Maja Petrić works at the crossroads of art, design, technology and science. She has been making, researching, and teaching innovative experiences through the creative use of light since the year 2000. Maja holds a Ph.D. from University of Washington and Masters from New York University on the topic of transforming the poetic experience of space through innovative use of light and interactive audiovisual technologies. Through her artistic practice she has produced from start to finish more than 50 artworks that have been exhibited worldwide at major venues including Henry Art Gallery, Medialab Prado, Microsoft Gallery, and Matadero. Her artworks have been commissioned by Amazon, Microsoft, European Institute of Design, City of Zadar, Clorofila Digital, 7islas Hotel, and included in private collections. Maja has been nominated for The International Light Art Award, and received numerous international awards including Richard Kelly Light Art Award, Thunen Light Art Award, and Croatian National Award for Science and Technological Development.
Maja’s artwork came out of original creative and technical research on lighting and audiovisual technologies as a creative tool. She shares this body of knowledge as a a keynote speaker, lecturer and presenter at many conferences including Illuminating Engineering Society Conferences, International Symposium for Electronic Art, etc. Since the year 2006 she has been teaching these subjects at various universities. She thought 9 courses on new media art, and developed 3 first-of-a-kind graduate level courses on light and art. Recently she has been European Institute of Design appointed her a director of first master degree program on innovation through creative use of light. Part of her research is examining creative treatment of light thought history, since the cave time. In 2015 she wrote a first book there is on history of light and art, Light Art A Day.
Most recently, she has been employed by Microsoft Research to create innovative applications of their technologies by using art as a catalyst. It resulted in two projects that expanded the function and value of their technologies, but also provided unique compelling experiences that increase emotional reception of Microsoft’s experimental technologies.