Fall 2015 : Yolanda Duarte

1 - 30 November 2015

  • Residency: 1 - 30 November 2015
  • Project presentation: 26 November 2015, 19:00
  • Yolanda Duarte

In November 2014, Eastern Bloc welcomed the Colombian artist Santiago Leal, thus realizing the first in a series of international artist-in-residence exchanges with the city of Medellin. This year, we continue this project and welcome the artist Yolanda Duarte to present her work and the culmination of her residency project on Thursday, November 26th, at Eastern Bloc.
 


In Words Proyect, Duarte puts forward a multimedia proposal that has its origins in performance art, in the context of her investigation of the balance between the modern technological world and the ancestral.

The project began during the 2013 European Summer and seeks to disseminate Latin American poetry, especially that which comes from the Wayuu ethnic group from which the artist is a descendant. The Wayuu are an indigenous people of the peninsula of La Guajira, on the Caribbean Sea, who live across the territories of Colombia and Venezuela.

In this context, Word Proyect provides a pertinent continuity with the research currently conducted by Duarte during her residency at Eastern Bloc, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. The work is simultaneously a video, an interactive piece and a performance – mediums that are directly inspired by Wayuu poetry. Interactivity and video become two parts of a technical whole using the Mixtikl application, which generates music by mixing and creating templates of words and sounds exported as MIDI files. The performance, entitled Tecno Folié, is the result of an experiment to be conducted in Montreal where, through different fiolage, Duarte reveals the poetry of different landscapes through an iPad app which performs chroma key live.


Yolanda Duarte is interested in experimental interfaces, augmented reality and the media applications of mass communications to reconstruct the philosophical elements of Latin American ethnic groups, especially that of the Wayuu people. The specificity of this ethnic group is based on their intimate bond with words, enriching life with a unique magic, and their interest in making use of that poetic heritage. This is what drives the artist to create series of performances that use a descriptive poetic language as well as her own body to interact with the new landscapes that poems build.

Free

1 - 30 November 2015

  • Residency: 1 - 30 November 2015
  • Project presentation: 26 November 2015, 19:00