I enjoy the use of play, humor and a critical lens to teach contemporary art, fine arts, visual studies and multimedia with central themes addressing anything from the personal to ideas about science, society and the environment.
Mediums and subjects I enjoy teaching are drawing/painting, performance art, video art, installation art, 2D/3D design and sculpture; participatory and relational aesthetics, conceptual strategies, self-publications (ei: zines, book art), tactical media, multimedia, visual studies, networked culture, and contemporary art (conceptual to transdiciplinary practices).
I can also help you prepare an awesome portfolio for any fine art and/or design school, grant proposals and/or commissions. I can teach you how to use constructive criticism and techniques to strengthen your art and design practice. Last I can help you find the appropriate readings and information to develop your artistic and/or academic statements.
ARTISTIC STATEMENT ON TEACHING
For me, there is little distinction between art making, activism, teaching and life. As a research-based artist whose work consistently uses architectonics and frameworks of social control to interrogate justice, state surveillance and the built environment in relationship to our body, I am comfortable waxing on the overlaps between narratives of violence to narratives of the mundane, of the everyday and of the personal to address evocative and challenging subjects. All of these things are part of the same practice; a part of the same unending journey I am living and breathing.
Additionally, I combine social and cultural theory through a range of mediums to deliver intriguing, playful and thought provoking multidisciplinary art projects and curriculum. I am at ease delivering projects and seminars that involve participation and critical thinking at the intersection of art making and scientific inquiry. I have worked with children and youth (from immigrant and under served communities) in the Bay Area of San Francisco and Philadelphia for over 10+ years. In the past 4 years, I have been teaching, lecturing and assisting course development in the fields of Visual Studies, Socially Engaged Art and Tactical Media to undergraduate and graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, San Francisco Art Institute, and University of San Francisco.
A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT ME
I am a multidisciplinary-research based artist, designer, activist and founder of the Counter Narrative Society (CNS) – a research artistic unit that works to initiate counter narratives about bio-power, urbanism, culture and technology.
I am originally from San Francisco, born in Chile and I have recently moved to live in Philadelphia after earning a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The impetus to move here was to work with the CNS in two art conceptual projects based on the city’s history and spatial infrastructure. For example, one of them is a historical and architectural investigation about how institutions of social control give birth to modern democratic concepts on justice, incarceration, and penitence. The locust of this investigation is at the former Walnut Street jail. In several months this investigation will serve as materials for the next phase of my long-term project titled “When the invisible Punishing Machine is everywhere: THE WEIGHT I CARRY WITH ME”. The other project JOURNEY TO REFUGE (formerly “In Search for New Refuge”) is about how in the process of searching for love and a unique place to rest in the post-industrial Philadelphia, I am finding a vibrant community of activists, inventors, and creators.
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