© Sophia Bulgakova
Sophia Bulgakova is a Ukrainian ArtScientist, interdisciplinary artist, and activist currently based in the Netherlands. Sophia works with art, technology, and contemporary social structures focusing on the relationship between cultural identities, perception, and imagination. Through various sensorial inputs in her installations and performances, she engages viewers, impacting their ways of perceiving reality and exploring new possibilities beyond it.
The elements within her works vary from presenting colour using digital light and Ganzfeld principles, a technique from experimental parapsychology, as identification of space and creating spaces just within your mind through non-linearly projected texts to live generated soundscapes perceived through networks of pipes reconnecting the audience to surroundings and each other.
In her current research, Sophia is diving deeper into the place of her origin and Ukrainian roots by looking at the pre-Christian and mystical traditions. Furthermore, Sophis is looking at it through the lens of her research on colour and perception and how the same goals of magical transformation and paradigm shift can be achieved by affecting and challenging our understanding of reality.
Sophia Bulgakova studied sculpture in Kyiv and then got a foundation diploma in Photography and Time-Based Media at the University of the Arts London in the UK. After that, she graduated from the ArtScience Interfaculty at the Royal Academy of the Art and Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands. Her works were exhibited at Ars Electronica Festival (AT), CTM Festival (DE), Sonic Acts Festival (NL), Baltan Laboratories (NL), Mediamatic (NL), and Ningbo City Exhibition Hall (CN), among other places.