Artists in Residence in April: Xandra Popescu & Larisa Crunțeanu

tranzit_MQ Air-April 2014

Xandra Popescu & Larisa Crunțeanu from Romania are the Artists in Residence at the quartier21 / MuseumsQuartier in Vienna for the month of April.

Xandra Popescu works as a writer, filmmaker and artist. She holds an MA in Dramatic Writing from the National Theater and Film University in Bucharest and has a background in Political Science. Larisa Crunțeanu has studied Photography and Moving Image and is currently a PHD candidate at the National Arts University of Bucharest. She works as a performer, video-maker and sound collector. Together, they currently power Atelier 35, a project space in Bucharest.

“Larisa Crunțeanu and I have been working together over the course of four years – and our work has invented its own method. In recent times, we have channeled our collaborative energy into powering Atelier 35, a project space in Bucharest dedicated to experimental and collaborative practices. My relocation to Berlin one year ago has challenged the dynamic of our workflow and personal  relationship. Although some of our projects were left in a “work in progress” stage, our relationship continued with a renewed effusion through correspondence. Through trial and error we managed to form a suspended common ground. Negotiations and disclosures, rational and sentimental analysis of our common history were poured into the pool of our working relationship. In the waiting room of correspondence, through anticipation, improvisation and feedback loops a new working method was harnessed. We each started gathering bits and pieces of our separate lives allowing them to develop into a new body of work. Xandra Popescu

“Things for Money” appeared as a consequence of our new working configuration and consists in a collection of disclosures around generating income. We gathered these faits divers from friends, family and extended group of acquaintances. Inspite of the project’s archival aspect, we resisted nostalgic temptations. When it comes to memory there is an inclination to reconciliation. In an impulse to re-edit our experience we delude ourselves to forgive and  forget. Conversely, “Things for Money” explores such feelings ranging from regret to self-irony. In the process of conjuring these disclosures we prompted confessors to give into their mixed feelings.

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