We just came back from an exciting trip to Argentina and Uruguay where we ran a series of events and activities on the AHRC-funded project Latin(o) American Digital Art.
Our first stop was Montevideo, where we were welcomed by the internationally recognised artist Brian Mackern, who had been our Artist in Residence in Liverpool in October last year. Brian gave us a guided tour to the city, and introduced us to the local artist community and art galleries.
One of the highlights of the tour was an exclusive visit to Palacio Salvo, one of the most iconic buildings of the city. There we met one of Brian’s colleagues and friend, artist and documentary maker Guillermo Amato, who joined us for the rest of the tour, took us to the exhibition where his work is featured and even gave us an original print as a souvenir before we left!
In the evening we ran a presentation entitled Cities in Dialogue / Ciudades en Diálogo. This was held at the historical Cabildo in Montevideo, and involved artists we’ve already worked with as part of our project, such as Brian and Guillermo, and curator Rosana Carrete, and researcher Amalia Lejavitzer.
In Buenos Aires, we participated in the world-famous E-Poetry Festival– an exciting event that brings together researchers and practitioners, with some of the latest techniques in digital media being performed live on stage. This was the first time the festival had been held in Latin America, so we were particularly pleased to be running a panel there and presenting our project.
Held in the stunning surroundings of the Teatro Margarita Xirgu for the first day, and then in the aptly-chosen venue of the Centro Cultural Borges, the festival provided an exciting opportunity to see new digital artworks and digital literary works live as they are being developed by their creators.
Last but not least, we ran a workshop on digital art and curation which took place at the Escuela de Defensa Nacional in Buenos Aires – a venue which has recently started on a programme of artistic and cultural events, so we were particularly pleased to be invited along to present there and to be welcomed by a full auditorium. Argentine digital artist Marina Zerbarini, who was also part of the Cities in Dialogue exhibition we curated at FACT in Liverpool, was also a wonderful host for this event.
We were particularly pleased by the press coverage that these events had in Montevideo by the administration of the city and in Buenos Aires, by local media such as Ñ, the cultural magazine of leading newspaper Clarín, the UNTREF youtube channel and the online radio TEA y DEPORTEA.
We would like to thank everyone who came along to the events in Buenos Aires and Montevideo and who contributed to make this an unforgettable experience for us. We hope to see you all soon again!