I'm an electronic artist and my work includes installations, video installations, net. art, interventions in public spaces, video-sculptures and robotic installations.
Some awards: First Prize BEEP_Art (Barcelona) in 2003, the First Prize at the National Exhibition of Visual Arts 2005, category "New Holders", the Third Prize at the Festival Transitio MX.
I'm a Bachelor of Arts (UBA), graduate from the school of the National Film Institute with a Masters in Literature (Université Nationale de Côte d'Ivoire), specializing in African literature.
I have authored articles about the history and aesthetics of electronic art, the issues addressed by the robotic art, the questions of the trans-disciplinary perspective in art-technology crossings, etc.
I've completed residencies at the Hypermedia Studio (University of California-Los Angeles), at the Banff Center for the Arts (Canada), the MECAD (Media Center of Art & Design - Barcelona, Spain) and the Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen ( Germany).
I run the Master’s degree in Electronic Arts at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero.
Vision of art
1. Choose a work that represents you, describe it in relation to its format and materiality, its relation with time and space, its style and theme; detail its production process.
Proxemia is an interactive robotic installation based on autonomous multi-agent systems in the form of spheres. This is a community of robots that react to the presence of external agents (spectators, physical limits or other spheres).
The spheres roll freely through mechanical devices and, through sensory detection developments tend to shift their path when any physical contact is produced.
Proxemics is a research and experimentation project in the field of robotics, whose ultimate goal is to articulate a dynamic and self-sufficient system, with central memory of the behaviors and the drift of each of the spheres.
Proxemics was produced in 2005 with the support of Telefonica Foundation and was exhibited in the gallery of such institution.
2. In general terms, how would you suggest to approach your work?
The installation is a reflection and staging of the concepts of "distance", "contact" and position of individuals in the current scenes. It aims to create a community of objects, with autonomous behaviors able to react to the overall dynamics. This community installs the social metaphor: people on the move, avoiding other individuals, most concentrated in the "movement" in the aim of these movements. My goal is to create a dialogue between "ones" and "others" through codes that allow staging the ambiguity of the relationship distance - proximity.
Inside the sphere coexist mechanical and electronic devices, microcontrollers, magnets and sensors. This combination of technologies, principles and paradigms creates a unique universe within the sphere, imperceptible to the viewer.
What is noticeable is that, despite its particular characteristics, there is a unifying obsession: the other is no longer a partner but something that should be avoided.
3. In reference to your work and your position in the national and international art fields, what tradition do you recognize yourself in? Who are your contemporary referents? What artists of previous generations are of interest to you?
I think to be quite eclectic, which makes me difficult to pigeon hole into one tradition. Various artists I'm interested in: Benedit, Dan Flavin, Kosice, Jim Campbell, Ken Rinaldo, Le Parc, Rebecca Horn, Jean Tinguely, Eva Hesse, Harun Farocki, Louise Bourgeois, Pierrick Soria, Ella Bergmann-Michel, Manfred Mohr, Edward Ihnatowicz.
4. Choose works or exhibitions from the last ten or fifteen years which in your opinion were very significant and explain why
Le Parc at the National Museum of Fine Arts. Very stimulating to me.
Many of the exhibitions organized by Marcelo de la Fuente en la Casona. And the vibrant impulse of Graciela Taquini at the electronic art exhibitions in general seems remarkable to me. I liked Glare at the CCRojas and the exhibition curated by Rodrigo Alonso at Open Studio which brought together Gustavo Caprin, Gabriela Golder and Charly Nijensohn.