20081215

Questionario para isleños/ Questionnaire for islanders:

  • Dónde naciste/ Where were you born?
  • A dónde has ido/ Where have you been?
  • Dónde vives/ Where do you live?
  • Por qué te fuiste de la isla/ Why did you leave the island?

20081116

Thoughts about collaboration



To collaborate is to work together in an intellectual effort. It is different to inviting someone to participate in an already established platform. It allows for flexibility and negotiation between the participants.


There are still questions about how people can collaborate on a project... hence, this brings up the inability of the viewer in finding a space in the work of art -object, event, video, etc.- It raises the issue whether a "passive" participation can be considered collaboration at all.

There maybe an expectation, from the artist or cultural practitioner, about how people should engage with the work or work-platform. This points out to separation, distance, and misunderstanding, indeed to the impossibility of collaboration in art.

20081102

Ideas of social networks are being reinvented to be less local, more global. This kind of environments allow you to be in touch with an infinite number of people. Virtual communities are creative, extremely artistic, full of people that can exist or are impersonations of intellectuals, art practitioners, cultural workers, travelers, voracious readers and visual beings. They are active, imaginative, global, HOT, accomplished, popular, and they are building new forms of social relationships. Virtual and other forms of transnational communities are changing the way in which we relate to each other, consequently transforming culture.

20081027


Boceto para un proyecto sobre islas y mares.




Escribiremos nuestra historia. Hablaremos de los lugares de donde hemos venido y tambien de como nos encontramos. Sera una narrativa acerca de mares y tierras. Usaremos palabras, imagenes y sonidos.

20081020

Even though, I was very familiar with Twentieth century Puerto Rican discourses of migration, national identity, and colonialism, I felt very uneasy about the persistent separation between the here and there and the sudden realization that I had become part of the Puerto Rican Diaspora...




Barco

20081014

My studio practice explores the human condition in relationship to contemporary times. By investigating issues on circular migration, my work provides an examination on topics concerning the nature of neo- colonialism. Some of my imagery is rooted in travel and migration, while other images are connected with islands and the subjects that inhabit them. In my work, islands are metaphors for communities that are continuously evolving, as islands carry rich histories of migration. By combining historical research and personal narratives, as they relate with the concern of mobility and transnationalism, I investigate how people moving between different geographical areas is part of contemporary discourses...

20080921

I know about an island floating over the crater of an underwater volcano. This island is an organic entity that change, move and which contours are never defined. The island exported half of its population and its inhabitants decided to explore alternative forms of interaction in order to avoid the imminent disintegration of their sense of community. The island was not a geographical location, but the people that inhabited it in their dreams or in their daily life, and that were linked to similar experiences, ideas and approaches. People were part of the island, even if they did not occupy a concrete space in the island and only inhabited the imaginary island. As a big amount of the island population dispersed around different geographical locations, a form of cultural nomadism was experienced. The sense of the collective became abstract, ideas of culture and community found a way to exist without being bound to place, but to an imaginary of the territory. Community was not about existing in the island, but it was about the idea of the island as a body of people that moves, yet are linked to the utopia of an island.


20080907

Itinerario de Sicilia:
1. Palermo
Miro la Catedral desde el otro lado de la acera. Busco las estelas en el Museo de Arqueologia. La ciudad es ruidosa, contaminada, llena de laberintos, edificios antiguos magnificos e historia.
2. Monreale.
Miro los mosaicos del Duomo, me apena no haber traido binaculares para ver todos los detalles.
3. Isole Eolie, Lipari
Conozco el Mar Tirreno. Camino callejuelas buscando y encontrando. Como almejas jugosas y conozco a una diseñadora de modas que estudio en la escuela de arte de donde yo me gradue
4. Vulcano
Camino entre fumarolas, azufre y colores ocres y rojos alrededor crater con vistas al oceano.
5. Salinas, Pollara
Busco la casa de Neruda, del film Il Postino y despues de una caminata nado frente a las cuevas de los pescadores.
6. Stromboli
Como raviolis con sepia y en la noche camino temerosa y emosionada por tres horas hasta subir lo mas cerca posible del crater del volcan activo y rugiente, que escupe fuego, gases y lava.
7. Taormina
Subo y bajo escaleras infinitas en uno de los pueblos mas hermosos del Mediterraneo. Pienso en la imposibilidad de vivir una vida sedentaria en una ciudad plana; pienso en la sabiduria de quienes diseñaron pueblos que se adaptaban a las formas de las montañas; veo Etna a lo lejos y el mar a mis pies. Imagino a Elizabeth Taylor y Gretta Garbo sentadas en una cafe en la Plaza lX Abrile 7.
8. Mazarro
Paseo en bote por las cuevas marinas, veo azules imposibles, veo la cueva donde vivia el ciclope y tambien la Isola Bella con edificaciones incrustadas en la montana que tienen algo de Gaudi.
9. Siracusa
Visito cuevas, tumbas y el teatro en la zona archeologica.
10. Ortigia
Descubro eventos culturales contemporaneos en un lugar antiguo.
11. Noto
Visito una ciudad barroca y admiro lo limpio, lo viejo, lo claro, los estucados, lo concavo, lo convexo; y reafirmo mi amor por la capacidad creativa de la humanidad.
12. Catania
Camino por una ciudad de lava tomando un granizado de mandorla.
13. Etna

Camino en el volcan admirando la linea de crateres. Se que durante este viaje, como en muchos otros, he encontrado proposito, significado y conocimiento acerca de mi, del mundo y la humanidad.

20080804


Analogous for groups of people on the move; some islands float in the ocean moving slightly throughout time.


20080713




Water
People were part of the island, even if they did not occupy a concrete space in the island and only inhabited the imaginary island. As a big amount of the island population dispersed around different geographical locations, a form of cultural nomadism was experienced. The sense of the collective became abstract, ideas of culture and community found a way to exist without being bound to place, but to an imaginary of the territory.


20080622

an island exports
half of its population

a struggle to stop the imminent
disintegration of the sense of community


20080529

the muscular body, the flexible body, the feminine body, the masculine body...
the body behind the screen, the body that plays with lights and blends with colors...
the dressed body, the naked body...
the dancing body, the body playing with another body...


20080521

20080519

When things cannot be questioned
we are left wordless,
inhabiting obsolete territories



20080515

Western culture had no word for it.
Ancient Greek society had no word for it.



20080407


AZUL
the inability to formulate ideas, the gaps between the sentences, a redundant and repetitive mode of delivering information, the informal, the impossibility to communicate through language, an unstructured delivery of random thoughts, a pointless insistence in talking, amazingly disorganized, the question about the event as a performance, an open framework

20080318



In our times, there are three types of images: pre- photographic, photographic, and post-photographic. Pre- photographic images are handmade, photographic images are photo-mechanic recordings, and post- photographic images are the visual result of digital codes.


20080309




Similar to the term "collective unconscious" coined by Carl Jung, about the "reservoir of the experiences of our species,” artists believe that they inherit art history and traditions; that every object and image that has been created throughout history is embedded in the artist's unconscious.

20080223



Should environments such as Facebook, MySpace, and Second Life be the object of academic scholarship?


20080210



la ciudad se pone trizte cuando llueve como si todo el mundo recordara su miseria como si la oscuridad de enero invadiera nuestras mentes y solo se recordara lo toxico lo llano lo bandido lo lloroso lo periplejico lo morboso lo incomodo lo arrugado lo malvado lo que duele lo que espanta y lo odioso









20080121

Ten artists who have influenced my work:

Vincent van Gogh, Camille Claudel, Gustave Klimt, Joan Miro, Antoni Tapies, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Ana Mendieta, Kiki Smith, and Ernesto Neto.