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Amanda Dannáe

ESP// Amanda Dannáe es una artista y música actualmente basada en Albuquerque, Nuevo México (EE.UU). Creció en Santa Fe, donde pudo explorar los vastos paisajes y la cultura de Nuevo México. Ha llevado a cabo una amplia investigación en diversas modalidades artísticas, siempre interesada por la forma en que los humanos, la tecnología y los entornos están interconectados. El trabajo de Amanda está orientado hacia la práctica social y en cómo el arte y el sonido pueden utilizarse como mecanismos de cambio y sanación.

“Durante mi residencia deseo crear imágenes y composiciones sonoras que capturen un amplio espectro de interacciones y modos de integración de la forma humana en diferentes entornos, tanto naturales como producidos artificialmente.

Continuamente me siento atraída por la interpretación de la neurosis y la psicosis por medio de la expresión artística, en este sentido, el proceso mismo de creación se convierte en una catarsis que resulta ser tan importante como el resultado final. Últimamente he estado desarrollando ideas para una nueva serie sobre estos conceptos, así como los presentados en mi exposición más reciente “Sounds of Soothing and of Sickness”. Esta obra exploraba la noción de biofilia: la idea de que los humanos poseen una inclinación innata a conectarse con la naturaleza, tanto a nivel físico como emocional“.

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ENG// Amanda Dannáe is an artist and musician currently based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA). She grew up in Santa Fe where she enjoyed exploring the vast landscapes and culture of New Mexico. She has always had an interest in the way that humans, technology, and environments are interconnected. For example, the ways in which sound can enhance a specific environment or how an environment can create a home for sound to reside. She has done extensive research and practice in various art modalities and the way in which they can be implemented as mechanisms for change and healing in individuals as well as those who have varying forms of trauma and disability. Her affinity for social practice and the progressive nature of the relationship between humans, technology, and environments has allowed her to create a dialogue on these parallels. Specifically her work with hospice patients has involved a personalized treatment plan that implements music as well as sound therapy. She uses her background in music, photography, and video in such a way that permits her to explore these relationships.

“I am continually drawn to interpret neurosis and psychosis through means of artistic expression for in this regard, the practice of creating the work itself evolves into a catharsis, which is just as paramount as the final output. I have been developing ideas for a body of work that would expand upon these concepts as well as those presented in my most recent exhibition, Sounds of Soothing and of Sickness. This work explored the biophilia hypothesis: the idea that humans possess an innate inclination to connect with nature on both a physical and emotional level. I want to continue to expand upon this work by creating visual imagery and sound compositions that capture a wide spectrum of interaction and integration of the human form into both natural and self-generated environments. For this fellowship I propose creating work that expands into a more cohesive exploration of both the mind and the body in relation to environment rather than conveying an individualized cognitive operation as seen in past works. The residency project will consist of an exhibition of both video and sound installation as well as various activities and collaborations with the local community in the form of social practice exercises. This art will exist as both a sonic and visual representation of the fragility of the relationship of human and nature, adhering to the principle that we are each a part of the land; an unremittingly malleable cluster of cells and processes housed by such fragile skin, simply looking to be reabsorbed into a home that is so easily lost”.

 

www.amandadannae-art.com

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ISLA DEL MEDIO:

Para el proyecto Isla del Medio producido durante mi residencia en Castellar, he establecido un diálogo y un intercambio de imágenes con la gente del lugar. Interactuar con diferentes personas de la comunidad y el plantearles una serie de preguntas sobre lo que constituye para ellas una imagen significativa, ha supuesto una introducción bastante orgánica a la historia del pueblo y de sus habitantes. Estos intercambios en torno a la noción de estar enraizado en un lugar, me han permitido reflexionar sobre los vínculos ancestrales que tiene mi famila en el país. En el proceso he descubierto el significado de mi apellido Romero y esto me ha llevado a explorar las implicaciones literales y metafóricas de enraizarme y conectarme con la tierra de mis antepasados. Todo ello ha dado lugar a una performance ritual – que llevé a cabo en privado documentándola en vídeo – en la que ofrecía varias partes de mí (sangre, cabello) mezclándolas con tierra, agua y romero, como un gesto simbólico de gratitud hacia la tierra. Al ungirme con la mezcla para luego adornarme con prendas de romero, adapto mi ser en un proceso de reencuentro con mis raíces y el significado de mi nombre. La acción concluye al enterrar la mezcla como una ofrenda final a la tierra.

Isla del Medio embodies an exploration of the exchange of meaningful imagery and dialogue. While engaging with individuals within the community and exploring a series of questions and stories about what constitutes meaningful imagery, I found that it was a much more organic introduction into the history of place and person. This exchange brought forth the notion of being “rooted” somewhere which allowed me to reflect on my familial and ancestral ties to the country and the land. It lead me to find out my last name ‘Romero’ translates to ‘Rosemary’ and therefore explore the literal and metaphorical implications of grounding and rerooting myself to the land of my ancestors. This lead to a performance ritual in which I offered various parts of myself i.e. (blood, hair) and mixing it with soil, water, and rosemary as a symbolic gesture of gratitude for the land. By anointing myself with the mixture and then adorning myself with rosemary garments, it is a reacclimation of my self and the rejoining of my name and roots. I then bury the mixture as a final offering to the land and as an act of permanent grounding within the earth.

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Vídeo realizado por Amanda Dannáe sobre su proceso en El campo unificado / Video by Amanda Dannáe about her process at El campo unificado AIR program.

 

 

Residency project supported by: Concept Flux, a new breed of creative, hi-tech, imaginative, experimental, content creators.