Dr. Nela Milic is an artist and an academic working in media and arts, and is Senior Lecturer and Year 2 Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator in the Design School at London College of Communication.
Throughout her career, Nela has delivered creative projects for organisations including the Royal Opera House, Barbican, Arts Council England, John Lewis, Al Jazeera, Campbell Works, Oxo Tower, LIFT festival, and London Film Festival.
Nela is interested in the intersection of time and space, which has brought her to many multi-media and mapping projects where she’s dealt with memory, narrative, digital archives, city and participation. She is a recipient of the European Cultural Foundation Artistic Grant for the project Wedding Bellas after years of engagement with the work of refugees and asylum seekers.
Between 2003 and 2006, Nela ran Refugees and the Arts Initiative – a British national organisation for the ‘refugee arts’. She won Southwark community arts award for her project Here Comes Everybody in 2015 and her work has been displayed at the Olympic stadium in London.
Nela developed the project ‘Balkanising Taxonomy’ for her PhD where she researched the city as a site of spectacle and the culture of protest. She continues working on art and public space in Belgrade through Kulturklammer, centre for cultural interactions. Her contribution to the book Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion through a Critical Artscape (2017) deals with regeneration and creative practice in London.
Nela has taught on the various undergraduate and postgraduate courses at a number of universities throughout London. She conducted research for Gulbenkian Foundation and worked on the project TimeCase: Memory in Action with a Grundtvig grant. She is a reviewer of Memory Studies journal and co-chair of Art and Memory Working Group of Memory Studies Association (MSA). Nela is a member of Space and Place and Design Activism research hubs.
She would like to continue supervising students who are working in memory studies field as well as participatory arts. She is especially interested in archiving, mapping, urban development and would like to further explore art and the Balkans.