Professor Jussi Parikka (project leader)

Jussi Parikka is Visiting Professor at FAMU at the Academy of Performing Arts as well as Professor of Technological Culture & Aesthetics at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). Starting January 2022, he will be Professor of Digital Aesthetics at Aarhus University (Denmark). Parikka is a member of Academia Europeae. His published books include Insect Media (2010), Digital Contagions (2007/2016) and A Geology of Media (2015), and A Slow, Contemporary Violence (2016). Recently, he co-edited Photography Off the Scale with Tomáš Dvořák (2021) and is the co-author of The Lab Book: Situated Practices in Media Studies (forthcoming 2021).

Dr Tomáš Dvořák

Tomáš Dvořák is Assistant Professor in the Department of Photography at FAMU in Prague. He studied philosophy, art history, media studies and sociology at Charles University in Prague and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His research focuses on the intersections between critical photography studies, media studies, visual culture studies and science studies, namely on media archaeology of science and knowledge. He recently co-edited, with Jussi Parikka, Photography Off the Scale: Technologies and Theories of the Mass Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2021).

Dr Abelardo Gil-Fournier

Abelardo Gil-Fournier is an artist and researcher. Originally trained in Physics, he holds a PhD in Arts from the Winchester School of Art (UK). Both his practice and research address the entwining of image surfaces with the living crust of the planet. His work has been shown and discussed in international venues, and he has published in journals such as Archiv für Mediengeschichte or AI & Society, as well as chapters in different edited collections. Together with Jussi Parikka, he is currently working on a book on vegetal surfaces and the multi-scalar materialities of the image.

Dr Martin Charvát (from 09/2021)

Martin Charvát has published six books, co-authored and co-edited another seven books. He has also written more than 30 articles and book chapters and presented at more than 30 international conferences and workshops. His main areas of research are media archaeology, digital media, contemporary art, 20th-century philosophy, semiotics.

Dr Josef Ledvina (until 08/2021)

Josef Ledvina is Assistant Professor at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) and editor-in-chief of Prague-based art magazine Art+Antiques. He studied art history and history at Charles University, Prague. He is the author of several book chapters and articles in Czech scientific journals and regularly contributes to Czech art magazines as an art critic. His lecturing focuses on the history of twentieth-century art and photography. His research currently focuses on general questions of critical evaluation and aesthetic experience in visual arts.

Dr Tereza Stejskalová

Tereza Stejskalová is a contemporary art curator and Assistant Professor of Art Theory at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Her research focuses on post-socialist visual culture from feminist and postcolonial perspectives. Her recent publications include ‘Online Weak and Poor Images: On Contemporary Visual Politics’, in Photography Off the Scale: Technologies and Theories of the Mass Image (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming in 2021), and ‘Filmmakers of the World, Unite! Forgotten Internationalism, Czechoslovak Film and the Third World’ (, 2018), editor.

Dr Michal Šimůnek

Michal Šimůnek is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Photography of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – FAMU. He is educated in media studies and sociology, and his research interests include vernacular photography, experimental photography, and contemporary socio-technical transformations of image-making apparatuses and visual culture. He is the author of several book chapters and articles in Czech scientific journals. He is also a translator of Geoffrey Batchen’s Photography and Dissemination: Towards a New History for Photography (NAMU, 2016) and Jussi Parikka’s What is media archaeology? (NAMU, forthcoming).