Interview: Daniel Cevallos Andrade
Luca Curci talks with Daniel Cevallos Andrade during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 7TH EDITION at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Daniel Cevallos Andrade is an architect, research, multimedia artist, and musician; co-founder of Temporary Atmospheres. His main interests are research, interactive architecture, and art studio. He is currently based in NYC and UIO. After some hard experiences which involve architecture and social deconstruction, he has had the opportunity to mitigate, visualize and communicate the innumerable scenes that he lived and saw around the world, all those experiences gave him a different point of view of quotidian life. “If we want a real switch in the system that we live in, we need to be critics and proactive. I guess I found one of the multiple ways that I can be critical and proactive: the accurate merge among architecture, society, and technology is the answer that could turn on the light at the end of the path”. Given the current lack of trust in governments, private and public institutions, and an untrust and fragmented society as a result, in his work he tries to speculate about new forms of life that emerge each second that our data are processed; the presence of those entities into urban spaces are invisible, but what will happen when them could be visible? They could modify our daily life until where and when? What if those entities will be autonomous and will have the power to take decisions over us? They are more than just data.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Daniel Cevallos Andrade – I’m Daniel Cevallos Andrade, Ecuadorian architect, MSc. in Media Architecture by the Polytechnic of Madrid, musician, multimedia artist and Co-Founder of Temporary Atmospheres, interactive architecture and digital art studio based in NYC & UIO. My first steps in the field of arts began in Greece, during a voluntary service in a refugee camp, I was surprised by the dynamics, quotidian and untimely aspects that people face day after day during their temporary stay
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
DCA – My stay in that refugee camp awakened my awareness to see the beyond of some aspects of common life; four months later I screened a short film titled “Beyond the ruin” – that documentary helped me to understand and develop a philosophy of experimentation, speculation and creation.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
DCA – Of course, I feel like it is the medium to visualize contemporary issues, and seek a possible path to reach a solution.
LC – What is your creative process like?
DCA – I don’t have a recipe for that, sometimes the inspiration comes to me when I am walking around the city, or on an expedition in nature, I am just captivated by the immediate surroundings; the perception in quotidian actions has been my main field of inspiration.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
DCA – During the pandemic was tough, unfortunately, it is too early to say the field of arts is active again.
LC – Can you explain something about the video work you have in our exhibition?
DCA – “Alive” and “Aeternum” are reflections over the hyper-environments, that we develop, feed and dwell on nowadays. We know that we are connected but we don’t know the power of the data. If we don’t awake of this extended nap, we probably awake when tyranny and control put through by governments and industries have been spreader over contemporary societies.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
DCA – It is interesting; the aspect to allow submissions in a variety of formats fits me. The face-to-face and virtual are our current reality; it inspires me for the next exhibitions being interviewed by Luca in Venice.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
DCA – Despite the COVID crisis, all was on time.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
DCA – Of course, it was a grateful experience. ITSLIQUID group has been the opportunity to present my work in one of the most fascinating cities, dismissed the exceptional situation of Covid-19, the place and organization have been fantastic, definitely, I’m open to collaborate and suggest ITSLIQUID as a space of emergent artists to express and present their insights.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
DCA – Definitely, principally for emerging artists that want to show their works around the world, ITSLIQUID GROUP could be the first step to an astonishing artist career.