Open Studio (Statement and Flyers)

September 19, 2008

Brigid McAuliffe
Colorado (EEUU), 1979

Brigid McAuliffe nació en Wisconsin. En el año 2001 recibió su licenciatura en bellas artes (BFA) por Colorado State University donde se especializó en fotografía y ceramica. En la actualidad esta estudiando media electronica por University of Denver, con un especialidad en video. También ella toca musica (voz, accordión) y aprecia que video puede combinar imágenes y sonido. Sus intereses artísticos están en ambos. Además se interese en el trabajo documental y a menudo integra entrevistas o narrativas personales en su trabajo. Ella se esfuerza por utilizar medios como formas de la expresión y vehículos para historias que exploran la identidad cultural, la memoria y otros asuntos sociales. Ella será un instructor en la Universidad de Denver el año proximo y se graduará con un Maestros de bellas artes (MFA) en mayo. Después, ella espera continuar la enseñanza, la arte, y la musica.

Durante su residencia, Brigid McAuliffe absorbió los varios sonidos y las vistas de Rosario. Por lo tanto, ella trabaja actualmente en múltiples proyectos. Esta exposición consiste en fotografías y video del Tango en el Levante. Esto es un proyecto sitio-específico que utiliza el espacio extraordinario del Levante para captar a las bailarinas en una nueva manera, y para exhibir el trabajo en el mismo espacio. Las imágenes servirán como un simulacro de los caracteres verdaderos y espaciarán, así como el Tango sirve como simulacros para memorias y emociones. Ella llegó a ser interesada en el Tango en su primer fin de semana en Rosario. Mirando por una ventana húmeda en el techo del Levante, la niebla condensada del aire frío fuera de y el sudor que viene de las bailarinas adentro, ella estuvo embelesado. Su proyecto procura captar la belleza estética del Tango mientras también hablando con sus dimensiones históricas y culturales. Cuando un extranjero, sus imágenes transmiten la mirada y la admiración de un observador lejano. Ellos reflejan el movimiento, la memoria, el anhelo, y la simbiosis aumentada de cuerpos en el movimiento—todo visto de un lente nebuloso.

Brigid McAuliffe was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Colorado. In 2001 she earned her BFA from Colorado State University, where she specialized in Photography and Cermamics. Currently she is working towards her MFA in Electronic Media Art at the University of Denver, specializing in video. Brigid also plays accordion and sings. She appreciates how video allows her to combine images and sound, as her artistic interests are in both audio and visual realms. She is also interested in documentary work and often incorporates interviews or personal narratives into her work. She strives to use media as forms of expression and vehicles for stories that explore cultural identity, memory and other social issues. She will be an instructor at the University of Denver in the fall and will graduate with a Masters of Fine Arts in May. Afterwards, she hopes to continue teaching, making art, and playing music.

During her residency, Brigid McAuliffe absorbed the sounds and sights of Rosario. It was difficult to decide on a single project because she found many parts of her new community to be fascinating. This show consists of photographs and video of the Tango in el Levante. This is a site-specific project that uses the unique space of el Levante to capture the dancers in a new way, and to exhibit the work in the same space. The images will serve as a simulacrum of the real characters and space, just as the Tango serves as simulacra for memories and emotions. She became interested in the Tango on her first weekend in Rosario. Staring through a steamy glass window in the roof of el Levante, the fog condensed from the cold air outside and the sweat coming from the dancers inside, Brigid was entranced. Her project seeks to capture the aesthetic beauty of the Tango while also speaking to its historical and cultural dimensions. As a foreigner, her images convey the gaze and wonderment of a distant observer. They reflect movement, memory, longing, and the increased symbiosis of bodies in motion—all viewed from a lens none too clear.

These are Alain and I’s flyers. I helped Alain created a CD with his poems read in three languages. He paid special attention to voices, and chose them carefully. He chose Diana, our Spanish teacher to read in Spanish. He read in French and he chose Bryce to read in English, basing his decision off of Bryce’s singing voice. We then added some of my field recordings from sounds around el Levante that had become familiar and nostalgic to us. For example we included the horn from our favorite street vendor that would pass by everyday and we included audio from the Tango downstairs, which we could hear and record from our rooms upstairs. Alain has secured some funding to make a beautiful CD case. He has requested to use some of my photographs. I knew which images he would choose (I guess we know eachother pretty well after living in the same space for two months!). He chose some of the darkest imagery I have ever created, which fits very well with the mood of his poetry. Alain is an incredible poet and I’m very excited to collaborate with him!

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