Mutuum

The intimate mutualist relationship between Euglossa bee and Gongora orchids. 

Video: Santiago Ramirez PHD Evolution Harvard University

Music: Miguel Carrillo Samper

By Ana González Rojas

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Nymphaea Salvaje

By Ana González Rojas

Installation of 39 handmade white porcelain flowers

Tropicarium, José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden

Bogota, 2014

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Mutatio I

-Audio-Video-Installation. Music by: Miguel Carrillo
Duration: 02:35 minutes
Video: Randi Luna

Mutatio

“Mutatio” is an audio video co-produced with the composer Miguel Carrillo Samper and is the focal point of the series of works with that name. Mutatio means change, transformation, mutation in Latin. It is about the transition between chaos, seed and life; the almost biological mutation that starts in chaos or by chance to later on give way to new reality definitions.

The video was based on 340 graphite drawings on paper and a graphite evolutionary drawing of a crack.

Mutatio’s music was composed in piano and glockenspiel. The aim was to unite the piano’s universality and sound purity and connect it with childhood by means of the glockenspiel, which means “bell game” in German, and reminds us of games and childhood.)

An essential part of this work is the sound postproduction that uses “sound layers” to recall different dimensions, emulating the diverse perspectives and memories of the people who have lived through these traumatic experiences, and where it is difficult to agree with other people about the lived experience. On the other hand, the audio tracks were combined with ‘reverse tape’, that is an effect created by recording a sound and then reversing it so that it sounds the other way around. This effect was created to emulate the memory process in which you go back to the past in order to remember.

Mutatio reminds us of that cycle of pain and mourning that gives way to new ways of life and transformation.

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Mutatio II

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Liberi

-Audio-Video-Installation. Music by: Miguel Carrillo
Duration: 01:49 minutes
Girl: Giseth Palacios
Video: Randi Luna

-Photographic strip: Liberi II
Printed in a 240 gr. photographic paper. Laminated.
Edition: Series 1/6
Dimensions: 196 x 113 cms.
Year: 2013


Synopsis
Many of the life stories of those who have lived through violence may be invisible to us… Liberi aims for a spectator’s exploration so that he/she can see the different angles and viewpoints that a given life story has, a story that would be lost if it were not for the paper where it is projected.

Liberi means “children” in Latin and it comes from the word Liber, which means “free”. It shows us the duality of displacement.

Giseth is a girl that has been displaced from Chocó (Colombia). Her life in the country surrounded by nature has been dramatically interrupted by conflict and she has been taken to a foreign city where she must be constantly locked in. In her exile, there is nostalgia, grief and reflection on the absence.

Liberi’s music was composed in piano and glockenspiel. The intention is to unite the piano’s timelessness, universality and sound purity and connect it with childhood by means of the glockenspiel, which means “bell game” in German, and reminds us of games and childhood, that is a fundamental aspect in Ana González’ work.

An essential part of this work is the sound postproduction that uses “sound layers” to recall different dimensions, emulating the diverse perspectives and memories of the people who have lived through these traumatic uprooting experiences. On the other hand, the audio tracks were combined with ‘reverse tape’, that is an effect created by recording a sound and then reversing it so that it sounds the other way around. This effect was created to emulate the memory process in which you go back to the past in order to remember.

The outcome is a combination of melancholy (of memory) and sweetness (of childhood); of melodic simplicity and the complexity of the characters’ lives.

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