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Media Art History Board Steering Committee

Leonardo Education and Arts Forum International Representative

SIGGRAPH 2020 Art Papers Chair

2020 | SIGGRAPH 2020

Art Papers track.
Online, Global |

2020 | Panel

Artificial Intelligence, Art, and Social Justice (co-moderator)
Valencia James Vernelle Noel Nettrice Gaskins Amelia Winger-Bearskin


2020 | Lecture

Terrestrial University: Of Volcanoes and Immersive Technologies with Karen Holmberg and Martin Guinard.
Karlsruhe, Germany |
more info | Terrestrial University Lecture Series | Critical Zones link

2019 | Lecture

Light and Language | Media Art Histories
Krems, Austria |
Media Art Histories

2019 | Conference Announcement

Art Papers chair SIGGRAPH 2020
Washington, USA | more info | external link

2019 | ISEA 2019 Media Archaeology: Linking Asia and Latin America

With Erkki Huhtamo and Machiko Kusahara
Gwangju, Korea | external link

2018 | Lecture

Fieldwork and Exhibition Design at Media Arts and Technology, UCSB.
Santa Barbara, California |
Andres Burbano - The MAT Seminar Series from mat.ucsb

2018 | Lecture

Art and History of the Digital Divide, Stanford University, California |

“The Fountain of Prosperity” and Fotoformas: Art, Technology and Early Computation in Latin America: Two fields of study converge in this talk. On the one hand, there is the research about the history of media technologies that were proposed or developed in Latin America and their impact in the art world. On the other, the history of early computing –the formative years. My presentation makes the case for intersecting these domains in promising new ways

More info at Materia Seminar, Stanford University website

2018 | Keynote

Original Narratives, KSBDA, Seoul, Korea |

Building upon an exciting and eclectic selection of creative practices mediated through technologies that represent the sophistication of our times, the SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery will embrace the narratives of the indigenous communities near Vancouver and throughout Canada as a source of inspiration.

More info at the KSBDA website

2018 | Keynote

Asia Culture Forum, Gwangju, Korea |

The city is a highly complex entity, it is impossible to grasp it as one unequivocal concept the urban habitats, or environments”. are in fact the accumulation of the interaction of hundreds of elements that go from infrastructure to mobility, from public space to private space, and today more than ever, from the physical to the virtual and vice versa. Examples of some of the most significant fields related to the arts and technology today are the circumstances in which it is possible to create digital models of the city, whence the city is physically reconstructed, and when art and technology temporarily transform the city at the experience level.

More info at the Asia Culture Forum website

2018 | Art Gallery

SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Chair, Vancouver, Canada |

The exhibition aims to articulate myth and technology, science and art, the deep past and the computational present, and will coalesce around the theme of Origins. Media and technological creative expressions will explore principles such as the origins of cosmos, the origins of life, the origins of human presence on the planet, the origins of people that occupy the territories of the Americas, and the origins of people who are still living in the vast territories of the Arctic.

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2018 | Lecture

Color, Light, and Language: Computational Media in Latin America, UC Santa Cruz, California |

Dr. Andres Burbano is a media archeologist who explores the emergence of visual, sonic and computational technologies in Latin America. His research investigates the reasons why and how media technologies developed by Latin American creative technicians, engineers, scientists, and artists are today relatively unknown. Utilizing both a theoretical and experimental approach, his work also involves the creative re-signifying of computational inventions and artifacts. Burbano's artistic output includes documentary video, sound and telecommunication art, and the exploration of algorithmic cinematic narratives, and emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaborative work in the field of digital art.

More info at Creative Coding Lab UCSC website

2018 | Lecture

Arqueologías tecnológicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina |

Las configuraciones tecnológicas del presente y la clara identificación sobre su potencial transformador en el futuro nos invitan de manera recurrente a estudiar el pasado para así identificar las interrelaciones complejas entre tecnología, sociedad y geografía. En esta conferencia sobre arqueología de los medios aplicada nos enfocaremos en algunos aspectos de la historia de la computación a nivel global contrastándola con observaciones sobre la historia de los medios y las artes en América Latina.

More info at UNA website

2018 | Panel

James Bay Cree in 1973, UC Santa Barbara, California |

A panel discussion in conjunction with The James Bay Cree in 1973, a Library exhibition of photographs by George Legrady. Panelists include George Legrady (Media Arts & Technology [MAT]), Andres Burbano (Former UCSB student in MAT and now Professor at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia), Helene Gardner (Environmental Studies), Amy Buono (History of Art & Architecture), and Colton Saylor (English). Moderated by Kum-Kum Bhavnani (Sociology). In 1973, the Cree invited Legrady to document their daily life as a means to strengthen their negotiations over land rights. During a three-month period, Legrady produced an archive of over 2,800 photographs representing his encounters with the Cree indigenous culture. More info at UCSB library libarry website

2017 | Keynote

Fieldwork, Play, and Autonomy - Potential Spaces, ZKM HfG, Karlsruhe, Germany | Lecture at the Zentrum fur Kunst unde Medientechnologie. "Potential Spaces" in Karlsruhe, Germany. Introduction by Siegfried Zielinski. More info at the ZKM website

2017 | Lecture

Content for Exhibition Design, Bogota, Colombia | Lecture at the seminar about museum studies led by Peppino Ortoleva. More info seminar website

2015 | Media Art Histories, Montreal, Canada

Lecture at the Media Art Histories Conference "ReCreate" in Montreal, Canada. About the work of pioneer Brazilian artist Geraldo de Barros and his works "Fotoformas". Particular attention is paid to his early work on abstract photography in particular those photographic works using "punched cards". Punched cards are one of the first icons of the information age and De Barros was one of the firsts artists to incorporate these cards into a work of art. This presentation was possible thanks to the help of Fabiana de Barros and Michelle Favre.

2014 | Colombia at Oxford | Panelist

The Variantologia Latina panel explored the deep roots of media history in Latin America, inquiring into phenomena which anticipate the concepts of network, photography and scientific tools before the 20th century.

more info Colombia at Oxford Website

2014 | Nordes Doctoral School Aalto University | Keynote

The Variantologia Latina.

more info Nordes Doctoral School Website

2014 | Universidad de Caldas | Lecture

more info Universidad de Caldas Website

2014 | HASTAC workshop, Lima

The workshop was led by Kevin Hamilton, Kevin Hamilton, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and the Learning to See Systemes team.

more info University of Illinois Website

2014 | NC-Arte, Cibernética y arte | Lecture

more info NC-Arte Website

2013 | ISEA2013 | Latin American Forum

Panel inspired by the book “The Music of CSIRAC, Australia’s First Computer Music” by Australian composer Paul Doornbusch. This book had a crucial impact in the understanding of computer music history. In Latin America the contributions to computer music history are not as early as the one described by Doornbusch, however composers like José Vicente Asuar in Chile or Cesar Bolaños in Peru and Argentina, made several important and early aesthetic and technical contributions to the Computer Music field. Participants: Paul Doornbusch (Australia), Ricardo Dal Farra (Argentina, Canada), and Andres Cabrera (Colombia/USA), Andres Burbano (Colombia).
more info ISEA2013 Website

2013 | Media Art Histories, Riga

Inventions at the Borders of History, Re-significance of Media Technologies From Latin America” proposes a framework to investigate forgotten paths of invention and early explorations of influential media technologies. This project operates as a retroactive manifesto of those technologies throughout Latin American history.
more info RENEW MAH 2013 Website

2013 | Chile

> more info Simposio Chile Website

2013 | School of Creative Media, Hong Kong

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2012 | ACM Multimedia Nara, Japan

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2012 | ISEA2012 | Latin American Forum

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2011 | ISEA2011 | Latin American Forum

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2010 | expandir o presente e contrair o futuro | Vivo 2010 | Brazil


Bruce Sterling (EUA)
Marcus Bastos (BR)
Mark Shepard (EUA)
Andres Burbano (EUA)
Showcase: Subtlemob (UK)

Vivo Website

2010 | Media Arts and Tech Seminar | TA

The seminar consists of talks by experts in various areas of media arts, multimedia systems, media technology, and related areas of research and practice. There will be a mix of speakers, from UCSB and from outside, with a variety of backgrounds, including computer science, engineering, art, and music. Occasionally we will schedule discussion or brainstorming sessions instead of a talk. Professor Curtis Roads


2010 | ISEA2010 | Latin American Forum

The Variantologia Latina panel explored the deep roots of media history in Latin America, inquiring into phenomena which anticipate the concepts of network, photography and scientific tools before the 20th century.

more info ISEA2010 Website

2010 | Contemporary Art Practice 7D

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2010 | Laboratorio Arte Alameda

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2010 | Media Lab Madrid

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2010 | Optical Computational | TA

Prof George Legrady
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2009 | Re Live

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2009 | TA

Marcos Novak
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2009 | TA

George Legrady
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2008 | ISEA2008

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2008 | AUDO

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2005 | Polaroids: Aesthetic, Biology and Technology, Articulating Latin America at NYU

Burbano will talk about the ideas which conform the text "polaroids: aesthetic, biology and technology, articulating Latin America". These ideas were not planned to conform a text, but to link to a documentary production". Despite this, it is important to share some reflections of this research process on the complex relationship between art and biotechnology, and the multiple facets that this problematic field shows in Latin America. As an Assistant Professor part of the Art Department as well as the Technology and Society Group at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, his interests are working in a common space on the intersection between artistic, social and technological reflections. He has also studied cinema with an emphasis on documentary film making. Furthermore, he has been a guest researcher at Zentrum fur Kunst and Medientechnologie Karlsruhe in Germany (2004 2005)"
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2005 | Contemporary Internet Art in Latin America at North Carolina University

Sponsored by: The University Program in Cultural Studies, The Cultures of Science and Technology Working Group, The UNC-Duke Modernity/Coloniality and the Geopolitics of Knowledge Working Group, and the Institute of Latin American Studies, ILAS Brief description of the presentation: This presentation analyzes recent experiences of in the Latin American context, including collective net(art)working, the sense of immersion in the internet environment, and the concept of no-audience (no-audiencia): the fact that there are no observers, only participants of/in interactive processes. Attention is also given to the various readings that become possible because of the non-linearity inherent to the medium. Some of these points will be illustrated with examples from the work of Latin American artists."
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2004 | Observations about Documents and Documentation at ZKM

Studied the concepts of an audio-visual genre based on the re-interpretation and new processing of audio-visual »documents«. The aim is to question whether the transference of these concepts to digital information is at all possible due to its documentary character. The aspects to be observed are various methods such as archiving, interpreting, and processing of the material. Two concrete project examples will be presented: Quiasma and Ways of Neuron. The Quiasma group is supported by Canada Daniel Langlois foundation. The interdisciplinary media artist and researcher Andrés Burbano is presently guest researcher at the ZKM | Institute for Basic Research more info