Artist Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez
Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez is an interdisciplinary artist from Brazil, who has acquired a diverse background along her various global residencies due to an Anthropophagic hunger to consume the world. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Kansas, USA, where she pioneered a special program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Art, Design, Film and Choreography. Her transmedia experiments led her to develop an artistic practice with performance art, installation, videoart, videodance and cameraless direct animation films. Following Stan Brakhages’s footsteps, she also moved from Kansas (where she was a neighbor of beat poet and writer William S. Burroughs), to New York, and now lives in Berlin.
Her films, videoart and VJ shows have been presented at various events and venues including The Chelsea Art Museum (New York), Barcelona’s Off Loop Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, and nightclubs in Rio de Janeiro, New York, Beijing, and Berlin.
She has won the prestigious Flusser Award Distinction of Transmediale’s Vilém Flusser Theory Award 2011 with her theoretical and performative work Digital Anthropophagy and the Anthropophagic Re-Manifesto for the Digital Age, about cultural cannibalism in the age of digital culture. This is the work being presented at ISEA2011/Istanbul which was first introduced at ISEA2010/RUHR during the conference on Electronic Culture: Cyborgs and Transhumans. It has been recently performed at Emergeandsee Media Arts Festival - Berlin, and at the Brazilian art event Perpendicular - Berlin. It will be presented next at the Moscow Biennale at the special program from MediaArtLab Pro&Contra Symposium:Media Activism; at the International Congress Image, Imagination, Fantasy. Twenty years without Vilém Flusser organized by Associação Brasileira de Estética (ABRE) in Ouro Preto - Brazil; and a virtual performance for the exhibit program at ABCiber Conference in Florianópolis - Brazil.