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Santiago
ECHEVERRY
Artist/Research Statement

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 artivism.

I moved to New York in 1995 to get my Master's degree in Interactive Telecommunications 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 perspective. The Internet has become the perfect tool to explore my passion for non-linear filmmaking, digital poetry, cyber-activism, creative code, photography, animation and interactive narration. I am using HTML5 / PHP / CSS3, Processing and video tools to produce my works, continuously exploring new open source software and hardware.

With some roots still left in Colombia and now living permanently in the United States, my work has evolved into a study of how we perceive and recreate ourselves in a digital context, inseparable from a political context. Aesthetically, I am particularly interested in the dialog between low and high resolution imaging, studying and exploding the pixel grid to push the possibilities of computer code producing static and moving images, using basic webcams and the Kinect volumetric sensor to explore three-dimensional portraits, animations and interactive installations.

In my ongoing project, The Cabaret, I am committed to capturing the memories, lives, spaces, experiences, and appearance of LGBTQ communities, in a boiling political climate that reminds us of Germany in the 1930s.

Bio

Santiago Echeverry is a Colombian American New Media Producer and Artist, with a background in Television, Video and Performance Art. Thanks to the Fulbright Grant, he received his Master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. He taught Interactivity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and then relocated to Florida in the Fall of 2005 to teach Interactive Media at the University of Tampa. He started exhibiting internationally in 1992, participating in festivals such as Siggraph, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival, among others. His interests are non-linear narration, video-art, interactive design, creative code and queer expressions. In his latest project, The Cabaret, he is producing a series of experimental videos, digital prints, and virtual portraits, created with the volumetric sensor Kinect and custom code in Processing, that capture three-dimensionally the members and supporters of vibrant LGBTQ communities around the world. All his works are available online at www.santi.tv



Santiago Echeverry es un artista digital y de nuevos medios colombo-americano, 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 internacionalmente desde 1992. 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 Nuevos Medios en la Universidad de Tampa, en la Florida. Toda su obra se encuentra en su sitio web www.santi.tv