Marina Gržinić

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Marina Gržinić

Marina Gržinić (born 1958) is a philosopher, theoretician and artist from Ljubljana.[1] She is a prominent contemporary theoretical and critical figure in Slovenia.[2] Since 1993 she is employed at the Institute of Philosophy at the Scientific and Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts (short ZRC-SAZU in Slovenian and SRC-SASA in English). Today, she serves as a professor and research adviser. For her scientific work, she has received the Golden SASA sign in 2007.[3] Since 2003, she has also served as Full Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria.[4] She publishes extensively, lectures worldwide, and is involved in video art since 1982.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Marina Gržinić was born in 1958 in Rijeka (Yugoslavia), in present-day Croatia. She was raised in an Italian minority family. She moved alone to Ljubljana at the age of seventeen (after completing her gymnasium studies in Rijeka). She received her Bachelor of Arts in analytical sociology in 1985, completed her Master of Arts in 1991 at the Faculty of Arts in Slovenia, and received her doctoral title in 1995 from the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. The title of her dissertation was Virtual Reality: Achronic Time, Paraspace and Simulation. Gržinić was one of the first, if not the first in Slovenia and maybe ex-Yugoslavia, with a doctorate in philosophy and virtual reality, cyberspace, cyberfeminism (Haraway), postcolonial theory (Trinh T. Minh-ha), French structuralism and media theory (Baudrillard, Couchot, Klonaris/Thomadaki, Virilio, etc.).[6] In the period from 1997 to 1998 she completed her postdoctoral academic training in Japan, at the University of Tokyo (she received the Japan government grant, JSPS) and spent a year with Professor Machiko Kusahara.[7]


In Ljubljana, she engaged in the constitution of what is today known as the Ljubljana alternative or subcultural movement that, in the 1980s, developed new artistic practices,(like video and performance) politically engaged movements such as the homosexual gay and lesbian scene, and many other processes that were constitutive for the discussion of the position of art and culture in Slovenia in connection with demands and struggles for a political emancipated life that bypasses the middle class bourgeoisie perception of the Slovenian society and reality.[8]


Gržinić's theoretical work focuses on contemporary philosophy and aesthetics after modernism. Her work is directed towards a theory of ideology, theory of technology, biopolitics/necropolitics, video technology[9] and transfeminism[10] in connection with decoloniality[11] Gržinić's work cannot be easily circumscribed in this or that school or discipline, though in recent years, she has brought forward global critical philosophy, which is both daring and dangerously concrete in being alert, critical for the local, against racism, coloniality and globally questioning capitalism and necropolitics.[12]

It is important to highlight her theoretical approach that is between the politically performative theory and activist criticism and theory in action.[13] This means that the Gržinić's position is not a disengaged area of interpretation that derives from theoretical and philosophical contemplation but that her work in philosophy, theory and arts derives from concrete theoretical practice and interventions and related cultures.[14]

She regularly implements her research results in the processes of education and as well in other disciplines, especially art disciplines, finally she engages significantly in the public life at home and abroad, being part of different struggles politically and socially motivated against capitalism and its processes of dispossession, racism, and brutal discrimination.[15]


Gržinić is active in video art and media art since 1982. She works in collaboration with Aina Šmid, art historian and artist from Ljubljana.[16]

Selected works[edit]

Books from 1995 on:

  • V vrsti za virtualni kruh : čas, prostor, subjekt in novi mediji v letu 2000, (Zbirka Sophia, 1996, 5). Ljubljana: Znanstveno in publicistično središče, 1996. SLOVENIAN
  • Rekonstruirana fikcija : novi mediji, (video) umetnost, postsocializem in retroavantgarda : teorija, politika, estetika : 1997–1985, (Knjižna zbirka Koda). Ljubljana: Študentska organizacija Univerze, Študentska založba, 1997. SLOVENIAN
  • U redu za virtualni kruh, (Biblioteka Intermedia, knj. 2). Zagreb: Meandar, 1998. CROATIAN
  • Fiction reconstructed : Eastern Europe, post-socialism & the retro-avant-garde. Vienna: Selene, 2000. ENGLISH[17]
  • Estetika kibersveta in učinki derealizacije, (Zbirka Prizma). Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU, 2003. SLOVENIAN
  • Situated contemporary art practices : art, theory and activism from (the east of) Europe. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC: = ZRC Publishing; Frankfurt am Main: Revolver – Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, 2004. ENGLISH
  • Avangarda i politika : istočnoevropska paradigma i rat na Balkanu, (Bibliteka Slovenica). Belgrade: Belgradeski krug, 2005. SERBIAN
  • Estetika kibersvijeta i učinci derealizacije, (Basic). Zagreb: Multimedijalni institut; Sarajevo: Košnica – centar za komunikaciju i kulturu, 2005. CROATIAN[18]
  • Une fiction reconstruite : Europe de l'Est, post-socialisme et rétro-avant-garde, (Ouverture philosophique). Paris; Budapest; Torino: Harmattan, 2005. FRENCH[19]
  • Re-politicizing art, theory, representation and new media technology, (Schriften der Akademie der bildenden Künste Vienna, Vol. 6). Vienna: Schlebrügge.Editor, cop. 2008. ENGLISH
  • Necropolitics, Racialization, and Global Capitalism. Historicization of Biopolitics and Forensics of Politics, Art, and Life. Marina Gržinić and Šefik Tatlić, Lexington books, 2014.
  • Regimes of invisibility in contemporary art, theory and culture: image, racialization, history. Marina Gržinić, Aneta Stojnić and Miško Šuvaković, eds., Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. cop. 2017.
  • Shifting corporealities in contemporary performance: danger, im/mobility and politics, Marina Gržinić and Aneta Stojnić, eds., (Avant-gardes in performance). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. cop. 2018.
  • Border Thinking. Disassembling Histories of Racialized Violence. Marina Gržinić, ed., Vienna, Berlin: Publication Series of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Vol 21., and Sternberg Press, 2018.
  • Arte-Política-Resistencia, Tjaša Kancler, Barcelona: Ediciones t.i.c.t.a.c., 2018. SPANISH
  • Opposing Colonialism, Antisemitism, and Turbo-Nationalism. Rethinking the Past for New Conviviality. Marina Gržinić, Jovita Pristovšek, Sophie Uitz, eds. PEEK/FWF Research Project Vienna, 578 pp., Cambridge Scholars, United Kingdom, 2020.


  1. ^ "Marina Gržinić | ZKM".
  2. ^ "Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières". Archived from the original on 25 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Marina Gržinić Mauhler, PhD | Institute of Philosophy". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ "]a[ akademie der bildenden künste wien". Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Relations/". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Telepistemology: MIT Press". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
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  9. ^ Lovejoy, Margot; Paul, Christiane; Bulajić, Viktorija Vesna; Vesna, Victoria (2011). Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts – Google Knjige. ISBN 9781841503080. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  10. ^ Löcker Verlag (16 April 2013). "Löcker Verlag – Reitsamer, Grzinic (Hg.) – New Feminism". Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 May 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Project MUSE – Southeastern Europe and the Question of Knowledge, Capital, and Power". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  13. ^ Marina Gržinić (15 October 2009). "Marina Gržinić: Analysis of the exhibition "Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe"". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ "From Biopolitics to Necropolitics: Marina Gržinić in conversation with Maja and Reuben Fowkes". 9 October 2012. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  16. ^ Löcker Verlag (16 April 2013). "Löcker Verlag – Marina Grzinic – New-Media Technology, Science, and Politics". Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  17. ^ Louis Gerber. "Fiction Reconstructed: Eastern Europe, Post socialism and the Retro-Avant-Garde by Marina Grzinic". Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Marina Gržinić- Estetika kibersvijeta i učinci derealizacije". Retrieved 20 April 2013.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Une fiction reconstruite : Europe de l'Est, post-socialisme et rétro-avant-garde (2005) |". 13 February 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013.

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