Zara Gayk’s first artistic station began in the Wuppertal producer gallery “Appendix”. The numerous exhibition projects and the main focus of her work as a ma-ter led her to study communication design at the Bergische Uni-versität in Wuppertal until 1994.
There she laid the foundations that are still the focus of her work today and studied with Prof. Bazon Brock (Aesthetics & Communication Theory), Prof. Marc Izikowitz (Photojournalism), Prof. Ursula Wevers (Film & Media) and Prof. Michael Badura (Painting & Computer-Arts).
Thanks to the early influence of information technology on Zara Gayk, she became involved with computer programming in the late 1980s. She programmed graphics and animations in the computer that took up her ideas from her painterly work in order to develop them further in this medium, which was still very new at the time.
In her film studies with Ursula Wevers, she was able to combine computer-aided image generation with the formal language of film. This way of working and the switching between the individual image disciplines are still the core of her artistic work today. She works as a painter in classical and digital formats, as a photographer and filmmaker. As a designer and programmer, Zara Gayk is still active today as a specialist in the development of Internet applications, which she has been designing and implementing for over 25 years.
A few years ago, the generative and AI-supported way of working with computers evolved into a mixed form of work that mainly incorporates filmed dance into the processing of digital, animated visual worlds. The results are presented as immer-sive video installations.
Since May 2017 Zara Gayk is on the board of )) freies netz werk )) KULTUR as 2nd chair on the board and has been on the board of TANZRAUSCHEN since January 2018.
In October 2019, she co-founded the cultural association INSEL | Kultur im ADA, where she serves as 2nd chair. The ADA is a world-renowned venue also for dance performance, following the more than 30 years of traditions of the venue, offering a wide-ranging cultural program with a new esprit.