[rohrpost] Raul Ferrera-Balanquet curates "In[ter]vencion"

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Curator: Raul Ferrera-Balanquet
Selected artists:
1. Giselle Beiguelman (Brazil)
2. Ricardo Baez (Venezuela)
3. Santiago Perez Alfaro (Mexico)
4. Eduardo Nava (El Salvador/USA)
5. Juan Devis and OnRamp Arts (Colombia/USA)
6. Alex Riviera (Peru/USA)
Essay by Raul Ferrera Balanquet
Navigating up the stream of data flow in the current state of disinformation
requires an extreme cultural training. The constant manipulation of
stereotypical images -the image of the terrorist is a good example-, the
increase of access to the information networks in the so called "third
world", and the imposition of English as a dominant language in network
technologies are workings to erase the fight for preserving and renovating
our cultural traditions.
In[ter]vención presents six Latinos artists living in diverse regions of the
Americas: Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Los Angeles, all of them Latinos
territories. This curatorial effort creates a glimpse to a body of work
produced by cultural warriors of their own time who, as conscious of the
need for cultural intervention in the space of flow, have confronted the
language and technological dominant paradimgs to employ interventionist
tactics such as the game, the electronic magazine, the recycling of the
database and the reconstruction of traditions. No matter how difficult is to
be a net artist; we are here, overcoming the obstacles, perpetuating,
recycling and creating the digital myths of Las Americas.
About the curator:
Raul Ferrera-Balanquet
was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958. MFA, Multimedia and Video Art Department,
University of Iowa, 1992. Ferrera-Balanquet has curated major media arts
exhibits in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico, among them
InteractivA'03 and 01 for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACAY), Merida,
Yucatan. Mexico, 2001 and 2003; "Huellas de un Corazón Sangrante en
Tropicana", MIX-Brazil, for the Museum of Sound and Image, Sao Paulo,
Brazil; "Videos That Unmask, Test and Invade the Colonial System", Program
I, Video In, Vancouver B.C., Canada. He has exhibited his work at the
Whitney Museum of American Art, Randolph Street Gallery-Chicago, Brisbane
Powerhouse Art center, Australia, Video IN-Vancouver, Canada, Museo de Arte
Actual, Bogotá, Colombia, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Centro de
Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACAY),
Merida, Mexico. In addition to a Fulbright Fellowship, Ferrera-Balanquet has
been awarded grants from US/Mexico Cultural Fund, Moon Radio Webtv
Commission, The Australian Network of Art and Technology, the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Lyn Blumenthal Video Foundation, and the
Noetic Science Institute/Fetzer Institute. His writings have appeared in the
Australian based The Media Circus Reader, Artpapers, Radical Teacher,
Cinematograph, Felix, the Mexican literary magazine El Juglar, the Miami
based Perra! La Revista and the British/German art magazine Guestroom.

The selected artists:
Giselle Beiguelman (Brazil)

About artist/work
Giselle Beiguelman is a new media artist and multimedia essayist from Brazil who teaches
Digital Culture at the Graduation Program in Communication and Semiotics of
PUC-SP (São Paulo, Brazil).
Her work, entitled "Poetrica" is an investigation about
reading and reception in cybrid and entropy situations. It involves a series
of visual poems conceived by myself with non-fonetic fonts (dings and system
fonts) and a teleintervention mediated by creations made by the public using
the same typographic background.

Ricardo Baez (Venezuela)

About artist/work
Born in Caraca, Venezuela, 1950. M.A. in Mathematics, University
of San Diego, 1978.
His work "Los Diablos Danzantes de Yare" (The Dancing Devils of Yare).
is a colorful festivity on occasion of Corpus Christi
at San Francisco de Yare, a small town close to Caracas, symbolizing the
eternal struggle between Good and Evil. Its roots may be traced back to the
Middle Ages in Europe.

Santiago Esteban Perez Alfaro (Mexico)

About artist/work
Born in Merida, Yucatan, 1984. Computer technictian graduated
from Centro de Bachilleres Tecnológicos Industriales y de Servicios (CBTIS)
No. 120. He studies Computer System at the Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida.
His work, entitled "Ti' Kíimil" (From Death)
is representing the hybrid colonial process Mayan-Spanish, a
traditional altar become the point of departure of this imaginary collective
landscape that measure the dimensionality of the sky (Ka'an), the underworld
(Mitnal) and the traditions around death, which have survived colonial times
and take place during October 31 and November 1 and 2 in the state of
Yucatan, Mexico.

Eduardo Navas (El Salvador/USA)

About artist/work
Navas started to develop on-line projects in 1997.
Eduardo Navas received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design
(1998), and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2000).
His work, entittled "Re_cycled_Views"
is a project appropriating previously
published critical writings in Net Art Review,
an online collaborative that was founded in February of 2003 as a public resource for
diverse Web and Internet communities to learn about and share their
interests in Net Art and its crossover to the wider New Media Field.

Juan Devis and OnRamp Arts (Colombia/USA)

About artist/work
Colombian-born Juan Devis writes, directs, and produces collaborative
multimedia projects focusing on social and political accountability.
OnRamp Arts is a digital arts organization in central Los Angeles that
creates, produces and distributes collaborative new media projects with
community members and artists.
His work: "Tropical America" is an online video game
that traces the genesis of the 1981
massacre of El Mozote in El Salvador. It fuses the new world of video games
to a compelling past through a journey to unravel the mysteries of the
Americas. Developed in collaboration with Los Angeles artists, teachers,
writers and high school students, the game features a bilingual, thematic
gameplay, accompanied by an online database of educational resource
materials, source texts and imagery.

Alex Riviera (Peru/USA)

About artist/work
Alex Rivera is a New York based digital media artist and
filmmaker. Through the past 5 years he,s made work in digital video and on
the internet that addresses concerns of the Latino community through a
language of humor, satire, and metaphor.
His work, entitled: "Invisible America" is not a web site. IA is a media company, a

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animation, documentary, narrative- to contemplate our new, twisted, and
ultimately surreal American Reality. Invisible America is the home of
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