Klara Łucznik

My research interests focus on how people collaborate, exchange ideas and inspire each other while creating together. Having a background in psychology, cognitive science and dance give me an eclectic, multiple disciplinary approach to my studies, as I seamlessly shift between being a researcher and a dance practitioner. I see creativity as a highly social process where the quality of collaboration is as important as having original ideas. In my PhD project, I focus on dance improvisation as a collaborative practice that provides a unique opportunity to understand how people collaborate while creating and to observe how new ideas appear from interaction with others’ bodies and the environment rather than from the creator mind. I use improvisational dance scores as a laboratory for group creativity research, focusing on the role of sense awareness, multimodal imagery and flow experience in practice.

Alongside psychological enquiry, in my dance practice research, I explore group improvisation as a performance strategy that highlights the character of creativity as unpredictable, highly embodied and shared; new ideas appear from interaction with other dancers and the environment rather than in isolation in mind. I am interested in participatory events, and in last years I created such projects as A Space to Wonder, a bio-sensor sound installation that explored the potential of spontaneous physiological synchronisation, and Let’s Improv It, a participatory improvisation format that looked into basic mechanisms of social communication.


  • Torre, I. Łucznik, K., Francis, K., Maranan, D., Loesche, F., Figueroa, R. F., Sakuta, A., Zaksaite, T. (2018) Openness across disciplines: Reflecting on the ColLaboratoire summer school. Ecologies of open: Inclusion, intersections, and interstices in education. Athabasca University Open Press. [submitted]
  • Łucznik, K., Jackson, A., Sakuta, A., Siarava, E. (2017) Let’s Improv It – a participatory improvised performance. AVANT, 8, 301-310. doi:10.26913/80s02017.0111.0027
  • Łucznik, K., & Loesche, F. (2017). Dance improvisational cognition [Special Issue]. AVANT, 8, 227–238. doi:10.26913/80s02017.0111.0021
  • Loesche, F., Łucznik, K., & OTLip17 Committee. (2017). Our GIFT to all of us: GA(Y)AM: Preface [Special Issue]. AVANT, 8, 13–16. doi:10.26913/80s02017.0111.0001
  • Lisiecka, K., Rychwalska, A., Samson, K., Łucznik, K., Ziembowicz, M., Szóstek, A., & Nowak, A. (2016). Medium Moderates the Message. How Users Adjust Their Communication Trajectories to Different Media in Collaborative Task Solving. PLOS ONE, 11(6), e0157827. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157827
  • Łucznik, K. (2015). Between minds and bodies: Some insights about creativity from dance improvisation. Technoetic Arts, 13(3), 301–308. doi:10.1386/tear.13.3.301_1
  • Jagielska, M., Łucznik K. (2012). Dance as a Medium of Meme Transmission. TEKSTY z ULICY nr 14, Zeszyt memetyczny.; Katowice; ISBN 978–83–87248–18–5
  • Borkowski, W., Jagielska, M., Łucznik. K. (2012). The Need of Homogeneous, Scientific Theory of Cultural Change. TEKSTY z ULICY nr 14 Zeszyt memetyczny; Katowice; ISBN 978–83–87248–18–5

Artistic Productions

  • Łucznik, K., Jackson, A., Loesche, F., Denham, S. (2016) A space to wonder: an interactive bio-sensorial installation. First presented at CogNovo Bizarre Bazaar, 22nd October 2016, Plymouth, UK.
  • Łucznik, K., Jackson, A., Sakuta, A., Siarava, E. (2016) Let’s Improv It – a participatory improvised performance.
  • Łucznik, K., Maranan, D., Knight, J., Melidis, Ch. (2016) Ekosi Eksi – experimental somatic, sound film.
  • Łucznik, K., Biesaga, M. (2012) 10 Percent White - The Evolution of Idea. Ten Percent White exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, December, 2012, Warsaw, Poland.