13th Bienal de Artes Mediales

The Bienal de Artes Mediales (Chile Media Art Biennial) in Santiago will feature a display the irreversible by Norimichi Hirakawa. Hirakawa will also participate in the artist-in-residence program at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

Comments by Participants

HIRAKAWA Norimichi

(Participated artist of 13 º Bienal de Artes Mediales in Santiago, Chile)

An exhibition in a place I haven’t been to before is always stimulating. The two weeks I spent in Chile taking part in the Bienal de Artes Mediales (Chile Media Art Biennial) and the artist-in-residence program at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) were particularly noteworthy. The local artists who provided technical support and who helped coordinate the exhibition, being creators themselves, were quick to grasp the issues in any problems that arose in arranging the displays, and I felt that they were outstanding in terms of the respect they showed for the works and in understanding the concepts. I was also rather impressed that a sustainable system exists for supporting the livelihoods of the local artists.

Anywhere you go, it follows that you will be astonished by the natural surroundings, the towns, people’s livelihoods, the culture, and the social problems. So what does it mean to be cast into all of that to display works of art? Perhaps it puts the artist’s milieu into perspective. When the link between a work of art and the background from which it arose is removed, how much meaning can the work project? I don’t yet understand what effect the technology contrasting with the natural surroundings at the ends of the earth I got to see at elevations of 5,000m, and the discussions I had with people from the national observatory will have on my art. On the other hand, I hope that many other artists will get this kind of opportunity through this framework that allows participation in overseas media art festivals.
Opening Live Performance
Venue: NAVE
Date: 2017.10.5.22:30-23:00
Performer: HIRAKAWA Norimichi
Talk Panel
Venue: Salon Blance, MNBA
Date: 201710.8.16:00-18:00
Presenter: HIRAKAWA Norimichi, SETO Momoko


Media Arts, Science and Technology are the areas of research and action that the Media Arts Biennial has developed since 1993 in Chile, setting a professional space for the promotion and dissemination of national and international of video and media arts works. Organized by the Chilean Video Corporation, this important international event celebrates its 13th edition in 2017 at the National Museum of Fine Arts and other locations. This year’s festival will display works on the theme of “temblor”, in addition to a keynote address, talks by artists, and video screenings.

13th Bienal de Artes Mediales
Term: 2017.10.5-11.5
Venue: Museo Nacional de Ballas Artes, Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte Precolombinco and theaters and gallery in Santiago.
Website: http://www.bienaldeartesmediales.cl/13/