Digital Latin America Symposium Speakers

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Jessica Angel is a visual artist living and working in New York City. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia, graduated with honors from the School of Fine Arts of the National University of Colombia in 2005.

Her work has been showcased in group shows both locally and abroad in cities like Bogota, New York, Miami, Washington, La Paz and Tijuana. In 2007 she received an honorable mention at the 4th International Biennial SIART, Bolivia and at the 1st Drawing Biennial of the Americas in Tijuana, Mexico (2006).




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Giselle Beiguelman is a new media artist, curator and researcher who teaches Art History and Design at the Architecture and Urbanism Faculty of the University of São Paulo. Her art work has been presented in many international venues.  She was Curator of Nokia Trends (2007 and 2008), of the Brazilian participation in ISEA Ruhr (2009), Artistic Director of Sergio Motta Institute (2008-2010) and Professor at the graduate program in Communication and Semiotics of PUC-SP (São Paulo, 2001-2011). Editor, with Jorge LaFerla, of Nomadismos Tecnologicos (Barcelona, Ariel, 2011) and author of Link-se (arte, mídia, política, cibercultura), among others.




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Agnes Chavez, a Cuban-American artist, developed SUBE in 2000.  SUBE is a unique system for teaching language to children utilizing art, music and games.  This led to partnerships with the National Hispanic Cultural Center  (NHCC) in 2002, the STEMArts in 2009, with 516 ARTS for ISEA2012 as the Education Director in 2011 and with Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2013 to develop a STEM Challenge for middle and high school students in northern New Mexico, applying the STEMarts approach.

Rodrigo Frenk   Rodrigo Frenk is a self-taught musician, sound artist and live coder, a hacker as well as a visual artist.  His work as a developer focuses on the development of open source code tools for artistic expression, as well as socially and politically motivated projects.  His visual artwork has been oriented towards collective work inside horizontally structured artistic institutions. Over the last few years he has been active in collaborative groups such as Astrovandalistas, Hackerspace Rancho Electrónico and Cráter Invertido.
Paula Gaetano crop web   Paula Gaetano Adi (born in San Juan, Argentina) is an artist and researcher working in sculpture, performance, interactive installations and robotic agents. Using the human and non-human body as a point of departure, her work deals with different cultural studies of technoscience, particularly in regard to how its discursive effects and affects are inscribed in human subjectivity and how they can be reflected through art.
Miguel Gandert


Miguel Gandert has been photographing the social rituals, people, and landscapes of his native New Mexico for over twenty-five years. His photographs have been exhibited widely in museums and galleries throughout the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Gandert is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico.

Leslie Garcia


Leslie Garcia works generating electronic art and digital media projects. Her work explores the fusion process between art and technology, using techniques such as the production of virtual tools, development of electronic prototypes, audio production, net art pieces design and visual generative codes. She co-founded DreamAddictive electronic media collective, Tijuana Mexico 2003- 2010 and Astrovandalistas, Mexico City.  She has exhibited her work, individual and group shows, in various  festivals, collaborating  with multiple collectives and organizations.


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Matt Garcia, a new media artist,  maintains an socially engaged practice exploring the intersection of digital culture, place, and interdisciplinary inquiry. Growing up in the American Southwest much of Garcia's work investigates the subjectivity of American truth, ecology, and visual culture. Garcia founded desertArtLab, an art based think tank that explores how connections between desert ecology, culture and community shapes our understanding of where we are and who we are.

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Pablo Helguera (Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction.

His work as an educator has usually intersected his interest as an artist, making his work often reflects on issues of interpretation, dialogue, and the role of contemporary culture in a global reality.




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Thiago Hersanis an Oakland-based Brazilian artist who used to design circuits for next-generation semiconductor manufacturing technologies. He is currently working on interactive toy design and prototyping at BeatBots in San Francisco. Hersan is interested in the possibilities of occupying non-physical public spaces, like WiFi networks and other parts of the radio spectrum.




Enrique Lamadrid


Enrique Lamadrid is a Professor of Spanish at the University of New Mexico. His teaching and research interests include Southwest Hispanic and Latin American folklore and folk music, Chicano literature, and literary recovery projects. He is active in international education and is co-founder and director of UNM's CONEXIONES Program. Lamadrid has served as a field worker and presenter for the Smithsonian Institution's Festivals of American Folk Life, and has done extensive work for the Museum of New Mexico and National Hispanic Cultural Center. As an academic curator, he has worked with numerous exhibits with his students and headed the design team for the Camino Real International Heritage Center.






Amor Muñoz studied law degree from la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. However, her career took a turn in the field of art from his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in New Orleans.

Her creative practice, always in constant motion, has been recognized through various awards.  Muñoz's work articulates art, design, illustration and manual means hoping to maximize creative possibilities. Her work is characterized by the technical experience and explores the medium in a way that not only redefines the same practice but recreates its original character.




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Nahum Mantra is an artist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He studied at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Technological Institute (Tec) of Monterrey and obtained an MA at Goldsmiths University of London. His work revolves around topics in science and the intimacy of nature, whilst addressing their relationship to the fantastical and magical realms. He co-founded the Goldsmiths Electronic Orchestra and Orchestra Elastique. From 2008 to present, he has been an associate artist at The Arts Catalyst where he organises Kosmica; a bimonthly series of galactic gatherings that have taken place in London, Liverpool, Paris and Mexico City. He has also been appointed co-ordinator of the Technical Committee for the Cultural Utilisations of Space inside the International Astronautical Federation in Paris.






Marion Martinez is a New Mexican artist who makes icons from used computer parts with imagery influenced by Hispanic traditions. She leads workshops for schools and other groups where she shares her techniques and materials.




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Andrés Padilla Domene's work addresses a series of explorations about the media and its limitations. From this perspective, he investigates the contractions and possibilities of the medium as a support for his creative process,  approaching it with critical commentary in regards to certain contemporary socio-cultural paradigms like stereotypes of official discourse and mechanisms of consumption and control. Through interactive and interdisciplinary metaphorical relations, Padilla Domene drives the viewer towards the symbolic reinvention of space and the distortion of the image form passive media sites.




Andrea Polli


Andrea Polli is a digital media artist living in New Mexico. Her work with science, technology and media has been presented widely in over 100 presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally, has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards. Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, NY Artsand others. She has published several book chapters, audio CDs, DVDs and papers in print including MIT Press and Cambridge University Press journals.




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Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past fifteen years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories.

His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened as part of ‘New Directors / New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries around the world.  His recent collaborations have included work with Manu Chao, Maria Hinojosa and La Santa Cecilia.  Alex studied at Hampshire College and lives in Los Angeles.






Shelle Van Etten de Sanchez is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Development with the State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs where she creates, coordinates and implements strategic initiatives to support the further development of state museums, historic sites, and cultural programs. Shelle has over 25 years of professional experience in education and cultural programs with more than a decade of successful leadership.  Shelle has received prestigious awards by the Albuquerque Arts Alliance, written numerous publications and educational materials, and has served on diverse boards and advisory committees. She has a strong professional commitment to youth education and community building and extensive experience with local, state, and national projects.




paolatorres   Paola Torres Nuñez del Prado explores notions of interpretation, translation, misrepresentation and perceptual cross-modality by the act of going beyond the "observing of art" through interactive painting, sculpture and video-art. Her aim is to portray multi-layered (and sometimes ambiguous) meaningful structures, through objects, video, or code. She has been part of art shows in Stockholm, Malmo and Norrkoping in Sweden, Lima, Cuzco and Arequipa in Peru, New York and Florida in U.S.
She has won the “Midias Locativas Amazonian Ecorregion” Prize, and have been Finalist in multiple art competitions.


Gabriel Vanegas' (Colombia) creativity has been influenced by his exploration of media and technology in a cultural context.  He has had the opportunity to produce, exhibit, coordinate and publish his work internationally.

In 2004 he founded the magazine El Niuton, one of the first publications in Latin America that explores the relationship between art, science and technology. In 2011 he founded Botaniq, a platform for the conservation and archive of contemporary art.  He is currently working on a PhD fellowship at the Institute of Time-based Media at the Berlin University of the Arts with Professor Siegfried Zielinski, focusing on the area of media sociology in the pre-Columbian America.






Javier Villegas, born in Bogotá Colombia, earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Javeriana University, M. Sc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Los Andes University and a Ph.D in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California Santa Barbara. His work explores the narrative and creative possibilities of analysis and synthesis techniques in video signals. Previous works have been presented in international events like the Japan Media Arts Festival, the Swan Lake: Moving Image Music Awards, The Prospectives International Festival of Digital Art, the Advances in Computer Entertainment Conference and the International Conference on Arts and Technology.


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