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Juan Camilo González

Born in Manizales – Colombia (1984). Studied Visual Arts at the Javeriana University of Bogotá. With the support of the Annenberg Fellowship I finished in 2011 my MFA in Animation & Digital Arts from the University of Southern California. Director and co-founder of the group Moebius Animación dedicated to exhibit artists, films and research around experimental animation in Latin America and Spain.

Currently a PhD student 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”, in which I experiment with the possibilities of classical hand drawn animation and animated documentary, in combination with data visualization and modern web technologies. The research is approached in both art studio practice (dddrawings.com – site under construction, but the place where I will be showcasing the practical work) – and theoretical research.

Education

2012 - CurrentlyPhDSchool of Art Design & Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2014Seminar / WorkshopHTML5 Mobile App Development Bootcamp, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2014Workshop22th 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.

2014Seminar / WorkshopHTML5 Game Development Bootcamp, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2014Seminar / 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.

2012Seminar / WorkshopMozilla HTML5 Bootcamp and Seminar, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2008 - 2011MFAJohn C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
2002 - 2007BFAPregrado en Artes Visuales con Énfasis en Expresión Audiovisual, Facultad de Artes, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

Awards

2015 - 2016Full ScholarshipNTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2014 - 2015Full ScholarshipNTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2014Competition1st Prize, HTML5 NTUitive Hackaton, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2013 - 2014Full ScholarshipNTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2013Film Festival1st Jury Prize, Kinodot Short Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2012 - 2013Full ScholarshipNTU Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2012Film FestivalNational Finalist, 39th Student Academy Awards, Los Angeles, USA
2012Film Festival1st Prize, 5th International Animation Contest Animasivo, Mexico City, Mexico
2011Film Festival1st Prize, International Experimental Student Film, VIII Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes FENACO, Cusco, Peru
2011Film Festival1st Prize International Film Category, IV CINETORO Film Festival, Toro, Colombia
2010 - 2011Fellowship2010-11 USC Annenberg Fellowship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
2010Film FestivalFirst Prize International Animation, XVIII Festival Chileno Internacional de Cortometraje de Santiago, Santiago, Chile
2010Film FestivalBest Experimental Short Film, IV Festival Internacional de Cine de Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva, Colombia
2009 - 2010Fellowship2009-10 USC Annenberg Fellowship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
2010AcademicUSC Annual Academic Honors Convocation, 28th Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award, Los Angeles, USA
2009Film FestivalJury's Special Mention in the Experimental Animation Category, 5° Festival Latinoamericano de Animación y Videojuegos, Bogotá, Colombia
2008 - 2009Fellowship2008-09 USC Annenberg Fellowship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
2008Film Festival3 awards: Jury's Prize, Best Animated Short Film & Special Audience Choice, 2° Festival Internacional de Animación FIA’08, Montevideo, Uruguay
2008ScholarshipSchool of Cintematic Arts (SCA) Scholarship, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Experience in Education

2014 - 2015Open Source Studio, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2013 - 2014Teaching 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 - 2012Part 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 - 2012Part Time Lecturer- Research ScholarJohn C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Research and development using: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, WebGL, ActionScript, Augmented Reality and Arduino microcontrollers. Training students to use these technologies to expand their animation and storytelling vocabulary. Design and develop new website for the USC animation program.

2008 - 2011Teaching 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 - 2008LecturerDiplomado 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.

Public Lectures, Conferences

2015Chair- 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.

2014ConferenceEnvironmental Visions: Revealing the Environment with Art, Science and Technology, School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Paper presented: “Data Driven Metaphors” 

2013Conference(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”

2011Lecture- Panelist3er Encuentro Académico de Animación: “La Animación Como Herramienta Social”, ASIFA, Bogotá, Colombia
2011LectureRecodromo 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

2011SymposiumThird 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”

2011PanelistColombian 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.

2010LectureUSC 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.

2010SymposiumSecond USC Annual Research and Creative Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Title of the presentation: “Moebius Animación: Reactionary Animation from Colombia”

2009SymposiumFirst USC Annual Research and Creative Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Title of the presentation: “Architecture as a Screen”

Experience in Cultural Initiatives & Events

2007 - CurrentlyCo-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.

2015CuratorPanorama 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.

2014Jury2nd Kinodot Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Member of the international jury.

2013JuryVI Cinetoro Film Festival, Toro, Colombia

Film festival jury for the International and National categories.

2011CuratorColombian 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.

2009CuratorMuestra 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.

Exhibitions

2014CollectiveLa 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 DenegriGabriela Golder.

2013CollectiveParC: Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Perú

Curated by: José Carlos Mariategui

2012CollectiveBeijing International Light Media Installation Art Exhibition, Shijingshan Amusement Park Green Square, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Curated by: Qiuyan Wu & Tianran Duan.

2012CollectiveLíneas de Tiempo, Galeria el Nogal, Bogotá, Colombia

Gallery exhibition of the films “Mecanismo Olvidador” & “SiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSi“. Curated by Ana Maria Lozano.

2010 - 2011Collective48th 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 - 2011CollectiveAnimac 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

2010CollectiveAdobe First Frame Installations, SCA Gallery, John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, Los Angeles, USA

Presented the animated installation: “My House Portrait

2010CollectiveDADA student exhibition, Chapman Windows Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Curated by: Mike Patterson & Candace Reckinger.

2010CollectiveBLENDO: 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.

2009CollectiveHigh 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

2008CollectiveCuadro 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.

2008CollectiveDisidente Sonoro, La Distritofonica, Matik Matik, Bogotá, Colombia

Exhibition of original drawings and film screening of “Los Tres Errantes“. The film is also distributed as part of the music CD “Disidente Sonoro” by La Distritofonica. Curated by Alejandro Forero.

2007CollectiveAngustia Muerte y Temporalidad, LA Galeria, Bogotá, Colombia

Exhibition of original drawings and screening of film “Los Tres Errantes“.