Together Apart: #Nest
Richard Aponte has a long history in the field of Visual Effects artist for Film and TV for more than 10 years, working on successful film titles such as Ice Age, Split, Southpaw, Spies in Disguise, Peanuts, and TV shows such as The Leftovers , Blindspot, Power and others. He specialized as a Digital Composition Artist for Visual Effects and working in multiple studios from coast to coast in the United States. After developing as an Artist and mastering the complex techniques of Post-Production work in the Film industry, it was only natural that he continued his push for new knowledge and techniques to bring a new vision of how we see the world we live in. And so it was that he entered Augmented Reality through Mapping with Projection, after training and studying with the latest technologies, he felt like he was at home when he realized that the same digital artistic magic used to work in Cinema could be adapted to Mapping. with Projection, but this time instead of using a cinema screen in a theater or a TV monitor, the real world becomes the canvas to digitally paint any common surface, thus turning any everyday object such as a wall or table into a digital artistic expression.
RICHARD ON TOGETHER APART: NEST
The idea I had for each Nest project was to incorporate my knowledge in Projection Mapping in conjunction with digital image management to complete the pieces. In the individual project Where do I nest? I made a projection on a table, using images that identify different types of food from the countries with which I feel closest, trying to show that the traditional foods of the places we live are part of where we nest. Adding different types of digital effects to tell the story.
For the next group project, Our Nests, with my co-workers Denise and Gabriela, we managed to make a piece where we took photos of the sky at the same times in our different geographical locations, which were then projected and edited to put together the group story of Our Nests. In the last project Imaginated Nests, with my colleagues Gabriela and Carla we decided to put together many images of the sea and together with personal stories and images of our work we made an immersive piece where the viewer travels with our ideas.
1976 | Caracas, Venezuela
Lives and works in Orlando, USA
2002 | IT technician, C.U.A.M, Venezuela
2008 | Technical Certified in Digital Post Production, Valencia C.C., Orlando, USA
2009 | Associate Degree in 3D Animation and Visual Effects, Dave School, Orlando, USA
Exhibitions, Together Apart
#2 | NEST: results
Artists in dialogue
During 2020, we carried out the first two sessions of Together Apart. The first session took as a conceptual and practical framework the REFUGE and the second, the NEST. Through those starting points, both of which refer to caring atmospheres and structures for coexistence, we were able to think and create in a wide variety of directions and layers. We reflected on our pandemic context, a situation for which we had to find ourselves in the virtual non-space, but also a situation thanks to which people from many different countries were able to work simultaneously. Assuming this complex situation, more than 20 participants per session created new pieces –some in exercise format–, took up projects that they had already worked on in the past or collectively set out to create new projects that will continue to develop beyond the scope of our meetings. This exhibition, virtual as well, reflects what the artists produced during this program.
by Daniela Ruíz Moreno [Curator-in-residency]
Taking these refuge and nest issues also in their complexity, we asked ourselves questions that made each of the participants involve their personal experiences, memory, memories and experiences from each of their territories. We addressed questions that sought to keep us in constant movement; at times we went through very optimistic or pessimistic visions about the possibility or necessity of having a shelter or a nest, and at other times, we were able to articulate more complex visions, enduring in intermediate and liminal states. For both, we took as a theoretical structure of support and dialogue the thought of Félix Guattari presented in The Three Ecologies (1989). His ethical-political approach that highlights the molecular domains of sensitivity, intelligence and desire, as well as his articulation of the three ecological registers (environment, social relations and human subjectivity), helped us to expand our creations and thoughts in relation to shelter and nest.
During the second session –nest– the gaze towards natural structures was also very present. We watched and learned about different types of nests made by birds or protective structures for other animals. We thought of the house and the workshop as nests. The diversity in age and origin of the artists allowed a great richness of reflections on different states in relation to the nest. We spoke of nests from the past, nests that we are building in the present, nests that are no longer nests since they oppress or suffocate and of new nests that we imagine or wish to build in the future. Projects were presented that included the use of organic materials, creations with what was available in the workshop, project of shared files, new photographic views on everyday life, new views on the past and even reflections on language as a generator of identity as well as limiting structure. We went through different sensations in relation to the nests, some presented it as an impossible state to reach, others as a space full of melancholy and others, instead, as structures of freedom where we could explore the becoming of existence. Other works presented the feelings of paranoia that can arise when human nests or states of refuge are threatened and the feelings of discomfort when it feels like losing the intimate conditions of a nest.
Together Apart has functioned as a program that opened up possibilities for meeting and collaborative creation. It has made possible the creation of new rhythms and synchronies for a limited time but whose reverberations and echoes continue to affect in unexpected directions.
- Gabriela Agüero
- Pilar Aparicio Uribe
- Richard Aponte
- Alejandra Basañes
- Carla Beretta
- Marcela Casals
- Renny J. Castillo Umpierre
- Carmen Díaz
- Yessica Díaz
- Isa Duarte
- Vanessa Freitag
- Camilo Gutiérrez
- Helena Kanaan
- Denise Koziura
- Jociele Lampert
- Cecilia Luque
- Carlos Marin
- Faustino Mercadal
- Laura Romero
- Nerina Rosende
- Alejandro Scasso