USA & Venezuela
Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza began collaborating as Cuppetelli and Mendoza in 2010. They create installations and objects that combine physical elements with digital technologies, composing sensual, immersive and dynamic experiences. Their aesthetic approach references mid-century art movements such as Kinetic Art, Op Art and Light Art, but uses interactive video projections, algorithmic design and software-based animations, and thus creating a bridge between the artistic past and present. Based in Detroit, their work has been exhibited in the Denver Art Museum, the Bienal de Video y Artes Mediales in Chile and in festivals such as Nemo 2013 (France), Scopitone 2012 (France), ISEA 2012, FILE 2011 (Brazil), FAD 2011 (Brazil) and video_dumbo 2013 and 2011 (New York). Cuppetelli received a MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mendoza received a MFA in Digital + Media from the Rhode Island School of Design.
The Nervous Structure series consists of interactive installations that revolve around the idea of interface, interpreted as the point of contact between two different entities. The work consists of several such interfaces: between the viewer and the piece (a human/ computer interface); between the real and the virtual (the physical structure and its relationship with the projected structure); between the foreground and the background (as the projection interferes with its shadow). The pieces consist of a soft structure made out of elastic or spandex and a projector that illuminates it with computer-generated graphics. Viewers interact with the piece by moving in the field of vision of a camera, which is connected to the computer; this motion is transformed by the software into forces that affect the projected lines.
Talks from artists present at the festival who will speak about their works, revealing some of his projects, influences and creative processes