“Interfaced Nature” exhibited in Hangzhou-China

Group show “THREE FOLD” in Hangzhou in China.
“Interfaced Nature” with a new performance and my new book “#IDECLARE”.

BUILTIFOU GALLERY, PRIVATE VIEW 28-04-2017

 

PERFORMANCE AT THE PRIVATE VIEW 28-04-2017

 

Check out the video  in the performance section of my page.

SYMPOSIUM TALK “PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE NEW GENERATION” 29-04-2017

I participated in the Symposium “Photography and the New Generation” as part of the show.

 

 

“The digital self” NODO ART RESIDENCY -Work in progress.

I will regularly update the work in progress of my year-residency, currently taking place, at NODO house, by No Lugar, Arte Contemporáneo, in my hometown, Quito-Ecuador.

THE DIGITAL SELF

NODO Artistic Residency, Quito-Ecuador, 2017.

Photography, Video, sculpture, Manifesto, performance.

Project Proposal.

The aim is to create a series of photographic and written sculptures (using text as a link between the material and digital realm), that will be part of a photographic installation that presents the characteristics of the digital self based on its Manifesto.

I will use “form” as a metaphor of the contemporary condition of the digital narcissus, that lives in its own world. I will create a portrait each month of the residency.

I want to reinterpret the post-digital notion with elements coming from a screen, or from an analogue machine, and also from a sculpture and make them coexist together, using this tension to create coherencies and incoherencies typical from the Post-Internet idea.

The digital self. A Manifesto

  1. The digital self is defined through interaction and without it, no longer exists.
  2. The digital self oscillates with its constant online performance, it does not have a single shape.
  3. The digital self seeks stardom through a potential increasing audience.
  4. The digital self needs affirmation, attention, something real.
  5. Ignorance is a condition of the digital self.
  6. The digital self, it is a slave of social media, an app bitch.
  7. The digital self believes in its repetitive single condition.
  8. The digital self does not have control on its own information, once it is out there, it is out there and then, who knows?
  9. The digital self comes off to defend or offend what it believes.

 

 

 

“The digital self, extract I”

Video piece: HD video, 02:08 minutes

This video piece was exhibited in London, LCC Studio Space at Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, from 3th to 14th May, with special activities and guided tours.

“The digital self, extract I” is inspired by a Manifesto that underlines nine online personalities when interacting with the digital realm. This is a reflection of an anxiety feeling when constantly using the technological tools. The scattered words appear with no apparent order and calling for attention when there is too much to grasp. A glitched screen of nature is overlapped by different sources of sounds echoing a fake combination. The self is digital and interacts with different audio-visual sources while looking at a screen.
With special thanks to Heidegger, Foucault and Daft Punk.

Interfaced Nature

My multimedia installation “Interfaced nature”, explores the digital mediums in a material approach. It brings together a video, a written manifesto, and sculptural work.

The sculpture is a light box made out of copper clad printed circuit boards, with reproduced selfies.
The video is a performance for the camera, revealing an awkward relationship between a direct contact with nature, and a green screen that plays the mediator between the confinement of self, and the capacities of new technologies. The screen glitches due to saturation and over usage, as my online persona struggles this overload.

In addition, the installation gathers synthetic objects: silicone hands and printed screenshots, drawing a fine line between fiction and reality.

This project was exhibited as part of the LCC Ma Photography Degree Show called “Threefold”, that took take place at Ugly Duck Gallery, 47-49 Tanner Street, London, SE1 3PL.

Exhibition opening times: December 1st – December 6th, 2016.

Update: at the Private View on November 30th, 2016, “Interfaced Nature” was awarded.

Thank you Troika for the recognition.

Troika Photography Award

Troika is delighted to support the LCC MA graduate programme with the Troika Photography Award, a 12 months mentoring programme. The judges, co-founders of the contemporary photography gallery, Bridget Coaker and Michael Walter will select a winner from the MA degree show. The successful graduate will be supported for 12 months, through discussion and advice in their post-university projects providing curatorial advice and critical reviews. www.troikaphotos.co.uk

MA Photography prizewinners announced // LCC Postgraduate Shows 2016

Video performance

A selfish Manifesto in the hashtag age

I share these thoughts because sharing is something I do, not something I think about. This is the right place to be.

1.
I declare my life is lived better with technology. And life offline sucks.
I declare success translates into popularity online.
I declare when I feel the need to take a mirror picture, I post it, and get tons of likes.
I declare I am unique, and all overwhelming beauty must be captured on camera.
I declare that I reproduce my face according to famous archetypes.
I declare I circulate through online performance only.
I declare the need to connect with others; I use a lot of hashtags. #LOL
I declare that I live in a world with more data and less meaning.
I declare that all answers on life are to be found on the Internet.
I declare the real real is no longer real.
I declare I am joking. #Funny

2.
I fight against ruining my relationships based on Facebook status.
I fight against ruining my relationships based on read receipts on Whatsapp.
I fight against living without phone cameras.
I fight against cracking my phone screen.
I fight against going somewhere and not having free Wi-Fi.
I fight against silence.
I fight against becoming addicted to online shopping.
I fight against giving up. I try harder every day, #Motivation
I fight against being a copy of someone else.
I fight against going on a trip and not posting a selfie beside a natural backdrop.
I fight against sharing pictures of my body with someone I don ́t really love.
I fight against social alienation with my friends. #BFFs
I fight against leaving my bubble.
I fight against living in my bubble.

3.
I have a vision to stay true to myself
I have a vision to get a real connection on Tinder, and meet my other half.
I have a vision to never run out of data
I have a vision that my mobile is always fully charged.
I have a vision to create a pure symbiosis with my personal technology.
I have a vision to be like the mountains on my desktop, a sublime landscape full of mystery.
I have a vision of being no longer here, to disappear #VirtualReality
I have a vision to oscillate between the meaning of life and the everyday.
I have a vision to not believe what is imposed upon me.
I have a vision to get lost in the woods and to never comeback.
I have a vision to be trapped in no man ́s land. #TheEnd

The sea releases the object

This is a performance for the camera, but an inner performance as well. I am dropping my broken marbles into the sea, I said goodbye to the object that once was precious to me. This performance has its basis on the game “Fort-da” interpreted by Freud. He analysed the behaviour of his grandson, an eighteen-month-old baby, as a way of obtaining satisfaction by causing things to be “gone.”

Book: Freud, S. Beyond the Pleasure Principle, 1961, revised edition, London : Hogarth Press.

Imitation of stars

2014-2015.

In the search of new images that go beyond the possibilities of a camera, I pondered and fantasised, letting intuition guide me until I encountered a possible escape: “combination”; not only of ideas but also of elements that travel around the stars.

I found a new use for my night photo experience: long exposure pictures and star trails. Then I took a walk down memory lane, reminiscing childhood stories and finally, I started to create different scenarios that only exist through overlapping an illustration with a picture.

This series mixes vectors or drawings that, combined with the star trails or long exposure shots, give each picture a new category. The signified of this work depends on the spectator, resulting in a different meaning for each beholder.

"Purple moon with stars""Jungle animals walking near a mountain""The mountain and exploding magma""Cotopaxi Volcano and a meteor""Fallen stars with stars in the sky""Koala traveling in a star""Teddies near trees, near not far"