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ERANDY VERGARA VARGAS                   
Lecturer, McGill University | UBC- Okanagan
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EDUCATION

2017    Ph.D. Art History. McGill University, Montréal QC       

2008    MA, Department of Art History, Concordia University, Montréal QC       

2002    B.A. Communication Studies. UAM. Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2019-2020    Programming Director and Artistic Chair, ISEA2020 Online: Why Sentience? (organized by Printemps Numérique, Montreal)

2017-2018    Artistic Director, Eastern Bloc (Montreal)

2015-2017    Programming Coordinator, Studio XX (Montreal)

2016         Artistic Director, The HTMlles Festival: Terms of Privacy (Montreal)

2015         Associate Director, Transitio Festival: Cambios compartidos (Mexico City)


TEACHING & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2021        Lecturer, ART 347 Modern Art; ART 471 Contemporary Art, Art Department, SUNY Plattsburgh

2017         Lecturer, Art + Technology: Histories, Methodologies, and Critical Perspectives Universidad de Guanajuato, Departamento de Arte Digital

2015         Sessional lecturer, Intro to Contemporary Art, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University 

2013        Research assistant, Theatre & Performance in Central and South America Department of English, McGill University 

2010         Sessional Co-lecturer, Art Now Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University 

2007        Research assistant, The History of Interdisciplinarity in the Visual Arts Department of Art History, Concordia University 

2007        Teaching assistant, ARTH 354: Studies in Interdisciplinarity in the Visual Arts: The Gesamtkunstwerk, Department of Art History, Concordia University 

2006         Research assistant, Canadian Women Artists: Historical Sources Database Department of Art History, Concordia University


PUBLICATIONS

Chapters in books:

“I Have Weight: Rejane Cantoni and Leonardo Crescenti’s Tunnel.Moving Images, Mobile Bodies. The Poetics and Practice of (Techno-)Corporeality in Visual and Performing Arts, edited by Horea Avram, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2018)

“Remixing the Plague of Images: Video Art from Latin America in a Transnational Context.” The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies, edited by Eduardo Navas, Owen Gallagher, and xtine burrough (2015)

“Notes: A Historical Review on Curatorial Practices in Mexico.” [Ready] Media: Towards an archeology of Media and Invention in Mexico. INBA/Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico (2013)

“Fragments of a History of Technical Images.” Points, Pixels and Inches: Fragments of a Discourse of Digital Images in Mexico. Ed. Humberto Jardón. Mexico: Conaculta/Cenart (2012).

Articles:

One Minute Meditation on My Privilege/Power Here and Now,” Fuck White Supremacy v. 02: The Happiness issue (2016)

Proxemia: A Case Study on Moving and Being Stopped.” Acoustic Space No. 13 (Spring- Summer 2014) RIXC Center for New Media Culture, Latvia.

“Electronic Traces: Archaeological Perspectives of Media Art in Mexico” Archée: 13, UQAM (2013).

“Erick Meyenberg: Race Discourse in Present Continuous.” Archée: 13, UQAM (2013).

“Thirty Thousand Open Notebooks.” RE-D: Art, Visual Culture and Gender Journal N. 2, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Programa Universitario de Estudios de Género (2012) 

“Mauricio Alejo: Between Still Image and Time-Image.” Luna Córnea: 33, Mexico: Conaculta/Centro de la Imagen (2012).

“Fragments of a History of Technical Images.” Luna Córnea: 33, Mexico: Conaculta/Centro de la Imagen (2012).

Guest editor:

In Circulation: Interdisciplinary Journal AHCS-McGill University, Issue 4: To Participate: Global & Spatial Perspectives, edited by Mark Clintberg and Erandy Vergara, December 2014, http://incirculation.ca


PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS

2021     “Critical Proximity: Unpacking the Productivity of Disconnection and Fractures in Media Arts”, Uncommon Senses III Conferences, Concordia University, Montreal (May6-9)

2017     “Re-Tracing Methods: Rethinking Media Art Histories and Relations Between the North & the South,” Retrace: 7th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Danube University, Krems, November 23-25

“Orientations : commissariat d’art et connaissances pour changer les discours,” 85     Congrès de L’Association francophone pour le savoir (l’Acfas); colloque 436 Transformer le silence en paroles et en actes, McGill University, May 7-11

2015 “43 Missing: The role of images, actions and interventions in public spaces to denounce the forced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico,” Canadian Studies Network, Annual conference, McGill University, October 2-3

2013     “Movement, Perception and Interaction: Kinetic Genealogies of Interactive Arts,” Renew: 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, RIXC and the Latvian Academy of Arts, Riga, October 8-11

“Movement and Interaction: Discussing the Latin American Orientations of Interactive Arts.” EAHR Annual Conference, Cultural Convergences I: Testify, Concordia University, September 5

2011    “Art and Technology in Latin America: A discussion on Subversive Cultures,” Universities Art Association of Canada Conference (UAAC), Carleton University, October 27-29

“Rethinking Interactivity in relation to the History of a Site,” Rewire: 4th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology: FACT, Liverpool, UK, September 28-30

Other:  

2015     Session Chair with Mark Clintberg: Site and Subject: Participation in Canada, UAAC, NSCAD
    University, Halifax, November 5-7

     

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2021         Curator with Tina Sauerländer, Some Universe: Internet Spaces in a Postdigital World, Eastern Bloc, Sight + Sound Festival, Online (June – August) 

2021        Curator, Online show: Critical Proximity: Something About Human Connections That Can Happen When There Is A Fissure, Oboro, http://criticalproximity.art/ (March-May)

2020         ISEA2020 Online and Onsite Programme (October 13-18 2020)
2019-2020     Curator, What Has Been Seen: Eva & Franco Mattes, Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain, Montreal (November 2019-March 2020) 

2019         Curator with Tina Sauerländer & Peggy Schoenegge, Speculative Cultures, Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Gallery, Parsons School of Design, New York (February-April)

2018-2019     Curator, Art & Artificial Intelligence: Artistic Explorations in Montreal, Printemps Numérique, Montreal (Spring 2019)

2018        Curator with Tina Sauerländer, Envisioning The Future: Virtual Reality Art Festival, Halcyon Arts Lab, Washington D.C. (October)

2014         Curator with Mark Clintberg, Contingent: Only if Participation Occurs, Studio XX, Montreal (December)

2013         Canada: Approaches to the (Inhabited) Landscape, FASE, Art and Technology Festival, Buenos Aires (November 8-11)

2012         Curator with Ariane De Blois, Instantes: Adad Hannah, Centro Nacional de las Artes, México City (June 7 – July 7)

2011         Curator with Ima Picó, Parallel Visions: Canada & Mexico, Manchester Digital Laboratory, Manchester, UK (September 2011)

2010         Curator with Ariane De Blois, Fake it! Studio XX, Montreal (December)

2011-2012     Curating Mexican Video Art: A Historical Survey, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico. December 2009. An exhibition presented as part of the project (Ready)Media: Towards an archeology of Media and Invention in Mexico, Mexico City (Oct. 30 – Jan. 22)

2007         Curator, Asfixia, Patrick Jolley & Reynold Reynolds, Center of Art & New Technologies, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

2006         Heart, Arte Electrónico, VIDI_FESTIVAL 06, La Sala Naranja Gallery, Valencia, Spain Curator with Susana Blas, Videomix: Dancing, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain 

2005         The Image Outside of Time, University of Victoria/Antimatter Underground Film Festival, Vancouver

2004         Curator with Hugo L. Barroso, Prêt-À-Porter, Galeria Arte Binaria, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City
Video-Zoom, Chroma Audiovisual Art Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico

On the purpose of death, 12 Festival Latioamericano de Video Rosario, Argentina | Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City

Three Women, Nine Universes, ObservatorioXp Gallery, Morelia, Mexico 

2003         He@rt, Arte Electrónico/ Arte, Soportes Alternos, Universidad Latina de América, Morelia, Mexico


GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS

2019-2020     Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and Conseil des arts de Montréal (through Printemps Numèrique/ISEA2020) 

2017-2018     Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and Conseil des arts de Montréal (through Eastern Bloc)

2013        Beaverbrook Graduate Award, Media@McGill Advanced Dissertation Award 

Graduate Excellence Fellowship, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

Beaverbrook/Media@McGill Graduate Travel Grant

2012        Faculty of Arts Dissertation Writing Workshop, McGill University

Independent Curators Award: Programme de subventions en arts visuels en métiers d’art et en architecture, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

McGill Arts Graduate Research Travel Award, November

2011         Award for Media Arts Organizations, Groups and Collectives, Canada Council for the Arts 

McGill Arts Graduate Student Travel Award, September

McGill Arts Graduate Research Travel Award, April 

Beaverbrook/Media@McGill Graduate Travel Grant 

2010-2013     FQRSC, Doctoral Fellowship

2010-2012    SSHRC, Doctoral Fellowship 

2008-2010     Abner Kingman Fellowships in Arts, McGill University

2008         RA and Arts Insight, McGill University

2007        Carolyn and Richard Renaud Teaching Assistantship, Concordia University


WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION 

2021        “Methods, Theories & Tools for Emerging Media Art Curators,” Oboro, Montreal, Jan. 15 to Feb. 19

2018        “Methods, Theories & Tools for Emerging Curators,” Oboro, Montreal, Feb. 19–March 19

2005        “The History of Video Art.” Universidad del Centro de México, San Luís Potosí, Mexico, July 19-23

2003         The History of Video Art.” ObservatorioXp Gallery, Morelia, Mexico 


SYMPOSIUM & ROUND TABLES

2020    Panel: Womxn in Immersive Tech | Meetup #3, with Tamiko Thiel and Tosca Terán, Goethe Institut Montréal, November 20

2018    Panel: Inventing the Future, MUTEK, Phi Centre, Montreal, April 11

2017     Panel: Mexico City Imaginaries, MUTEK, Monument-National, Montreal, August 24

2016    Round table: Critical Approaches to Virtual Reality: A Conversation about the Present, Past and Future of VR, Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, May 24

Round table: Ambivalent approaches in digital art, Papier Art fair, Arsenal art contemporain, Montreal, April 22

2013    Panel: Dissections: Cory Arcangel, DHC /Art Montreal, October 16

2009     Symposium: “Expanded Video. New boundaries in Mexico.” Centro Cultural España de México, January 27-28

2004    LatinoAmedia round table, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico August 22


INVITED CONFERENCES & LECTURES

2021    “Curating Critical Proximity.” Guest lecture in Decoding Visual Art (CEGEP course led by Pohanna Pyne Feinberg) Dawson College, April 7

2020 “Curating What Has Been Seen: Eva & Franco Mattes.” Guest lecture in Modernism and the Visual Arts (CEGEP course led by Emma Doubt), Dawson College, February 27

2017 “Feminist Curating.” Guest lecture in ARTH 381 Feminism and Art History (undergraduate course led by Dr. Cynthia Hammond), Department of Art History, Concordia University, October 13       

2016 “Interactive installations from Latin America.” Guest lecture in GSFS 400: Feminism, Embodiment and Difference (undergraduate course led by Dr. Mary Bunch), IGSF, McGill University, November 30   

“Movement and Orientation: Four Interactive installations from Latin America.” Public lecture, Feminist Media Studio, Concordia University, March 16                   

2015 “Movement and Interactivity.” Guest lecture in ARTH 391: Art and Its Changing Contexts, (undergraduate course led by Dr. Mark Clintberg), Department of Art History, Concordia University, March 17

“Techno-Poetics: Art and Technology in Latin America.” Public lecture, Cyberfest: Cybernetics Art Festival, The Youth Educational Center of The State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

2014     “Notes on Curating Screen Cultures,” Guest lecture in ARTH 358: Studies in the History of Media Art/Screen Culture (undergraduate course led by Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim) Department of Art History, Concordia University (February 25)

2011     “Techno-Poetics: Art and Technology in Latin America.” Public lecture, Journée d’étude Hétérogéneité et territoires de l’art latino-américain, UQAM

“Re-Calibrando: Artes electrónicas en México,” Public lecture, Centro de Exposiciones SUBTE, Montevideo, Uruguay, July 7

“Art and Technological Thinking.” Public lecture, Universidad Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008    “The Illegal Other’s New Shoes: Judi Werthein’s Brinco.” Public lecture, Graduate Student Speaker Series, McGill University, November 27

2007    “Rafael Lozano Hemmer: Media Art & Interdisciplinarity,” Guest lecture in ARTH 354: Studies in Interdisciplinarity in the Visual Arts: The Gesamtkunstwerk”  (undergraduate course led by Dr. Cynthia Hammond), Department of Art History, Concordia University, March 23

2002     “Arte Electrónico en México: heartelectronico.org.” Public lecture, IV Salon International de Arte Digital, La Habana, Cuba

“Heartelectronico,” Project presentation, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, August 28


JUROR, GUEST CRITIC

2021         Juror: Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship In Contemporary Art 2021, Montreal

Juror: Visualizing Bias with Augmented Reality, Goethe-Institut, Gray Area, Fotomuseum 

Winterthur, and Artivive

Guest critic: Atelier projet de création, Maîtrise en arts visuels et médiatiques de 

l’EAVM/UQAM

2017-2020    Evaluation Committee: Conseil des arts de Montréal, Digital Art

2019         Juror: New Generation Photography Award, Scotiabank/National Gallery of Canada

2017         Guest critic: MFA Fibres and Material Practices Reviews, Concordia University, April

Guest critic: Design and Computation Arts Reviews, CART 412, Concordia University, February/April 

2016         Guest critic: MFA Print Media Reviews, Concordia University, December

2015         Juror: Transitio International Award: Video and Media Art. Transitio Festival, Mexico City

2012         Guest Board Member “Cyberfest 2012,” Cybernetics Art Festival of St. Petersburg

2011         Juror: “Programmes de recherche-création du Rustines|Lab,” Perte de Signal

2006         Juror: “Convocatoria de Apoyo a Proyectos Artísticos y Culturales, Categoría: Arte Electrónico y Digital” Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud, Mexico


LINKS:

https://art2020.isea-international.org/
https://fondation-phi.org/fr/exposition/eva-franco-mattes/
http://criticalvr.art
http://criticalproximity.art/