wiss. Mitarb. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Petra Gemeinböck
Petra Gemeinboeck leads the PEEK research project Dancing with the Nonhuman, funded through the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2019–22. At the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), University of New South Wales, AU, she leads an Australia Council Research (ARC) Discovery Project (2016–2019).
Petra’s artistic research practice crosses creative robotics, performance and feminist theory, bringing critical questions of embodiment, materiality and performativity into the arena of social robotics. In 2015, she co-founded the Machine Movement Lab with her collaborator Rob Saunders (Leiden University, NL). Previously, she developed interactive and robotic installations and virtual (CAVE) environments. Her artworks have been exhibited internationally, including at the Ars Electronica Festival; International Triennial of New Media Art at NAMOC, Beijing; MCA Chicago; and GoMA, Brisbane. Petra was a finalist of the National New Media Award 2012, AU, and received an Honorary Mention at the Live 2011 Grand Prix, Digital Turku, FI. She has been invited to speak on her artistic research practice at international institutions and events, most recently as a keynote speaker at the Performing Robots Conference 2019 in Utrecht, NL.
Petra completed her doctoral studies in Visual Culture (Vienna University of Technology, 2004) with a dissertation on ‘Negotiating the Virtual: Inhabiting Architectures of Emergence and Remoteness’. She also has a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Architecture (University of Stuttgart, 2000) and a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Visualisation (U of Illinois Chicago, 2003).
Over the past 20 years, Petra has worked in Australia, U.S.A, UK, and France. She was awarded an EU-funded Senior Research Fellowship at Falmouth University, UK (2018–9). Since 2009 she holds a Senior Lecturer position at the Faculty of Art & Design, University of New South Wales, where she was Director of Postgraduate Research (2014–15) and Deputy Director of the NIEA Creative Robotics Lab (2013–16).