Lúa Coderch, Julia Múgica, Lluís Nacenta & Iván Paz
Artist and associate professor at BAU, Centro Universitario de Diseño de Barcelona. She has a master's degree in Artistic Production and Research and a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona, and also trained as a sculptor at the Massana School. She combines narrative and objectual practices in videos, performances and installations that she configures as research devices. Her work is part of the collection of museums and centers such as the MACBA, the Museo de Arte Contemporáno de Castilla y León or the Contemporary Art Collection Cal Cego, among others, and has been exhibited in exhibitions such as Bienalsur (Argentina), the Joan Miró Foundation, Domus Artium, the University Museum of Contemporary Art (Mexico) or SMART (Netherlands).
is a Mexican scientist currently exploring artistic practices on complex processes in nature. With an interdisciplinary background spanning biology and computational physics, she is deeply interested in understanding how collectives make decisions that result in behavioral synchrony.
Lluís Nacenta is a professor, writer and curator in the fields of music and contemporary art. Degree in Mathematics and Music (piano), Master’s Degree in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Philosophy and Doctor of Humanities, with a PhD thesis about musical repetition, his research proposes a philosophical perspective on the sonic arts. He has published numerous articles in digital and paper publications, such as Cultura/s de La Vanguardia and Nativa, and has curated exhibitions and concerts for Sónar+D, Arts Santa Mònica, Centre de Cultura Contemporància de Barcelona (CCCB) and Fundació Antoni Tàpies, among others.
Since January 2018 is the director of Hangar.
Iván Paz, Mexico City, 1978
I studied physics and mathematics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During this period, I have also experimented with music and photography. My main interests involve science, art, technology and how their interaction can create new aesthetic, conceptual and thinking directions.
In 2006, I have started working as a professor of sound engineering. From this process, in 2011 I conceived and led a seminar in mathematical methods applied to musical composition at UNAM. The activity developed there produced numerous collaborations and work processes, for example, live coding sessions in collaboration with the Centro Nacional de las Artes de México (CNA).
17th EDITION OF THE ARCO/BEEP ELECTRONIC ART AWARD.
Work at the collection: “Echo”
The work Echo has won the ARCO/Beep Electronic Art Award. The prestigious contemporary art fair, held in Madrid from February 23 to 27, has recognized the piece by Lúa Coderch, head of studies of the Bachelor of Fine Arts and BAU professor, Julia Múgica, Lluís Nacenta and Iván Paz.
The jury highlighted her contemporary reformulation of the myth of the nymph Echo through a posthuman object (made of upholstered wood and synthetic hair) next to which there is a small stool that allows interaction with the public.
So close, so far away
According to the authors, the piece functions as "a body among bodies" and points to the difficulties of communication and the search for meaning. "It poses an allegory of our need to find correspondence," they explain.
Summoning Echo, therefore, means rescuing the nymph from oblivion and recovering her word after Narcissus' scorn.
An eight-handed project
Echo was presented at Dilalica during this season's Barcelona Gallery Weekend, and has landed at ARCO by the hand of àngels Barcelona. The collaborative philosophy behind the piece, the result of the joint work of two galleries and four artists, has been one of the most valued aspects of the event.
The ARCO/Beep award promotes research, production and exhibition of art linked to new technologies and electronic art.