Art, technology and nature
Colectivo Electrobiota was born in 2014 as a transdisciplinary group by the mexican multimedia artists Gabriela Munguía and Guadalupe Chávez based on Buenos Aires, Argentina. From multiple approaches and aesthetics of electronic arts, robotics, bioart, deep ecology, and DIY technologies, the collective explore and experiment new and possible interspecies dialogues. They have developed an educational program that include a series of workshops for children and adults with an emphasis on the crossing of art, DIY technologies and nature. The group has participated in various exhibitions and festivals and received different awards: Honored Mention at 3rd Biennial Kosice Latin American Edition, Borges Cultural Center, Ar; Electronic November Festival, San Martin Cultural Center, Ar; FASE: Poetic and political technologies, International meeting of art, science and technology, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Ar; “Horizons of Desire”, Museum of Mar del Plata, Ar; Finalist in the International Contest of Electronic Arts and Video of Festival Transitios MX_06, Mx; 1st Place in the Second Prize to the Electronic Arts of the UNTREF, Ar; and Festival Transpiksel MX Art, science and free technology, Faculty of Art and Design of UNAM, Mx.
From the practice, experimentation and artistic and cultural production we sought to embrace the movement and the oscillation that constitutes the territory of interspecies dialogues. This biological and poetic territory has its own shape, color, sound, growth and stories. Imagining these possible dialogues as an artistic process of exploration of the different life forms, their territories, their relationships and their interconnections generate new and possible experiences and imaginations about life and nature.
The hybridization of art with technological devices and biological elements, brings into question deep perceptions about our knowledge of life, nature and our relationship with other living beings and the environment. The knowledge about life and nature is sensitive and intimate, but also political and ethical. We are interested in the aesthetics, ethics/epistemologies about the uses of technologies as possible mechanisms and processes of co-creation with life and nature.
Gabriela Munguía (México, 1985)
She has an Art Degree and graduated from the Master of Technology and Aesthetics of Electronic Arts of the National University of Tres de Febrero. Her explorations and artistic production are focused on the fields of electronic arts, robotics, bioart and interspecies communication. At 2011, she received a scholarship from the Culture and Arts National Fund of Mexico. She was selected to participate at the Interactive Program 2012 at Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Argentina and received a scholarship from the Center for Experimentation and Research in Electronic Arts, UNTREF. She is member of the coordination team of the SirveVerseLab, Art and Technology Program of La Paternal Space Project. She currently is associated professor at Maimonides University and professor at the Electronic Art Master’s Degree, UNTREF and where she also is the 3D Printing Coordinator. She has developed different workshops of electronic, robotic and bio-art for children and adults. Is a member of Electrobiota Collective. Her artistic production has been exhibited in various festivals and exhibitions in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Chile, Canada, Netherlands, Portugal and United States.. She has received several recognitions and awards: Honor Mention in the 3rd Edition Biennial Kosice, Latin America; Selection in the IX Monography Exhibition of Media Art at the International Image Festival; Selection at the International Competition of Electronic Arts and Video Festival Transitios MX_06; received a fellow to developed the art residence of the Talent Development Network, co-produced by V2_Institute for the Unstable Media and MAE-UNTREF; and 1st place in the 2nd Award for Electronic Arts of UNTREF.
Guadalupe Chávez (México, 1985)
Licensed in Plastic Arts with orientation in photography by the University of Guanajuato and graduate of the Master in Technology and Aesthetics of the Electronic Arts of UNTREF. He is currently based in Buenos Aires. She has been coordinator of the Casa Floresta Environmental Education Center in Mexico, where she has researched and promoted study plans on creativity and sustainable living, 2011-1012. Participate in the Project University, State and Territory: “Children Creating for the Bicentennial”, 2013; The Universities with Accumar Project: “Recycling the basin. Art and Environmental Education “, 2014. He is a member of the Electrobiota Collective, an active member of the Espacio Nixso technological production and experimentation laboratory, he has given workshops in Espacio Fundación Telefónica Argentina. Member of the transdisciplinary experimental platform for the dialogue between art – science and technology in the educational context Mala Praxis, UNTREF. His artistic practice transits the affective languages in the interspecies communication, drawing ties with the vegetal world from the concepts of cultural biology and deep ecology from the electronic arts. He received several mentions and recognitions such as: Honorable Mention in Photography, Cultural Forum Guanajuato, Mexico; Selection Cervantino Festival, Bicentennial Museum of Contemporary Art – Emilia Ortiz, Mexico; Project Archetypes, beneficiary of the Program of Incentives to the Creation and Artistic Development FECAN, Mexico; Mention at the 3rd Biennial Kosice Latin American Edition, Argentina; Selection in the International Contest of Electronic Arts and Video of Festival Transitio MX_06; First place in the 2nd UNTREF Prize to the Electronic Arts of UNTREF, Argentina.