C&S SEMINAR_ ECOPEDAGOGIES. SMARANDA-SABINA MOLDOVAN, CRISTINA DAJU, BOGDAN MATEI: ONLINE/OFFLINE SPACE (FREE, ONLINE, MONDAY 3 APRIL 2023, UK TIME 12-1PM)
ZOOM LINK: https://mdx-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/94828448603?pwd=QXBJeWx5NnhtYkFVQkMvejYreitFZz09
Meeting ID: 948 2844 8603
Technology was intended to bring us together and human interactions with machines in AI are simmering up. This research on online/offline space aims to reopen our relationships with nature and environment by using the artificial intelligence and dialogical human to human/macchine approach. This seminar explores the broad process of encountering eco-technology and ecological space, and assumes the constructive task of building a new model of that process. The aim is to help researchers, educators and various professionals, but also the general public by providing a model which is transparent and easy to use to shape new images of an ideal space related to ecology issues such as biosphere and ecosystems at risk and also a new ecosociety using childhood memories. The seminar adopts an interdisciplinary method using art based research and dialogical art. Our model proposes chronological issues and thematic issues that are deep rooted in the specific culture of an area, and in our particular study, the area of Western Romania, the Banat Region. Because our climate is changing faster and faster there is a need to relate to this process with a divergent process and we hope that in this way we can raise awareness and responsibility. We would also like to shift away from addiction to technology towards a symbiotic relationship that helps people live a full life.
Bio: Smaranda Moldovan holds a bachelor degree in visual arts – painting and a Masters degree “Sources and Resources of imagery in contemporary painting” from West University, Faculty of Arts and Design. At the same institution she developed her Phd research “From painting to object. From object to painting”, which examines, from an artistic philosophical perspective, the visual experience and the disappearance of perimetres between painting and sculpture. Her research is focused on visual arts and she believes that by uniformization and objectification the sightedness experience goes unaltered. As an effect there is a blurring of borders between mediums. The layers and layers of information grasped and unseen bring us far more from the backgrounded habits of perception, as of spirituality, somewhere where elucidations and classifications are dissolved. She coordinates the Group T40, the young artists association, under the umbrella of the Artists Association from Timisoara. As an assistant professor at West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Arts and Design, Visual art department she is involved in education as well.
Bio: Cristina Daju is a graduate of Masters and Bachelor degree Painting study programs at West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Arts and Design. Her PhD studies in visual arts developed at the same university, concluding her research about Symbolic Imagery in Florentine Renaissance art. As a visual artist, her works evolve around the idea that the artistic act implies an active element having the power to communicate, interact and involve the public, transitioning through the different mediums of painting, installation art, video and performance. Her artworks are approaching subjects concerning community, ecology, questioning systems and personal experiences of everyday life. Thus, the process becomes more important than the final work, and the artistic action is found between the new space created between the static and performative object. Currently, she is a Lecturer at the Visual Arts Department of Faculty of Arts and Design, WUT where she is developing her art research with students.
Bio: Bogdan Matei is a Ph.D student at the Timișoara Doctoral School of Art, with a thesis on questioning the status of the art object in the age of artificial intelligence. His artistic practice is situated around new media as well as traditional media. Irony and institutional criticism are elements that are found in his artistic approach. Among his most important participations are in institutions such as Kunsthalle Bega Timișoara, Biennale of Contemporary Art in Mulhouse, Museum of Art Arad, The Wrong Biennale, ArtEncounters Foundation Timișoara, IOMO Gallery Bucharest, French Institute in Cluj. He received the prize for Young Romanian Artists from the Intact Cultural Foundation in 2021.
Photo _ work by Bogdan Matei