CABARET - 2017 / 2018

 
 
 
 
The Cabaret is a series of three-dimensional portraits and videos of LGBTQ communities and their allies around the world. Drag queens, go-go dancers, bar tenders, artists, DJs, nudists, athletes, and some of the regulars are part of a group of unsung heroes that cherish their freedom as artists and outsiders, celebrating their own individuality. All the participants in the project were met in a wide range of social spaces, bars, dance clubs, coffee places, athletic events, and Christmas parties, that reflect the vast culture and dynamics of safe havens that thrive on freedom and self-expression - survival tools to face the rise of fascism in several countries.
Artist/Research Statement

I grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, a city where the mafia was blowing up buildings, and murdering people with drugs and bombs; AIDS was killing my friends, and death squads were threatening my life for being openly gay. Instead of seeking cover, I became a very visible New Media queer artist promoting change in my surroundings through video art, documentaries, performances and artivism.

I moved to New York in 1995 to get my Master's degree in Interactive Telecommunications just as the Internet was beginning to expand, and I immediately used the Web as a creative tool where all my art practice would come together, with a global perspective. The Internet has become the perfect tool to explore my passion for non-linear filmmaking, digital poetry, cyber-activism, creative code, photography, animation and interactive narration. I am using HTML5 / Javascript / CSS3, Processing and video tools to produce my works, continuously exploring new open source software and hardware.

With some emotional links still left in Colombia and now living permanently in the United States, my work has evolved into a study of how we perceive and recreate ourselves in a digital environment, inseparable from a political context. Aesthetically, I am interested in the dialog between low and high resolution imaging, exploding the pixel grid to push the possibilities of volumetric images, both as still portraits, and in motion.

Inspired by Christopher Isherwood's books, I use the Kinect 3D sensor together with Processing 3.0 to capture in real time the spaces, looks and attitudes of LGBTQ communities around the world.

Bio

Santiago Echeverry is a Colombian-American New Media Artist and Educator, with a background in Video Art, Performance Art, Interactive Media, and Artivism. Participating since 1989 in some of the most important film and media festivals in the world, Echeverry is considered a pioneer in Net Art and Queer Filmmaking in Latin America. In 1992, he graduated top of the inaugural class of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia's Film and Television School. In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Grant to earn his Master's degree in Interactive Telecommunications at NYU. He started teaching at the University of Tampa in 2005, got tenured in 2009, and promoted to full Professor in 2022 as a founding member of the Film, Animation and New Media Department. His research is focused on volumetric imaging, front-end development, UI/UX, and creative coding. All his projects are available online at www.santi.tv



Santiago Echeverry es un educador y artista de nuevos medios colombo-americano, egresado de la primera promoción de la Carrera de Cine y Televisión de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Desde muy temprano se dedicó a la exploración de las posibilidades creativas del video, la performancia y las tecnologías digitales, exhibiendo sus obras internacionalmente desde 1989. En 1995 obtuvo la beca Fulbright y recibió su Maestría en Telecomunicaciones Interactivas en NYU. Reside en los EEUU desde 2003, concentrándose principalmente en el desarrollo de videos e imágenes volumétricos, participando en festivales internacionales tales como Siggraph, Siggraph Asia, FILE y el Japan Media Arts Festival, entre otros. Actualmente es Profesor de Nuevos Medios en la Universidad de Tampa, en la Florida. Toda su obra se encuentra en su sitio web www.santi.tv