, Sova Magazine, Issue 4