Monday, May 05, 2008

Troyano: Digital Art and Culture

Troyano is a collective of independent Chilean artists from Santiago, which organizes cultural activities relative to art and technology. TROYANO formed in 2005 to do interdisciplinary research on art and digital culture. Their recent publication, Art and Digital Culture, brought together work from contributors as diverse as artists and theorists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, and the U.S. This publication grew out of two major conferences TROYANO organized in 2005 and 2006 with the support of the Spanish Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary art in Santiago, Chile: Elena (2005) and Updating, Art and Technology (2006).

Toryano want to propose in the contemporary Chilean society a debate on the “creative” use of media in opposition to a purely economic, utilitarian and commercial vision of technology diffusion. Chile has been in close commercial relationships with Japan, Taiwan (and now China) for decades, it's an important copper producer (the copper is a fundamental component to produce technology) and it has been always projected to a reliable and dynamic “modernity” (but also neo-free trader and reassuring for Western Countries) so the critical position of the Troyano group is an unfounded position.

A Video of TROYANO presenting their bilingual publication, Art and Digital Culture, at CRCA on UCSD campus, on Tuesday, May 29th 2007. (Realplayer, 1.23 mins) An interesting insight into Latin American digital media activism and cultural actions presented in English.

TROYANO: CRITICAL CHILE NEAR AT THE FUTURE (a text interview of three of four components of this group - formed by Ignacio Nieto, Italo Tello, Ricardo Vega ed Alejando Albornoz)

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