Helena Acosta is a researcher, lecturer, and new media art curator interested in digital culture and socially engaging projects that bridge the line between art and activism. Her curatorial work includes a series of projects related to the socio-political crisis in Venezuela. One project, “From the Lleca to the Cohue” – exhibited at Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan in 2012 – focuses on the use of photographic education inside the prisons of Venezuela. In February of 2014, I founded “Dismantling The Simulation”; a collective for visual activism and guerrilla actions that seeks to question and dismantle the different discourses, events, and information distribution schemes operating in Venezuela. Recently, in collaboration with German artist duo Refrakt, their released Hack De Patria (HDP); an art intervention mobile application, that allows users to see an underlying message behind political propaganda in Venezuela using augmented reality technology. Helena works as the Director of Programing and Curator on REVERSE, an art gallery in New York City with a focus on the intersection of art, science, and technology
MY BFS AND USUAL COLLABORATORS
Her work explores from technological interfaces, the operating systems, softwares and other devices involved in the Internet everyday making them my aesthetic material. The existing interest in representing the relationship between humans and machines, poetry and computational science, turn my investigation in to a experimental work where the machine is expressing itself, as a kind of hyperbolic reflection of their world, first of all as an performative action where the value is the human action in pursuit of error, the unexpected, creating a meeting point between the human, the machine, the error and the undeniable desire of poetic beauty.
Her approach on photography has a social character, one of its aspects is concerned about highlighting problematics from its immediate context trough fiction and the other calls for photographic education as a tool of social change in their pedagogical projects within prisons of their country. To Violette urban space is the main stage to generate an action and show social problems trough photography. Her work goes beyond the documentary record, using stages and humor as a means to channel scathing criticisms and reflections on socio- political situations.
Systaime, aka Michaël Borras, is a French contemporary digital artist. He plays an important role in the international alternative digital art. For fifteen years, he has suggested a new outlook on Art in the digital age and he appears today as a leading figure of international and French netart. In 2011, he founded the Spamm, the Super Art Modern Museum an online gallery for international digital art creation. Helena Acosta and Miyö Van Stenis are part of the curatorial team of SPAMM.
Pangramas create, design, develop, and open new ways to make interactive web projects in a aesthetic and neat way. We turn ideas into useful, beautiful and aesthetics outcomes.
Audiovisual producer. He studied film direction Barcelona, Spain. She has made short films in the area of advertising and in the artistic field studies both Spain and Venezuela. His current research interests are based on experimientacion with video art, stopmotion and videomapping as creative tools in the field of new technologies. His latest creations have been exhibited in the second and third editions of BYOB Venezuela.