John Angel Rodriguez is a graduate of visual arts of the District University Francisco Jose de Caldas Bogotá, Bachelor degree 2005 with an emphasis in New Media. He began his activity as an artist during his studies of fine arts, from 1999 to 2004, participating in university salon halls, art collective exhibitions, open calls and research grant projects. He worked at the National Museum of Colombia, 2002 at the department of education. He also conducted research for the international academic exchange at the faculty of arts ASAB at the department of visual arts. Upon graduation, in 2005 he worked as a lecturer at the Academy of Arts Guerrero and from 2015-2017 at The District University Francisco Jose de Caldas Bogotá.
He began operating as an independent curator since 2004, Bogotá, and then he moved to London in 2007 to perform field research within London’s creative industries hub. In 2009 he was the guest curator for the Embassy of Colombia in London curating the exhibition “EQUILIBRIO” presented at the Southbank Centre. Parallel to his work as an independent curator, he worked at the Saatchi Gallery; one of the projects to the highlight of this period was “Art Accelerating Art”. In 2011 he graduated from the University of Westminster obtaining his MA Masters in Art & Media Practice. He also received the scholarship from Colfuturo in 2010 to complete his studies in London.
Later on, he curated as a graduation theses project “Parallel Connections” a group exhibition that addressed the practices of video performance; this was shown at the Wayward Gallery, London. His most recent awards include The Fellowship for international circulation IDARTES 2017 to attend as a speaker to FACT, Liverpool, UK. Ministry of Culture Colombia research project Warsaw, Poland, presenting a lecture at Lokal_30 Gallery. In 2013, he was granted by the Getty Foundation Los Angeles, USA to attend the annual curatorial conference CIMAM 2013 “New Dynamics in Museums Curator, Artwork & Public Governance” which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he attended as the curator of the exhibition “Digital Analogy: Pioneers of New Media”. In March 2013 he was invited to perform a curatorial research in New York, USA, during this residence he gave a Hack TED talk at Eyebeam. Fellowship for international circulation Ministry of Culture Colombia ISEA 2012 “Machine Wilderness” Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. In 2011 he co-founded “Digital Attila” a company based in London that was dedicated to making digital solutions for the cultural sector.
To the date, he has curated a diverse range of international exhibitions: one in the City of Gdansk, Poland, “Bogota City on the Edge” which is part of the exchange program “Cities on the Edge” Łaźnia 1, featuring the work of four artists. (Jaime Avila, Andres Londoño, Adriana Salazar and Alberto Lezaca). In London was the resident for the curatorial fellowship at Guest Projects, London, presenting the exhibition “Vanishing Points” July 2014. In Bogotá, he curated in February 2014 the exhibition Digital Analogy: The pioneers of the New Media, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Bogotá that counted with the participation of twenty international and three national artists.
He curated “Travel to the Unknown” at the Gallery ASAB-Bogota by the polish artist Zuzanna Janin. In 2015 curated the exhibition “Transparency, Fluidity, and Mediation” displaying artworks by recognized international artists like Jenny Holzer, Universal Everything, and Jake & Dinos Chapman. Currently is the curator of an independent art platform Grey Cube Projects that aims to create bilateral collaborations and curated shows extracting concepts from the techno-scientific knowledge to deliver art exhibitions. For Grey Cube Projects he has curated more than fifteen shows such as “Non-Organic Life” and “ArtFutura 2015: Collective Intelligence” and “Deconstruction”, “Contra-Natura”, “Multiverse”, “Dark Matter” among others.
2011 MA Art and Media Practice
University of Westminster, London – UK
2008- 2009 Advance level of English, Malvern House English School, London, UK
2006 Seminar Deleuze Thinking and experimentation
Universidad Francisco José de Caldas Bogotá Colombia
2005 Curatorial Seminar
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá Colombia
2004 Bachelor Fine Arts
Universidad Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá Colombia
2003 – 2005 Certificate in teaching, National Museum of Colombia
° CURATORSHIP PROJECTS °
2018 Contra-Natura Museum of Art Pereira, Pereira, Colombia
2017 Art Fair ARTBO, section ArteCámara, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá.
2017 Sluice Biennial, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Londres, UK
2017 Symbiosis Entropic, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Estudio 74 Bogotá
2017 Structures, Data & Language, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Casa4 Bogotá
2017 Contra-Natura, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá
2017 ArtFutura 2016, the festival of creativity & technology, Cine Tonala, Bogotá
2017 Anthropic Risk, group exhibition, LA Galería, Bogotá.
2017 MULTIVERSE, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá
2017 Transcription, group exhibition, PLECTO, Gallery, Medellín
2016 Transversal Interventions, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá
2016 Art Fair ODEON, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogota.
2016 Sluice Biennial, Exchange Rates group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, New York, NY, USA
2016 Escaping from the infinite maze, Len Murusalu(Estonia) GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá.
2016 Dark Matter, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá.
2016 Everybody wants to be Happy, James Unsworth (UK), SoloShow GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá
2016 Breaking Views David Palacios (Cuba) solo show, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá
2016 Transcription, collective exhibition, Casa Hoffmann, Bogotá
2016 Deconstruction, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá
2015 ArtFutura 2015, group exhibition GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá
2015 Non-Organic Life, group exhibition, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá
2015 PERMANENTE, GREY CUBE PROJECTS, Bogotá.
2015 Transparency, Fluidity and Mediation, Sala ASAB
2014 Travel to the Unknown, Zuzanna Janin, Sala ASAB
2014 Vanishing Points, Guest Projects, London
2014 Digital Analogy, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bogotá.
2013 Bogota a City on the Edge, Laznia, Gdansk, Poland
2013 Mediators The Wayward Gallery, London UK
ISEA 2012 Conference Speaker-Project: Bodies in Transition, Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness
2011 Art Accelerating Art, interactive and participatory Guided tour, The Saatchi Gallery, London
2011 Parallel Connections Wayward Gallery, London
2009 EQUILIBRIO, Bernie Spain Gardens, OXO Tower Wharf- South Bank, London, UK.
2007-DIVERGENTES, Gallery, Casa Cuadrada, Bogotá-Zurich
2006 DROIDS, Cinemateca Distrital, Bogotá
2006 DIGITAL/ANALOGUE, Exhibition Hall ASAB, Bogotá
2005 META/HUMANOS, Galería Espacio Alterno de Uniandinos, Bogotá
° INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS as an artist °
2006 GENESTETICA, Galería Espacio Alterno Uniandinos, Bogotá
2005 Redefine the Body, Museum of Contemporary Art Bogotá
° GROUP EXHIBITIONS as an artist °
2011 10 Gales Gallery Prize, Bethnal Green,London
Video Installation The Winter Market
2007-III Biennal ASAB Urban Practices, Exhibition Hall ASAB, Bogotá
VERSUS, Galería Artespacio, Bogotá
LOS GIACOMETTI, Galería EL GARAJE, Bogotá
2006 PARAREAL, Artecamara, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá
N.N- Portraits of the 20th Century, Galeria el Garage, Bogotá
Latín Lover, Galería el Garaje, Bogotá
2005 FORMATO REGALO, Exhibition Design & Objects Proyecta Design, Bogotá
Video animation, Publications Thynner (Video) Museum of Modern Art Bogotá
INTERFERENCIAS, Foundation Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Bogotá
XXII Festival de Cine de Bogotá, Room Oriol Rangel, Bogotá
9th. National Salon of Young Art, Foundation Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Bogotá
Exhibition Hall COFAMDI, Cali Colombia
Museum of the University of Antioquia Medellín, Colombia
2004 1st. DIGITAL ART SALON, FUNDACION GILBERTO ALZATE AVENDAÑO
ARTRONICA II International EXHIBITION of Electronics Arts, LUIS ÁNGEL ARANGO Library, Bogotá
2002 GRAFICA/GRAFICO, Printmaking Exhibition, COOPERARTES, Bogotá KENT EXPLORA DIGITAL VIDEO, Centre of design Portobello, Bogota
GRATIS EN TELEVISION, Exhibition Hall, LEÓN DE GREIFF Auditorium, National University of Colombia, Bogotá
PHILIPS Young Art, 2nd.Edition Digital Art, National Museum of Colombia, Bogotá
2001 SIN FORMATO IV, National Audio-visual Encounter, Short Film Makers Bogotá, Cali, Manizales & Bucaramanga, Colombia
6th. NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SALON, Gallery FENALCO, Bogotá
PHILIPS YOUNG ART 1ST.EDITION DIGITAL ART, Show Room PHILLIPS, Bogotá
2000 Sin Formato III audiovisual encounter of TV and Film Directors, Theatre El Parque, Bogotá
1999 THE COMIC EXPRESS, Gallery CONVENIO ANDRÉS BELLO, Bogotá
PRIZES AND DISTINCTIONS
2017 IDARTES Scholarship for international mobility.
Academic Presentation, “Symbiosis entropic” FACT, Liverpool, UK
2016 Ministry of Culture Colombia grant for international mobility
Peripheral Politics, Warsaw, Poland
2013 Travel Grant Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, USA CIMAM Conference
2012 ISEA Albuquerque: Machine wilderness
Ministry of Culture Colombia Colombia, Scholarship for international mobility
2001 Engraving Prize: Lorenzo Jaramillo A.S.A.B, Instituto Distrital de Cultura & Turismo, Bogotá
1999 Scholarship to the Creation of Comics in Colage
Program Imagination at the UMBRAL, Prizes to the Arts 1999
Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo, Bogota, Colombia
Bogota City on the edge catalog
Digital Analogy catalog
CIMAM report of grantees
2006 Digital/Analogy, Catalogue Publication
Magazines Número, Editions: 34, 35, 36, 39, 41, 43, 44, 46 & 47
2005 Thynner DVD, Young Art Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá
Meta/Humanos, Interactive CD Catalogue
2004 ARTRONICA Second International Show Electronic Arts, Catalogue, Publication
2002 KENT EXPLORA, Interactive CD, Video Digital Art