The UMPRUM Visiting Artist in the summer semester 2020/2021 is Maja Smrekar
Created: 2. 2. 2021 from Visiting Artist Studio

 UMPRUM is proud to announce that the visiting artist for the 2020/2021 spring semester is Maja Smrekar.

Maja Smrekar's artistic work deals with the relation human-animal-machine. Her practice is grounded in formal sculpture, video and new media but involves interdisciplinary research processes, combined with experimental studio work. It often employs biotechnological tools and is created in laboratory settings in collaboration with scientists and technologists. Smrekar’s political-theoretical position is largely inspired by feminism, biopolitics, necropolitics, ecofeminism, post-socialist labour studies and transhumanism.

Smrekar has exhibited in fine arts and media arts museum contexts such as ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany), Musée de l`Homme (Paris, France), MAK Vienna (Austria), Het Neuwe Institut (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Latvian National Arts Museum (Riga, Latvia), Milton Keynes Gallery (United Kingdom), Zuercher Gallery / Frieze New York (USA), Art Laboratory Berlin (Germany), Corner College Gallery (Zurich, Switzerland); festivals Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Click festival (Elsinore, Denmark), Transmediale (Berlin, Germany) and Musrarra Mix (Jerusalem, Israel).


Program description

Program title: Dialogues
The course will deal with strategies of interaction on different levels and between different kinds of interlocutors. References from
ecofeminism, biopolitics, queer theory, labour studies and transhumanism will be explored through readings, screenings, guest lectures, workshops, solo and group activities.


The structure of the program

The visiting artist will give a theoretical and practical course.

The program is structured in three main sessions in March (online), April (offline), and May (offline), introducing guests from different fields (art & science, research based art, multimedia & film, performance), followed by regular studio visits with Maja Smrekar.
The schedule will be structured in both regular working sessions once a week and intense workshops.



The program is part of the Fine Arts Department of UMPRUM and is primarily reserved to its students but offers limited numbers of places to the students of other departments of UMPRUM. Students of the bachelor, master and PhD programs can apply.

 All students apart from the students of the first year of Bachelor Program and the students currently graduating from Bachelor and Master Program are encouraged to enroll. The Visiting Artist Program is open to students of Fine Arts Department and all other UMPRUM departments in limited numbers.

 To apply, students must have completed their previous semester and enrolled in the next semester. For applications please contact the UMPRUM Study department.

 For more information please contact the Program’s Czech pedagogue Sláva Sobotovičová,, 737 620 381


In the past UMPRUM has hosted courses of the following visiting artists:
fall 2020/2021 Sam Lewitt: Scales
spring 2019/2020 Tyler Coburn: Counterfactuals
fall 2019/2020 Justin Fitzpatrick: Critical aspects of painting
spring 2018/2019 Nina Beier: Cultural meanings of material and objects
fall 2018/2019 David Maljković: Crossovers of installation
spring 2017/2018 Marie de Brugerolle: The legacy of performance