The Ars Electronica Garden Cluj features two talks with the artists and scientists in residency hosted by Cluj Cultural Centre as part of the European Art & Science project, Studiotopia. The talks will engage the artists and scientists in an exploration of their practice and collaboration they are embarking in. Both talks will be moderated by Corina Bucea (project manager, Cluj Cultural Centre). Both events will be streamed online.


Wednesday, September 9th, 10.30-11.00 CEST / 11.30 – 12.00 EEST

Alexandra Pirici and Paco Calvo

Alexandra Pirici is an artist with a background in dance and choreography who works undisciplined, across different mediums. Her works have been exhibited within the decennial art exhibition Skulptur Projekte Munster 2017, the Venice Biennale  -­‐ Romanian Pavilion at the 55th edition, Tate Modern London, New Museum – New York, Art Basel Messeplatz, The 9th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 10, Centre Pompidou -­‐ Paris, Museum Ludwig Cologne, the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Russian Museum St. Petersburg, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, HAU Theatre Berlin, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Chicago Architecture Biennale, among many others.

Paco Calvo is a Professor of Philosophy of Science, and Principal Investigator of MINTLab (Minimal Intelligence Lab) at the University of Murcia, Spain. His research interests range broadly within the cognitive sciences, with special emphasis on ecological psychology, embodied cognitive science, and plant intelligence.

Sunday, September 13th, 13.30 – 14.00 CEST / 14.30 – 15.00 EEST

Ciprian Mureșan and Sanneke Stigter

Ciprian Mureșan lives and works in Cluj, Romania. Mureșan works with a variety of media, from drawing, video and objects to photography and books. In his works he explores, salvages and re-contextualizes historical, social and cultural references in order to unveil the complexity of everyday life and the conditions of viewing history. In 2009, he represented Romania at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. His works have been exhibited in SMAK Ghent, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Venice Biennale; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Tate Modern, London; Contemporary Art Center, Geneva; n.b.k. – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; New Museum, New York.

Sanneke Stigter is Assistant Professor in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests lie in conservation theory, museum practice, oral history and artist participation, with a special focus on conceptual art, photoworks and installation art.

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Creative Question Challenge: Embodied perception and life as movement


STUDIOTOPIA is an initiative that consists of eight European cultural institutions: Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) and GLUON in Brussels, Ars Electronica in Linz, Cluj Cultural Centre in Cluj, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Laboral in Gijon.

STUDIOTOPIA is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.