Born in Argentina, I’ve lived in Peru, Mexico, Canada, France and, eventually, Chicago. Different places, cultures, and languages have not only shaped me as an individual, but informed my creative output. I consider my experimental projects as a laboratory, allowing me to filter everyday experiences and relate them to larger concepts: transculturality, migration, and sustainable living. Citizens-at-large – like mall passersby or supermarket shoppers - are frequently involved in participatory projects, taking part in work that incorporates installation, digital photography, interactive video, text, motion capture, or cellular phones. Examples include: “Where are you from?_Stories”: my New Media project where I filmed passerby in 6 world cities, culminating in a transnational, three-language collection of interactive stories about migration, shown on DVD in galleries and online. Viewers interacted with the work, chose their own route through the collection of videotaped stories, and constructed relationships between the chosen tales told by migrants - a variety of reconstructed pasts, perceived presents, and imagined futures; “Insomnia-Cure”: a sculptural installation where neighbors who live (and sleep) in my building contributed recipes for beating insomnia for my “insomnia cure kit”; pseudo-pharmaceutical containers for gallery visitors to examine in a project suggesting that stress-induced sleep disorders can be relieved with mutual nurturing rather than drugs; “make-A-move”: a site-specific, interactive installation where I created a system for tracking the movement of passersby in a mall to address the menace of living under electronic surveillance. When people walked in front of two screens, animated portraits of a man and a woman followed them with their eyes, creating an uncanny effect on passersby experiencing the weight of the portraits’ scrutiny; “Al-GRANO, Augmented Cereals”: where I used an Augmented Reality app to address the problematic absence of comprehensive labeling in packaged foods, such as lack of mandatory symbols identifying products containing genetically modified organisms. To help consumers make safer food choices, supermarket shoppers used an app I designed to detect cereals containing genetically modified corn.
I address topics of cultural prevalence and - because I think these are best expressed with materials and technologies of the times - I integrate new tools, source materials, working methods, and manners of audience engagement. Having incorporated the interactive and participatory features provided by electronic mediums and devices in online art works and smartphone apps, my recent works engage both physical objects and electronic technologies - co-mingling material and virtual realms.
Recent projects also draw relationships between food, agriculture, and health by exploring the cultural and political dimensions of the food we eat. Food is something we all have in common. What we eat and how it’s grown have always been prominent social issues - from 1930’s dust bowl scarcity to today’s threat of climate change, forcing us to face the menace of possible starvation through environmental degradation. With these thoughts in mind, I use food as both subject matter and material, creating “feasts for the eyes” while simultaneously examining food’s social construction. With bread, corn, and organic vegetables and fruits as investigative platforms, I explore social divides between “healthy” and “unhealthy,” discuss politics of agricultural exploitation, and even create whimsical recipes that address the rising trend devoted to “alternative” sources to industrially sourced food (such as eating insects as protein source because they are lower on the food chain compared to animal meat). Comestible, my current project, views my fascination with food, sustainability, and emotion through a socially relevant – yet personal – lens. Comestible began with a simple premise - preparing healthy meals for myself, photographing them, and sharing them on Facebook. The exercise of placing my meals on a social media platform transformed the private act of eating into a public - even global – affair.