Aug 15 Sep 15, 2020
Special Exhibition / VR Factory

Maquinaturalis

Toplap MX presents Maquinaturalis” the first online virtual group exhibition of artists from Latin America who question the relationship between humans and machine learning, and explore the impact of virtual interactions between users and web browsers.

Maquinaturalis” includes newly site-specific works by interdisciplinary artists who are having their virtual exhibition debuts, such as Fabiola Larios, Moises Sanabria and Helio Santos Sanchez. Drawing upon the traditions of digital art and creative machine learning, the artists examine ways in which viewers approach virtual objects, and the interdependence that develops between humans and the machines they use.

Featured artists: Fabiola Larios, Moises Sanabria, Helio Santos Sanchez.

The exhibition is organized by
Toplap MX and curated by Malitzin Cortés, Artistic Director.

Featured Artists

Fabiola Larios

Interdisciplinary Mexican artist, focusing on the anthropology of social media, the representation of the self through selfies, the digital narrative of Internet culture, and reflects on surveillance through the Internet and censorship in social media. In video art and video performance Larios makes allegories about our rituals on the internet, and uses her body as a medium with chroma key. In her photographic work, she uses her body to represent concepts related to the use of the internet, and explores machine learning through the use of selfies. She has been part of different biennials and exhibitions such as: Young Art, Eject 5: International Videoperformance Festival at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale in 2017 and 2019, at ICONIC the first Biennial of Cryptocurrency. She has participated in cyborgrrrls Tecnofeminist Meeting, Helloworld 2.0 Festival, Franziska2020: Meeting of Moving Image and Besides the Screen Festival in Brazil. It has been presented on Live A/V shows at the Digital Culture Center, as well as at the Theater of the Arts at the Center for the Arts in Mexico City.

Moises Sanabria

Venezuelan-born, Miami-based Moises Sanabria is an interdisciplinary artist whose work extends dialectics of machine philosophy alongside trends in memetics and branding through the context of networked social-media life. Moises' work is both philosophical and political, joining academic aesthetics with internet meme cultures. His practice is deeply entangled with digital nowness, making use of live-streaming, video, new media, machine learning, and installation to further connect the advancement of science with art. Moises is co-founded of the digital art collective ART404 (Artnotfound) from 2011 - 2019. Moises attended the School of Poetic Computation and the Cooper Union in New York. He has exhibited at Transmediale 2k+12, Hause Der Kulturen Der Welt (Berlin), Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Bikini Wax Gallery (Mexico City) and has participated in group shows internationally. He has been featured in Rhizome and The Miami Rail.

Helio Santos Sanchez

Artist and researcher, his art projects are driven by his interests in relationships between data, society, internet and audiovisual media, currently working on the creation of generative systems, bots development and artificial intelligence in art. He obtained the support of the Young Creators program by FONCA in the area of New technologies 2017-2018 and 2012-2013. His research-production work has been selected in the FILE in Rio de Janeiro and the ISEA 2012 Machine Wilderness, he has exhibitions in venues such as the Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona for the TV / Arts / TV exhibition, at the Fundación Telefónica in Lima, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, the Musée des Tapisseries, Aix-en-Provence, El Palacio de Cristal in Guayaquil, Ecuador, at the Cultural Institutes of Mexico in Miami and Washington and also in the Hunter College in New York, He has show his work in México in Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Centro Cultural Border, the UNAM Music School, Centro Multimedia and Centro de Cultura Digital. He won an Artist Award at the Biennial of Frontiers in 2015 and of the 2012 PAPIAM (Program to Support Production of Research in Art and Media) from the Centro Multimedia -CENART.

Support

Major support by
Toplap MX
Made possible by
Hubz Firefox Labs
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Exhibition Location
VR Factory

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Toplap MX node

We are a space that seeks to explore and promote Live Coding and its aspects, as well as the dialogue between art and technology, the dissemination of free knowledge, creative code and audiovisual practices with programming.

Mexico has a community of more than 10 years in the practice of Live Coding, germinated in the Multimedia Center, where the dissemination of different tools, perspectives and methodologies for the creative code applied to the arts, concerts, outreach events, discussions, generation of reflections and texts, they remain the backbone in the celebration of showing the screens and imagining new ways of creating by programming.

TOPLAP (Transdimensional Organization for the Parsimony of Live Algorithm Programming) has been collectively developing, exploring and promoting live coding since it formed in a smoky bar in Hamburg in 2004.

Malitzin Cortés

Her work is developed between live coding, live cinema, installation, Virtual Reality, generative art, sound design, experimental music and sound art. She is a teacher and researcher at CENTRO University. design, cinema and television and at the UNAM Faculty of Arts, in the field of creative code, STEAM and new sound and immersive technologies.

He has performed live events and exhibitions at the Multimedia Center, Alameda Art Laboratory, Ex-Teresa Actual Art, Digital Cultural Center, Medialab Prado, Spain Cultural Center, CMMAS, Vorspiel, Spektrum Berlin, Transpiksel, Aural, Transmediale Berlin, ISEA, CYLAND MediaArtLab San Petesburgo, ADAF, Ars Electronica, Currents, MUTEK México, Montreal and San Francisco.

CNDSD's sound proposal is conceived in an experimental environment and cross-border musical exercises: granular landscapes, algorithmic vocal experiments, hypnotic noise improvisations, live coding and asymmetric patterns. As an artist, she investigates the ways in which art, architecture, technology, and science have the capacity to be great disseminators of findings and devices for self-reflection and generation of unpublished models of social interactions capable of providing new ways of relating from the utopia, speculation, physical space, reality, the constant state of crisis and also hope.