I work as Associate Professor at the Institute for Audiovisual Arts, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. My current research interests include digital culture and electronic literature, media theory and new media art (including sound art). I am also a member of the Board of Directors of Electronic Literature Organization.
I also pursue a creative practice in improvised music and sound art at Magic Carpathians Project which I co-founded in 1998 (yes, I’ve been dealing with music longer than with academia 🙂 )
Apart from music I dedicate a significant part of my time to Biotop Lechnica, a tiny permaculture garden located in a beautiful part of Polish-Slovakian borderland where together with my partner and the small group of like-minded spirits we cultivate slow life, grow herbs and vegetables, develop community-based ecological arts and culture programme and take care for whatever needs to be taken care of 🙂
dr hab. Anna Nacher
Institute of Audiovisual Arts, Faculty of Management and Cultural Communication, Jagiellonian University
ul. Lojasiewicza 4, 30-348 Krakow, Poland
Habilitation (postdoctoral degree, the equivalent of tenure) in Cultural Studies (2016)
PhD in Cultural Studies (2006)
MA in Linguistics and Polish Literature (1996)
2017 – ongoing, Associate Professor in Audiovisual Culture, Institute of Audiovisual Arts, Faculty of Management and Cultural Communication, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.
2006 – 2016, Assistant Professor in Media Studies, Institute of Audiovisual Arts, Faculty of Management and Cultural Communication, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.
2010 – 2013, Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Video Game Design, Institute of Audiovisual Arts, in cooperation with Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of Jagiellonian University and local game design companies.
2010 – 2012, Lecturer in Gender Studies Program, The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
2007 – 2009, Coordinator of Post-Graduate Program in Cultural Studies for Teachers, Institute of Audiovisual Arts
2017 – 2020, Principal Investigator, research project “The aesthetics of post-digital imagery – between new materialism and object-oriented philosophy”, research grant awarded from the National Science Center Poland within OPUS program, project no. 2016/21/B/HS2/00746.
The project is aimed at re-examination of the notion of representation so that it acknowledges the post-digital imagery production, with its shift towards automatic and quasi-automatic data flows, often directly connected to the physical environment.
The project focuses on two main areas:
1) It gives a closer look at the procesuality and relationality of the networked imagery as a particular kind of object. In this regard, it draws on the discussions concerning the nature of objects and relationality from the perspective of speculative realism and object-oriented paradigms. Such debate has been carried out between the leading proponents of object-oriented philosophy and speculative realism and the researchers subscribing to the updated proposition of actor-networked theory [Harman 2009; Latour, Harman, Erdelyi 2011; Shaviro, 2011; Bryant 2011; Bryant 2014]
2) The project seeks to re-conceptualize the notion of representation so that it accounts for the distributed agency understood as the quality shared between both human and non-human (technical) actors. In this way, the question posed once by W.T.J. Mitchell, „What do pictures want?” [Mitchell 2004] regarding post-digital imagery will hopefully bring some more precise answers. The main line of argumentation is that the post-digital imagery understood first and foremost as the form of distributed agency is capable of bridging the different ontological realms. It will also investigate the possibility to constitute different modalities of materiality, taking into account both physicality of the objects and the field- and wave-like nature of the wireless communication and accompanying phenomena, which in the proposed framework are to be seen as co-constitutive of the imagery produced within the complex communication networks, often including remote sensing technologies.
Bryant R. L., The Democracy of Objects, Open Humanities Press 2011.
Bryant R.L., Onto-Cartography. An Ontology of Machines and Media, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2014.
Harman G., The Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics, re:press, Melbourne 2009.
Latour B., Harman B., Erdelyi P., The Prince and the Wolf. Latour and Harman at the LSE, Zero Books, London 2011.
Shaviro S., The Actual Volcano: Whitehead, Harman and the Problem of Relations [w:] L.R. Bryant, L. Srnicek, G. Harman, The Speculative Turn. Continental Materialism and Realism, re:press, Melbourne 2011.
2012, Principal Investigator, research project “Kultura miejska węzły i przepływy” (“Nodes and flows of Cracow’s urban culture”), in cooperation with Małopolski Institute of Culture in Kraków, financed by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage within Observatory of Culture Research Programme.
The aim of the project was to capture the non-formalized (or formalized only partially) practices of participation in the urban culture consumption patterns, especially pertaining to the circuits of alternative culture present in the urban space of Kraków.
Cultural participation has been conceptualized in the context of social communication and the processes of mediatization, as constituted by the activities picked up by the networks of friends and acquaintances, which instigate the flows of information and activity in urban space. Another important research goal of the project was to apprehend the junction points (the localizations where most of the cultural activity has been carried out) as well as the flows and links between them.
Within the project she has coordinated the methodology of the research, the research team, the tools and methods. She has also edited the final report available in the open access as separate online publication.
2007 – 2009, Investigator, two year-long, national research project “City in arts – art in the city” financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
She proposed for translation into Polish and eventually translated two articles published in the edited volume summing up the project (L. Manovich, The poetics of augmented space, Visual Communication vol. 5 no. 2 June 2006 and A. de Souza e Silva, From cyber to hybrid. Mobile technologies as interfaces of hybrid space, Space and Culture vol. 9 no. 3 August 2006)
2005 – 2006, her own research program on analysing gender in television (implementing the Critical Discourse Analysis)
The research project has concluded as the PhD thesis, defended with distinction at the Department of Cultural Communication and Management, Jagiellonian University in 2006.
1999 – 2000, Participant, international research project on oral history, “Women’s Memory” in cooperation with eFKa Women’s Foundation (PL), Böll Foundation (DE) and Gender Studies Centre (CZ)
She has carried out 10 interviews with women born in the decade between 1920 and 1930 and made the transcripts. She has also participated in the international working team meetings. On this basis she applied in 2001 for the PhD studies program at the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University (later switched to the PhD program at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts, Jagiellonian University).
Since her first employment at the Institute in 2006, she has designed and taught the number of courses:
Undergraduate: Theory of Television, Media History, History of Television Series, Television Genres, The Introduction to Cyberculture, Cultural Communication
Graduate: Anthropology of Audiovisuality, Television in the Age of Media Convergence, New Media Art, Theory of Digital Media, New Media Aesthetics
Postgraduate: Gender in Television and New Media
PhD Program at the Faculty of Management and Cultural Communication: New Media – issues, problems, approaches.
The series of the monograph lectures: Cyberpolis: Space and Digital Media, Digital Media and the Dissent, Culture 2.0 – Storytelling in Digital Media.
The courses taught by dr hab. Anna Nacher scored between 84 and 92 in 100-points scale in students’ assessment poll.
Dr hab. Nacher has also advised on a number of MA and BA thesis (42 altogether).
She is a principal supervisor of four PhD students.
The invited lectures and courses at other universities and research institutions: the Committee on Cultural Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland), St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Aarhus University (Denmark).
She was invited as a principal reviewer of the PhD thesis on video game culture defended at the University of Łódź.
She was also a principal reviewer of the postdoctoral academic record for the degree of Habilitation awarded in Poland as the equivalent of tenure (evaluating the record of dr Blanka Brzozowska and dr Marcin Składanek of University of Łódź, dr Magdalena Kamińska of Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań).
She is also vice-editor-in-chief at the Polish peer-reviewed journal, Przegląd Kulturoznawczy / Cultural Studies Review https://culturalstudiesreview.eu/
She has reviewed articles for the peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, Intellect; Open Cultural Studies, De Gruyter; Philosophy & Technology, Springer; Electronic Workshop in Computing, British Computing Society, Digital Scholarship in Humanities, Oxford Journals.
In 2017 and 2018 she has served as member of the committee of experts at the Polish National Center of Science, evaluating the research projects for the PRELUDIUM and OPUS programs.
In 2019 she is co-curating the session “Re-sounding ‘Dark’ Ecologies: Sound Walking Revisited” (Track no. 6, Sound within bodies, moist media practices, environment and life world) at the Media Art Histories Re:Sound 2019 international conference in Aalborg.
She is a member of Association for Cultural Studies (since 2011), Electronic Literature Organization (since 2013), Association for Cultural Studies (since 2015), European Society for Literature, Arts and Science (since 2018), The International Association of Art Critics (Association Internationale des Critiques des Arts, AICA) (since 2019).
Selected International Conference Papers:
ELO 2018 “Mind the Gap” Thinking Electronic Literature in the Digital Culture / Penser la Littérature eléctronique en culture numérique, UQAM, Montreal (“Narrating the City in Augmented Aur(e)ality”)
SLSAeu Green Conference, European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts – University of Copehagen (“>>Graying<< the green”)
Politics of the Machines – Art and After, Aalborg University Copenhagen (“The politics of ontological coalitions – bonding across realms”)
Transient Topographies – Space and Interface in Digital Literature and Arts, National University of Ireland, Galway (“Post-digital imagery and its hybrid materialities”)
Cultures of Participation – Arts, Digital Media and Politics, Aarhus University (“VR – the culture of (non)participation?”)
Re:Trace – 7th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Danube University Krems | Goettweig Abbey | Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (“The post-digital imagery as relational object”)
“Virtualities and Realities”, 2nd Open Fields Conference & Festival, RIXC Center for New Media Culture, Arts Academy of Latvia, Riga (” Between “dance of agency” and distributed agency of techno-ecological artistic practice”)
“Affiliations, Translations, Communities”, Electronic Literature Organization Conference 2017, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto („Vocalization: ephemerality, vocalization and meaning”)
Other Codes The First Galway Digital Cultures Initiative Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway (““‘Join the conversation’ – the power of hashtag and the participatory transmedia storytelling”)
International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality, University of Bremen (“The Media Materiality as a “Dance of Agency” – Performing Literary Text with Substances”)
Transimage Conference “The Atemporal Image”, The Fourth International Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference at the Intersection of Between Art, Science and Technology, Plymouth University (“Image as the exchange of energy: ontogenesis of a networked imagery”)
“Visual technologies, space and place” Digital Culture Research Group’s seminar, University of Bergen (“A sense of place? The internet of things and automated visualization of information exchange”)
„Total Recall: Memory as Frozen Data”, St. Petersburg State University, Petersburg (101 Media Poetry Festival 2016) (“The memory of place or the memory of networks. Locative media – data flows and movement in space”)
The End(s) of Electronic Literature, The Electronic Literature Conference 2015, University of Bergen, Bergen ( “Borderline of textuality, materiality of networks: from land art geographical poetry to locative literature”)
The Archives of/for the Future, The NECS 2015 Conference, University of Łódź, Łódź (“Should we trust the corporation to do the archivist’s kob? – datafied practices, collective memory and dynamic communication”).
Past, Presents and Futures of Paratext in Digital Culture, University of Bergen, Digital Culture Research Group (“Mashup as paratextual practice: beyond digital objects (in the age of networked media”).
Electronic Literature Organization Conference, Paris (Electronic Literature Organization, Bibliothèque National de France, École national supérieure des Arts Décoratif (“The Humument App by Tom Phillips as a liberature: between text and embodiment”
Communication and the City: Voices, Spaces, Media (Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds), the paper „Nodes and flows of Kraków urban cultural life” (with dr Magdalena Zdrodowska
Ends of Television (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam), the paper „The end of television? Long live the television”
Performing Biographies, Memory and the Art Of Interpretations (RN 3 “Biographical perspectives on the European Association, the European Sociological Association, Instytut Sztuk Audiowizualnych UJ, Fundacja Pauza, Kraków), (“Memory-Rhizome – Database as a Biographical Script” (with dr Moniką Górska-Olesińska, University of Opole)
The Intermedial City (Centre de Recherche sur d’Intermedialite, McGill University, Montreal, Kanada) (“The augmented space of a city – Kraków as the nodal point of global capitalism”).
6th Gender Research Conference, Łódź (“Gender in transition – conservative discourse of gender and the local (national) identity”)
2006, Shifting Landscapes, Film and Media Conference (Bilgi University, Stambuł) – the paper “Gender in a fractured mediascape” accepted for presentation
Anna Nacher is also a sound artist, a composer and musician (The Magic Carpathians Project and solo works on field recordings)
1995 – present She has been active as an instrumentalist (she plays the prepared electroacoustic guitar and a number of ethnic instruments) and a vocalist, cooperating with Theatre of Sound Atman (1995-1998). With Atman she has released two albums (Poland and USA) and has toured Germany, Switzerland and Italy. As a co-author of the Magic Carpathians Project, established with fellow musician and her partner, Marek Styczynski in 1998, released 12 albums (one on American label Drunken Fish Records). The project is present on many compilations released in the UK, Sweden, the U.S, Italy, has toured USA (from Knitting Factory, NYC through SXSW, Austin to Bottom of the Hill, SF) and Europe (Germany, Sweden, Italy, Central Europe). Listed in All Music Guide. Reviewed in Magnet, The Wire, Downbeat, San Francisco Weekly, Brainwashed.com, FakeJazz.com, Dream Magazine, Ptolemaic Terrascope, The Broken Face (Sweden), Skug (Austria), Rockerilla (Italy).
1999 – 2002 Together with Marek Styczynski she has composed music containing seals’ voices and acoustic environment of Baltic seashore recorded on spot by the authors. The project has been carried out in cooperation with Polish research program on restoring seals in the Baltic Sea run by the Marine Educational Centre of the University of Gdansk. In 2003 the duo has produced another release of this sort, with the cetaceans vocalization, in cooperation with ASCOBANS/UNEP.
1999 – 2007 Nacher and Styczynski run Stary Dom Gallery in their then hometown, Nowy Sacz, where their vast collection of ethnic instruments has been dispalyed, most notably from the region of Carpathians. Around the Gallery there has been gradually developing the group of people working together as „Stary Dom” Association for Art and Education, including young artists and musicians dwelling the region.
1998 – present She has co-authored a book on their ethnomusicological research undertaken during the extensive travels in 1998 – 2002 (Nepalese Himalayas, Central Asia, Balkans), (Bezdroża, Kraków 2003). As a sound artist and a scholar she undertook a research on vocal techniques of throat singing, guttural singing and joik as well as the ways of sound documentations in the ethnic music, which has been documented in the series of articles and is currently the subject of her work (to be published in 2012).
2000 – present: She has been running a series of workshops on vocal improvisation, experimental vocal techniques, ethnic vocal techniques (including throat singing)
1999 – present: She has been managing the independent CD-R label, World Flag Series, documenting field recordings, her own music projects and traditional music (currently published 30 titles in limited editions)
The full list of recordings: http://www.magiccarpathians.com