"Weather has been nice" is a series of generative video installations in which vintage found postcards are slowly broken down into their basic elements. Mailed from around the world, with their exaggerated colors and iconic images, these commoditized stereotypical landscapes are non-places – at the same time unknown and familiar.
A pixel sorting algorithm manipulates the postcards, lunging them into movement, and generating a dynamic glitch that slowly decomposes into the dominant colors. The custom-made application triggers a transformation, creating a system where the elements are continuously regenerating and composing new images. Each postcard reacts differently according to its own pixels. "Weather has been nice" presents us with images unfolding, becoming images. By appreciating these postcards as an instant that unfolds, we become aware that landscape, like memory, is not a fixed static entity outside of ourselves, but rather an intimate experience in constant transformation.
I am a Chilean-born interdisciplinary artist living and working in New York. My work consists of ongoing research into the relationship between personal memory and cultural practices of remembering. I create multimedia installations that explore how technology, media and memory affect and transform each other, creating models of remembrance that are culturally shaped.
Working with an archive of found footage, with anonymous stories - I leave an open space to be filled by the meaning that each of us brings to the work through our personal experience.
I activate this inventory by exploring methods of physically representing the archive of memories as an embodied experience. My latest video installations and video sculptures transform two-dimensional memory objects into three-dimensional physical experiences. Using techniques such as projection mapping and algorithmic manipulations, I combine home movies, vintage photos and postcards with physical objects ranging from intimate dioramas to large-scale floating panels of plexiglass. I work with open-ended series of work that evolve through experimentation and that can be exhibited in different formats, and adapted to different spaces.
My installations are places in which memory becomes an action that is constantly actualized in the present, and that recognizes a system in which the function of the past is not that of truth but of desire.
I hold MFAs in Documentary Filmmaking from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and in Digital Arts from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and an MPA in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU. In 2013, I was a fellow at the Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum, culminating in the biennial exhibition “The Bronx Calling”. In 2015, I was an artist in residence at the IFP New York Media Center and I am currently a member at NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator program. I have shown my work and given lectures and workshops widely in New York and internationally, in venues such as: Festival Sonar Santiago; New Media Biennial (2009 & 2011) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile; Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago; Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, Santiago; Galería AFA, Santiago, Sala de Arte CCU; SPRING/BREAK Art Show (2015 & 2017), New York; NEW INC’s “Public Beta” at the New Museum, New York; Bitforms Gallery, New York; Dumbo Arts Festival, New York; the Paley Center for Media, New York; Scholes 319, New York; Brooklyn Fire Proof, New York; Wave Hill, New York; MIT Media Lab, Boston; Utah Arts Center; Digital Culture Center, Mexico City; VIZZI Festival, Kiev, Ukraine; Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway; and Medialab-Prado, Madrid.
I also founded and directed REVERSE, a non profit art space in New York for the development of new ideas and interdisciplinary practices, promoting artistic collaboration and innovative projects at the intersection of art, science and technology. Between 2012 and 2016, REVERSE hosted more than 30 exhibitions, multiple performances and an active calendar of workshops taught by a diverse roster of artists.