Blue Sun.
on Art, Science and Ecology

Project promoter: New Gallery Association

Project partners: Lise Wulff, Romanian Association for Contemporary Art, Muzeul Național de Artă Timișoara, Consiliul Județean Timiș, Societatea de Transport Public Timișoara, Fundația Triade, Universitatea de Vest Timișoara, Revista Arta

Grant project value: 460.211 Lei (93.559,74 Eur)

Duration: 12 months

Location for project implementation: Tromso (Norway) and Timisoara (Romania)

Artistic director: Anca Poterasu
Curator: Anja Lückenkemper
Artists: Iulian Bisericaru, Anetta Mona Chisa, Larisa Crunteanu, Aurora Kiraly, Lise Wulff

The project “Blue Sun. Conversation about art, science and ecology” proposes a conceptual approach to the phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis and Northern Lights and consists of an artistic investigation of science, ecology, and our recurring fascination for exploring the ecosystems of our planet. “The Pale Blue Sun” borrows Carl Sagan’s famous phrase used to describe planet Earth as seen by the Voyager spacecraft in the vastness of space, describing both the fragility of the ecosystem of which we are a part and its uniqueness. Within the project, Norwegian artist Lise Wulff together with Romanian artists Anetta-Mona Chisa, Aurora Kiraly, Larisa Crunteanu and Iulian Bisericaru will create in the context of an artistic residency in Norway new works in a conceptual approach to the ecological themes of our times, concerning climate change and the deterioration of the ecosystem of which we are part. The results of the residency will be presented in an exhibition curated by Anja Lückenkemper at the Timisoara Art Museum from September to October, followed by a series of artist talks and guided tours. 

On the occasion of Timisoara European Capital of Culture and in line with the concept “Shine your light!”, which also refers to the history of the first electrified city in Europe, the New Gallery Association in partnership with ARAC, proposes a theme of artistic creation and interdisciplinary dialogue – “Blue Sun: Conversations about art, science and ecology”.  Between the northern lights and the historical electrification of Timișoara there is a tension addressed in the proposed project: electrification still means high consumption of polluting energy, makes astronomical observations in cities more difficult, affects the natural cycle of fauna and vegetation. At the same time, turning night into day has allowed people to evolve technologically, to find more efficient ways of studying, creating, and developing science.

The project “Blue Sun – Conversations on art, science, and ecology” benefits from a 93960 Euro grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants.

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to
strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA and Norway Grants amount to €2.8 billion. More details are available on: www.eeagrants.org and www.eeagrants.ro