• Video

RETROSPECTIVA CECILIA BENGOLEA: FAVORITE POSITIONS

By Cecilia Bengolea

Argentina

  • 7 minutes, 20 seconds

We’re basically liquid. Artist Cecilia Bengolea brings this to life in a 3D sculpture that reconfigures corporeality.


This is a series of videos of animated sculptures that suggest a body without boundaries and a being that is totally liquid, born from a state of constant repetition. The spirit and rhythms that inspire this body move in several different directions at the same time. Sweat and tropical rain dissolve the limits between inside and outside even more, reminding us that our internal bodily fluids are an electrical conduit that works in a similar way to the brain’s synapses.

For this piece, the artist scanned her own body in her favorite positions to animate a dissolving 3D entity. The seven minute video is projected onto a phantom screen that creates the illusion of a holographic, floating and fluid body.

Cecilia Bengolea

Creator

A multidisciplinary artist

Born in Buenos Aires and working with video, performance and sculpture, her practice is based on anthropological research into forms of community-based contemporary and old-fashioned dance. Her interests revolve around our relationship with nature, the elements, animist beliefs and choreographic configuration. Through collaboration, she’s constructed a wider body of work, perceiving dance and performance as an animated structure that allows her to become both a subject and an object within her own creations.

Her collaborations with French choreographer François Chaignaud have won her awards such as the Award de la Critique de Paris in 2010 and the Young Artist Prize at the Gwangju Biennale in 2014. She has also co-created dance pieces for her dance company, as well as for the Lyon Ballet, the Lorraine Ballet and the Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal. Her video installations and performances have been shown at the Gwangju Biennale (2014), the Lyon Biennale (2015), the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires (2015 and 2017), the Sao Paulo Biennale (2016), the Palais de Tokyo (2015 and 2018) and at Art Basel in Miami (2018), among others. As well as her studies in philosophy and history of art, she has an Ex.e.r.c.e Masters in Choreography under Mathilde Monnier from the Montpellier National Center for Choreography.

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