Affiliations: Simon Fraser University, SIAT
Position: PhD candidate
Graduation: expected Summer 2020
Interests: Virtual Reality, Micro-Phenomenology, User Experience
Current projects: Respire
Past projects: Pulse Breath Water Solar State.Scape
Mirjana Prpa, is an artist, an architect, researcher and designer of virtual reality experiences. She utilizes the immersive virtual reality to elicit experiences of attending to self, shifting participants’ focus from the noise of ongoing distractions to mindfulness reflection, in a paradoxical interplay of using technology to undo the effects of the long-term technology use. Currently, she is conducting this work as a Ph.D. candidate at SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology in Vancouver, Canada.
Keywords: Technology as Experience, Affective Computing, Interaction Design, User Experience, Micro-Phenomenology, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Interactive Arts.
Upcoming conference presentations: CHI 2020, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi : program TBA
2020 Prpa, M., Stepanova, E.R., Schiphorst,T., Riecke, B.E., & Pasquier, P., “Inhaling and Exhaling: How Technologies Can Perceptually Extend our Breath Awareness” to be presented at CHI’20, April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
supplementary material: 31 breath-based interactive systems_matrix
2020 Prpa, M., Fdili-Alaoui,S., Schiphorst,T., & Pasquier, P., “Articulating Experience: Reflections from Experts Applying Micro-Phenomenology to Design Research in HCI” (a Best Paper Award, CHI 2020)
2019 Prpa, M., & Pasquier, P., “Brain-Computer Interfaces in Contemporary Art: A State of the Art and Taxonomy.” In Brain Art: Brain-Computer Interfaces for Artistic Expression, edited by Anton Nijholt, 65–115. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2019.
2019 Tatar, K., Prpa, M., & Pasquier, P. (2018) Respire: Virtual Reality Art with Musical Agent Guided by Respiratory Interaction. Leonardo Music Journal, 29, 19-24.
2018 Prpa, M., Tatar, K., Schiphorst, T., & Pasquier, P. (2018) Respire: a Breath Away from the Experience in Virtual Environment, art CHI 2018, Extended Abstract
2018 Prpa, M., & Pasquier, P. (2018) BCI art: brain computer interfaces in contemporary art, BCI workshop CHI 2018, Extended Abstract
2018 Kitson, A., Prpa, M., & Riecke, B. E. (2018) Immersive Interactive Technologies for Positive Change: A Systematic Review and Design Considerations, Frontiers in Psychology, section Human-Media Interaction
2018 Prpa, M.,Tatar, K., Françoise, J.,Riecke, B. E., Schiphorst, T., & Pasquier, P. (2018) Attending to Breath: Evaluating how the cues in virtual environment guide the attention to breath and shape the quality of experience to support mindfulness. Full paper presented at DIS 2018
2017 Prpa, M.,Tatar, K., Riecke, B. E., & Pasquier, P. (2017). The Pulse Breath Water System: Exploring Breathing as an Embodied Interaction for Enhancing the Affective Potential of Virtual Reality. Full paper, HCI International, July 2017.
2015 Prpa, M., Cochrane,K., & Riecke, B. E.(2015). Hacking alternatives in 21st century: Designing bio- responsive virtual environment for stress reduction. Short paper, MindCare Symposium, Milan, Italy, September 2015.
2015 Prpa, M., Riecke, B. E., & Miucin, S. (2015). State.scape: a brain as an experience generator. Short paper accepted to ISEA 2015, Vancouver, Canada
2014 Jordan, J. D., Prpa, M., Feuereissen, D., & Riecke, B. E. (2014). Comparing the Effectiveness of Stereo Projection vs 3D TV in Inducing Self-Motion Illusions (Vection) (p. 128). Presented at the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception SAP, Vancouver, Canada.
Position Papers & Course Proposals
2018 Prpa, M., & Pasquier, P. (2018). BCI art: brain computer interfaces in contemporary art position paper, Artistic BCI workshop at CHI 2018
2017 Stepanova, E. R., Quesnel, D., Kitson, A., Prpa, M., Riecke, B.E., Virtual Reality as a Tool for Induc- ing and Understanding Transformative Experiences, Psychonomics Society 58th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada
2017 Kitson, A., Prpa, M., & Riecke, B. E., Designing Virtual Environments for Breath Awareness and Eliciting Positive Affective States, 3rd Annual Innovations in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: Virtual Reality and Behavior Change, Stanford, CA, USA
2016 Prpa, M., Quesnel, D., Kitson, A., Cochrane, K., Vidyarthi, J., & Riecke, B. E., Visuo-Sonic Cradle – Immersive interaction design combining breathing- and neurofeedback to foster meditative states, ICM2016ROME, poster presentation, Rome, Italy
2014 Prpa, M., Miucin, S., & Riecke, B. E. (2014). Using an EEG-based brain-computer interfaces for a responsive art installation. Poster presented at the ACM Symposium on Computational Aesthetics (CAe), Vancouver, Canada. Retrieved from http://expressive2014.mpi-inf.mpg.de/
2014 Prpa, M., Miucin, S., & Riecke, B. E. (2014). Towards User Personalized Environments: an Artistic Exploration Using an EEG-Based Brain-Computer Interface,. Poster presented at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) Conference, La Jolla, CA, USA.
Talks & Presentations
2019 Prpa, M., presentation at the Interface Health CEO Summit, Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 14th.
2018 Prpa, M., panel presentation, Women in Tech Regatta: The Story of Bleeding-Edge Technologies, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 1st.
2016 Prpa, M. & Tatar, K., Sound as a mediator in Interactive Arts: Challenges of Interdisciplinarity, Talk at ProMusica Electroacoustic Festival, Vancouver, Canada
2016 Prpa, M. & Tatar, K., Talk at Chapel Sound Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 21st.
2016 Prpa, M., Living in a box: potentials and challenges of existence in VR, Talk at Consumer VR (CVR), Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 14th. https://vimeo.com/175143395
2015 Prpa, M., Hacking alternatives in 21st century: Designing bio-responsive virtual environment for stress reduction Talk presented at IAT805 Research Colloquium Series, Surrey, BC, November 2015.
2014 Riecke, B. E., Jordan, J. D.,Prpa, M., & Feuereissen, D. (2014). Underlying Perceptual Issues in Vir- tual Reality Systems: Does Display Type Affect Self-Motion Perception? Talk presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Psychonomics), Los Angeles, USA.
09 2018 Respire, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar, Philippe Pasquier, Digital Carnival, Richmond, Canada
04 2018 Respire, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar, Philippe Pasquier, and Thecla Schiphorst, art CHI 2018, Montreal, Canada
04 2018 Respire, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar, Philippe Pasquier, MWX2018, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
11 2016 Pulse Breath Water, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar, AI advisor:Philippe Pasquier, VR advisor: Bernhard Riecke, at Mutek_IMG -VR Salon, Montreal, Canada
07 2016 P.O.E.M.A, in collaboration with Regina Miranda and Kıvanç Tatar, AI advisor: Philippe Pasquier, VR advisor: Bernhard Riecke, Oi Futuro -Flamengo, Rio 2016 culture programme for Olympics 2016
05 2016 Pulse Breath Water in collab. with Kıvanç Tatar at CVR, Vancouver, Canada
03 2016 Pulse Breath Water, in collaboration with Kıvanç Tatar scores+traces, One Art Space, NY, USA (group exhibition)
04 2014 StateScape MEDIUM : PLAY Installation Exhibition, CDM, Vancouver(group exhibition)
Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants
2020 SFU/SSHRC Small Research Grant
2018 KEY Big Data Graduate Scholarship, Simon Fraser University
2017 SFU/SSHRC Small Research Grant
2016 Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University
2016 MLSRI 2016: Research Fellowship
2016 Movement and Emotion as Computational Interfaces: Research Fellowship
2016 Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University
2016 Graduate Award, Simon Fraser University
2015 Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University
2014 Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University
2013 Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University
Recognition & Awards
2018 Recognition as a Future of Art, Science, and Technology,
Leonardo 50th Anniversary, SIGGRAPH, 2018, Vancouver, Canada
2018 Listed as one of the Emerging Leonardos in 2018;
2017 Lumen Prize: Pulse Breath Water Short-listed in AI category
2017 Lumen Prize: Pulse Breath Water Long-listed in AI category
09 2017 Micro-phenomenology data analysis training with Claire Petitmengin Paris, France
06 2017 Micro-phenomenology interview training with Claire Petitmengin, Paris, France
06 2016 MLSRI — People, Place, and Practice:
06 2016 Putting Contemplative Studies into Context, Garrison, NY, USA
06 2016 Movement and Emotion as Computational Interfaces, York University, Toronto
05 2016 movement.futures – May Residency 2016, Emily Carr University, Vancouver
05 2015 May Residency 2015, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Academic Service/Organizing Committees/Advisory Board
2020 AC, DIS’20 (Designing Interactive Systems), Eindhoven, Netherlands
2019 Reviewer, DIS’19 (Designing Interactive Systems), San Diego, USA
2019 Advisory Board member, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative, Simon Fraser University
2016 Poster and Publicity Chair, MindCare, Barcelona, Spain
2015 Poster and Demo Chair, MOCO, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2014-2015 Poster and Demo Chair, Art Talk Chair, ISEA2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Selected Media Coverage
On the cover: A dancer in movement in P.O.E.M.A, 2016. See the free article download in this issue by Kıvanç Tatar, Mirjana Prpa and Philippe Pasquier.