interview: Luz Bañón

interview: Luz BañónImage courtesy of Luz Bañón

interview: Luz Bañón

Luca Curci talks with Luz Bañón during PLACES the second appointment of SURFACES FESTIVAL 2018 in Venice.

Luz Bañón, pseudonym of María Luz Ruiz Bañón, was born in Murcia (Spain) in 1969. Multidisciplinary artist from Murcia who experiences his artistic work in disciplines such as painting, sculpture or video-installation. Graduated in Fine Arts by the Faculty of Murcia and Higher Technician in Plastic Arts and Design in Arts Applied to Sculpture by the School of Art of Murcia, receiving the first extraordinary prize of the Region of Murcia awarded by the Ministry of Education and Universities of the CARM in this specialty. She is currently a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Murcia (Spain). In the last few years, he has held several important individual exhibitions and has also participated in numerous group exhibitions. Committed to research, she works on the relationship between landscape-art-culture from different disciplines such as video and painting.

 

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

Luz Bañón – In the years that I have been working in art I have participated in numerous collective and solo exhibitions in well-known spaces within the Spanish territory, but this is the first exhibition in which I have participated in an international context.
Regarding the influences on the realization of my work “Seven seconds” with which I participate in this Festival, I believe that what most marked me was the experience of participating in a dérive exercise through the streets of Murcia, in Spain, the city where I lived and was born. I knew the work of the situationists but had never really participated in this type of I knew the work of the situationists, but I had never really participated in this kind of experience. As I walked through the streets of my city I could see that the vision of the rest of the participants from the different places where we were walking was very different from mine. I was seeing things in these spaces that not only had to do with that time and surroundings, but also with my memories and experiences there, so each space evoked different types of energy to me. It was because of this that the idea of “Seven Seconds” arose, a work that was able to portray the memory of places, how they are influenced by our action but at the same time how we are influenced by them.

 

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

L.B. – I am currently developing a video-installation project that will deal with the different experimentation of space and time, and although it is still in a very early stage of the creative process, it can be said that it has a great relationship with my previous work. At the moment, I am researching and analyzing the different possibilities of both technical realization and exhibition. The video-installation is an artistic expression format that interests me a lot because I like to make the public participate in the work, not just be a mere spectator and interact with it.

 

L.C. – What is your creative process like?

L.B. – In my case, the creative process usually starts in an unconscious and involuntary way. Your own day-to-day experience leads you to the development of a creative idea. Suddenly it starts to haunt your head, and from that moment on, I think about it all the time, I would even say in my dreams. Normally I write these ideas down in a notebook so that I don’t forget them and go back to them and develop them later. Although the process is sometimes very fast, it can usually take years. An idea may be dormant in my head, until at some point something becomes active and takes shape. You visualize and imagine its structure, develop sketches, plans and drafts. Once the project takes shape in the form of a first work, I usually develop a series around it, seeking to complement and improve the original idea. The last step in the process consists in imagining the exact way to exhibit this work to the public, managing the different possibilities of involving the spectator in it.

 

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L.C. – Are your videos focused on a specific theme?

L.B. – No, I have videos of very different themes, although the latter are more focused on the theme of memory and the experimentation of spaces and time.

 

L.C. – Did your style change over the years? In which way?

L.B. – I don’t think my style has changed radically in recent years, I think it is quite marked although it changes depending on the discipline in which I am developing my work. In painting I usually use quite vivid colors and can say that I tend to an expressive realism, however in sculpture I like abstraction and minimalism, and within video art I usually work with layered editing and breaking the linearity of the story. Nevertheless, I do believe that in my work there is an increasingly clear progression towards the third dimension. In all of them there is always a search for this third dimension, and we could even say that of a fourth dimension when trying to introduce not only the volume but also the dimension of time. The forms have been refined, but I believe that the essence remains unchanged for the time being.

 

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L.C. – What is the message linked to the video you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?

L.B. – With this work, “7 seconds”, with whom I participate in the PLACES exhibition, I would like to generate a reflection on the influence of man’s action on his urban environment and the modification of spaces. Stop giving importance to the here and now and move on to worrying about tomorrow and the future. To make visible what we are not capable of seeing, time, but also our own imprint or aura that we leave behind in these spaces, in order to make us reflect on what is ephemeral and what remains, and to understand that with our presence we influence spaces, but at the same time they influence us. In this video-art, fixed camera recordings were made in certain emblematic places in the city of Murcia, Spain. This work is presented in single-channel video format, where these sequences were edited and subsequently edited by superimposing three times the same sequence one over the other, using a delay or temporary displacement of seven seconds between each of the three. And the video is played in an infinite loop. The choice of the title “Seven seconds” has not been something casual, I have selected this number because it has a great symbolism on a cosmological level, but also spiritual. The origin of this is in astronomy, as ancient astronomers observed that most of the stars did not change their position in relation to each other during the year. However, there are seven heavenly bodies that do. This in turn gave rise to the names of the seven days of the week. It is seven days a week, the colors of the rainbow or the musical notes. The number seven is considered sacred, magical and mystical in many religions, in fact I considered the number seven to be closely linked to energies, to cosmic and human nature, to the earth, and I decided to use it as a time of delay, as a symbol of those echoes or trails that we leave behind us in the spaces we inhabit.
SURFACE FESTIVAL is focuses on the concept of borders and structures between body, mind and soul, the human identity and the city, the space and the ground. And PLACES are connected to the concept of time, memories, borders and disorders. We can experience places through the body or senses. And my video-art entitled “7 seconds” follows this theme and offers a new vision of contemporary places, relating them to human behaviour and the transformations of cities.

 

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L.C. – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?

L.B. – I fully share the vision of ItsLiquid’s art, and that is why I was interested in participating in this artistic call. Specifically, the Surface festival focuses on analysing the relationship between body and space, and the hybridisation between cultural, physical, social or urban identities and environments in contemporary times, which is exactly the theme I have been developing in my works over the last three years.

 

L.C. – What do you think about the organization of our event?

L.B. – Regarding the organisation of the event, I can only congratulate you. The communication has been very fluid between artist and organizers, everything has been very well structured, offering maximum facilities, collaboration, and very complete information.

 

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L.C. – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?

L.B. – I would be delighted to be able to collaborate with the organisation again in its various artistic competitions, and I hope to do so shortly.
The services offered by ItsLiquid Group are very complete, not only offers the possibility of publicizing the artistic work in a high-level exhibition space, but also offers global and local dissemination through different media (website, web marketing and social media marketing) and the design and printing of advertising material. On the other hand, the possibility of being sponsored individually adds extra value. They also offer staff and hostesses for the assembly and dismantling of exhibitions, packaging, storage, opening ceremonies and logistical assistance, so that the smooth running of the exhibition is assured. The organisation offers assistance with accommodation and transfers for artists, curators and guests, and although on this occasion I was unable to attend in person, next time I will certainly be able to count on them.

 

L.C. – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?

L.B. – ITSLIQUID GROUP is an organization to which I augur great future, since it offers the possibility of developing and spreading an artistic career at international level to have more than 200,000 subscribers from all countries, something that is very necessary in the multimedia and interconnected world in which we live. Its operation and organization are exquisite and very selective.

 

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