About this project
My name is Juan Camilo Ortiz, a Colombian-born artist/designer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. I spent most of my childhood in Chia, Colombia where I experienced political and social turmoil first hand. At age fourteen, my family and I left my country in search for safety and a new life. My work is, in many ways, about architecture and civil resistance, with a focus on the impact public spaces have on social uprisings.
In an upcoming exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey, viewers will experience recent, revolutionary events in a new context. After gathering gigabytes of data, I will create sculptures and abstract data visualizations of the spaces in which 21st century social uprisings are occurring, using architectural drawing techniques and digital fabrication methods such as CNC machining and 3-D printing. Through these concrete, visual sources of information, viewers will be able to study the spaces of these major events that are often built by extensive social networks across international borders. I will be focusing on the spaces of these major events:
Taksim Gezi Park Protests, Turkey
National Farmers and Social Strikes, Colombia
Movimiento Passe Livre (The Free Fare Movement) and the World Cup 2014 protests, Brazil
Euromaidan protests and demonstrations, Ukraine.
Ongoing protests, Venezuela
Having seen the involvement of news media and government censorship of the events, I am inspired by stories of protests carried through social media networks. Collaborating with local activists is thus essential to the creation of my work, and I am in close contact with local organizations and individuals working on the ground. They will be helping me gather first-hand accounts, visual documentation and social media content on the events. I am also collecting data coming from the API of social networks. The data will be processed through analytics softwares such as JMP and will feed into the design of the sculptures and abstract data visualizations. Local curators and art critics in Istanbul, Damla Acikada and Ege Okal, will be curating the exhibition.
In order to continue the project and take it to Turkey, I need to purchase:
Studio Space: Minimum 3 months.
3D Printer: Makerbot Replicator
Materials for design, prototyping and final production.
Gallery & Curator Fees
Shipping and handling of the work
Travel to Istanbul, Turkey (1 round trip from NYC)
Risks and challenges
Many issues can arise during the process of creating this project. I have previously worked on projects of custom fabrication using CNC and larger 3D printing technologies, where the outsourcing could be quite costly. Because of this, errors in production and having to be flexible with deadlines are some of the challenges I foresee but I know my time limits. Also, I've done the math, and the purchase of the 3-D printer will minimize small scale 3D printing costs greatly. Because the size and weight of the work that is going to Istanbul is still to be determined, shipping and handling costs will vary.
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