Petko Tanchev is a visual artist based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2008, he graduated from National Academy of Art, Sofia with a bachelor’s in Scenography and continued with a master’s in Original Visual Performance Design. He has worked as a stage and costume designer, with a keen focus on incorporating video installations in live theatrical performances. He also did numerous art projects that have been featured in museums, music clubs and festivals both nationals and internationally.
In 2013, Petko co-founded Melformator, a creative collective specializing in event management, interactive design, and audiovisual performances. In 2016, he became the curator of Creative Media Lab, the digital arts department for The Night of Museums and Galleries in Plovdiv. 2018 started with a new initiative – Senselab studio, in which he is leading creative technologist and interactive media developer. Petko nurtures the talents of rising artists as a lecturer of Tools for visual programming and Video mapping in the MA Digital Arts program of the National Academy of Art, Sofia.
Petko’s current work focuses on the creation of real-time media content for interactive installations and projection mapping by combining hardware devices and visual programming software. He often develops site-specific projects, drawing inspiration from and revealing a location’s context. He creates virtual worlds, which challenge our accepted perceptions of a physical reality we think we know. With an experimental approach, Petko welcomes exploring new tools and the ever-changing technologies in order to develop cutting-edge creations.