Dr. Martha Blassnigg

Co-convenor of Transtechnology Research
Collaborator in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘CogNovo: Creativity and Cognitive Innovation’ (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN-IDP 604764; 2013-2017; 4.3M€); Training on inter- and transdisciplinarity and supervisor for project: Early Cinema and Cognitive Creativity (10). Supervisor for additional Plymouth University funded doctoral projects: Collaboration and Influence (24), Ideas Exchange (25) and Hypnosis in Creative Practice (23).
Supervisor for MSc Holistic Science, Schumacher College.
Editor-in-Chief with Dr. Hannah Drayson Transtechnology Research Open Access Papers
Associate Editor Leonardo Reviews (MIT Press)
Associate Editor Leonardo Reviews Quarterly

Martha Blassnigg is a Cultural and Media Anthropologist, trained in Cultural and Visual Anthropology and Philosophy, and parallel in Film and Cinema Studies, with a background in film restoration, documentary filmmaking and photography as research practice.

She is currently working on the topic of cognition and media archaeology at the cross-section of science, arts and technology and focuses on the development of inter- and transdisciplinary methodologies across the sciences, arts and humanities. She undertakes historical and philosophical research into technology and art in relation to the processes of human perception and cognition including aspects such as time, memory, intuition, affect and consciousness. She combines empirical research (anthropological methods) with historical, philosophical and media-archaeological approaches to examine how media and processes of mediation reveal traces of dynamic interactions with cognition and what this can tell us about epistemological and ontological issues, agency and free will, aesthetic intuition and holistic approaches to the body-mind correlation.

She has completed two documentary films and is trained in practices in the application of audio-visual media for empirical research (fieldwork, interviews, photography and documentary filmmaking), with a background in film restoration, archiving (ArchiMedia; Netherlands Filmmuseum Amsterdam, now: EYE Film Institute Netherlands) and film projection (Kriterion Amsterdam, Buena Vista).

Professional membership
2006 —            Member, European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

Roles on external bodies
2013 — 2014     AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards Panel
2013            HERA Peer-Reviewer
2012 — 2015     AHRC Peer Review College
2012 —          International Peer-Reviewer for the Portuguese Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT)
2007 —          Expert for Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
2007 —          Associate Editor, Leonardo Reviews, MIT Press (
2006 —          Peer reviewer for Leonardo
2004 —          Invited panelist for Leonardo Reviews, MIT Press

April 2010     Man Group Drawing Prize, Royal College of Art, London.