A peculiar order spontaneously unfolding, termed synchronicity, serves as the central theme of the Uncanny Order project. Whether it’ s insects moving together, atoms emitting light at the same rate, or even our own heart cells pulsing in unison, nature seems to have a knack for creating this order. The project, led by artists Floriama Candea, Claudia Chiriță, and Cătălin Crețu, along with programmer Cristian Balaș and researchers Marian Zamfirescu and Ionuț Andrei Relu, focuses on using real-time data to craft visual and interactive artworks. These artworks allow people to witness the emergence of patterns and explore the complexity of chaos.
Chaos theory, a branch of research in dynamic systems, helps us understand these natural patterns. Despite the common perception that chaos is purely random, it follows strict mathematical rules derived from equations. The team uses mathematical models to create installations, guiding the audience to interact with electronic devices and explore scenarios of synchrony. By engaging with these installations, the audience actively influences the artwork, leading to unexpected and unpredictable outcomes. The Uncanny Order project invites people to appreciate and participate in the mesmerizing dance of order and chaos in the natural world.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Floriama Candea explores the dynamics between objects and the way we perceive them by creating hybrid visual identities. Her versatile toolkit spans interactive, kinetic, and video installations to sculpture, experimental electronics, drawing, and printing, with an additional focus on creating visuals using bio-based materials. With the complex relation between science, philosophy and tech, at the core of her artistic practice, she questions our role as well as the stakes of the Anthropocene, at the dawn of a possible new era. Through her installations, she challenges our beliefs and encourage us to re-evaluate our mental constructs that shape our understanding of the present and, by extension, our future. This way, they activate our imagination and function as gateways to alternative narratives and scenarios.
Cătălin Crețu is a multimedia artist seamlessly blending his expertise in engineering with a profound passion for music. His body of work spans various genres, including chamber music, choral compositions, symphonic works, electronic music, computer-assisted music, interactive multimedia works, and more. Since 2008, Cătălin Crețu has been a scientific researcher at the Center for Electroacoustic Music and Multimedia and an associate lecturer at the National University of Music in Bucharest. Since 2002, he has been a member of the Union of Composers and Musicologists of Romania. Since 2012, he has served as the executive director of the InnerSound International Festival of New Arts.
Claudia Chiriță is a lecturer and researcher in mathematical logic and artificial intelligence at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest. In parallel with her academic activities, she has been working as an illustrator and graphic artist for over 15 years, signing her works using a pseudonym. She lived in the United Kingdom for a decade and recently returned to Bucharest. Since then, she has worked on a series of multimedia projects that explore connections between science and art to discuss social themes such as security and privacy, digital surveillance, and ad-hoc collaboration. These projects also aim to examine the relationship with socialist heritage or to retell small lives from antiquity.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Cultural project co-funded by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN).
The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund.
AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used.
These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.