Mónica Ruiz Loyola
A visual artist by the National School of Plastic Arts (ENAP) in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), her concern on reviewing the electronic media in arts began with her thesis research, leading her into electronic and digital arts. And concluding with a Master in Digital Arts at the Universidat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (2006).
In 2008, her interest in these subjects gets her involved on arranging workshops and lectures in different cultural centers and museums, such as Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Centro Cultural de España en México, Centro de Cultura Digital, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Centro Border and the University of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador.
Her attention is primarily focused on the reflection between the analog and the digital. Hence she keeps merging these two subjects, trying to embody them in different projects that wander around the intimate and a more social edge, whether through interactive installations or performance displays. A few examples of her work include the self-portrait on “life and death of the image”, which she reveals as a performance that implies an audio and video manipulation by breathing; as well as “Ausencia” (Absence), in this piece, a sewing machine is the main object responsible of activating a projection on a great woven thread.
Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Barcelona, Ukraine, Ecuador, as well as in the International Festival of Lights (FILUX) editions in Belgium, Mexico City, and Lux Helsinki, Finland.