I grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, a city where the mafia was blowing up buildings and murdering people with drugs and bombs; AIDS was killing my friends and death squads were threatening my life for being openly gay. Instead of seeking cover, I became a very visible New Media artist promoting change in my surroundings through video art, documentaries, performances and political activism.
With some roots still left in Colombia and now in a more secure environment in the United States, my work has progressively evolved into a study of the nature of how we perceive and recreate ourselves in a digital context. I am particularly interested in the dialog between low and high resolution imaging, studying and exploding the pixel grid to push the possibilities of static and moving images, using basic webcams and kinect sensors to explore three-dimensional self-portraits, animations and interactive installations. At the same time, I am creating high-resolution photos, videos and performances involving video mapping where the story of each participating person affects the visual outcome.
I moved to New York just as the Internet was beginning to expand and I immediately used the Web as a creative tool where all my art practice would come together, with a global component that was previously unavailable to me. The Internet has become the perfect tool to explore my passion for non-linear filmmaking, digital poetry, cyber-activism, creative code, photography, animation and interactive narration. I am using HTML5 / PHP / CSS3, Processing and video tools to produce my works, continuously exploring new open source software and hardware.
I started teaching when I was 23 years old and I have not stopped since then. It is the best way for me to stay active and up-to-date as an artist/researcher and to grow simultaneously with my students. I respect them and consider them as my future colleagues, and I know I am there to let them evolve in whichever direction they need to go. This is not only beneficial for the individuals themselves but also for the institution in a long-term perspective. Teamwork has always been key to my production, and I always collaborate with students and colleagues alike, expanding our creative bridges.
LIFE | VIDA | VIE © 2010
Santiago Echeverry is a Colombian New Media and Digital Artist with a background in Film and Television production. Thanks to the Fulbright Grant he received his Master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. He moved to the USA in 2003 to teach Interactivity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, UMBC, and then relocated to Florida in the Fall of 2005 to teach Digital Arts and Interactive Media at the University of Tampa. He started exhibiting internationally in 1992, and his research interests are non-linear narration, video-art, performance art, interactive design, creative code and web experimentation, never forgetting his commitment to Gay and Lesbian Human Rights.
Santiago Echeverry es egresado de la primera promoción de la Carrera de Cine y Televisión de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Desde muy temprano se dedicó a la exploración de las posibilidades creativas del video, la performancia y las tecnologías digitales, exhibiendo sus obras desde 1989. En 1995 obtuvo la beca Fulbright y recibió su Maestría en Telecomunicaciones Interactivas en NYU. Se especializó en producción y programación de sitios web y desde entonces se ha dedicado a diseñar proyectos en línea profesional y artísticamente. Reside en los EEUU desde 2003, en donde se ha concentrado principalmente en el desarrollo de videos e instalaciones interactivas, participando en festivales internacionales tales como Siggraph, FILE y el Japan Media Arts Festival, entre otros. Actualmente es Profesor Asociado de Arte Digital en la Universidad de Tampa, en la Florida, y Profesor Visitante en la Especialización en Creación Multimedia de la Universidad de Los Andes, en Bogotá.