Culture Lab

June, 2020
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Mateja Stanislava Rot

Ljubljana (Slovenia)

I am an urban innovator and multidisciplinary cultural operator, contributing towards open future commons, building powerful smart solutions for urban communities, improving the livelihood of urban spaces. I am interested in the collisions between contemporary art, sustainable architecture and science. I am very passionate about creative transformations of neighborhoods and community-driven urban innovation. Throughout the years I became strongly aware that studying and inventing new conditions and smart development scenarios requires a global mindset and preparedness to implement actions out of the box. My mission is to inspire global citizens and communities and empower them to take action by provoking new developments through creative interventions in public spaces.

I was selected for MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Brisbane 2017. In 2017 I studied Advanced Entrepreneurship at Stanford University and established collaboration with Stanford Research Institute and GSB Behavioral Lab. I was a participant of the Future Innovators Summit on Artificial Intelligence: The Other I, working on the topic of Future Home at Festival Ars Electronica in Austria in 2017. I am Rotary Peace Fellow and I studied at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand in 2018. In my research I focused on studying water rights of Mekong river basin in Northern Thailand, and post-disaster (tsunami) city reconstruction in Aceh Province, Indonesia. I am a Professional Fellow of Tech innovation & entrepreneurship program 2018, run by the U.S. Department of State and WorldChicago. I worked at the Great Cities Institute of University of Illinois in Chicago under the mentorship of Director of GCI, Prof. Dr. Teresa Cordova. In 2019 I started collaboration in the international project Open Access: Experimenting with Performing Arts and Transmedia Creation, led by MA avec Granit in Belfort - Montbéliard, France together with Colectiv A in Cluj-Napoca from Romania, DuplaCena - Festival Temps d’Images in Lisbon, Portugal and National Theatre Wales in Cardiff, UK. In June 2019 I was Visiting Research Fellow  University  of  Brighton,  UK  -  Center  for  Digital  Media  Cultures, she Conducted research  on  creative  transformation  of  public  spaces  and  reclaiming the  right  to  spaces through gamicipation. In 2020 I worked at Citymakers Lab Berlin and became involved in international project on human rights and public spaces, run by Finnish League of Human Rights and the City of Helsinki.