Meetings with oneself, is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to videoart at Isabel Hurley Gallery. The artist Ana de Alvear suggests us a route as an initiation journey. Each video represents a oneself knowledge landmark. This starts by the negligible structure that every element of the universal scene shares until the discovery of the more or less latent capacities, which stimulate us to develop as a unique responsible attitude about the own individual and his environment.
Ana de Alvear (Madrid, 1962), develops her work focussed in the video art. Her artworks produce a dialogue that transforms the physical and spiritual perception of the observer while it questions their feelings when reality elements it belongs, are separated to change their essential meaning. It adjusts specifically to each space in her interactive multimedia installations. The experimentation with new materials and media plays a basic role on her creations, being a part of this dialogue. Her artwork has been exhibited in the most important museums and art galleries of the world. She works with her sister María de Alvear, contemporary composer, since 1997, so part of her work is linked with avant-garde music productions, which are a pioneer work of multidisciplinary concerts. She founded VIVA (Vital International Video Art) in 2006 as a travelling space gathering, where the artists can find a place of meeting for their intellectual discourse. This creates an exhibition net in collaboration with curators, galleries, institutions, foundations and private collections.
The exhibition is centred in the piece titled “Beyond Us” (42’04’’) is conceived as a three channelled multimedia video-installation whose music is played by Eduardo Polonio en electro-acoustic music pioneer in Spain, and it was presented last June at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. The video –dedicated to artist’s grandmother- is composed by pictures taken by Ana the Alvear between 1985 and 1998, showing –as the artists says- “that it exists something beyond us, in which we are immersed and that we take part of”.
Eduardo Polonio (Madrid, 1941). In 1968, he obtains the Composition Teaching title at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid. He continues his musical studies in Germany and Belgium, granted by Juan March Foundation. As composer and player, he takes part of first stage’s group Koan (1967-1970). Since 1967, he works at Alea Laboratory in Madrid and, between 1970 and 1972 plays with Alea Musica Electrónuca Libre group that was the first Spanish music group of electro-acoustic music. In 1976 he moves to Barcelona and he joins Laboratorio Phonos. He is co-founder of Música Electroacústica de España Foundation, which he has been his president from 1988 to 1994. In 1996, he moves to Huelva, where he founds Creación Musical y Nuevas Tecnologías. From 2000 to 2006 he manages the series “Confluences, art and technology on the verge of the millennium”, held in Huelva by Junta de Andalucía. From 2006, he manages, with University of Sevilla, the International Music and Contemporary Technologies Congress. Polonio has collaborated on different multimedia projects with plastic and visual artists like Eduardo Magliano, Ferrán García Sevilla, Rafael Santamaria, Carles Pujol, Toni Rueda, Santiago Torralba, Eugeni Bonet o Xabela Vargas.
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