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Cristobal Cea-Sanchez
brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: What is my work about? Nothing in particular: Nevertheless, I can enumerate some of the characteristics that define it; It is nostalgic, somewhat spiritual and it aches from a kind of silence that I can not yet understand. Paradoxically, it is work that has always been related to new technologies and –most of the times- created against their flow. Handicrafted wooden Cell Towers that jam communication signals (NoFi and ColdSpot), or embody a metaphor for the penetration of digital culture and it’s economy in cultural spaces (La Necesidad). Memorials of grief and pain for computers that can not feel such a thing (Big Blues, Catastrophic Failures), and prototipes for haptic communication (Tacto), are some of the works I have developed under the pretext of thinking of the human trough the lens of the digital: A lens that nowadays exerts a great influence on our conduct and expectations for the future. During the past two years, I have concentraded my attentions in “Reversals”: A series of 3D animations and site-specific installations, that take as its starting point, newsreel of events that where once global in the Internet and are now mostly forgotten: Floods, fires and protests that I then recreate as computer animations. In these, the workflow of digital postproduction and 3D animation, is reversed to allow an extended gaze onto this events –like the floods of concordia, the shooting of a boy in Venezuela or the burning of a church in manhattan-, that deserve a longer attention span than the one we can usually give. The notion of distance, I suppose, is a central point of this series of works that I am currently creating: The inconsolable distance between spectator and the geography of the events, the very human need to try to bridge this divide, and rescue this news, this floods, this protests and fires, from the oblivion and carelesness specific to a time –our time-, when the flow of images seems to overflow our capacity to take care of what they represent.
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ARTIST RESUME:


SELECTED SHOWS

2017 "New Media Biennial", Santiago, Chile.
2017 "Huis Clos", Haarlemte, Haarlem, Netherlands.
2017 "Los Testigos", Espacio O, Santiago, Chile.
2017 "Glorias", Galeria NAC, Santiago, Chile.
2016 "The Middleman", SIA Gallery, NYC, USA.
2016 "Premio MAVI Minera Escondida", MAVI Museum, Santiago, Chile.
2016 "Ghosts of Transgression", 67 Ludlow, NYC, USA.
2016 "Second Skin", Lens Gallery, Boston, USA.
2016 "Video Festival", The Chimney, NY, USA. (Screening)
2016 "Yes: Emerging Artists", Microscope Gallery, NY, USA. (Screening)
2016 "Up For Debate" BRIC, Brooklyn, NY USA.
2014 "Radical Invention" John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, USA.
2013 "More and More is More" Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI, USA.
2012 "NB" Granoff Center, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA.
2012 "En Medio" Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago de Chile.
2012 “Trickle Down Electronics” CAVE, Detroit, MI, USA.
2011 "Canciones de Amor y Otras Pasiones de Origen Romántico" Galería Local, Santiago de Chile.
2011 “Matilde Perez - Art and New Technologies” Fundación Telefónica, Santiago de Chile.
2010 “BIG DATA” Galería MORO, Santiago de Chile.
2010 "Agosto 2026" Matucana 100, Santiago de Chile.
2010 "Clasico Universitario" Sala de Arte CCU, Santiago de Chile.
2009 “La Necesidad (Tiene Cara de Hereje)” / “Beggars (Cannot Be Chosers)” Galería Animal, Santiago de Chile.
2009 “798 Beijing Biennale” 798 Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China.
2009 “Focus Chile” Maison de l'Amerique Latine, Brussels, Belgium.
2008 "Especulativa" Corporación Cultural de Las Condes, Santiago de Chile.
2008 “Subliminals” CIGE Art Fair, World Trade Center, Beijing, China.
2007 “WasteTopia” Sala SAM, Instituto Chileno Norteamericano, Santiago de Chile.
2007 “Umbrales” / Thresholds, Centro de Extensión Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile.

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES AND RECOGNITIONS

2016 Chilean Government National Endowment for the Arts Grant: FONDART
2016 1st Prize, Museum of Visual Arts / Escondida Contemporary Art Award
2016 MacDowell Colony Fellowship
2015 RISD Bridge Grant for Academic Research
2014 Selected to become part of the APT Art Collection
2013 Kohler Arts/Industry Residency
2011 RISD President Scholarship
2011 1st Prize Matilde Perez & Fundación Telefónica Art & New Technologies Exhibition.
2010 Fulbright Scholarship for Graduate Studies in the U.S
2010 Chilean Government National Endowment for the Arts Grant: FONDART
2010 BIG DA T A Exhibition acquired by the Deutsche Bank Art Collection.
2008 Preselected for the Cisneros Fontanals Grant program (CIFO).
2007 Selected for the show Thresholds: Best works of the generation.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS
2011 "In Matters of Grave Importance",Essay for the exhibition catalog for 'Diorama', at the Macchina Gallery. (Author)
2010 "Material Culture in Liquid Times", DISEÑA Journal, Number 2, Faculty of Design, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. (Author)
2010 "Reino de Chile II", Art Journal distributed by the Chilean Foreign Affairs Office on interna tional art venues throughout 2010.
2009 "Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory", PHAIDON PRESS, New York. 2009 "Art Map" October Issue, Beijing, China.
2009 "Constellations: The First 798 Beijing Biennale", August, Beijing, China.

EDUCATION

2015 Montage and The Black Moving Image (Prof. Kobena Mercer), Yale University, USA.
2013 MFA in Digital Media, Rhode Island School of Design, USA.
2007 Bachellor in Fine Arts, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
2008 MEDIALAB, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
2008 Contemporary Chilean Art Diploma, INCUBO
2002 Architecture, Universidad Finis Terrae

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2017 ADJUNCT FACULTY - MEDIA ARTS, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
2017 ADJUNCT FACULTY - GAME DESIGN, Universidad Andres Bello.
2016 ADJUNCT FACULTY - 3D MODELING. NYU INTEGRATED DIGITAL MEDIA.
2015 ADJUNCT FACULTY - MERRIMACK COLLEGE. "3D ANIMATION AND ILLUSTRATION".
2015 VISITING CRITIC - New York University Magnet Space
2014 VISITING CRITIC - RISD Digital + Media Final Critique.
2014/15 ADJUNCT FACULTY - RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN. "DIGITAL FOUNDATIONS", FILM ANIMATION & VIDEO DEPARTMENT.
2013 ADJUNCT FACULTY- RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN. 'THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT: INTRODUCTION TO 3D'.
2012 TEACHING ASSISTANT - RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN. PROFESSOR: SHONA KITCHEN.
2013 PANELIST - "DIGITIZE THIS", Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Digital Humanities and The Arts Symposium, Worcester, MA.
2012 RESEARCH ASSISTANT - RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN. GROUP DIRECTOR: KELLY DOBSON.
2008/11 TEACHER ASSISTANT: FINAL STUDIO I, UC ART SCHOOL. PROFESSOR VOLUSPA JARPA S.
2007/09 TEACHER ASSISTANT: EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING, UC ART SCHOOL. PROFESSOR VOLUSPA JARPA S.
2007/09 TEACHER ASSISTANT: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, UC ART SCHOOL. PROFESSSOR MAITE ZUBIZARRETA
2008 TEACHER ASSISTANT: PRODUCTION STUDIO III, UC ART SCHOOL. PROFESSOR VOLUSPA JARPA S.
2008 TEACHER ASSISTANT: FINAL STUDIO II, UC ART SCHOOL. PROFESSOR VOLUSPA JARPA S.
2007/09 PROFESSOR: UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE OTEC PROGRAM, ART HISTORY.
 








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