Guest Editorial Contributor Barbara Perea is a Mexico City-based art critic and curator with a special focus on emerging media, sound and video art. In 2001, with fellow curator Mariana David, Perea organized an international residency program, which included residencies by Pawel Althamer, David Castro, Jorge Macchi and Artur Zmijewski and two major artworks by Santiago Sierra. From 2003 to 2006, she served as director of MUCA Roma in Mexico City.
With Príamo Lozada, Perea was co-artistic director of Plataforma Puebla 06 and co-curator of the Mexican Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, which hosted Some Things Happen More Often Than All of the Time, a solo exhibition by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Perea also served on the selection committee for the FAIR PLAY Video Festival in 2006 (Berlin) and the nomination committee for the Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute’s Media Arts Fellowships in 2008. She is currently a Lecturer in New Media Studies at CENTRO University in Mexico City and a member of the Curatorial Advisory Committee of the Museum of Contemporary Art China.
Carlos Aguirre has, throughout his career, expressed a particular interest in language and its signs. The most recurrent themes in Aguirre’s work arise from the analysis of and exposure to sociocultural and political practices that affect the individual. Among his individual exhibitions are: Malas Palabras, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Xochimilco and Galería Nina Menocal, Mexico City; Punto de Saturación, Celda Contemporánea, Mexico City; and DeLeon White Gallery, Toronto. His collective exhibitions include Xe Salon Bancomer: artéFACTS, Instituto Mexicano, Paris; and Zebra Crossing, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996 and is currently a member of the National System of Creators of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.
Andy Campbell is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. His current work is on leather communities and visual culture.
Iván Edeza is a visual artist working primarily with video. His work has been exhibited widely, including Casino Luxembourg; Kunsthalle Wien; Kunst-Werke and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; P.S.1 and White Box, New York; Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Mexico City. He has participated in numerous festivals such as Bienal Iberoamericana Inquieta Imagen V, San José; 3ème Festival International de Création Audiovisuelle et Cinématographique, Paris; Transmediale.04, Berlin; VI Salón Internacional de Arte Digital, Havana; Videobrasil, São Paulo; and Cinematexas, Austin. In addition, Edeza was Curator of MUCA Roma and La Caja Negra in Mexico City from 2001 to 2003.
Gilberto Esparza develops organisms and systems combining high and low technology and industrial waste to infiltrate public space. Esparza has exhibited in Mexico and abroad including the festival Blip! Robotica de Reciclaje, Lima; Lascas Festival, Un arte mexicano actual, Quebec; Taller Internacional de Artistas KM0, Santa Cruz, (Bolivia); Videobrasil, São Paulo; Transitio Mx 02 International Festival of Electronic Art, Mexico City; and Plataforma Puebla 06. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Multimedia Center CENART in Mexico City.
Otis Ike is most noted as a roving builder, photographer and videomaker living and traveling in a Volkswagen RV with two dogs, six cameras, tools and an archive of Art Bell radio programs. He has exhibited photography across the United States and was an installation builder for Clare Rojas and Barry McGee. He currently resides in Austin.
Ivete Lucas is a photographer and filmmaker. In 2007, she was awarded a grant by the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE) to produce and co-direct her first short film, Asthma, an amalgamation of moments in the lives of the residents of a tenement in Monterrey. She is currently based in Austin and working with partner Otis Ike on a documentary on Vietnam War reenactors.
Daniel Joseph Martinez has created image- and text-based work dealing with power relationships in contemporary society for over thirty years. Recent exhibitions include Indelible Images (trafficking between Life and Death) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the inaugural solo exhibition Flesh Eating Prosthetic (opium des volks) How I Fell in Love with My Dirty Bomb (phagocitage des prothesis) at LAXART, Los Angeles, and a permanent installation for the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio. Martinez is Professor of Theory, Practice and Meditation of Contemporary Art at the University of California, Irvine.
Austin native Laurel Nakadate works primarily with photography and video. She has exhibited at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Asia Society, P.S.1, Mary Boone Gallery and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York; Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Berlin Biennial; Grand Arts, Kansas City; and Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston. Her first feature film recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Pedro Ortiz is as a visual artist, writer and theorist concerned with urban life and public space. In 2008, he authored the book Monumentos menores: Mutaciones en el paisaje urbano (Minor Monuments, Mutations in Urban Landscape), which includes essays, videos and photographs taken in Asia and Latin America. In addition, Ortiz has dedicated more than twelve years to teaching and running workshops both in private and public institutions in Mexico and Spain.
Vanessa Place is the author of La Medusa (University of Alabama Press, 2009) and Dies: A Sentence (Les Figues Press, 2005), a 50,000-word, one-sentence novel set in the trenches of World War I. Her writing has also appeared in periodicals, including Northwest Review, Northridge Review, 4th Street: A Poetry Bimonthly, Contemporary Literary Criticism, LA Weekly Literary Supplement and TrenchArt: Material.
Ed Saavedra is a multimedia artist based in San Antonio.
Brooklyn-based industrial engineer, journalist, writer and cultural critic Naief Yehya has published three novels, two collections of short stories and three essays: The Transformed Body: Cyborgs and our Technological Heritage in the Real World and Science Fiction, War and Propaganda: Mass Media and the Myth of War in the US and Pornography: Mediated Sex and Moral Panic. Yehya’s work deals with the impact of technology, mass media, propaganda and pornography on society.