[ISEA2017] Paper: Cynthia Villagómez Oviedo — Production Processes of Mexican Digital Artists


Keywords: Digital Art, Creation, Process, Artists, Methods, Production.

My hypothesis is that the observation of processes, products and context of Mexican digital artists’ activity reveals common patterns that define Mexican Digital Art as a distinct artistic area. Through a qualitative research which included semi-structured interviews applied to eight artists, I was able to gather and ana- lyse data that confirmed my hypothesis. No other virtual or physical documents address this issue with the perspective shown in my research. The interviewed eight artists use different expressive materials and media, like sound, robotics, free software programming, laser and obsolete technologies, and internet. Notwithstanding their formal differences, they share several common aspects like interdisciplinary approach and poor funding. The robotics project, for example, uses bioremediation, water supply and decontamination technologies. All of them, with one exception, started their artistic activity with no funds and operated in precarious conditions.

  • Cynthia Villagómez Oviedo, PhD is a Professor and Researcher at Guanajuato University, Mexico since August 2002. She is the author of three books, several book chapters and more than twenty articles about Art, Digital Art, Creativity and Design. Since 2003 she is the editor of the magazine called Electronic Magazine Interiorgrafico of the Architecture, Art and Design Division of the University of Guanajuato. Has made stays in Spain, Austria and the United States, linked to the research she has been developing. Has a degree in Graphic Design and a Master degree in Creativity for Design by the School of Design of the National Institute of Fine Arts, a second Master in Visual Arts and a PhD in Visual Arts and Intermedia from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain. In 2016 she received the “Extraordinary Doctoral Thesis Prize” by the Director of the School of Doctorate at the UPV. Receives the distinction of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) as Researcher Level I within the National System of Researchers in Mexico.  interiorgrafico.com

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