Inter/Trans-Disciplinarity as a Platform for Seeking Universal Common Ground: From Speculation to Pragmatism Through Kristina Pulejkova's Wedding Route Art Project
Keywords:inter/trans-disciplinarity, trans-mediality, Kristina Pulejkova, politics, ecology, technology, Macedonian contemporary art, science, speculative pragmatism
This paper aims to present one specific case study of the inter/trans-disciplinarity and inter/trans-mediality in Macedonian contemporary art – a project of the young Macedonian artist Kristina Pulejkova. The project, titled Wedding Route, is an immersive installation that deals with the overlapping of knowledge gained from the natural sciences and arts, while also questioning politics, ecology, technology.
Wedding Route deals with the life cycle and migration of the critically endangered European eel. No matter where they live, once sexually mature, they turn into a silvery color and make their final arduous journey back to Sargasso Sea, driven by their instinct. Lake Ohrid (the largest in Macedonia) is currently being artificially populated with eels, as this animal has been unable to migrate into the lake’s waters since 1962 when the first hydroelectric dam was built. Globally, the European eel population faces rapid declination, and its story is very much that of man-made borders, overfishing and death caused by habitat decline and climate change, hence preventing its millions of years old migration back to the Sargasso Sea.
Through an inter and trans-disciplinary approach that combines art, science, and technology, working with moving pictures, sound, and installation, Pulejkova aims to build subjective narratives relying on scientific data and principles. The project and its outcome is a pure example of speculative pragmatism, since through theoretical exploration and artistic visual simulation of the location and the appearance of the act of eel spawning (since scientists have so far only speculated on the occurrence of this mysterious event) she offers a pragmatic discussion on ecology, migration, and politics in general.
Article received: December 23, 2019; Article accepted: January 31, 2020; Published online: April 15, 2020; Original scholarly paper
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