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Biography Dr Maja Zeco is an interdisciplinary practice-based researcher who has been teaching at Gray’s School of Art since 2021. She completed her practice-led PhD in Fine Arts in 2019 based at Gray’s, with the support of the Sonic Programme of the University of Aberdeen. During her doctoral studies funded by the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities, she explored contextual approaches in listening to places from the perspectives of visual arts, performance and sonic arts.

By drawing from her BA and MA completed in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in communication design, Zeco’s practices of sound, moving image and performance art is research-oriented. Her works explore narratives of group and individual identities and displacement. She is currently developing strategies of de-modernising and decolonising in Scotland and looking into Bosnian/Balkan futurisms.

Many of her works, such as Grains of Sound (2016), Hold in/Breathe Out (2016), In Search of the Sun (2021-2022), and Silencer (2018-2022) are about disjunctures between the artist and her environment. First-hand experience of conflict and subsequent transition to neoliberalism in Bosnian society, and life in the UK since 2015, inform these works. She has had works commissioned and shown in Sarajevo, Zurich, London, Leicester, Perth, Corby, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Research Interests - Contemporary sound art approaches to listening to places
- Intersections of soundscape composition, sound/sonic arts and visual art practices
- Interdisciplinary practice-led (based) research methodologies
- Practices of demodernising & decolonising through creative practice
- Research on diaspora, displacement and migration
- Balkan and Bosnian futurism
- Reflexive & contextual listening to post-conflict spaces
- Histories and practices of performance art
PhD Supervision Availability Yes
PhD Topics I welcome PhD proposals from candidates interested in practice-based (led) interdisciplinary research approaches.