For the second year in a row, Hyphen Hub was selected to guest curate the visual arts section of the 2019 International Festival of the Image, the internationally renowned digital and electronic arts exhibition held each year since 1997 in Manizales, Colombia.
We are very proud to have had many members of the Hyphen-Hub community play key roles in this years festival. This year Hyphen Hub Director, Asher Remy-Toledo was the keynote speaker for the festivals new section, Creative industries. Alexis Langevin-Tetrault represented this years guest country, Canada, in the opening night performance and Bogota based Atractor Estudio (Juan Cortes) gave the closing night performance. New York based Barbara London also gave a special preview of her upcoming book The First Fifty Years of Video Art, published by Pheidon Press, and also gave us a special preview of the new Sound Art exhibition she is going to launch on 2020.
This year’s festival—with the theme Digital Humanism—once again became a platform for some of the world’s leading artists, scientists, designers, and creative technologists to showcase new work and exchange experiences and knowledge through a variety of events, performances, installations, and presentations. It is an invitation to reflect on a dynamic digital environment and human nature as immanent.
2019 Hyphen Hub artists:
Mattia Casalegno- Mattia Casalegno is an interdisciplinary Italian artist, live media performer and installation artist who works in a wide range of media. His multidisciplinary work is influenced by post-conceptualism and digital art, and defined as relational, immersive and participatory. His practice explores the effects that new media have on our societies, investigating relationships between technology, the objects we create, our subjectivities and the ways in which these relationships develop with each other. At the festival this year Mattia presented his installation Twins, which is comprised of two flat screen monitors suspended by a manila rope, a comment on constraint and awareness of our senses.
Carla Gannis- As well as aspects of culture and civilization have changed, mainly because of the technologies we have created to enhance the human experience with regard to our feelings and desires, much has remained the same. The most famous painting by Hieronymus Bosch is filled with an idiosyncratic iconography that continues to intrigue viewers. Emoji is a system of contemporary glyphs that provides an emotional shorthand for the virtual expression. Its main intention to produce "The Garden of Earthly Delights Emoji" systems was to combine historical and contemporary popular signs, as a reflection on human, earthly and cosmological conditions in the XXI century.
Richard Garet- Richard Garet works with visual and sonic arts. Their materials come from Ontological research background noise and decay of technological utilities. Garet seeks to reverse the policy role of the unconscious background noise to the active presence state. Images and objects in their work come from processes and experimentations applied to obsolete and current technological means that emulate situations that translate the source material in abstractions. At this year's festival he presented the Four Horseman, an audio visual installation on perception, decadence, and destruction, as well as an electro acoustic performance with Daniel Neumann.
Alexis Langevin-Tétrault- Composer, sound artist. His work Interference (String Network) is an audiovisual performance that explores the possibilities of making an electroacoustic work in real time through gestural interaction with a single device.
Daniele Puppi- Danile is an Italian artist working with re-animated cinema, film and sound. He works with commonly used technologies such (video projectors, synchronizers, amplifiers, subwoofers, speakers, microphones) that function as activators and perceptual abilities amplifiers viewers, mainly visual and auditory. The spectator, as an integral part of the work, is called to enter a new sensory space alienating dimension.
Atractor- The group composed by Juan Cortés, Alejandro Villegas, Juan Jose Lopez and Juan Camilo Quiñones, is an interdisciplinary studio based in Bogotá, Colombia. The group specializes in electronics, sound synthesis, sound, programming and creation of facilities and machines, combining analog and digital technology. The group designs and develops sound installations and experiences that aim to challenge the fuzzy boundaries between the humanities and scientific disciplines. For this event, the popular Colombian Electronic DJ, Magdalena (Ava Gardner), performed with the group.
Daniel Neumann- Daniel Neumann is a sound artist, organizer and audio engineer. In his practice, he is working on hybrid formats and installation performance, with a focus on how sound interacts with space and how spaces can be shaped by sound. He understands the sound as an inter-field often enabled and expanded by audio processes. At the festival he presented a new electro acoustic performance developed with Richard Garet.
Juan Cortés-. Juan is an audiovisual artist, working in the field of science and technology. Co-founder and curator of the Video Art Festival, RADAR 2015 and Sound Art Festival, SATELITE, 2014. He was honored with the award PRAC Ministry of Culture of Colombia. This year he presented his Supralunar installation, a mechanical sculpture that came out of his residence at CERN Accelerating Sciences, the home of the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. Supralunar was co-produced by Atractor Estudio and will be presented at Barbara London’s upcoming sound exhibition. He was selected by the U.N. to present a project to commemorate the Beijing 2020 agreement on Gender Equality. He and his group Atractor, recently received the Present Future Award in China for the creation of an interactive video game about migration.
Jonathan Monaghan- Jonathan Monaghan works across print, sculpture, and video installation. Drawing on wide-ranging sources, such as historical artworks and science fiction, his highly-crafted and fantastical works uncover subconscious anxieties associated with technology and consumerism.
His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, bitforms gallery in New York, Spazio Ridotto in Venice, and Market Gallery in Glasgow.
2019 Hyphen Hub keynote speakers:
Asher Remy-Toledo- Asher Remy-Toledo is a Colombo-American producer of artistic events and multi-sensory experiences live. Headquartered in New York, he is co-founder and director of Hyphen Hub, a non-profit organization that discovers, promotes and presents new works by artists and innovators working at the forefront of immersive and creative technologies. Hyphen Hub seeks to create a bridge between innovation and artistic fields with its global network of artists, curators, engineers, designers, artists, choreographers, composers and emerging technologies.
Valentino Catricala- Valentino Catricala is a scholar; contemporary art curator specializing in the analysis of the relationship of artists with new technologies and media. He is currently the director of the Art Section of the Maker Faire-The European Edition. Valentino spoke at the festivals new, Creative Industries, section.
Barbara London- Barbara London is a curator and writer who founded the exposure programs and media collection and video exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, where he worked between 1973 and 2013. The exhibitions organized by Ms. London include individual shows with pioneers media Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Steina Vasulka, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Peter Campus, Gary Hill and Laurie Anderson. It was the first curator of the United States to show the work of artists Zhang Peili Asian, Song Dong, Teiji Furuhashi, Feng Yang Fudong and Mengbo. Barbara London gave a special preview of her new book The First Fifty Years of Video Art, published by Pheidon Press.