On limits, borders, edges and boundaries


SATURDAY, JAN 13: Seminario 12
Seminario 12, Centro. Mexico City, 06000


The planet seems to grow as we become entangled with each other and so too our understanding of limits, boundaries, borders and edges. They emerge in various ways and mean different things for each of us. We want to open up a discussion, hear your opinions and find how they might overlap, exclude, include, intersect and mingle.

This is an invitation to re-configure, re-draw, re-imagine, re-think and re-discover the ways in which we consider limits and boundaries, to disentangle rigid borders and challenge assumptions.

What if our boundaries have been misplaced? How do we ground them?
How do we respond to them? How do we share the planet? Can we nest instead of settle?




Friday January 12

Altamirano 20, Colonia San Rafael, Mexico D.F. 06470

Room 1:
7PM  OPENING REMARKS (Emilio Chapela)

7:15pm - Bilderbuch, screening & live performance by Luisa Greenfield

Room 2:
7:30pm - Performance - Luis Lara Malvacias

Room 3:
8:00pm - Spectrums of Fluency
Created by Kate Hilliard
Performed by: Kate Hilliard, Louis Laberge-Côté, Rachel Epp Buller, Miyeko Ferguson & Lukas Malkowski
Sound Design & Filmed by Jeremy Mimnagh

8:20pm - 10:00pm - SCREENINGS
Jury Selection 

A Crucigramista, Jessica Mitrani & Paula Parisot

Oiseaux Rebelle, Virginia Zanetti

Bothered by the border, Mario Asef

The Ascent, Elizabeth Gerdeman

Extras, Exterritory Project

Invisible Lines, Erato Tzavara, Albrecht Ziepert & Kate Nankervis

Traces/Rastros, Fiamma Montezemolo

Where Are You?, Olga Kissleva

Proyector (Tania Tovar, Pedro Ceñal and Juan Carlos Espinosa)

Videos selected by Panik

Miguel Angel Salazar (Wimpy)

Carlos Iván Hernández

Mauricio Limón 

Radio Latina


Light Installation by Juan Pablo de la Vega Castañeda

Saturday January 13

Where: Seminario 12
Seminario 12, Centro. Mexico City, 06000

12pm  Keynote - Tania Adeo

12:30pm - Miguel Fernández de Castro

1pm - The Artificial Beyond Intelligence: Meditative Machines
Juan Pablo de la Vega Castañeda

1:20pm -  Fragmented consensus, momentary meanings and other inexact realities. (Blackboard)
Snorebarn (SNRBRN) Collective

1:40pm - Messaging Across Time; Communicating Care through Epistolary Praxis
Dr. Rachel Epp Buller

2pm - Boundary Objects in Artistic Research; Developing synchrony between individual practices
Johanna Schindler

2:20pm - We play chalkboard; A social sculpture and sound piece (Blackboard)
Veronica Fazzio

2:40pm - Break

3:40pm - The Bureau of Longitudes; Cartographies in Translation
Dissolve Magazine

4:10pm  - The most energetic phenomena in the Universe (Blackboard)
Dr. Diego López Cámara Ramírez

4:30pm - On the Texas Biennale
Lesley Moody

4:50pm - Human enhancement and bioethics (Blackboard)
Bruno Velázquez

5:10pm - Of Flow and Silt; Built stories of a vertical border
Tania Tovar and Pedro Ceñal (Proyector)

5:30pm - Superficial Blue; A moment can hold an eternity (Blackboard)
Marco Muñoz Tepez

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Q&A / Open conversation (all presenters)



Ruth Novaczek, Rachel Dedman, Gaby Cepeda & Andrea Spaziani, Transart Triennale 2016 Symposium panel discussion: Flux and Becoming: Identity, Self, Love, Other

Ruth Novaczek, Rachel Dedman, Gaby Cepeda & Andrea Spaziani, Transart Triennale 2016 Symposium panel discussion: Flux and Becoming: Identity, Self, Love, Other


Alejandra Labastida is currently the Associate Curator at MUAC (University Museum of Contemporary Art) in Mexico City, where she has worked in the Curatorial Department since 2008. In 2012, she was the winner of the Akbank Sanat International Curatorial Competition. She was the Assistant Curator of the Mexican Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), and has authored numerous publications on contemporary art.

Sandi Hilal is an architect, artist and educator. She is the co-founder with Alessandro Petti of "Campus in Camps", an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem that uses collective discussions and courses to transform the notions of “space” and “agency” into practical, community-driven, interventions. She is also co-founder with Alessandro Petti and Eyal Weizman of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) in Beit Sahour, Palestine. In 2017 DAAR published "Architecture After Revolution" with Sternberg Press.

Ahmet Ögüt is a conceptual artist living and working in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He works with a broad range of media including video, photography, installation, drawing and printed media in order to address topics such as cultural identities and political idealogies. In 2009 he represented Turkey in the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennial. In 2012 he founded the Silent University, an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by refugee, asylum seeker and migrant communities.


Tania Aedo
Cultural producer with a long trajectory in the development of projects from the intersections of knowledge, especially art, science and technology. Since 2007 she is the director of Laboratorio Arte Alameda and the former director of Centro Multimedia at the National Center for the Arts in México. She studied Visual Arts at the National Visual Art School (UNAM) which recognized her with the Award for Artistic Creation; and Artistic Education at ESAY (Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán). She attended the Museum Management Program organized by ILM (Instituto de Liderazgo en Museos) and the Getty Leadership Institute, and has been honoured with grants as the Media Arts Fellowship from Rockefeller/Ford/McArthur Foundations, the Creative Residencies Program at the Banff Center for the Arts from FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) and receiving support from several programs from this same institution. She has been involved as author and/or editor in the publication of books as Techkné 1.0 and Interdiscipline School and Art (CONACULTA, Mexico), ARTECHMEDIA (Madrid, España), Estado de situación compiled by Jorge Laferla (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and developed curatorial projects as Surrounded, at the School of Media and Design at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Alejandro Alonso Díaz is an independent curator and researcher with a
background in art history and philosophy. He holds a BA in Art History and a MA
in Curating contemporary art from the Whitechapel Gallery Postgraduate
Program, London. He has curated and participated in projects for (selection)
P///AKT, Amsterdam (2017); Lisbon City Hall Gallery (2017); Performance
Biennale, Athens (2016); Tenderpixel, London (2015); The Agency, Bogotá
(2015); Chisenhale Studios, London (2015); The Whitechapel Gallery, London
(2015-2016). Alejandro was a curatorial fellowship from Fundación Botín (2014
and 2015). He is currently director of fluent, a project-space for artistic research
and is a contributor writer to Frieze and Editorial Concreta.

Mario Asef studied architecture and art in Argentina, Germany, and England. His
work has been exhibited worldwide, most recently at Quartier 21 (Vienna),
Kühlhaus Berin (Berlin), Junge Kunst e.V. (Wolfsburg, Germany), Kasa Galerie
(Istanbul), Abandoned Gallery (Malmö, Sweden) SSamzie Space (Seoul),
Nouvel Organon (Paris). Recent museum exhibitions include Hamburger
Kunsthalle, Villa Merkel, Kunstlerhaus Bregenz (Austria), and the Akademie der
Künste Berlin. His videos, photographs, sound installations, and interventions in
public space deal with architectonic as well as sociopolitical questions and
confront issues related to their spatial representability. With a detached sense of
irony they seek to make legible the “immaterial, invisible” architecture of the
social sphere.

Miguel Fernández de Castro (b. 1986, Sonora, MX) Works on long term discursive research projects that involve writing and visual arts. His work has been shown at Spazio Veda, Florence; Wren Library, Cambridge; Artium, Vitoria; Museo Carrillo Gil, CDMX (2017); Proyecto Paralelo, CDMX (2015); Casa del Lago, UNAM (2015-2016); Museo de Arte Moderno de México - MAM (2014); Museum of Anthropology of Vancouver - MOA (2013); Museum of Latin American Art - MoLAA (2013); ATEA (2012/2013); Bikini Wax, CDMX (2013); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo - MARCO, Monterrey (2012); The Collaborative- MoLAA, Los Angeles (2012); Museo de San Ildefonso, CDMX (2013); Jaus Gallery, Los Angeles (2011); among others. He obtained the Acquisition Prize of the X Bienal FEMSA, Monterrey (2012); he was a recipient of the Young Creators Grant, FONCA, México (2011-2012) and The Tierney Fellowship, New York (2010). He published the book El desplazamiento (T-E-E, Guadalajara, 2012) and developed the project A micro history of YouTube in Beirut (2014) during Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2013-2014). Recently he was artist in residence in PAOS, Guadalajara, where he published the book Llanuras elementales (T-E-E, PAOS, 2017) and speaker at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he presented the installation Limits and domains: the gift at The Wren Library.

Pedro Ceñal is an architect and researcher focused on visual narratives, geopolitics and contemporary culture. He is currently Assistant Curator at Archivo, a space in Mexico City dedicated to exhibiting and researching design and architecture.

Dissolve Magazine is a volunteer-run online arts publication, whose mission is to be an
open space for arts criticism and commentary as collaborative, personal,
performative, unexpected, and divisive. Dissolve aims to foster the work of
emerging writers, cultural theorists, and artists that are passionate about
attending to the cracks between hegemonic cultural spaces, where art

Dr. Rachel Epp Buller is a feminist art historian printmaker book artist and
mother of three whose art and scholarship often speak to these intersections.
Her writings on art and the maternal include Reconciling Art and Mothering and
the in-progress Inappropriate Bodies. Her recent creative work at Transart
Institute examines letter-writing as a radical act of care. Her curatorial projects
often involve collaboration, across disciplines and across countries. She is a
Fulbright fellow, a board member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art (US), a regional coordinator of the international Feminist Art Project, and current Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College (US).

Juan Carlos Espinosa is an architect, researcher and urban planner specialized in resilience and reactive forms in emerging urban environments, themes that he has developed as Associate Researcher at the 'Institute for Urban Futures' in Montreal.

Exterritory Project aims to encourage both the theoretical and practical exploration of ideas concerning extraterritoriality in an interdisciplinary context. We are looking for new meeting points positioned outside the boundaries of any clearly defined place which have the potential to evade the imposition of any specific ideology or language and that may reshuffle existing territory-related distinctions, opening new possibilities to rethink political spaces, technologies, objects, economies and their constructions. The project was conceived in 2009, when we projected artworks of artists from the Middle East onto the sails of boats located in exterritorial waters – an autonomous sphere at a removal from the confines of any one national territory. Exterritory Project takes form in on-sea events, on the internet, in scientific experiments, research, public symposiums and in other interventions, attempting to create alternative situations for encounter, research, discussion and art-making and to generate networks of intellectual and professional connections that surpass national politics and social hierarchies.

Veronica Fazzio has been exhibiting her work since 1988 in Argentina, Italy, Germany, Norway and USA. She graduated in Fine Arts at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes of Buenos Aires and in Photography and Audiovisual Techniques in Avellaneda. Fazzio received her MFA in Visual Arts at the Art Institute Miami International University of Art & Design. A contemporary, multimedia, interdisciplinary Artist, her object of inquiry is the relation between post human concepts and social sculpture, how they develop each other, and  enacted in her practice. Currently she is an Artist-in-residency Research program at Miami-Dade Public Library System also pursuing her PhD of Philosophy in Creative Practice at Transart Institute & Plymouth University, UK.

Miyeko Ferguson is a Toronto based artist. In 2016, she received her BFA in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. In previous years she has attended professional training programs with th Scehool of Toronto Dance Theatre. Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Kenny Pearl, ProArteDanza, Springboard Danse Montreal, and Adelheid. She has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Chuck Wilt, Hanna Kiel, James Kudelka, Apolonia Velasquez, David Earle, Robert Glumbek, Jera Wolfe and Ryan Lee. Miyeko recently performed with Red Sky in their world premier of Miigis and is continuing work with Nostos Collectives and Kate Hilliard of Granite Motion Gallery.

Elizabeth Gerdeman is an American artist based in Leipzig, Germany. Using
painting, collage, video and installation, she often explores and synthesizes
themes from social geography, art history, interior design, and contemporary
advertising related to landscape imagery. Gerdeman is interested in the
utilization of landscape as a medium of culture. Her recent projects consider
human relationships to the natural world while focusing on the aesthetic form of
landscape and its substantive content. Working with a wide range of materials
and images, she creates mixed-media collages, room-scale paintings, interiordecor
inspired objects, and experimental videos often taking visual cues from
tourism and home improvement advertisements using images of nature as
design element and branding tool. Her work has been shown in exhibitions
throughout the USA and Europe and she currently teaches as a Lecturer at the
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig.

Luisa Greenfield is a Berlin based visual artist working predominantly in video
and film. A keen interest in film history informs her projects and have led her to
create visual essays that analyze the material and function of the moving image.
Luisa holds a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and an
MFA from American University where she studied in Rome and Washington DC.
A Fulbright grant in filmmaking took her to Berlin where she is currently a PhD
candidate at Transart Institute and Plymouth University. Her practice-based
research seeks to expand ways of thinking about the essay film by considering it
a form of thought capable of offering resistance against an accelerated, future
oriented perception of history.

Kate Hilliard is a Toronto based dance artist with a practice in performance creation, teaching and curation. She has toured extensively with some of Canada's most innovative performance companies and has collaborated with makers across disciplines. Hilliard was selected to perform Tino Seghal's Kiss at the MoMA where it was subsequently acquired by the gallery. Recently she was honoured as one of five artists chosen in North America to dance the repertoire of esteemed solo artist Margie Gillis. Hilliard's choreographic works have been presented across Canada and internationally. She is a guest faculty member at Ryerson University's School of Performance in Toronto and curates dance and theatre at the Huronia Cultural Campus, supporting creative practice in Ontario.

Olga Kisseleva is one of the most accomplished Russian artists of her generation. From the beginning of the 90s Olga Kisseleva on the invitation of the Fulbright Foundation found a roof for her work in the research group in the United States which dealt with the development of digital technologies. She mainly stayed on the research laboratories in New York and in California, where she participated in the first adventurous beginnings of Silicon Valley. In 1996 she received her PhD for her theoretical work on the theme of new forms of hybridization and was invited to the Fine Art Institut of “Hautes Etudes” in Paris. Since then she has been developing original work which oscillates between truth and untruth and she is searching for improbable boundaries that separate both. In all of her projects the viewers very much take part, thereby the artists challenges the ability of new media to create a true picture of reality.

Kisseleva is Head of Art&Medium Program, Faculty of Arts, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris & Member-Founder, Institute for Convergency of Art&Science, Greenwich University, London

Louis Laberge-Côté is a Canadian dancer, choreographer, teacher, and rehearsal director. An acclaimed performer, he has danced internationally with over twenty companies and has been a full-time member of Toronto Dance Theatre (1999-2007) and the Kevin O’Day Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim (2009-2011). He has created over 80 choreographic works, which have been presented and commissioned in Canada and abroad. He is on the part-time faculty at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) and chairs the Dance Committee at the Toronto Arts Council. He is currently a MFA Creative Practice student at Plymouth University/Transart Institute

Luis Lara Malvacías is a Venezuelan choreographer and trans-disciplinary artist. His body of work has focused on ideas of transformation, multiplicity, authorship and the role of the audience in dance performance. His projects explore the interaction between dance, design, videos, installations, sound, new media and the visual arts, questioning preconceived ideas of choreography and modes of production and presentation. He has presented his work in New York since 1995 and has performed worldwide, from conventional venues to galleries and more unconventional spaces. Current projects include the creation of 26 collaborative duets (A-Z) with his partner Jeremy Nelson. Using significant signposts connected with life and aging, these duets look into issues surrounding mature dance makers and inquiring into the relationship of the body thinking, the body processing, the body making, and the body performing.

Dr. Diego López Cámara Ramírez is an astrophysicist working at the Astronomy Institute (UNAM), in Mexico City. His research focuses on understanding the physics of astronomical phenomena through analytical and numerical simulations (using hydrodynamical magneto-HD and relativistic-HD codes). Currently, he is very interested in understanding the unknown properties of the relativistic jets from exotic Gamma Ray Bursts and other high energy phenomena, as well as the evolution of proto-stellar jets.

Born in Canada, Lukas Malkowski is an interdisciplinary dance artist. His work draws from his experiences in film, theatre, music, and Deaf Culture. Lukas began dancing at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts under the direction of Maryanne Marsh. A Ryerson BFA dance graduate. Lukas has danced professionally with Jasmine ellis, Coleman Lemieux & Compaignie, Hit & Run, Gadfly, Alias Dance Project, The Dietrich Group, Adelheid, Zata Omm, Opera Atelier, and Toronto Dance Theatre. His onscreen performances, directed by Francesca Chudnoff, have been featured in the Toronto Urban Film Festival, and Dance Made in Canada. A Dora-nominated dance artist, Lukas has studied and performed the works of Ohad Naharin, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Marie Chouinard, James Kudelka, and Maxine Doyle at Springboard Danse Montreal (2015-16), Arts Umbrella(2015) and the Banff Centre(2017). In 2015, he was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing artist Grant for Contemporary Dance.

Jeremy Mimnagh works as a photographer, filmmaker and projection & sound designer for performance. He has collaborated on sound and/or projection design with some of the most provocative and thoughtful creators in the country. His still collections have been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Film credits include the short film girl in mourning & a settling haze (co-created with Heidi Strauss). From Gentle Ashes and a short film for Bravo! entitled Floating Construct as well as a feature dance documentary titled Jamaican (co-created with Peter Chin) and a series of short films created around the dance work elsewhere (in collaboration with Strauss and Laura Taler/Grimm Pictures).

Jessica Mitrani was born in Colombia and now lives in New York. Her video
Headpieces for Peace (2012) won the Grand Prix at the ASVOFF5 Festival at
Centre Pompidou, Paris. Her short film La Divanee (2013) presented by
Nowness was included in “Future Feminism” at The Hole gallery, in New York.
In 2014, Mitrani received a grant from the Hermès Foundation to create the
immersive film and performance work Traveling Lady, presented by the Crossing
the Line festival in New York,the New Settings program in Paris and the Soluna
International Music and Arts Festival, in Dallas. (2017)
In 2016 her theatrical collaboration The Undertaking appeared at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music as part of its New Wave festival, and she performed in Ryan
McNamara’s Back to School at MoMA PS1, New York. She just launched A
Crucigramista, a series of cultural shorts written and directed for Brazil’s ARTE1

Fiamma Montezemolo is both an artist (MFA, San Francisco Art Institute) and a
cultural anthropologist (Ph.D, Universita’ degli Studi Orientali di Napoli). She is
an established scholar in border studies and an Associate Professor in the
Department of Cinema&Digital Media at the University of California, Davis. She
works mainly with installation and video. Her artwork has been widely exhibited
both nationally and internationally, and she is represented by the Magazzino
gallery in Rome. She authored and co-authored several articles and books,
among them: Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the global Border (Duke U.
Press), Here is Tijuana (Black Dog Publishing).

Lesley Moody Castro is an independent curator who splits her time between Mexico City and Texas. Moody Castro has a history of making artistic voices and the communities they work within central to her practice, all of which oscillate around the importance of place.
Moody believes in active visitor participation, and arbitrating the conversation between visitors and artists with the gallery as a conduit for ideas, exchange, and conversation. She earned her Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Museum Education and Museum Studies in 2010, and a Bachelor's degree from DePaul University in Chicago in 2004.  Most recently she was Curator and Artistic Director of the 2017 edition of the Texas Biennale.

Visual artist and researcher, Marco Muñoz Tepez obtained a Master's Degree in Digital Art in 2004. Later on, he published the book Infrafaces, essays on the artistic interaction achieving a Ph.D. in Digital Representation in 2013 at Valand Academy of Art, in Gothnbeurg, Sweden. Tepez was born in Mexico City where he completed his education in Visual Communication at the National Academy of Arts. He has been an academic adviser for Master's Degree students at SKH. Stockholm University of the Arts. Active as an artist and researcher in Sweden, Marco Muñoz Tepez experiments and explores interactive Art/Media and the Cultural impact of technology.

Kate Nankervis is a Canadian choreographer, performer and curator. She has
presented work in Canada, USA, Europe, Brazil and India. As a creative
producer and curator she forms part of the active alternative performance scene
of Toronto.

Paula Parisot is a Brazilian writer, illustrator and artist. Parisot was born in Rio de Janeiro and she studied Industrial Design at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro before moving to The New School in New York City, where she earned a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. Currently she lives between São Paulo and Buenos Aires. Parisot's first book, A dama da solidão (2007), was a finalist in the short fiction category for the Jabuti Award, Brazil's most prestigious literary award. Her second novel, Gonzos e parafusoswas (2010) inspired a performance that lasted for seven consecutive days in which Parisot confined herself to a room 3 meters by 4 meters, which was a reproduction of the sanatorium at the end of the novel. Parisot's third book, Partir (2013), includes original drawings by Parisot and led to a series of new performances in Guadalajara, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo. The first translation of Parisot's work into English will be published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2016, under the title Lady of Solitude. This is the book that took her to the finals of the Jabuti Award in 2007. Her books are published in Mexico by Cal y Arena.Together with Jessica Mitrani she has just launched A Crucigramista, a series of cultural shorts written and directed for Brazil’s ARTE1 network.

Proyector is a curatorial platform and exhibition space based in Mexico City, devoted to promoting emerging voices in contemporary architecture research and committed to foster new strategies for re-thinking spatial concerns that engage with new critical, theoretical and historical tools.

Trained as a cultural scientist (BA), Johanna Schindler also holds a master’s
degree in communication and cultural management. In her ethnographic PhD
research, she examined epistemic practices in artistic research contexts. More
specifically, she focused on the research dynamics that emerge during design
and development processes of boundary objects. Complementing her
professional academic experience, she has worked as curatorial assistant at
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, and as assistant of the International Association of
Curators of Contemporary Art. Currently, she is project coordinator of the longterm
research project Technosphere (2015-19) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt,
Berlin. Publications include ‘Expertise and Tacit Knowledge in Artistic and
Design Processes: Results of an Ethnographic Study,’ Journal of Research
Practice (2015), and ‘Movement Meets Material – An Improvisational Approach
to Design,’ in: Bovermann, Till et al. (eds.), Musical Instruments in the 21st
Century. Identities, Configurations, Practices (2017, together with Amelie

The varied practices of the six artists in the Snorebarn (SNRBRN) Collective fit together like fire and fur. Together these practices form an incomplete picture of the art world at the beginning of the 21st century,  and signifiy a glimpse of  the multitude of options available to cultural producers. These artists have adapted an unusual, online critique strategy that encourages a lively exchange of ideas.

Tania Tovar is an architect, writer and curator with and interest for narratives where architecture stands as main character. Tania is co-founder and director of Proyector. She has worked at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery in New York, and the Museum of Science and Art in Mexico City.

Erato Tzavara is a video artist specialized in digital scenography and moving
image techniques for live performance. She collaborates with choreographers,
musicians and media artists, researching the plasticity of digital image in space
and the crossover of discipline boundaries. She is currently living and working between Athens, Berlin and London.

Juan Pablo de la Vega Castañeda (b. 1986, Mexico City) received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and his Diploma in Photography from Academia de Artes Visuales. Later on he studied a Master of Arts in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at Goldsmiths College, London. His main research areas are knowledge creation and transfer via artificial intelligence techniques, particularly deep learning algorithms, computer vision and image ontology, and the struggle between technology adoption and the surrender of privacy.

Bruno Velázquez is a Professor at Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNAM and at the Insituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, ITAM. He has a Master in philosophy by the UNAM and has a Diploma on National Security, borders and immigration at ITAM. His main fields of research are framed within ontology, anthropology and Philosophy of Education, with an inclination to Ethics and Aesthetics: He’s interested in subjects such as bioethics, bio-power and biotechnology, especially with a focus on “human improvement”.

Virginia Zanetti is an Italian artist graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. She works with different media according to specific needs, ranging from watercolor to sculptures made with different people, collective performances as well as work about the environment and land art. In her art practice she attempts to bring back a renewed sense of the human agency and affective knowledge. She tries to experiment the idea of non-duality by her research, the synthesis of the East and the West, and the breaking of boundaries between different viewpoints, as a dialogue between ‘selves.’ She works with communities, often being embedded in them for some time, to develop with a new vision. She exhibits and collaborates for lectures, workshops, residences or permanent works with several Italian and foreign institutions for contemporary art, such as Man in Nuoro, CCC Strozzina in Florence, Museo Pecci in Prato, Bern Kunsthalle, Bellinzona MACT, Mog Museum, Italian Culture Institute in Delhi, Serendipity Festival in Goa, India.

She won several institutional prizes as MOVIN’UP II session 2015 promoted by Ministry of Italian Cultural Heritage and GAI – Association for the Circuit of the
Young Italian Artists and first place in the competition for artists aimed at creating permanent artworks for the Law Courts of Florence, in 2017. Her work is also in many articles and in several publications as A brief history of curating in collaboration with Hans Ulrich Obrist published by postmediabooks.


Albrecht Ziepert is a German composer and sound designer. He has been
composing for various theatre productions, contemporary dance pieces, movies
as well as audiovisual and site-specific projects. He is pianist of the electronic
band Pentatones and the experimental sound collective No Accident In

Symposium co-chairs

Emilio Chapela has an academic background on science, film and arts. He is a multi-disciplinary artist that explores the connections between art, science, technology and living things. He is especially interested in moving image, sculpture, astronomy, physics, weather, walking, stargazing among other things.

He is currently enrolled in the practice led-research PHD program at Transart Institute  and Plymouth University. And he is a member of Sistema Nacional de Creadores in Mexico.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Museo Carrillo Gil in México City (2015), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (2013); Henrique Faria Fine Art in New York (2011); Saw Gallery in Ottawa (2011) and Linnienstrasse 40 in Berlin (2012). 

He has participated in collective exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (MFAH), NGKB in Berlin, Bass Museum in Miami and the Artium Museum in Spain.
He was an artist in residence at ISCP in New York in 2007, at Rosa-Luxemburg Kuntsverein in Berlin in 2012 and at Kansas University in 2013.

In 2014 he published the book Die K. F Gödel Bibliothek by Sicomoro Ediciones.

Artist Cella, MFA, is co-founding director of Transart Institute for Creative Research and the Else Foundation. She is an independent curator, and editor in chief for Else Journal. Everything she does is driven by questions around living in liminality in relation to locating “home” in-between. She exhibited photographs most recently in the Berlin Biennale and Lisbon Architectural Triennale. She is a global citizen, next based on Oahu.

Susie Quillinan makes exhibitions, texts, study programming and library experiences. As an independent curator and  researcher with a focus on study, leisure, experimental pedagogies and artist made infrastructures she applies artistic and curatorial practices to the development of models that provoke spaces for thinking, discussing and being at leisure. 

Quillinan is currently co-director of ELSE foundation for creative research; co-director of TeCA, an art think-tank which collaborates with Lima’s leading engineering university on research at the intersection of art, technology and the city; and a curatorial advisor and co-editor for HAWAPI, an independent residency, exhibition & publication project based in Perú. Curatorial research includes Plan Autopoiesis, a library research project based in Lima and NEST (New experiences Sharing Terrain). She was co-curator of the second Transart Triennale (NY & Berlin) and a thesis advisor for Master’s students at Transart Institute. She has worked with artists on large scale projects for various museums, galleries and institutions including the Biennale di Venezia; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima (MAC) & Cornell University. 


Fronteras Liquidas
Forum: NEST + CentroGEO 

Ceñal Murga, Pedro. 2016. “Cruce del Río Suchiate - Frontera México-Guatemala, Tecún Umán, Guatemala". Fotografía. Ciudad de México. Archivo Personal de Pedro Ceñal.

Ceñal Murga, Pedro. 2016. “Cruce del Río Suchiate - Frontera México-Guatemala, Tecún Umán, Guatemala". Fotografía. Ciudad de México. Archivo Personal de Pedro Ceñal.


Thursday, Jan 18: 9am - 2pm
Centrogeo, (sala de usos múltiples)
Contoy 137, Col. Lomas de Padierna, Delegación Tlalpan, CP. 14240, México, CDMX.

NEST + CentroGEO - forum

    It is not the bridge that unites two places, it is the bridge that creates them.
    Martin Heidegger

The geopolitical reasoning proposed to address the Mexico-Guatemala cross-border         region is based on the paradoxes of borders: on the one hand, they are political divisions that mark the limit of the exercise of sovereignty and the security of a nation-state. And    on the other, they are lines of adjacency that generate local, legal and illegal exchanges that transcend the border, marking spaces of relationship that give rise to cross-border     regions (Fuentes, 2017). Hence, any border is porous.

(From “Las Fronteras”, Julieta Fuentes, CentroGEO)

The CentroGEO-NEST forum is a working group or meeting where the two groups will invite researchers from their respective communities to discuss the Mexico-Guatemala cross-border region. The forum process begins with the development of the “program” or structure of the forum itself. 

Taking a cue from “Las fronteras” by CentroGEO researcher Julieta Fuentes:

…initiatives have emerged that propose alternative ways of thinking about the border between Mexico and Guatemala, conceiving it not as a line of separation but as a space of strategic relationship that represents binational development opportunities at a local scale and is presented as a counterweight to the image of a uniform, conflictive and repressive border.

NEST also proposes the CentroGEO-NEST forum along these lines of “alternative ways of thinking”, conceiving of the traditional disciplinary borders “not as lines of separation, but as a space of strategic relationship”.



NEST is a creative research project which seeks to explore states, practices, models and theories of sharing terrain. The forum with CentroGEO offers the first opportunity to practice sharing terrain in both form and content. NEST is a project initiated from the perspective of artists and curators but which seeks to leave behind these labels to work with all kinds of creative researchers from diverse backgrounds in order to truly experiment with sharing terrain beyond the imperatives of possession or sovereignty.

Proyector is a curatorial platform and exhibition space based in Mexico City, devoted to promoting emerging voices in contemporary architecture research and committed to foster new strategies for re-thinking spatial concerns that engage with new critical, theoretical and historical tools.

Pablo Lopez Luz is a photographer. Born in Mexico City, he graduated from NYU after completing his MA in Art in 2006. He lives and works in Mexico City. He recently photographed the entire US/Mexico border from the air.
His work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and solo shows in international museums and galleries such as:  SFMOMA (San Francisco, USA), Museum of Modern Art (Mexico City, Mexico), Carrillo Gil Contemporary Art Museum (Mexico City, Mexico), Centro Fotográfico Alvarez Bravo (Oaxaca, Mexico), Casa del Lago Museum (Mexico City, Mexico) Musee Quai de Branly (Paris, France), Insittuto Cervantes (Madrid, Spain), MARCO Testaccio (Rome, Italy), Guandong Museum of Art (Guandong, China), Pingyao Photography Festival (Pingyao, China), Moscow Museum Of Modern Art (Moscow, Russia), Sasha Wolf Gallery (N.Y, USA), Rose Gallery (L.A., USA), Arena Mexico Gallery (Gudalajara, Mexico) and Garash Gallery (Mexico City, Mexico).

CentroGEO is a Public Research Center whose predominant purpose is to carry out activities of scientific research, technological development and innovation from a Geospatial Information Sciences approach. CentroGEO's current research includes "Geopolitics on the Southern Border".

Julieta Fuentes. Doctora en Geografía con especialidad en Geopolítica por el Institut Francais de Geopolitique de la Universidad de Paris VIII. Su trabajo ha versado en la Geopolítica de del conflicto palestino-israelí, particularmente, las estrategias de ordenamiento territorial en Israel y los territorios palestinos, lugar donde realizó exhaustivos trabajos de campo durante 10 años. Sus líneas de investigación actuales son: Geopolítica del conflicto palestino-israelí, Geopolítica del ordenamiento del territorio, Conflicto y Territorios Transfronterizos, enfocándose, principalmente, en la frontera sur de México.

Kristina Pirker. Licenciada en Sociología y Ciencas Politicas por la Universidad de Viena, doctora en estudios Latinoamericanos por la UNAM, y con estudios postdoctorales en el Centro de Invstigaciónes sobre America Latina y el Caribe (CIALC) de la UNAM.

Mauricio Cervantes Licenciado en biología por la Facultad de Ciencias de la UNAM, maestro en demografía y doctor en estudios de población por el Colegio de Mexico A.C. Actualmente es Profesor Investigador Asociado "B" del Centro de Investigación en Geografía y Geomática "Ing. Jorge L. Tamayo", A.C..