Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez & Derek Holzer


Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez & Derek Holzer


An excursion into live videomicrography and sound art. This work is a collaboration between media artist Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez and sound artist Derek Holzer. In the live performance, visual and aural elements share DNA. A microscope serves as instrument to create video from liquid and solid substances that seem to devour one other in the process of encounter, an allusion to the theme of Anthropophagy in the artworks of Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez. The sound art apparatus of Derek Holzer is connected to the microscope stage to co-affect the organic particle movements. At Taos, the performance takes on a hermeneutic nature – “as above, so below” – the alchemy of earthly organic matter generating a cosmic vision, creating a continuum with the wide open sky of Taos gracing this outdoor performance.


Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez is media artist, lecturer and researcher from Brazil and the United States, based in Berlin, Germany. She researches the fields of Amerindian Perspectivism, as well as phenomenology in digital culture at the Vilém Flusser Archive at University of the Arts – Berlin (UdK), where she received her MA in New Media in an interdisciplinary collaboration with Humboldt University at the Institute for Cultural History and Theory, Cluster of Excellence Image-Knowledge-Gestaltung. The themes she constantly explores meet at the crux of environment & society, exploring the multiverse of science, technology and design, the dualistic tensions between traditional and “modern”, implicating the artificial divide between nature and culture.

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