27-28 January 2009
Centro Cultural de España - Mexcio City

Coordinated by Fernando LLanos. Participants:

Table 1 Video-genesis. Let’s not talk about the origin, let’s talk about of the quest for memory
Erandy Vergara, Sarah Minter and Fernando Llanos
Table 2 Panoramic diagnosis on local video. Institutions, curators and artists: advances and lacks of the professionalization of this media in its different areas
Juan José Díaz Infante, Elías Levín and Alfredo Salomón
Table 3 Contemporary video art: beyond video and beyond art. Uses and disuses of video in the contemporary wide world of contemporary creation
Yoshua Okón, Fran Ilich and Karla Jasso


Fernando Llanos

Artist, curator and cultural developer. He has presented his videos and drawings in numerous festivals and art centers around the world. Ten years ago he started to promote and spread the video art made in Mexico. In 2009 he has been the curator of Felipe Ehrenberg’s exhibition Manchuria: visión periférica, for the Museum of Modern Art of Mexico City. He is the current coordinator of ANIMASIVO, Foro de Animación Contemporánea del Festival de México in the historic quarter. http://www.fllanos.com

Sarah Minter

Director of documentary films, feature films and video instalations. Her works have been exhibited in different museums, galleries and festivals, mainly in America and Europe. She has been part of the jury for the Media Arts Fellowship of the Rockefeller and Mac Arthur Foundation, as well as of the program Young Creators of FONCA. At present, she is a fellow of the National System of Creators at FONCA and is currently working on the project Multiverse, which deals with utopian communities around the world.

Erandy Vergara

Researcher in media arts and independent curator. She has collaborated in different exhibitions and video shows, some of them are: Heart, Arte Electrónico, Vidi_Festival 06; La Sala Naranja (Spain, 2006); Algorytm(o)s: Artistas de Quebec, CENART (Mexico, 2006); Prêt-À-Porter, CENART (Mexico, 2003). She is currently studying a Ph.D. in Art History at McGill University, in Canada.

Juan José Díaz Infante

Video artist and and advisor of Cultural Marketing for thirty cultural companies within the Cultural Secretary of Mexico City. His work has been exhibited in Venice Biennale, Fotofest, Oboro (Canada), European and Cultural Month in Nicosia, etc. He writes for the on-line magazine Escaner Cultural. Formerly, he has also written for the magazines Arco, Inter, Arquitecto and Arte al día. At present, he is the director of the Encounter of Science and Art ECAM. http://www.altamiracave.com/

Elías Levin.

He is a teacher of Education Technology and curator. He coordinated the Multimedia Department of the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes at the UNAM and the Video Department of Carrillo Gil Museum. Between 1992 and 1993 he was a fellow of Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, fellow of MIDE in Cuenca, Spain, in 1995, and of the National Program of Art Education (CENART) in 2003. He is the present artistic coordinator of the WTCartfest and teaches at the Faculty of Arts in the Universidad Autónoma of Morelos.

Alfredo Salomón

Visual artist. He studied Communication at Universidad de las Américas. He is the co-founder of the post-production video company Las Perlas de la Virgen and of the artistic collective TECH-MEX. He has been a fellow of the FONCA and of the Rockefeller Foundation, and resident artist in the Banff Arts Center in Alberta, Canada. At present, he is a researcher and coordinator of the area of moving images, Centro Multimedia del Centro Nacional de las Artes.

Karla Jasso

Teacher of Art Studies. Her writings and her research are focused on the poetic/politic experience of electronic arts in Latin America. She is the author of the book Arte, tecnología y feminismo: nuevas figuraciones simbólicas. She is the current assistant curatorial director of Laboratorio Arte Alameda.

Yoshua Okón

Video artist. He lives and works in Mexico City and Los Angeles. He is a teacher in the Arts department of the UCSD (USA) and tutor of Alternative Media at the FONCA. In 2002 he got a Master’s degree at UCLA with the support of a Fulbright grant. In 1994 he founded La Panadería, a space coordinated by artists in Mexico City. His work has been exhibited in different international solo shows and he has participated in Bienal Mercosur (Porto Alegre), Istanbul Biennial (Istanbul), ICP Triennial (New York) and California Biennial (OCMA) http://www.yoshuaokon.com/

Fran Ilich

rtist and writer. He was born in Tijuana and he is known by his initiatives in the fields of narrative and digital activism about Latin American political and social troubles. He was the editor of the Mexican magazine on digital culture Sputnik, cofounder of Nettime Latino (nominated for the award Golden Nica of Ars Electronica) and correspondent for Rhizome from Mexico. He was the creator of Borderhack, a camping festival which took place in 2001 in Tijuana, in front of the border separating Mexico from the United States. Among his projects, “Big Brother” stands out. In was made in 2003 for Translocations, the last exhibition curated by Steve Dietz in the Walker Art Center.