MEET THE CREW: KRISTINA PULEJKOVA
London-based multimedia artist Kristina’s work is informed by science and technology and she is currently artist-in-residence at Somerset House. Working closely with Anathema and visuals developed by the European Space Agency, Kristina is producing the artwork visuals for the band’s unique headline The Space Between Us, some of which are previewed as stills below…
When did you first fall in love with science and space exploration?
When I was really young and my mum would take me and my sister to the Natural History Museum in Skopje. We would always go straight to the geology section, as they had a meteorite in their collection. Those trips to the museum made me curious about the world as well as space.
Why do you think people find outer space so fascinating?
I think it is the humbling realisation of the vast scale of the Universe, the fact that we are incapable of perceiving infinity. Also, it’s where we look for answers to big questions like where does life come from and are we alone in space?
What inspires and influences your art?
My work explores how the use of technology might lead to greater forms of sustainability in human-nature relationships. Working across moving image, sound and installation, I look to the natural sciences for inspiration to build subjective narratives based on scientific data and principles.
What have been the highlights of your career so far?
Showing my work as part of Event Two – a survey on the 50th anniversary of the British Computational Society’s seminal Event One exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, as well as joining the prestigious Somerset House Studios for a residency, both this year.
What was the inspiration behind The Space Between Us? What messages are you trying to get across?
Through my collaboration with Anathema, I’m looking to showcase the brilliant work that ESA has done through space exploration, searching for answers about the origin of life and learning more about the Universe.
I’m also taking inspiration from the theme The Space Between Us, which derives from one of Anathema’s songs, by drawing a parallel between life on Earth and the strive to reach other planets, looking at our relationship with nature, being human and our place in the Universe.
• Get your tickets for Anathema’s unique set The Space Between Us during Space Rocks live (Session 3) here!