Multimedia artist, philosopher, performing arts professional & cultural manager, Adriana Chiruta lives and works in her main life-art project she called Carambach, an invented "country" for artists and scientists which will function as an ecostructure for contemporary art. A radically iconoclast theatre director, passionate by contemporary dance, and with a philosophical background focused mainly on logic, cognitive sciences and social design through architecture, her main passion is to create frames in which the spectators` involvement can be viewed as works of art. Through different participatory and cross-media processes, in her visual artworks she devises performative circumstances that stimulate the public to perform, to jump into the game spontaneously, without her physical presence or that of actors/dancers/performers being necessary. Her concepts of cognitive choreography and of other performance species emerged out of this drive of changing the political paradigm of performance art by encouraging the public to occupy, personally, socially and politically the stage, instead of just applauding others..
Passionate by the laboratory theatres phenomenon and postmodern dance for their complex approach to the performer`s training, intercultural practices and hippie attitude toward life, she initiated in 2008 the International Center for Performing Arts (Cluj, Sibiu) that hosted master classes led by artists from the most long living theatre laboratories of Europe: Yoshi Oida (C.I.R.T.), Jean-Jacques Lemêtre (Théâtre du Soleil) and Frans Winther (Odin Teatret). In 2011 she created PASAJ, a performing arts laboratory gathering actors, dancers, visual artists and musicians. The company was located in the Paintbrush Factory (Cluj), one of the main contemporary art spaces in Romania. Using performing arts as an artistic form of psychosocial experiments, during 2012 she directed with PASAJ a political performance: 4FAUST & The Brainwashing Machines and a participatory physical theatre performance focused entirely on the relation performer-spectator: FEED(me)BACK. She also led a series of workshops on improvisation techniques, physical theatre and postdramatic theatre playwriting, publishing in 2010 Improvisation Handbook. 85 Theatre Games, to encourage the use of performing arts techniques in education in Romania. Since 2014 she start inventing a new country and `emigrate` in it (Sibiu area). This country for artists and scientists is called Carambach and it will provide the infrastructure for a contemporary art ecolaboratory. Carambach`s first project Building Ecostructures for Other Performance Species, consisting of a performative research on CARE FOR OTHER(nes)S / altruism theme, won the Cultural Management Academy prize, being supported by Goethe Institut, ColectivA and Heritage Contact Zone. Since 2017, she`s working on creating a tool box combining performing arts techniques, logic, political and urbanism`s philosophy, in order to help architects & urban planners integrate the polyphony of our differences into spaces of cooperation, converting thus the geometries of power into geometries of non-discriminatory democracy and switching our society to more collaborative mindset & reflexes. The Alive Space. Non-modernist exercises for architects | a workshop book and Fragile Penguins on the Edge of Gravitational Waves / a performative architecture nest will be its outcomes. Besides theatre directing, she studied philosophy with a main interest in political philosophy and on conditioning humans through their cities in modernist urbanism (bachelor thesis The Cities of Reason. From Descartes` Project to Modern Urbanism Program, 2003) and in logic and epistemological patterns (master degree thesis The Identity, 2004).
In 2019 she emigrated into the visual arts zone after the curator Anca Verona Mihuleț welcomed her as part of the group of Romanian and French artists in ”A villa of one’s own”, Romania-France Season 2019. The results of this two months of artistic residence were, in France, Tasting Life Series a corpus of 3 pieces of sound/video & performative installations: dancing with Woolf, reality is a matter of taste, 3 minutes of nothing to do and in Romania a workshop and performance FITNESS FOR DREAMERS | Kids laboratory of research and practice of anarcho-surrealist languages. In 2021 she presented Techniques to get out of the needle for those who believe they are butterflies, a performative installation consisting of video, sound, 11 micro-movement techniques in CHRONICLES OF THE FUTURE SUPERHEROES, an international 6 months exhibition curated by Anca Verona Mihuleț @ Kunsthalle Bega, Romania.
2022 started with a residency at Tranzit Bucharest on Performing Survival. Carambach`s Lesson and with Love as political power or how to rewrite our future with our breath in TRIUMF AMIRIA. The Museum of Queer Culture at Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest. In june 2022 she was part of Platforma de arte vizuale PAV produced at Sibiu by Dan Perjovski in the frame of Documenta 15 with a 3 pieces of video ecofeminist reminder: The kiss | Piece (peace) for women and pollinating insects | We all cry the same way. Then followed a participation with in Now the impulse is to live! curated by Raluca Voinea with Sit on Something at The Order of Architects, Bucharest and with the first tests of How NOT to plant a baobab in Greenland | a game for postapocalyptic relations at Topocentrala, Sofia.
In the spring of 2023 she developed Alternative Futures Laboratory / Laborator de viitorologie alternativă @ Buget Zero curated by Liviana Dan in Sibiu, containing five inputs: 3 minutes of nothing to do / performative installation & ”just think” psychosocial experiment, Social Dreaming Cabinet / sound installation, Maybe We All Have a Future / video work, fitness for dreamers / workshop, 5 performative solutions for social change / workshop.
In the autumn of 2023 she was part with Techniques to get out of the needle for those who believe they are butterflies in the second edition of CHRONICLES OF THE FUTURE SUPERHEROES curated by Anca Verona Mihuleț at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest,