Monday, January 13, 2020

Animal Absences


Today I cannot talk about "animal presences". This morning I read that a billion animals have died in Australia's wildfires. I'm very sad. I really hope that politicians stop denying that climate change is a fact.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Macaw Ara Guacamayo


Many thanks to Danit Treubig for her beautiful song "Guacamayo", which inspired this illustration. 
For archaic wisdom, external reality reflects the inner world and vice-versa; thus, the colourful macaw leads us inwards to our heart (or Self) and helps us reconnect with our inner Beauty.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Ponencia "Investigación Lúdica"

Comparto una imagen de la ponencia "Investigación Lúdica" que presenté el pasado 28 de noviembre en el marco de Indisciplines: Congreso sobre la investigación en la práctica de las artes. https://www.campusdelesarts.org/?lang=es
I share a picture of my presentation "Ludic Enquiry" at Indisciplines: Conference on Research in Arts Practice. https://www.campusdelesarts.org/
(Photo: Quelic Berga)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Trans-States: The Art of Revelation



Una vez más, fue todo un placer formar parte de la segunda conferencia de Trans-States: The Art of Revelation. Aprovecho para agradecer a todo el equipo organizador: Cavan McLaughlin, Elizabeth Palmer, Kirsty Wagstaffe y Roy Wallace por cuidar de todos los detalles y hacernos sentir muy cómodos.

Además fue una grata sorpresa ver el libro impreso de la primera conferencia Trans States: The Art of Crossing Over y en una edición tan cuidada.
Muchas gracias a Cavan McLaughlin y a Robert Ansell por hacerlo posible.

Si alguien quiere comprar una copia, puede hacerlo en:



Once again, it was a great pleasure to be a part of the second Trans-States: The Art of Revelation. I would like to thank the conference committee: Cavan McLaughlin, Elizabeth Palmer, Kirsty Wagstaffe y Roy Wallace for taking care of every single detail and making us feel very comfortable.

In addition, I was very happy to see the book of the first conference Trans-States: The Art of Crossing Over finally printed and in such a beautiful edition. Many thanks to Cavan McLaughlin and Robert Ansell for making it possible.

If you want to buy a copy, visit:

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Praise for Playing for change

https://playingforchange.com/

I love this initiative! In these times of uncertainty and awful political and economical regressiveness, it is amazing to see how some people manage to share their creativity and to do something with it that contributes to social inclusion and positive change.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Los Planetas de Gemma Rabionet

Me complace compartir que ya está disponible el libro Los Planetas de Gemma Rabionet editado por Cosmograma Ediciones https://www.cosmograma.com/cosmograma-ediciones.php

¡Muchas felicidades, Gemma!




I am happy to share that Gemma Rabionet's book Los Planetas published by Cosmograma Ediciones is now available.


Congratulations Gemma!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

No Spec!

Excellent video that talks about a practice that, unfortunately, is very common in creative fields.



Text extracted from www.nospec.com :
"Spec work is any kind of creative work, either partial or completed, submitted by designers to prospective clients before designers secure both their work and equitable fees. Under these conditions, designers will often be asked to submit work in the guise of a contest or an entry exam on existing jobs as a “test” of their skill. In addition, designers normally lose all rights to their creative work because they failed to protect themselves with a contract or agreement. The clients often use this freely-gained work as they see fit without fear of legal repercussion."

Coincidentally, many years ago, asking for a job at a picture framing shop, I realised how precarious illustration work conditions were — as compared with other professions. No one will ever hesitate over paying fifty percent in advance and the rest after completion of a framing work; but, unluckily, for illustration that is not the case.

For more information about the absurdity of spec practice visit www.nospec.com

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Human (2015)

¿Qué es lo que nos hace humanos? Esta es la pregunta que guió al cineasta Yann Arthus-Bertrand para crear este apasionante documental.



"Solo soy uno de los siete mil millones de hombres que viven en la Tierra. Vengo fotografiando el planeta y la diversidad humana desde hace 40 años, y me da la impresión de que la humanidad no avanza. Nunca hemos logrado vivir juntos en armonía.
¿Por qué?
He buscado la respuesta en el hombre, no en estadísticas o estudios."
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Lata de sardinas

"Lata de Sardinas" (2017) es un proyecto transmedia realizado por alumnos de ERAM - Escola Universitària sobre el respeto a los derechos de los animales por parte de la especie dominante del planeta.

http://www.latadesardinas.org/

El documental sobre los delfines y el delfinario del Zoo de Barcelona es muy recomendable. La manera en la que se cruzan los discursos permiten que el espectador forme sus propias opiniones sobre el tema en cuestión.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Trans-States

I'm very glad to announce that my conference proposal "Within the Hyperdream Magic Circle: Manifesting the unconscious through illustration play and games" was accepted!
Trans-states: The Art of Crossing Over will take place at the University of Northampton (Avenue Campus) on September 9-10.
I'm really proud to be a part of this event!

Estoy muy contento de anunciar que la propuesta de mi conferencia "Dentro del círculo mágico llamado Hyperdream: Manifestando el inconsciente a través de juegos de ilustración" ha sido aceptada.
Trans-states: The Art of Crossing Over tendrá lugar en la Universidad de Northampton (Avenue Campus) los días 9 y 10 de Septiembre.
¡Es todo un orgullo formar parte de este evento!

















Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Paige Bradley - Expansion

These days a friend of mine mentioned the sculpture Expansion created by artist Paige Bradley.
As I haven't heard about it I did some research and found some interesting photographs of the piece and the even more interesting story behind it.

"From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: A social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q. I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in, rather than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies? Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically 'un-contained'?"
Paige Bradley

¡What a wonderful symbol of the creative process, resilience and, most importantly, the psyche itself!

If you want to see more of Paige's work visit:
http://paigebradley.com/
http://paigebradley.com/sculpture/metamorphosis/expansion/