Note from Pía Cruzalegui
K¡net!c Art Projects comes to light from a desire to connect artists with the art world and the community. Initially this platform served to document the works exhibited during the two year period of my residency at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago (2014-2016).
The New Media and Performance Art Room was a multipurpose space annexed to my studio, which I reinterpreted every Third Friday for art walk. I invited artists, collaborated with others and showcased a number of time-based media exhibitions.
The reinterpreted space accentuate the dynamism and speed of the art center while the works presented, performance, sound and video installations, created an environment of unprecedented interest and reciprocity with the artist community and the general public. The monthly projects added a new kind of energy signifying the progress of art to the monthly Zhou B Third Friday program.
The residency distilled not only Kinetic Art Projects, but also Twisted Oyster Film and New Media Festival, which celebrates its 4th edition this year, and UnLock Hause, an eclectic space utilizing a domestic staging for curating artworks outside of a gallery. Twisted Oyster is a theme based festival and a unique event, where I curate film and time-based media works. UnLock Hause proposes an enticing conversation in an intimate setting driving audience, art works and artists to closer observation.
As an artist and independent curator interested in the intersections of art, film, society and science, I continue to learn from the intimate dialogues with my peers, friends, family and other professionals. Those conversations give me impetus to continue to create the spaces for diverse cultural exchange, create new exhibitions, meet creators and experts, and bring the conversations forward to the rest of the community. It is my desire to serve as a link between art practice and society. And personally, it is my way to pay forward.
This year’s Twisted Oyster joined several other incredible projects under Fractures Atlas’ fiscal sponsorship program. This alliance provides administrative flexibility and permits the festival to fundraise in order to fulfill the expansion of its program. This year, for example, the festival will host its second outreach event inviting young artists to a cultural exchange with a professional artist/filmmaker. The festival will also hosts and a public dialogue inviting the artists in the show to a public conversation with environmental experts.
Moving forward, I am working on three future projects, the Miami River Art Fair, the Satellite Art Show and a Symposium Residency in Europe:
- The Miami River Art Fair takes place during Miami’s Art Basel week. This is an exciting project currently accepting submissions of works for this year’s event. It takes place the December 3-5, 2018. The Miami River Art Fair facilitates a robust marketing campaign and an attractive crowd of international art patrons, collectors and curators from all over the world. Check out the details here.
- Besides this commercially driven presence, Kinetic Art Projects, will also be seen in the Satellite Art Show, where I will introduce edgy 2D, multimedia and performance art works.
- The Symposium Residency in Europe is projected to take place at the end of the 2018-19 winter season, it is presently being organized with more information and updates to be published in this website soon.
Finally, I take this moment to express my gratitude to everyone who has joined me at different intervals of this personally triumphant and enriching journey. I have learned so much from staying open-minded and from candid discussions, straightforward bluntness and frank people. It has been these conversations, discussions and the hurdles that have demonstrated valuable in my personal and professional growth. I have learned many lessons along the way and I am sure I’ll have many more lessons ahead. I am proud of how far I have come in my artistic and curatorial practice and I look forward all future projects organized for the betterment of my art community.
Kinetic Art Projects Values & Vision
Kinetic Art Projects is committed to supporting an ongoing intellectual dialogue with young and mid-career visual artists, filmmakers and other professionals. Art is more than decoration or an investment, and film is more than a story. Art and film, are languages that can unpack issues in ways that can integrate, connect and cross-pollinate diverse societies and cultures, and Kinetic Art Projects stands by creative minds of every ethnicity, gender, nationality and creed to communicate our desire for inclusion, understanding, diversity and peace.
Pia Cruzalegui, MFA
Founder – Director