Telepresence discussion with artist Marina Zerbarini

Hi folks

Today we’re going to be chatting with Argentine digital artist Marina Zerbarini via Skype, she’s based in Buenos Aires – VIP across the miles!

I’m going to be live blogging the discussion about her practice so keep an eye on this post!

You can read about Marina and her practice here:

20 thoughts on “Telepresence discussion with artist Marina Zerbarini”

  1. emilyfact says:

    Alan has started out discussion with the question “what is your background?”

  2. emilyfact says:

    Marina: Well my father worked a lot in politics, so I have a political background. I studied Fine Art after having got married and divorced. After finishing my degree I worked making painting, installations, drawings and artists books but then started to work with artists who use digital technology.

    So from going from my degree, painting and drawing, I began my own artistic investigation, it was up to me!

  3. emilyfact says:

    Brett: How is Britain generally viewed in Argentina?

  4. emilyfact says:

    Marina: Well it’s viewed generally positively, the people love the royalty and all that stuff but there are also other people who think differently, for whom the involvement of the British in the Faulklands is not so positive. Argentine people from their childhood are taught about the conflict and this forms their views and it is hard for them to change

  5. emilyfact says:

    JB: I was present in the Faulklands, I worked there but I have no animosity towards Argentinians, so for me the conflict has not formed that opinion

  6. emilyfact says:

    JB: Is your art politically motivated?

  7. emilyfact says:

    Marina: I think not, I don’t think of my art as being political art, I think I have a particular interest in politics but I’d say no.
    It depends also what you mean by ‘politically motivated’, all my ideas are in my art, these are in some ways political but I’m not thinking when I make pieces about them being ‘political’

  8. emilyfact says:

    Kelly: Have you ever had any problems or criticisms due to the content/ political nature of your art?

  9. emilyfact says:

    Marina: No, I have never suffered any kind of persecution to do with my work, people sometimes misunderstand elements of my work and this is where criticisms come from but I have never had problems or trouble from the government for example

    Most people are interested in the topics of the artwork, when I speak about ‘terrorism’ in my work I am referring to the persecution from the government, not individuals and people are generally interested in the topics of my work – I don’t have any major criticisms or problems because of my work

  10. emilyfact says:

    Claire: Were any of your friends / family affected by the dictatorship?

  11. emilyfact says:

    Marina: My brother had to travel far from the country during the dictatorship and people left and we didn’t know where they were, the disappearances made people scared about everything.

    We had a fear about everything, even just daily tasks, it was a generalised fear, you had to be careful about the kind of books you read, so it was a widespread fear

  12. emilyfact says:

    Marina: the 2001 financial crash in Argentina made me look back into the history of my country and look back at that time, the work I made was an attempt to give a personal account of life under the dictatorship through my art, to really look back at my own experiences.
    For example, when the dictatorship came to an end, in the time of democracy the divorce rate went up – so I was looking at the personal side of the dictatorship, how that situation impacted upon peoples personal lives

  13. emilyfact says:

    Kelly: In terms of technique, how do you create the effect of photographs / images zooming across one another?

  14. emilyfact says:

    Marina: It’s more difficult to explain then to do! I basically use ActionScript to collate the images and make the movement

  15. emilyfact says:

    Marina: and I use Flash, you don’t need to be a programmer to use it but you just need to be familiar with these types of programmes

  16. emilyfact says:

    JB: Did you take the photographs in Tejido de memoria yourself? If not where did you get them from?

  17. emilyfact says:

    Marina: images in my work come from various sources, about 80% I take myself or are from my archive and the rest, if I can’t find my own images from a particular time, come from an image bank.

  18. emilyfact says:

    Would you be interested in producing a collaborative work of digital art with us? We are particularly interested in shared experiences of the port city?

  19. emilyfact says:

    Marina: Of course, I am really interested in the idea of collaborative work!

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