Of metabolisms and transformative capacity of yeast in space, science and art

London-based multimedia artist Kristina Pulejkova (UK/MK) is ARTcib artist in residence

Early in 2024 acib announced an open call for an artist in residence for the ARTcib SciArt Residency at three academic partners of the acib academic partner network. The open call had an overwhelming response of 153 submissions by artists and art collectives. An international and interdisciplinary jury has now chosen London-based multimedia artist Kristina Pulejkova for the residency. The residency will take place starting from summer 2024 and will culminate in an artistic production to be presented at an international group exhibition in 2025 in Venice. The residency and exhibition are curated by Dr. Claudia Schnugg, and the residency is facilitated by Sonja Schachinger.

“I am thrilled that my idea resonated with the jury and can’t wait to immerse myself in the brilliant research across the three institutes at acib. I look forward to starting my residency in Vienna, exploring the nature of yeasts as transformative agents with all three labs involved, and being inspired by the conversations with leading researchers in the field,” says Pulejkova

Kristina Pulejkova convinced the jury with her project proposal “The Metabolic Guide to Space Survival” in which she imaginatively merges the research proposed by the three scientific host laboratories and the theme of space art, space travel and dealing with environmental constraints in extreme environments. The jury states, “The project convinced the jury in the elegant way in which Kristina connects the themes, showcasing a high level of imagination and playfulness and is coherent in both its description and conceptualization. We expect the outcome to prompt critical discourse with the audience and it presents clear scientific points to engage with the researchers throughout the residency. The project allows room for reflection, is grounded in research, and explores fictional narratives. The jury is confident that the project’s strong scientific concepts can be realized within the tight timeframe.”
We are looking forward to welcoming Kristina Pulejkova in the following three acib academic partner laboratories: the Metabolic and Cell Engineering group at BOKU University Vienna, the Research Group Biochemistry at Technische Universität Wien, and the Biochemical Network Analysis Group at University of Vienna.
With the ARTcib program, acib aims for new insights at the interface of science and art, leveraging current research with interdisciplinary discourses and exhibition programs through collaboration with curators and artists.

The jury consisted of the following members: Annick Bureaud (director of Leonardo Olats, curator and art critic), Prof. Dr. Barbara Imhof (LIQUIFER, Professor Integrative Design), Prof. Dr. Diethard Mattanovich (Professor of Microbial Biotechnology), Prof. Dr. John Morrissey (Professor of Microbiology) and Dr. Claudia Schnugg.