Dr Ulrike Kuchner
MA University of Nottingham, School of Physics and Astronomy
Growing up, the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was not an easy one to answer. So after high school, I followed both of my passions: I (simultaneously) studied Astrophysics at the University of Vienna, as well as Fine Arts/Paintings at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where I was born and raised. Today, after Masters and Ph.D. degrees that took me to Australia, Chile, the US and Germany, I am an astronomer as well as a visual artist, currently based in the UK, where I work as a post-doctoral researcher for the University of Nottingham – and I make, exhibit and curate art. I came to Astronomy by perceiving the Universe as very beautiful, so aesthetics has always played an important role in my science practice. As an ArtScience artist I operate where art, culture, and science intersect, using both backgrounds to find or reject interdisciplinary answers to overarching questions.