Interview: Ed Darino

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Interview: Ed Darino

Luca Curci‘s conversation with artist Ed Darino about his experience during Contemporary Venice exhibition on December 2014.

Eduardo  Darino, born in Montevideo (Uruguay), came to the US with a Fulbright to specialize in animation at NYU, receiving a MFA on Film & Television. After graduation he animated Superman, Snoopy and Garfield as well as short children films.

Motion Graphics captured his attention and using the Oxberry and the Cinetron computers created hundreds of identification logos for corporations and broadcasters worldwide. He developed the Copy-Motion process using standard copy machines, latter upgraded with the Xerox color 6500. While offering his camera service for Star Trek teaser, producer Rappaport was looking for new visuals and Ed came up with a bright effect, known today as a “glow”.

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His work was screened and is at permanent collections of MoMa, New York; Palais du Congres, Paris; National Museum of Religion, TelAviv; Children Found, Honolulu; and at the Cinematheques from Montevideo, Rapallo, Cannes, Sao Paulo, Annecy, Madrid receiving over 30 International Film Awards. Through Satcom Digital animated, edited and directed multiple television series, including Science 2000, Save the Earth, Miracles of Science & Technology, Mysteries Beyond Our Universe, Secrets from our Galaxy and more. His Animation and special effects have been seen at Disney Theme Parks, Space Ride and the MGM Florida Park.

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Luca Curci – Your work was exhibited during Contemporary Venice exhibition in Venice on December 2014: can you talk about your personal experience in Venice with International ArtExpo?

Ed Darino – I was not able to be in Venice – which I loved and visited several times – but John Bannon plugged me his trick and via portable Virtual Reality I was able to see how impressive the set up was, the crowds and the art – although I could not try the goodies that looked also excellent!! I received a couple of galleries invitations which I am sure are from visitors to ArtExpo.

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L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?

E. D. – I do animation and video, my daughter had left a bicycle on the studio and after a couple of years watching it I decided to give it some use. The setup is stationary and I asked associate Anastasia Romano to try it, as She peddles code is generated and the faster She goes the color picks up. I used images of New York City so I combined my animation with a new interactive system, and we made public the result using a portable projector on Iphone. The viewer can also enjoy several areas of New York and admire the architecture, so I believe that I covered the theme from several angles.

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L. C. – What are you currently working on?

E. D. – I am surviving a level 4 cancer and I want to share with other patients and the public that with a good attitude, believing in science, following your Doctors directions, we can have hope. They told me I could be around for possible 5 years which I passed long ago, so I am in my “bonus time” so surviving cancer, enjoying every day, searching for opportunities to create, are the subject of my current work.

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L. C. – What is art for you?

E. D. – The freedom to express and communicate myself. Animation was able to be screened, either dvd, video, movie theaters, broadcasted… these new “Irreverent Realities” are screened in public places or made available through the web to whoever wants to experience them. Can I call it Popular ART?

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L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?

E. D. – It is an excellent platform challenging artists and audiences to connect, offering a valuable opportunity. I believe that  ArtExpo is doing an incredible job for all of us.

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L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?

E. D. – As I said, yes. An opportunity for emerging artists as well as for some of us who have been here long and – as in my case – have not looked recently for exhibitions. It was a call to take advantage of an admirable opportunity to show my work in a quality environment and look for new opportunities.

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