Video installation by Samuel Cepeda in Korcula
Samuel Cepeda: The Clouds have no nation at grey) (area – space of contemporary and media art, Korcula:
4 – 14 . 8. 2009. Opening: Tuesday 4th August . 21 – 23 h. free entrance
The Clouds have no nation is a project made for grey) (area space of contemporary and media art in Korcula, Croatia. It consists of a site-specific video installation in the gallery space and a public action of distributing art prints by the artist himself in the city of Korcula.
“The Clouds have no nation” is part of the Cloudwalkers project (since 2005) which explores different ways of questioning the knowledge that we have about reality through the clouds. Artist state “The project makes us remember when we were kids and tried to find real objects in the shapes of a cloud. I tried to have people experience and participate in my artwork keeping in mind the question: why not?.”
An extended exhibition presented several phases of the “The Cloudwalkers project”. It was held in 2008 at the Centro de las Artes CONARTE in Monterrey, curated by Darko Fritz. During the exhibition, Cepeda made a interactive action with children in ages between 8 – 11. For the first time, its results and documentation are now presented. Among other activities, children made drawings of actual clouds while looking through the transparent plastic sheet size 4 x15 meters, placed above them. Now the same sheet with drawings is placed at the ceiling of the gallery space.
Cepeda chose the clouds as objects over which science has difficulties providing fixed answers on their physical constitution. It´s hard to describe them within their nature and shape, which usually last for less than a second because they´re changed by a huge number of physical dynamics that are going on in nature´s permanent flux.
The project is focused to produce, contextualize and display the imaginary forms triggered by the ever-changing visual appearance of the clouds watched by humans. This is represented by means of visual imagination of different people that participated in this project. The most important motivation for the realization of the project was to requestion realities throughout aesthetically means of fine arts, which its approach is impossible or very difficult to make, throughout the methodology and language of science. Artist is using and reversing the scientific language and methodologies. He summarized his project as “… ironic tendency to question the unquestionable”.
The sites of Cepeda’s works ranging from institutions of contemporary art to the public spaces, as intentional institutional critique (the bar, the city streets and crossroads), appropriates both political activist, mainstream commercial propaganda and involvement methods.
The old and new media and communication systems are used in the Cloudwalkers project. Making use of the polaroid photo in this project is significant as such media implicate instant authenticity, as well as including the photo-process and its distribution at once. Significally, at the time of preparing the first overview of the Cloudwalkers project (2008), the Polaroid company announced closing of its factories for further production of polaroid films and cameras.
Samuel Cepeda (1977, Monterrey, N.L. México) New media artist, he has two technical degrees one in graphic design and the other in computer design (1995). He graduated with a Visual Arts degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in 1999 as well as a Graphic Design Degree from the Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey in 1998.
Due to his interest in New Media Art he studied an MFA in Transart Institute and Danube University in Austria, and an MA in Arts at the Universidad Autónma de Nuevo León. He is teaching at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and the Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios de Diseño de Monterrey.
Cepeda’s artwork use video, photography, audio and digital tools as media to produce multidisciplinary projects with Installations, Public Actions, Performance, Happening, video art and digital art. Some exhibitions: “1ra Serie festival multidisciplinario” Mty, N.L. Mex (2009) public action, performance; “The cloudwalkers project”, Monterrey (2008) Public actions, documentation, performance; “The cloudwalkers project_1” Linz, Austria (2006) video installation,
performance; “Acthung-roof” Krems, Austria (2005) public installation, video documentation; “Identity” Santa Catarina N.L. (2007) Installation; “Casa de la abuela” Mty, N.L. (2002) Installation, Public intervention.
website Samuel Cepeda: www.samuelc.com
website Cloudwalkers project: www.cloudwalkers.org