Aura Bălănescu

Aura Bălănescu graduated the Sculpture Department (2003) of the Faculty of Arts and Design and the Doctoral School (2009) of the University of West Timișoara. Her research topic Media Sculpture investigates the paradigm shift of the artistic processuality (artist, artwork, audience, context) through the evolution of electricity and telecommunications. In her vision, the interference between art and new technologies contributes to the pulverization of the objectual artwork in a multimedia environment full of synesthesic and synesthetic effects with particular impact on art (the status of the intregrative media work of art disseminated on a global scale), but also on everyday life (the status of homo integralis immersed in a trans-locative reality).

Aura Bălănescu presented her research at international conferences, such as Zip-Scene Analogue and Digital Immersive Environments / Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (2018), Light Edu Symposium / Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism Timișoara (2018 ), Stereo & Immersive Media / Lusofona University of Humanities, Lisbon (2018), Media Art Histories, Science and Technology, RE: TRACE / University Danube, Krems (2017) and RE: NEW / RIXC Center for New Media Art Riga (2013). Also, her practice in the field of interactive-immersive digital installation has been presented in exhibitions, residencies and festivals, such as Br41n.IO Hackathon / Ars Electronica, Linz (2019), Art Danube Novi Sad ( 2018), Elektro Arts Cluj (2018), Baroque II Urban Timișoara (2018), Art Encounters Biennale Timișoara (2015).

In 2014, Aura Bălănescu co-founded the Avantpost platform for the manifestation of Timisoara artists who work on the interference between art, science and technology, contributing as an artist and project manager to the creation of a portfolio of 12 events. In 2020, she founded the TEHNOARTE online platform and, in 2021, co-founded the TEHNOARTE Association, together with Miki Velciov and Cosmin Haiaș, to archive technological artists in Timișoara, starting from the 19th century to the present day and to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations between artists and specialists from collateral fields for the production of interactive-immersive installations and performative-collaborative actions that can be adapted to the global scale of telecommunication.

Currently, Aura Bălănescu takes into account the participation in creating a coherent image of the local independent cultural sector in the context of Timișoara 2023 – European Capital of Culture, but also within the international artistic scene mediated by the telecommunications network, which allows the debate of various aspects of the global crisis.