Larisa Crunteanu

Anja Lückenkemper in dialogue with Larisa Crunteanu

 

 

 

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?

 

Larisa Crunteanu: Not really, until recent tragical events of extreme weather conditions that had made me more aware of the complex dynamics of climate change and the role of public education and media in mass behavioural changes. My interest lies into the collective narratives that surround climate responsibility, and how much these are based (or not) on scientific research vs media myth and public influencers.

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?

Larisa Crunteanu: Hard to say. I do look for it when it affects me directly, or when I’m writing in academic contexts, but it’s hard to say what role they play in my artistic practice, which is more playful and complex than that.

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

Larisa Crunteanu: It was during one of the white insomniac nights when I was very much awake but also exhausted that I came up with the point of view of the talking trash, who relate a kind of witness narrative. As for the installation period, it was a great chance to reconnect with my friend and collaborator Anja Lueckenkemper and understand better how my installation and practice can enter into a dialogue with the rest of the works, the project and the local art scene.

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?

Larisa Crunteanu: I look at everything around as a subjectivity that can talk to me (and others), that can make my plans fail, that can mock or reject my attempts at turning it into art. 

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?

Larisa Crunteanu: Not directly. I would be scared if art was so powerful. I don’t even think it can make the artists themselves more involved in solving ecological crises. At best, art proposes a type of attention that slows things, and keeps people away from more harmful behaviour. If one single person chose to spend half an hour in my listening pods instead of sipping a bubble tea from a plastic cup that they’ll throw away 10 min later, this was a net win.

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