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Maria Agustina Piasentini (Argentina)

Agustina Piasentini was graduated in Visual Arts in Buenos Aires in 2011, from her graduation she has been traveling extensively through Oceania, Asia and Latino America.

Her artistic practice focus in education. She has been working in different schools with a special interest in New Education and ‘Escuelas Vivas’. Furthermore her research is framed by the investigations on sacred geometry, quantum theory and climatic. She is familiar with the studies developed by Nassim Haramein and Masaru Emoto as well as the methodologies developed by Flow Art.

Kurtis Lesick (Canada)

Kurtis Lesick’s research, installations, media works, digital performances, and cross-media collaborations explore the space between the physical world, and our knowledge, perception, and (mis)representation of it.

Lesick’s work draws heavily on his experience in archaeology, anthropology and philosophy, as well as both his love and distain for technology. A hybridizer of artifacts, text, video and opportunistic media, Lesick’s work explores phenomenologies that reframe the relationships between knowledge, time and materiality.

Lesick is the past Chair of the School of Craft + Emerging Media at the Alberta College of Art + Design, where he teaches in Media Arts + Digital Technologies, and directs the Creative Environment for Emerging Electronic Culture. He is an adjunct Professor in the Digital Futures Initiative in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto and has been visiting faculty at the Banff Centre and the University of California at Irvine.

In 2012, Lesick was awarded the inaugural Peoples Choice Award for the Most Inspiration Digital Leader at the Digital Alberta Awards.

Jonathan Rattner (U.S.A)

Jonathan Rattner is an artist that primarily produces experimental nonfiction films and videos. He holds an M.F.A in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa, an M.F.A. in Intermedia Art from the University of Iowa, and a B.F.A. in Film and Television from Tisch School for the Arts, N.Y.U. He has exhibited work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, the World Social Forum in Brazil, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the European Media Arts Festival, L’Alternativa Film Festival, as well as at other colleges, festivals, and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Rattner is currently an active member of the art collective Wildland Urban Interface and holds the position of Assistant Professor of Cinema & Media Arts at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

‘In my work as a filmmaker, I combine documentary and experimental elements to probe issues of place-based identity and memory construction. In an era in which our sense of identity is constantly being transformed by digital technology, my artistic research investigates the seam between the natural and artificial landscapes that surround and shape us. My films are short works that interact with various media (postcards, landscape photography, home videos, historical documentaries, travel diaries) that we, collectively and individually, use to define ourselves in relation to place. In order to question and reimagine these forms of memorialization and identification, I create poetic meditations of the moments we hold on to, the images and objects we collect, and the stories we generate in and around our physical and mediated environments’.

Naz Cuguoglu (Turkey) 

Naz Cuguoglu finished her undergraduate studies in the psychology department of Koc University, Istanbul. She has been interested in culture and cultural studies so she has taken part in many volunteering projects in different countries such as Nicaraguara and USA, has worked at different culture labs in Turkey and USA and finished her graduate studies at social psychology department of Koc University specializing in cultural psychology. She has taken many creative writing courses at the college and has been writing art critics and making interviews as a freelance writer for different magazines such as Istanbul art news, artfulliving, trendsetter, KLOK, genç sanat, timeout English, etc and writes poems, short stories and memoires. After working at mixer gallery in Istanbul as a content manager for a year, nowadays she works as the coordinator of maumau. At maumau, she has been organizing and curating different exhibitions with her coworker Sine Ergun.

Agustina, Kurtis, Naz and Jonathan work was part of the exhibition CeRCca 2009-2015 that took place the old cinema Cal Marcal. Scroll down for more info about their projects and the exhibition. The exhibition would not have been possible without the dedication and support of the other residents Steven, Cecilia and Dimity.

Steven Aaron Hughes (Australia)

Steven Aaron Hughes is a practitioner in synchronistic digital technologies in sound and visual mediums, incorporating performance, installation and composition in exploring the facets of sensory perception. In 2008 Hughes founded his own video production company and has since worked as a visual artist on dramatic film and music video productions collaborating with high profile national and international artists. His musical projects have been won three West Australian Music Industry Awards including ‘Most Popular Release’ and ‘Best New Artist’ and he has been invited to perform in countries including Japan, New Zealand and the US. Steven has also operated a recording, mixing and mastering studio named Galaxial Acid Audio since 2012 and has operated and curated a camping, music and arts festival ‘Camp Doogs’ since 2013.

During his time at CeRCCa Steven will continue working in his project ‘Hostile / Natural’. ‘Hostile / Natural’ is an exploration of clash of the natural, organic and the industrial, manufactured through the subjective experience of the observer, the human body, which in the modern age is a collision between that which is created from the earth and that which has been modified by the instruments that humanity has imposed upon itself. Combining surreal video and audio, housed in a reactive installation, ‘Hostile / Natural’ draws from artist Steven Aaron Hughes’ experiences documented from time spent in the Amazon jungle exploring the culture and practices of shamanic healers. Those who talk to the plant spirits and connect with the earth and how these messages and teachings take hold in the modern context. As the subject Steven subjects himself to the processes of transformation from the being of nature to the modern human entity, through the process of shamanic transformation. Surrealist video combined with audio, animation and installation creates a space for the viewer to look into this transformation, affect it and be affected by it, seeing Hughes’ transformation and struggle as a mirror to their own position in this unknown evolutionary path.

During his time at CeRCCa Steven wrote and produced a new music compilation of five original works with accompanying music videos. The songs incorporate samples of sounds recorded in and around Llorenc and the music videos are themed with all footage shot and edited during the residency. The songs may be used for new offical release when returning to Australia and may even be performed somewhere in Europe in July. Developed the installation ‘Exoterica’ a look into shamanic concepts of humanities connection to nature and spirit for an installation in Australia in October 2015. While at CerCCa I applied to perform with and was accepted to travel to London and appear on stage with Japanese music group ‘Boredoms’ at the Barbican Centre on Saturday 27th of June.

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Dimity Magnus (Australia)

Dimity Magnus is an interdisciplinary artist. In Perth, Australia she is the Director and producer of Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art SchoolSketchy’s is an alternative life drawing event featuring circus and burlesque performers as the models as well as providing a platform to promote and network local artists. Dimity designs and fabricates installation art for festivals and is director of Art For Reef a world wide not for profit online gallery to grow awareness against the threat posed to Australia Great Barrier Reef. She is also Vocalist for the band She Leaves the Mountain. With a history in costuming, set design, sculpture and events management Dimity enjoys combining skills and creating new experiences and worlds for the viewer.

During her time at CeRCCa Dimity has worked in a series of drawings and has composed 5 songs.

Cecilia De Souza (Uruguay)

Cecilia De Souza resides in Ushuaia, Argentina from 2006. Her artistic practice moves between photography and painting. She is interested in challenging both mediums through embracing error as a way of discover that what is unconscious, the synthesis without representation of dreams. Her aim is to experiment with strategies that challenge the mandates of consciousness and to use metaphor in order to rethink the workings of discipline and its methods of representation. Cecilia De Souza work has been exhibited at Galeria Pera de Goma, Montevideo, Museo Fueguino de Arte2011:“20 años 20 artistas”, Museo Fueguino de Arte y Museo Marítimo de Ushuaia 2010 and Ushuaia. Primer Salón de Pintura de Río Negro2009: Bienal del Fin del Mundo.

Exhibition and presentation of the 5th anniversary publication CeRCCa 2009-2015. 23rd June at 19.30 at the old cinema Cal Marçal de Llorenç del Penedès.

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The way in which we grasp what surrounds us, how we fix through memories what we live, how we experience and create our own identity and how we integrate ourselves in the different spaces that we inhabit are the starting points of the different artistic proposals that conform this exhibition. Through video, installation, text and photography and framed by the experience of living and creating at CeRCCa, the artists have submerged in the different realities that conform Llorenc del Penedes. Their sources of inspiration have been the empty streets, the busy life of its inhabitants, the destruction and conservation of its natural and urban landscapes and the memory of what was and what will be. Through these interactions the exhibition presents a compendium of images and sounds that reflect upon the experience of rurality and the obsession to retain the lived experience.

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With ‘away/away’ Jonathan Rattner presents a video diary that reflects upon the fragmentary nature of thoughts, memory and emotions. Combining colors and sounds in such opposite landscapes as Alaska and Catalonia, his work weave’s through the past and present with the aim of thinking about the desire to travel and the difficult task to define what we call home.

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This desire and its impossibility is also the framework of ‘A chair emerged’ a short story by Turkish writer Naz Cuguoglu. Naz reflects upon what we name identity. ‘Even if we want it from the bottom of our heart we cannot leave our identity behind. This is our collective condition… Our essence follows us everywhere, is our shadow’. In the tale a chair that appears to make the main character feeling at home will be the narrative thread that makes him doubt about everything that surrounds him.

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With #SYRY Argentinean artist Agustina Piasentini proposes the inseparability of life and art. This interrelation, this net, enforces dynamism, participation and freedom transforming life-art in a game. A poem becomes a spell, a drawing a map of the universe, images are the link between nature and humans, and a nest made with branches and flowers becomes our home. Agustina’s project wd not have been possible without the col.laboration with Steven Aaron Hughes.

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This organicism is taken a step further by the Canadian artist Kurtis Lesick. . Taking Quantum Theory as a conceptual framework, Kurtis suggests that we may be connected to other people, other things, other places, other times, other narratves–our matter entangled with that from somewhere outside of our knowledge and experience.  Until it is captured physically by our senses, matter establishes a game, being present in multiple realities. Entanglement allows us to think about this complex territory through mix media installation.

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The work of the current residents at CeRCCa is complemented by a selection of different video art projects created at CeRCCa during the last 5 years by Oreen Cohen, Lei Han, Liliya Lifanova, Sana Ghobbeh, Claire Le Clézio and Zoe Balasch, Lourdes Guillen and Noemi Navarro and Kaitlyn Reinhart and Cristal Boemi.

We hope you enjoy this exhibition as much as we have enjoyed making it possible.

Happy Saint John’s day to everyone!

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