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JUAN CARLOS ZALDIVAR

filmmaker / video artist

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ARTIST STATEMENT

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Identity, be it personal, cultural, or otherwise, is a theme at the core of our work. This creative preoccupation may come from our family's immigration from Cuba on a boat across one of the most treacherous straights of water in the world. We made a documentary about this experience, which broadcasted nationally on PBS entitled "90 Miles”.

Moving images are as resiliant as the human race. Moving images are also phantasmagorical in that they migrate forms in order to continue to exist. Moving images can only be experienced through a projector, a TV, or a computer. Yet, through nothing short of a miracle, they manage to persist as imprints onto vatious mediums, regardless of how intangible or hard to access those mediums may be (such as digital files).

Building community through art is a major interest for us. Humans need a community to barter experiences, not to "network", as we are often taught. Networking is what machines do -- but then again, humans are presently transcitioning to becoming fully digital and some would argue that we are only just acknowledging our digital nature. Personally, we have recently been reborn as digital under the name of Violenta Flores, but our film and visual art projects continue to explore the transformation of physical form -- and our perceptions of it.

The relationship between natural and artificial constructions interests us because such relationships often trigger larger questions about our humanity, and a dialogue between these two elements often spins other dialogues regarding identity, history, transculturalism, and acceptance.

It is perplexing that moving images are an optical illusions, yet, ironically, they are widely accepted as veridic or “truthful” in our culture. Moving images have become integral to how humans understand, validate, and even create new realities. Our work explores the tension between reality (which may be subjective and often relates to perception) and actuality (which often relates to the effect of actions of a body in existence). We use performance, light, sound, and kinetics becasue, after all, these are what moving images are made of.

Humor and love are often the best tools to communicate complex ideas and concepts. We love Butoh dance and time-lapse animation (both of which deconstruct movement and time, respectively). We respect the defining properties of negative space and of the invisible, including sound and magnetism, which often create fantastic and bewildering effects on their own.

We worked as a sound designer and editor for many years. Sound is half the picture.

We love chocolate and walking in the rain during thunderstorms.