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Title: Digital Art in Latin America
Authors: Thompson, Reynaldo
Keywords: Latin-America
Digital Art
Issue Date: 17-Oct-2017
Abstract: The emergence of new Media Art in Latin America is an extraordinary heritage but it has been under-represented in the art historical discourse. Pioneer Latin-American artists have neither been recognized nor absorbed in mainstream literature. Our project on Digital Art in LatinAmerica is especially oriented toward a perception of a digital art prototype that evolved as a response to infiltrations of technology in Latin America. Our emphasis is first, on the rise of those forms of proto-electronic art in the mid twentieth century in terms, which were initially represented in structural invariances of optical and also pre-digital templates. Leading artists like Julio LeParc were experimenting with projection of light on reflective materials. In Brazil, Abraham Palatnik tried transpositioning colors through mechanical movements. Waldemar Cordeiro and Ot├ívio Donasci were similar innovators, one with punch card applications, the other with video and performance. Chilean Carlos Martinoya and Naum Joel created the Abstratoscopio Cromatico, to anticipate an entirely new artistic usage of polarized light effects, which the world had never witnessed before. In Mexico, Manuel Felguerez, produced innovative pictorial compositions using a paleocomputational programming in an age when the PC was nonexistent, Pola Weiss embraced video art. The archival project on digital heritage preservation is an attempt to save the history of this transformation in the arts and to restore the place of Latin-American artists in the trajectory. It is an archival project in the making that seeks therefore to set across a view of sunrise in the intersection of a new universe.
Description: Biography: Reynaldo THOMPSON is a Mexican scholar, architect and artist who focuses mainly on Contemporary art. His artwork has been shown internationally and since his early years as an artist he concentrated on the representation of the human body. He participated in artist residencies in the United States of America and has curated exhibitions in Mexico, USA and the Dominican Republic. At present he is associate professor at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico where he also Chairs the Department of Art and Management in the Engineering Division. His main areas of interest are art and technology history its analysis, focusing in recent years on the study of the origins of digital art in Latin America. At present, he is planning to launch a data base on the evolution of digital art in the continent together with a team of international experts in Latin America, USA, France and Canada. He is also preparing an international exhition on the origins of the art and technology from Patagonia to Rio Grande.
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