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The Internet & Conceptual Art Films. A Presentation by Ronald Baez and Juan Carlos Zaldivar

  • Cannonball 1035 N Miami Ave Miami, FL, 33136 United States (map)

With the advent of online media platforms, technology continues to revolutionize the way audiences interact with artists and their work. In response, many artists have incorporated this online revolution into their work by way of production, concept, and exhibition design to produce works unique to the history of cinema and post-modern art. 

In this Symposium Speaks event, filmmaker and multimedia artist Juan Carlos Zaldivar joins MFDP Program Manager Ronald Baez via Skype from L.A. to lead an in-depth discussion on the ever-evolving relationship between contemporary art films and the Internet. Seeking to explore the concepts, structures, and exhibition design of a wide range of contemporary works, Baez and Zaldivar will lead an open discussion aimed towards understanding how the Internet may continue to be a significant tool for contemporary filmmakers, multi-media artists, and storytellers.

Cuban-born Juan Carlos Zaldívar lives and works in the United States. He completed both his BFA and MFA at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he has also taught as an adjunct faculty member. 

His film and video art have screened at many festivals worldwide and broadcasted on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime, and WE. He is a Sundance Film Institute alumnus and recipient of numerous grants and awards.  His directing credits include: "90 Miles" (PBS), "The Story of the Red Rose" (Showtime), "Palingenesis," and "Soldiers Pay" (IFC), co-directed with David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter). He has served as a Juror for several major film festivals, including the Sundance International Film Festival. 

Zaldívar's recent works include a short film titled "SHIFT," which was acquired by MOCA in North Miami after it won both the Jury and the Audience Awards in their annual video art competition in September 2012. He directed and produced a transmedia story titled "SHIFTING NATURE," for which he has produced sound, video, and sculptural work through the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, The Miami Light Project, Sandra Montenegro Contemporary, Bas-Fisher Invitational, and others.