Member of the Art & Science Research Group
Graduate student, Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Ionian University.
Stefanie Louka was born in a small town called Paralimni in Cyprus. She is a graduate of Paralimni High School and a graduate of the Department of Audio and Visual Arts of the Ionian University. She focused on painting, video and photography. During her studies she participated as a volunteer at the 10th and 11th Audiovisual Arts Festival and the 1st Corfu Summer School in Hybrid Arts. In her spare time she volunteers with Scouting and participates in the musical ensemble of Mandolinata of the Municipality of Paralimni. She speaks English and Greek fluently.
Graduate thesis title: "HEARTs display: design and practice of a participatory performative BioArt lab on the anatomy of the human heart"
Supervisor: Dalila Honorato
New movements and art forms with alternative techniques and methodologies have evolved since the beginning of the 21st century, influenced by the emergence of Biotechnology. Both BioArt and Biohacking aim to disseminate information on science and technology related topics in a variety of ways of transmitting and presenting. One of them is through educational performative labs open to the general public. The purpose of this thesis is to create an analogous lab by putting together Biology and Art topics. The heart is one of the most important organs in the biological system and one of the most important symbols of human civilization. This thesis is developed through the understanding of the physiology and anatomy of the human heart and the brief historical retrospective of its visual representation, accomplishing the performance and documentation stages of such particular lab procedures.