I am a MEDIA ARTIST working on the interference between ART, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

My Statement

As a graduate of BA/MA Sculpture Department (2003) and PhD in Visual Arts (2009) at Fine Arts Faculty, West University of Timișoara, I am well known for my theoretical and practical explorations on media sculpture, starting from the stereoscopic representation to the interactive and immersive digital installation. The concept of Media Sculpture started in the context of the doctorate as a particular case or as an anomaly around the traditional artwork. Later, it acquired its own status by defining the integrative media work of art as a corollary of perceptual addressing level, mutations of artistic processuality, as a meeting point of art, science and technology, but also of everyday reality. The concept of Media Work of Art was presented at the 3rd International Conference Stereo & Immersive Media, Lusofona University of Humanities and Technology Lisbon(2018), International Conference for Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, 7th edition RE: TRACE (2017) Krems / Göttweig / Vienna, 5th edition RE: MAKE – 2013 Riga and will be published in 2018 in the doctoral book The Media Work of Art. An Integrative Paradigm. My projects have been presented in festivals of contemporary art, including Danube Art Festival Novisad (2018), Elektro Arts Festival Cluj (2018), Art Encounters Biennial Timișoara (2015). Also, I was resident artist at Romanian Cultural Institute London (2007), National Monument Center Paris & Center Pompidou Paris (2007) and National Park Behringen (2006).

My Research

In recent years, I have developed the project of the Third State of Mind, a transdisciplinary theory and practice that investigate the contemporary mutations of artistic processuality produced by the electrical technology. More specifically, the project aims to identify the impact of controversial technological augmentation on human brainwave activity. In a way, I like to think that I am the ghost-hunter of immersion in hyperreality, mediated by a specific approach to stereo immersive installation.

My work

My platform

Since 2014, along with five artists from Timisoara, I have co-founded the Avantpost Platform for manifesting and archiving local artists that work at the confluence of art, science and technology. The eight events of the platform included broader teams, addressing to a wider audience and contributing to the education of communities that do not have access to culture.

aurabalanescu@yahoo.com

Timișoara, Romania