About Me

about

picture by Ivan Peykov

Contact me at:

email: albena.baeva@gmail.com
tel: +359886861102
address:
ul. Elisaveta Bagryana 14, office 4
1111 Sofia
Bulgaria

Albena Baeva works with interactive design, experimental video and performance. In her interactive installations for urban spaces and galleries she uses technology, creative programming and DIY practices.

She has two MAs; in Restoration (2008) and in Digital Art (2010) from the National Academy of Art in Sofia where she specializes in art technology practices from 12th to 21st century. In 2011 she was awarded the international Essl Art Award for contemporary art and Vienna Insurance Group Special Invitation.

She is co-founder of Runabout project, a platform for interdisciplinary performances and studio for interactive design Reaktiv. Within Runabout project she works with musicians, dancers, poets and engineers to create new interactive performance instruments.

Her works have been shown in museums for contemporary art like Essl (Austria, 2011), EMMA (Finland, 2013), Museum for contemporary art Vojvodina (Serbia, 2015), at galleries and festivals for video and performance in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Switzerland, Serbia, Ukraine and USA.

 

Selected Exhibitions and Performances

2017

Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Mariy Rosen, video and interaction for theatre play, Mr. Bricolage (BG)

2016

                         Landscapes and Nudes, exhibition, Project space of ASU Art Museum, AZ (US)

                         Friendly Little Creatures, curatorial project for group exhibition, Sofia (BG)

                         Dior In Moscow, video for dance-theatre performance, Klaipeda (LT)

                         Peace To You, video for theatre performance, Sofia (BG)

2015

                       E.U.E.R.P.I, audio-visual performance, Our Lady Church, Copenhagen (DK)

Yordan Parushev Competition, group exhibition at Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Paris (FR)

The Baazar, presentation of Identity Move Residency Project, Prague (CZE)

WonderLab, group exhibition, Museum for Contemporary Art Voivodina, Novi Sad (SRB)

Only The Two of Us, documental exhibition, Suspacious space, Sofia (BG)

Being Post-Digital, group exhibition, Society of Artists Gallery, Plovdiv (BG)

2014

Archaeologies, solo exhibition, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia (BG)

Living in Post-socialism, video art from Bulgaria, gallery Meno Parkas, Kaunas (LT)

Nominee Exhibition BAZA Award for Contemporary Art, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia (BG)

What If, solo exhibition, Contemporary Space Gallery, Varna (BG)

Sudden Streets, performance, Runabout project, Sofia, Varna, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo (BG)

2013

MiReLa, interactive installation for public space, with studio Reaktiv, city centre, Sofia (BG)

The Eyes of Others, interactive video for a theatrical performance, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, Sofia (BG)

Azamen, interactive dance performance, Runabout project, Dimanche Rouge Festival, EMMA, Espoo (FI)

2012

ARTeFACT, interactive video for a dance performance, Derida Dance, Sofia, Varna, Lymasol, Budapest, Chur (BG/CY/HUN/CHE/SVN)

The DNA of Words II, sound performance, Runabout project, Kornfeld Gallery, Berlin (DE)

Young Art from CEE, VIG Special Invitation exhibition, Ringturm, Vienna (AUT)

Hello World, group exhibition, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia (BG)

2011

Essl Art Award CEE: Winners exhibition, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg (AUT)

Baza Art Award: Nominees’ Exhibition, Sofia City Gallery, Sofia (BG)

Transform, international group exhibition, Foreign Art Gallery, Sofia (BG)

2010

Bergeron Experiment, audio-visual performance, Runabout project, Digital Art Festival, Sofia (BG)

Universal meeting, site specific interactive installation for public space, city centre, Sofia (BG)

Imagine, short video, 3H+K Gallery, Pori (FI)

Up:Down, interactive installation, co-work with P. Boyukova,  Nights of the museums Plovdiv (BG)

 

 Prizes

2011

Essl Art Award CEE

Vienna Insurance Group Special Invitation

 

Residencies

2016                          CES ArtsLink Residency, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

2014                          Identity.Move! Project, artistic residency in Athens

2012                          Derida Dance Center Residency, Sofia

2011                           Orientational workshop at STEIM, Amsterdam

 

Education

2008-2010

MA programme Digital Arts, thesis project “FallControl“, National Academy of Arts, Sofia

March-May 2007

Academy of Fine Arts, Macerata, Italy, programme Erasmus

2003-2008

MA programme Restoration, thesis project “Restoration of fresco fragment”, National Academy of Arts, Sofia