super/science episode 6: fantasies of eel ecology
"Wedding Journey" is a live video performance by Kristina Pulejkova that uses dance, narration and CG animation, to look at the mysterious life cycle and migration of the critically endangered European eel. Told from the eels’ perspective, the project aims to cast a light on the story of this critically endangered animal whose existence is threatened by human action and climate change. Here, the eels are taken as a metaphor for the human strife for self-fulfilment, the seek for the utopian place and state. Drawing parallels between the lives of humans and eels in the wake of climate change, the piece deals with the struggles of overcoming borders and barriers, in a world where long journeys and migrations are increasingly becoming more difficult.
The script for the work is informed by interviews with Dr. Matthew Gollock, ZSL (Zoological Society London), chair of the AESG (Anguillid Eel Specialist Group) and research from Dr. Zoran Spirkovski, Hydrobiological institute in Ohrid, North Macedonia on the European eel living in the Ohrid lake.
Direction and concept by Kristina Pulejkova, choreography by Georgia Tegou, music by Glen Johnson. Dancers: Amy Dakin Harris, Rebecca Namgauds, Vanessa Michielon, Michalis Theofanous and Antonia Ptohides. Voice actors: Alexandra Wilkinson, Marija Kaeva. The project has been developed with support through the FLAMIN Fellowship Programme, Arts Council England, Fenton Arts Trust (R&D). The final piece production is supported by the Ministry of Culture, North Macedonia.
Kristina Pulejkova is a Macedonian London-based artist whose practice is informed by science and technology. She is currently artist in residence at Somerset House Studios, London. Kristina’s 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, she aims to build subjective narratives based on scientific data and principles. In her work, she tends to imagine voices – voices from creatures, objects and even atoms in order to try to inhabit non-human perspectives. Through use of immersive technology, Kristina’s works often deal with environmental issues, telling personal stories that place audiences at the centre of the scene, allowing for a protagonist perspective and a different way of seeing.
It is the sixth episode in Super/Collider new online event series, super/science.
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