Juan Camilo González
BA, MFA, PhD – Born in Manizales, Colombia (1984).
Independent animator working at the intersection of traditional hand-drawn animation and cutting-edge web technologies. Since 2006 I divide my time between making personal animated films, creative programming, academic research, education and curatorial endeavors.
Passionate about exploring innovative aesthetic and narrative forms of animation using emerging digital tools, particularly open-source software / hardware and programming.
I have taught courses and workshops on traditional and digital animation, Internet Art, creative programming, as well as animation history and theory.
As founding director of the group Moebius Animación, my curatorial focus is on providing visibility to auteur animation created in Latin America.
Recipient of the USC Annenberg Fellowship, NTU Research Scholarship and multiple film festival awards. My work has screened at numerous film festivals, galleries and museums from all around the world.
Currently a PhD candidate at the School of Art Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The tentative title of my dissertation is “Data Driven Drawings: An Approach to Autobiographical Animation”. A research approached in both art studio practice and theoretical writing, exploring themes of Internet Art, animated documentary, hand-drawn animation, data visualization and web technologies.
(dddrawings.com – site under construction, but the place where I will be showcasing the practical work)
|2020||PhDSchool of Art Design & Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2014||Seminar / WorkshopHTML5 Mobile App Development Bootcamp, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2014||Workshop22th International Animated Film Workshop, Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Miedzynarodowe Warsztaty Filmu Animowanego, Lanckorona, Poland|
10 days workshop aimed towards development of animated short projects. Mentorship by Jerzy Kucia and Gil Alkabetz, including seminar and film screenings by mentors, guest artists and SE-MA-FOR Studios.
|2014||Seminar / WorkshopHTML5 Game Development Bootcamp, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2014||Seminar / WorkshopNTU-Warwick Winter School: Introduction to Complexity & Complexity Science, Nanyang Technological University, The University of Warwick, Singapore|
Jointly organized by Nanyang Technological University Complexity Institute & Warwick Centre for Complexity Science by Professors Peter M. A. Sloot, J. Stephen Lansing & Robert S. MacKay. Including lessons by John H. Holland, W. Brian Arthur, and others.
|2012||Seminar / WorkshopMozilla HTML5 Bootcamp and Seminar, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2008 - 2011||MFAJohn C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
|2002 - 2007||BFAPregrado en Artes Visuales con Énfasis en Expresión Audiovisual, Facultad de Artes, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia|
|2015 - 2016||Full ScholarshipNTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2014 - 2015||Full ScholarshipNTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2014||Competition1st Prize, HTML5 NTUitive Hackaton, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2013 - 2014||Full ScholarshipNTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2013||Film Festival1st Jury Prize, Kinodot Short Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|2012 - 2013||Full ScholarshipNTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2012||Film FestivalNational Finalist, 39th Student Academy Awards, Los Angeles, USA|
|2012||Film Festival1st Prize, 5th International Animation Contest Animasivo, Mexico City, Mexico|
|2011||Film Festival1st Prize, International Experimental Student Film, VIII Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes FENACO, Cusco, Peru|
|2011||Film Festival1st Prize International Film Category, IV CINETORO Film Festival, Toro, Colombia|
|2010 - 2011||Fellowship2010-11 USC Annenberg Fellowship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
|2010||Film FestivalFirst Prize International Animation, XVIII Festival Chileno Internacional de Cortometraje de Santiago, Santiago, Chile|
|2010||Film FestivalBest Experimental Short Film, IV Festival Internacional de Cine de Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva, Colombia|
|2009 - 2010||Fellowship2009-10 USC Annenberg Fellowship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
|2010||AcademicUSC Annual Academic Honors Convocation, 28th Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award, Los Angeles, USA|
|2009||Film FestivalJury's Special Mention in the Experimental Animation Category, 5° Festival Latinoamericano de Animación y Videojuegos, Bogotá, Colombia|
|2008 - 2009||Fellowship2008-09 USC Annenberg Fellowship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
|2008||Film Festival3 awards: Jury's Prize, Best Animated Short Film & Special Audience Choice, 2° Festival Internacional de Animación FIA’08, Montevideo, Uruguay|
|2008||ScholarshipSchool of Cintematic Arts (SCA) Scholarship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
Experience in Education
|2014 - 2015||Open Source Studio, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
The project Open Source Studio is an innovative approach to online education led by NTU visiting professor Randall Packer. My role was to develop software, design the information architecture of a network of websites and visual design of WordPress themes. The platform and tools I develop are aimed to enhance the online education of students and faculty involved in art, design and media practices.
|2013 - 2014||Teaching AssistantSchool of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
TA and lead workshops for BA students taking classes offered by the Interactive Art department.
|2011 - 2012||Part Time LectureriSpark Summer Program, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia|
I was involved in this project during the summers (6 weeks) of 2011 and 2012. In collaboration with Diana Reichenbach we developed a curriculum for a series of workshop aimed towards Saudi kids from 12 to 17 years of age. The focus was on introducing the students to basic animation concepts through short lectures, screenings and hands-on workshops using traditional animation techniques. We first trained the lecturers that will later teach the program in the local language. During the classes with the kids we will be in classroom assisting and providing additional support during the entire course.
|2008 - 2012||Part Time Lecturer- Research ScholarJohn C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
|2008 - 2011||Teaching AssistantJohn C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
TA for diverse animation courses offered to BA and MFA students.
|2006 - 2008||LecturerDiplomado de Animación Experimental, Facultad de Artes, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia|
Teaching courses on animation theory, traditional techniques and digital animation software. Also working with students in the process of brainstorming, development and creation of their final animation projects.
Experience in Cultural Initiatives & Events
|2007 - Currently||Co-Founder- DirectorMoebius Animación, Colombia|
Moebius Animación is a non-profit organization dedicated to exhibit artists, films and research around experimental animation in Latin America and Spain. Our goal is to amplify the voices of artists that decide to take risks and push forward the art of moving images. My role has been to lead a team of scholars in the process of cataloging, preservation and distribution of independent animation and research. We disseminate our research through an online website, film festivals programs and other cultural venues.
|2015||CuratorPanorama of Latin American Animation, 12th Kecskemét Animation Film Festival, Kecskemét, Hungary|
Lead curator for a large panorama of Latin American animation. Selected a total of approximately 8 hours of animation in a series of 6 short film programs and 2 feature length films.
|2014||Jury2nd Kinodot Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia|
Member of the international jury.
|2013||JuryVI Cinetoro Film Festival, Toro, Colombia|
Film festival jury for the International and National categories.
|2011||CuratorColombian Avant-Garde Animation, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, U.S.A|
The project was led by Professor Sheila Sofian and executed in collaboration with Professors Lisa Mann and Christine Panushka. My role in the project was in support and advice on the grant proposal, curate the film screening and later as panelist during the event.
|2009||CuratorMuestra de Animación Experimental, Moebius Animación, Bogotá, Colombia|
Film screening from a selection of international and national experimental animation artists. Free event, open to the general public and held in the Auditorio Sala Fundadores, Universidad Central.
Public Lectures, Conferences
|2015||Chair- Lecture- PanelistArt of The Networked Practice: International Online Symposium on Innovation in Networked Research, Artistic Production and Teaching in the Arts, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
Chair for the session “Collective Research”. Title of the presentation “Gutting the Paper”. Panelist for conference conclusion “Virtual Roundtable Global Exchange: Net Behaviors”. Symposium co-chaired by Randall Packer & Vibeke Sorensen.
|2014||LectureOpen Source Studio: Collaborative Learning in the Third Space, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological Univeristy, Singapore|
As part of the ADM Research Lecture Series, a joint talk with Randall Packer and Kristy Kang on collaborative learning.
|2014||ConferenceEnvironmental Visions: Revealing the Environment with Art, Science and Technology, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
Paper presented: “Data Driven Metaphors”
|2013||Conference(SAS) Redefining Animation: 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Animation Studies, John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, U.S.A|
Paper presented: “From Celluloid to Databases: Towards an Understanding of Internet Cinema and its Application to Digital Animation”
|2011||Lecture- Panelist3er Encuentro Académico de Animación: “La Animación Como Herramienta Social”, ASIFA, Bogotá, Colombia|
|2011||LectureRecodromo Lecture Series, Facultad de Artes, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia|
Lecture on my personal work in animation, description of the creative process and motivations. Video documentation (in Spanish): https://vimeo.com/31092152
|2011||SymposiumThird USC Annual Research and Creative Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
Title of the presentation: “Mar de Fondo: Collaborative film project between Spain│Colombia│USA”
|2011||PanelistColombian Avant-Garde Animation, Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative, John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
Event panelist included: Dr. Cristina Venegas, Carlos Santa, Cecilia Traslaviña and Juan Camilo González. Moderated by Dr. Janeann Dill.
|2010||LectureUSC Annenberg Graduate Fellows Reception, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
Presentation of personal films and research on experimental animation. Per invitation, representing the Annenberg fellows of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
|2010||SymposiumSecond USC Annual Research and Creative Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
Title of the presentation: “Moebius Animación: Reactionary Animation from Colombia”
|2009||SymposiumFirst USC Annual Research and Creative Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
Title of the presentation: “Architecture as a Screen”
|2016||CollectiveVoltaje – Salón de Arte y Tecnología, Centro Creativo Textura, Bogotá, Colombia|
Participated with the data representation piece “N.N.” – Curated by: Carmen Gil Vrolijk
|2015||CollectiveVideograma, Colectivo Patasola, Bogotá, Colombia|
Curated by: Juan Alonso, Ximena Velásquez, María Lucía Arbeláez.
|2015||CollectiveAnimación en Colombia, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia|
Exhibiting the film In Abyssus HumanÆ ConscientiÆ (ReconoceR). Curated by: Andrés Burbano, Oscar Andrade & Laura Castiblanco.
|2015||CollectiveExperimentelle kolumbianische Animation, AStA-FILM der Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany|
|2015||SoloArt of the Networked Practice: Eterna, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2014||CollectiveLa Dicha del Movimiento: El Cine de Norman McLaren – Los Herederos, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, El Cine es Otra Cosa: Ciclo de Cine Experimental en el Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
Curated by: Andrés Denegri & Gabriela Golder.
|2013||CollectiveParC: Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Perú|
Curated by: José Carlos Mariategui
|2012||CollectiveBeijing International Light Media Installation Art Exhibition, Shijingshan Amusement Park Green Square, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China|
Curated by: Qiuyan Wu & Tianran Duan.
|2012||CollectiveLíneas de Tiempo, Galeria el Nogal, Bogotá, Colombia|
|2010 - 2011||Collective48th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour, Ann Arbor Film Festival, |
The film “Mecanismo Olvidador” was part of this exclusive touring program and screened in numerous venues across the United States.
|2010 - 2011||CollectiveAnimac on Tour, Mostra Internacional de Cinema d'Animació de Catalunya, |
The film “Mecanismo Olvidador” was chosen for the itinerary exhibition of the 2010 Animac festival. This exhibition takes a small selection of the films that participated in the festival and shows them in numerous venues throughout Europe. Curated by: Isabel Herguera
|2010||CollectiveAdobe First Frame Installations, SCA Gallery, John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, Los Angeles, USA|
Presented the animated installation: “My House Portrait“
|2010||CollectiveDADA student exhibition, Chapman Windows Gallery, Los Angeles, USA|
Curated by: Mike Patterson & Candace Reckinger.
|2010||CollectiveBLENDO: New Hybrid-Image Animation, SCA Gallery, John C. Hench Division & Digital Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
Curated by: Mike Patterson & Candace Reckinger.
|2009||CollectiveHigh Light / Low Light, Sea and Space Explorations Gallery, John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA|
Curated by Larissa Bank
|2008||CollectiveCuadro a Cuadro: Historia de la Animación Colombiana, LOOP Festival Latinoamericano de Animación y Videojuegos, Centro Cultural Gabriel García Márquez, Bogotá, Colombia|
Exhibition of original drawings and screening of film “Los Tres Errantes“. Curated by: Juan Manuel Pedraza.
|2008||CollectiveAngustia, Muerte y Temporalidad, LA Galeria, Bogotá, Colombia|
Exhibition of original drawings and screening of film “Los Tres Errantes“.
|2008||CollectiveDisidente Sonoro, La Distritofonica, Matik Matik, Bogotá, Colombia|
|2007||SoloExhibición Publica de Tesis de Grado, Bogotá, Colombia|
Experience in Animation Industry
|2011 - 2012||AnimatorMoon Productions, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia|
Educational animated segments to illustrate scientific concepts.
|2011 - 2012||Digital CompositingUnited Plankton Pictures Inc., Los Angeles, USA|
Photographing and digital compositing for the independent film “Hollywood Boulevard” directed by Stephen Hillenburg (creator of SpongeBob SquarePants).
|2006 - 2012||Animator- Digital CompositingPlastilina Creativa, Bogotá, Colombia|
As freelance animator for several T.V. commercials including clients: Maggi, Copa Airlines (former AeroRepública S.A.) and The Museum of Independence. Also worked as web designer, developer and administrator for the studios multiple websites.
|2011||Animation Production Supervisor“Bite Size” Documentary, Los Angeles, USA|
Designing and implementing production workflow and budget for a 30 minutes animation segment of a socially conscious feature-length documentary about child obesity in the United States.
|2007 - 2010||Animator- Digital CompositingLos Extraños Presagios de Leon Prozak, Bogotá, Colombia|
First feature-length experimental animation from Colombia by artist/director Carlos Santa. The film took about 15 years to be completed and has being screened at numerous festivals including Annecy, Stuttgart, Cinanima, Anima Mundi, Alucine and others.