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    • Laura Celada
    • Barcelona, Spain
    • I work on the limits, the tensions and the fragilities of the contemporary society. It concerns me the point or the moment where elements, individuals or situations confront to each other and they have to deal what is the position to take to be in harmony, or emphasize the friction between them. It is in this point where fragility becomes a beautiful force to itself to create a new scope for the achievement. Inside these fissures I find the main ideas of my work. I take these frictions carefully and thought about them from distance, where the vulnerability is susceptible of being penetrated and transformed in powerful by the form of an artpiece. I concentrate on the material or the substance in its natural state; the reflex in the raw, still not treated or purified material, and I transmute it into a creative form. The main idea of my work is to show these concepts as strong qualities which transform the differences or resistances inside these relations into skills of growing in one and in the collective knowledge. For what I look essentially is to transform the invisible thing; the emotions, the thoughts, the feelings and the vibrations into symbols, objects, sounds and images or a composition of them. Laura Celada_illun 2012

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    • Antonio Ortuño
    • New York, USA
    • I express myself through single-channel video, video installation, and video combined with art. These are empathetic tools that help me better reflect circumstances that are otherwise hard to assimilate or understand, sometimes due to our own ignorance about ourselves, given the little interest we have in introspection or, simply, due to the fear of knowing how we actually are in our most intimate beings. In my case my work has always centred on video, videointalations, photo, drawings, boxes and objects which for me reflect more easily those sensations or feelings which are dificult to assimilate or undenstand because of our own ignorance or lack of experience. My idea is to continue working on artistics projects with this philosophy in mind and make the public feel those rich, pure sensations and help them reflect on their own emotional situation. Love, but also fear, pleasure, anguish, happiness, anxiety and doubt, among other emotions, all make up part of my work. I hope in some way to de-dramatize the situations and eliminate their aggressive tone, so that the viewer doesn't feel them directly, but rather reflects and understands their meaning, the reason for their existence.

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    • carmenespla Esplá
    • Barcelona, Spain
    • I think that… Art ... is intimate, sincere. Art which moves me, makes shake me and which makes shake you, which contains emotions and feelings ... that's what makes vibrate me when I paint and when I ´m back-front of the camera. Art ... which hides my vital need, my way of being, of behaving ... a way of life. I´m interested in the art which i can feel more than the art which is thought and this's what I try to express with "my art". I like to tell stories, describe situations either through video or colors in my hands; discern feelings of different experiences in my life, so many emotions! ... My art is more sensual than intellectual, in the most authentic and pure definition of "sensual". In my paintings and illustrations you can see influences from various styles like impressionist painting, art brut, pop art, naive painting, shamanic art, rock art, street art ... In my videos: Corporeal Identity. I consider that the most important is talent specific to each person which expressing through different techniques and different formats on their personal experiences. I´m influenced and identified in the painting with artists as Henri Rousseau(“Woman Walking in Exotic Forest”),Vincent Van Gogh(“La noche estrellada”, “Des sterrennacht”),Edvard Munch(“Moonlight”), Auguste Herbin(“Bailleux II”),Vilmos Huszár(“Vincent”), Max Ernst(“Paysage avec lune”),Victor Brauner(“Gemini”), Karel Appel(“Grito de libertad”),Yayoi Kusama, Sue Williams(“Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Woman”), Jean Michel Basquiat(“Carbon/ Oxygen”),Rigo 23 … In video artists as Marina Abramovic, Dan Graham, Doug Aitken, Gary Hill, Robert Cahen, Peter Campus, Clearbout, Candice Breitz, Tony Oursler, Aernout Mik … And finally in dance Laban, Carolyn Carlson, Pina Bausch, Mª José Ribot… www.carmenesplaespejo.blogspot.com

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    • Macu Moran
    • Madrid / New York, Spain / USA
    • I'm interested in help evolving the multidimensional consciousness of the human being, through the expansion of the collective mental imagery that connect us with the source of reality.

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    • BBB, BBB
    • Art is a set of images, metaphors and symbols, that reflect the political, social, economic and cultural development of society at a given time and space. The artist, as an observer, collector and producer, transforms this information to build bridges of dialogue between the outside and its receptor, the public. The loss of sociocultural identity, interpersonal relationships and interaction with the ecosystem, are the motivation behind the work of this artist. Her concern for recovering individual and collective memory takes her to investigate the myths and traditions of various cultures and eras. It is through play, sensory language and physical memory and the creation of images and oniric spaces, how Ana gets close to her real objective: the audience.

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    • sergito Bacao
    • Bratislava, Slovakia
    • During his studies at Sculpture studio of Jozef Jankovič, Sergio attended several sculpture exhibitions and symposiums. After completing his Masters in Oporto and returning to Slovakia, he switched to painting, drawing and collage. He combines disparate elements inserting objects into paintings (e.g. chips in 'Senhorita Batata Frita') or cut out pictures from the packaging and promotional items symbolizing the consumption. The chocolate boy has become a typical feature of Bacao. In several paintings resonate the topic of commercial culture and its criticism, as the author himself has said - we are surrounded by a commercial world which makes us very vulnerable (eg 'Vulnerability'). However, Sergio comments this world rather than directly criticizing it. His pictures are rather witty allusions to bind to the object of desire which can be a simple chocolate. The blond boy with a sweet smile in his face has become the logo of his works which he can cut out ten copies for one collage. Multiplication is the mean for propagation of commercial items and Sergio shows it now ironically. His smiles are a caricature of the 'american' smile and joy and parodies the material sufficiency. Irony does not abandon him even in other pictures when 'One for all and all for one' shows a whole family with the same face sitting in front of the TV that shows the one same face and on the right side a plant grows the one same face, or when a beauty of the Ads is shown as 'Meat'. Some works are much more personal and arose because of events that happened in Sergio's life. '3o tomate, 3.vajce, 3rd ball' is a game with different denominations of the male testes in various languages (Slovak, Portuguese and English) but it was painted due to an unpleasant disease personally experienced. 'Amor (Love)' – this painting might explain the cause of his staying in Slovakia: a slightly ironic diptych representing two deformed figures surrounded by a very hearted cardiac image. In the painting 'Seven years in Slovakia', the Slovak flag appears sewn to the Portuguese in which Sérgio's silhouette shines through. It is a symbolic image representing the two homes of Sergio. The sculptural objects are a return to the beginnings but dominant in the Sergio's production became the funny and ironic collage-comments to things around him and a collection of personal records. The exhibited is also a kind of playing with forms and experiments where the Sculptor is sometimes acting foolish but always through very refreshing creations.

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    • dcastell Castellanos Reyes
    • Bogotá, Colombia
    • Massive self & media created images make our bodies incorporate symbolic violence. These images are silent but saturate us through time. Nowadays, when the body and old institutions are falling apart; the age of accumulation is becoming omnipresent due to a virtual self-revolution by subjects and users of new technologies and media. The boundaries of the body are being pushed in a way that reality seems blurred and incomprehensible. Daniel Castellanos is a multimedia artist. He works with spirituality: reading and showing messages coming afloat; not in the media used but in the perversion of the matter. The way he does it is by intuition, humor and spiritual approach to everyday life. Some of the media he uses are Drawing, Photography, NEON signs Video and Video Installation (as a way to incorporate the human condition in to media) and others.

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    • Victor Syrnev
    • Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    • I am inspired by wildlife and sorcery of ancient masters. Creation of ornaments, it is always a dialogue between a material and an idea. Metal – it is a living and spiritual partner, it participates in work, introduces the corrective amendments and is the co-author

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    • Katie Peyton
    • New York, USA
    • Katie Peyton is a New York based artist. Over the past decade, Katie has created a her own language in drawing, sculpture and literature that embraces a philosophy referencing the forces of creation and destruction as well as the ancient kitenic traditions dating back to 24,000 BC.

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    • Greg Schenk
    • Los Angeles, USA
    • My work directly addresses the function of art in the emerging post petroleum era. Through persistent experimentation with material and process I explore the perceived boundaries of art making; and I have found that process equals politic. Each work is the sum of all interactions accrued in it’s formation, and thus a social and economic ritual as well as construction. My concepts are reified in graphics, paintings and sculpture. Graphics include all printed materials, web published images, rich media and text. The obvious subject is color; with hyper-saturated paintings I assail the fallacies of oil painting, primarily through process. These coexist in my oeuvre with interactive sculptures/games that are at once objects and social nexus; combining a tactile personal experience with shared communications in a larger community. Underlying all, I am interested in how change is effected through incremental advances, color, and methods of control..

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    • R R
    • Seattle, WA, United States
    • Fluxus, assemblage, conceptual art, street art, stencil art, abstract, ASCO, Los Four, the history of Los Angeles graff movement, avant-garde, Cobra, installation art, the gutai manifesto, art brut, neo-dada.

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    • Said Alanís
    • Mexico City, México
    • SAID ALANIS BIOGRAPHY Born in Mexico City in June 9 of 1974. Studied the Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving "La Esmeralda" of the National Institute of Fine Arts Mexico. Has participated in individual and collective national and international exhibitions, obtained honorary mention in the scholarship of residence Mex-a.m.fellowship in the Vermont Studio Center in the United States of North America; obtained by two consecutive years the scholarship of Exceptional Artistic Talent for the Education Minister of Mexico. Was scholarship holder of the program: "Young Creative" in the painting specialty for the national minister of Culture and Arts of Mexico (FONCA), as well as the scholarship of the Artistic Residences for Creators of Ibero-America Program for the same institution. Sound Art/Electroacustic Music Festivals: 2010 Audio-visual Project “rabia” in Club House, Faro de Oriente, Ciudad de México. Audio-visual Project "Ballet Mecanique" based on the work of Fernand Leger, in Centro Cultural Futurama, Ciudad de México. 2008 "Deafnesses Around Us", International Sonor Art Festival “Zepelin”, Barcelona, Spain. http://www.sonoscop.net/zeppelin2008/sorderas/ 2006 "Visiones Sonoras 2006", International Festival of Music and new technologies; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (U.N.A.M.), Mexico City. http://www.visionessonoras.org/ 2005 "Sonom 2006” International Festival of Sound Art; Monterrey, Mexico. http://www.fundacioniac.org/sonom06.html First International Encounter of Artistic Production in Digital Support; La Plata, Argentina. http://formatodigital.fba.unlp.edu.ar/ 2001 Re-action, Second Journeys of Leveling of Oxygen; Ex- Teresa Arte actual -Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura/ Conaculta, Mexico City. 2000 “Collapse “ First Journeys of Leveling of Oxygen; Ex- Teresa Arte actual -Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura/ Conaculta, Mexico City.

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    • Maya/ Erik Von der Nebel/ Kirton
    • Berlin, Germany
    • The Ouroboros Tales is an audiovisual collaboration between an american and a french artist both residing in Berlin, Germany: Erik Kirton (acoustics) Maya von der Nebel (visuals) Not to be restricted by genre, we incorporate different project names: "The Flood Ensemble" for neoclassical videos, "h2so4" for electronic tracks and "The Ouroboros Tales" for Industrial and experimental animations.

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    • espadaysantacruz studio espadaysantacruz studio
    • Madrid, Spain
    • Espadaysantacruz Studio is a creation and management of interactive and visual projects collective based in Madrid since 2008. Our goal is the development of artistic practices associated with new technologies. We are focused on the research and application of new technologies for interactive software, multimedia installations, mapping projects, augmented reality and data visualization. We believe in new technologies as a means for the development of visual metaphors that give the public an experience based on utopia. The studio is composed by three professionals from the audiovisual creation, new media, photography and cultural management.

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    • Natalia Magdalena
    • Barcelona | São Paulo, Spain | Brasil
    • Brazilian multimedia artist born in São Paulo/Brasil and based in Barcelona. In 2009 I finished my B.A. in Fine Arts at the University "Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado" (FAAP) in São Paulo/Brasil and currently I'm enrolled at the M.A. program in "Artistic Productions and Research" at the "Universitat de Barcelona" (UB) in Barcelona/Spain.

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    • J-F Vergel
    • New York, United States
    • Photographer, musician, writer, chef, son, brother, husband...

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    • Andrea Inocêncio
    • Coimbra, Portugal
    • My work has a social and political commitment context through a critical and ironic dialogue. It is based on an active participation, a continuous process of learning, research and of transdisciplinary creation both collective and individual. It reflects around geographical and cultural borders, limitations, barriers, behavior, etc. Questioning the limits of the body –as a border- social prejudice and the difficulties that it entails in human relationships. I also work around the figure of the woman artist, heroin and migrant in transit, social violence and the constant struggle to survive in a hostile environment. On how the female image became powerful within the erotic and the market as a reflection on how cultural identities are constructed through certain stereotypes and patterns of popular mythologies.

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    • Joanneke Meester
    • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • "According to my own system and logic, I am interested in identifying an emotional and spiritual world". Mixed media artist ( installations, collages, video, public space projects ) Joanneke Meester (NL,1966) collaborating for ten years in an artist collective, which dedicated itself primarily to realising large-scale works in the public space. Since 2002 Joanneke Meester focuses on the development of personal, autonomous work. She studied at the Fine Art Academy and the Sandberg Institute ( masters of the Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy ) in Amsterdam. Her works are fragments, literally cut outs, of her thoughts, emotions, inspirations and actions with regards to the world she lives in. In 2004 she gained international fame with a pistol she made with her own skin. Her previous installations, sculptures and videos are the result of research into the subcutaneous violence, present in every human being. In her recent works she still addresses existential issues regarding violence, identity, daily life and imagination. Her new text-based works are appropriated from existing fragments of historical correspondence. The remains of the titles of the works are cut out of several materials, such as textile, cardboard, plastic, canvas, paper, etc. As the remains of derivative words there is a connection with language. This "new" created abstract world is more detached from the communication in the form we know it. So there is more space for the imagination and it creates a language with less limitations. Joanneke Meester produces works are presented in public space and at different international art institutions, galleries and museums including the Centre Pompidou, Moca Shanghai, Hara Tokyo. Her video works are included in the traveling collection of the Viva collections on tour.

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    • Katxerê Medina
    • Stockholm - Joanópolis - Rio de Janeiro, Sweden - Brazil
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    • Christian Zanotto
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Christian Zanotto has been awarded with the “Prize for Digital Art” by the jury of the “Prize for the Arts – Prize for the Culture ”, Milano, IT, 2007 Who exactly is Christian Zanotto? Good question, but do you really think I have an answer for that? Well, I can tell you that I’ve been working on it for a long time and when I look at my artwork that’s where I can find traces and clues of it, of who I am… Talking about your creative work, when did you first realize that you were an artist? I can recall many moments in my life in which drawing and building have been of great importance to me, but my first notion of being an artist became clear when I was at the elementary school, where I came across the concept of “poetic licence”, and I’ve been endlessly fascinated ever since. How did you continue your studies? I’ve always been keen on art, starting from the high school at the Istituto d’Arte to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. But my research still continues each and every single day. When exactly did technology become part of your artistic process? I’ve always been attracted by computers, actually I think I’ve owned all sorts of computers, from the oldest models on, but most of all I’ve always been fascinated by calculators, quartz watches, robots and lunar expeditions… I started including all this material in my creative process while I was attending the Academy in Venice and all this has become a means through which I could mix with my paintings, sculptures, photographs and my video making knowledge. What about your choice of figurativeness? Through working with figures, particularly human figures, I’ve found that it is like working in front of a mirror; and the human body is pretty much connected with the concept of “eroticism” which I believe is the key to reach and enter the innermost and primitive side of the human being, a place from where all thoughts, sensations and reasoning originate. I satisfy my need for abstraction by creating structures, systems or imaginary and whimsical machines… Mechanisms and gears fascinate me! Where do you get your ideas and inspiration for your artwork? The planning phase is exclusively mental: it’s mainly a visualization process which I then concretise and render in a 3D virtual space, working as if I was on a theatre stage (with postures, costumes and scenic objects); I’m always driven by curiosity towards the process of “evolution” and by that peculiar sensation of disorientation and astonishment provoked by the transformation of mental imagery into digital form. That same evolution process leads me to the analysis of the scene created and then to the reabsorption of it, by means of an inverse process. Can you tell us something about digital images: how do you make them compatible with an exhibition area? The design phase plays an important role in my creative process: when there’s no projection or video animation of an object/art piece then it requires a careful and coherent study which crosses both the image itself and the means. For example, in my “Horlogerie Exquise” exhibition, I opted for the photographic transposition of digital images onto large crystal sheets, framed in fibreglass structures. What feeling generally moves you the most? The sense of relativity and a mixture between time and space, the lack of coherence characterizing any ego disconnected from reality and the consciousness that there are no certainties or absolute judgements, a disorienting and disarming sense of freedom in which I can maintain my lucidity and equilibrium. How would you describe yourself? Very much alive and enchanted. Is there anything you want to say to our readers? I would like to thank them, hoping they will find a logic in what I have tried to explain and an interest in my artwork. At the same time I thank you for your questions, it will be very interesting for me to read this interview, where maybe I’ll spot a hidden part of me… See you soon, and thanks again.