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John Angel Rodriguez

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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Bogota
Birth year
1975
Lives in
Bogota
Works in
BOGOTA
Schools
Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas, 2005, BA
University of Westminster, London, 2011, MA
Tags
new media installation, mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, photography, digital, exhibition/performance
Statement

 

John Angel Rodriguez is a graduate of visual arts from the ASAB District University of Bogotá 2004 with the emphasis in New Media. He began his activity as an artist during his studies of arts, from 1999 to 2005, he participated in university halls, art collective exhibitions, and research projects. He worked at the National Museum of Colombia in 2002 for the department of education. He also conducted research  in the ASAB for the department of visual arts. Upon graduation in 2005 worked as a lecturer at the Academy of Arts Guerrero.

He began operating as an independent curator (2004-Bogotá), later in 2007 he moved to London to perform field research within the framework of the creative industries. In 2009 he was guest curator for the Embassy of Colombia in London doing the exhibition "Balance" presented at the Southbank Centre.

Parallel to his work as an independent curator, he has worked at the Saatchi Gallery, one of the projects to highlight during this period was “Art Accelerating Art”. In 2011 he graduated from the University of Westminster obtaining his Masters in Art  and Media Practice. He received the scholarship from Colfuturo in 2011 to complete his studies in London. Later on he organized the exhibition Parallel Connections that addressed the practices of video performance, this was shown in the Wayward Gallery.

His recent awards include: The Fellowship for international circulation of the Ministry of Culture to attend as a speaker to ISEA 2012 "Machine Wilderness" Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. In 2013 he received a grant from the Getty Foundation of Los Angeles, USA to attend to the annual conference curatorial CIMAM 2013 "New Dynamics in Museums Curator, Artwork & Public Governance" which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to this he attended as the curator of the exhibition Digital Analogy: Pioneers of New Media.

To the date he has curated three international exhibitions: one in the City of Gdanks, Poland, "Bogota City on the Edge" which is part of the exchange program "Cities on the Edge", featuring the work of four artists from Bogota. (Jaime Avila, Andres Londono Adriana  Salazar and Alberto Lezaca). In London, gained the curatorial fellowship at Guest Projects to present his exhibition "Vanishing Points" London in July 2014. In Bogotá he present in February 2014 the exhibition “The pioneers of the New Media” Digital Analogy, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bogotá which includes the participation of twenty international and three national artists.

Other curatorial projects  he has curated “Travel to the Unknown” at the ASAB by polish artist Zuzanna Janin.

In March 2013 he was invited to perform a curatorial research in New York, USA, during this residence he gave a TED talk at Eyebeam. In 2011 he founded his company in London Digital Attila which is dedicated to making digital solutions for the cultural sector. In 2014 he cofounded PERMANENTE in Bogota.