DIVERSEartLA
The 2021 edition of DIVERSEartLA, curated by Marisa Caichiolo, will focus on the presence, contributions, research and documentation of women and non-binary artists at the forefront of work at the intersection of art, science and technology represented by guests Museums and Institutions.

Some of the institutions participating this year include The San Marcos Museum of Art (MASM) from Lima, Perú, bringing a new media project by Peruvian artist Angie Bonino, titled “THE SYMPHONY OF NOW”, which consists of a video installation, and interactive sound installation, focusing on the Andean techno De-colonial shamanism.

“DIVERSEartLA will be an examination and a compilation of material, as well as an exhibition featuring the work of women and non-binary artists who have played a central role in the development of new media practices within art institutions and through history,” says Caichiolo.

Museum La Neomudejar from Madrid is bringing work created by artist Ana Marcos. DATA | ergo sum | RELOADED is an interactive art installation that visualizes the capability of viewing machines using Artificial Intelligence to extract data by a simple observation of visitors.

Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) has joined with a special project curated by Fabian Goncálves, that will feature a compilation of material and an exhibition of the work of women artists who have played a central role in the development of new media practices throughout history and women and non-binary people whose forward-thinking practices are currently reshaping the field. More institutions and exhibits will be added shortly.



Dignidad, National Archive of Chile performance, series of Dignidad, 2018
by María Verónica San Martín, Luis Cobelo and Yolanda Leal
Curated by Fabian Goncálves
AMA Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC
Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) has joined with a special project curated by Fabian Goncálves, that will feature a compilation of material and the work of women artists who have played a central role in the development of new media practices throughout history, as well as by women and non binary people whose forward-thinking practices are currently reshaping the field.

Venezuelan artist Luis Cobelo (PILAR) will be part of AMA with a performance, Yolanda Leal from Mexico will present the performance Gorilla Nature and a special performance will also be presented by María Veroónica San Martin.

Dignidad is an art installation at The National Archive of Chile based on secret telephone documents about Colonia Dignidad. Found in 2012 by the ex-settler and activist, Winfried Hempel, the audios reveal for the first time to the public conversations between Paul Schäfer and other Nazi agents in 1978. Through sculpture, sound, performance, text, and a selection of historical archives, the installation reveals a complex system of codes and transcontinental actions that culminated in crimes against minors and opponents of the Chilean civic-military dictatorship (1973-1990).


DATA | ergo sum | RELOADED Installation
by Ana Marcos
Museum La Neomudejar/ Madrid, Spain
DATA | ergo sum | RELOADED is an interactive Art installation that visualizes the capability of viewing machines using Artificial Intelligence to extract data by a simple observation of visitors, created by artist Ana Marcos.

Ana Marcos is a graduate in Fine Arts from Madrid University and Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. As a multidisciplinary artist, she combines different art forms like interactive installations, video, and photography, working on new ways of experimentation in the field of arts.

She is the leader and co-founder of 3Dinteractive, a group of engineers and artists that seeks, through research, a deeper understanding of the relationship among art- science-technology and the public. All technology produces a change in our way of living and understanding reality. Today, we have at our disposal complex, innovative technological environments, works based on experimentation and studies of Universities from all over the world and all that knowledge is available on the network to be shared not only by technologists, but also by artists.

It is clear the momentum and relevance of that technology in general, and Artificial Intelligence in particular, is gaining in our society and, as an artist, she believes that artistic work has the obligation to explore and experiment in the field of AI. Art always makes its way into thought and therefore also into technology, and can provide other perspectives to the most innovative developments. Whether AI it is a tool or a discipline, it is – and will be – a topic of work for artists. Hopefully, art will also be able to influence the developments in AI.


The Symphony of Now
by Angie Bonino
San Marcos Museum of Art (MASM), Lima, Perú
The San Marcos Museum of Art (MASM) from Lima, Perú will bring a new media project of augmented reality by Peruvian artist Angie Bonino, titled “THE SYMPHONY OF NOW, which consists of a video installation, and interactive sound installation focusing on the Andean techno de-colonial shamanism.

The artist, Angie Bonino, was born in Lima (Peru), in 1974, and she has continuously travelled all over the world – she even lived and worked in Barcelona, Spain for eleven years. It should come as no surprise then that the main medium of her artistic proposals is precisely the motion pictures, specifically video and video installations. However, this does not mean that they are her only forms of expression. Angie Bonino is an artist of our time in all senses, a multimedia artist focusing on the crossover of art and technology. After all, in addition to video, her works are also expressed in animation, digital techniques, graphic prints, drawings, paintings and sculptures. Yet, through all of this plurality of media, there remains at all times the same predominant aesthetic intention: to question the image.

In Angie Bonino’s work, this questioning of the image through artworks always has a moral and political intent. Her goal is to reveal, in all the hyper-mediatic image production and transmission networks, the dissemination of the invisible, occult, power spheres and systems which determine the configuration of what she calls the image world:

“This world in which we live today, which has become an engulfing universal screen that traps and subjects our eyes, but that does not let us see. Because of their extreme, extraordinarily intense visibility – repetitive, hypnotizing, alienating – the power networks and their objectives of domination become invisible. And thus, unnoticed, their domination becomes inscrutable and fully irreversible.”

This is what Angie Bonino tries to get us to see in her works.
Immersive Distancing
by Carmen Argote and Zeynep Abes
Curated by Chon Noriega
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Curated by Chon Noriega, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center will present a special project titled Immersive Distancing by artists Carmen Argote and Zeynep Abes. This exhibition will examine recent media art produced during the Covid-19 pandemic by L.A.-based artists Carmen Argote (Mexico, b. 1981) and Zeynep Abes (Turkey, b. 1993). Zeynep Abes now lives and works in Los Angeles.

These artists address our ongoing cultural and political moment in relation to the body, memory, archival traces, and the urban landscape. Immigration – as both personal experience and socio-political reality – informs their larger body of work. These artists have previously worked in installation and sculpture, drawing heavily on family artifacts and archives as well as explorations of architectural space. Here, they approach media as a visualizing technology that brings their site-based works into an immersive narrative, while they also engage, adapt, and challenge the abstraction inherent in science – but especially digital science.

The production, formal characteristic, and content of these media works were directly impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, moving each artist to develop remote modes of working that blurred the line between production and post-production. Both artists drew upon multiple digital sources: video, photography, and audio recordings.

In Last Light, Argote uses the sights and sounds of her walks across L.A. during the pandemic as the basis for a meditation on dis-ease and destruction. She turns to the foundation for all science – measurement – proposing to measure her body in relation to the scale of the city and the world, but uses the foundation for all art – the hand – as the basis for establishing scale.

In Memory Place, Abes explores three moments in her “fraying certainty” about Istanbul as it becomes an idea more than a place, visualizing this process through point cloud data and photogrammetry that transform video and photographs into 3D environments that recede from the viewer. These environments are impressionistic and partial – with gaps here and there in the scenes depicted, and with portions of imagery coming into sharper focus as they move toward the vanishing point. In both works, the fragmentary nature of the imagery is made immersive by the sound design.


Agua
by Luciana Abait
Now Art LA and Building Bridges Art Exchange
Now Art LA and Building Bridges Art Exchange have joined together as local non profit organizations to present the work Agua by artist Luciana Abait, a video projection inspired by the flood-myth motif that occurs in many cultures in which water acts a healing and re-birth tool, often referencing ideas of creation, purification and sustaining life.

Agua offers the public a space, an oasis, for healing and understanding. The work is site specific and architecturally integrated to foster a poetic awareness of water as a sacred resource for humanity while creating a moment of reflection for those who attend. Agua is a multichannel artwork combining videos of water gathered through years from nature exploration around the globe. The shifting color hues seen throughout express various states of mind and emotion, harmonizing the interactive experience physically with an internal one.

Agua as exhibited in downtown Los Angeles supports a call to action and underlines the importance of water as a key component to our future survival. I intend for this work to participate in opening awareness and actions surrounding environmental initiatives with depth, beauty, grace and wonder.
PERFORMANCE: Un/Seen
by artist Tiffany Trenda
Curated by Marisa Caichiolo
Un/Seen is a live holographic performance by Tiffany Trenda within a simulated experience of a garden. Using software for real-time volumetric video recording, the performance can be accessed using mobile devices or computers. The audience can download an app using a QR code and begin to interact in real-time.

How do we make virtual interactions more physical and real-life? Un/Seen will explore this notion of the physical versus the virtual by creating a live performance within an immersive experience. The performance will transform in real-time depending upon the actions and gestures of the public. The work is a hybrid of holographic, physical, and animation. All of this, while the performer will be in another location not on-site. Un/Seen questions how new forms of live experiences are concealing and revealing our physical forms and experiences.

As part of the Amygdala series, Un/Seen comments on the impact of new digital environments on the female body. .
Rose River Memorial
by Marcos Lutyens
Curated by Marisa Caichiolo
The Rose River Memorial is a community art collaboration that honors and grieves the many lives lost during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

We aspire to create a felt rose as a symbol of grief for every life lost. The installation will be a sacred space for healing, where people can connect with their own feelings and senses to experience their own grieving, individually or in a collective, as well as celebrating life and inviting humanity to celebrate new beginnings.

DIVERSEartLA 2020