Vita

 

 

Maria Euler was born 1991 in Bad Kreuznach, a rather rural area in Germany. Striving for not more than a universal understanding of everything, she studied physics at the University of Heidelberg from 2010 to 2011. Recognising the impossibility of the endeavour of a universal and deep understanding of the whole universe, she decided to instead go into art to build her systems for grasping the ungraspable. Therefore she went to study Fine Art at the University of Fine Art in Dresden from 2012 to 2015.

She stayed deeply interested and fascinated in the models and principles of science and uses them as the underlying framework of her works. The inspiration for her pieces is often drawn from the models of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, relativity – or quantum theory.  

The other important part of her work is storytelling. The classics of philosophy, literature and film, especially science fiction, are a rich pool of metaphors and allusions she draws from.  Stanislav Lem and  Isaac Asimov, as well as Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz for example, are very important authors for her, but also pop cultural influences like the “Matrix” can be found in her work.

During her studies in Dresden, she participated in the FAST (Framing Art Science and Technology) program. That program was an initiative by the three major universities in Dresden (TU, HTW and HFBK)  to test an interdisciplinary master’s program. This program allowed her to deepen her interest in the merging of art, science and storytelling. Many of the organisations and lectures in that program were alumni from the Royal College of Art in London. So when the program ended she decided to go to the source. To explore further between the poles of art, science and postmodernity, she went to do a master in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art.

The RCA is one of the leading universities for an inter- or post-disciplinary approach towards art and design. Here Maria merges art, science and design to create structures which enable a new point of view, thought and embodiment of complex principles and ideas in an experiential way. To be able to create experiences in the sense of John Dewey, she also explores the communication and interaction between the work and the observer. She wants to get rid of the distance between the artist and the viewer and is therefore interested in the design approach towards the receiving: viewer, experiencer or user.

Her work feasts the beauty and fascination of “how the world works” and at the same time criticises taking anything for granted. Using scientific models, annexing and transforming methods or machines as well as modern technique she shows the greatness of their possibilities and triggers thoughts about their further consequences. The story and emotion bearing powers of more classic artistic methods and aesthetics are also applied. The viewer and the thoughts provoked by the experience when encountering the work are the centre piece.

Inspirations and techniques from very different fields are used with all the freedom art provides. Models, machines and measurements are used as colours or forms in the process of composition. An ulterior humour allows her to connect and tackle those very big topics and ideas.

She participated in the FAST- Exhibition and conference “Testing Ground” in Festspielhaus Hellerau in Dresden. She was nominated for the Deutsche Studienstiftung and exhibited in Karlsruhe. Her “Who`s afraid of ultraviolet”” and “ A Study in Infrared” concept was nominated for the Art and Science price Dresden in 2015 and given a considered budget for realisation as well as the opportunity of collaboration with the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden. The work was exhibited for three months in the Technische Sammlungen Dresden.  She is currently receiving a scholarship by the DAAD to support her studies at the RCA and preparing an exhibition in London with the other scholarship holders. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Battersea Sculpture Price in London.  A development of that work was chosen for the Sonar festival in Barcelona and will be exhibited there in June 2016.

 

Currently, she is pursuing a collaboration with the Bristol Institute for Quantum Computing. 

 

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