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Cartoon Distortion

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Dribnet aka Tom White suggested that we teamed up to submit an application to Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair for next year.

“But this means we will need to make some books for it”, I said. “Exactly”, he replied.

Next thing you know we are talking about hunting down a Risograph printer and figuring out how to go nuts with it.

The LA Book Fair submission required a print oriented portfolio website, so I finally put one together and hosted it at cartoondistortion dot com. Please take a look. It’s nice to see most of my graphical morsels tightly organized and readily available like that.


Tom also had to make his own portfolio page. Hopefully we will get our little table at the book fair next year ūüėÄ

Artes Mediales desde Colombia

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

En un comunicado electr√≥nico desde Colombia, Maria Paula Lorgia me acaba de informar que ha presentado al p√ļblico el Cat√°logo Razonado de Artes Mediales correspondiente al Seminario Transmedia en que particip√© hace casi exactamente un a√Īo con la charla intitulada Propagaci√≥n de Ficciones.

Este cat√°logo incluye mi texto Espacio p√ļblico y participaci√≥n narrativa en la era digital, escrito en su totalidad en el zool√≥gico de San Diego, donde hago una reflexi√≥n alrededor de los trabajos que he tenido oportunidad de realizar en el espacio p√ļblico geogr√°fico y digital a partir de mi estancia en el MIT, donde trabaj√© con Antoni Muntadas, John Maeda y Henry Jenkins alrededor de temas relacionados con los medios digitales, sistemas de participaci√≥n, y espacio p√ļblico. Estos trabajos incluyen Querida encog√≠ el barrio y Branches The Nature of Crisis.

El catálogo completo se encuentra disponible como PDF en la biblioteca en linea de la Secretaría de Cultura, Recreación y Deporte de la Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá.


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El Billar de Lucrecia & Cielo Abierto

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

I have been designing poetry book collections for a while now. I started in 2005, when Roc√≠o Cer√≥n invited me to design a collection dedicated to showcase latin american poets born in the 1970s. We called the collection El Billar de Lucrecia and decided to pair each book with each one of the 15 different billiard balls in a perfect bijection of number and color. Only 15 titles were going to be produced. Inspired by the Roman tragedy of Lucretia, I created a female avatar for the collection, a shadow-woman that came back from death to avenge injustice against women. My fantasy super heroine hasn’t made it to the pages of a comic book, but she elegantly decorates the colorful sleeves of every book in the collection.



After the fifteenth book was published and the collection was closed, Roc√≠o proposed me to design a new collection with a completely different set of curatorial rules. This time Roc√≠o’s intention was to create pairs of territories (cities, countries) and get poets living in different territories of the same pair to translate each other. Each pair would become a book and each pair would always feature a Spanish-speaking territory, thus making sure the collection connects world poetry through the Spanish Language.

This relatively convoluted formula inspired me to devise a similar mechanic to produce the art for the covers. Once I had defined a design template and style, I decided to invite a new artist for every book, send them a couple of notes about the book and a color and ask them for a black and white drawing featuring a human subject. Once I got back the drawing from them, I would design a graphical pattern to finish the book, using the color I had sent them. We called the collection Cielo Abierto to honor the geographical space in which airplanes are held beyond the influence of specific national interests, and gave it a logo representing an airplane reflected in the surface of a human eye.

The books feature drawings by Demián Flores, Ernesto Morales Campero, Luis Alberto Becerril Fonseca and Utamaro García, who made the drawings for the last two books.

I am not sure we will still be publishing any more books for Cielo Abierto. It seems the logistics involved in coordinating so many poets across the world have taken a toll on Roc√≠o and her small team ‚ÄĒfive after all is a pretty good number for a mini collection of global poetry. I am ready to make more, but I can easily jump into some new thing. Only time will tell.


Seventeen boxes of books

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

After four years and a half in Boston. Moving them to Los Angeles, not easy.

MIT SFS in PictureXS

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I have recently discovered the MIT Science Fiction Society Library in the 4th floor of the MIT Student Center. I feel like an idiot for not having discovered it before, but giving it a second thought, it was probably better that way. I am not sure if I could have afforded to spend my days daydreaming about telepathic detective gymnosperm plants, steampunk robots that will slaughter you if you don’t speak German, or eighty year long space round trips protecting cargos of a few thousand genetically modified frozen teenagers. Today I am as busy as I used to be when I was a student here, but I am not feeling as challenged, and I can comfortably dedicate some space in my memory and imagination to regularly escape into the fantastic stories collected between the shelves of the MIT-SFS library.

Conveniently enough, I have decided to reactivate the picture collecting mechanism in PictureXS, and I will use it in combination with my simple [and overly buggy] Video2Web picture capturing program to keep a visual archive of all the books I will check out [and hopefully read] from the MIT-SFS library. I wonder if I should scan all the covers, they are so remarkably different from anything you see these days in bookstores, and a definite visual treat.