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JUAN CARLOS ZALDIVAR

filmmaker / video artist

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Our brain processes input stimuli from its senses and tries to "make sense" of the "world" through elaborate comparisons with past experiences... or so we think. Therein lies the conundrum. My work is often interactive and time-based because my artistic origins are in film... or so I think. Therein lies MY conundrum ´´\( • • , )/´´

I am interested in building community through my work because I believe that humans need community to barter experiences, not to "network", as we often are taught. Networking is what machines do, but then again, humans are finally "becoming" digital (though some would argue that we are simply finally acknowledging our digital nature).

I have recently been reborn as digital. My film and visual art projects explore the transformation of physical form --and our perceptions of it.

I am interested in the relationship between nature and artificial constructions because it often triggers larger questions about our humanity. I find that a dialogue between these two elements often spins other dialogues regarding identity, history, transculturalism and acceptance at large.

I am the guinea pig of my own experiments, for which I use light, sound and kinetics, which are what films and videos are made of. I do this because film and video are optical illusions, yet they are widely accepted as veridic or “truthful” in our culture and have become an integral to how we understand and create our reality. My 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). I apply these notions to objects, places and to other human bodies and brains.

I believe that humor is often the best tool to communicate complex ideas and concepts. I like loose narratives. I love Butoh dance and time-lapse animation (both of which deconstruct movement and time, respectively). I respect the defining properties of negative space and the invisible. This includes sound and magnetism, which often create fantastic and bewildering effects.

I worked as a sound editor and designer for many years. I often do not use sound in my video installations, but when I do, it is an essential part of the work.