[spectre] grey) (area ::: Samuel Cepeda: The Clouds have no nation
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grey) (area - space of contemporary and media art, Korcula
Samuel Cepeda: The Clouds have no nation
4 - 14 . 8. 2009.
Opening: Tuesday 4th August . 21 - 23 h.
"The Clouds have no nation" is a project made for grey) (area space of
contemporary and media art in Korcula, Croatia. It consists of a site-
specific video installation in the gallery space and a public action
of distributing art prints by the artist himself in the city of Korcula.
"The Clouds have no nation" is part of the Cloudwalkers project (since
2005) which explores different ways of questioning the knowledge that
we have about reality through the clouds. Artist state "The project
makes us remember when we were kids and tried to find real objects in
the shapes of a cloud. I tried to have people experience and
participate in my artwork keeping in mind the question: why not?."
An extended exhibition presented several phases of the "The
Cloudwalkers project". It was held in 2008 at the Centro de las Artes
CONARTE in Monterrey, curated by Darko Fritz. During the exhibition,
Cepeda made a interactive action with children in ages between 8 –
11. For the first time, its results and documentation are now
presented. Among other activities, children made drawings of actual
clouds while looking through the transparent plastic sheet size 4 x15
meters, placed above them. Now the same sheet with drawings is placed
at the ceiling of the gallery space.
Cepeda chose the clouds as objects over which science has difficulties
providing fixed answers on their physical constitution. It´s hard to
describe them within their nature and shape, which usually last for
less than a second because they´re changed by a huge number of
physical dynamics that are going on in nature´s permanent flux.
The project is focused to produce, contextualize and display the
imaginary forms triggered by the ever-changing visual appearance of
the clouds watched by humans. This is represented by means of visual
imagination of different people that participated in this project. The
most important motivation for the realization of the project was to
requestion realities throughout aesthetically means of fine arts,
which its approach is impossible or very difficult to make, throughout
the methodology and language of science. Artist is using and reversing
the scientific language and methodologies. He summarized his project
as "... ironic tendency to question the unquestionable".
The sites of Cepeda's works ranging from institutions of contemporary
art to the public spaces, as intentional institutional critique (the
bar, the city streets and crossroads), appropriates both political
activist, mainstream commercial propaganda and involvement methods.
The old and new media and communication systems are used in the
Cloudwalkers project. Making use of the polaroid photo in this project
is significant as such media implicate instant authenticity, as well
as including the photo-process and its distribution at once.
Significally, at the time of preparing the first overview of the
Cloudwalkers project (2008), the Polaroid company announced closing of
its factories for further production of polaroid films and cameras.
Samuel Cepeda (1977, Monterrey, N.L. México) New media artist, he has
two technical degrees one in graphic design and the other in computer
design (1995). He graduated with a Visual Arts degree from the
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in 1999 as well as a Graphic
Design Degree from the Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey in 1998.
Due to his interest in New Media Art he studied an MFA in Transart
Institute and Danube University in Austria, and an MA in Arts at the
Universidad Autónma de Nuevo León. He is teaching at the Universidad
Autónoma de Nuevo León and the Centro de Estudios Superiores
Universitarios de Diseño de Monterrey.
Cepeda's artwork use video, photography, audio and digital tools as
media to produce multidisciplinary projects with Installations, Public
Actions, Performance, Happening, video art and digital art. Some
exhibitions: "1ra Serie festival multidisciplinario" Mty, N.L. Mex
(2009) public action, performance; "The cloudwalkers project",
Monterrey (2008) Public actions, documentation, performance; "The
cloudwalkers project_1" Linz, Austria (2006) video installation,
performance; "Acthung-roof" Krems, Austria (2005) public installation,
video documentation; "Identity" Santa Catarina N.L. (2007)
Installation; "Casa de la abuela" Mty, N.L. (2002) Installation,
website Samuel Cepeda: http://samuelc.com
website Cloudwalkers project: http:www.cloudwalkers.org
contact: Darko Fritz darko at darkofritz.net / tel + 385  91.5800193
grey) (area program 2009: Lemeh 42 (Italy) . Petar Grimani
(Croatia) . Ivan Marusic Klif (Croatia) . Toni Mestrović
(Croatia) . Samuel Cepeda (Mexico) . Nina Czegledy (Canada) and
Marcus Neustetter (South Africa)
participants in gray) (area program: Veaceslav Ahunov, (Uzbekistan),
Abilsait Atabekov (Kazahstan), Dunja Blažević, Boris Cvjetanovic
(Zagreb), Gem Sqash (Adam Hyde and Ntsikelelo Ntshingila), Petar
Grimani (Croatia), Ulan Djaparov (Kazahstan), Ivan Faktor (Osijek),
Kontejner (Zagreb), Lemeh 42 (Italy), Faruk Loncarevic (Bosnia and
Hercegovina), Alban Muja (Kosova), Edita Pecotić (Korcula / London),
Ana Peraica (Split), PRO.BA (Bosnia and Hercegovina), Radioqalia (Adam
Hyde and Honnor Hager, New Zealand), Lala Raščić (Sarajevo –
Zagreb), Stefan Rusu (Moldavia / Romania), Tomo Savić-Gecan (Zagreb -
Amsterdam), Slaven Tolj (Dubrovnik), Transfer (Zagreb), Goran Trbuljak
(Zagreb), Alexandr Ugay (Kazahstan), Dražen Vitolović (Sovinjak /
Rijeka) i Enes Zlatar (Bosnia and Hercegovina).
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