ABOUT ME

My work focuses in BioArt. The interpretation of signals of living organisms and our natural environment.

My research is concerned with the current alterations of our ecosystems and the resilience and mutation of endemic local species.

My independent productions have reached audiences in Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, China, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Portugal, Scotland and the USA.

I am currently based in Mexico during the global pandemic and I love Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The present moment is inevitable.

In current times of global uncertainty, my work aims to share a hopeful vision of the co-existence and co-evolution of all living species of our current, irreversible human-altered ecosystems.

My art practice is the vehicle I use to alleviate my impermanent human condition and the illusion of this reality.

©Axel Cuevas Santamaría 2023

EDUCATION

2018 Master in Fine Arts, Art and Technology at The Ohio State University

2009 Bachelor in Arts with Major in Arts UAEM, Mexico

AWARDS

2017 Curator’s Choice Award Digital Graffiti Arts Festival 2017

EXHIBITIONS

In 24-Hours, The Wall Space Scotland UK, April 1 – June 2020

TechnoMEME 2, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Ohio USA, Nov 01 – Dec 14 2019

Embracing Impermanence, MCCA RawBox Tepoztlán Mexico, March 30 2019

EVA18 Politics of the Machine Conference, Copenhagen, May 15 – 17 2018

PDC18 Participatory Design Conference, Hasselt Belgium, August 20 – 24 2018

Digital Arts Biennale, Belo Horizonte Brazil, March 26 – April 26 2018

Digital Arts Biennale, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, February 05 to March 18 2018

Hidden Layers, Blockfort Gallery, Columbus Ohio USA, June 02 – June 30 2018

MFA Thesis Show, Urban Arts Space, Columbus Ohio USA, February 20 – March 17 2018

Relative to You, Sherman Arts Studios, Columbus Ohio USA, August 22 2016

Loving the Obligate Symbiont, Columbus Ohio USA, April 21 – 25 2016

Does This Work for Everyone? Columbus Ohio USA, Jan 28 – Feb 23 2016

Bio Presence Exhibition, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus OH, USA 2015

3,750 Watts, SOLO Exhibition. Museo de la ciudad de Cuernavaca Mexico, 2014

TRANSITAR, 10:nada Museo Casona Spencer, Cuernavaca Mexico, 2010

VIDEO SCREENINGS

MILOTI Program 2 The Microcinema, Cincinnati Ohio USA, January 24th, 2019

MILOTI Program 2 Milo Arts Studios Columbus Ohio, May 25th 2018

DigiEYE, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Ohio USA, March 21st
2018

IMERSA Summit, CoSi Planetarium, Columbus Ohio USA, February 26th,
2018

Columbus Moving Image Art Review 33, Columbus Ohio USA, January 19th 2017

Immersive Film Festival, Espinho Planetarium Portugal, December 1st-3rd 2017

Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing China, November-December
2017

Independent’s Day Festival, Columbus OH USA, September 16
2017

MILOTI Program1, The Microcinema, Cincinnati Ohio USA, August 03 2017

Cube Art Project, Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln Nebraska USA, July-December 2017

Digital Graffiti Arts Festival, Alys Beach Florida USA, May 19 – 21
2017

MILOTI Program1, Milo Arts Studios, Columbus Ohio USA, April 16, 2017

Columbus Moving Image Art Review 31, Columbus Ohio USA, April 07, 2017

DigiEYE, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Ohio USA, March 08, 2017

PERFORMANCES

2022 skin – pieles que mutan, Chiapas Mexico

2019 skin, CODAME Art&Tech Festival San Francisco California

2019 drawing spaces, RAWBox Gallery, Tepoztlán Mexico

2016 first_contact, Does This Work for Everyone? Columbus Ohio

2012 Electric Stimulus to Face with Daito Manabe, Liveness Festival, Mexico City

2011 Syncing Hard & Soft a Therapy Session for your Personal Computers Split Personality with Hans W. Koch, Festival Transitio_MX, Mexico City

PUBLICATIONS

Microbial Ecologies, Antennae Journal #59, Autumn 2022
https://www.antennae.org.uk/

Slime mold in the arts and architecture, River Publishers Denmark, May 2019
https://www.riverpublishers.com/book_details.php?book_id=706

Digital Arts Biennial Catalog 2018, FAD – Digital Art Festival Brazil 2019

Interartive Magazine #89 Special Issue: Art + New Media in Latin America, December 08, 2016
http://mediaartlatinamerica.interartive.org/2016/12/first_contact-axel-cuevas/

Evolution of Fungal Ecology, Slot Lab Website, March 29, 2016
http://u.osu.edu/slot.1/2016/03/29/protoplasmic-routes-by-vj-axx/

Empathy for Another Legal Alien, OSU Magazine Columbus Ohio, Spring 2016
https://issuu.com/quepasa_osu/docs/qpspring2016v24n2-web

BioPresence, The New York Arts Magazine, December 2015
http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/biopresence-exhibition/

PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018 Spring, Art 3101: 3D Modeling, Instructor of record, The Ohio State University

2017 Fall, Art 2200: Expanded Media, Instructor of record, The Ohio State University

2017 Spring, Art 2200: Expanded Media, Instructor of record, The Ohio State University

2016 Fall, Art 2500: Digital Image, Instructor of record, The Ohio State University

2016 Spring, 3D Modeling, 3D Animation, Graduate Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University

2015 Fall, New Media Robotics, Graduate Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University

ARTIST TALKS

2021 BioArt, performance and geodesic domes, Tepoztlan Mexico

2019 Slime mould and geodesic domes, Retune Sommerfest, Berlin Germany

2018 BioArt and geodesic domes, Fumec University Belo Horizonte Brazil, May 18th 2018

2018 Art Matters: Art in Domes, IMERSA Summit, Columbus OH, February 25th, 2018

CONTINUING EDUCATION

2018 Food Art DNA: Hybrid DNA Isolation with Dr. Adam Zaretsky, The Ohio State University

2017 CRISPR Cas9 for artists, Marta de Menezes, The Ohio State University

2016 Isadora software with Mark Coniglio, Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design

2015 VR & fulldome, United VJs, VJ University Denver CO

2014 New media robotics, Ken Rinaldo & Trademark G, Centro Multimedia, Mexico City

2013 Projection mapping and fulldome, United VJs, VJ University San Francisco CA

2012 Liveness. Daito Manabe. Centro Multimedia, Mexico

2011 Affective Computing, Hans W. Koch, Centro Multimedia, Mexico City

2011 Locative Media Arts, Mariela Yeregui, Centro Multimedia, Mexico City

2011 Locative Media Arts, Nacho Durán, Centro Multimedia, Mexico City

2010 Locative Media Arts, Andrés Burbano, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City

2010 Collective Intelligences, Mariela Yeregui, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City


Axel Cuevas Santamaria 2023