X. is a new online platform foregrounding two components: experimental language performances and unscripted art writing. Focusing on the capability of language to enact criticality as opposed to just describing it, X. aims to push the conventions of readings, performance, and critical writing to vibrate through other vocabularies.

Thank you to Barbarita Polster for inviting me to collaborate in this project. Here’s the link to my text: The zigzag of a bug


Cielos / Salón Comunal

Muy feliz de poder participar con la obra The Museum closes at 5 pm en el inicio de una siguiente etapa del proyecto que con tanto cuidado y cariño ha ido cultivando Bernardo Montoya: Salón Comunal. Un espacio de artistas, para artistas, que en esta ocasión celebra la apertura de un nuevo espacio con su exposición Cielos. La nueva casa, más grande y más poderosa, está ubicada en la desembocadura de la calle 57, o avenida de las palmas (como me gusta llamarla), en el ante-jardín del estadio El Campín y muy cerca, pero sin el barullo, del centro comercial Galerías.


Inauguración: jueves 21 de Febrero de 2019
5:00 a 10:00 pm / Transversal 27A Nº 53B-25

Participan: Nicolás Bonilla, Iván Cardona, Mateo Cohen, Maria José Chica, Beatriz Eugenia Díaz, Sebastián Fierro, Nicolás Gómez, María Jimena Herrera, Rosario Lopéz, Alberto Miani, Bernardo Montoya, Mario Opazo, Sofía Paredes, Linda Pongutá, Daniel Salamanca, Gabriel Silva, Santiago Reyes, Marcela Rodríguez, María Roldán, Luís Romero, Ernesto Soto, Giovanni Vargas, Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar y Maria Fernanda Zuloaga.


PTDW Grad Noontime Lecture Series

Tomorrow is my Graduate Lecture.
Monday, February 11, 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
280 S. Columbus Drive Room 319

Image Details: Daniel Salamanca, Sign, 8 x 10”, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 2017

Image Details: Daniel Salamanca, Sign, 8 x 10”, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 2017

Daniel Salamanca Núñez believes in human relationships, telepathy and magic. He understands his artistic practice as a long-life personal journey of unveiling the poetry hidden behind the most ordinary and mundane things in life. He does that by constantly assigning himself playful, obsessive and impulsive exercises such as scrapping a work table, staying awake for 24 hours to see a complete day go by or carrying a travel experience in a suitcase, just to name a few of them. It is his own way of resisting against the urgencies and struggles of the world we live in. The result are often austere and delicate installations combining minimalist paintings –or using the syntax of painting– along with experimental videos, sounds, books, found objects, prints and creative texts. Lately, he has been exploring the use of light as a material.

He is from Bogotá, Colombia, where he received his BFA in Visual Arts back in 2006. Since then until moving to Chicago in August 2017 to pursue his MFA at SAIC, he has been constantly producing work and exhibiting in multiple venues in Colombia, a few countries in Latin America (Ecuador, Brazil and Argentina), Spain, Italy and recently the United States. In 2015, he won a grant for emerging artists awarded by the Cultural Ministry of Colombia and he was shortlisted as a finalist for the Sara Modiano Prize (Colombia). A year earlier, he was nominated for the CIFO grant for emerging artists and in 2011 he was selected for a one-month residency in Terra Una, Minas Gerais (Brazil).

Fractured: Digital Topographies

Opening Reception: Friday 8th, 6-9 PM / Lithium Gallery
Open from February 9 to March 2, 2019

I am happy to be part of this upcoming exhibition showing work by Doug Rosman, Katie Wood and Jiaqi Zhang, and curated by Emily Carranza, Nicolay Duque-Robayo, Rebecca Haley, Lasondra Kern, and Victoria Peña, all students in the Masters of Arts Administration & Policy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I will be showing a new work titled Directions, an sculptural object, similar to a pole with directional signs but composed of 6 different videos playing each one in a single tablet attached to a robust light stand. While each video was made before, for other projects, they all overlap in questions about daily life, routines, time, memory and travel. The piece is also referring to the structure behind my process of thinking which I like to compare to a game of Scrabble, in this case, with six possible paths or six degrees of separation.

6 Channels video object/installation (light stand and tablets)
Includes the following videos:

1. Sand Clock (hour glass)
10:29 mins
Animated still image
From the project: Uyuni’s Dilemma

2. Jamais Vu
4:58 mins
HD | Travel Personal footage
From the project: Uyuni’s Dilemma

3. 52 Weeks
24:00 mins
HD | Domestic footage and subtitles
From the project: Aquel que observa la hora

4. Al otro lado de la ventana. Al otro lado de la línea
Duration: 12:42
HD | Exterior shots
From the project: Ver un día pasar

5. Savoir faire
8:29 mins
720p | You tube footage
From the project: “To light, and/ then return —”

6. Temor a flotar
8:29 mins
HD | Personal footage
From the project: La piscina vacía