I grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, a city where the mafia was blowing up buildings and murdering people with drugs and bombs; AIDS was killing my friends and death squads were threatening my life for being openly gay. Instead of seeking cover, I became a very visible New Media artist promoting change in my surroundings through video art, documentaries, performances and political activism.
I moved to New York just as the Internet was beginning to expand and I immediately used the Web as a creative tool where all my art practice would come together, with a global component that was previously unavailable to me. The Internet has become the perfect tool to explore my passion for non-linear film making, digital poetry, cyber-activism, programming, photography, animation and interactive narration.
With some roots still left in Colombia, but in a more secure environment, my work has progressively evolved into a study of the nature of how we perceive and recreate ourselves in a digital context. My current interactive and digital projects explore the fragility of life, the effects of media on our experiences and digital empathy, integrating performers and models in the creative process.
My personal experiences have certainly shaped the way I approach my work and my self-expression in general. They have shown me that without humor, conviviality, authenticity and transgressive disruption there can be no transformation.
I started teaching when I was 23 years old and I have not stopped since then. It is the only way for me to stay active as an artist and to grow simultaneously with my students. I respect them and consider them as my future colleagues, and I know I am there to let them evolve in whichever direction they need to go. This is not only beneficial for the individuals themselves but also for the institution in a long-term perspective.
As a member of a community, I believe in the principles of respect, loyalty, pride and support. And those are the principles I vow to instill amongst my students and peers.
Modern Saints • 2013
Self E-Portraits • 2013
Apocalypse of Eden • 2013
LIFE | VIDA | VIE © 2010
Santiago Echeverry is a Colombian New Media and Digital Artist with a background in Film and Television production. Thanks to the Fulbright Grant he received his Master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. He moved to the USA in 2003 to teach Interactivity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, UMBC, and then relocated to Florida in the Fall of 2005 to teach Digital Arts and Interactive Media at the University of Tampa . He started exhibiting internationally in 1992, and his research interests are non-linear narration, video-art, performance art, interactive design and web experimentation, never forgetting his commitment to Gay and Lesbian Human Rights.
Santiago Echeverry es egresado de la primera promoción de la Carrera de Cine y Televisión de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Desde muy temprano se dedicó a la exploración de las posibilidades creativas del video, la performancia y las tecnologías digitales, exhibiendo sus obras desde 1989. En 1995 obtuvo la beca Fulbright y recibió su Maestría en Telecomunicaciones Interactivas en NYU. Se especializó en producción y programación de sitios web y desde entonces se ha dedicado a diseñar proyectos en línea profesional y artísticamente. Reside en los EEUU desde 2003, en donde se ha concentrado principalmente en el desarrollo de videos e instalaciones interactivas, participando en festivales internacionales tales como Siggraph, FILE y el Japan Media Arts Festival, entre otros. Actualmente es Profesor Asociado de Arte Digital en la Universidad de Tampa, en la Florida, y Profesor Visitante en la Especialización en Creación Multimedia de la Universidad de Los Andes, en Bogotá.