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I am currently Senior Lecturer in Computational Arts & Technology. My research interests include digital art, appropriation-based art practices, emerging technologies in relation to contemporary art (specifically fintech, AI, distributed computing), theories of cultural ownership and intellectual property, and various aspects of experimental video game culture.

In addition to research and tinkering with live coding and creative computing, I am involved in curatorial and activist projects. This includes the Toronto-based Vector Festival, which I have co-curated since 2014, and frequent collaborations with MoneyLab and Furtherfield. I am also a member of the curatorial collective for NEoN Festival here in Dundee.

After many years of living in Vienna, Toronto, and London, I'm glad to have landed in Dundee, with its exciting diversity of digital creative practitioners, and its beautiful surroundings perfect for cycling and hiking – two of my favorite things to do.

Research interests

My research, curatorial activities, and creative practice in digital media are closely intertwined. Most of my work focuses on contemporary art practices in relation to aesthetic and philosophical concepts such as authorship, creativity, originality, agency, and ownership – often exploring how these concepts are legally and/or algorithmically encoded in service of capital.

I am currently working on two monographs – one on appropriation tactics in digital art, the other on AI art and questions of creative agency.


Research Supervision

I am currently co-supervising the following postgraduate students:

- Simon Strange (PhD, Abertay University, since 2019)

- Piyush Mann (PhD, Anglia Ruskin University, since 2017)


I currently teach or co-teach Critical Studies (ART308), Game Studies and Criticism (DES104) and Innovation and Professional Practice (DES505).

I welcome supervision requests in all of my research areas, from students interested in following academic careers paths, developing their creative practice, or situating themselves in the Creative Industries.

Education / Qualifications

- SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2013, York University, Toronto/CAN)

- PhD in Comparative Literature (2004-2009, Univ. of Toronto, Toronto/CAN)

Creative Works

Curatorial activities include Vector Festival (Toronto/CAN) and NEoN Festival (Dundee).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Comparative Literature, PhD, Art and Politics of Appropriation, University of Toronto


Award Date: 1 Nov 2009

SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, York University (Toronto)



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  • Structures of belonging

    Zeilinger, M., 26 Jan 2023, PostScriptUM, 44 18 p.

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  • Taxation without representation

    Zeilinger, M., 20 Feb 2023

    Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

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  • The politics of visual indeterminacy in abstract AI art

    Zeilinger, M., 1 Feb 2023, In: Leonardo. 56, 1, p. 76-80 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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  • A digital art revolution?

    Zeilinger, M., 16 Dec 2022, ReSourcE, 71, p. 8-8 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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  • Agential assemblages

    Zeilinger, M., 2022, Chimeras: inventory of synthetic cognition. Manouach, I. & Engelhardt, A. (eds.). Athens: Onassis Foundation, p. 172-174 3 p.

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