Marina Grzinic is a philosopher, artist and curator. She lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia and works in Ljubljana and Vienna. Aina Smid is art historian and editor of a magazine for interior design. She lives in Ljubljana.
Grzinic and Smid work is divided regarding different periods in the long history of their work, in three main field of research: in the 1980s film and socialism in relation to sexuality and history, in the 1990s the war in the Balkan and the transition after the fall of the Berlin wall and in the new millennium they focus on global capitalism and especially colonialism in between worlds an outcome of past colonialism but as well as a set of relation of new forms of submissions, coloniality and expropriations.
Marina Grzinic and Aina Smid have been involved with video art since 1982. They produced more than 40 video art projects, a short film, numerous video and media installations, several websites and an interactive CD-ROM (ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany). They have exhibited at numerous exhibition projects and festivals (World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag; European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck; After de wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; 100 years of Lacan, at The Freud Museum; Net_art Condition project at the Steirische Herbst; Video Viewpoints Program MOMA New York; Gender check, MuMok, Vienna). Presentation of their work took place recently at the exhibition Working documents, La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, 2008; at the exhibition Smell it, WUK, Vienna, 2009; at the exhibition in der KUNSTRAUM NIEDEROESTERREICH, Vienna, 2010; at the Festival City of Women, Ljubljana, 2010; at the European Film Festival for Documentaries dokumentART, Neubrandenburg and Szczecin, Germany/Poland, 2010.
Marina Grzinic has lectured widely (inter alia École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Kyoto Biennale, UC Berkely’s Centre for New Media ). Grzinic is a a co-editor of Reartikulacija, a journal for politics, art, and theory, Ljubljana. Selected monographies and volumes by Grzinic are Re-Politicizing art, Theory, Representation and New Media Technology, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and Schlebrügge, Editor, Vienna 2008; Une fiction reconstruite. Europe de l'Est, post-socialisme et rétro-avant-garde [Fiction Reconstructed. Eastern Europe, Postsocialism and Retro-avantgarde], L'Harmattan, Paris, 2005; Aesthetics of Cyberspace and the Effects of De-realisation, Multimedijalni institut mi2 - MaMa Zagreb, Croatia and Kosnica - centar za komunikaciju i kulturu, Sarajevo, Bih, 2005, etc. Grzinic in collaboration with Tanja Velagic, edited a book on Grzinic and Smid, 30 years of collaborative video and media art, with the title Newmedia technology, science, and politics: The video art of Marina Grzinic and Aina Smid, Löcker, Vienna, 2008.
In 2010 they started the collaboration with Zvonka Simcic.