Aurora Kiraly

Anja Lückenkemper in dialogue with Aurora Kiraly

 

 

 

Anja Lückenkemper: Did you always have a general interest in nature and ecology, and if so, what are the main areas of your interest – and does this interest inform your artistic practice?

 

Aurora Kiraly: Especially in recent years I have become more interested in this theme, but in a more integrative way, linked to closer observation of nature, growing food, contemporary art projects that reflect a way of living that protects nature. Another perspective I am looking at is the cycle of regeneration of plants and multi-cellular organisms on Earth and how humans fit into this process.

Anja Lückenkemper: What role do scientific research and science-based news play in your daily life and, if applicable, in your artistic thinking – either generally or for this project?

Aurora Kiraly: For all my projects, I do artistic research, trying to delve deeper into the theme I’m working on, to investigate the topic, depending on the subject. For this project, I looked at a number of scientific documents. In general, scientific research is not the foundation of my projects, but I keep myself informed and up to date with general news in the scientific field. The effects of climate change are already visible in many areas of life and are beginning to have an impact on everyday problems.

 

Anja Lückenkemper: How has the experience of a different landscape during your residency (or the installation period) shaped your awareness and interest?

Aurora Kiraly: The scientific research I followed focused on: the variety and hyperbolized sizes of plants near the Arctic Circle and on life cycle and regeneration aspects of all organisms on the planet.

Anja Lückenkemper: What are your very own unusual or alternative ways of relating to nature that might be informed by your artistic experiences and practice?

Aurora Kiraly: Three years ago I started working a garden plot at the countryside, where I grow various vegetables and fruits. In the process I became interested in weeds, their resistance and ability to recover, and the underground ramifications through which they remain present in the soil. I reflect on the web they create beneath the cultivated areas, on the different types of invasive plants, but also on what good each one brings and how farmers integrate them into their farming. It’s a theme that I’m interested in and am following.

 

Anja Lückenkemper: Our earth is in a continuous state of ecological crises: do you believe art can potentially play a role in “solving” our global issues, e.g. by expanding the dimensions of scientific research – or do you see the function/potential of art elsewhere?

Aurora Kiraly: My project focused precisely on this idea. I see art projects more as catalysts or ways to draw attention to climate issues. Art can also have an educational dimension, to inform and clarify issues related to possible measures we can do as citizens, but which are not usually known by everyone. I also believe that collaborations between researchers and artists can sometimes lead to unexpected solutions that can help find steps to slow down the rate of climate change.

 

The project “Blue Sun – Conversation 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