Participants spent the morning session in The Box, FACT’s flexible cinema space where we were treated to a virtual exhibition by four artists who generously gave up their time to introduce us to their works and tell us about their artistic practice. First up was Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga, who spoke about several of his projects working in urban spaces with public interventions, in particular Vagamundo (2002), The Public Broadcast Cart (2003-2007), Carreta Nagua (2007) Miracle of Chile (2010), A Geography of Being (2012) and Excess NYC (2011-). After Ricardo, Argentinean artist Marina Zerbarini was next up to talk about her online work, Tejido de Memoria (2003), focussing on how it attempts to bring together socio-political commentary, the city space, and her own personal story.
Marina was followed by Diego Mometti, who gave a presentation of Memoria histórica de la Alameda (2005), a site-specific and participatory project dealing with Chilean memory. Finally, the last artist presenting was Uruguayan net artist Brian Mackern who talked about his sound toys and emotional cartographies, looking in particular at Rambla Sur (2005), 24 horas (2005) and Temporal de Santa Rosa (2002-). After a vibrant and exciting morning, we broke for lunch which was held in The Box and provided by Lucha Libre, and during which we continued our discussions. You can see here what a mouth-watering choice of Mexican street foods Lucha Libre provided us with!
In the afternoon we continued the day’s events up in FACT’s Media Lab, where participants got the chance to play around on the art works we had been introduced to in the morning. The day ended with the launch of Claire and Thea’s latest joint-authored book, Latin American Identity in Online Cultural Production (New York: Routledge).
We hope to be organizing more events with FACT and with the artists in the near future, so we’ll keep you posted!