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JUAN CARLOS ZALDIVAR
filmmaker / video artist
My film and visual art projects explore the transformation of physical form --and our perceptions of it.
My work is often interactive.
I am interested in the relationship between nature and constructs because it often triggers larger questions about our humanity. I do experiments with light, sound and kinetics, which are what films and videos are made of. I do this because film and video are optical illusions, yet they are widely accepted as veridic or “truthful” in our culture and they are integral to how we understand and create our reality. My work explores this tension between reality (which may be subjective and often relates to perception) and actuality (which often relates to the effect of actions of a body in existence). I find that a dialogue about these principles of physics and philosophy often spins other dialogues regarding identity, history, transculturalism and acceptance at large. I apply these notions to places and bodies as well.
I love Butoh dance and time-lapse animation (both of which deconstruct movement and time, respectively). I like loose narratives. I believe that humor is often the best tool to communicate complex ideas and concepts. I respect the defining properties of negative space and the invisible. This includes sound and magnetism. I find the interaction between these elements often have fantastic and exciting outcomes.
I worked as a sound editor and designer for many years. I often do not use sound in my video installations, but when I do, it is an essential part of the work.
I enjoy practicing creative advocacy and civic engagement with my work.