New Media Artist and TED Senior Fellow
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is a new media artist whose work focuses on collections, memorialization, and the act of leaving one's digital imprint for the next generation. His art takes the form of video sculptures, immersive performances, large scale projections, and vending machines that sell human DNA. His work plays upon this modern exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which he renders visually by “collecting” human portraits on video.
Brave New Weird: How One Artist is Taking Multimedia and Interactivity to the Next Level
“Most people are looking at their phones nowadays, where they don’t notice there’s all this crazy drama that’s happening around them,” says Gabriel Barcia-Colombo. “I wanted to make filmic experiences, but things that you could actually interact with physically in some way.” Barcia-Colombo makes interactive art: vending machines that dispense human DNA; blenders that “blend” the miniature people inside them; perfumes that smell like famous banned books. In his talks, he describes his kaleidoscopic work, and how film, electronics, live actors, and biomaterials can work together to create inimitable art.
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